I ran the moth trap last Saturday night and the hot, humid weather brought in quite a lot of moths. Unfortunately many of them were the dreaded LBJ's and to make matters even harder for a novice moth-er like myself many were very worn.
Here's a summary of the catch.
Saturday 17th July
9.30 p.m. until dawn.
Actinic 15w Skinner Trap
Temperature range 15.5 - 10.9 degrees centigrade
3 x Bright-line Brown-eye
5 x Rustic
10 x Mottled Rustic
2 x Common Wainscot
4 x Dark Arches
1 x Heart and Dart
3 x Scalloped Oak
1 x Buff Arches
2 x Riband Wave
2 x Dunbar
1 x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1 x Purple Thorn ??
+ 3 mystery moths
Here are a few photos - apologies again for the poor quality - they are heavily cropped. Again, if anyone can help or correct identifications it would be greatly appreciated.
Not all sure about these 2 moths although I have a feeling they may be species of Rustic.
Once I had photographed and cropped I managed to identify this as a Shuttle-shaped Dart.
This one has me mystified. My best quess is a Dot moth but other ideas were Black Rustic but probably too early or Crescent but a garden seems to be the wrong habitat.
Edit - Have been checking through my id books again and I think this is probably a common rustic.
The following two photos show a species of Thorn. This is a very pretty and lively species of moth that tends to hold their wings above their body like a butterfly. The main colours on the moth were pinky/purple and orange and I think it is possibly a Purple Thorn which would be a new garden tick.
Edit - Having trawled through more id books and websites, I think this is actually an Early Thorn - still a new species for the garden though.
Saw a green-veined white butterfly in the garden on Sunday - the first in the garden this year. The second generation of holly blues are putting in an appearance now. The buddleias are just starting to flower so I am hoping this will attract a few more species. In the past we have had visits from small and large skippers, wall, small copper, and ringlets but I haven't seen any of these species in the garden for years.