The Small Emerald, a delightful pale green colour with bars of white.
The Spectacle, if you look at the head you can just see the two round markings that give it it's name.
The Iron Prominent, the prominents are members of the Notodontidae family of moths that includes an incredible 3,800 members, the Spectacle above and the Buff Tip, and the Lesser Swallow Prominent, which I have photographed are also from this family. Typically they are heavy bodies and long winged, the wings being folded back at rest. many species have a tuft of hair on the trailing edge of the fore wing, which protrudes upwards at rest giving them the name Prominent. The Iron Prominent is so called due to the rusty specks on the wings
A little bit worse for where on the back of the head.
This is a Sallow Kitten, and really beautifully marked moth.
One of the commonest groups of moths around at the moment, and the one most likely to annoy those with open windows on a summer night are the Waves. This one is the Riband Wave.
The Common Carpet.
The Spruce Carpet.
The Willow Beauty
The Small Rivulet.
And the Barred Red, which has some very delicate markings on the upper wings
These beautifully marked and shaped moths, are from the Drepanid family and there are 15 species found of these moths in the UK. They get the name Hook-tip from the distinctive hook shape at the top of the fore wing. The first, the Scalloped Oak
The Lesser Treble Bar
The Dark Brocade
Usually a dull brown grey, these two do have some beautiful markings on the upper wing, first the Broad bordered Yellow Underwing.
This is the Herald, this is now close to the end of its flying season, and is probably the reason for the washed out appearance.
When I go to the moth trap in the morning, I am always hoping to find one of the spectacular large moths, the ones I have just posted here are beautiful in their own right with intricate detail, subtle colours, and amazing shapes. But the there is just something about the large moths. Maybe its because you never see them during the day, but in most cases they are just big and colourful. There have been the usual hawk-moths this week, Elephants, and Poplars, but this one was a new one, the Garden Tiger. Not an uncommon moth, but definitely a spectacular looking moth.