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Moth Morning at Marne

Saturday, July 16th 2011

Charlie and Jill were determined to set the moth traps out at Marne even though the forecast was for light rain. Late last night no less than seven traps were put out across the training area behind the barracks. Roger and Josh volunteered to close the traps off at first light and worked really hard from 4.30am to 6.30am to centralise the moths and equipment. Thank you!

Mothing at Marne

At  7.30am visitors were met at the gate and escorted to the site. The moths were quite co-operative today due to the cool temperature and here are some of the 150 (approx) species that were recorded.

Garden Tiger moth

There were plenty of Garden Tiger moths. When disturbed, this striking moth displays its orange hindwings with blue-black spots and  produces a clear yellow fluid from two ducts behind its head. The very hairy larva is known as the 'woolly bear'.

Ruby Tiger moth

A close relative of the Garden Tiger, the Ruby Tiger moth is also stunning.

The Drinker

A surprising number of Drinker moths were found. This moth is so-called because the larvae are known to drink water.

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Another moth that stood out today was the Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing. Several species of underwing were recorded.

Buff Tip

Buff Tip, the master of camoflaugue, also made an appearance!

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