For once it was not raining, but under a clear sky and with rapidly falling temperatures we were not optimistic of finding much.
We were just packing up around when Heather spotted this magnificent moth on a tree trunk adjacent to her moth trap.
This is the Clifden Nonpareil (Catocala fraxini) moth and I would hazard a guess that this is the largest insect in
Other moths we caught that night were Burnished Brass (Diachrysia chrystis);
There were also quite a few hornets (Vespa crabro) about. This one I believe is a young queen hornet. Another truly magnificent insect, even if slightly more alarming than the Clifden Nonpareil.
All photographs by Heather Martin 17/09/2012