Hawk moths

There hasn’t been much in the moth trap so far – until this morning – a perfect Eyed Hawk Moth, which had just emerged and showed its dazzling “eyes” to great effect, and a Poplar Hawk Moth too. The Eyed Hawk Moth is one of our largest and finest moths and it is always great to uncover one amidst the egg box cartons that are used to line the trap. Also a Buff Tip, which looks just like a tiny piece of birch twig when its wings are folded away.

New research shows that the UK’s larger moths have suffered a 40 year decline, down 40% in some parts of the country, and National Moth Night this year (August 8th-10th) will focus on the Garden Tiger Moth – alarmingly down 92% over the last 40 years! They have occasionally turned up in the trap and I hope this unmistakeable boldly patterned moth is still to be found around Kineton.

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