The Moth Breakfast (Sunday 3rd July, 2016) was a great success and a big hit with everyone who went. A great spread of tea/coffee, orange juice, freshly barbecued bacon rolls, melon chunks, breakfast muffins, muesli bars had been laid out al fresco on the tables on the grass in front of the farmhouse. As the morning went on, the breakfastwas attacked con gusto.
The weather was kind with plenty of sunshine and no wind to speak of. The view over the Resservoir to Moutfield Court was at its best. With a muffin or roll in one hand and a cuppa in the other, it really did seem the best place to be on a summer Sunday morning. The punters also enjoyed the backdrop of the farmhouse, some explored the oast barn, and those with their best days behind them ventured up The Ladder to see the old hop press.
Our moth-ers were Katie Walker and Caroline Moore. They had set the trap the previous evening and decanted the results first thing in the morning ready for the ID session. An example of each moth was then transferred to a good, old-fashioned jam jar to be oohed and aahed over and peered at with either naked eye or magnifying glass. Everyone was deeply impressed and after the main ID session, there were still people to be seen sitting on a bench peering happily into a jam jar. It certainly dispelled the worry some had in advance that when you had seen one moth… Photographs of the moths caught can be seen below. The pictures do tend reinforce the seen-one-seen-em-all view but they were all much more exciting face to face, particularly the swallow-tailed, the bramble shoot, the clouded border, flame and the giant poplar hawk moth.
The following are all pictures of the actual moths found on the day (except for the last few).