Nightlights

Butterflies are called flying flowers, but what alien garden of the night could grow a plant as beautiful as a moth?

Elephant hawk moth

Elephant hawk moth Dorset 100718

Pine hawk moth

Pine hawk moth Dorset 10 Jul 2018

Emerald

Emerald Dorset 10 Jul 2018

Rosy footman

Rosy footman Dorset 100718

 

8 thoughts on “Nightlights

    1. Thanks Robin. Moths are easily overlooked but they’re amongst the most colourful animals of all. I was at a training event in Dorset yesterday and although the topic was heathland ecology, we got to identify some moths too. I’ll never remember all the names though!

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    1. Thanks Pete. This was a real treat. I was on a training day in Dorset heathland for work – moths weren’t the main focus, but the trainer had set out a light trap the previous evening. There were quite a few elephant hawk moths in there, and many other species whose names I cannot recall! I will have to get myself a moth book and a light trap. This could become quite an obsession!

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      1. Trapping can be quite an experience. I haven’t trapped as often as I have wanted to this year due to time factors, but it is something I do enjoy doing, and it can be quite a nice challenge trying to identify species discovered. Its amazing what is out there in the dark of night when we are sound and asleep in our beds.

        I added a page on my Back Garden Moth blog on trapping if you want to have a look-see:

        https://petehillmansbackgardenmoths.wordpress.com/moth-trapping/

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