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These are just a few moths from last weekend at Portland Bird Observatory in Dorset. They trap every night at the Obs and, because of their southern-coast location, just as with the birds they also get many migrant moths. However, I was too busy birding to take many moth photos and I’m fairly sure these are all common Brits. They’re not species I would necessarily see in Wales though and they are pretty, especially that third one (bottom left).

These are: Black rustic (Aporophyla nigra), Feathered Brindle (Aporophyla australis), Green-brindled Crescent (Allophyes oxyacanthae), and Lunar Underwing (Omphaloscelis lunosa).

171022 Fox moth caterpillar

While out walking the cliff-top paths on Saturday afternoon, one of our team also found this little fella pottering along on the grass beside the track. It’s a Fox moth larva (Macrothylacia rubi).

We also spotted a ton of these webs in the brambles near the main lighthouse. They house the larvae of Brown-tail moths (Euproctis chrysorrhoea).