There were another couple of new moth species for the year found after trapping on Saturday night.
First of all this beautiful sulphur yellow Brimstone Moth - a species illustrating that moths can be just as lovely as butterflies! Its only the second time I've caught this moth - although this specimen had alighted on the nearby kitchen window and wasn't actually in the trap itself.
Secondly, an Autumnal Rustic moth. What a lovely name and another species I don't trap very often. It led me a merry dance round the kitchen as I tried to take a photo ending up on a Doctor Who dalek mug. Its now been retrapped and released!
I think its a rather dapper looking moth and I love the anvil shaped mark.
Many moth species have varying colour forms and here's a mustardy yellow Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing.
Finally, the inevitable query! Again a worn moth - this could be a Vine's Rustic or Uncertain or Rustic or even some other species!
I did examine 4 of the Copper Underwings very closely as they showed possible features of Svensson's Copper Underwing. I am pretty sure they were all Copper so the search continues!
As always if any of the above id's are incorrect please let me know.
Summary of Moths Trapped Saturday, 8th September
8.00 p.m. until dawn. Minimum Temperature 8.1 degrees centigrade
15w Actinic Skinner Trap
2107 Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) x 17
2134 Square-spot Rustic (Xestia xanthographa) x 1
2109 Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes) x 2
1937 Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria) x 2
1906 Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) x 1 NFY
2353 Flounced Rustic (Luperina testacea) x 8
2110 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua fimbriata) x 1
2297 Copper Underwing (Amphipyra pyramidea) x 16
2117 Autumnal Rustic (Eugnorisma glareosa) x 1 NFY
2303 Straw Underwing (Thalpophila matura) x 1
0998 Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) x 1
2293 Marbled Beauty (Cryphia domestica) x 1
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