1 September 2014

Moth numbers fall as temperature drops

A sharp drop in temperature over the last couple of weeks producing cool nights, along with clear skies and a bright moon, have resulted in some poor moth trapping sessions at home. Just a few immigrants noted and very small numbers common moths. Best of a very sparse bunch have been:

Old Lady Mormo maura - 1 on 24/25 August
Turnip Moth Agrotis segetum - 1 on 24/25 August
Silver Y Autographa gamma - 1 on 30 August
Yellow Shell Camptogramma bilineata - 1 on 24/25 August, 30/31 August, 1 on 31 August
Beautiful Plume Amblyptilia acanthadactyla - 1 on 24 August
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba - 1 on 28/29 August, 2 on 30/31 August
Flounced Rustic Luperina testacea - 1 on 30/31 August
Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa - 1 on 24/25 August, 1 on 28/29 August, 1 on 30 August
Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum - 1 on 28/29 August
Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria - 1 on 24/25 August, 1 on 30/31 August
Bird's-nest Moth Tinea trinotella - 1 on 28/29 August
Tachystola acroxantha - 1 on 27 August
Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella - 2 on 30/31 August
Also, several Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe, Pale Mottled Willow Caradrina clavipalpis and Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata.

Old Lady Mormo maura, 25 August

Bird's-nest Moth Tinea trinotella, 29 August. Really liking the English names being given to micros now

A beautifully patterned Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba, 29 August

Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa, 25 August - quite similar to the one below (for a change)

Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa, 29 August. Check out the huge variation shown by this species here.

1 comment:

  1. Seeing the moon early in the evenings after warm days is getting me down of late but I still keep hope of seeing an Old Lady. That kinda sounds weird.

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