Moths by the hundred
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