Mothing ~ 19/20th July 2015 ~ 

I have very kindly been lent a moth trap and so last night the forecast looked pretty good - low wind, no rain and fairly warm, so I decided to put the trap out in my garden and see what happened!

This morning (20th) I got up at 6am to go and cover the trap so that any moths in the trap couldn't escape and then I went back to bed for a few hours before getting up again to go through the trap.

To my surprise there were quite a few moths in the trap and there seemed to be quite a variety of species too which is always good! I also noticed that there were some Elephant Hawkmoths in the trap which was awesome as they are a species I've really wanted to see for quite a while and they really do not disappoint!

Anyway, I won't bore you with any more writing, so here are some pictures of the moth I caught. Many thanks to all who helped me with id'ing them yesterday - I very much appreciate it!!

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua fimbriata)
Common Footman (Eilema lurideola)
Scarce Footman (Eilema complana)
The Flame (Axylia putris)
Mottled Beauty (Alcis repandata)
Garden Carpet (Xanthorhoe fluctuata)
Dun-bar (Cosmia trapezina)
Dot Moth (Melanchra persicariae)
Crambus pascuella
September Thorn (Ennomos erosaria)
Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua janthina)
Double Square-spot (Xestia triangulum)
Euzophera pinguis
Elephant Hawkmoth (Deilephila elpenor)
Blastobasis adustella 
Eudonia mercurella
Riband Wave (Idaea aversata) 
Beautiful Hook-tip (Laspeyria flexula)

Chrysoteuchia culmella (Garden Grass Veneer)
Buff Arches (Habrosyne pyritoides) 
Celypha striana
Single-dotted Wave (Idaea dimidiata)
Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha)
Buff Ermine (Spilosoma lutea)
Small Fan-footed Wave (Idaea biselata) 
Endotrichia flammealis
Least Carpet (Idaea rusticata) 
Ancylis achatana
Scoparia ambigualis
Scalloped Oak (Crocallis elinguaria) 
Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata)
Scallop Shell (Hydria undulata)

1 comment:

  1. I love elephant hawk moths, they're so pretty. I looked after three pupae over the winter and they hatched at the start of July. Now I'm looking out for some more caterpillars, but maybe of some different species because it's really interesting watching and/or filming them emerge.
    Heard you were going to Rutland Birdfair, hope to see you then.