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August Moths (1 Viewer)

Rubia

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Missed two nights due to lots of rain but last night was advertised as rain free so put the trap out, a good start with plenty of moths but shortly after 23.00 a cloud burst of 12 minutes duration. Trap and I both soaked. Interestingly even in the deluge moths continued to come in and I continued till just after 01:00. Ended with 233 moths of 47 species. First garden Flounced Rustic (only one) and European Corn-borer. NFY Angle Shades. Marbled Beauty, Turnip Moth, Iron Prominent, Orange Swift, Latticed Heath, Gypsy Moth, Dusky Thorn, Scalloped Oak, White Point in the more unusual or prettier section. Biggest numbers were Common Wainscot 38, LB-bYU 29 and Straw Underwing 20.
 

Farnboro John

Well-known member
Just about got away with the weather last two nights.

On 16th, out of 94 moths of 22 species Vines Rustic (27) and Shuttle-shaped Dart (25) continued high numbers battling but two ticks - Narrow-winged Pug and (finally!) Straw Underwing got my attention along with NFY Dark Sword-grass.

On 17th (i.e. this morning) numbers were down a bit - 51 individuals of 18 species - (12 Shuttles versus 11 Vines: with 5 Willow Beauties a good total for that species.) Nothing unusual to make up for it, either.

John
 

Jabberwocky

Well-known member
I'm a little behind with updates too, 5 sessions in August and still one from July to do.

1/8 268 moths, 97 species. Least Carpet led the way with 35. Dark
Spinach and Shaded Boad-bar both NFY.
A worn Marbled Beauty a Vapourer and a Lesser-spotted Pinion were
NFG from the Macros.
NFY micros were Carcina quercana, Eudonia mercurella, Catoptria
pinella and Agriphila tristella.

NFG Paraswammerdamia nebulla, Lyonetia clerkella, Aethes
smeathmanniana, Hypsopygia glaucinalis, Yponomeuta plumbella,
Pyrausta purpuralis, Oxyptilus distans, Agriphila geniculea and
Crambus uliginosellus.
4/8 212 moths 71 species. Buff Footman, Oblique Striped, Tawny Speckled
Pug and Hypatima rhomboidella all NFG.
NFY Small Scallop, Flounced Rustic and Garden Carpet.

7/8 399 moths, 89 species. Tawny Wave and Gypsy Moth NFG. Only the
11th county record for Gypsy Moth.
NFY were Mouse Moth, Copper Underwing and Spilonota ocellana.

10/8 256 moths 88 species. Rosy Rustic and Phycita roborella NFY.
NFG Argyresthia goedartella, Coleophora alcyonipennella, Amblyptilia
acanthadactyla, Nemapogon clematella and Calybites
phasianipennella.
Etiella zinckenella was NFG and the county by one day unless anyone
submits an earlier record.
13/8 258 moths 63 species. 40 Setacrous Hebrew Character the most
numerous. Orange Swift was NFY. Bulrush Wainscot and Udea
ferrugalis.

Below are Oblique Striped, Tawny Wave, Gypsy Moth, Oxyptilus distans and Bulrush Wainscot.
 

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Allen

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Working my way through a good couple of nights so will update tomorrow but there's a few that are challenging me at the moment. Any help on these ones appreciated

1 ?
2 Pebble Hook-tip was closest but seems to be lacking much of the pattern
3 ? smaller of the two. Dark Arches to compare
4 ?
5 Clay would be more likely but seems to fit White-point better
 

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Allen

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And the next 5......moth blindness must be setting in as I can't believe I'm struggling with so many!

1 ?
2 Neither Phoenix nor Small Phoenix fit exactly, nor other carpets
3 ?
4 ?
5 Orange Swift? but seems to be missing much pattern
 

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InternetMan

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And the next 5......moth blindness must be setting in as I can't believe I'm struggling with so many!

1 ?
2 Neither Phoenix nor Small Phoenix fit exactly, nor other carpets
3 ?
4 ?
5 Orange Swift? but seems to be missing much pattern

Is 3 Pale Mottled Willow?
There’s an aberrant Small Phoenix illustrated in Manley that’s a dead ringer for no 2.
I’d have said Orange Swift for 5.
 
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StuartReeves

Local rarity
Working my way through a good couple of nights so will update tomorrow but there's a few that are challenging me at the moment. Any help on these ones appreciated

1 ?
2 Pebble Hook-tip was closest but seems to be lacking much of the pattern
3 ? smaller of the two. Dark Arches to compare
4 ?
5 Clay would be more likely but seems to fit White-point better

1 is Straw Underwing, 3 is Flounced Rustic and 5 looks like White-point to me.
 

