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Saturday, 17 August 2013
Last minute trapping at Salem
I wasn't going to trap but it clouded over and the wind dropped as it got dark so I rushed my trap out. It paid off as I got over 60 species (plus the few micros I'd like help with!) including this which I believe is a Bulrush wainscot?
I've never had one before (either here or at Parc Slip) and there is no Typha nearby but the ukmoths website does say they are wanderers. Was a pleasant surprise anyway. The trap was dominated by large yellow underwings (54) and flame shoulders (37) with my highlights being a couple of gold spots, oblique carpet, purple thorn, sallow kitten, chinese character and copper underwings. Immigrants were represented by 4 silver Y and 3 dark sword-grass.
Micros I struggled with: I know Acleris laterana and comariana are difficult to separate - is it safe to say this is the former given the time of year or is it best to record as either/or?
Another tortrix - not well-marked enough for me to id:
Closest I could get with the following was holly tortrix?
Despite this one being well-marked I couldn't find it in the book (I do have a side-on photo if required:
And finally, another apple/spindle ermine - Sam, I know my parents don't have spindle but they do have a couple of apple trees!
Any id help gratefully received!
Posted by Vaughn Matthews