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Sun 11th June 2006 09:20 by Mark Yeates
Chairman's Blog
Trap in the garden again last night (Actinic 40W, ST5715, VC9, Dorset):

  • 0147 Nemophora metallica 1
  • 0148 Nemophora degeerella 1
  • 0385 Anthophila fabriciana 1
  • 0464 Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella 4
  • 0656 Tachystola acroxantha 1
  • 0998 Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana 1
  • 1033 Green Oak Tortrix Tortrix viridana 1
  • 1076 Celypha lacunana 1
  • 1334 Scoparia ambigualis 3
  • 1376 Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata 1
  • 1392 Udea olivalis 1
  • 1428 Bee Moth Aphomia sociella 1
  • 1458 Thistle Ermine Myelois circumvoluta 1
  • 1682 Blood-vein Timandra comae 1
  • 1727 Silver-ground Carpet Xanthorhoe montanata 2
  • 1728 Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata 2
  • 1764 Common Marbled Carpet Chloroclysta truncata 4
  • 1776 Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria 3
  • 1777 July Highflyer Hydriomena furcata 2
  • 1817 Foxglove Pug Eupithecia pulchellata 1
  • 1834 Common Pug Eupithecia vulgata 1
  • 1887 Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata 1 *
  • 1980 Eyed Hawk-moth Smerinthus ocellata 1
  • 2058 Cream-spot Tiger Arctia villica 1
  • 2060 White Ermine Spilosoma lubricipeda 2
  • 2089 Heart and Dart Agrotis exclamationis 23
  • 2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta 1
  • 2107 Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 1
  • 2123 Small Square-spot Diarsia rubi 2
  • 2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 10
  • 2160 Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea 1
  • 2173 Lychnis Hadena bicruris 1
  • 2198 Smoky Wainscot Mythimna impura 8
  • 2279 Sycamore Acronicta aceris 1 *
  • 2337 Marbled Minor Oligia strigilis 1
  • 2338 Rufous Minor Oligia versicolor 2
  • 2380 Treble Lines Charanyca trigrammica 1
  • 2382 Rustic Hoplodrina blanda 1 (to be confirmed)
  • 2384 Vine's Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua 3
  • 2389 Pale Mottled Willow Paradrina clavipalpis 1
  • 2450 Spectacle Abrostola tripartita 1
  • 2474 Straw Dot Rivula sericealis 2

100 moths of 42 species.  * The only moths found outside of trap this morning (06.30hrs - on a Sunday!) were individuals of the Sycamore Acronicta aceris and Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata.  This takes the total species count for the year so far to 110.

Last night conditions were very good here: warm and overcast with little wind.  Small diptera were swarming at the trap with quite an audible hum going on.

The Straw Dot Rivula sericealis is another new migrant here this year.

Unusually, I have three species (A. fabriciana, N. degeerella and N. metallica) that are mainly day-flying but do come to light occasionally.  Also curious is the fact that there were scores of Silver Y at the valerian last night and not one in the trap this morning.

2441 Silver Y at Valerian
Silver Y at Valerian

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