#30DaysWild 18: Identifying moths

On a wet day, our wild action is just to look up some moths we’ve recently spotted around the eco lodges, like this ‘speckled yellow’, above. These are moths we happened upon, but we’d also like to do some moth trapping over the summer with guests.

Speckled Yellow is a pretty day flying moth that flies during May and June, sometimes in large numbers. It likes scrub habitats, and the larvae eat wood sage, white dead nettle and yellow archangel, all of which are found at Wheatland Farm. It’s a common resident UK species that’s well distributed. But it’s not the only yellow moth around…

This brimstone moth, turned up roosting on the cladding and bicycle wheel lights at Balebarn Lodge back in April, and it’s taken us until now to look it up properly. It’s another common resident species, and a beautiful one. Its larval food plants include blackthorn, hawthorn and sometimes plumb species, and is often found in hedgerows and gardens.

This delicate creature, with its intricate patterns is probably a smoky wainscot, another common resident needing grasses and common reed – plenty of that around here.

This moth looks charmingly old fashioned, like someone had embroidered a smocked dress. We think it’s probably a silver ground carpet, but we’re not sure. They like hedgerows and scrub, and this one was found on the window frame at Honeysuckle Lodge.

Previously for #30DaysWild

This time last year: We were visiting the cows what do our conservation grazing. They’ll be back at Wheatland Farm any day now for this year’s summmer.

This time in 2018: Sawfly caterpillars were munching their way through the yellow flag at the Wheatland Farm wildlife pond

This time in 2017: Euan was having a bit of a Zen moment with the pebbles at Westward Ho beach.