Posted by: lensweb | July 17, 2016

Trent Lock Moths

Moth Trapping with LENS Wildlife Group 

DATE: Saturday 16 July

TIME: 10pm til 12 midnight

Meeting place:   Canal and River Trust Education  Centre at Trent Lock  NG10 2FY near the Steamboat Inn

Trent Lock was rocking to Linda’s birthday party last night. On a balmy evening there were a lot of insects enjoying the music. Two Skinner traps were run from 10-12.30pm, one 50W mercury vapour and a 15W actinic. It was good to see a drinker moth, the caterpillar of which feeds on various coarse grasses, including Cock’s-foot, Reed Canary-grass and Common Reed and is often seen by the Erewash Canal. The moth of the night was the coronet which we had never seen before. The larval foodplants are ash (Fraxinus) and privet (Ligustrum) and there is plenty of this in the area. Here is the list from the night.

Eudonia lacustrata Little Grey 4
Euzophera pinguis Ash-bark Knot-horn 3
Hoplodrina blanda Rustic  1
Epiblema uddmanniana Bramble Shoot Moth  1
Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 3
Aphomia sociella Bee Moth 2
Aethes cnicana Thistle Conch 2
Donacaula forficella Pale Water-veneer 6
Biston betularia Peppered Moth  1
Acronicta psi Grey Dagger  1
Stenoptilia bipunctidactyla Twin-spot Plume  1
Eilema griseola Dingy Footman  1
Eilema griseola var stramineola Dingy Footman  1
Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic 2
Agrotis exclamationis Heart & Dart  1
Acentria ephemerella Water Veneer 6
Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass  1
Craniophora ligustri Coronet  1
Euthrix potatoria Drinker  1
Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder  1
Chilodes maritimus Silky Wainscot  1
Yponomeuta malinellus Apple Ermine  1
Yponomeuta evonymella Bird-cherry Ermine  1
Nola cucullatella Short-cloaked Moth  1
Pasiphila rectangulata Green Pug 2
Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet
Ourapteryx sambucaria Swallow-tailed Moth 2
Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 2
Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot  1
Eurrhypara hortulata Small Magpie 2
Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing  10
Scotopteryx chenopodiata Shaded Broad-bar  1
Agapeta hamana Common Yellow Conch 3
Eilema lurideola Common Footman 2
Orgyia antiqua Vapourer  1
Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg.  1
Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 3
Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 6
Hepialus humuli Ghost Moth 2

Our next moth trapping session at the Canal and River Trust Education Centre will be in August – part of the Canal Festival.

Marion Bryce 17 July 2016

Moth photograph: Drinker, Ghost female, Coronet, Twin-spot Plume, Bird-cherry ermine.


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