|Lychnis Hadena bicruris|
As suspected, the catch was meagre, but not without interest. A newly-emerged Chocolate-tip was very smart indeed. Lychnis is new for the site and the appearance of three of them coincides with the flowering of Ragged-Robin Lychnis flos-cuculi on the adjacent Chapel Green. Moths of the genus Hadena are specialised to feed on plants of the campion family (Caryophyllaceae), of which Ragged-Robin is a member, but at no small cost to the plant, since the larva can devour much of the seed production. While Red Silene dioica and White Campion S. latifolia seed pods are the favoured food of Lychnis caterpillars, and the adult moths target the nectar of their host-plants, I like to imagine the adults visiting the night-blooming Ragged-Robin that is flowering in profusion next door. At least this would vindicate the name.
Light Brocade is a local moth that I caught at about this time last year.
Macro-moths (11 moths of 7 spp.):-
|Diaphora mendica||Muslin Moth||3|
|Agrotis exclamationis||Heart and Dart||1|
|Lacanobia w-latinum||Light Brocade||1|
|Charanyca trigrammica||Treble Lines||1|