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

Monday, 24 August 2009

Devon trap update

I finally managed to ID that smart micro - Mompha locupletella - a British tick for me. Sadly it had turned its toes and was less than photogenic by the time I had identified it, but there is a very good photo here of what it looks like. Considering how infrequently I have trapped here, there were only four new species for the garden including the Momphid. Total catch was 263 of 38sp. (125W MV 112 of 30sp., 80W actinic 151 of 23sp.) First for garden: Mompha locupletella 2 Pearly Underwing (Peridroma saucia) 1 Dun-bar (Cosmia trapezina) 1 Frosted Orange (Gortyna flavago) 1 Highest counts: Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) 52 Flame Shoulder (Ochropleura plecta) 37 Small Square-spot (Diarsia rubi) 27 Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) 22 Setaceous Hebrew Character (Xestia c-nigrum) 18 Dingy Footman (Eilema griseola) 16 Flame Carpet (Xanthorhoe designata) 13 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua janthe) 13 Other highlights: Agriphila selasella 2 Garden Pebble (Evergestis forficalis) 1 Rush Veneer (Nomophila noctuella) 4

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