Our current residential volunteer Jim has been braving the midges and clegs to venture out on an evening to put out his moth traps, and what an amazing amount of moths he's caught!! These include Garden Tigermoths, Burnished Brass moths and even an Elephant Hawkmoth. All firsts for me! And if you are anything like me and think that moths are a poor relative to the more colourful, delicate and beautiful butterfly then you couldn't be more wrong! The Garden Tigermoth has the most amazing "leopard print" patterns on its upper wings with its lower wings being bright red and spotty! Truly beautiful! We have a special event on next Saturday (23rd July) 9am - 12pm Flutterbys and Crawlie Creepers! A chance to come along and have a look at some of the moths that live at Mersehead. My colleague Alison will be on hand to tell you all about the fascinating moths and our reidential volunteer Phil will be doing some mist netting to try and catch some butterflies and other mini beasts for you to have a look at. All moths, butterflies and mini-beasts are returned to the wild once we've looked at them!
So if you are free next Saturday and want to see some some of these magical moths for yourselves then pop down to Mersehead!