Marvellous moths

There a significant variety of moths to see on the wing, whatever time of year

2019 marks the twentieth anniversary of Moth Night, when individuals and organisations carry out moth counts nationally. For the first time, the ranger team at Lower Cadworthy Farm turned on the lights and prepared for the count.

Leading up to this, the rangers have been working closely with a member of the Devon Moth Group, improving their moth identification skills.

First of all, a Skinner trap is carefully placed outside and left overnight. At first light, the trapped moths are checked and individually identified before being released.

Skinner trap
Skinner trap
Skinner trap

It's not just a summertime activity, because different species of moth fly during different months of the year, whilst others fly all year round. This means there's always a variety of moths to see.

Angle Shades can be recorded all year round, but mainly between May and October. However, we recorded this example in late December. 

Angle Shade moth
Angle Shade moth
Angle Shade moth

Other recent catches have included the Peppered moth, Foxglove Pug and Scalloped Hazel.