Thursday 29 July 2010

156 not out

This is my first year trapping moths and as anyone who has done it will tell you, it can take over your life. In fact it can be so time consuming that many pack it in or do it very infrequently. I keep thinking that the longer I keep going the easier it will get ..... time will tell. It is however very rewarding as just when you think you've seen all there is in your garden new species keep on appearing. I'm up to 156 and here is species 156......

Vapourer Orgyia antiqua 

Moths are very important to our ecosystem supporting birds, amphibians, mammals and us.

They are under recorded with only a handful of people submitting moth records to their counter recorder so if you do manage to photograph any then please get in touch with your county recorder.


  1. Like the moth pic ~ though in my ignorance it looks like muscular rabbit with wings! Cracking!

  2. I've not seen one of those Tim, but I did find a caterpillar at East Chev a couple of years back. Its right what you say about the number in the garden though, I'm on 268 for this year and am still getting up to a dozen new ones each week. Its funny that you move up north to moth trap where very few people do it and find another Sexton just starting up!! Keep the light on. S