This is a Nationally Scarce A species of moth which means it lives in less than 100 ten kilometre squares in the UK. I have trapped the male of the species several times before but have never seen a female – I have two in the trap the other night.
The female has four spots on her wings (one is hidden under a wing)
Here is a close up
Here is the male for comparison – no spots!
A couple of striking moths in the trap this morning
This is a Four-spotted Footman – it is a male, the females have the spots. It is a rare moth, designated as a Nationally Notable A, it is reasonably well distributed in the south west and I record it in my garden most years. Its larvae feed on lichens.
This pretty moth is Black Arches – a local species residing in the south of the UK. Its caterpillars feed on oaks.
Lovely Gothic moth in the trap this morning
A local moth. Its caterpillars feed on a variety of shrubs and herbaceous plants including common comfrey
I had a Tawny-barred Angle in my trap the other night
A species associated with conifer plantations as the caterpillars feed on the needles of Scots Pine and Norway Spruce. Although I can’t see any conifers from my garden there must be one somewhere near!
I found a Small Angles Shades in the trap a couple of days ago – a new species for me.
Although I’ve never seen one before it is a common species across the UK. Its caterpillars feed on a wide variety of plants but it appear to favour bracken which is unusual.
Following on from yesterday’s blog about the Beautiful Golden Y, today the trap contained a closely related species – the Burnished Brass, so called because of its shiny ‘metallic’ scales.
It is a common species throughout the UK and its caterpillars feed predominantly on nettles.
Burnish means to polish metal
I caught a Beautiful Golden Y in my trap the other day
A very attractively marked moth
It is a resident and common moth – its caterpillars feed on a variety of herbaceous plants including nettles, ragwort and honeysuckle.
As this picture shows it is closely related to the Silver Y which is an immigrant moth which in some summers can arrive in Britain from the Continent in huge numbers