Wednesday, 17 August 2011

A poor show

A cloudy warm day gave way in the evening to cloudless skies and a bright clear moon, so numbers were well down on recent traps. The real highlight of the night came when my second Old Lady flew into the house about 9pm and started knocking itself out on the kitchen window. It was a different individual from the previous one, much fresher with full wings and scales, as the photos show. And I didn't spot the funky haircut on the previous Lady either!

Not many more highlights to report apart from a possible garden first of Agriphila selasella, but of course it could just be another A. tristella. I'm having fun trying to tell these two species apart?
EDIT: The nice people at BGM have confirmed that this is A. tristella.

Catch report for 16th August 2011 - 54 moths of 27 species (12 micros; 15 macros)
Agriphila inquinatella
Agriphila straminella x 3
Agriphila tristella x 8
Blastobasis adustella
Brown House-Moth
Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix
Common Carpet
Common Rustic agg.
Copper Underwing agg.
Dark Arches
Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix
Double-striped Pug
Eudonia mercurella
Large Yellow Underwing x 6
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing x 6
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Marbled Beauty
Old Lady
Pale Mottled Willow
Scoparia ambigualis
Small Rivulet
Square-spot Rustic
Stenoptilia bipunctidactyla/milleridactyla
Trachycera advenella
Willow Beauty x 10

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