Wednesday, 28 May 2014
Do moths fly in the rain?
Yes, in Thrupp, Oxon, they do. Frustrated after a few nights of non-trapping and confident in Mr & Mrs Robinson's simple but very effective rain shield, I lit the lamp and the following species arrived: the last of my six predictable hawk moth species, the Elephant (following Poplar, Lime, Privet, Eyed and Small Elephant); a Swallow Prominent; a Spectacle; four each of Treble Lines and Flame Shoulder; a White Ermine; and a solitary Cochylis atricapitana which chose one of the two eggboxes which had got damp. Perhaps they enjoy the damp or salt, like mud-puddling butterflies? Martin Wainwright