We set up the 2 actinics in Millennium Wood a mile or so east of my house. A wood planted with 2000 native trees for the millennium. This means most of the trees here are young and still fighting for space. There are a few established much older trees, mainly oak but also a huge ash in the middle of the wood. Recently, it has been very overgrown, to the extent that it was virtually i accessible with 6 foot nettles and thistles blocking all entrances. I spent Wednesday cutting all this back as we are planning on another moth night tomorrow where we hope a few local residents will come along. On Saturday at least one 125MV trap, 4 actinics and headtorches, nets etc.
Final count for Millennium Wood last night.
2 x 15w Act. 79 of 22 confirmed. GJS, JF + SE.
Total does not including 3 specs (fem lsr/cmn rustic, parnornix sp and suspected argyresthia semitestacella all for dissection)
0015 Orange Swift (Hepialus sylvina) 1
0228 Monopis weaverella 1
0648 White-shouldered House Moth (Endrosis sarcitrella) 1
0969 Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix (Pandemis corylana) 1
1042 Rhomboid Tortrix (Acleris rhombana) 1
1138 Epinotia nisella 2
1303 Agriphila selasella 1
1304 Agriphila straminella 25
1305 Agriphila tristella 13
1405 Mother of Pearl (Pleuroptya ruralis) 7
1722 Flame Carpet (Xanthorhoe designata) 1
1682 Blood-vein (Timandra comae) 2
1906 Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) 2
1776 Green Carpet (Colostygia pectinataria) 1
1956 Common Wave (Cabera exanthemata) 2
1937 Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria) 1
2111 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua janthe) 8
2107 Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) 1
2306 Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa) 2
2134 Square-spot Rustic (Xestia xanthographa) 3
2369 Bulrush Wainscot (Nonagria typhae) 2
2343 Common Rustic (Mesapamea secalis) 1
|Flounced rustic from home trap. Micro 180 for the year.|
|final check before packing up|
|southern hawker found roosting on an oak.|
|Close up to show the variability of the "golf tee" diagnosis for southern and migrant hawkers.|
In Millennium Wood all was rather quiet (and wet!) so not too much was discovered. We placed one trap in open ground surrounded by long grass and a selection of native trees. Mainly Lesser broad bordered yellow underwings and a variety of crambids. Plenty of tristellas and straminellas but 1 was a neat Agriphila selasella. Photo to follow. On walkabouts green carpet, angle shades, flame carpet and blood vein were netted along with Pleuropyta ruralis in reasonable numbers.
The 2nd trap was placed in a muddy, what used to be pond. Now not holding water but good sedge and bulrush. Sure enough, 2 bulrush wainscots (males) were taken, but again, not too much else of note.
Little owls called constantly and a female badger was noted as well as this southern hawker, found roosting on an oak.
An Agriphila tristella and Agriphila selasella shown here for comparison.
|Ag tristella, note bend in longitudinal streak breaking into obvious "antlers"|
|Ag selasella. Check straight line longitudinal streak and "antlers" right at the termen|