Sunday, 15 September 2013

Norfolk moths: Rockland St. Peter garden, 14 September 2013

The night of 14 September was crystal clear, cloudless, dead calm and fine. As a consequence, temperatures dropped markedly overnight: from the low teens at dusk to 7.8°C when I first checked the trap at 05h30,  4.2°C when I turned it off at 06h10 and 3.9°C by 06h30.

Not surprisingly, the catch was much reduced and for the first time there were neither micros, nor wasps nor carrion beetles. Golden Plover were calling high overhead as I patrolled the trap in the pre-dawn.

Lunar Underwing was new for the trap, with two strkingly different colour forms.

Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa: variations on a theme.

Common Marbled Carpet Chloroclysta truncata: this strking colour form is the only one trapped so far.   

Sallow Xanthia icteritia: f. flavescens below  

Moths - all macros (9 spp.):-

Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 1
Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 2
Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
Agrochola litura Brown-spot Pinion 1
Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 2
Xanthia icteritia Sallow 3
Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

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