Saturday, 5 October 2013

Norfolk moths: Rockland St. Peter garden, 4 October 2013

The night of 4 October was overcast and mild with a very light breeze. Dusk temperature was about 17°C (at 19h00) and had only dropped to 13.7°C by dawn at 07h00. The trap reflected this with a large number of caddis flies, shield bugs and several species of ladybird as a good crop of moths. There were seven new species, partly a product of having not been able to trap for a week. They were the striking Feathered Thorn (2), Grey Shoulder-knot (immediately separable from the Blair's Shoulder-knot by its resting posture), three fresh Green-brindled Crescents, Red-line Quaker and Yellow-line Quaker, Barred Sallow and a Beautiful Hook-tip. Beaded Chestnut was the most numerous species, comprising a third of the total catch.Oddly there were no Lunar Underwings - and I checked every last Beaded Chestnut.

For the first time in three weeks, Golden Plovers were not moving as I inspected the trap. Instead half a dozen Meadow Pipits and a couple of Mistle Thrishes flew over and a solitary Chiff Chaff called and then sang as it moved southwards through the pre-dawn garden.

♂ Feathered Thorn Colotois pennaria, with a different resting posture to the Ennomos thorns.
Grey Shoulder-knot Lithophane ornitopus   
Green-brindled Crescent Allophyes oxyacanthae   
Red-line Agrochola lota & Yellow-line A. macilenta Quakers   
Barred Sallow Xanthia aurago
Beautiful Hook-tip Laspeyria flexula   

Macro-moths (117 moths of 24 spp.):-

Larentia clavaria Mallow 2
Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 13
Thera obeliscata Grey Pine Carpet 1
Colotois pennaria Feathered Thorn 2
Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 2
Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 2
Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 7
Lithophane ornitopus Grey Shoulder-knot 1
Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 9
Allophyes oxyacanthae Green-brindled Crescent 3
Agrochola lota Red-line Quaker 3
Agrochola macilenta Yellow-line Quaker 1
Agrochola litura Brown-spot Pinion 13
Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 40
Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 6
Xanthia togata Pink-barred Sallow 2
Xanthia icteritia Sallow 2
Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 1
Gortyna flavago Frosted Orange 1
Rhizedra lutosa Large Wainscot 1
Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
Laspeyria flexula Beautiful Hook-tip 1

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