Moth night and a woodcock

Screen Shot 2017-10-05 at 07.57.17 Screen Shot 2017-10-05 at 07.56.57A couple of weeks ago, me and mummy went to a moth night at Lightwood, which was organised by the Lightwood Natural History group and the Derbyshire Moths group.  Before it was dark, Steve from Lightwood Natural History showed us a bee orchid near the stream, and also some marsh and common spotted orchids as well.  As it got dark, the light used to attract the moths had drawn in some map-wing swifts, some large yellow-underwings and some straw dots.  Soon after that,  some silver-ground carpet moths were attracted, and also a green carpet.  Two species of wainscot were drawn in, including common and smoky.  There were some silver Ys, the commonest of that group, and also some beautiful and golden Ys.  To get away from all the midges, me and mummy went with Steve to check his trap, but unexpectedly, we saw a woodcock flying over!  This was my first ever woodcock, and they are really elusive.  I didn’t expect to see one at all!

This is a bee orchid that Steve showed us.

Bee orchid that Steve showed us.

This was a close up of the poplar hawk's wing.

Close up of the poplar hawk’s wing.

When we got back to the other trap, there was a green arches which was really pretty, and also a dark arches.  A few minutes later, a poplar hawk moth appeared.  This was the biggest moth we saw that night. We also saw V and green pugs, straw underwings, a very pretty elephant hawk moth, a magpie (moth), a light emerald, a snout, a common footman, a muslin footman, an ermine, a buff arches, a peach blossom, and a pebble and a coxcomb prominent.  Mummy was very lucky to find a species that had never been recorded at Lightwood before called a beautiful hook-tip.  Altogether, we saw 51 species that night.


This is a flame shoulder.

Flame shoulder 


This is a brown China-mark.

Brown china mark


This is a common wainscot.

Common wainscot.


This is a green carpet.

Green carpet.