Monday 3 July 2017

Northern Spinach, Two-spotted Neb and Plum Fruit Moth

Northern Spinach - an upland species which explains why I've never come across it before. Martin caught this one out near Kentisbeare so I nipped up there this evening to see it, and very nice it was too! Thanks Martin.
Another decent night last night with the garden trap producing 54 macros - Buff Arches, Common Emerald, Small Blood-vein, Small Fan-footed Wave, Single-dotted Wave, Riband Wave, Barred Straw, July Highflyer, Slender Pug, Wormwood Pug, V-Pug, Double-striped Pug, Small Seraphim, Lilac Beauty, Early Thorn, Scalloped Oak, Peppered Moth, Willow Beauty, Clouded Silver, Poplar Hawkmoth, Elephant Hawkmoth, White Satin, Rosy Footman, Common Footman, Buff Ermine, Heart and Club, Heart and Dart, Dark Sword Grass (x2), Shuttle-shaped Dart, The Flame, Flame Shoulder, Large Yellow Underwing, True Lover's Knot, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Double Square-spot, Square-spot Rustic, Grey Arches, Broom Moth, Bright-line Brown-eye, Clay, Smoky Wainscot, Common Wainscot, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Coronet, Small Angle Shades, Dark Arches, Light Arches, Minor Agg, Common/Lesser Common Rustic, Small Dotted Buff, Uncertain, Silver Y, Fan-foot and Small Fan-foot.
Micros included Plum Fruit Moth, Two-spotted Neb, Long-horned Flat-body, Ruddy Streak, Garden Grass-veneer, Bee Moth and Elder Pearl.
Plum Fruit Moth - Grapholita funebrana - today's new micro
 and interesting to compare with G.janthinana which I catch now and again.

Small Dotted Buff (male I think) - pleased to catch this. It's been at least ten years since my last one.

White Satin

Lilac Beauty

Two-spotted Neb - Eulamprotes atrella  - a titchy species - estimated c5mm from palps to wing-tip! The larvae feed inside the stems and shoots of St John's Wort, according to ukmoths.

Common Wainscot - see plenty of these but always feel compelled to photograph them.

Slender Brindle - I was chuffed to see this at Martin's this afternoon - a gorgeous, pristine individual. My only previous sighting of this species was in Ashclyst Forest, over ten years ago. I managed just a terrible record shot of it, half in and out of shade. It's not particularly uncommon but it is tied to woodland habitats, with the larvae feeding on woodland grasses - an unlikely one to turn up in my garden trap.

Buff Footman - another one of Martin's moths.

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