Thursday, April 7, 2011


With the promise of a warm evening, I set the moth trap up last night and was chuffed today to find my first Herald moth for the garden. I've seen these beauties hibernating in ice houses during bat hibernation surveys, but this is the first time I've seen one close up. It's a beautiful creature. And I love its Latin name: Scoliopteryx libatrix - sounds like a character from Harry Potter! Look at those wings - it looks a bit out of place perched on the corner of an egg tray, but you'd walk right past it if it was in its usual daytime habitat amongst dead leaves!

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