Monday 19 June 2017

Obscure and Silky Wainscots

Obscure Wainscot - another long-awaited and much-anticipated species. It's in good nick too. The larvae feed on Common Reed so this moth has flown a reasonable distance to reach our garden. I always felt I had a chance of catching one of these but that did nothing to dampen the excitement of finally clapping eyes on this species.
Another massive haul of moths last night but I didn't have time to count everything unfortunately. Species included Figure of Eighty, Buff Arches, Common Emerald, Blood-vein, Small Blood-vein, Dwarf Cream Wave, Small Dusty Wave, Single Dotted Wave, Treble Brown-spot, Riband Wave, Garden Carpet, Common Carpet, Yellow Shell, Spruce Carpet, Barred Straw, Haworth's Pug, Foxglove Pug, Common Pug, Grey Pug, V-Pug, Green Pug, Double-striped Pug, Clouded Border, Sharp-angled Peacock, Brimstone, Willow Beauty, Common Wave, Clouded Silver, Eyed Hawkmoth, Poplar Hawkmoth, Elephant Hawkmoth, Buff-tip, Heart and Dart, Shuttle-shaped dart, Flame, Large Yellow Underwing, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Grey Arches, Bright-line Brown-eye, Common Wainscot, Obscure  Wainscot, Angle Shades, Dark Arches, Light Arches, Dusky Brocade, Minor Agg, Treble Lines, Uncertain/Vines Agg, Silky Wainscot, Spectacle, Straw Dot, Snout, Fan-foot, Small Fan-foot, Small Magpie, Rusty-dot Pearl, Common Plume, Bramble-shoot Moth and Coastal Pearl.

Obscure Wainscot

Silky Wainscot - another new moth for me. Had a hunch I'd get one here one day, despite the fact that the nearest reed bed is a good kilometre away. An odd-looking species and a Wainscot but not one of the 'Mythimna' tribe that I'm so fond of. According to 'Waring and Townsend' the larvae are omnivorous, feeding on living and dead invertebrates and the inner tissues of dead Common Reed stems. Bit odd!

Ladybird sp

Spruce Carpet

Dwarf Cream Wave

Presumed Aethes beatricella or francillana

Common Wainscot

1 comment:

  1. Hi Matt, ladybird is Halyzia 16-guttata (Orange Ladybird), cheers, Tim