Field Book ~ Hawkmoths

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!


One thought on “Field Book ~ Hawkmoths

  1. I love your drawings and notes. Creating your own field notes is such a personal journey and a great way to help take those differences in. You’re completely right that there are just too many species out there for anyone to remember – and just when you think you know something, you realise there are another five similar species. After decades of marine recording, I still have tons to learn and need my books all the time. If only my drawings were as good as yours! Keep up the blog.


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