Yet more Moths

Inside the Moth Trap

Inside the Trap

It’s amazing just how many moths there are in the garden. I went to put the moth trap out last night at dusk and the Lilac was completely covered in moths. I couldn’t tell what species they all were as they were on the wing, but there were several different species and at least 5 of them on that one plant.

Needless to say it was a good catch again when I opened the trap with Morgan this morning and a few more species to add to the list

  • 1x Scalloped Hazel*
  • 5x Silver Y
  • 4x Elephant Hawkmoth
  • 2x Sallow Kitten
  • 10x Heart and Dart
  • 2x Gold Spot
  • 2x Small Magpie
  • 4x Purple Bar
  • 1x Pale Prominent*
  • 1x Flame*
  • 1x Cinnabar
  • 6x Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet
  • 1x Shuttle-shaped Dart
  • 3x Garden Carpet
  • 7x Small Square-spot
  • 1x Shears
  • 1x Brown Silver-line
  • 5x Treble Lines
  • 2x Buff Tip
  • 1x Tawny Shears
  • 1x Lime-speck Pug*
  • 2x Small Elephant Hawkmoth
  • 1x Rustic Shoulder-knot
  • 6x Flame Shoulder
  • 1x Brown Rustic
  • 2x Gold Spot
  • 1x Knot Grass*
  • 1x Setaceous Hebrew Character
  • 1x Buff Ermine*
  • 1x Poplar Kitten*
  • 1x Clouded-bordered Brindle*
  • 1x Dusky Brocade*
  • 2x Pebble Prominent

Not a bad catch, but considering the number on the Lilac I thought there might be more. There were also quite a few different micro moths in the trap, but I thought I had enough on my plate identifying the macros, so ignored the micros today. All in all, 81 moths, 38 different species and 9 new garden records.

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Alan Cole

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