Talking of hawk-moths, one warm evening in late May, our garden honeysuckle attracted Lime and Poplar Hawk-moths. I only photographed the former: what a cracker!
I shouldn't be too disparaging about my own garden. I have had some quality since returning from Extremadura. Buttoned Snout was a tick (nationally scarce to boot) and the local Grass Rivulet only my second (plus a garden tick). Also new for the trap was Pale Oak Beauty. And there was some other nice stuff too, including the first Elephant Hawk-moth of the year.
Finally, the belters are back! On Saturday lunchtime, just before cricket, I hung out some clearwing lures for 15 minutes, and had a Red-belted Clearwing come in (although it appeared to be more interested in the Hornet Moth lure; perhaps I have mixed them up... Either way, it is great that this nationally scarce species is again here this summer.
On Sunday, Family Lowen attended the Tasburgh Moth Morning hosted by Mike Dawson and Andy Musgrove. In a cute little reserve in this lovely village south of Norwich, a crowd nourished by bacon butties had the vicarious pleasure of watching other people open their moth traps. And how these country folk moth! Crowd-pleasers such as hawk-moths were everywhere, so too ermines. Interesting moths such as Buff-tip and Pebble Prominent were commonplace for these lucky trappers. Granted there was nothing mega - but there was still one new moth for me (Plain Golden Y) plus species that simply don't make it to New Costessey (e.g. Cream-bordered Green Pea and Brown Rustic).