This annual celebration of ‘all things moth’

...organised by Butterfly Conservation and Atropos, is actually not just one night but three consecutive nights. It brings together moth recording enthusiasts from all around the country and aims to raise awareness of moths to the general public. It takes place on slightly different dates each year (this year it was 12th-14th October), but always within the warmest months when moths will be at their most active. 

Our very own moth recorder Adrian Day is busy with his traps throughout the summer and autumn until the weather finally turns cold. To ensure records from the Millennium Country Park could be submitted as part of National Moth Night, the traps were set on the 13th October. Most moth traps work using a strong light source, to attract the moths towards the trap. As they approach the light source they are deflected into a box below. They remain there, completely unharmed until the moth recorder, or entomologist, examines and identifies them in the morning. After identification, the moths are released into long vegetation.

Adrian caught a number of different species including feathered thorn, november moth, satellite and dusky-yellow sallow. I think the photos above show that moths are anything but boring - they are beautiful, individual and varied (as well as having fantastic names!) There are around 2500 species of moth in the UK - there is more information at the Butterfly Conservation website.

I will take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Adrian who spends many hours trapping, identifying and recording moths here at the Millennium Country Park. These records are really valuable, not only for our own Park records, but also for national recording schemes.

by Head Ranger, Anna Charles

Photographed - feathered thorn, common marbled carpet, dusky lemon sallow and november moth