|Elephant Hawk-moth (larva)|
The trunk-like appearance of the caterpillar gives the moth its name. There are plenty of the brightly coloured adults that come to the trap over the summer, so it isn't a scarce species.
Hopefully now the trailing hem of Hurricane Bertha will have whisked off into the North Sea and we can get back to trapping.
Reducing the scale from the enormous to the scarcely visible - here is a rather attractive micro caught at the York Museum Gardens last week - Phyllonorycter harrisella or the White Oak Midget. I'm not sure if it is the oak that is white, or the moth; or perhaps the oak is the midget. Anyway it is a particularly stylish insect and can be seen below.