Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Salem

Set two traps - one MV and one actinic at home on sunday night. It was rather cold so I didn't get the exciting things I'd seen other people catching and, despite getting up at 5:15, didn't get to the moths before a robin had had its way with a brindled beauty and a lesser swallow prominent...ended up with 43 moths of 15 species in the MV and 11 moths of 4 species in the actinic. Brindled beauty and hebrew character led the way with FFY (for home) of brimstone, nut-tree tussock, water carpet, lesser swallow prominent, dark-barred twin-spot carpet, pebble prominent, common wave, scalloped hazel, flame carpet and 1 noctuid which I can't id at the moment - will post it later if I can't pin it down (not literally).
Pebble Prominent

OK, I think I have the problem sorted - I was looking in completely the wrong family...in my defence it was resting its wings as shown below:
Having looked at it in the following position I'm thinking it's frosted green?



3 comments:

  1. Frosted Green is good! There are a few records a year but seldom more than 2 or 3 at any site. The database holds only 87 records.

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  2. Frosted green also baffled me completely once (until Sam came to the rescue!)....I was looking and looking through the noctuids for any idea of its i/d! I had a similar problem recently with oak nycteoline, which I was trying to `make` into a tortricid.
    Naughty imposter moths like these should be banned!

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  3. Thanks Sam - it's the first frosted green I've ever caught. Almost missed it too as it was resting on a grey floor away from the trap. Ian - I agree!

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