For various reasons (mainly the dreadful rainy weather) I haven't put out the moth trap for a while so I was thrilled to find on Saturday morning, after putting the trap out on Friday night, that the moths have finally started to arrive.
Highlight though of the week was my first Swallow-tailed moth of the year seen on the outside of the kitchen window on Thursday night. I didn't manage to pot it so here's a photo of this beautiful species taken last year!
Here are some photos of Friday night's catch - some are a bit blurred due to the liveliness of the moths or the fact that they are that small and the photos are very heavily cropped. I didn't use the macro lens as I have still not mastered focusing on something as small as the micro moths. I am unsure of some of my identifications so any help would be very much appreciated as always.
I am pretty sure this moth is Barred Straw (and not Spinach) which would be a completely new garden tick. It was very difficult to photo as it just would not keep still but finally it calmed down for just a few seconds and I was able to take the lid off the pot.
The Uncertains and Rustics have started to arrive en masse
Uncertain (I think - due to the clearly visible Antemedial line and the clear Median area shading passing through the kidney)
Rustic (I think - as the Antemedial line is reduced to dots and the Median area shading is faint)
Another query - I think this is Heart and Club although its quite worn!
The next 3 are all Crambus pascuella (hopefully!)
A worn Tachystola acoxantha
The next 2 are, I think, Agriphila straminella
Garden Grass-veneer? - this is the best photo of an awful bunch!
and finally, Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix?
Apologies for the fact that there are even more queries than usual! Things have been a bit hectic concerning my mother(plus I've been watching far too much tennis :) ) and I just haven't been able to spend all the usual hours poring over the moths and checking in id guides and on the internet.
Here's a very provisional summary of the moths caught
Summary of Moths Trapped Friday, 6th July
9.00 until dawn
15w Actinic Skinner Trap
Minimum Temperature - 11.4 degrees centigrade
1921 Scalloped Oak (Crocallis elinguaria) x 2
2381 Uncertain (Hoplodrina alsines) x 18 NFY
2382 Rustic (Hoplodrina blanda) x 3 NFY
2089 Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) x 3
2088 Heart and Club (Agrotis clavis) x 1 ?
2321 Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha x 1
1713 Riband Wave (Idaea aversata) x 1 ? NFY
1758 Barred Straw (Eulithis pyraliala) x 1 ? NFG
1293 Garden Grass-veneer (Chrysoteuchia culmella) x 8 NFY
1294 Crambus pascuella x 4 NFY
1338 Dipleurina lacustrata x 1? NFY
0970 Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix (Pandemis cerasana) x 1? NFY
0656 Tachystola acroxantha x 1
1304 Agriphila straminella x 2 ? NFY
A record-breaking night in Bedfordshire
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