Emperor Moths at Norland Moor

 

A trip to some local moorland with Anthony Arak and his emperor lures gave me my first ever encounter with male Emperor Moths seeking a mate.

This one settled nearby and relaxed its wings enough to allow me to take a few photos.

Some of the pheromones from the lure must have settled on my boot because long after the lure had been packed away one of the emperors took a shine to me!

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2022
May 6th: Agonopterix umbellana   (32)
May 6th: Light Knot Grass   (73a)
May 6th: Powdered Quaker   (73c)
May 6th: Glaucous Shears   (73d)
May 2nd: Red Chestnut   (73e)
May 2nd: Vapourer - eggs and larvae   (72a)
Apr. 30th: Emperor Moth - males to a lure   (68)
Apr. 30th: Argyrotaenia ljungiana   (49a)
Apr. 25th: Coleophora paripennella - mines and cases   (37)
Apr. 15th: Yellow Horned   (65)
Apr. 15th: Hebrew Character   (73c)
Mar. 29: Ruby Tiger - cocoon and pupa (72b)

2021
Oct. 16th: Phyllonorycter strigulatella - mine, larva + pupa   (15c)
Oct. 9th: Black Rustic   (73c)
Oct. 9th: Brindled Ochre   (73c)
Oct. 9th: Streak   (70c)
Oct. 9th: Caloptilia betulicola   (15a)
Sept. 1st + 23rd TWO INSECT KILLING FUNGI  (The Scarlet Caterpillarclub etc.)
Sept. 23rd: Lunar Underwing   (73b) 
Sept. 21st Brown-spot Pinion   (73b)
Sept. 12th Broom Moth larva   (73d)
Sept. 11th Teleiopsis diffinis   (35)
Sept. 11th Agonopterix arenella   (32)
Sept. 11th Setacious Hebrew Character   (73e)
Sept. 11th Flounced Cheatnut   (73b)
Sept. 11th Autumnal Rustic   (73e)
Sept. 1st Antler Moth   (73c)
July 31st: Gold Spot   (73a)
July 31st: Orange Swift - male   (3)
July 31st: Least Yellow Underwing   (73e)
July 31st: Dot Moth   (73d)
July 27th: Common Footman   (72b)
July 23rd: Yarrow Plume   (45)
July 23rd: Drinker   (66)
July 23rd: Sycamore   (73a)
July 23rd: Small Rivulet   (70b)
July 23rd: Gold Spangle   (73a)
July 23rd: Lobesia abscisana   (49c)
July 23rd: Phycita roborella   (62)
July 18th: Purple Hairstreak   (61) 
July 15th: Grey Tortrix - ad + gen. det.   (49a)
July 15th: Barred Red   (70d)
July 15th: Broom Moth   (73d)
July 15th: Dusky Brocade   (73b)
July 15th: Rustic Shoulder Knot   (73b)
July 11th: Common Clothes Moth   (12)
July 11th: Plain Golden Y   (73a)
July 11th: Lempke's Gold Spot   (73a)
July 11th: Light Arches   (73b)
July 11th: Aleimma loeflingiana   (49b)
July 11th: Rufous Minor   (73b)
June 26th: Beautiful Hook-tip (72b)
June 26th: White Plume (45)
June 26th: Flame (73d)
June 26th: Spectacle (73a)
June 26th: Case-bearing Clothes Moth - larvae, cases and adult (12)
June 8th: Psyche casta (11b)