We put the moth trap out last night and were thrilled to open it this morning and find two Privet Hawkmoths inside, our largest resident moths. There's something very special about catching a hawkmoth and these two were huge. Bug Mad Girl couldn't resist holding them and one even ended up on her nose!
The moth trap has been a bit quiet so far this year, but there seemed to be much more in it last night including 2 Privet Hawkmoths, 1 Burnished Brass, 7 Small Magpies, 1 Mottled Beauty, 1 Common White Wave, 1 Beautiful Hook Tip, 1 Riband Wave, 18 Heart and Darts, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, 1 Marbled Minor, 2 Brimstone Moths, 1 Common Footman, 2 Common Wainscots and 3 Dark Arches.
|Beautiful Hook Tip|
In the afternoon we took the dog for a walk around Pulpit Hill and Grangelands. It's such a fantastic place at this time of year, bursting with thousands of orchids and alive with butterflies.
We saw Common Spotted, Chalk-Fragrant and Pyramidal Orchids in abundance. We also found a beautiful Bee Orchid on Grangelands and checked on the very rare Musk Orchids that we'd found last week.
|Chalk-fragrant Orchid with a dog|
growing out of it!
|Most Chalk-Fragrant orchids were pink, but|
we saw several white ones as well
|Lovely Musk Orchids|