Moths

Our woodland rides and glades are managed and wildflowers planted to encourage insects, butterflies and moths.  Over the years we have intermittently surveyed macro moths but we began to regularly survey and record in 2014.

Heath Moth Trap Photo Su Haselton

Heath Moth Trap
Photo Su Haselton

 

During this time we were using a Heath Moth Trap which ran on battery power.  As you can imagine this was sometimes a ‘bit hit and miss’ depending on the age of the battery!

Nevertheless we were encouraged with the results and so applied for a grant to invest in a new, bigger and mains powered trap.

 

 

Moth Trap Photo by Jonathan Atkins

Moth Trap
Photo by Jonathan Atkins

 

This new trap arrived in 2015 in time to try it out in the 5 Acre meadow adjoining the car park whilst there was an abundance of wildflowers and long meadow grass.

 

 

 

Lesser swallow prominents collected from the 'Heath Trap' Photo by Lily Zecherle

Lesser swallow prominents collected from the ‘Heath Trap’
Photo by Lily Zecherle

 

 

The moths are are attracted by the light, enter the trap and nestle down in the recesses of the egg boxes.  In the morning the moths are carefully transferred from their hiding places into clear plastic pots of various sizes so they can be examined, identified and recorded.  The moths are then released close to their capture point and some loiter long enough to be captured again but this time as a digital image!

 

Micro moths are now part of our ‘identity parade’ but you need a good hand lens as well as good eyesight!

 

 

 

We are used to seeing moths at home against our windows attracted by our house lights but how many of us realise the vast variety of macro moths and their vibrant colours?  We do see some moths during the day such as Cinnabar moths and many of the micro moths.  Did you know that one of the micro moth species has bright blue eyes?

Here is a photographic gallery of Gorse Hill moths:

Hebrew Character Photo by Su Haselton

Hebrew Character
Photo by Su Haselton

 

Small Quaker Photo by Su Haselton

Small Quaker
Photo by Su Haselton

 

 

 

 

 

 

Powdered Quaker Photo by Su Haselton

Powdered Quaker
Photo by Su Haselton

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early Tooth-striped Photo by Su Haselton

Early Tooth-striped
Photo by Su Haselton

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Quaker Photo by Su Haselton

Common Quaker
Photo by Su Haselton

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clouded Drab Photo by Su Haselton

Clouded Drab
Photo by Su Haselton

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dyseriocrania subpurpurella Photo by Richard Walker

Dyseriocrania subpurpurella
Photo by Richard Walker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Marbled Carpet Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Common Marbled Carpet
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

Yellow-line Quaker well camouflaged Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Yellow-line Quaker well camouflaged
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

Red-line Quaker Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Red-line Quaker
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green-brindled Crescent Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Green-brindled Crescent
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

Grey Pine Carpet Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Grey Pine Carpet
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

Beaded Chestnut Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Beaded Chestnut
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Carpet Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Green Carpet
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

Pink-barred Sallow Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Pink-barred Sallow
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunar Underwing Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Lunar Underwing
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Underwing Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Red Underwing
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

Red Underwing Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Red Underwing
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canary-shouldered Thorn Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Canary-shouldered Thorn
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

Turnip Moth Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Turnip Moth
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond back (micro moth) Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Diamond back (micro moth)
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

Carcina quercana Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Carcina quercana
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosy Rustic Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Rosy Rustic
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Satin Photo by Liz Brotherstone

White Satin
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

Small Phoenix Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Small Phoenix
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small Wainscot Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Small Wainscot
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

Argyresthia Brockeella Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Argyresthia Brockeella
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

Single Dotted Wave Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Single Dotted Wave
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bordered Beauty Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Bordered Beauty
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

Catoptria falsella Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Catoptria falsella
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clouded magpie Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Clouded magpie
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

Copper Underwing Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Copper Underwing
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dingy Footman Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Dingy Footman
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

Lychnis Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Lychnis
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mouse Moth Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Mouse Moth
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

Willow Beauty Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Willow Beauty
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Y Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Silver Y
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

Shaded Broad-bar Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Shaded Broad-bar
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

Poplar Grey Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Poplar Grey
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother of Pearl Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Mother of Pearl
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

Lesser Yellow Underwing Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Lesser Yellow Underwing
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

Herald Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Herald
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

Grey Dagger Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Grey Dagger
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dun-bar Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Dun-bar
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

Common White Wave Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Common White Wave
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

Acleris forsskaleana Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Acleris forsskaleana
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swallow-tailed Moth Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Swallow-tailed Moth
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

Slender Brindle Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Slender Brindle
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scalloped Oak Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Scalloped Oak
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

Eyed Hawkmoth Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Eyed Hawkmoth
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clay Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Clay
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

Burnished Brass Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Burnished Brass
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buff Arches Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Buff Arches
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

Bordered Pug Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Bordered Pug
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spectacle moth Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Spectacle moth
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

Small Magpie Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Small Magpie
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peppered moth Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Peppered moth
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

