Another week, another moth trap! This time we had some really great autumnal and late summer moths in the trap. Some of our most fetching moths can be found this time of year - angle shades, gold spots, canary shouldered thorns, and much more! It's another great chance for me to learn some more about these wonderful creatures.
These moths were trapped this week, recorded and then I released them whilst grabbing some shots in the process.
Canary Shouldered Thorn
A few friends of mine that run my local reserve regularly put out moth traps to record what species they have visiting different areas at differing times of the year. The autumn moths will soon be appearing in the traps, and there are big differences in the types of moths found in each season. The moths are trapped at night then photographed and released back in to the wild the next day. My knowledge of moths is basic to non existent, but through the process of photographing and trapping with more learned people, I'm slowly picking up ID skills and information on the moths of Northern Ireland and more specifically, my local patch.
The first moth to come out of the trap for photographing was the Copper Underwing. It gets it's name from the coppery tones of the hind wings which, unfortunately, I didn't get to see when photographing this one. Woodland is a favorite habitat for moths like these, and they will spend the day in old buildings or barns where available, or dead trees in woodland. Commonly seen from July through to the end of October.
You can see from the photos that this moth is very well camouflaged in a woodland environment, these shots are all taken on tree wood from the area:
Next out to be photographed was the beautiful Pink Barred Sallow moth. This one was a bit smaller then the copper underwing, but it's wing colours were fantastic. With mainly yellow wings and pink mottling and bar across both wings, this moth is one of the best I've seen so far. It's a common species found in damp woodland, heath and wetland areas - and can be found from early August to early November. I'm told there are much prettier moths out there than this ones, so I'm looking forward to what the autumn traps might bring!
Last but not least - the final moth from this particular trap was a startlingly brilliant August Thorn. Males are orange/yellow in colour and females paler yellow usually. It is another beautiful moth when seen at macro level, the colours and shape of the scalloped wings are a treat. It's another woodland species, and can also be found in gardens, and flies from July to October.
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