I’ve been running a moth trap since mid-April after I received one for my birthday and I’ve had some success catching a variety of species of moth which I will probably show at one of the indoor meetings. As well as moths, I usually catch a few other insects such as wasps, flies, and midges, but last night I caught a rather splendid burying beetle – not quite as good as the lesser stag beetles that Francis has caught – but nonetheless a great find in the trap. I have no idea how common these are around Wakefield, probably quite common, but a first for my garden!
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.