Paul writes: there are still plenty of moths around at night in September, especially when the weather is warm. This one turned up in my moth trap on Wednesday. It is a beautiful moth with shiny metallic yellow-green wings. The name, Burnished Brass, perfectly describes its appearance. It’s a common species throughout the UK. The main flight time is July but they have a later second brood in southern areas, Yorkshire being about the northern edge for this.
It’s a moth that should turn up in most gardens. The adults feed at dusk on plants such as honeysuckle and buddleia, whilst the larval food plants include nettles and thistles.