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Sat 29th July 2006 18:57 by Mark Yeates
Chairman's Blog
Just back off my hols.  Spent a few days in Egypt at the Red Sea resort of Sharm and squeezed in a trip to Cairo to see the Pyramids which were awesome.  Didn't see much in the way of Lepidoptera whilst away.  In fact I saw more butterflies in the first 10 minutes back in my garden than I did in a week out there!  Although the hotel and its gardens were strewn with lights, the only moth I saw was a single pyralid.  Diversity in the sea was a different story though and I spent many enjoyable hours snorkelling on the coral reefs - it was just like putting your face in a tropical fish tank.  Quite spectacular.

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My wife, Michelle, and I at the Pyramids, Giza.  The development to the left on the skyline is the new open air museum: everything is being moved from the Cairo Egyptian Musuem here soon.

So, suffering withdrawal symptoms from mothing, I put the Robinson out last night.  It was clear and breezy but warm (16°C at midnight - a little cooler that the night-time 30°C I'd just been used to) giving 62 species.  A fair list with highlights of Maiden's Blush, Dog's Tooth and Bulrush Wainscot.  Good to see the second generation Prominents out too.  Also worth mentioning is that 2 of the 14 Dingy Footman in the trap were the 'pale' form ab. stramineola.  This is a recurrent variety that you occasionally see amongst the normal forms.

1680 Maiden's Blush
Maiden's Blush

2044 Dingy Footman (pale form)
Pale form of the Dingy Footman

Oops! I decided to try out a little voice recorder for the first time today - and recorded the entire trap contents.  All went well until I accidentally erased it just prior to writing anything down!  I thought I was tidying up some test recordings but actually deleted the bit I needed.  So, the following is entirely from memory (plus 20 or so moths potted up at the time).  Lesson learnt.

Full trap list (see above):

  • 0642 Batia unitella 1
  • 0695 Agonopterix alstromeriana 1
  • 0998 Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana 1
  • 1076 Celypha lacunana 1
  • 1293 Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella 1
  • 1304 Agriphila straminella 2
  • 1305 Agriphila tristella 10
  • 1358 Evergestis pallidata 1
  • 1376 Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata 1
  • 1395 Rusty-dot Pearl Udea ferrugalis 1
  • 1398 Rush Veneer Nomophila noctuella 10
  • 1405 Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis 10
  • 1470 Euzophera pinguis 5
  • 1648 Pebble Hook-tip Drepana falcataria 1
  • 1680 Maiden's Blush Cyclophora punctaria 2
  • 1713 Riband Wave Idaea aversata 2
  • 1713 Riband Wave [non-banded form] Idaea aversata ab. remutata 5
  • 1724 Red Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe spadicearia 1
  • 1728 Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata 1
  • 1738 Common Carpet Epirrhoe alternata 1
  • 1752 Purple Bar Cosmorhoe ocellata 1
  • 1825 Lime-speck Pug Eupithecia centaureata 1
  • 1853 Oak-tree Pug Eupithecia dodoneata 1
  • 1884 Magpie Moth Abraxas grossulariata 1
  • 1906 Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata 1
  • 1913 Canary-shouldered Thorn Ennomos alniaria 1
  • 1917 Early Thorn Selenia dentaria 1
  • 1921 Scalloped Oak Crocallis elinguaria 2
  • 1937 Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria 5
  • 2000 Iron Prominent Notodonta dromedarius 1
  • 2007 Swallow Prominent Pheosia tremula 2
  • 2008 Coxcomb Prominent Ptilodon capucina 1
  • 2030 Yellow-tail Euproctis similis 1
  • 2044 Dingy Footman Eilema griseola 12
  • 2044 Dingy Footman [pale form] Eilema griseola ab. stramineola 2
  • 2049 Buff Footman Eilema depressa 1
  • 2050 Common Footman Eilema lurideola 5
  • 2064 Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa 1
  • 2077 Short-cloaked Moth Nola cucullatella 1
  • 2089 Heart and Dart Agrotis exclamationis 1
  • 2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta 1
  • 2098 Flame Axylia putris 1
  • 2102 Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta 5
  • 2107 Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 4
  • 2109 Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes 2
  • 2110 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata 1
  • 2111 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe 1
  • 2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 1
  • 2134 Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa 1
  • 2145 Nutmeg Discestra trifolii 1
  • 2159 Dog's Tooth Lacanobia suasa 1
  • 2198 Smoky Wainscot Mythimna impura 1
  • 2289 Knot Grass Acronicta rumicis 1
  • 2295 Marbled Green Cryphia muralis 1
  • 2321 Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha 5
  • 2343x Common Rustic agg. Mesapamea secalis agg. 50
  • 2369 Bulrush Wainscot Nonagria typhae 1
  • 2382 Rustic Hoplodrina blanda 1 (need confirmation)
  • 2441 Silver Y Autographa gamma 3
  • 2450 Spectacle Abrostola tripartita 4
  • 2469 Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix 1
  • 2474 Straw Dot Rivula sericealis 4

190 moths of 61 Species.

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