Sunday 10 June 2018

Moth Season: Bond and the Elephant

With the arrival of June, mothing is through the roof, with much larger numbers in the trap. Every morning is like Christmas morning, not knowing what is going to be waiting to be discovered. A perennial favourite, Elephant Hawkmoth, is regularly caught in our little suburban garden, though rarely seen during the day. It is an amazing creature, combining jet fighter aerodynamics, with stunningly audacious colours. Always a joy!

But my favourite group of moths are the prominents. I don't catch many, but each one is a real treat. So far this year, I have trapped one Lesser Swallow Prominent and two Iron Prominents. Iron Prominent is class, sophisticated and handsome, like James Bond perhaps.

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