Sunday, 24 June 2018

Identification issues

 A modest trap last night produced my first common, though attractive Bramble shoot moth.

I also had this moth, which I believe is Engrailed, but I'm not sure.
And is this tiny geometer a worn Satin Wave?
I also had my second specimen of the giant Tortrix, Lozotaenia forsterana
In addition there were FFY Barred Straw and Light Arches and another Lilac Beauty. I suspect it's not the same moth, as this specimen is much less well behaved than the previous individual.




5 comments:

  1. Your Engrailed looks like a Welsh Wave to me, Adam - but I'm no expert, as you may have noticed!

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  2. I'm with you on Engrailed Adam, one of those plain dark grey ones. I think the wave is too worn to be able to ID with any certainty.

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  3. Thanks Steve, It doesn't seem like the right shape for Welsh Wave and no sign of cryptic cross lines, which is why I thought Engrailed GMT.

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  4. Perhaps the Lilac Beauty was ill-behaved because it was fed up with being caught in a trap, and who could blame it! I had three L.forsterana in my small actinic trap last night but not much else, the 6W lamp doesn't fare well on clear nights with competition from the moon.

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  5. After 24 hours in solitary I turned the Lilac Beauty out to photograph it and it flew off into cover immediately!

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