So an update on the moth trap. The recently inclement weather has meant it hasn’t been possible to put the trap out for the last 10 days or so, save one evening when it was very cold so the turn out was rather poor. But here are a few of the images from those two nights…
But then. this morning at just after 7 I wandered outside to turn the light off. The plan was to check the contents later, just leave it be for an hour or so. Yet what was that on the frame? Something… I saw this.
Geez. That’s big I thought. I knew what I was seeing; we enjoyed these beauties coming to the trap dad ran when I was a kid and we bred them through from caterpillars and eggs.
We measured her to show you how large we are talking I nudged her onto my finger for you to see her wonderfully curved body.
When pressed, the strange sitting position with the underwing pushed behind the forewing is replaced by the loud orange spot on the underwing, a clear warning to predators to keep back.
And placed on our apple tree you begin to understand the cunning camouflage they use.