As Winter slowly slips into slumber, it seems that Spring is rushing into action. Within just a few days, the once-bare winter trees are bursting with buds, shoots, new leaves and blossom. Blink, and you may miss it.
Last summer I attended a Wildlife Trusts’ course on moth identification and trapping. I found the course fascinating and was amazed to find out there are over 2,500 individual moth species in the UK alone! They range from the impressive Death’s-head Hawkmoth, Acherontia atropos, with a typical wingspan of up to 13cm, making it the largest here in the UK. Through to the smallest, Enteucha acetosae, with a tiny wingspan of just 3mm, one of the worlds smallest moth species. Some species of moth are just as beautiful as a butterfly, like this Elephant Hawkmoth, Deilephila elpenor, which is a bright pink and green, looking almost exotic.