Fairlight Moths

A reasonable selection of moths in our garden trap and garden this morning included this pristine Light Emerald- a common species, but like all green moths very attractive. Also of note was a Hummingbird Hawk Moth, only the second one this year, and as usual feeding on Verbena bonariensis.

Notably absent, as usual, was the once abundant Large Yellow Underwing, of which I’ve caught just 5 this year, only 1 in August. Looking through my records the decline is evident, with 105 trapped in 2007, 53 in 2008, 52 in 2009 and 24 in 2010.


2 responses to “Fairlight Moths

  1. hello alan
    nice pic of humm hawk moth, havent had any in the garden this year, we usually get one at least. i will have to look up my large yellow underwing records, but i do remember there being large numbers when i started trapping which was around the same time as yourself here in the hastings area.

    • Be interesting to see your numbers Graham. Liked the Copper Underwing picture, all the ones I’ve caught here look like Copper, no Svensson’s as yet. cheers Alan

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