Thursday, 1 May 2014

Whetstone, Leics. Update

Haven't updated for a while, and in truth I haven't done too much garden trapping since the last update. Cold and/or wet nights put me off and I had a few days away in Devon around Easter. Nevertheless, I've somehow managed to squeeze a few new for year species into the few trap nights and (along with one more butterfly) I'm now up to 56 species. Additions since my last update are:

Taxon Vernacular Earliest
32 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth 30/03/2014
33 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 30/03/2014
34 Panolis flammea Pine Beauty 30/03/2014
35 Agonopterix alstromeriana
36 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth 09/04/2014
37 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug 09/04/2014
38 Semioscopis steinkellneriana
39 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 10/04/2014
40 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 10/04/2014
41 Pieris rapae Small White 14/04/2014
42 Agonopterix arenella
43 Eupithecia pulchellata Foxglove Pug 24/04/2014
44 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 24/04/2014
45 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 24/04/2014
46 Esperia sulphurella
47 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 24/04/2014
48 Chloroclystis v-ata V-Pug 28/04/2014
49 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 28/04/2014
50 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 28/04/2014
51 Eupithecia tripunctaria White-spotted Pug 28/04/2014
52 Thera britannica Spruce Carpet 28/04/2014
53 Nola confusalis Least Black Arches 29/04/2014
54 Xanthorhoe designata Flame Carpet 29/04/2014
55 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 29/04/2014
56 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 29/04/2014

Expecting things to start ramping up during May, though I'm also hoping my replacement 22W Synergetic ring turns up soon - someone in the household has managed to smash another one in the shed for me, probably whilst lazily trying to extracate a scooter without bothering to move the trap. Had to use my 80W actinic combo on 29th.

Foxglove Pug

Knot Grass - a bit knackered but pleased as not annual in my garden

Flame Carpet - also worn but this was a garden tick last year so good to see another

Least Black Arches - always a season marker for me

1 comment:

  1. Amazing photos again. I always thought of a moth as just a moth unlike butterflies because of colour and as something to avoid. But reading your post has made me start looking more closely at the different kinds.