Garden moths 22.04.20

Garden moths VC12 ~ 21-22/04/20 ~

I put the moth trap out again last night as the forecast was for it to be ~9°C and cloudy. This was not the case however, and the cloud didn't materialise, causing it to be a rather chilly night instead! The moths weren't completely deterred though, and when I checked the trap at about 7am, I found 13 moths of 10 species. 

Three of these species were new for the year: Early Grey Xylocampa areola, Frosted Green Polyploca ridens and the delightful Pine Beauty Panolis flammea. The highlight of the catch came in the form of a melanistic (all black) Brindled Beauty Lycia hirtaria. It was a real stunner and not a form I'd heard of before, so it was pretty cool to see.


Species
Count
Brindled Beauty
Lycia hirtaria
3
Common Slender
Gracillaria syringella
1
Early Grey
Xylocampa areola
1
Frosted Green
Polyploca ridens
1
Grey Pine Carpet
Thera obeliscata
1
Hebrew Character
Orthosia gothica
1
Pale Mottled Willow
Caradrina clavipalpis
1
Pine Beauty
Panolis flammea
1
Shuttle-shaped Dart
Agrotis puta
2
Sulphur Tubic
Esperia sulphurella
1

2x Brindled Beauty Lycia hirtaria, including the melanistic form
Melanistic Brindled Beauty Lycia hirtaria
Pine Beauty Panolis flammea
Frosted Green Polyploca ridens

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