InternetMan

Well-known member
Working my way through a good couple of nights so will update tomorrow but there's a few that are challenging me at the moment. Any help on these ones appreciated

1 ?
2 Pebble Hook-tip was closest but seems to be lacking much of the pattern
3 ? smaller of the two. Dark Arches to compare
4 ?
5 Clay would be more likely but seems to fit White-point better

4 could be cabbage?
 

Allen

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Thanks all, I think that just leaves 4 in the first gallery (I don't think its a Cabbage) and 1 in the second
 

Allen

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With the help on the ID's I can report on weekends trapping! Friday and Saturday both decent with same species but Saturday the better as follows, especially the 15+ Dusky Thorn which were everywhere out/in the trap:

Oak Hook-tip 2
Treble-bar 1
Maidens Blush 1
Dusky Thorn 15
September Thorn 2
Canary-shouldered Thorn 1
Tree Lichen Beauty 2
Orange Swift 1
Scalloped Oak 1
Grey Pine Carpet 2
Common Footman 3
Horse Chestnut 1
Pebble Hook-tip
Vine's Rustic 3
LYU 2
LBBYU 10+
Willow Beauty 3
White-point 1
Lime Speck Pug 2
Copper Underwing 3
Flame Shoulder 3
Flounced Rustic 3
Common Wainscot 3
Coronet 1
V-Pug 1
Dark Arches 1
Small Phoenix (aberrant) 1
Pale Mottled Willow 1
Square spot Rustic 1
Peppered Moth 1
Unknown??? 1 (see pic)
 

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Steve Lister

Senior Birder, ex County Recorder, Garden Moths.
United Kingdom
Just 64 moths of 25 species today, but three NFY in the form of Agriphila tristella, Aethes smeathmanniana (ten days later than my previous latest) and Blood-vein (a very faded example without any trace of red).

Another odd one was a Small Dusty Wave just 2/3rds of the normal size.

Steve
 

dantheman

Bah humbug
Put the trap on last night, despite forecast of strong winds and rain from c3am on. Leant some roof tiles against the trap for stability etc and experiment to see how much rain would come in.

Anyway, looked quite promising when checking the trap - first 2 moths outside were Silver Ys, but not to be in terms of a plethora of rare immigrants/vagrants. Checked outside at 6:30, but waited for the rain to ease before looking inside, and then had a call out, so didn't open the trap properly until 2:30pm (hopefully/presume didn't lose too much betweentimes).

Out
Silver Y 3
LYU 18
Sh sh Dart 2
Angle Shades 2
Dingy Footman 1
Ruby Tiger 1
Flame Shoulder 2
Garden Carpet 1
Flounced Rustic 1
LBBYU 1
Swallow Prominent 1
Copper Underwing 1

In
Ruby Tiger 3
Flame Shoulder 8
Large Yellow Underwing 102
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Silver Y 1
Angle Shades 1
Copper Underwing 2
LBBYU 1
Rosy Rustic 1
Flounced Rustic 3

158 of 14 macro sp plus a handful of micros - Garden Pebble at least was new.

Most eggboxes pretty damp, but not impossibly so - looks like we had about 2 inches of rain last night so seems do-able in the future. 1 Toad sat on the electrics was both nice (garden tick) and not nice (how many moth suppers did he/she have?)
 
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dantheman

Bah humbug
Pic 1 shows the latest location of trap, with chicken wire surround tied into the fence (for cats and hedgehog proofing).

Pic 2 close up of tiles - trap didn't move at any rate. A couple moths resting under tiles am.

Pic 3 - Visitor, sat on electrics when I lifted up the green tub protecting the electrics.

Pic 4 - A melee of Large Yellow Underwings (normally they've been more well-spaced out than this).

Pic 5 - Copper bottom.
 

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dantheman

Bah humbug
With the help on the ID's I can report on weekends trapping! Friday and Saturday both decent with same species but Saturday the better as follows, especially the 15+ Dusky Thorn which were everywhere out/in the trap:

Oak Hook-tip 2
Treble-bar 1
Maidens Blush 1
Dusky Thorn 15
September Thorn 2
Canary-shouldered Thorn 1
Tree Lichen Beauty 2
Orange Swift 1
Scalloped Oak 1
Grey Pine Carpet 2
Common Footman 3
Horse Chestnut 1
Pebble Hook-tip
Vine's Rustic 3
LYU 2
LBBYU 10+
Willow Beauty 3
White-point 1
Lime Speck Pug 2
Copper Underwing 3
Flame Shoulder 3
Flounced Rustic 3
Common Wainscot 3
Coronet 1
V-Pug 1
Dark Arches 1
Small Phoenix (aberrant) 1
Pale Mottled Willow 1
Square spot Rustic 1
Peppered Moth 1
Straw Underwing 1

18 of that list would be garden/year ticks for me!
 

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