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Thursday, 25 July 2013

A change in the weather

The oppressive humid heat of the last couple of weeks has finally broken, last night was much cooler and today is still chilly when the sun is hidden, but what has it done to the mothing? Well on the face of things it appeared to me that numbers were down a bit on the last couple of days especially amongst the larger moths, but tallying up my figures this is only very slight around 190 species including those flown and yet to ID. Although they were much wetter after the torrential downpour over night.

Only 51 species (with 1 still to ID) in the trap indicates that numbers while still being good the lower heat was not as conducive to species number in flight (well that sounded good in my head), my year list for the garden is now on 154, with my Milton Keynes total (ever) up to 189 and my total moth life list at 191, it is all growing well. Anyway the list of species for the night:


Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner  2
Bird-cherry Ermine  15
Carcina quercana 1
Light Brown Apple Moth  1
Red-barred Tortrix  1 NFM
Udea prunalis 2
Mother of Pearl  4
Endotricha flammealis 7
Small Blood-vein  1
Small Fan-footed Wave  1
Riband Wave  21
Red Twin-spot Carpet  1
Garden Carpet  1
Common Carpet  1
The Phoenix  1 NFM
Green Pug  1
Clouded Border  1
Brimstone Moth  1
Early Thorn  1
Scalloped Oak  1
Swallow-tailed Moth  1
Oak Beauty  6
Mottled Beauty  2
The Engrailed  1 NFM
Light Emerald  1
Poplar Hawk-moth  1
Elephant Hawk-moth  1
Brown-tail  1 NFM
White Satin Moth  2
Common Footman  3
Heart & Dart  5
Large Yellow Underwing  3
Lesser Yellow Underwing  3
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing  1
Double Square-spot  5
Cabbage Moth  3
Dot Moth  8
Bright-line Brown-eye  10
Poplar Grey  1
Brown Rustic  2
Straw Underwing  5
Dark Arches  17
Light Arches  2
Common Rustic  2
Small Wainscot  1
The Uncertain  10
Mottled Rustic  10
Silver Y  6
The Fan-foot  1
Grey Dagger Agg 2
Marbled minor Agg 1

And some of the photos:

Scalloped Oak
Scalloped Oak
Horse Chestnut Leaf Minor
Horse Chestnut Leaf Minor
Horse Chestnut Leaf Minor
Another Horse Chestnut Leaf Minor I think

Red-barred Tortrix
Red-barred Tortrix
Carcina quercana
Carcina quercana (worn but markings can be seen)

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (very fresh by the lovely colours)

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Small Wainscot
Small Wainscot (I hope)

Small Wainscot
Side view of above

Brown-tail
Brown-tail (had both brown and yellow tail now)

Brown-tail
Brown-tail (look at those ears)

The Engrailed
The Engrailed (again I hope)

Oh and the micor I can't ID:

unknown micro (really need to get a decent micro book!)

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