We have just started a series of three 'Moth Nights' in the UK, an exercise conducted every year by Butterfly Conservation and the enthusiasts' magazine Atropos whose website has a very good Flight Arrivals page, modelled on airport info screens but dealing with moths rather than planes.
By happy chance, our neighbours have family visiting and so quite a group of us gathered round the trap this morning instead of just me in my pyjamas. A pleasant change for those moths who were awake.
|A Swallow Prominent scopes out its new surroundings|
|A Canary-shouldered Thorn prepares for take-off. Next away: a Silver Y|
|Careful. They are not dead, but sleeping|
The star of the moths for me was this beautiful Poplar Kitten below, along with the glowing little micro Argyresthia goedartella which I've chosen to head the post. The latter was the size of a small splinter.
|Are we nearly there yet? Poplar Kitten ascends an eggbox cone|
|The beautiful patterning and colours of the Poplar Kitten. Dress designers take note|