23 May 2014

Adverse conditions keep moth numbers down

A cool, breezy night with heavy showers last night (22nd/23rd) produced just 12 species of moth in the trap this morning:

1 Small Square-spot Diarsia rubi
3 Pale Mottled Willow Caradrina clavipalpis
2 Common Marbled Carpet Chloroclysta truncata
2 Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis
3 Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta
1 White Ermine Spilosoma lubricipeda
1 The Spectacle Abrostola tripartita
1 Marbled Minor agg. Oligia strigilis agg.
1 Small Dusty Wave Idaea seriata
1 Elachista argentella
1m Clepsis consimilana
2 Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana

Small Square-spot Diarsia rubi

Pale Mottled Willow Caradrina clavipalpis - note the white spots around the kidney-mark and four black spots on the costa

Female Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta - a really dark individual

Common Marbled Carpet Chloroclysta truncata

Elachista argentella - about 100 x life size

Male Clepsis consimilana

The fantastic thing about moths is the enourmous diversity that is observable just in your own garden. I haven't got a garden moth list yet, but like many others in the blogosphere, I might have to create one. All this is good practice for the planned mothing sessions at the patch, and is ideal for birders that happen to live where there are no bloody birds.

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