September and November moths in October

It was a mild night last night and it didn’t include the deluges of the previous few days either – as a result it was a good night for running a moth trap.

September thorn1
This is a September Thorn – the mild temperatures have kept them going – normally they are finished by mid October

September thorn2
Lovely feathery antennae – the caterpillars feed on oaks, beech and birch. A species that has declined dramatically over the past 50 years

November moth
And this rather dull animal is November Moth – well it probably is – it might be a pale November moth but I would need to dissect its genitals to find out. As its name suggests this species is adapted to the cold dark nights of November and December.

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