Saturday, 9 July 2011

A full moth trap cheers you up

After a week of rain, threatened redundancies and general unpleasantness it was great to have the time and inclination to put the moth trap out.  Having seen virtually nothing of interest the past few days, I was glad I did,  with a box full of moths this morning. After a very nice couple of hours going through them all the final total was 298 moths of 76 species.
No less than 19 were new for the year, bringing the moth yearly total to just under the 200 mark at 197.

The nineteen new for the year were as follows:
Clepsis consimilana
Eucosma campoliliana
Catoptria falsella

Eudonia mercurella
Phlyctaenia coronata
Emmelina monodactyla

Small Dusty Wave

Barred Straw
Dark Marbled Carpet
Narrow-winged Pug

Small Yellow Wave
Lilac Beauty
Common White Wave
Antler Moth
Small Angle Shades
Common Rustic agg.

Small Fan-foot

At lunchtime I was in the greenhouse and added number 198, when my first Lesser Yellow Underwing was flushed out.


  1. The 200 must fall tonight, Keith. All the best for it.
    That Lilac Beauty is a belter.

  2. Good list of new ones! your Buff Footman is a Common Footman, sorry to poo poo your id.

  3. Dean - It wasn't to be, with my dodgy Buff Footman and the bulb packing in sometime overnight I'm back to 198

    Thanks Benny, more speed, less haste or something like that. There were half a dozen Common Footman on top of the trap and I assumed (wrongly of course) that the much paler one with them was a Buff which I do get each year thanks to the Yew trees in Hermitage Wood. I just snatched a piccie and continued. Should have noticed the tapering back end. Oh bugger ;-)