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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

It takes a while

Summer is well and truly on us now, and the heatwave we are having in the UK is both wonderful and horrid at the same time, the butterflies and moths are thriving but damn the nights are hard to sleep through the humidity is through the roof, even after the storm we had overnight and this morning! But I won't complain as it means my moth trap is heaving in the mornings.

Today there were well over 200 moths (although only over 190 have been ID'd quite a few flew as I lifted the trap lid or egg boxes out, it happens I don't mind to be honest. but with that many moths I have only just finished totaling up the species and identifying them (all bar three at the moment).

But with the weather comes other creatures, last night I had a wonderful Lesser Stag Beetle (pics to follow) come to the trap along with Harlequin (3) and Orange (1) Ladybirds, numerous other beetles but strangely, for me at least, were the water boatman that turned up, I would guess at two species as there was one very large one and about 7 or 8 small ones. I have to be honest I really wasn't expecting them, I know I live near(ish) to a lake but even so.






I guess I should go on to the moths now, and it was an interesting night, many new species for me (most of which are micros), some tricky some quite easy, but the highlights were Smoky Wainscot (only ID'd when it flew off and was flapping at the window, the "smoky" grey under wings became obvious), Straw Under wing (again ID'd flapping at the window), White Satin Moth, Honey Suckle Moth (a stunning micro) and multiple Mother Of Pearl Moths.

By far my commonest moth of the night (and due to the number probably ever!) was Bird-Cherry Ermine, in and around the trap there were at least 39! I may well have missed a fair number as well.

Anyway here is the (incomplete) list, i'll add the missing 3 as and when I identify them:


Cherry Fruit Moth  1 NFM
Bird-cherry Ermine  39
Honeysuckle Moth  2 NFM
Diamond-back Moth  1 NFM
Batia unitella 2
Brown House-moth  3
Carcina quercana 1
Light Brown Apple Moth  2
Hedya salicella 1 NFM
Small Magpie  2
Mother of Pearl  4 NFM
Gold Triangle  1 NFM
Endotricha flammealis 2
Bee Moth  2
Stenoptilia pterodactyla 1 NFM
White Plume Moth  1
Buff Arches  2
Small Blood-vein  1
Dwarf Cream Wave  2
Riband Wave  25
Large Twin-spot Carpet  2 NFM
Garden Carpet  2
Yellow Shell  2
Barred Yellow  1
Clouded Border  1
Brimstone Moth  3
Early Thorn  2
Scalloped Oak  1
Peppered Moth  3
Willow Beauty  2
Mottled Beauty  6
Elephant Hawk-moth  3
Maple Prominent  2
Pale Prominent  1
Yellow-tail  2
White Satin Moth  1 NFM
Scarce Footman  3 NFM
Common Footman  2
Ruby Tiger  1
Heart & Club 1 NFM
Heart & Dart  1
The Flame  2
Large Yellow Underwing  1
Lesser Yellow Underwing  1
Double Square-spot  1
Cabbage Moth  1
Dot Moth  3
Bright-line Brown-eye  3
Smoky Wainscot  1 NFM
Poplar Grey  1
Marbled Beauty  1
Straw Underwing  1 NFM
Dark Arches  10
Marbled Minor  1
Common Rustic  4
The Uncertain  4
Mottled Rustic  6
Silver Y  4
The Herald  1
The Fan-foot  2
Grey Dagger Agg 1
Marbled Minor Agg 4


And here are my Photos of the moths with their identifications sorted:

Argyresthia pruniella - Cherry Fruit Moth
Argyresthia pruniella - Cherry Fruit Moth

Plutella xylostella - Diamond-back Moth
Plutella xylostella - Diamond-back Moth
Mother of Pearl Moth
Mother of Pearl Moth

Gold Triangle
Gold Triangle

Stenoptilia pterodactyla
Stenoptilia pterodactyla

Hedya salicella
Hedya salicella

Lesser Yellow-underwing
Lesser Yellow-underwing

Heart & Club
Heart & Club

Early Thorn
Early Thorn
Small Blood-vein
Small Blood-vein

Willow Beauty
Willow Beauty

Honey Suckle Moth
Honey Suckle Moth

Honey Suckle Moth
Another view of the Honey Suckle Moth
Common Footman
Common Footman

Straw Underwing
Straw Underwing
Large Twin-spot Carpet
Large Twin-spot Carpet
White Satin Moth
White Satin Moth
White Satin Moth
White Satin Moth
White Satin Moth
White Satin Moth

Smoky Wainscot
Smoky Wainscot

Smoky Wainscot
Smoky Wainscot

Smoky Wainscot (under wing showing)
Showing the smoky underwings of the Smoky Wainscot

Ruby Tiger
Ruby Tiger (one of my favourite moths)
Ruby Tiger
Another of the Ruby Tiger

Carcina Quercana
Carcina Quercana
And the those I still need to ID:

Argyresthia goedartella
Argyresthia goedartella
Unknown

Dark Arches
Dark Arches (probably)



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