Posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
Hummingbird hawkmoth, 14th October 2011
This summer we have occasionally run a moth trap at the release site, looking especially for scarcer species associated with chalk grassland. In eight attempts between May and September, 144 species were recorded. The most interesting of these included Scarce Forester, which has its main UK population on Salisbury Plain, and Ethmia dodecea, a micro-moth restricted to downland habitats in southern England.
The final moth highlight of the year was found a few days ago in a barn - a hummingbird hawkmoth, a charismatic migrant from continental Europe. This was an unusual chance to see one settled, rather than buzzing around flowers.
The trap will be running again next year, when hopefully we will find out more about the moths which share Salisbury Plain with great bustards.