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

Sunday, 31 August 2008

From the garden trap - 29/08/2008

Another garden tick, the 53rd pyralid and all the better as it is only the second record for VC55. To be honest it took a while to identify - I'd considered the species that it turned out to be but all the photos I could find on the internet were of much darker individuals. A posted photo query to UK Moths yahoo group and local moth recorders concurred with Andy Mackay's suggestion that it was indeed Duponchelia fovealis as I had originally thought. Duponchelia fovealis, a county and garden tick Otherwise, the catch was much reduced in numbers (can't explain why, conditions as good as or better). Total catch 381 of 51sp. (125W MV 191 of 40sp., 80W actinic 190 of 35sp.) First for garden: Duponchelia fovealis 1 First for year in garden: Skin Moth (Monopis laevigella) 1 Frosted Orange (Gortyna flavago) 1 Pale Mottled Willow (Paradrina clavipalpis) 1 Highest counts: Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) 88 Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) 56 Square-spot Rustic (Xestia xanthographa) 36 Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes) 28 Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) 21 Common Marbled Carpet Frosted Orange

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