Tuesday, 15 October 2013

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

After a week of cold, wet and windy weather, the night of 14 October was rather more congenial to moths. It was overcast and calm with a dusk temperature of 8.5°C at 18h30 and a similar 8.9°C when I turned off the trap at 06h45. Checking the light at 21h00 and 22h00, I could see no moth activity at all, so this morning I was pleasantly surprised to find that all the egg cartons within the trap were occupied. This is the first night without a Large Yellow Underwing and may have been the first without a new species for the trap. However, three sublime Merveille du Jours - one on gravel outside the trap, one buried deep within the egg cartons, and the other hanging on to the perspex entrance slit - made up for that.

Merveille du Jour Dichonia aprilina   

Macro-moths (70 moths of 11 spp.); no micros:-

Larentia clavaria Mallow 2
Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
Epirrita sp. November Moth agg. 4
Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 2
Allophyes oxyacanthae Green-brindled Crescent 4
Dichonia aprilina Merveille du Jour 3
Dryobotodes eremita Brindled Green 1
Agrochola lota Red-line Quaker 4
Agrochola macilenta Yellow-line Quaker 2
Agrochola litura Brown-spot Pinion 3
Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 44

1 comment:

  1. Neat Merveille du Jours - I'm getting picky but would like to see them up against some lichen covered wall to see how their camoflage works.