Friday, 4 July 2014

Norfolk moths: Rockland St. Peter garden, 3 July 2014 ('Moth Night 2014')

Organised by Atropos and Butterfly Conservation, Moth Night is the annual celebration of moth recording throughout Britain and Ireland by enthusiasts, with local events aimed at raising awareness of moths among the general public. This year the organisers are inviting moth enthusiasts to record the moths they observe on any one or more of the days or nights 3rd5th July. Having checked the weather forecast, Thursday 3rd July looked to be the best night of the three. Sure enough, this short night the trap was on for six and a half hours produced a record-breaking catch.
After a glorious warm, sunny day, skies remained clear for most of the night, with temperatures of 17.7°C at 23h30 and 12.3°C when I turned off the MV light at 04h15. A moderate SW during the day calmed by evening. The first quarter moon was barely noticeable. Blackbirds
Four species of hawk-moths, of which Pine Hawk-moth was new. Peppered Moths came in two flavours: one each of the normal light form and f. carbonaria. Local species included a lovely, fresh Dwarf Cream Wave, 3 Large Twin-spot Carpets, my second Wood Carpet, a Lilac Beauty, Sycamore, another Miller, Dingy Shears, a striking Scarce Silver-lines and 7 Beautiful Hook-tips. Of conservation concern was a Cream-bordered Green Pea which is Nationally Scarce B (species occurring nationally in 31100 hectads).

Large Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe quadrifasiata
Wood Carpet Epirrhoe rivata
Lilac Beauty Apeira syringaria
Pine Hawk-moth Hyloicus pinastri
Sycamore Acronicta aceris
Dingy Shears Parastichtis ypsillon
Scarce Silver-lines Bena bicolorana

Macro-moths (198 moths of 62 spp.):-

Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 1
Habrosyne pyritoides Buff Arches 3
Geometra papilionaria Large Emerald 1
Timandra comae Blood-vein 1
Idaea fuscovenosa Dwarf Cream Wave 1
Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 3
Idaea aversata Riband Wave 7
Xanthorhoe quadrifasiata Large Twin-spot Carpet 3
Epirrhoe rivata Wood Carpet 1
Camptogramma bilineata Yellow Shell 1
Eulithis pyraliata Barred Straw 1
Perizoma alchemillata Small Rivulet 1
Pasiphila rectangulata Green Pug 4
Lomaspilis marginata Clouded Border 7
Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 6
Apeira syringaria Lilac Beauty 1
Crocallis elinguaria Scalloped Oak 1
Ourapteryx sambucaria Swallow-tailed Moth 2
Biston betularia Peppered Moth 2
Ectropis bistortata Engrailed 2
Cabera pusaria Common White Wave 1
Cabera exanthemata Common Wave 2
Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 4
Sphinx ligustri Privet Hawk-moth 1
Hyloicus pinastri Pine Hawk-moth 1
Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 1
Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 4
Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 4
Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent 1
Pterostoma palpina Pale Prominent 2
Eilema lurideola Common Footman 27
Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 9
Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 4
Axylia putris Flame 1
Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 4
Xestia triangulum Double Square-spot 11
Discestra trifolii Nutmeg 1
Melanchra persicariae Dot Moth 2
Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 6
Mythimna conigera Brown-line Bright Eye 4
Mythimna ferrago Clay 4
Mythimna impura Smoky Wainscot 8
Acronicta aceris Sycamore 1
Acronicta leporina Miller 1
Amphipyra pyramidea agg. Copper Underwing agg. 1
Parastichtis ypsillon Dingy Shears 1
Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 2
Apamea lithoxylaea Light Arches 5
Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg. 1
Hoplodrina alsines Uncertain 7
Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 2
Earias clorana Cream-bordered Green Pea 1
Bena bicolorana Scarce Silver-lines 1
Diachrysia chrysitis Burnished Brass 1
Autographa jota Plain Golden Y 1
Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1
Laspeyria flexula Beautiful Hook-tip 7
Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 1
Hypena proboscidalis Snout 3
Zanclognatha tarsipennalis Fan-foot 8
Herminia grisealis Small Fan-foot 1

Micro-moths (23 moths identified, of 5 spp.):-

Eurrhypara hortulata Small Magpie 11
Phlyctaenia coronata
Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 7
Aphomia sociella Bee Moth 3
Pterophorus pentadactyla White Plume Moth 1

1 comment:

  1. Oh oh... Look at all those Hawks!!! 4 species incl several Eles - that's what it's all about. Pine Hawk I never got in after 2 years of trapping in East Anglia. Nice haul! Apart from the emergence of the deliquent Large Yellows which just disturb all the others...