Birds, Leps, Observations & Generalities - the images and ramblings of Mark Skevington. Sometimes.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Super Cat & Hornet Horror .....

Not long back home after a very succesful mothing venture to Hazleborough Forest in Northants with Keith Tailby. More on the results and photos of goodies tomorrow, but in the meantime here's a couple of snaps. Keith spotted this Elephant Hawk-moth on Greater? Willowherb - superb caterpillar with very odd posture when disturbed. Almost immediately after dark, we were inundated with one of the most feared mothing villains - Hornets ... Those at the sheet were potted up to save our sanity, but of the five traps at least two were so full of them that we knocked the light off and left them to evacuate before we sorted out the contents. All potted Hornets were released unharmed, and thankfully we avoided a stinging! Nasty when riled by very bright UV light at night.

2 comments:

Dean said...

Scary stuff, Mark.
I once trapped (unbeknown to me at the time) close to a wasps nest. I couldn`t see the trap the following morning. Needless to say, i left it well alone.

Skev said...

Yes - unnerving to say the least Dean, half expected to hear an ominous buzzing from somewhere in the car on the way back. Easily over 100 Hornets across the lights - not so bad if the traps are left until morning as they are dozy (although usually well fed and few complete moths left), but these were all active and angry ....