Biggest catch of Moths ever
well for me anyway ...!
These moths were caught in my home made moth trap on Saturday 12th July,
I bring them in and usually pop then into a little tub then put them in the fridge, this does not harm them but calms them down so I can take a photo, before carefully releasing them into the Ivy on the shed wall, this is done late evening. Unknown to me the Sparrows were watching, one of the moths took off and was about to go into the house, when out of no were a male Sparrow swooped into the kitchen and took the moth.. Very sad for the moth but great to watch the Sparrow do this.
Had the moth trap out last night, the Sparrows are already lining up on the shed roof !!!!
The most beautiful moth
Swallow-tailed Moth ( ourapteryx sambucaria) (12/7/14)
This is a large moth, flies at night in June and July.. but did disturb this one while gardening.
It is attracted to light sometimes in big numbers.
The larvae feed on trees and shrubs including elder, hawthorn, honeysuckle and Ivy.
They are very hard to spot when they land on the Ivy as they just look like a leaf.
Small Grey (Eudonia mercurella)
This moth flies from June to August, the larvae feed on moss growing on tree trunks and walls.
Small Fan-Foot (Herminia grisealis) (12/7/14)
These moths fly in one or two generations from early May to mid August, and the larvae feed on
deciduous trees, including oak, alder, birch, and they will feed on fallen leaves.
Marbled Beauty (Cryphia domestica) (12/7/14)
The above two photos are the same moth, this highlights how difficult it can be to ID sometimes.
The colouring of this moth gives it great camouflage against Lichens, were it lays its eggs.
The adult fly at night July to August.
Bee Moth (Aphomia sociella) (12/7/14)
This moth flies from June to August, the caterpillars feed on the honeycomb in bumblebee, bee and wasp nests.
Dark Fruit-Tree Tortrix (Pandemis heparana) (12/7/14)
This moth flies from late May to mid September, the larvae feed on various trees and shrubs, including oak, willow,birch, honeysuckle, apple and pear.
Brown House Moth (Hofmannophila pseudospretella) (12/7/14)
This moth I found interesting when researching, some moths have great names but this is a simple brown moth, probably originated from Asia, but the brown house moth is SYNANTHROPIC , (which I had to look up to find out what it meant). It has been introduced to other regions by human activity and now is found almost world wide.The adults fly all year.
It can be a pest, due to the feeding activity of it's caterpillar.
Caddisfly (Trichoptera) (12/7/14)
There are 199 British and Irish species of Caddisfly of which 3 have only been recorded in Ireland.
These insects are also called Sedgeflies or Railflies.
While looking for information on moths, one thing struck me is how important trees were for there survival especially oak.
Thanks for the information