We ran the moth trap at Beechcroft again and on Thursday morning we started the day with a search thought the catch. Not everything you catch in a moth trap is a moth however.
Although they are large they are not as much of a worry to me as wasps, they are less obvious and sting much more readily, hornets tend to be much more docile and their size makes them hard to miss. Wasps also often attack and eat the moth catch, something I have never seen hornets do.
On a slightly related hornet note, I see that there was a suspected sighting of the alien Asian hornet in Kent on Thursday. This species has been accidentally introduced into Europe and is a serious predator of bees. It is spreading quite fast and will probably get here in the end. It is a very large and handsome species but, as with most alien species, once they establish in a new area can get out of hand, free from the constraints of their natural environment.
The trap had attracted a good range of commoner species, but our sorting through the moths attracted unwanted attention too.
One of us had to keep guard the whole time to prevent this young robin from helping itself from the catch.
I spent the rest of the day topping thistles at Farlington to control their spread and to make short areas for feeding waterfowl later in the year and for roosting waders.