Saturday, 17 October 2015
Numbers of moths trapped over the last week or so have dropped due to cooler overnight temperatures. I am still getting several Large Yellow Underwings per night and the occasional Lesser.
I've had several Silver y's (Autographa gamma) in the trap recently.
These are immigrant moths from mainland Europe which often nectar on flowers during the day.
Silver y and Green-brindled Crescent (Allophyes oxyacanthae)
Green-brindled Crescent appears in two forms - I think this is one is f. capucina Mill which doesn't have the green scales. This form is only known in Great Britain and is more common in industrial areas such as the Midlands.
Setaceous Hebrew Character (Xestria c-nigrum)
Blair's Shoulder Knot or Stone Pinion (Lithopane leautieri)
First discovered on the Isle of Wight in 1951, the species has spread rapidly northwards and I've trapped quite a few individuals in recent weeks.
Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulous) - has to be one of my favourite moths :)
I rarely trap Sallow species here (usually only one a year), Black Rustic should be appearing soon and I live in hope of trapping the holy grail moth Merveille du Jour. There is a grove of 15 plus Oak trees about 1/8th of a mile away so its possible!