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Sunday, 13 March 2016

A warmer night brought more moths...

It was noticeably warmer last night (12/3) and this was reflected in the larger number of moths in my garden traps (two actinics). I had planned to additionally trap in local woodland - indeed, two traps were ready in my car - but I changed my mind at the last moment and took the easier option of garden trapping.
I had 13 species of moth: Hebrew character (7), common quaker (5), satellite, early grey, engrailed, March moth (3), dotted border, small quaker (2), chestnut (4), clouded drab (5), oak nycteoline, a pug - believed to be brindled pug (see photo below) and an Agonopterix, believed to be yeatiana (again see photo).

                                     Above: a satellite with an orange `planet` and `moons`.
                          Above: a fresh-looking early grey. Note the slight pinky suffusion.
Above: oak nycteoline. This time, I remembered this species and did not try to identify this `tort`!
                   Above: is this a brindled pug f. hirschkei? (see Chris Manley`s book, p231).
           Above: Agonopterix yeatiana? (said to be a mostly coastal umbellifer feeder).

Any comments/corrections re the pug and the Agonopterix will be welcomed. Thanks.


  1. Looks good for A. yeatiana, Ian. I've been staring at Agonopterixes and illustrations of them all morning!

  2. Fairly confident of your Brindled Pug, too.