Tuesday 5 September 2017

Autumn Moths

Pink-barred Sallow - what a moth!
A muggy night last night so out went the trap, providing a really nice selection of species this morning: Orange Swift, Small Dusty Wave, Garden Carpet, Green Carpet, Lime-speck Pug, Double-striped Pug, Brimstone Moth, September Thorn, Early Thorn, Willow Beauty, Common Wave, Light Emerald, