A grand total of two moths were in my roof-top moth trap this morning - a record moth night! The only up-side of this was that one of them was a peppered moth, a first for the year and apparently the earliest recorded in Hastings. The other was an angle shades.
Of most interest though was this marbled beauty caterpillar feeding on lichens growing on the roof tiles. Adults are very commonly seen in moth traps or resting on walls but the larvae are rarely seen as they feed at night. Marbled beauty overwinter as larvae, they then feed in May and June before pupating and emerging as adults in July, August and September.
Marbled beauty larva.