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Old Friday 3rd July 2020, 20:38   #26
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Possibly a male Heart & Club, Agrotis clavis. A bit difficult to be certain as it's blurred from the moth's vibration (the other option would be a Turnip, Agrotis segetum).
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I went Heart and Club on the other thread but I'm confusing myself on Heart and Club/Turnip currently. The five attached I identified as Heart and Club with the same five in the same order head on in the next post. Am I getting all of these right?

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Old Friday 3rd July 2020, 20:39   #27
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Same moths head on.
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Old Saturday 4th July 2020, 18:30   #28
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I have only trapped twice this week as the other nights did not look promising.

The first I have covered already, and the other was last night: a Clepsis consimilana (my English-name-only friend tells me it is a Privet Tortrix) was NFY otherwise a rather uninspiring 50 moths of 15 species.

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Old Sunday 5th July 2020, 02:11   #29
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Cloudy, warm but rather ruined by being very windy.
I did find a Phoenix on the wall behind my magic flower pot, which was new for the garden. Rather pleased with that one.
53 moths of 16 species identified.
First Mother of Pearl this year too. 3 Elephants and 1 Small Elephant Hawks. 1 Spectacle, 3 Flame, 1 Light Emerald, 2 Swallow-tails. 28 Garden Grass-veneer. Paraswammerdamia nebulella an attractive little micro. Plus a few LBJs etc.
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I live on a hill, looking down on to a valley, it's very exposed and the wind last night meant that mothing would have been pointless.
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Old Sunday 5th July 2020, 10:47   #31
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Windy here, too. I did get a few moths - all NFY: dark arches; buff ermine; smoky wainscot; green pug; flame; heart and dart. A few micros still to ID.
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Old Sunday 5th July 2020, 10:58   #32
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Breezy with added drizzle up here, but in spite of unspectacular numbers (27 of 14 species), some treats were contained therein in the form of three new garden moths; Grey Arches, Dun-bar, and a cracking female Ghost Moth. There are a couple of likely looking meadows nearby that I shall have to check out for leks at some point.

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Old Sunday 5th July 2020, 19:57   #33
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Nice pics. A quiet start to July for me with:-
1st July - 92 moths 27 species - Engrailed, Tawny-barred Angle & Bryotropha terrella new for the year
2nd July - 66 moths 21 species - Shark new for year
3rd July - I did not run
4th July - 79 moths 25 species - July Highflyer, Peach Blossom & Swallow-tailed Moth (in addition Leopard & Herald having good years)

Elsewhere on patch, a friend had our third patch Crescent Dart.

Pics - Crescent Dart, Shark, Scalloped Oak, Peach Blossom & Buff Arches.

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Old Sunday 5th July 2020, 19:59   #34
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A few more pics - Leopard, Herald, July Highflyer, Engrailed & Bryotropha terrella
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Old Sunday 5th July 2020, 23:33   #35
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You seem to have a never ending variety there Paul, and it is nice to see all the pics. As a newbie to all this it is excellent encouragement, there seems to be so much out there.

Managed to add a couple more to the overnight tally, with both Short-cloaked and Beautiful Golden Y coming to light during the course of the day.
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Old Tuesday 7th July 2020, 17:42   #36
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Finally some success with numbers having upgraded my 15W to 2 x 30W Acinitic bulbs. 5 Buff Ermine, 6 Common Footman, 2 Scalloped Oak and singles of Elephant Hawkmoth, Clouded Border, H & D, Willow Beauty and a couple of yet to be identified 'waves'.

At last a decent catch for me to look through.
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Finally some success with numbers having upgraded my 15W to 2 x 30W Acinitic bulbs. 5 Buff Ermine, 6 Common Footman, 2 Scalloped Oak and singles of Elephant Hawkmoth, Clouded Border, H & D, Willow Beauty and a couple of yet to be identified 'waves'.

At last a decent catch for me to look through.
I think you mean 'actinic' Allen.

Glad your numbers are up, wish mine were.

