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

Sunday, 31 August 2008

From the garden trap - 25/08/2008

Extremely good numbers overall, even when discounting the locust-like Large Yellow Underwings. No fun when every egg box has a pile of LYUs in each recess - there are 11 in this small space. Another garden first micro was sadly not photographed before release - Caloptilia robustella is relatively common and I hadn't realised it was a garden first. Total catch a whopping 615 of 43sp. - highest ever total of individuals in garden (125W MV 238 of 34sp., 80W actinic 377 of 33sp. - highest total of individuals from a single trap in garden) First for garden: Caloptilia robustella 2 First for year in garden: Rhomboid Tortrix (Acleris rhombana) 1 Pale Eggar (Trichiura crataegi) 1 Old Lady (Mormo maura) 2 Rosy Rustic (Hydraecia micacea) 1 Highest counts: Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) 350 [242 act, 108 MV] Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes) 45 [34 act, 11 MV] Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) 42 [23 act, 19 MV] Square-spot Rustic (Xestia xanthographa) 31 [17 MV, 14 act] Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria) 17 [11 MV, 6 act] Other highlights: Dark Sword-grass (Agrotis ipsilon) 1 Gold Spot (Plusia festucae) 4 Second Dark Sword-grass this year Something oddly satisfying about having an Old Lady in your garden, even when they have obviously been around the block a bit like this one. Pale Eggar Rosy Rustic - a properly dull late summer noctuid

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