The Heath trap ran on footpaths that cross Ash Valley GC. Shaded broad bars were in good numbers, a year lister, as were Agriphila geniculea and Acentria ephemerella. To the garden 125W skinner that night, a marvellous female oak eggar and a yellowtail. Latter being my 200th macro of the year.
The following night, I left the Heath at Westland Green where I got a good haul of 100+ moths including NFY: Black arches, cochylis hybridella, Spilonota ocellana. However, a strange looking micro I couldn't place not find in Sterling turned out to be, after gen det, a new for parish record of Psoricoptera gibbosella.
|Handful of larger moths|
At home, a bordered beauty made the year list. The following night, 5th I just trapped at home, recording Acleris variegana, Pandemis heparana, Galleria mellonella, Acrobasis advenella, Dagger sp (sent for gen det) and a Large emerald.
Another home night on the 6th gave up two more new for parish records in the shape of the easily identifiable Stathmopoda pedella and the tricky micro Eulamprotes atrella. Both pleasing records.
|The always impressive Buff tip|
Year listers a plenty:
Lesser Broad bordered yellow underwing
Lunar spotted pinion
Even better were the new for parish records:
Scarce silver lines
Marbled white spot
|Scarce silver lines|
A Hedya nubiferana was my 5000th moth for the year and at home, I added Ruby tiger, Common rustic agg Acrobasis advenella. By the early morning I had recorded well over 450 moths for the parish records. A superb night.
Saturday with just the home trap gave up just Teleoides vulgella as new for year, whilst last night (9th) I added Blastobasis adustella, Catoptria falsella and Argyresthia bonnetella to the year list from Valley Fields. At home, a catch of 133 moths of 61 species offered new year records of Acleris laterana, Mompha epilobiella and Ypsolopha scabrella.
All this activity has increased the moth numbers for the year to an impressive 5521 moths listed made up of 216 macros and 162 micros. Normally by mid August the micro count overtakes the macros but this year it looks like being considerably earlier
|Pterophorus pentadactyla ready for take off|
|Painted Lady, 1st of the year in the garden this afternoon. Always super to see.|