Believe it or not, the new 2013 moth season has already started. Yes, back in early January when we had a spell of mild weather, south coast “Moth’ers” were already catching early migrants but for us folks further north, a slightly different story. We shall soon see the first spring moths beginning to emerge. I’m sure the temperatures will soon change for the better and a new season will begin. It is interesting to note that as in birds, many of our moth species are also very variable in both sub species, forms and colour variants. For the beginner this can pose just as difficult an ID process as it can with the identification of birds. (Current discussions over Siberian Chiffchaff for example). I have yet to completely understand why there are so many different colour forms in moths, so anyone who can shed any light on this, I would be very interested to receive opinions.
Here are a few species to look out for in early March. Of particular interest are the two different sub species of Yellow Horned.