Moths by the hun­dred

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile -

Iwrote about cad­dis­flies turn­ing up in my moth trap on a reg­u­lar ba­sis a few weeks ago. Well a cou­ple of species of moths which are al­ways im­pres­sive and are turn­ing up in good num­bers in my trap are large yel­low un­der­wings. They are com­mon in the late sum­mer and through into the au­tumn and in the moth traps across Dun­geness there can be hun­dreds of them in each trap in the morn­ing. Hav­ing that many re­ally makes the trap hum and vi­brate, if you ven­ture out and have a look dur­ing the night. The large yel­low un­der­wings lay their eggs on a range of plants or grasses and they are found from the late sum­mer through into the au­tumn. An­other im­pres­sive moth I have caught this au­tumn has been the red un­der­wing. I have put one on my hand to show the size and you can see the vivid red pat­terns on the un­der­wing or hind­wing. This species lays its eggs on wil­low or sal­low and is one of the largest moths in this coun­try. The early au­tumn is a time when you can dis­turb or find them dur­ing the day on walls or fences.

A red un­der­wing and a large yel­low un­der­wing

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