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Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Coppers, Horses, and Pines

The night of the 8th was not particularly good in the garden, so I had to put it into the same post as last nights, although that really deserves its own!
5 nights ago, the only thing of any note in a catch of 70 moths of 23 species was the first Copper Underwing of the year. Looking at the features that once identified them, it looked like a Svennson's.
8th July:
10 Flame
9 Heart and Dart
9 Riband Wave
6 Dot Moth
6 Buff Arches
6 Dunbar
4 Uncertain
3 Dark Arches
2 Rustic
2 Coronet
2 Double Square-spot
2 Willow Beauty
1 Buff-tip
1 Scorched Wing
1 Elephant Hawk-moth
1 Beautiful Hook-tip
1 Clay
1 Foxglove Pug
1 Common White Wave
1 Clouded Border
1 Sycamore
1 Common Emerald
1 Svennson's Copper Underwing NFY
Clouded Border
Svensson's Copper Underwing
Last night however, was miles better, with the second highest numbers of individuals ever (92) and good variety too (36 species), thanks to cloudy conditions, and a heavy shower. The only garden tick was a Pine Hawk-moth, but unfortunately, the rain had got to it and was worse for wear. Two new for the year were Rosy Footman, and a Horse Chestnut - the only officially notable species on my garden list. I have also started to notice micros a little more, and there were some nice ones in the trap, including the migrant Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella, but it got away before I could get a shot.
12th July:
19 Flame
9 Dark Arches
8 Riband Wave
5 Uncertain
5 Dunbar
4 Heart and Dart
3 Coronet
3 Rustic
2 Double Square-spot
2 Peppered Moth
2 Green Pug
2 Mottled Beauty
2 Dot Moth
2 Large Yellow Underwing
2 Dagger sp.
2 V-Pug
1 Willow Beauty
1 Minor sp.
1 Buff Arches
1 Flame Shoulder
1 Small Seraphim
1 Light Emerald
1 Elephant Hawk-moth
1 Common Lutestring
1 Pine Hawk-moth NFG
1 Beautiful Hook-tip
1 Barred Red
1 Rosy Footman NFY
1 Clay
1 Double-striped Pug
1 Horse Chestnut NFY
1 Minor Shoulder-knot
1 Pebble Hook-tip
1 Lobster Moth
1 Poplar Grey
1 Miller
Garden Year List: 150
Argyresthia brockeella (Thanks to Ken for the ID)
Acleris forsskaleana
Hedya salicella
Horse Chestnut
Rosy Footman
Pine Hawk-moth (view 1)
Pine Hawk-moth (view 2)

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