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

Sunday, 31 August 2008

From the garden trap - 27/08/2008

Another bumper catch, rounded off nicely with two very unexpected garden-first micros: Caloptilia populetorum - a county tick for me aswell. Don't think there are many previous records; Andy Mackay took it as a VC55 first in 2003. Roeslerstammia erxlebella - again not many previous records other than mine in 2006 from Charnwood Lodge and Enderby Quarry. This one is a bit knackered but shows (just) the whitish band on the antennae, golden-yellow head and metallic sheen to forewing. Total catch 568 of 52sp. (125W MV 207 of 42sp., 80W actinic 361 of 35sp.) First for garden: Caloptilia populetorum 1 Roeslerstammia erxlebella 1 First for year in garden: Meal Moth (Pyralis farinalis) 1 Barred Sallow (Xanthia aurago) 1 Highest counts: Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) 239 [180 act, 59 MV] Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes) 42 [29 act, 13 MV] Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) 31 [17 MV, 14 act] Square-spot Rustic (Xestia xanthographa) 31 [18 act, 13 MV] Garden Carpet (Xanthorhoe fluctuata) 25 [17 act, 8 MV] Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria) 23 [13 MV, 10 act] Agriphila geniculea 21 [12 act, 9 MV] Other highlights: Old Lady (Mormo maura) 2 Gold Spot (Plusia festucae) 4 Barred Sallow - another nice yellowy one

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