I'm thinking of experimenting with light source, I may even try sugaring the big Maple, outside, I've got a recipe from an old mate, just don't like wasting the beer!
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My most productive session to date last night, 72 individuals of 38 species, with new ones still coming, three Yellow Shells, Coronet (a green one), Common Rustic agg, Common Wainscot and a darling little True Lover's Knot moving the list along. Other goodies included Peach Blossom, V-Pug, a couple of Dingy Shears, four Dark and one Grey Arches, Elephant Hawk, and at one point last night three Plain Golden Ys on the wall of the house, wings all aquiver. Weather looks pants the next few days, but that little lot will tide me over very nicely.
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Quiet night last night for me despite promising conditions, probably because I only found out I hadn't put the covers on the trap as I was heading for bed at 0030! Better late than never....

The meagre catch (17 individuals of 9 species, one as yet unidentified) included an Elephant Hawk, 7 Heart and Darts (whoopee....) and a Buff Ermine. The baffling one will most likely be in the ID sub-forum later.

Heavy rain forecast so no trapping tonight. End of the week into next week looks more interesting though.

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Trap back out last night but only 27 moths of 10 species - nothing exciting apart from 3 Elephants (always nice.)
Seven Heart and Darts continued their domination of the numbers game, two Dark Arches and a Common Footman best of the rest.

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Trap back out last night but only 27 moths of 10 species - nothing exciting apart from 3 Elephants (always nice.)
Seven Heart and Darts continued their domination of the numbers game, two Dark Arches and a Common Footman best of the rest.

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I got 5, still a lot of rain here but should be better tonight.
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I went Heart and Club on the other thread but I'm confusing myself on Heart and Club/Turnip currently. The five attached I identified as Heart and Club with the same five in the same order head on in the next post. Am I getting all of these right?
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All correct - Heart & Club.

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A modest haul last night, 40 of 21 species, two of them new, a Purple Clay and a couple of Pale Mottled Willow (predictably the better marked individual had a chunk of wing tip missing, presumably some bird wasn't quite quick enough). Best of the rest my second Shuttle-shaped Dart, Buff Ermine, Beautiful Hook-tip & Plain Golden Y.
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Pretty meagre fare on offer this morning, 4 Large Yellow Underwings, 3 Rustic/Uncertains, 2 Brimstone a Flame and a Scalloped Oak. Fortunately that last was a new garden moth, so not a complete dead loss, particularly as friends over in Chester seem to be catching quite a few of these, so I was beginning to wonder where mine was. Now I just need to get one of those Buff Arches they also seem to be doing well with.
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Still poor here, a meagre catch last night, 15 moths of five species, 9 of which were Rustic / Uncertain but did get my 4th record of Shark.

Amazing that I still haven't had a Large Yellow Undwerwing or Square-spot Rustic this year.

Edit: Just found this which I think is a very good candidate for Dark Dagger.
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I put my trap on last night more or less out of desperation after missing several nights for one reason or another. I knew not to expect much and I was right - just 22 moths of 13 species, with Snout and Scarce Footman NFY.

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Hummingbird Hawk Moth in the garden this morning which was nice.
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No trap last night due to an early start for Portland today: primarily a butterfly trip with Large Tortoiseshell as the main event but encounters with Hummingbird Hawk-moth and Scarlet Tiger made for an excellent supporting cast: I have a pic of something else that I may need some help with in due course.

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First night of trapping for almost a week, I was getting withdrawal symptoms (missed Friday because of a vulture and needed sleep Saturday!) Had 133 moths of 40 species last night that are IDed. New for my garden were Epagoge grotiana (love the name), Cloaked Minor, Dusky Sallow and Scarce Footman. Dark Arches (17) are abundant along with Common Footman (24) and Garden Grass-veneers (34). A lot of things are starting to look very worn now - Willow Beauties, Heart & Darts, Light Arches, often quite tatty. Best of the rest - Coronet, 2 Elephant HMs, 2 Clay, Scalloped Oak, Chinese Character and Spectacle.
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For some reason a lot of my catch were a bit flighty this morning and I lost a few including a very big Beauty that I did not recognise. Was left with 62 of 24 including a very nice pinkish Campion (NFY) and a size range from Batia lunaris to Poplar Hawk.

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