Wednesday, 3 June 2015


Moth trapping has been poor to say the least, due to the cool night temperatures and strong winds. I have caught a few moths including my first Poplar Hawkmoths of the year and this nice example of the Seraphim.
It's an uncommon moth in Derbyshire, associated with ancient woodland, the food plant is Aspen and Black Poplar but I do catch it most years probably originating from the Clough Wood area.
I think the common name Seraphim derives from the biblical six-winged angel. The Seraphim moth is unusual in that the small hindwing in the male has what appears to be a second rudimentary wing attached to it thus giving it the appearance of six wings.

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