Thursday, 22 August 2013

Red Underwing A Real Beauty

As the title suggests this mornings trappings held my first Red Underwing, and what a monster it was (having never seen one I was shocked at how large they are) as big as a poplar hawk moth easily! A quick photo of it to get things going.

Red Underwing - Catocala nupta
Red Underwing

Overnight it rained and it rained hard but that meant it was humid and overcast and the moths came flooding in, plenty of micros to keep me on my toes with my new book, including a few I've not seen before, and some that were really tricky like this Cochylis Hybridella (I think), a species home on Chalk, limestone or Sandy Grass land, of which I have none near me in Milton Keynes!

Cochylis Hybridella
Cochylis Hybridella
Anyway on to the full list of 137 moths and around 35 species (there are a couple I am not sure on, but the photos are poor so doubt I will ever know).

Orange Swift  2
Caloptilia semifascia 1
Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner  2
Bird-cherry Ermine  9
Diamond-back Moth  4
Bryotropha senectella 1 NFM
Cochylis hybridella 1 NFM
Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix  1 NFM
Light Brown Apple Moth  1
Acleris forsskaleana 2
Chrysoteuchia culmella 1
Agriphila straminella 1
Agriphila tristella 2
Agriphila geniculea 13
Scoparia pyralella 2
Mother of Pearl  12
Endotricha flammealis 4
Riband Wave  1
Garden Carpet  3
Yellow Shell  2
Brimstone Moth  5
Dusky Thorn  1 NFM
Willow Beauty  15
Lesser Yellow Underwing  4
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing  9
Least Yellow Underwing  5
Square-spot Rustic  10
Marbled Beauty  3
Copper Underwing  1
Dark Arches  1
Common Rustic  3
Flounced Rustic  5
Vine's Rustic  2
Silver Y  7
Red Underwing  1 NFM

As you can see a nice amount of moths and a good variety of species. Here are some of the highlights:

Dusky Thorn
Dusky Thorn

Dusky Thorn
Dusky Thorn - Face on, look at the fantastic Antennae

Vine's Rustic
Vine's Rustic

Orange Swift
Orange Swift (one of my favourite moths)

Red Underwing
Red Underwing (same photo is earlier)

Red Underwing
Red Underwing side view

Red Underwing
Red Underwing - Face on
It isn't all moths though, this cracking Forest Shield bug was also in there:

Forest Shield bug
Forest Shield bug

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