Saturday night's moth trapping session produced one new species for the year and one, not only new for the year, but also new for the garden.
The macros were a lively bunch fluttering around as soon as I got them out of the fridge so it was hard to get any photos at all. Most of the micros escaped whilst I was potting the macros (saving hours of id problems!)
As usual the ids are a trifle tentative so please feel free to correct me!
Dark Spinach (new for garden) and what a beautifully marked moth
Knot Grass - I've posted photos of this species before but it has lovely markings
My first Common Footman of the year - very lively this one managed to just get a photo as it crawled across the worktop. Hopefully, its the Common species as like so many other moths there are several Footmen that look very similar!
Edit - Many thanks to Dean for coming to my rescue and correcting my id. This is a Scarce Footman - great news (another new species for the garden)
And here's a better photo of a more docile individual that I took last year which was quite happy to pose for its picture.
Edit - Common Footman id confirmed by Dean
And here's a mystery micro - haven't got a clue what this species is. Very poor photo (the micros are really just too small for the 14-42mm lens to cope with)
On Sunday I caught this moth in the bathroom (it won't count towards the Garden Moth Scheme) but as presumably it flew in through the window from the garden and its a new species I shall count it for my garden list!
Clay - hopefully. I know its a male as it has a black mark on its abdomen but there is a very similar species (White-point) where the male also has a black mark visible on the underside of its body
Summary of Moths Trapped Saturday 23rd July
9.30 p.m. until dawn Minimum temperature 9.7 degrees centigrade
15w Actinic Skinner Trap
Riband Wave x 1
Heart and Dart x 2
Uncertain x 17
Shuttle-shaped Dart x 1
Dark Arches x 6
Heart and Club x 1
Common Footman x 1 New for Year Edit This should be Scarce Footman (new for garden) Thanks again Dean
Knot Grass x 1
Dark Spinach x 1 New for Garden (and year)
Garden Grass-veneer x 1
Clay x 1 New for Garden
Total number of species in the Garden (since mid 2009) 122 Edit 123
Total number of species in the Garden 2011 64
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