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

Friday, 24 June 2011

From The Garden Trap - 22/06/2011

Before I give the summary from garden trapping on Wednesday night, a bit of a landmark in terms of the garden list has been reached. ish. Back on 16th Jan I was speculating on which new species might turn up in the garden, and also on whether the garden list would top 600 during 2011. Before Wednedsay night, the garden list comprised 297 Macros, 298 Micros and an additional 4 micros for gen det confirmation of the provisional ID - all of which are certainly new species for the garden. That gives a grand total of 599 species unless my mental maths needs calibrating. So, the Heart and Club will (eventually) be the 600th moth species for the garden. Hurrah. And it doesn't stop there as there is another new micro and another one for gen det as you'll see shortly.

Also worth noting that back on 16th Jan the list stood at 296 macros and 293 micros (589 species). I somewhat unscientifically suggested 25 micros and 25 macros that could potentially turn up. One of the two new macros since then was on the list (Puss Moth). But of the new micros, only one of the six definite and five TBC additions was on the list, clearly showing what a load of speculative nonsense that list was.

Anyway, here's the summary and pics for what turned out to be a very good night.

Total catch 220 of 63sp.
(125W MV 89 of 36; 80W/100W actinic/tungsten combo 131 of 47)

0945 Aethes cnicana 1
1334a Scoparia basistrigalis 2 (TBC)
2088 Heart and Club (Agrotis clavis) 1

Aethes cnicana

A putative Scoparia basistrigalis, for which there are no properly confirmed VC55 records. This stood out due to the wing shape differences - longer and narrower winged in appearance vs typical ambigualis/pyralella. Will need a gen det to confirm.
Scoparia ambigualis - gen. det. by Jon Clifton Jan 2012

New for year in garden:
0415 Argyresthia retinella 1
0424 Bird-cherry Ermine (Yponomeuta evonymella) 1
0441 Paraswammerdamia nebulella 1
0536 Coleophora betulella 1
0987 Ptycholomoides aeriferanus 1
1036 Acleris forsskaleana 2
1201 Eucosma cana 1
1205 Bud Moth (Spilonota ocellana) 1
1333 Scoparia pyralella 1
2050 Common Footman (Eilema lurideola) 3
2322 Light Arches (Apamea lithoxylaea) 2
2327 Clouded Brindle (Apamea epomidion) 1
2441 Silver Y (Autographa gamma) 1

Ptycholomoides aeriferanus

Scoparia pyralella

Common Footman

Highest counts:
2089 Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) 49
2381 Uncertain (Hoplodrina alsines) 19
2321 Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha) 17
1713 Riband Wave (Idaea aversata) 11
1083 Marbled Orchard Tortrix (Hedya nubiferana) 8
1338 Dipleurina lacustrata 7
1390 Udea prunalis 6
1937 Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria) 6
2098 Flame (Axylia putris) 6
0874 Blastobasis lacticolella 5
1076 Celypha lacunana 5

Dipleurina lacustrata

Best of the rest:
1133 Epinotia bilunana 1
1634 Lackey (Malacosoma neustria) 3
1653 Buff Arches (Habrosyne pyritoides) 1
1765 Barred Yellow (Cidaria fulvata) 2
1922 Swallow-tailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria) 1
1961 Light Emerald (Campaea margaritata) 1

Barred Yellow

Dot Moth


Anonymous said...

I don`t comment as often as i should, Mark. But these are stunning images (just like all the others are).

Bennyboymothman said...

Yes beautiful images and thanks for the S.pyralella correction.
I wonder if you get time, you could have a look at this one. Cheers

Skev said...

Thanks both.

Has a look at your micro Ben - I think it is one of the Bryotropha spp. but can't work out which one.