Thursday, 24 April 2014

23rd April

Overcast, turning to rain at 1am, trap taken in

Common Quaker (1)
Clouded Drab (1)
Hebrew Character (1)

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Intriguing Highland Moth

This moth name caught my eye on somebody's moth list, because the species epithet appeared to be based on the Turkish word yildiz ("star").

Sure enough this species seems ot have been described in 1981 by somebody Turkish. I may have to dig deeper on this one. Must be a curious story to be had.

Half the story: link

Friday 18th April

Another clear night, with much the same species list trapped -

Common Quaker (2)
Clouded Drab (1)
Hebrew Character (1)

This Clouded Drab, was spotted peeking through a hole in the 'roosting substrate'

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

14th April

Still night, clear skies and full moon, early frost in the morning

2 Hebrew Characters only

Friday, 11 April 2014

Slow night

Only two moths trapped last night in what proved to be a cold one - a Clouded Drab and a Hebrew Character.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Gallery - moths - Geometridae

Family Archiearinae

Family Alsophilinae
1663 March Moth Alsophila aescularia ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Family Geometrinae
Family Sterrhinae
Family Larentiinae

1775 Mottled Grey Colostygia multistrigaria Haworth, 1809)

 1851 Golden-rod Pug Eupithecia virgaureata Doubleday, 1861

HOB 06.05.2014

1769 Spruce Carpet Thera britannica (Turner H J, 1925)

Cullaloe 08.05.2014

Family Ennominae

Gallery - Noctuidae

Family Dilobinae
Family Noctuinae
Family Hadeninae

2187 Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi (Fabricius, 1775)

HOB, 5/4/2014
2188 Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta (Hufnagel, 1766)

HOB, 5/4/2014

2190 Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica (Linnaeus, 1758) 

HOB, 5/4/2014
Family Cucuilliinae

2243 Early Grey Xylocampa areola (Esper, 1789)

Early Grey
Family Acronictinae
Family Bryophilinae
Family Amphipyrinae
Family Stiriinae
Family Heliothinae
Family Eustrotiinae
Family Acontiinae
Family Eariadinae
Family Chloephorinae
Family Pantheinae
Family Plusiinae
Family Catocalinae
Family Ophiderinae
Family Rivulinae
Family Hypeninae
Family Strepsimaninae
Family Hermininae

Monday, 7 April 2014

2nd night noctuids - 5th April

Alongside another couple of Mottled Greys, I managed a small collection of Noctuids. This is what my setup looked like, allowing me to worry less about rain issues

I added to the list Common Quaker, Clouded Drab, Hebrew Character (2), and a micro which I am fairly sure is an Agonopterix sp., but that's as good as I could do on it. There were also another coupe of Mottled Greys. My favourite addition, though, was Early Grey, which is quite a pretty little thing.

Common Quaker

Clouded Drab

Hebrew Character

Agonopterix sp.

Early Grey

Clouded Drab head-on

On the scoreboard at last

A milder night on Friday (04/04/2014) allowed me to open the scoring, albeit with only two moths. A Mottled Grey and a March Moth showed up, proving that my garden is not actually a moth dead zone