Peach Blossom Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Peach Blossom
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light Emerald Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Light Emerald
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grey Arches Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Grey Arches
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

Green Silver Lines Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Green Silver Lines
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

Coxcomb Prominent Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Coxcomb Prominent
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ghost moth (male) Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Ghost moth (male)
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

Ghost Moth (female) Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Ghost Moth (female)
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buff Tip Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Buff Tip
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

Bordered Sallow Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Bordered Sallow
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angle Shades Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Angle Shades
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

Uncertain! But worth a photo Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Uncertain yes it is its name Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small Angle Shades Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Small Angle Shades
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

Shoulder - striped Wainscot Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Shoulder – striped Wainscot
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

Garden Carpet Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Garden Carpet
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drinker Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Drinker
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

The Drinker caterpillar Photo by Liz Brotherstone

The Drinker caterpillar
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

Scorched Wing Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Scorched Wing
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

Buff Ermine Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Buff Ermine
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

Purple Bar Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Purple Bar
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

Poplar Hawkmoth Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Poplar Hawkmoth
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middle-barred Minor Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Middle-barred Minor
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

Lesser Swallow Prominent Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Lesser Swallow Prominent
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingrailed Clay Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Ingrailed Clay
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

Green Arches Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Green Arches
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elephant Hawkmoth Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Elephant Hawkmoth
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

Common Wainscot Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Common Wainscot
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

Clouded Border Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Clouded Border
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brown China Mark Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Brown China Mark
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

Brimstone Moth Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Brimstone Moth
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Ermine Photo by Liz Brotherstone

White Ermine
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

Treble Lines Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Treble Lines
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small Square Spot Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Small Square Spot
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shuttle-shaped Dart Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Shuttle-shaped Dart
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

Pebble Prominent Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Pebble Prominent
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

Heart and Dart Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Heart and Dart
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

Flame Shoulder Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Flame Shoulder
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

Common Swift Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Common Swift
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

Cinnabar Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Cinnabar
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

Ancylis badiana Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Ancylis badiana
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Ground Carpet Moth Photo by Su Haselton

Silver Ground Carpet Moth
Photo by Su Haselton

 

 

 

 

 

Ruby tiger Photo by Katherine Morley

Ruby tiger
Photo by Katherine Morley

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesser swallow prominents Photo by Lily Zecherle

Lesser swallow prominents
Photo by Lily Zecherle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large emerald Photo by Katherine Morley

Large emerald
Photo by Katherine Morley

 

 

 

 

Green-brindled crescent Photo by Katherine Morley

Green-brindled crescent
Photo by Katherine Morley

 

 

 

 

 

Garden tiger Photo by Katherine Morley

Garden tiger
Photo by Katherine Morley

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden tiger Photo by Katherine Morley

Garden tiger
Photo by Katherine Morley

 

 

 

 

 

Dark arches Photo by Katherine Morley

Dark arches
Photo by Katherine Morley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canary-shouldered thorn Photo by Katherine Morley

Canary-shouldered thorn
Photo by Katherine Morley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broad-bordered yellow underwing Photo by Katherine Morley

Broad-bordered yellow underwing
Photo by Katherine Morley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Svenssons Copper Underwing caterpillar Photo by Liz Brotherstone

Svenssons Copper Underwing caterpillar
Photo by Liz Brotherstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2014 over 60 different macro moths were recorded in the heath trap:

Barred umber                                        Beaded chestnut                                   Brindled beauty

Broad bordered yellow underwing            Buff ermine                                           Buff tip

Canary shouldered thorn                        Clouded border                                      Common carpet

Common dart                                       Common footman                                  Common pug

Common rustic                                    Common wainscot                                Copper underwing

Coxcomb prominent                             Currant pug                                           Dark arches

Dingy footman                                    Double dart                                            Double square spot

Drinker                                               Dun-bar                                                Early thorn (2nd generation)

Engrailed (1st & 2nd gen)                    Flame shoulder                                      Flounced rustic

Garden tiger                                     Green brindled crescent                           Grey pine carpet

Heart and dart                                  Hebrew character                                     Hedge rustic

Ingrailed clay                                   July highflier                                            Large emerald

Large yellow underwing                     Large wainscot                                        Lesser broad bordered yellow                                                                                                                       underwing

Lesser swallow prominent                 Lesser yellow underwing                           Light emerald

Light feathered rustic                        Mottled beauty                                         Orange swift

Peppered moth                                Pinion-streaked snout                               Plain golden Y

Plain wave                                      Poplar hawk                                             Rosy rustic

Ruby tiger                                      Satin wave                                               Scalloped oak

Scallop shell                                  Silver Y                                                    Six striped rustic

Small emerald                                Small fan foot                                            Smoky wainscot

Southern wainscot                         Spruce carpet                                            Square spot rustic

Straw dot                                      V pug                                                         Willow beauty

 

 

 

 

 

 

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