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Thursday, 30 May 2013

Trapping in the rain

I thought I would risk trapping last night and I am so glad I did, it rained as I put the trap out and absolutely hammered down at times through the night but I had my first Hawk moth of the year in the trap this morning (when I say in the trap I mean clung to the bulb holder). Not much else though except for one which I just cannot get to fit anything, a Noctuidae of some kind (hopefully I'll have an ID soon)

UPDATE:

Noctuidae appears to be a Rustic Shoulder Knot which is another new species for me and is my 98th (2 to go for the 100 species mark).

2 Brimstone Moth
1 Garden Carpet
1 Poplar Hawk Moth
1 Rustic Shoulder Knot

Poplar Hawk Moth

Rustic Shoulder Knowt

Rustic Shoulder Knot from above

Poplar Hawk Moth

Poplar Hawk Moth

My 3 Year Old daughter holding the Hawk moth (she is getting braver with moths now which is nice, and good to teach kids how to handle things early in life)

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

27/05/2013 moth trapping

After two sunny days I finally got my trap out again (can't trap when I'm on nights unfortunately) and it was OK, the weather wasn't perfect (when has it been!) it started clear and cool but when the humidity picked up so did the rain, it was bucketing down at 04:00. A

Anyway 12 Moth of 10 species in there (mainly in the rap only a couple on the fence), including 2 new species for my trappings.

2 Common Pug
2 Brimstone Moth
1 Bee Moth
1 Emmelina monodactyla
1 Garden Carpet
1 Seraphim
1 Pale Prominent
1 Brown House Moth
1 Garden Pebble (NFM)
1 Purple Thorn (NFM)

Well I didn't get the photos I hoped so here are a couple I did get:

Pale Prominent

Purple Thorn
 

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Another cracking night

The night started at some pace last night, it was still, warm and humid and the moths loved it (although the wind picked up around 11:30 and the moths stopped coming really). I first checked my trap at about 21:30 and had my first cracking new moth in the form of a Waver Umber, and it was all go from there, at one point there were 5 Brimstone moths crawling over the grass and me as I tried to pot them for the morning.

I also had one of my all time favourite moths, a species I have only seen once before at the reception of where I work of all places and that was a stunning Ruby Tiger, anyway the details and photos are here.

21 moths of 11 (Identified) Species:

Bee Moth (3)
Brimstone Moth (6)
Yellow Barred Brindle (1)
Ruby Tiger (1)
Garden Carpet (3)
Dagger Sp. (1 I think Grey Dagger but I don't disect so I will never truely know)
Waved Umber (1)
Sallow Kitten (1)
V-Pug (1)
Common Pug (1)
Saraphim (1)
Pug Sp. (1)

Garden Carpet (one of three)

V-Pug

Common Pug

Brimstone Moth (one of 6)

Ruby Tiger (one of my favourite moths)

Dagger Sp. (I think Grey, but without cutting it up, which I won't do, I'll have to leave it at that).

Seraphim (had me puzzling for a while I can tell you).

Another of the Ruby Tiger

Waved Umber (this flew as I tried to grab a photo and landed on the cobwebs a quick snap and I released it unharmed where it flew off)

Sallow Kitten (this one isn't the greatest of photos but it just would not play ball).

Sunday, 19 May 2013

That's more like it

A much better night last night, 19 moths, of at least 10 species (May be more but my ID skills with Pugs is appalling).

3 Garden Carpet
3 Brimstone Moth (NFM)
4 Pug sp.
1 Oak Tree Pug
1 Brindled Pug
1 Yellow-Barred Brindle
1 The Mullein (NFM)
1 Pale Prominent
1 Pale Tussock (With damage to wing?)
1 Common Quaker (Very worn)
2 Bee Moth

And so to the images, first some Brimstone Moths which are truly stunning, these yellow gems really do look similar to the butterfly, so much so that my daughter told me they were brimstone's as soon as she saw them (although she did think they were the butterfly).

Brimstone Moth

Brimstone Moth

Brimstone Moth

Next another new one for me, The Mullein, it's a fantastic looking moth as I'm sure you will agree, this one didn't want to leave my finger (which meant my other half had to take this photo) finally I coaxed it off and took the rest.
The Mullein on my finger

The Mullein

The Mullein head
This is another odd looking moth the pale Prominent, they really look like bits of wood, so are harder to find for birds.
Pale Prominent

Pale Prominent from above

Pale Prominent face on
This Pale Tussock looks like it has damage or has a wing that isnt fully formed?
Pale Tussock, left wing seems not fully formed.
And finally some I'm not sure on the ID of, two Pugs, and two Micros, I'd appreciate any help with ID just leave me a comment Thanks.

Brindled Pug

Oak-Tree Pug pug

Bee Moth

Bee Moth
Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy the images.

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Saturday, 18 May 2013

Finally some trapping!

The weather has been appalling, if I have not been at work it has been wet over night and by wet I mean torrential rain, this is supposed to be MAY! Anyway last night was finally dry so I got the trap out, MV bulb blaring and lighting up half the streets gardens. I was, it has to be said, quite disappointed by the results.

I got to the trap and there were two garden carpets hanging around, one I potted, the other dropped into the trap, so I closed it up and went back to bed (it was 4 am) I cam back down around 7 and there was nothing, not a single moth in my trap, the carpet had gone and there was nothing else (not even a blooming Hebrew Character!). So my only moth, or so I thought, was my Garden Carpet, new for this garden, but I've trapped plenty before.

A quick check of the fences however produced a new moth for me in the shape of a stunning Yellow-Barred Brindle, this stunning green Geometridae (see below) was sitting on the fence waiting for my discovery.

Yellow-Barred Brindle

Garden Carpet