Search This Blog

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

A disappointing series of trap-nights

 Given the recent warm weather and the influx of migrants, I`ve been doing quite a few garden trap sessions and although the hotter nights did induce some wandering/dispersal of resident moths, no exciting migrants turned up in my traps. At one stage, low numbers of rusty-dot pearls appeared and on one night the number of silver y`s actually exceeded the number of  boisterous large yellow underwings, but that silver y influx was sadly not a harbinger of anything more exotic.

Nevertheless, some moths that I judge scarce or infrequent at my current garden trap site did appear - moths such as an old lady, scarce footman, antler and grass eggar.

Above: usually old lady moths turn up rather tatty and battered with torn wings, but this one was at its dour best.

Above: no need to diet for this slim scarce footman; it was one of two which presumably wandered from not-too-distant coastal habitat.

Above: an antler moth possibly wandered from Gower or inland rhos pastures.

Above: the grass eggar is quite a scarce and restricted moth UK-wide, so it was nice to catch it twice over the last week in my garden trap.

Currently coming to the fore is Blastobasis lacticolella, considerably paler and about a third larger than its commoner cousin Blastobasis adustella. Both are canoe-shaped and adustella invariably has a dark-edged v-shaped mark on its `back` to aid identification. Photo of lacticolella below:


A new moth for me was this Oegoconia sp. and judging by the number of records in adjacent Glamorgan, O. quadripunctata seems the most likely. Photo below.

Postscript: I later checked through some tiny moths found dead below the MV bulb and they included Aproaerema anthyllidea and Limnacea phragmitella.

2 comments:

  1. Car man is shared for the talented and tip for the on slot. Paths of the field and uk essay writing service is ensured for the turns. The skills are filed for the mid of the funded data for the struggle for the approach of the strong items for humans.

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is very good knowledge and through this, we can get knowledge about butterflies and other small animals. Those students, who are getting degrees about animals like DVM, they can improve their knowledge. Dissertation proposal writing services.

    ReplyDelete