A few photos of species trapped in the moth trap during August (all new for year).
The catches at the moment are dominated by various species of Yellow Underwing and now that Flounced Rustic has started to appear I suspect that they will be the second most common moth in the trap. August is exciting for me though as I keep an eye out for Hedge Rustic which is very very rare in Warwickshire and the County Recorder has been over the moon that I have trapped a couple in the last few years. So I will be scrutinising every single small brown noctuid very carefully indeed over the next four weeks! In fact, I thought I had trapped one last weekend but it managed to fly off whilst I was trying to pot it :(
Flounced Rustic (Luperina testacea) The larvae feed on the stems and roots of various grass species.
Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria) This species has appeared here very late this year. Larvae feed on Hawthorn, Plum, Privet, Birch, Ivy, Alder Buckthorn, Honeysuckle and Traveller's Joy.
Straw Underwing (Thalpohila matura). Larvae feed on various grass species. The underwing of this moth is very attractive being a creamy colour with a dark border.
Knot Grass (Acronicta rumicis) I find this moth difficult to distinguish from Poplar Grey so hopefully id is correct. Larvae feed on various herbaceous and woody plants e.g. Dock, Common Sorrel, Ribwort Plantain, Hawthorn and Bramble.
Bird-cherry Ermine (Yponomeura evonymella) Larvae feed on Bird Cherry - living together in silken webs and can sometimes cause much damage to the tree.
Common Rustic agg (Mesapamea secalis agg). Common Rustic is very similar to Lesser Common Rustic and Remm's Rustic - the 3 can only be reliably identified by dissection of genitalia! A route I will not be taking!
Copper Underwing Agg (Amphipyra pyramidea agg). Superficially Copper Underwing is very similar to Svennsons - somewhere hidden away in a storage box I do have a sheet which lists ways of telling the two species apart.
Bright-line Brown-eye (Lacanobia oleracea) Larvae feed on a wide range of herbaceous plants.
Single Dotted Wave (Idaea dimidiata) Larvae feed on Cow Parsley, Burnet Saxifrage and Hedge Bedstraw