Carnage at the moth trap, Haisbro Ave, Newport, 27th August
Sheila and I ran the MV over-night. In the morning we recorded 28 species. Number of species have gone down, but numbers had gone up eg.70 Large Yellow Underwings, 39 Brimstone and 27 Square-spot Rustics. The first Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing of the year for this site and 2 Cypress Pugs were the only high-lights.
Whilst searching the fence near the trap for moths I spotted a Large Yellow Underwing in a spiders' web.
A few minutes later I was searching the parasol above the trap when a wasp flew up to a Willow Beauty, grabbed it and landed on the table in front of me. It then bit 3 of its wings off before flying off with it. There were about 4 wasps in the trap, but they were docile and not killing any moths. When I've seen moth wings before, near or in a trap, I've assumed it was bats or birds, but now I know it could be wasps.