Highlights from the moth trap last weekend were another Autumnal Rustic and Brimstone Moth and the first Lunar Underwing of the Year
Lunar Underwing (Omphaloscelis lunosa)
There were a couple of Silver Y too. A very pretty little moth with a white "y" shaped mark on each wing. We see these a lot feeding on valerian flowers in the garden - they remind me for some reason of Hummingbird Hawkmoths. I've not been lucky enough to see one here in England but saw loads when we were on holiday in Jersey several years ago.
Summary of Moths Trapped Friday 14th September
7.30 until dawn
Minimum Temperature 7.0 degrees centigrade
15w Actinic Skinner Trap
2441 Silver Y (Autographa gamma) x 2
1937 Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria) x 1
2107 Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) x 9
2109 Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes) x 2
2353 Flounced Rustic (Luperina testacea) x 6
1906 Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) x 1
1764 Common Marbled Carpet (Chloroclysta truncata) x 1
2297 Copper Underwing (Amphipyra pyramidea) x 5
(Thought at one stage I had a Svensson's Copper Underwing but it only had one of the four characteristics that distinguish it from copper)
2117 Autumnal Rustic (Eugnorisma glareosa) x 1
0998 Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana x 1
2270 Lunar Underwing (Omphaloscelis lunosa) x 1 New for Year
There were quite a lot of Daddy Long Legs (Crane Flies) in the trap too this week.
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