Throughout this year, I've had the moth trap on quite a lot, twice a week now depending on the weather. However, because of the weather and the cold spells during April and May, moths are a bit late this year. But recently, because of the warmer weather, numbers of moths have definitely been boosted and I am starting to get a wider variety of moths.
Last week we caught our first Eyed and Poplar Hawk moths and this week we managed to catch a new species, I originally thought without using the book that this was an Alder Kitten however after a couple of views through the book I identified this moth as a Poplar Kitten.
This moth is quite an unusual moth to get as it is less frequent in northern England and it is the first time I have caught one. The flight season is one generation from late May to July. The larva feed on poplars or Aspen, sometimes reported on Willows. The moths usually most frequent on poplar plantations, however also found in woods and gardens.
Another species of moth I caught is called the Bird's Wing, which on average I catch about three times a year, it's a beautiful moth and a pleasure to see close up.
Other moths included; first Elephant Hawk moth of the year
First Buff Tip of the year
First Silver Y of the year
Large Yellow Underwing
However the rarest moth today I saw was not caught in the trap, infact I saw it "hovering" in the front garden on our flower bed. A HUMMINGBIRD HAWK MOTH decided to drop in and gave me and my my brother a fantastic and unmistakable view, even though it's the first time I've ever seen one.
Aren't moths brilliant.