Tuesday 13 September 2016

Immigrant Moths

Olive Tree Pearl - Palpita vitrealis
A really good selection of moths was trapped in the garden last night. Cloud and humidity always does the business! The 'stars of the show' were immigrant species - Olive Tree Pearl, Convolvulus Hawkmoth, 4 Silver Y, 3 Rusty-dot Pearl and 3 Rush Veneer. Otherwise amongst the more common species were Pinion-streaked Snout, Sallow, Large Ranunculus, Cypress Pug, Dark Spectacle, Cabbage Moth, Lunar Underwing, Light Emerald, September Thorn, Dusky Thorn, Angle Shades and L-album Wainscot.

The tiny 'f. gammina' form of Silver Y - compare with the normal sized moth below.

Convolvulus Hawkmoth

Sallow - subtly beautiful as always and a sure sign that autumn is here.

Large Ranunculus

Lunar Underwing - another subtly gorgeous moth and one that appears in a number of colour forms.

Pinion-streaked Snout - two of these were trapped last night.

L-album Wainscot - I find it hard to resist photographing this lovely species.


  1. Sorry I missed them. Photos a good second best.

  2. Thanks Nick - think you would have liked p. vitreais - a fantastic looking moth.

  3. Nice catch, more than I'm getting in a Teignmouth actinic! No trapping on the Warren this year, who knows what's being missed?

  4. Hi Kev. That's a real shame. I assumed trapping was a regular thing on the Warren.