On opening the trap the first moth seen on the top edge of the egg trays was a Scorched Wing. This is a local if well distributed species and one I rarely catch. Without looking through my records it is probably only the second or third record for the garden. They are incredible looking things with wood grain type markings and a purplish tinge to the inner trailing corners of the wings. The upturned abdomen means this individual is a male.
|Scorched Wing, the upturned abdomen means this individual is a male.|
In fact hawkmoths seem to be the stand out species of the late spring and have made up a higher proportion of the catch than they normally would to date. On the 15th June I caught 2 Poplar Hawkmoths and an Eyed Hawkmoth. Prior to that I have caught a few singles of Lime Hawkmoth and Poplar Hawkmoth.
|A squadron of Hawkmoths caught 15/06/13.|
Male and female Poplar Hawkmoths above and Eyed Hawkmoth below.
|Eyed Hawkmoth 15/06/13.|
All hawkmoths are usually easy to handle and are great for showing to people.
|Lime Hawkmoth caught 02/06/13|