Morning moths

Lesser elephant hawkmoth - the third year we have recorded this species - and always popular.

Lesser elephant hawkmoth - the third year we have recorded this species - and always popular.

We had a really good morning in the garden, opening up Guy's overnight moth trap. We think we had about 19 new species, not recorded in the past two years. We will send the records into local databases. The largest and most spectacular moths are the hawkmoths but the smaller ones are very beautiful too.

Some of the moths in the trap collect in egg boxes - there were masses of them this year.

Some of the moths in the trap collect in egg boxes - there were masses of them this year.

The moths like to settle on people, which is very endearing

The moths like to settle on people, which is very endearing

Sometimes they tickle a bit...

Sometimes they tickle a bit...

And some of them are massive. This is one of two poplar hawkmoths. We have a large poplar tree by the garden gate. The one we saw last year was a bit moth eaten but this one looked to be in mint condition.

And some of them are massive. This is one of two poplar hawkmoths. We have a large poplar tree by the garden gate. The one we saw last year was a bit moth eaten but this one looked to be in mint condition.

One of two stag beetles - very excited to see these because we have recently made a habitat especially for them.

One of two stag beetles - very excited to see these because we have recently made a habitat especially for them.

A click beetle, which refused to do the click beetle trick - jumping while making a click sound.

A click beetle, which refused to do the click beetle trick - jumping while making a click sound.

We had such a successful trap, Guy offered to return later in the year (scheduled for Sunday 8 October during the Funpalace) to see what we have living in the garden then. We will post the dates and times on the QECF website.