Sunday night's moth trapping session produced a few nice surprises on Monday morning including several new garden "ticks". Not too many micros to identify as I tend to pot the macros first resulting in many of the micros escaping.
Despite looking distinctive the first moth took me a long time to identify. I am pretty sure it is Shaded Broad-bar (Scotopteryx chenopodiata) a new species for the garden. The photos aren't brilliant but it was rather lively!
This by the way is a species of conservation concern under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP)
As mentioned in yesterday's post this beautiful Peppered Moth - another new garden species.
Single-dotted Wave - New for year
Flame - New for Year
I think this is another Garden Grass-veneer
Edit - Many thanks to David Shenton for confirming this species
I thought at first the next species was a worn carpet but on checking the moth "bible" and various websites I now think it is July Flyer which would be another garden "tick"
Edit - Thanks again to David Shenton for letting me know this is a Green Pug (sadly not a new garden tick but a new species for the year)
I haven't a clue which species this micro is - sorry very blurred photos it was very very lively.
Edit Many thanks again to David - this is a Juniper Webber (Dichomeris marginella)
And two species (the first a carpet and the second one of the noctuids) which are so worn I haven't attempted to identify these. But it does illustrate some of the id problems I have with moths especially as I often struggle with even the well-marked individuals!
As always if any of the above identifications are incorrect please let me know and I would be especially grateful if anyone could confirm my identifications of Shaded Broad-bar and July Flyer.
Summary of Moths Trapped Sunday, 15th July
Minimum Temperature 11.3 degrees Centigrade
15w Actinic Skinner Trap
9.30 till dawn
2381 Uncertain (Hoplodrina alsines) x 24
2382 Rustic (Hoplodrina blanda) x 2
2089 Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) x 4
2321 Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha) x 8
1304 Agriphila straminella x 1
2098 Flame (Axylia putris) x 3 New for Year
1713 Riband Wave (Idaea aversata) x 2
1921 Scalloped Oak (Crocallis elinguaria) x 2
1708 Single-dotted Wave (Idaea dimidiata) x 1 New for Year
1524 Emmelina monodactyla x 1
1931 Peppered Moth (Biston betularia) x 1 New for Garden
1293 Garden Grass-veneer (Chrysoteuchia culmella) x 2
1732 Shaded Broad-bar (Scototeryx chenopodiata) x 1 New for Garden
July Flyer x 1 (would be new for garden if confirmed)??
Edit Green Pug x 1 (New for Year) not July Flyer
Juniper Webber (Dichomeris marginella) x 1 NFG
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