Scorched Wings and Spectacles ….

Good moth nights at the moment are few and far between and even when the weather is such that intrepid moth-ers venture out there are no large counts or numbers of species recorded.

A couple of sessions recently on Thorne Moors produced 22 species on 19 May and 24 species on 26 May.  Some seven female emperor moths and a single male have been recorded so far this season.  Thanks to John Hartley for sharing the following fabulous images with us.

Scorched Wing

Scorched Wing

Green Silver-line

Green Silver-line

The superb head on shot (below) of the Spectacle, illustrates just how this moth acquired its common name.

Spectacle

Spectacle

Could I take this opportunity to encouarge our photographic contributors to consider submitting entries to Buglife’s photographic competition.  Winning entries will feature in their limited edition calendar, but ‘moor’ important from our perspective is that they will raise the profile of Thorne and Hatfield Moors.  There’s still plenty of time to take that winning entry, the closing date is not until 30 September.  Photographs will be judged on technical skill, diversity, originality and creativity of composition.  With two of the country’s largest lowland raised mires on your doorstep, a paradise totalling around 3,400 hectares there’s plenty of challenges and wonderful opportunities.

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