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.
This weather is fantastic more moths! My trap last night had hundreds of animals in it – here are a few of them.
This is Black Arches – a local species in the south – caterpillars feed on oak
The Drinker – usually a species of wetlands but it does like in gardens – caterpillars feed on coarse grasses like cocksfoot
This is the Gothic – another local species – first time I have seen it – caterpillars feed on a variety of shrubs and plants
This is the Phoenix – common – caterpillars feed on black currants, red currants and gooseberry