Butterflies and moths

Eyed Hawkmoth

Eyed Hawk Moth- bird's eye view!
Eyed Hawk Moth

On the second night of testing my new moth trap which boasts a 125v mercury vapour bulb I caught this beautiful Eyed Hawkmoth. If attacked by a bird it reveals the blue eyes and rocks itself. This has been shown to be an effective deterrent against small birds. The caterpillars of this species feed on the leaves of wild and cultivated willows, sallows and apples. It is not uncommon in the Southern half of Britain, but extremely rare in Scotland. We are near the Northern edge of this species range here in North Yorkshire.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s