Many people think of moths as the brown, drab cousins of butterflies, and although its true that many moths are well camouflaged, once you start to study them you'll find many are beautiful and very colourful. There are only 59 species of butterfly that breed regularly in the UK and Ireland but there are over 880 species of macro-moth (and around 2500 moth species if you include micro-moths as well). With practice, it is easy to learn some of the commoner species, but it does take a while to become an expert so a good moth book really helps with identification. Luckily our first trapping session coincided with an Open University Pollinators course that was being run at Preston Montford so there were several experts on hand to help.
Here are some of the moths we've caught this month.
Different moths are active at different times of the year, and there are some real beauties out there, so watch this space - we'll be posting more pictures throughout the season.....