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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Lepidopterist's Bulging Box of Yearly Ubiquity

(if you don't understand the title, look at the initials)  Last night was incredibly muggy, so I expected decent numbers in the garden trap.  Species were slightly down, but individual numbers were the largest of the year, mostly down to Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings!  The only species highlights were the second records of Birch Mocha, Tawny Speckled Pug, and Peach Blossom, and six of the seven species of Footman I've ever had in the garden.  Micro highlights included an Agriphila selasella and a Parornix species, probably anglicella.

13th August:
18 Dunbar
15 Large Yellow Underwing
9 Riband Wave
9 Small Fan-footed Wave
7 Dark Arches
6 Willow Beauty
6 Common Rustic sp.
5 Common Carpet
5 Shuttle-shaped Dart
4 Buff Footman
3 Swallow Prominent
3 Dagger sp.
3 Common Footman
3 Pebble Hook-tip
3 Red Twin-spot Carpet
3 Uncertain
3 Rosy Footman
2 Peppered Moth
2 Fan-foot
2 Early Thorn
2 Brimstone
2 Lesser Swallow Prominent
2 Silver Y
1 Dingy Footman
1 Small Phoenix
1 Scarce Footman
1 Yellow-barred Brindle
1 Lesser Yellow Underwing NFY
1 Tawny Speckled Pug NFY
1 Purple Thorn
1 Orange Footman
1 Maiden's Blush
1 Straw Dot
1 Copper Underwing
1 Knot Grass NFY
1 Black Arches
1 Sallow Kitten
1 Flame Carpet
1 Peach Blossom
1 True Lover's Knot
1 Snout

12 Mother of Pearl
7 Phycita roborella
5 Cydia splendana
4 Agriphila straminella
4 Agriphila geniculea
4 Agriphila tristella
3 Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix
2 Eudonia mercurella
2 Catoptria pinella
2 Bryotropha affinis
1 Crambus pascuella
1 Blastobasis adustella
1 Swammerdamia pyrella
1 Parornix anglicella*
1 Diamond-back Moth
1 Endotrichia flammealis
1 Hypsospygia glaucinalis
1 Acleris forsskaleana
1 Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix
1 Holly Tortrix
1 Brown House-moth
1 Bactra lancealana
1 Carcina quercana
1 Agriphila selasella*

Birch Mocha

Purple Thorn (second generation)

Sallow Kitten

Black Arches

Lesser Yellow Underwing

Knot Grass (or baldy!)

An array of Daggers

Parornix anglicella

Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix

Agriphila selasella

Swarmmadamia pyrella

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