The Early Thorn and its relatives

There was an Early Thorn in my trap this morning – on the wing between February and May

It is the only one of the Thorn species which holds its wing together over its back like a butterfly

View from above

This contrasts with the Lunar Thorn

The Feathered Thorn

The Canary-shouldered Thorn

And the September Thorn

Moths and a bumblebee

The numbers of moths in my trap are beginning to build up with the milder weather.

This is an Early Thorn – love the beady eye!

This is a Chestnut – lovely orangey colour and distinctive black marks

This is a Brindled Pug – pugs are not very easy to identify ….

This is a Clouded Drab – an unkind name perhaps

And finally there was a rather sleepy Tree Bumblebee in the trap as well – a recent colonist to Britain but one that has been very successful and spread far and wide.