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We went visiting in South Wales, Ystrad Mynach (12 miles north of Cardiff), and took the moth trap with us. A hot weekend again, with particularly hot nights. The catches were enormous on both nights and included beetles and wasps as well as moths: probably the difference between barely farmed Welsh valley-sides and intensively arable-farmed, insecticide-ridden, Essex. Amongst the moths were samples of our favourite monsters - the Elephant Hawk-moth and a second brood of the Poplar Hawk-moth. Thanks to Surreybirder and black52bird for help with the IDs.
The many worth photographing in the trap were:
many lovely pink Blood-veins,
several Pebble Hook-tips,
several Antler Moths,
an extremely striking Gold Spot,
several Dusky Thorns,
a Nut-tree Tussock (shouldn't be surprising given the enormous number of Hazel trees in the area),
a Satin Lutestring (a very localised species, so not something we'd ever have caught in Saffron Walden),
a Rosy Rustic,
a second brood of the Iron Prominent (apologies for the blurred picture),
The remainder in the trap were: