Dancing Longhorn Moths and a Silver Y

Yesterday I found a little group of Longhorn Moths sitting on and dancing around the leaves of an elm tree.

Look at the length of their antennae! These individuals all appear to be males as their antennae are 3x the length of their wings (in the females they are 1.5x)

I think this species is Adela reaumurella – a common species in England

I also had a single Silver Y in my trap overnight. Not a bad effort for a migrant coming from the south on such a cold night.

A Great Prominent and a Nut Tree Tussock

A couple of interesting moths from my trap over the past couple of days.

This is a Great Prominent – it is a large moth – over an inch in length.

It is a local species, it is on the wing between April and June and its caterpillars feed on English Oak

This is a Nut Tree Tussock – it is a common species and as its name suggests the caterpillars feed on hazel

A Muslin Moth

Found a single Muslin Moth in the trap this morning

This is a male- a common species which is normally on the wing from May to early June.

This is a female Muslin Moth (taken a few years ago) – the males and the females are distinctly different – something known as sexual dimorphism.

The caterpillars feed on a range of plants such as docks, Red Dead-nettle and plantains.

A couple of green moths

A couple of green moths in the trap over the past couple of days.

This is a Green Carpet – a species that normally emerges in May …..

Lovely feathery antennae – the caterpillars feed on bedstraws and there are two generations per year in the south: May – July and August to September

This is the V Pug – another species with two generations a year: April – June and July to August. The caterpillars feed on a variety of plants including hawthorn, dog rose and bramble.

Both species are common

Night and Day

A couple of new spring species emerge – one a day flying hoverfly and the other a night flying moth

This is Epistrophe eligans – a female – an early spring species which can often be found on blackthorn and hawthorn flowers – its numbers peak in May.

The is a Lunar Marbled Brown which is on the wing in April and May – its caterpillars feed on the leaves of Sessile and Pedunculate Oak