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Monday, 31 March 2014

Salem Saturday night

Set the trap on saturday night as it was so mild and had a similar catch to Mat's with over 200 moths of 22 species. It was nice to see (and hear) both common and soprano pipistrelles making the most of the smaller flying insects round the trap too and I also had a large burying beetle Nicrophorus humator in the bottom of the trap. Most common moths were small quaker (67), hebrew character (27) and common quaker (25) with the highlights being 5 red sword-grass, 2 streamers, a herald and what I think are white-marked but as I've never caught one before I would like somebody to confirm/deny this please!
I also had this noctuid which I couldn't identify (the flash has washed out the less distinctive markings unfortunately but if anyone could make a suggestion that would be appreciated).
Also what I believe is a brindled pug?
And finally could someone help with this little but well-marked micro please? It wasn't as blurry in real life...


  1. What about a dark chestnut for the first noctuid?....but the hind wing corners are usually quite acute/sharp in that sp....perhaps they are worn?
    The second noctuid looks like a white-marked to me.....we`ll await Sam`s or Barry`s more expert opinions! The white-marked is quite local/thin-on-the-ground in Carms, though probably under-recorded to some extent. I`ve not seen one, so well done Vaughn.

  2. Thanks Ian, I did think dark chestnut as a possibility but, like you say, the lack of sharp wing-tips and the rather late (i believe?) flight time dissuaded me!
    Fingers crossed for it to be a white-marked - and I caught 3!

  3. The White-marked looks good to me. Well done - a new site for that species. The other one is a Chestnut and shows how dark they can get!

  4. Thanks for clarification Sam. I`m sure that Jon did a very useful short article, with pics, on how to avoid the chestnut/dark chestnut i/d pitfalls. I had a very quick search for it yesterday but could n`t find it. It might be useful if I prepare an index for the newsletters that have appaered so far.

  5. I`ve found the excellent i/d article by Jon Baker referred to`s in Newsletter No 6, Aug 2006. draws attention to the `pointed` wings etc.

  6. Thanks very much Ian - I'll take a look