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

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Larval Life & Garden Trap

Here's some of the larvae collected whilst trapping at Pickworth Great Wood last week:

Pale Brindled Beauty

Same as above, as it looked last week when I hadn't identified it.

July Highflyer

Presumed Epirrita sp. - maybe Autumnal Moth?

Slender Brindle

Small Quaker

Hebrew Character

The Brindled Green has already pupated (not a very interesting larva anyway), and the Twin-spotted Quaker is in the middle of an instar change so I'll get a shot of that one in the week.

I was in two minds about running the garden traps last night. It was still cloudy, muggy and warm at dusk though rain was threatening and forecast. About 45 minutes after dark it was still dry so I bit the bullet and put the traps out. About half an hour later it was heavy rain .... I wasn't in a rush to empty the traps this morning and may well have missed one or two bits, but suffice to say there was more water in the traps than moths.

Total catch 22 of 13sp
(125W MV 12 of 9, 80W/11W actinic/compact flourescent combo 10 of 7)
0409a Argyresthia trifasciata 3
0464 Diamond-back Moth (Plutella xylostella) 1
1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 1
1728 Garden Carpet (Xanthorhoe fluctuata) 1
1819 Mottled Pug (Eupithecia exiguata) 2
1835 White-spotted Pug (Eupithecia tripunctaria) 2
1958 Clouded Silver (Lomographa temerata) 2
1997 Sallow Kitten (Furcula furcula) 1
2063 Muslin Moth (Diaphora mendica) 1
2089 Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) 4
2188 Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) 1
2199 Common Wainscot (Mythimna pallens) 1 (NFY)
2384 Vine's Rustic (Hoplodrina ambigua) 1 (NFY)

Vine's Rustic

Mottled Pug

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