Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Good old moths

Still cursing the weather. All the good days and I'm out of the square doing things, and of course whenever I'm back at home it raining. As I always knew (and planned) I am heavily reliant on vascular plants and moths to get to the 1000 species. In fact with a bit of concentrated effort I think I could get 700 species on these two groups alone. I have the advantage of doing the 1000 species in a 1km square before, and in this square, so its easier for me than others, but I would be stuffed if I had to do it elsewhere.

Despite the rain, the moths in particular have been quite decent, pushing me over the 800 mark. A Painted Lady, got me to 20 butterflies with just two hairstreaks to go. Has anyone seen any adults  north of south Durham yet? Should really have had both by now.

As I said the moths have been good to me including a few rarities such as Scarce Silver-Lines, Suspected, Large Twin-spot Carpet and Dichrorampha montanana, all in the same trap on Friday.

Bena bicolorana (Scarce Silver-lines)

Parastichtis suspecta (Suspected)

The list

777. Megachile centuncularis  (Patchwork Leaf-cutter Bee)
778. Sedum acre (Biting Stonecrop)
779. Lozotaenia forsterana
780. Idaea seriata (Small Dusty Wave)
781. Oligia versicolor (Rufous Minor)
782. Linaria vulgaris (Common Toaflax)
783. Gillmeria pallidactyla (Yarrow Plume)
784. Geometra papilionaria (Large Emerald)
785. Acrobasis advenella (a micro moth)
786. Mesapamea secalis (Common Rustic)
787. Apamea lithoxylaea (Light Arches)
788. Nola cucullatella (Short-cloaked Moth)
789. Yponomeuta evonymella (Bird-cherry Ermine)
790. Dichrorampha montanana  (a micro moth)
791. Anania hortulata (Small Magpie)
792. Xanthorhoe quadrifasiata (Large Twin-spot Carpet)
793. Cnephasia stephensiana (Grey Tortrix)
794. Cnephasia asseclana (Flax Tortrix)
795. Eilema depressa (Buff Footman)
796. Bena bicolorana (Scarce Silver-lines)
797. Pleuroptya ruralis (Mother of Pearl)
798. Parastichtis suspecta (Suspected)
799. Diachrysia chrysitis (Burnished Brass)
800. Hylaea fasciaria (Barred Red)
801. Gandaritis pyraliata (Barred Straw)
802. Swammerdamia pyrella (a micro moth)
803. Borkhausenia fuscescens (a micro moth)
804. Bryotropha terrella (a micro moth)
805. Vanessa cardui (Painted Lady)
806. Campanula rotundifolia Harebell)
807. Centaurium erythraea  (Common Centuary)
808. Convolvulus arvensis  (Field Bindweed)
809. Hypericum tetrapterum (Square-stalked St. John's-wort)
810. Scorzoneroides autumnalis (Autumn Hawkbit)
811. Odontites vernus (Red Bartsia)
812. Sonchus arvensis (Perennial Sow-thistle)
813. Rhinanthus minor (Yellow-rattle)

Odontites vernus (Red Bartsia)

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