Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Dark side of the Pear Tree !

Another venture into the world of Moths brought some more common moths to my attention, the moth trap was set up close to the pear tree. and the air was certainly alive with moths when I checked early evening, being a complete novice to the world of moths I anticipated a good variety of moths by the early morning hours, I could see some moths had entered the trap, lots of micro moths and a few macro moths were already settling on the egg cartons placed inside the trap.

Not so many when it comes to investigating the trap in the morning, where do they go, it's very frustrating when you see so many around the trap in the evening and very little in the trap, but, it's early days and things can only improve, hopefully.

So these are the moths that I have seen and identified, I have decided to stick with the Macro moths for the moment, being slightly easier to identify, although not hundred percent confident on all the identifications made on the moths that have entered the trap.

Quite a few Brimstone moths have been seen around the trap in the evening, up to now only two have entered the trap, an attractive species reminiscent of its day flying cousin the Brimstone Butterfly, although obviously much smaller.

Another medium sized yellow coloured moth found in the trap, although in quite a worn state but still recognisable was this Yellow Shell, Camptogramma bilineata shown below. it flies from May to August, so getting near the end of its flight period, probably explaining its very worn condition.

Yellow Shell
A couple of these pretty non-descript moth shown below have been found in the trap, apart from the beige colour the only identifying marks were the single white spot on each wing.looking through my field guide, there were two possibilities a moth called the Clay and another migrant  moth called a White-point.


Some research revealed that the Clay Moth has on its underside of the abdomen a black cheveron, something I forgot to look for the first time one of these was found in the trap. But if you know what to look for identification becomes a little easier.

These next two were easier to identify, the first, a migrant moth called the Silver Y .

The second, another easy one to identify was the Hebrew Character, another fairly common moth, like the Silver Y, this has a black mark shaped like the Hebrew letter Nun

Hebrew Character
This next one was confusing, a lot of very similar marked moths coming in a variety of colour variations, possibly a Rustic but not hundred percent sure at the moment.

Another common moth found in the trap just lately , coming in a variety of shades, shown below is the Lunar Underwing, hopefully the right identification on this one, the white veining making i.d. a little easier

The Snout, you've got to love these Moth names, and quite easy to see how it got its name, this was the second I have found in the Moth Trap this month.

Just one of these Heart and Dart moths caught so far shown below.

So many different types of Wainscot to identify, this is my first and only one so far.

So a variety of common moths being attracted to the moth trap, not as many as I expected, each new species identified is strangely quite exciting, nice to see the creatures of the night that frequent the garden unseen.
 The garden moth list so far in September:

2.Common Carpet
3.Scalloped Oak
4.Straw Underwing
5.Lesser Broad Bordered Underwing
6.Square Spot Rustic
7.Jersey Tiger
8.Copper Underwing
9.Yellow Shell
11.Emmelina Monodactyla (micro)
12.Heart & Dart
13.Silver Y
14.Brown House Moth ( micro)
15.Common Wainscot
16.Lime Speck Pug
18.Vines Rustic ?
19.Light Brown Apple Moth ( micro)
20.Hebrew Character
21.The Clay
22.The Snout
23.Lunar Underwing

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