Spot the moth

Last night's roof-top moth trap was a relative success with several interesting species caught. Pick of the lot was a Tree-lichen Beauty.

Normally when we take moths to our "studio" (= piece of bark at the back of the office), they do their best to get away. Not the Tree-lichen Beauty, which shuffled around for a minute before nestling into a small cranny – where it became surprisingly hard to spot.

 Tree-lichen Beauty

Tree-lichen Beauty

Our most notable moth this week – a Bordered Straw – didn't come from the moth trap; it flew in through my kitchen window late in the evening. Bordered Straw is a migrant, arriving each year in variable numbers, some suspected as coming from as far away as north Africa. This individual was relatively fresh so probably hadn't come so far, but exciting – and attractive – nonetheless.

 Bordered Straw

Bordered Straw