Saturday, 9 July 2016

Could it be getting wetter?

Yes it could, it's got wetter since Wednesday night.  I had put two traps out late afternoon, when it was dry, and I left them out in spite of the fact that it had started to rain when I went to bed.  I woke up at 3.30 and heard it raining, quite hard, so I decided to close the traps down then, although it was still quite dark (the days are closing in!)  Quite a few soggy moths were rescued from outside the traps, unidentifiable but possibly capable of surviving.  But it was all worthwhile!  77 moths of 42 species were recorded.  A few FFYs including Riband Wave, Green Pug, Smoky Wainscot, Antler, Timothy Tortrix, Pinion-streaked Snout, and the huge Tortrix Lozotaenia forsterana:


Other micros included 3 Celypha lacunana, a Grey Tortrix Cnephasia sp., a Notocelia sp. which I think is another N.rosaecolana, and a slimline grey job:


My best guess is Paraswammerdamia nebulella.  Ian, have you had any suggestions regarding a similar moth in your blog on Thursday?

Finally, a pug which I'm not sure about (just for a change!)  Broad-winged, quite well-marked but with no appreciable discal spot, probably a Common Pug but I normally see a white tornal spot on these.  Suggestions would be welcome.


8 comments:

  1. Well done Chris; a good haul. Liked your post title, too!

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  2. I`ve been meaning to have `a proper look` Chris at my Paraswammerdamia, but have n`t yet and no one has commented/got back to me...I`ll have a go at it later. I fancied putting the home traps out last night as conditions looked good for the first part of the night but the predicted heavy rain around dawn put me off. So well done Chris.

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  3. Sorry Steve, you take 80% of the credit for the title but I couldn't resist it! I didn't brave it last night, Ian, these results are from Wednesday night, it takes me a day or three to get the photos etc sorted out and posted. I'll be interested in what you make of the Paraswammerdamia, P. nebulella isn't on Sam's 2013 list so first instincts tell me that I'm probably wrong!

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  4. You've got the correct ID on the Para, but its on the list under its old name of P lutarea.

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  5. The Pug's markings look like Green Pug to me.

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  6. Have just looked at mine and it`s also P.nebulella (=lutarea).

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  7. Have just looked at mine and it`s also P.nebulella (=lutarea).

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  8. Thanks Sam, it's nice to have got one right. I did think of Green Pug because of the wing shape but there was no trace of green colour and the other one that arrived on the night was bright green. Of course it does fade.

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