Sunday, 7 July 2013

Good end to a hectic week's mothing.

On Friday night, I was involved in two separate trapping sessions, both with the ultimate aim of providing some interesting moths to show members of the public, but also, obviously, to get in some great mothing.

The first session was at a chalk grassland reserve with a total of 5 lights running, and although I had to leave before the final opening of the traps, there was an excellent range of species arriving, over 100 macro and 50 micro species, with several more taken for later id.

For my own lists, the highlights were as follows; all new for the year:

Blue-bordered Carpet
White Plume
Ghost Moth
Brown Scallop
Barred Yellow (lifer)
Maple Prominent
Bramble Shoot Moth
Mocha (lifer)
Miller (lifer)
Eyed Hawk-moth
Pine Hawk-moth
Bordered Sallow (lifer)
Shaded Pug (lifer)
Haworth's Pug (lifer)
Brown-line Bright-eye (lifer)
Bright-line Brown-eye
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Reddish Light Arches (lifer)

The second session involved leaving a variety of traps overnight in a favourite woodland spot:

Barred Red (lifer)
Grey Arches
Dark Arches
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Great Oak Beauty
Brindled White Spot
Pinion-streaked Snout
Currant Pug

and later in the day;

Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet (lifer)

Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet

The fun wasn't over yet, as I ran my MV light in my garden overnight, with the following highlights; all at least new for the garden year list:

Treble Brown Spot
Common Footman
Great Oak Beauty (NFG)
Barred Red (NFG)
Light Emerald
Dark Arches
Lime Hawk-moth (lifer)
Lychnis (lifer)
Dusky Brocade (lifer)
Lime Hawk-moth

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