Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Autumn Fayre: last night`s moths (13/10/14)

After a spell without trapping due to the heavy rain and wind, I put out three actinics last night, two in my Pwll garden and a third at Furnace Quarry, Llanelli. There were the rather low numbers that you would expect in average conditions at this time of year, with the usual `autumn collection` of moths.
The species included Blair`s shoulder-knot, lunar underwing, brick, snout, black arches, green brindled crescent, flounced chestnut, red-line quaker and a few other common species. A single swallow-tail moth was a `second brooder` and the first of the `November moths` Epirrita spp. were at Pwll and Furnace.

                                         Above: lunar underwing.

                                         Above: red-line quaker.

                                         Above: flounced chestnut.

                                         Above: green brindled crescent.


Above (two photos): November moth agg. Epirrita sp. This has the look of pale November moth but I`m not at all confident, and to be certain, these November moths need to be dissected.

2 comments:

  1. If you look at the underside of the tip of the abdomen you can sometimes see the little teeth that separate the males of Epirria species without needing to dissect them. And if they are female even dissection doesn't help.
    http://www.mothscount.org/uploads/Difficult_species_guide_page_30.pdf

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  2. Thanks Dave...I did n`t know (or had forgotten) that! Will look into it.

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