Moth trapping at Ackworth School

I have been putting out the moth trap recently at Ackworth School  during the recent good weather. Here are pictures of a couple of the more colourful moths caught during the past week. Elephant hawk moth is a regular but this is the first ghost moth that I have caught in Ackworth.

ghost moth

ghost moth

Elephant hawk moth

Elephant hawk moth

Moth trapping: Buff Ermine and Muslin Moth

The moth trap has not been very productive recently because of the poor weather. Last night was clear but low temperature and an almost full moon meant that I trapped only two species: buff ermine (a single male) and muslin moth (two males.). Buff ermines mimic ermine moths, which taste unpleasant to birds. In this way, they reduce their chance of being eaten.

buff ermine moth

buff ermine moth

muslin moth

muslin moth