More magnificent moths!

A few more moth shots to share with you today folks.  Tim Brain kindly brought a spectacular species in that he had caught at home near Rumbling Bridge – a Merveille du Jour, which translates from French as ‘Marvel of the day’.  Not particularly rare, but it favours mature Oak trees.  A first for me, and I think you’ll agree it really is rather striking!  It certainly lives up to it’s name…

Merveille du Jour

Merveille du Jour

A second generation Burnished Brass was also a surprise catch this morning, given that they are usually caught in May and June:

Burnished Brass

Burnished Brass

This Frosted Orange was the second of this species caught this week, and is expected at this later stage of the season:

Frosted Orange

Frosted Orange

The Grey Chi below caused quite a stir when the BBC featured the as-yet unidentified moth on their ‘Day in Pictures’ section.  Responses came in from as far afield as Quebec!  It has subsequently been confirmed, after Tim consulted a number of ID guides, and fellow moth specialists.

Grey Chi

Grey Chi

A couple of increasingly common moths as the season moves on are Rosy Rustic and Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing.  The former is actually rivalling the Large Yellow Underwing as the most frequently trapped species at present, with 22 in today’s catch.

Rosy Rustic

Rosy Rustic

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

About Craig.Nisbet

Reserve Officer Loch Leven National Nature Reserve Scottish Natural Heritage
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