Elephants in the Churchyard

Last Saturday night we ran our monthly moth catch in St Michael's churchyard using a Robinson Moth trap. Despite it being a little soggy in the early hours of the morning when we opened up the trap we found a wealth of winged, jewelled treasures. We were amazed at the number of elephant hawkmoths- 12 elephant hawkmoths and 12 small elephant hawkmoths, what a haul! There were also 24 other species present in the trap ranging from the bright yellow brimstone to the black and white Coronet. See the Insect sightings page for a complete list of species caught.


We are running the moth trap on the first Sunday of every month in the churchyard to monitor the moth species present in this important habitat throughout the year. Anyone is welcome to join us to have a look at and enjoy what has been caught.




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