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

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Ketton Quarry, 18/07/2009

I ventured over to Ketton Quarry to set out traps before dusk, joined by Andy Mackay and Adrian Russell. The forecast was not great, with a possibility of a light shower though the strong breeze had dropped. As it turned out, the forecast was not quite right as at c23:00 the sheet and traps got thoroughly soaked during a half hour deluge whilst we sat around the sheet under golfing brollies. The moths carried on about their business after the shower so we carried on until c01:30. 1 x 125W MV over sheet, 4 x 125W MV traps & 1 x 250W metal halide trap Total catch 1348 of 161sp. Main highlights: Agonopterix liturosa 1 Dwarf Cream Wave (Idaea fuscovenosa) 1 Brown Scallop (Philereme vetulata) 2 Barred Rivulet (Perizoma bifaciata) 2 Coronet (Craniophora ligustri) 10 Mere Wainscot (Chortodes fluxa) 6 Highest counts: Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha) 115 Agriphila straminella 84 Common Rustic agg. (Mesapamea secalis agg.) 75 Smoky Wainscot (Mythimna impura) 68 Uncertain (Hoplodrina alsines) 52 Common Footman (Eilema lurideola) 49 Mother of Pearl (Pleuroptya ruralis) 48 Eucosma cana 46 Brown-line Bright Eye (Mythimna conigera) 43 Shaded Broad-bar (Scotopteryx chenopodiata) 27 Scarce Footman (Eilema complana) 24 Dark / Grey Dagger (Acronicta tridens/psi) 24 Ruby Tiger (Phragmatobia fuliginosa) 23 Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) 23 Pyrausta purpuralis 21 Barred Rivulet

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