Day 11 – Moth Night (but no moths)

On Day 11 of 30 Days Wild Martin and I joined in with Moth Night 2016

Organised by Atropos and Butterfly Conservation, Moth Night is an annual moth recording event throughout Britain and Ireland by enthusiasts who then submit their findings online.  There are also local events aimed at raising awareness of moths among the general public.

Every year Moth Night has a theme, and the main theme for Moth Night 2016 is Hawk-moths.

Hawk-moths are the UK’s largest, fastest and most colourful moths.  We had seen some of their caterpillars earlier in the year and so were keen to see what adult moths were living in our garden.

As night set in we set up a simple moth trap by hanging a white sheet over the washing line and shining a torch on it.  Then we waited. And waited.  And waited.

After about 45 minutes a couple of micro moths fluttered over.  Sadly we didn’t have the expertise to identify them properly before they flapped away into the night again.

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After about an hour and a half of sitting in the dark and the drizzle we declared moth night officially over!

Whilst we did not get to see much wildlife, it was still incredibly beautiful out in the garden at night.  Sitting under the Oak trees we could hear the rain but remained fairly dry and warm, definitely a bonus in any ‘Act of Wildness’!

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