New moth species for 2012 are still turning up.
I wasn't 100% sure of a Square-spot Rustic identification in a worn moth recently but I am pretty sure the moth in the photo below is this species.
Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix (I hope!) is also new for year
I caught this Mother of Pearl Moth at a lighted garage window the evening prior to the moth trapping session - again the first I've seen this year. This lovely, large pyralid moth gets its common name from the opalescent sheen on its wings.
Summary of Moths Trapped Sunday, 2nd September
8.00 pm. until dawn. Minimum temperature 9.8 degrees centigrade
15w Actinic Skinner Trap
2107 Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) x 19
2134 Square-spot Rustic (Xestia xanthographa) x 1 NFY
2109 Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes) x 1
2353 Flounced Rustic (Luperina testacea) x 22
1937 Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria) x 1
1742 Yellow Shell (Camptogramma bileanata) x 1
2297 Copper Underwing (Amphipyra pyramidea) x 4
1738 Common Carpet (Epirrhoe alternata) x 1
2303 Straw Underwing (Thalpophila matura) x 2
0969 Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix (Pandemis corylana) x 1 NFY
plus 1st September
1405 Mother of Pearl (Pleuroptya ruralis) x 1 NFY
As always please let me know if the moths in the photos are wrongly identified!
On a slightly different note I am really pleased we decided to grow (for the first time) Cosmos and Night Scented Stock. We planted them this year in a front garden border and the cosmos flowers are constantly attracting bees and hoverflies and next year we'll put some in the back garden. I've identified a border on one side of the patio currently totally overgrown as its hidden behind the rabbit hutch and run. Sadly, we lost the rabbit last year so once I can find somewhere to store the hutch and we can see the border again it will be ideal for annuals.
Cosmos and Bees
Cole End Park Local Nature Reserve, Coleshill.
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