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National Insect Week returns in 2020

Summer Moths at Foxburrow Farm

Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 09:00 to 15:00

ome and be amazed by the variety of beautiful moths that can be found at Foxburrow Farm in summer!

Moths are vital links in the web of life and come in many shapes and forms. Some species are surprisingly large and others almost too small to notice; some are wonderfully coloured and patterned, while others are dull and cryptic or cleverly camouflaged. Most moths are nocturnal, but there are some entirely daytime species on the wing at the same times as butterflies. Adult moths emerge in waves throughout the year, so there are different species found flying from month to month and season to season. 

Led by local moth enthusiast and wildlife trainer Edward Jackson, this day course is designed for anyone with an interest in learning more about moths. It will show you how to identify the larger ‘macro-moths’ and understand their life cycles. 

The evening before, Edward will set a series of live moth traps in different habitats in the grounds of the Reserve. These use several types of light source to attract and catch a sample of the moths on the wing through the night. The overnight weather will to a large extent determine the nature of the catch, both in terms of species diversity and numbers, so we have to keep our fingers crossed for the right conditions!

Nocturnal moths will be in resting mode during the daylight hours, so this makes them much easier to look at during the day. At the start of the course we will visit the traps and bring the catches back to the Centre so we can work with them. Most of the day will then be spent helping you to identify the moths to family and species, but Edward will also give short talks on various aspects of moth natural history and identification.

Later that evening the moths will be released back into the environment so they can continue as before. As adults, moths can be on the wing for days or even weeks, so we will only be causing a brief intervention in their life cycles.

Age limits or guidance

Suitable for adults

Cost details

£30 per person

Register in Advance

To attend this event please register in advance.


Wheelchair users and People with limited mobility please contact organiser in advance

Did you know?

Tiny fairies

Fairy wasps are the smallest known insects, the tiniest species is only 0.139 mm long.

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