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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Autumn Mothing can be just as good

As you will no doubt be aware this is my first autumn of trapping (well you would if you read my previous post First September Trapping) so I was not sure that it would be a good or a bad thing to do. So far I am enjoying it (although I get less attempts due to weather).

OK so numbers are not as high as when trapping in the height of the season but trapping in autumn can be just as good and quite exciting, the species are different that is for sure and some really stunning moths turn up (I'm still hoping for a Merville du Jour), last nights trap produced at least 3 new moths for me including this stunning Large Ranunculus.

Large Ranunculus - Photographed in Milton Keynes
Large Ranunculus - Photographed in Milton Keynes

Even after making a huge mistake and forgetting to set an alarm, I awoke at 06:45 after dawn had already broken expecting the trap to have emptied or been got at by birds so I was surprised numbers were not bad (33 moths of 14 species) who knows what I may have missed hanging around if I had only arisen in a timely manor.

Light Brown Apple Moth  2
Common Plume 1
Small Dusty Wave  3
Garden Carpet  1
Common Marbled Carpet  2
Green Carpet  2
Large Yellow Underwing  8
Lesser Yellow Underwing  6
Square-spot Rustic  1
Large Ranunculus  1 NFM
Lunar Underwing  3 NFM
The Sallow  1 NFM
Flounced Rustic  1
Silver Y  1

As you can see three new species for my life list taking that to 226 (222 in Milton Keynes alone), and 197 in my current garden. It really is a great hobby.

The moths that were new for me were simply stunning but it was the three lunar underwings (all of which were different looking) that really interested my. I am aware of variability of moths and you often see the odd one that looks strange but to have three moths that all looked so different but were the same in one place was really cool (I have taken a comparison shot, which isn't great but the individual shots should show the difference).

Large Ranunculus - Photographed in Milton Keynes
Large Ranunculus - Photographed in Milton Keynes

Large Ranunculus (Side) - Photographed in Milton Keynes
Large Ranunculus (Side) - Photographed in Milton Keynes

The Sallow Moth - Photographed in Milton Keynes
The Sallow - Photographed in Milton Keynes

The Sallow (side view) - Photographed in Milton Keynes
The Sallow (side view) - Photographed in Milton Keynes

Lunar Underwing showing the variability of colouration. - Photographed in Milton Keynes
Lunar Underwing showing the variability of colouration. - Photographed in Milton Keynes

Lunar Underwing - Photographed in Milton Keynes
Lunar Underwing - Photographed in Milton Keynes

Lunar Underwing - Photographed in Milton Keynes
Lunar Underwing - Photographed in Milton Keynes

Lunar Underwing - Photographed in Milton Keynes
Lunar Underwing - Photographed in Milton Keynes

Common Plume - Photographed in Milton Keynes
Common Plume - Photographed in Milton Keynes


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