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Friday, 2 August 2013

Yellow Underwing Bonanza

It seems that I have stumbled into the depths of Yellow Underwing season! good numbers the last time I trapped and even more last night - 16 Lesser Yellow Underwing, 16 Large Yellow Underwing, 8 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 5 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing and finally 1 Least Yellow Underwing (a new one for me).

It is great to see but they are far more flighty than many other species (I think I lost a good few of some of these as I lifted boxes or opened the trap etc.) so there may have been more!

As for the full species count last night well here is the list:

Brown House-moth  1
Small Magpie  1
Mother of Pearl  9
Endotricha flammealis 7
Single-dotted Wave  1
Riband Wave  5
Yellow Shell  2
The V-Pug  2
The Magpie  1
Clouded Border  1
Brimstone Moth  1
Early Thorn  1
Purple Thorn  1
Scalloped Oak  2
Peppered Moth  2
Willow Beauty  8
Sallow Kitten  1
The Vapourer  1 NFM
White Satin Moth  1
Dingy Footman  1
Flame Shoulder  1
Large Yellow Underwing  16
Lesser Yellow Underwing  16
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing  5
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing  8
Least Yellow Underwing  1 NFM
Double Square-spot  1
Cabbage Moth  4
Dot Moth  1
Bright-line Brown-eye  1
Marbled Beauty  6
Straw Underwing  3
Dark Arches  27
Common Rustic  24
The Uncertain  10
Silver Y  7

As you can see good numbers (32+ species 180+ moths) and a decent species count, a few new ones and some I really like (such as the Sallow Kitten, a stunning little moth as you will see from the photos below. The Vapourer is listed as New For Me but I have seen the Cat before, just never the moth, although it flew before I could get a photo, which is really annoying.

Least Yellow Underwing
Least Yellow Underwing

Least Yellow Underwing
Least Yellow Underwing (side view)

Least Yellow Underwing
Least Yellow Underwing (face)

Large Yellow Underwing
Large Yellow Underwing

Large Yellow Underwing
Large Yellow Underwing

Lesser Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing

Lesser Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing (side view)

Purple Thorn
Purple Thorn
 
The Magpie Moth
The Magpie

Single-dotted Wave
Single-dotted Wave

V-Pug
V-Pug

Sallow Kitten
Sallow Kitten (one of my favourite looking moths, the markings are amazing)

Sallow Kitten
Another of the Sallow Kitten

Sallow Kitten
Sallow Kitten (one more for luck, they really are ace though).



The Below are ones I have yet to ID (by lunch time) any help always apprecieated.

Stupid pug 1

Stupid pug 2

Just can't for the life of me remember what this one is called.
A wainscot of some kind?

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