Mothing 24.04.20

Garden mothing VC12 ~ 23-24/04/20 ~

A last minute decision at ~21.00 last night saw me putting the moth trap out once again. The weather was warm (~9°C) and fairly overcast... pretty much as good as it's going to get for this time of year! By the time I went to check the trap at ~23.30, there were already a number of moths around, including a Waved Umber, Seraphim, two Brimstones and a handful of pugs.

Upon checking the trap at ~07.00 this morning it was encouraging to see a number of moths still on the vertical sheet that I hang next to the trap, as well as the perspex lid of the trap itself... always a good sign! It didn't take too long to go through the traps' contents as it was all fairly straightforward.  The total catch came to 61 moths of 29 species - not bad for April. A number of species were quite surprising to see, especially Nutmeg, Sharp-angled Carpet, Yellow-barred Brindle and a superb Poplar Hawk-moth.

Hopefully the weather stays favourable over the next few things as things really start to pick up!

Species
Count
Brimstone Moth
Opisthograptis luteolata
6
Brindled Beauty
Lycia hirtaria
2
Brindled Pug
Eupithecia abbreviata
13
Brown Pine Ermine
Cedestis subfasciella
1
Chocolate-tip
Clostera curtula
3
Clouded Drab
Orthosia incerta
2
Common Oak Purple
Dyseriocrania subpurpurella
1
Common Quaker
Orthosia cerasi
1
Fern Smut
Psychoides filicivora
1
Least Black Arches
Nola confusalis
1
Light Brown Apple-moth
Epiphyas postvittana
1
Many-plume Moth
Alucita hexadactyla
1
Muslin Moth
Diaphora mendica
1
Narrow-winged Grey
Eudonia angustea
1
Nut-tree Tussock
Colocasia coryli
1
Nutmeg
Anarta trifolii
1
Oak Nycteoline
Nycteola revayana
1
Oak-tree Pug
Eupithecia dodoneata
8
Poplar Hawk-moth
Laothoe populi
1
Red-green Carpet
Chloroclysta siterata
1
Ruddy Streak
Tachystola acroxantha
1
Seraphim
Lobophora halterata
1
Sharp-angled Carpet
Euphyia unangulata
1
Shuttle-shaped Dart
Agrotis puta
2
Spruce Carpet
Thera britannica
1
Triple-barred Argent
Argyresthia trifasciata
2
Waved Umber
Menophra abruptaria
1
White-shouldered House Moth
Endrosis sarcitrella
3
Yellow-barred Brindle
Acasis viretata
1

Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi
Close up of Poplar Hawk-moth antennae
Chocolate-tip Clostera curtula
Muslin Moth Diaphora mendica
Yellow-barred Brindle Acasis viretata
Nutmeg Anarta trifolii
Sharp-angled Carpet Euphyia unangulata

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