Birds, Leps, Observations & Generalities - the images and ramblings of Mark Skevington. Sometimes.

Thursday, 31 July 2008

From the garden trap - 25/07/2008

A very good night, with two garden-first macros and a good county scarcity to boot.

Total catch 305 of 82sp.

125W MV 142 of 57sp., 80W actinic 163 of 56sp.)
First for garden:
White Satin (Leucoma salicis) 1
Dingy Footman (Eilema griseola) 1

First for year in garden:
Emmetia marginea 2
Batia lunaris 2
Acleris laterana/comariana 1
Pammene fasciana 1
Grapholita janthinana 1
Pyrausta purpuralis 1
Oak Eggar (Lasiocampa quercus) 1
Clouded Border (Lomaspilis marginata) 1
Vapourer (Orgyia antiqua) 1
Square-spot Rustic (Xestia xanthographa) 2
Highest counts:
Riband Wave (Idaea aversata) 32
Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) 31
Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha) 27

Dingy Footman - an expected garden first considering the recent upturn in footmen fortunes and especially considering the burgeoning local population at Narborough Bog.

White Satin, another garden first - photo for the record but it's not pretty!

Knackered female Oak Eggar - first garden record since 2003. This is a scarce species in VC55, though my garden has probably more records in the last 8 years than any other site in the county!

Gold Triangle

Bi-laterally asymmetric Marbled Beauty photographed in fully even light - the markings are symmetric but the colouration is completely washed out on the left forewing; it is not any more worn or rubbed than the right.

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