Monday, 6 June 2016

mega moth activity....

It was very hot last night which resulted in a huge amount of moth activity! A total of 152 individuals of 33 species!
To my surprise was a staggering amount of Diamond-backed moths - they were everywhere. A total of 64 ! 
The first moth I tubed was crawling around the grass next to the trap. I recognised the species shape straightaway (footman species) and noticed it was orange! Lovely. Then when I checked the book afterwards it was actually called Orange Footman but I hadn't realised it was a complete lifer for us! Meaning this was the first time in our lives we've seen this species. And here it is....

The next most amazing moth one will ever see is the beautiful Elephant Hawkmoth. Always a delight. We had 2 overnight in the trap. A generally common occurring moth in the UK. 

Remember Buff Ermine last week ?! Meet White Ermine. It is wonderful to see even though it's white with black spots. Quite common in the UK. 

This is Alder Moth has very striking dark markings. 

Green Pug - all pug species are quite small but certainly not micro moths. Named for obvious reasons! Although not all are completely green. Quite common in the UK.

This is a mirco moth - Small Magpie. Easy to identify and common in the southern half of UK, less common in the northern part. 

Clouded Silver - a sweet name for something so simple looking.  

Here is a Figure of Eighty. Look at the pattern on it's wings that resemble '80'. 

A very well marked Marbled Minor moth. So well marked that I thought it was a different species. 

Crambus pascuella - commonly known as Grass Veneer. It's another micro moth and is often found in the grasses.

Final micro moth for now - Notocelia cynosbatella. Quite common and just about easy to identify as it has orange/yellow mouth parts.

I found this one by chance later in the morning whilst bush bashing in case there were any I had missed! Yellow-barred Brindle. 

WOW! What a catch! Keep watching this space for more moth news - as the season quickly progresses and with all this heat we'll get loads of moths. Next up is National Moth Night later this week so come back and check our findings then. Bye for now.

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