Dealing with difficult moths

Many larger moths are easy to identify, some are tricky and a few are just plain difficult. At the beginning of the month, experts from Devon Moth Group held a training workshop to teach advanced identification skills to fellow enthusiasts.

Led by County Moth Recorder, Dr Barry Henwood, and micro-moth experts Bob Heckford and Stella Beavan and kindly hosted by Devon Wildlife Trust, the event was a great success.

Ten moth recorders learnt how to use microscopes to examine minute details of the moths’ anatomy in order to determine species’ identification. Such techniques require a lot of practise so the workshop is just the starting point for the attendees.

Being able to correctly and accurately identify species is the cornerstone of efforts to understand the changing distribution of moths in Devon and conserve those species that are at risk.

Moth identification workshop (Barry Henwood)

Moth art in the Blackdown Hills

Two artists, Jon England and Karin Krommes, are taking part in a series of exhibitions by Blackdown Hills Artists and Makers across the Blackdown Hills in November. Their work looks at the topography and ecology, including moths, of the Blackdown Hills’ three World War II airfield sites.

It can be seen at the Nissen Hut, Cherry Hayes Farm, Slough Lane, Smeatharpe, Devon EX14 9RD, for the next two weekends (10/11th Nov & 17/18th Nov) from 10am – 4pm. For more info on the project please visit:

Exhibit from ‘Skills Unearthed’ project by Jon England and Karin Krommes