The moth trap was running on Banbury Street for the weekly Garden Moth Survey last night (they were released again at dusk, safe from the birds). Result – 92 moths of almost 50 different species. Pink and khaki huge Elephant Hawkmoths are always wonderful to see. A frog had hopped into one of the plant-pots (it’s a foot high, so a big hop) and another smaller one managed to sneak into the house while I was looking at moths in the garden. Luckily I noticed it, and it wasn’t trapped indoors all night.
The white moth is a Clouded Silver – lovely delicate things. There were half a dozen Garden Grass Veneers, tiny green-eyed dragon-like beasties. The final one, a rather poor photo of a rather dull moth, was only the fourth record of this species in Warwickshire – Spindle Knot-horn (Nephopterix angustella) – I’ve had three of them now. Must be living in the spindle in the hedges along Banbury Road.