Moths are so overlooked and undervalued but there are probably over 100 species visiting your garden, and, while most of the 2,500 species in Britain are crepuscular (dusk or night flying) there are more day-flying species than all the Butterfly species in the UK. They greatly help garden pollination and, as caterpillars and adult moths, provide food for insects, frogs, toads, bats, hedgehogs, rodents and birds. Identifying many species is difficult, as they vary so much but they are worth encouraging in the garden and are in decline. We lost 60 species in the 20th Century, and species have declined by 40% in the south, and 26% overall. Conditions: Cloud with rain later. Temperature: Max 16- Min 10C.
Hemp Agrimony (neither related to the much smaller Yellow Agrimony nor to Hemp!) is a brilliant wild plant for late summer and autumn- attracting many insects, Butterflies and Moths. Impressive in size (3-5 feet, 1-2 metres,) with large, frothy flowerheads, this plant loves damp grassland, ditches, marshes and damp woodland edges. Nick- named ‘Raspberries and Cream’ from its appearance, there are smaller versions of these eupatoriums
– like ‘Baby Joe’– which would be great for autumn wildlife in a smaller garden. Conditions: Sun and cloud. Temperature: Max 19- Min 12C.