Dis­cov­er­ing a shark in my back gar­den

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile -

Iwalked into my small gar­den the other morn­ing and I saw a shark! It’s a word play from the wildlife king­dom as I didn’t see a big shark flap­ping around on the grass look­ing like a fish out of wa­ter, but I did see a shark – a moth.

The moth it­self was on the garage wall where I run a moth trap most nights. The num­ber and va­ri­ety of moths this year has been very poor and low due to the poor spring weather we all ex­pe­ri­enced and this has re­sulted in poor num­bers and low breed­ing fig­ures for species like bats which feed on the moths.

The warm pe­ri­ods in late June and into July has re­sulted in moth num­bers pick­ing up – which is good news for moths and es­pe­cially the bats!

As for the shark – it is a medium sized brown moth which when it rests it holds

A shark moth

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