Being able to identify species on the spot is a key skill for a field ecologist, but I still have to spend a lot of time faffing about juggling several field guides, which can get particularly frustrating in the wind and rain! There’s been a lot of articles on how younger generations are just not as accomplished at identification (perhaps due to a lack of natural history education, and there might be something in that) but when it comes to groups like plants and insects I feel a large part of it is that there are so many of them. So, with this in mind, some of my field book entries are part of the continuous slog to hone my ID skills.
One study I was actually pretty pleased with was part of a university project and focussed on the family Sphingidae, or hawkmoths. Hawkmoths are gorgeous moths, sleek and striking (though not all my drawings convey this!) and go a long way to dispelling the myth of moths being boring, drab creatures. I hope you enjoy these photos from my field book!