6 September 2013

Late summer garden moth trap session

Ran the moth trap last night (5th) from 20:45 until 02:30 this morning. Conditions were less favourable than the last session, with a light W breeze, quite warm earlier on but becoming very cool late evening, mainly clear but clouding over with some light rain in the early hours. Caught nothing unusual, but some nice common moths though, including:

1 Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba
5 Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes
6 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe
3 Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum
1 Oak Hook-tip Watsonalla binaria
4 Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata
2 Straw Dot Rivula sericealis
1 Marbled Beauty Cryphia domestica
4 Small Dusty Wave Idaea seriata
2 Riband Wave Idaea aversata (1 typical form and 1 ab. remutata)
1 Small Blood-vein Scopula imitaria
4 Yellow Shell Camptogramma bilineata
2 Maiden's Blush Cyclophora punctaria
1+ Cypress Pug Eupithecia phoeniceata
3 Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata
4 Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria
5 Flounced Rustic Luperina testacea
6 Vine's Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua
13 Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa
4 Pale Mottled Willow Paradrina clavipalpis
2 Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis
2 Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta

Also, 1 Probable Svensson's Copper Underwing Amphipyra berbera, and 1 Red Underwing Catocala nupta was seen but avoided the trap.

Micros included:
1 Tachystola acroxantha
2+ Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
1 White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella
1 Brown House-moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
2 Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer Agriphila geniculea
7 Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana

Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum

Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis

Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata

Small Dusty Wave Idaea seriata

Vine's Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua

Probable Svensson's Copper Underwing Amphipyra berbera

Also found in the trap: 2 Harlequin ladybird Harmonia axyridis (1 normal and 1 melanistic form) and an Ichneumon wasp, possibly Yellow Ophion Ophion luteus.

Ichneumon wasp sp.


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