The Inked Naturalist

Last night I trapped an Elephant….

A check of the moth traps this morning was very productive. There were two of the ubiquitous Hebrew Characters a couple of White Ermine, a Setaceous Hebrew Character, three Mottled Pug and another Herald. There was also only my second Bright-line Brown-eyes.

Bright-line-Brown-eyes

A Brimstone Moth was a new one for the garden as was a Garden Carpet.

Garden Carpet

 

The next new species to be seen were three Least Black Arches; these diminutive macros could easily be mistaken for a micro!

Least Black Arches

The next new species to be recorded was the stunning and delightfully named Lychnis.

Lychnis

 

Lychnis

 

Another new addition to my garden was a very striking moth called Spectacle.

Spectacle

 

Spectacle

 

Spectacle

 

Spectacle

 

Coxcomb Prominent was another new one for the season.

Coxcomb Prominent

 

Coxcomb Prominent

 

However the biggest surprise came in the form of the unquestionably stunning Elephant Hawkmoth!

Elephant Hawkmoth

 

Elephant Hawkmoth

 

Elephant Hawkmoth

 

Elephant Hawkmoth

 

Elephant Hawkmoth

 

Epic!

Huge thanks again to Les Hill for help with the ID’s!

 

One Comment to "Last night I trapped an Elephant…."

  1. Janneke says:

    Wow. I’ll be attending a study week ‘specialised’ in insects the coming week. Was planning to focus on dragon- and hoverflies. Am now starting to think about moths…

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