I thought I’d get a photo of this Herald alongside Richard Lewington’s illustration in the field guide – he’s a superb artist with a real eye for detail. The Latin name – Scoliopteryx libatrix – makes it sound like something out of Harry Potter! With those colours these moths are really well camouflaged when they find some dead leaves to rest amongst during the day. Herald moths hibernate in cool places during the winter. A few years ago I came across several during a Bat hibernation survey in various ice-houses in Bedfordshire.
‘Like moths to a flame’ the saying goes. This moth is called The Flame. It wraps its wings around its body, taking on the appearance of a broken twig.
This is a Bee Moth, so-called because the larvae can be found inside Bee & Wasp nests feeding on the honeycomb.
This tiny soldierfly was also present – it’s a male Black-horned Gem (Microchrysa polita).