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Magnificent Moths

Monday, September 30th 2013

Vibrant autumn colours are not only found on the trees at Foxglove. This Canary-shouldered Thorn moth photographed by Elizabeth flies from late July to mid October and goes to show that moths can be every bit as beautiful as butterflies. Moths also outnumber the amount of butterfly species in the UK by over 40 to one.There are over 2400 species of moth in the UK, compared to 59 butterfly species.

Canary_shouldered_thorn

Unlike butterflies, some species of moths can be found on the wing during the winter months. The Green-brindled Crescent seen below has one flight season from September to November. It comes regularly to light and can often be found by the lights outside the Field Centre in the morning. These moths feed after dark on Ivy flowers and overripe blackberries.

Green_brindled_crescent

Another stunning moth frequently seen on the wing around dusk is the Brimstone moth. Some overwinter as part-grown larvae on the foodplant (Blackthorn and Hawthorn), others as pupae in cocoons on the plant or in a crack in the wall.

Brimstone

A reminder that there will be a fundraising event at Tesco in Catterick Garrison on Saturday 12th October. If anyone has an hour to spare and would like to help spread the word about the reserve please get in touch. As always your support will be hugely valued.


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