Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Worthwhile.

Last night (Tuesday), the MV trap at Cwmllwyd attracted 270 moths of 56 species, with 72 Flame Shoulders the most abundant. Among a plethora (!) of Yellow Underwings (Large and Lesser Broad-bordered) there was a single of the Lesser variety and this rather fine (albeit a bit battered) Broad Bordered Y U:


A singleton Blue-bordered Carpet was trapped, along with this uncommon visitor - a Striped Twin-spot Carpet:

Four Dark Sword-grass moths supplemented two caught here three days ago:


I was surprised to find as many as nine Ear Moths (agg.) in the trap, as well as seven Sharp-angled Peacocks.

Moth of the night for me and last seen here in 2014 was this Northern Rustic:


The underside of the wing displays the diagnostic dark band which is often present.:


There were good numbers of micros (many still to be identified). This is Ypsolopha sequella:


Its cousins Y. parenthesella and Y. dentella (the Honeysuckle Moth) were also found.

3 comments:

  1. Your catch was much more interesting than mine Steve. If I'd seen your blog first I might not have bothered, but they must have crossed in the post!

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  2. Confession time: I failed to examine my 72 Flame Shoulders to check for Radford's FS, but I'm sure that you will have done with yours!

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    1. Of course Steve, every single one of them! And all of the 30-odd Small Square Spots were checked for the small black dot near the oval and the solid third cross-line. The lack of Square-spot Rustics so far this year is worrying me, especially since some of the SSSs are larger than expected.

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