You'd be forgiven for thinking that after the recent spell of freezing weather moths would be all but non-existent in the UK right now. Surprisingly, though, there are some moths that are quite at home in this winter weather. With temperatures this evening reaching the tropical heights of +2 °C, armed with torches and nets, our hardy band of west London moth-ers managed to locate over a dozen individuals of three species. Poor-quality photos taken with an iPhone.
First catch your moth, then find it in the net:
Male Winter Moth:
The commonest moth this evening, comprising 11/13 of the individuals seen.
Pair of Winter Moths with female above and male below:
The female is wingless.
Another species where the female is wingless, so this one must be a male.
And the third species, in case you were wondering, was an Acleris sp. - probably A. ferrugana.