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bodger

Time on my hands.

Since my scare, I've been having to take things quite a bit slower and my inactivity has meant that time has been dragging  a little bit, so tonight I'm going to set my Skinner moth trap.
Two nights ago, there were some very strange noises coming from the garden, so I'm also going to set my trail camera in the hope of getting some images of whatever's been visiting.
I'm not promising anything but I'm hopeful that I might have some interesting photographs to show you. Fingers crossed.
horace

Good luck look forwards to seeing the results
bodger

Well not the results yet but an update. It wasn't forecast but there was a sudden heavy shower at around four this morning and that's the mercury bulb in my moth trap kaput. Hopefully there should still be some moths for you to see.
bodger

I haven't disturbed the moth trap yet but  I had a quick glance in passing and I can see some beauties.
bodger

A not very good photo of a rare ten eyed fox? I'll move the camera a little bit tonight.




emsley

Love it  
lifeonalandslip

I've been thinking about getting a trail cam for my garden too.
I think you may have just saved me some money......
sod

now to catch rear 10eyed fox  
bodger

The moth pictures are in.





























This one got away and landed up on the ceiling.









I hope you enjoyed the pictures, the exercise passed a little time for me and gave me something to do.
Yorkshire Geordie

Wonderful collection you've got in that little lot, Bodger.  
I am impressed, I normally see them on my visor when I'm on my bike, and on the windscreen when I'm in the car.  
I have seen them much closer, but not in as much detail.
Thank you.
Martyn
bodger

Cheers Mart. We all owe you some photos.
sod

  They are great thank you
emsley

Loving the photos
Thank you  
brummie nick

Is Picture 5 an  Elephant Hawk-moth.?
bodger

Yes that's right Nick. We've caught quite a few of them over the years. The only other species that we've had so far, is The poplar hawk moth.
lifeonalandslip

The first pic fascinates me. What an amazing camouflage.
bodger

Its a Buff Tip moth. We've caught them regularly over the years since we started using the moth trap.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buff-tip

If you fancy having a bash at making your own trap, its very easy to knock one up with scrap materials. Its all here in this link.

http://overthegate.myfreeforum.or...t15747.html&highlight=skinner
lifeonalandslip

bodger wrote:
Its a Buff Tip moth. We've caught them regularly over the years since we started using the moth trap.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buff-tip


Thanks for that. I was just going to dig out my Collins insect guide.
bodger

What about getting your hammer and nails out?
Yorkshire Geordie

I didn't need to get get my hammer out, Bodger.
Outside our front door we have a night light that switches itself on at dusk and off at dawn break.
This light attracts mainly spiders that build cobwebs around our windows, letterbox and door.
This morning I espied a fine collection of moths - all resting.

Here is moth number 1....


Moth number 2....


Moth number 3....


Moth number 4....


And finally, moth number 5....

this moth was more spectacular than the others and was all white, covered in a sort of fur and quite large.

I thought I'd show that it isn't always necessary to have special bulbs and traps to see nature's glory - but it does help.  
Martyn
horace

Some great colours on there
bodger

That second one is amazing.
Yorkshire Geordie

I have Googled and found that it may be an emerald moth, Bodger:-

http://www.dereila.ca/whispers/mothsC.html

Maybe  
Martyn
bodger

100 percent.
Yorkshire Geordie

Here is a better shot of that fuzzy white moth



I found this web site http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?guide=Moth&cl=US/GA/Clarke which has lots of pictures and details.
It may be what they call Prodoxus decipiens, but I call it a Fuzzy White Moth  
Martyn
Yorkshire Geordie

Here is another moth that arrived this morning.
This one has a yellow head.  



Martyn
Rare one

Could itbe a common footman ?
Yorkshire Geordie

Wow, thank you Rare one, I just Googled Common Footman and found this
spitting image.




I think you're spot on.  
Martyn
Yorkshire Geordie

Today Biscuit and I saw this beauty nibbling on some ivy on a sawn stump of a tree.



I looked it up and think it's a Meadowhawk dragonfly - so not exactly a moth of any sorts.

Martyn
bodger

Superb.

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