|The moth trap, in amongst the rhubarb|
It's always such a treat to open the trap in the morning and see what's inside. You just never know what might be in there.
The robins and sparrows get very excited when they see the moth trap out and hang around waiting to see if they can snatch any of the moths. The robins are the boldest, sitting right next to us and even on the box. We do our best to let the moths go in a safe place, but the birds do always get some of them.
|Looking a bit ragged - must have young somewhere!|
|A privet hawk-moth and a large beetle called a cockchafer|
|Who wouldn't want a hawk-moth moustache for Moth Night!|
It's not only moths that are attracted to the light of the moth trap. We also caught a few cockchafers and some burying beetles. The burying beetles are the undertakers of the insect world, burying dead birds and rodents and using them as a food source for their larvae. They're always covered in little mites and are a bit smelly, but just the sort of thing that fascinates Bug Mad Girl.
|Burying beetles, also known as sexton beetles|
|They're covered in little orange mites on their underside|