|Brown Long-eared Bat, Westcott 13th March|
Unknown to me this bat had obviously been chasing the beetle too and ended up in the net instead! It must have caught up with its prey a second or two beforehand because a subsequent torchlight search of the grass around the trap produced the headless body of a Great Diving Beetle Dytiscus marginalis, possibly too large and crunchy a meal even for a Brown Long-eared.
|Deceased Dytiscus marginalis, Westcott 13th March|
Running the light trap means that I get regular visits from bats but they're just as entitled to be there and I doubt that they really make all that much difference to the numbers of moths caught. All bat species in the UK are protected so it would be illegal to interfere with them anyway, even if one wanted to. After his photo had been taken this one was quickly released and flew off, seemingly unfazed by the experience!