Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Moth Trapping in Brede High Wood

On Friday 14th September we met at Brede High Wood for the last moth trapping session of the year.

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 midnight 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 East Sussex.


Other moths we caught that night were Burnished Brass (Diachrysia chrystis);

 
Sallow (Xanthia icteritia);



and Snout (Hypena proboscidalis).

 

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

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