A carpet in the woods

Many of the creatures that call the reserve home only venture out once the sun has gone down. Getting an opportunity to see these creatures can be tricky.

With some fancy equipment (a light bulb and a bucket) the world of moths can be revealed . . . The moths simply fly towards the light and fall into the bucket. They are quite happy to spend a few hours sheltering in egg boxes in the bucket, before being identified and released in the morning.

A green carpet © Rhian Davies

Generally the moths people are used to seeing aren’t the beauties that are revealed from a moth trap. Some of the names are fantastic too. Over the last couple of nights, tawny barred angle and welsh waves are just two moths discovered in the bucket. My favourite thought was this beauty pictured above: a green carpet moth.

Rhian – Seasonal Ranger

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Many of the creatures that call the reserve home only venture out once the sun has gone down. Getting an opportunity to see these creatures can be tricky. With some …

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