A particular favourite is the Elephant Hawkmoth, pictured below beside a Small Elephant Hawkmoth to emphasise the size difference. They are so-called because their caterpillar resembles the trunk of an elephant - in colour, not size!
In our previous blog post we mentioned Cinnabar moth caterpillars. Last night we caught 13 Cinnabar moths. These moths are distinctively coloured and are day flyers.
Pale lemon coloured and equisitely shaped is the Swallow-tailed moth. Named after the bird because of its forked tail.
Amongst the moths trapped was this Drinker. We often find their caterpillars feeding on Marram grass amongst the sand dunes.
Often moth's names relate to their wing markings, such as the Angle Shades:
For any moth enthusiasts, our other records included 14 Lime-speck Pugs, 7 Common Footman, 25 Tawny Shears, 4 Dark Arches, 8 White Colons, 4 Broad-barred Whites and 3 Bright-line Brown-eyes.
Thanks to the blue skies, there were countless photo opportunities. We took full advantage with the National Trust video camera and hope to share the results with you in the not-too-distant future.
- Ajay and Paul