Anyone know what this one could be? Have checked in Jim Porter's Caterpillars of the British Isles and on web but cannot find.
I had n`t intended to trap last night (Weds 22/9) as the forecast was quite breezy and partially clear but, when I went outside the kitchen door at c 9.30 pm, I saw that conditions were calm and cloudy. So, out went one trap, the mains actinic, perched atop the extension flat roof.
I had been thinking recently that I had n`t had an l-album wainscot yet this year - but one turned up last night within a small mixture of early autumn moths.
I had more vestals than silver ys in the trap last night (Fri 18/9), but when there was only a single silver y, that`s not too hard to achieve. A small mixture of early autumn residents were also present.
`Old blue wings` (you know what I mean!) did n`t turn up again last night and there was nothing of note migrant-wise (though the silver y numbers had increased slightly). I was, however, a little surprised to see a moth that is markedly associated with sandy shores make an appearance, as my current garden is, to my mind, inland, suburban and abuts woodland. `As the moth flies`, it is 3/4 ml inland, whereas my previous Pwll garden was much less than 1/4 ml inland, so a couple of records of the same moth at that latter garden was not unexpected and, anyway, I`d also caught it along immediately adjacent parts of the Pwll-Burry Port coast. The moth in question was a shore wainscot - photos below, including a shot of a fore-wing gently teased open to show the white hind-wing.
I put a single actinic trap out last night (Weds, 15/9) and was pleased to see some evidence of migratory species. That big, beautiful moth with blue hind-wings still evades me but 5 silver y`s, a rusty-dot pearl and a vestal provided a tiny amount of compensation. Some autumnal resident moths are also starting to make an appearance.