Friday, 10 June 2016

Llansteffan moths

I trapped last night at my alternative site and ran two MV's and an Actinic.  The Heath trap didn't produce as much as I'd hoped, but two Poplar Hawk-moths did squeeze in with 7 other species.
The first MV I put on the back lawn and it attracted a lot of carpets and waves.  I had 6 Poplar Hawk-moths and about 66+ species, I haven't got to grips yet with all so the final tally will be higher.
The best moth was Cream-bordered Green Pea (see below).


Two Red-necked Footman were in each MV.
The other MV I put facing the front lawn and beach area, where I had 2 Privet Hawk-moths and an Elephant Hawk-moth, and 46+ other species.  If I hadn't run the two electric traps then I wouldn't have had as many species. Some of what I had in one I didn't get in the other.
Two I'm struggling with so help is needed, as always many thanks.


This one I think is Yellow-barred Brindle?



9 comments:

  1. Really well done, Mel for breaking my monopoly of cream-bordered green pea records - suggesting that the species is establishing itself as a resident (as it has already done in Cornwall). I`m sure that many more interesting records will come from Llansteffan. Your i/d of the last moth looks correct to me. I did n`t trap last night (Fri) as it was pouring at `put out time` and rain was also forecast for the dawn period...I had a lie-in instead.

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  2. ...I forgot (re the other i/d question, the noctuid): I find it sometimes more difficult to i/d from photos rather with a specimen in front of you. It`s useful to know the size eg `same size as `common species x`. My suggestions (albeit with only a quick check) are possibly dusky brocade, pale-shouldered brocade or a rather early clouded brindle. I`m sure that someone will be able to i/d it from your pic though.

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  3. My latest thoughts are that it`s a pale-shouldered brocade. Needs to be confirmed by someone else though.

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  4. Thanks Ian, I didn't trap last night either as it was tipping down at bedtime and I wanted a rest also, what did you call it last year, moth-ing zombies, I feel like one with the lack of sleep.

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  5. Very well done indeed, Mel. Great Moths, excellent photos and timed just right for National Moth Night. Please post more pix asap!

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  6. Looks good for Pale-shouldered Brocade I think

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  7. Many thanks George and Steve I'll post some more pics just for you!

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  8. Well done on the Pea, Mel. Your record helps fill the gap between Ian's set and one I had a decade ago at Stackpole, Pembs. I agree with Ian that it seems likely to be resident in SW Wales now.

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  9. Thanks Sam, glad to hear I'm adding to the numbers.

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