In smaller numbers are brown spot pinion and beaded chestnut, but in amongst all these have been some better autumn flying moths.
Beaded chestnut was, in fact the 238th macro moth of the year, taken on 24th along with a much less common visitor, a grey pine carpet. The morning of the 26th, my 3rd of the year black rustic along with new for year deep brown dart, red line quakerand my forst autumn Acleris sparsana. The latter is a moth seen regukarly early in the year.
This morning, nothing new but 2 barred sallow were pleasing with a supporting cast of regukars as mentioned above as well as a brindled green, Epiphyas postvittana, and a real surprise, a Carcina quercana.
However, the most surprising was a moth not previously taken in Herts in autumn, although records do exist, a common quaker. This was a freshly emerged specimen. Its shape attracted it to me immediately, not a shape I was expecting to see in September! A very common May flying moth with about 100 records from this year alone.
|A late, but not wholly unexpected, Carcina quercana|
|Red line quaker|
|deep brown dart|
|Presumed grey pine carpet, found roosting on the patio umbrella.|