Another great night with big numbers and two more garden first macros.
Knot Grass - maybe a surprise that it hasn't occurred before
The other first was a Svensson's Copper Underwing which conveniently occurred alongside a Copper Underwing to allow a good comparison of the palp colouration and the underside of the hindwing. Seems that all features that may be used to separate the two are not 100%, but I think any individual showing the right underside of hindwing and matching palps is good for recording as Copper or Svensson's - otherwise it's another aggregate species. I'll try and get photos of the hindwing underside of this pair when I have time / can be arsed.
Total catch 443 of 84sp.
(125W MV 223 of 59sp., 80W actinic 220 of 54sp.)
First for garden:
Knot Grass (Acronicta rumicis) 1
Svensson's Copper Underwing (Amphipyra berbera svenssoni) 1
First for year in garden:
Phyllonorycter platanoidella 2
Ringed China-mark (Parapoynx stratiotata) 1
Copper Underwing (Amphipyra pyramidea) 1
Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) 99
Blastobasis adustella 29
Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha) 26
Common Rustic agg. (Mesapamea secalis agg.) 24
Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes) 21
Dingy Footman (Eilema griseola) 1
The July totals were pretty good considering that yet again there was a period of crappy weather. From 13 nights trapping, 3234 of 219sp. Totals for 2008 to end July were 5404 of 301sp.