"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Monday, 3 October 2011

A Migrant Micro

Despite the mild overnight temperatures (it was still 22.4 degrees centigrade at 7.0 p.m. when I set up the trap with a minimum temperature recorded of 11.8 degrees centigrade) the number of moths attracted to the trap was fairly low.

However, I did trap one rather good moth which is new for the garden - a Rusty Dot Pearl. This species is a migrant micro moth from mainland Europe and its amazing to think of this tiny moth winging its way hundreds of miles over land and ocean.

Rusty Dot Pearl

Black Rustic - the midnight bluey/black and subtle markings of this moth make it one of my favourites

Common Marbled Carpet

Summary of Moths Trapped Friday, 30th September

7.30 p.m. until dawn Minimum Temperature 11.8 degrees centigrade

15w Actinic Skinnner Trap

Large Yellow Underwing x 6
Black Rustic x 2
Lesser Yellow Underwing x 1
Lunar Underwing x 3
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing x 1
Blair's Shoulder Knot x 1
Common Marbled Carpet x 1

Light Brown Apple Moth x 1
Rusty Dot Pearl x 1 NFG

Hopefully, the id's are correct (especially the Rusty Dot Pearl!!!) but please let me know if there are any mistakes.


Dean said...

No mistakes, Caroline :-)

Ragged Robin said...

Cheers, Dean :D