A night in the cemetery

York Cemetery is a great place to be after dark. If, that is, you’re looking for moths. Which is precisely what we were doing on Wednesday night.

The night began with me performing a special Buzzing! Moth Show in the beautiful chapel at the Cemetery.

Performing my Buzzing! Moth Show, 24 June 09 (Photo: Paul Rhodes)

Performing my Buzzing! Moth Show, 24 June 09 (Photo: Paul Rhodes)

After this, moth expert Dr Dave Chesmore took us outside, where he’d rigged up his moth trapping equipment. We clustered round and, over the course of the next couple of hours, we saw a  total of 25 different species, all identified for us by Dave.

Moth Trapping at York Cemetery with Dr Dave Chesmore, 24 June 2009

Moth Trapping at York Cemetery with Dr Dave Chesmore, 24 June 2009

Our finds included several Straw Dots, a Large Yellow Underwing and a beautiful Swallowtail.

Thank you to everyone at the Cemetery for making us so welcome, especially to Paul Rhodes for the photo of me performing above. Thank you too to everyone who came along. I hope you enjoyed the event.

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