Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Last night at Maenol

I put the MV trap out without much hope because the conditions (clear and cool) were much the same as Sunday night when I caught next to nothing with my 22W actinic trap.  However, it was quite rewarding, with 20 species turning up.  Multiples of Brimstone, Nut-tree Tussock, Scalloped Hazel, Pebble Prominent, Pale Prominent, White Ermine and Small Phoenix.  New for the year: Peppered Moth, Brown Silver-line, Buff-tip, Spectacle, Barred Umber and Red-green Carpet.  I wasn't sure of the latter at 5a.m. this morning because the combination of markings and wing shape was unfamiliar, very

straight-winged, but I don't think that there's any doubt (see photo).  The Pug moth is, I think, a Common Pug in spite of the prominent white spots (none to be seen on the thorax or abdomen).  This moth was freshly emerged, I found it on the garage wall before its wings had developed fully.

Any comments on the identifications would be most welcome.  I'm still fairly low down on the learning curve!

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