It was hot and humid on Saturday night and, as I expected, there were lots of moths in the trap on Sunday morning, including several new species for the year. Loads of moths escaped as I was potting them up which was just as well in one way as I ended up running out of pots!
First of all Copper Underwings had arrived en masse
And here's a view of the underside of the moth - although I didn't manage to get a photo the underwings are a lovely copper colour
There is a very similar species called Svensson's Copper Underwing and, depending on which website you visit, there are various ways of distinguishing them such as differences in the palps or underside of the hindwing colouration or length of projections. Must admit I don't have a lot of confidence in my ability to distinguish between the two species but I think they were all Copper.
Also new for year were several Lesser Yellow Underwings
and Flounced Rustic
Here's 3 Flounced Rustics together showing slight variation in colour and amounts of wear
I was really pleased to find a Mint Moth micro - again there are two very similar species but I think this is Pyrausta aurata. If you grow mint in your garden you may well see these - they are tiny but very pretty (all pinks, purples and orange and look like tiny fairies!)
Flame Shoulder - a really handsome looking moth
I caught a male and a female Orange Swift
First the more brightly coloured male
and the more sombre female. Sadly, she had been laying eggs :( When things like this happen I feel really guilty about trapping moths but I did find some dock and dandelion in the garden (larva food plants) and put the eggs there in the hope they might hatch.
There were quite a few Light Brown Apple moths (a tiny micro)
and a Shuttle-shaped Dart
And I just love the antennae on this Willow Beauty
I only potted a few micros and the photo below shows one of the reasons why. As soon as you get them out of the fridge and take them out of the pot they are intent on escape and I find it really hard to even get a photo!!
If any of the above id's are wrong please let me know!
And now for the queries
I am sure I should recognise this macro but I really haven't a clue
I think this tiny micro is one of the Agriphila species - straminella??
Again I am sure I should know this moth - is it a worn Square-spot rustic?
Any help on the above would as always be really appreciated.
Summary of Moths Trapped Saturday, 18th August
Minimum Temperature 14.5 degrees centigrade
8.30 p.m. until dawn
15w Actinic Skinner Trap
2303 Straw Underwing (Thalpophila matura) x 3
2297 Copper Underwing (Amphipyra pyramidea) x 31 NFY
2107 Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) x 5
2109 Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes) x 5 NFY
2111 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua janthe) x 1
2353 Flounced Rustic (Luperina testacea) x 11 NFY
1937 Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria) x 2
0015 Orange Swift (Hepialus sylvina) x 2
2293 Marbled Beauty (Cryphia domestica) x 3
1713 Riband Wave (Idaea aversata) x 2
1738 Common Carpet (Epirrhoe alternata) x 2
2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta) x 1
2102 Flame Shoulder (Ochropleura plecta) x 1 NFY
1361 Mint Moth (Pyrausta aurata) x 1 NFY
0998 Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) x 4
2343 Common Rustic (Mesapamea secalis) x 1
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