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Silver Y. Photo: Kevin Denham

Kevin sent us this Silver Y moth photo taken at Broadmayne on 10/09/21 and tells us:

I spotted this well camouflaged Silver Y moth hiding in a sage bush in my garden this afternoon. It seems to have been a very good year for Silver Y’s having seen several in the garden this summer.

This is an immigrant moth which breeds in good numbers every summer, sometimes hugely abundant.

Here it is well camouflaged but they sometimes can be seen hovering at flowers like a Hummingbird Hawkmoth.

Buff-tip moth caterpillars.Photo: Mark Wright

Mark was pleased to learn that these caterpillars he found in his Poole garden are of the Buff-tip moth.

That’s the one that looks exactly like a broken birch twig, or some even suggest a cigarette butt. Larvae are found between July – early October and as Mark found, they initially feed in groups at night on a variety of broadleaved trees and shrubs.

This much loved little moth has one generation,late May-July.

Red Underwing. Photo: Brian Wilson

Brian sent us this photo of a moth he found on his house wall at Marnhull on 3/09/21. At first he thought it might be a Clifden Nonpareil, and when showing with closed wings it can look very similar, but it is in fact a Red Underwing.

As was suggested when I checked the ID with my go to moth man, Paul Harris, a slight prod would have revealed the striking red and black underwings of this species.

It has one generation, early August-mid October and as Brian discovered can sometimes be found at rest on house walls by day.

Canary Shouldered Thorns. Photo: Mark Pike

Mark opened his trap at Motcombe on 22/08/21 and says:

Not a great deal in the trap yesterday morning but these two Canary Shouldered Thorn’s were rather nice.

Thorns are beautiful moths, and this species can be found from late July-mid October, coming to light in good numbers on occasion.

Rosy Footman. Photo: Rachel Warne

This beautiful little moth , a Rosy Footman was spotted by Rachel on the frame of the back door of her Bovington home on 26/08/21.

The flight season is mid June to early August and will come to light often in numbers.

As Rachel commented, this moth has beautiful colours. In daylight it looks much lighter.

Jersey Tiger. Photo: Bob Watton

Bob sent us this photo of a Jersey Tiger moth, which his little five year old grandson Reuben found in Hamworthy on 17/08/21 while out for a walk with his grandma.

As I told Bob this used to be a rarity but no longer, as we are being sent many sightings of this species nowadays.  It is so good to know young eyes are spotting our butterflies and moths  and hopefully it will encourage a life-long interest in them. Well done Reuben!

Black Arches. Photo: Mark Pike

Pale Prominents. Photo: Mark Pike

Two great images from Mark’s Motcombe garden trap on 15/08/21.

A head on Black Arches and a mirror image of two Pale Prominents.

Both can be seen late July- August though the Pale Prominent often has two generations ,the first being May-June.

Iron Prominent. Photo: Mark Pike

Mocha. Photo: Mark Pike

When Mark ran his Motcombe trap on 2/08/21 he found these two moths, Iron Prominent and a beautifully marked Mocha among others.

Both species are double brooded and are found May-June and late July August.

The Mocha is scarce, but widely distributed in woodland habitat throughout the southern part of Britain.