Saturday, 7 May 2011

May Moth Madness

Rain and the moths went crazy, they came from everywhere, more varieties than Heinz. Obviously having had a trap that invited anything that entered to leave just as easily I wasn't quite prepared to be awash with species this morning. I ended up triple-ing up on pots with three different species in a pot in some instances. Being fairly new to the game It's taken me most of my non-working hours pre-shift and post-shift to photograph, count, identify and get myself into some semblance of order, great fun!

I'd had a few new species leading up to last night that hadn't made the blog so here are a few of those first.
 Clouded Silver
 Iron Prominent
Pebble Prominent

Last night's garden ticks included Rustic-shoulder Knot, Knot Grass, Cabbage Moth, Grey Pine Carpet & Spruce Carpet. Lots of other 'first of the year' moths too Chinese Character, Brown Silver-line, Common Carpet.

 Spruce Carpet
 Pale-shouldered Brocade
 Lunar Thorn
 Brown Silver-line
 Cabbage Moth
 Common Carpet
 Garden Carpet
 Grey Pine Carpet

 Rustic Shoulder-knot
 Small Square-spot

Last Night's full species list was as follows:

Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel 1
Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
Selenia lunularia Lunar Thorn 1
Apamea crenata Clouded-bordered Brindle 6
Notodonta ziczac Pebble Prominent 1
Ecliptopera silaceata Small Phoenix 5
Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 4
Notodonta dromedarius Iron Prominent 1
Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth 2
Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 3
Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart  1
Nola confusalis Least Black Arches 1
Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 1
Petrophora chlorosata Brown Silver-line 1
Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
Agrotis exclamationis Heart & Dart  5
Apamea sordens Rustic Shoulder-knot   1 new for garden
Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 1
Lacanobia thalassina Pale-shouldered Brocade 1
Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 2
Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug 1
Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth  new for garden 1
Thera obeliscata Grey Pine Carpet  new for garden 1
Thera britannica Spruce Carpet new for garden 1
Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass  new for garden  1
Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1

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