After a fascinating talk on Friday evening, Adrian Russell handed out ten moth traps to be set up in people’s gardens overnight, and we gathered back together at 8 o’clock this morning to find out the results and have breakfast together.
The most astonishing thing for me was the number of elephant hawk moths, with nine or ten in some traps.
They are such striking looking moths, with their large eyes and their pink and brown colouration. There must be hundreds of elephant hawk moth caterpillars eating their way through rose bay willowherb and fuchsia plants around Knighton.
Other moths included the very striking buff tip, which looks like a broken off birch twig and two different examples of peppered moths, the classic example of evolutionary pressures at work.
As well as the moths, there were bumble bees, wasps, caddis flies, lacewings and beetles in the traps, all of which flew off.
This was a an excellent event, and there are more photos and a short video on our Facebook page.
Adrian has provided us with a full list, which shows that we collected 1,070 moths from 112 species. This is fantastic, and we will get the data uploaded into NatureSpot.
Adrian has also offered to loan us a trap and the book that he recommends for identification, so that we can loan them to members of Knighton Wild. This is great news, and we will set up a scheme to loan them out and let members know.