Monday, 2 July 2018

Small Fry

I trapped on a very small scale last night, not feeling up to facing large numbers in the early hours, and it worked out fine, the small 6W actinic contained a mere 45 moths this morning.  Pick of the bunch was a Grass Emerald, only my second record, the first being in 2013.


The last occasion on which I used this trap, last Wednesday night in a different part of the garden, was notable in that I found a fully-grown Drinker Moth larva close by, and later discovered an adult moth in the trap.

Drinker Moth-to-be

On that occasion the trap also contained an unfamiliar Tortricid:


I have tentatively identified iit as Epinotia signatana, perhaps someone would be kind enough to tell me whether I'm on the right track!

3 comments:

  1. Must be a good year in this area for Grass Emeralds Chris - I had 3 at once in porch last week.

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  2. You are correct with the Epinotia signatana, which has just 16 Carms records. You caught one at Maenol in 2016, Chris.

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  3. Thanks for reminding me Sam, your quite right, I recorded it in August 2016.

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