24 August 2013

First garden moth trap session

Finally got around to trying out my new moth trap - a Ranger Capio Actonic - last night (23rd). I originally planned a mothing session at the patch, but I've been ill over the last week so instead had a trial run in the garden with Rachel, Andrew Proudfoot and Peter Alfrey. We ran the trap from 20:30 to 00:15 in fairly good weather - warm, humid, overcast and no wind. Species caught and identified include:

2-3 Red Underwing Catocala nupta
2 Tree-lichen Beauty Cryphia algae
1 Marbled Beauty Cryphia domestica
1 Oak Hook-tip Watsonalla binaria
3 Maiden's Blush Cyclophora punctaria
1 Cypress Pug Eupithecia phoeniceata
4 Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata
5 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe
1 Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba
1 Straw Underwing Thalpophila matura
5 Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria
2 Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta
1 Vine's Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua
2 Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa
1 Common Rustic Mesapamea secalis
1 Barred Rivulet Perizoma bifaciata
1 Yellow Shell Camptogramma bilineata
1 Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata
2 Straw Dot Rivula sericealis
Also, 1 Convolvulus Hawkmoth Agrius convolvuli flew around a few times but avoided the trap and evaded capture!

Micros included:
1 Carcina quercana
1 Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
1 Catoptria falsella
1 Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella
1 Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla
1 Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
1 Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana
Several Common Grass-veneer Agriphila tristella
Several Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer Agriphila geniculea

Red Underwing Catocala nupta

Tree-lichen Beauty Cryphia algae

Marbled Beauty Cryphia domestica

Straw Underwing Thalpophila matura

Barred Rivulet Perizoma bifaciata

Oak Hook-tip Watsonalla binaria

Maiden's Blush Cyclophora punctaria

Carcina quercana

Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis

Many thanks to Peter Alfrey, Bill Dykes and Alan Martin for help with identifying some of the more tricky species.

Also, this Red-legged Shieldbug Pentatoma rufipes made an appearance.

Red-legged Shieldbug Pentatoma rufipes

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