Moth Madness

Wednesday, June 19th 2013

The moth trap was set in a different location to normal this week and resulted in a fantastic catch with over 30 species recorded.  This Elephant Hawkmoth is the first we have trapped this year, this beautiful moth can be seen flying throughout the summer months and feeds on the wing from tubular flowers such as Honeysuckle.

Elephant Hawkmoth

Several Beautiful Golden Y were also caught, these moths truly live up to their name with the Y-mark finely edged in gold.  These moths feed on herbaceous plants at dusk and are frequently drawn to light traps.

Beautiful Golden Y

Pupils from Leyburn Primary School also made a visit to the reserve for the day.  They spent time exploring and discovering what creatures could be found in many of the habitats here.

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