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Sun 30th July 2006 09:56 by Mark Yeates
Chairman's Blog
Although last night looked a bit grim - cooler with drizzle late evening - I thought I'd try the Actinic in the garden.  Normally, I'd avoid doing the garden two nights in a row but I needed another moth fix.  I put this trap in a different location; well away from the area I released the last catch.

28 species with highlights of Dingy Shears and Ear Moth agg..  The Ear Moths are very difficult (=impossible) to get without dissection and as I have no Amphipoea records for the garden yet, will get this determined.

Another favourite of mine is the Dusky Sallow which is always good to see.  You often find this moth during the day, feeding on thistle and other flowers and I have also taken this at sugar - but most records we have come from light traps.

2360x Ear Moth agg.
Ear Moth sp.

Adding to the list of 'unusual stuff found in the trap' was a large Cricket:

Cricket sp. in Actinic
Cricket sp. in the Actinic this morning

Success with the voice recording method this morning: managed to use this without a hitch.

Full trap list (Actinic 40W, ST5715, VC9, Dorset):

  • 1293 Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella 2
  • 1304 Agriphila straminella 4
  • 1361 Pyrausta aurata 1
  • 1398 Rush Veneer Nomophila noctuella 8
  • 1405 Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis 1
  • 1693 Cream Wave Scopula floslactata 1
  • 1724 Red Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe spadicearia 2
  • 1728 Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata 4
  • 1825 Lime-speck Pug Eupithecia centaureata 1
  • 1917 Early Thorn Selenia dentaria 1
  • 1937 Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria 1
  • 2030 Yellow-tail Euproctis similis 1
  • 2044 Dingy Footman Eilema griseola 5
  • 2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta 1
  • 2102 Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta 2
  • 2107 Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 4
  • 2111 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe 1
  • 2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 4
  • 2198 Smoky Wainscot Mythimna impura 1
  • 2289 Knot Grass Acronicta rumicis 1
  • 2293 Marbled Beauty Cryphia domestica 1
  • 2314 Dingy Shears Parastichtis ypsillon 1
  • 2341 Cloaked Minor Mesoligia furuncula 1
  • 2343x Common Rustic agg. Mesapamea secalis agg. 10
  • 2352 Dusky Sallow Eremobia ochroleuca 1
  • 2360x Ear Moth agg. Amphipoea oculea agg. 1
  • 2441 Silver Y Autographa gamma 1
  • 2474 Straw Dot Rivula sericealis 1

63 moths of 28 species.

2030 Yellow-tail
Yellow-tail on side of Actinic this morning

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