Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Large Yellow Underwing season has begun!

Two actinic traps were set yesterday evening since the forecast was for a dry night.  Was it heck!  I attended the traps at 0430 in a steady drizzle.  Never mind, there had been plenty of moth activity, including - yes, several very lively LYUs!  Others in plentiful supply were Heart & Darts, White and Buff Ermines,  Flames, and Ingrailed Clays.  FFYs were Brussels Lace, Double Line (2), Mottled Beauty (3), Marbled White-spot, and Brown China-mark.  More notable, however, was another Pyralid species which I believe is Anania (Phlyctaenia) stachydalis.  If so it's a first for me.  The books say that the species is rare/scarce, but evidently not in Carmarthenshire - Sam's list says that there have been 40 records in the County.

 Anania stachydalis rather than A.coronata, judging from the wing markings and shape.


 
Left to right: Brussels Lace, Mottled Beauty f.conversaria, Double Line

Every time I see an Ingrailed Clay I think I've caught something special, they are so strikingly varied. Some examples below:





4 comments:

  1. Well done on the P stachydalis, Chris. They seem to have increased in south Wales in the last 20 years, and there are a few recent records for Monmouthshire. However, this was a real Jon Special in the early 2000s, with Jon's trap-site near Carmarthen producing multiple individuals through the summer but very few other British records.

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  2. Nice record Chris. I had it last year (or the previous year?) in my garden too - perhaps a reflection of its increased weediness, with hedge woundwort, a smelly, rhizomatous labiate increasing (the food-plant of stachydalis).

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  3. Yes, very nice record, good catch! Hope it turns up in my garden as I have hedge woundwort in my garden especially for the wildlife. Haven't had the LYU's....yet, but haven't been trapping for over a week because of the weather, so haven't seen the Ingrailed Clay either. As you say, incredible variety, and all very nicely marked too. Happy trapping Chris.

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  4. Thank you all for your comments. Plenty of the food plant here, too, good for the moths but I've never been tempted to test its medicinal properties!

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