Moth Trapping – 14th June 2021

A moth trap was set up in the school garden on the evening of June 14th and emptied by some of Kingfisher Class the following Morning.

We trapped 12 moths of 9 different species:

Foxglove pug 1, Common Swift 1, Buff Ermine 1, Poplar Hawk-moth 1, White Ermine 2, Heart and Dart 1, Buff-tip 1, Mottled pug 2, Beautiful Golden-y 1 and Freyer’s pug 1. The Foxglove pug was a new species for the school site.

We also trapped a Black Sexton beetle which was covered in mites. This beetle is a burying beetle, they bury the carcasses of small vertebrates such as birds and rodents as a food source for their larvae. When we let it go, it quickly buried itself into the ground.

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