Posted by: lensweb | June 11, 2016

National Moth Night 2016

National Moth Night 2016

It was touch and go whether to go ahead with this event and we were by ourselves. Heavy thunderstorms during the day and evening may have kept visitor numbers down. Or maybe it was the late start time, 10pm as moths fly at dusk and sunset was around this time. But it is good to get out and see what is there so we went down to a very soggy Forbes Hole and set up 2 lights. One 15W actinic and one 125W mercury vapour. The weather was kind, it stopped raining and the temperature stayed around 16C.  After a slow start filled with common swifts the moths started to arrive. Interestingly there were only 3 common species between the two traps. Heart and dart, marbled minor and common swift. Both hawkmoths came to the actinic lamp.  We had to wait until 12.30 for our hawkmoths and then we called it a day.

Here is the list

Species Latin Name Abundance Date Spatial Ref Comment
Flame Carpet Xanthorhoe designata 1 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata 1 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Clouded Silver Lomographa temerata 2 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Silver-ground Carpet Xanthorhoe montanata 4 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Marbled Minor Oligia strigilis 1 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Ingrailed Clay Diarsia mendica 1 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Mottled Beauty Alcis repandata 1 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata 1 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Sandy Carpet Perizoma flavofasciata 1 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Double Square-spot Xestia triangulum 1 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Common Swift Korscheltellus lupulina 7 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria 1 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Middle-barred Minor Oligia fasciuncula 6 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Straw Dot Rivula sericealis 3 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana 1 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Spectacle Abrostola tripartita 1 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata 2 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Small Fan-foot Herminia grisealis 2 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Turnip Moth Agrotis segetum 3 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Riband Wave Idaea aversata 1 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Striped Twin-spot Carpet Coenotephria salicata 1 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis 3 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 1 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Small Yellow Underwing Panemeria tenebrata 1 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Common Swift Korscheltellus lupulina 5 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Middle-barred Minor Oligia fasciuncula 3 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi 1 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Elephant Hawk-moth Deilephila elpenor 1 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Silver Y Autographa gamma 1 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 1 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244
Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis 2 10/06/2016 SK 4956 3244

IMG_20160611_011504198Marion Bryce 11 June 2016


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