As regular readers will know, I have a broad range in wildlife interests and can get interested in just about anything, provided that there is a ‘laymans’ guide for identifying the object of my attention. Moths have always interested me and, in a past life, I and several other ne’er do wells could be found out at all hours on fine nights luring the little beggars to a mercury vapour light. In North America I had to wait until David Beadle and the excellently named Seabrooke Leckie (I think she might read this blog so if THAT baby gets called Seabrooke, well…) produced a truly fine tome in the form of the Peterson ‘Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America’.
Although it came out last year, and I bought one immediately, I’ve rather sat on my hands re identifying the moths in my photos, such as they are. I’ve only taken a casual interest, snapping the odd outside light visitor or interesting ones I’ve found during a day’s birding, odeing etc. I think I will delve a bit deeper now but the days of sitting by a light of a summer evening are perhaps gone, much as large quantities of my blood would be – such is the appetite of the local Mosquitoes for a fine English vintage!
Mothing is a great little interest, one that you can devote as little or as much time as you want to and I recommend it to everyone with an interest in wildlife. I’m likely to remain just north of casual, I’ll photograph what I see and let them go alive as I feel no need to fill trays with dead moths any more than I’d like to grow hair on the palms of my hands! So below are images of varying quality. They are all identified except the last one, I’m still working on that even though it looks like it would be an easy one. If you place your cursor over the image the name will come up. I don’t know whether tablets work the same way, if not, hard luck – buy the book.
I’m happy to have a go at identifying any images of moths (from here) that readers want to send me. If you send me a dead specimen then please don’t be offended if I send you the contents of the cat tray by return. Below is the mystery moth, I got a response from the Facebook Moths and Butterfly group – it is a White Underwing.