Coronets, emeralds and a small yellow wave

A good night for moths – a lot of species in the trap this morning.

Coronet
This is a coronet – a distinctive moth which is quite local nationally but well distributed in the south west. The species flies in June and July and the caterpillars feed on ash and wild privet.

Coronets
It is quite a variable moth – two variants in the trap last night

Large emerald
This is a large emerald – flies from late June to late August, a common species, the caterpillars feed on birch and hazel

Common emerald
This is a common emerald – flies late June to late July – the caterpillars feed on a variety of shrubs and trees including hawthorn, blackthorn, hazel and oak

Small yellow wave
This is a small yellow wave – flies in June and July and the caterpillars feed on field maple, sycamore and alder. Common

2 thoughts on “Coronets, emeralds and a small yellow wave

  1. Love your moths, Adrian. There are so many in the books that identification must be very difficult – especially when one individual is not exactly like another one of the same species. Used to try and identify the carpet moths on the canal at my old home, but there were so many similar ones! How did you make your trap?

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