Moth trap canopy

It was great to see so many people turning out to learn about moths and butterflies at our July event. We ran moth trapping on the Saturday evening and a family engagement and activity day on the Sunday – overall it was a great success.

Despite awful trapping conditions, the three traps at Salix produced an impressive haul of 34 different moth species identified, highlighting the sheer variety of moth species here in the UK. If you are interested, you can find the full list of species below.

The following day saw around 40 folks young and old attending Claxton Village Hall to learn more about these wonderful insects and find out more about the South Yare Wildlife Group.

One of our moth traps

One of our moth traps

The event was a resounding success, which along with moth identification and display, included children’s activities and games, moth and butterfly information and some wonderful cakes and refreshments produced by ‘The Hall Ladies’. The moth highlights, especially for some of the youngsters, were the half dozen spectacular Hawkmoths that braved the previous night’s rain!

Thanks to all who helped and everyone who came to the event, it was great to see you there.

Kev - Elephant, Poplar & Pine 2

Kev with Elephant, Poplar and Pine Hawkmoths

Full list of moths:


  • Oak Hook-tip
  • Large Emerald
  • Maiden’s Blush
  • Clouded Border
  • Canary-shouldered Thorn
  • Scalloped Oak
  • Peppered
  • Pine Hawkmoth
  • Poplar Hawkmoth
  • Elephant Hawkmoth
  • Iron Prominent
  • Swallow Prominent
  • Coxcomb Prominent
  • Yellow-tail
  • White Satin
  • Black Arches
  • Common Footman
  • Buff Ermine
  • Ruby Tiger
  • Cinnabar
  • Flame Shoulder
  • Large Yellow-underwing
  • Lesser-broad-bodied Yellow-underwing
  • Setaceous Hebrew Character
  • Smokey Wainscot
  • Dark Arches
  • Doubled Lobed
  • Herald


  • Chrysoteuchia Culmella
  • Crambus Lathoniellus
  • Agriphila Tristella
  • Small China-mark
  • Small Magpie
  • Mother of Pearl

Words originally by Kevin Parker