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

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Moth Ticks

I've had a good 24hrs on the moths front, picking up six ticks in the process.

More efforts with clearwing lures brought two new species for me, one frustratingly brief and one ridiculously showy. Wafting around MYO at the former St Mary's Allotment site in Leicester yesterday afternoon (which is now half built over with housing) brought a couple of Red-belted Clearwings - it's just that neither lingered long enough to be netted. I also had Red-tipped and Six-belted Clearwings at Huncote Embankment yesterday. This morning at Tinwell right over in the east of Rutland, the VES lure brought three Orange-tailed Clearwings - these didn't bother flapping around the lure and just sat in the open on leaves near it!

Orange-tailed Clearwing - Tinwell, 30/06/2019

In between clearwing luring I enjoyed a great mothing night at Ketton Quarry with Adrian Russell, I'm sure the combined list in due course will be large, but there were four immediate highlights for me in my traps with two macro and two micro ticks (one of which was Elachista triatomea which has not hit the camera sensor as yet).

Elegia similella - sadly worn, but a VC55 first nontheless

Marbled Coronet


Other highlights included these:

Satyr Pug

Treble Brown Spot

Bordered Sallow

Light Brocade

Four-dotted Footman

Rosy Footman

Scarlet Tiger

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