I dont know why the last moths to be teased out of my trap often seem to be the most exciting.
I had almost finished yesterday morning's trap and was just getting into the corners of the wooden Skinner, when out popped a moth I'd not seen before, but was instantly recognisable as Scallop Shell! After a panicked chase ( why do I never keep the net close to the trap?) I potted it and went back to finish off. I had left a rather dark looking Willow Beauty on the side, but it didnt look quite right so I quickly potted that as well. On closer inspection, I'm sure this is a Satin Beauty, another new moth for the garden if confirmed
. Both moths are worn and slightly tatty, as seen in my photos.
Two days beforehand I just missed potting my first Yellowtail, which disappeared into the undergrowth never to be seen again!