Sunday, 9 March 2014

Norfolk moths: Rockland St. Peter garden, 8 March 2014

After a warm day, and despite cloudless skies, the night was slightly milder than the preceeding few: down to 4.5°C at 06h00. The light to moderate southerly breeze kept up all night and there was a half moon. It seemed the ideal night to put out the first trap of the year. By 19h00, Orthosia moths were buzzing around the trap. All the moths captured by morning were spring species and therefore new for the trap. All of them, except for the March Moth, are attracted to feed on Sallow blossoms, plenty of which are available on the rather large tree at the bottom of the garden. 

♂ March Moth Alsophila aescularia     

♂ Dotted Border Agriopis marginaria
Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi

Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi & Small Quaker O. cruda     

Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta

Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica    
Early Grey Xylocampa areola

Macro-moths (23 moths of 7 spp.):-

Alsophila aescularia March Moth 2
Agriopis marginaria Dotted Border 1
Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 1
Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 11
Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 4
Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 3
Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1

Micro-moths (2 moths of 2 spp.):-

Amblyptilia acanthadactyla Beautiful Plume 1
Emmelina monodactyla Common Plume 1


  1. I guess you've had some summer migrant birds by now given the mild conditions? Which was your first and when?

  2. Heebs and Early Greys are my usual first species too. Nice Common Quakers.