Treasures from the moth trap 

I’ve recently become more interested in moths. There are many more moths than butterflies, lots are stunningly beautiful, their wings etched with exquisite patterns, beautiful colours and edged with flourishes. Truly they are as beautiful than their better known butterfly cousins. 

There are moths that fly during the day such as the striking black and red cinnabar moth. Nocturnal moths are harder to see, but a moth trap can reveal jewels that you had no idea were around, treasures from the night garden. 

My moth trap, a birthday gift, is a safari trap. Lightweight, collapsible and portable it is the perfect trap for me, as we do not get huge numbers of moths in our own garden, it means we can run the trap when we’re on holiday visiting a new place to see what is around. 

Safari moth trap set up in our garden

This weekend we were staying in a shepherd’s hut, in a small village in Derbyshire, in a meadow. This morning, the trap had some great moths to see and ID. 

Look at how beautiful some of these moths are, it’s fascinating to see these treasures, creatures of the night that you would never normally see, I feel very privileged to get a glimpse into their world. 

Light emerald moth
Barred straw moth
Heart and dart moth
Large yellow underwing moth
Large yellow underwing moth
Narrow winged pug moth
Large yellow underwing moth
Flame shoulder moth

Black sexton beetle

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