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A hot day, but a cooler night with light rain and a strong breeze. Trap was still pretty full though and included not one but two Privet Hawk-moths.
Those worth photographing were:
Others in the trap were:
Finally, there was a wasp in the trap, one of the perfectly normal
household kind, which insisted on attacking the moths. It was quite
persistent, coming back to find more when it had finished playing with
one. Having asked the good folk at Bird
Forum in the Butterflies
and Moths forum about this, Harry Eales said "the answer's quite
simple: wasps will kill and eat moths, especially the wasps of the genus Vespa.
Some will cut up the moths and carry small pieces back to the nest. Moths are
protein". Yuk, or Nature At Work, depending on your frame of mind.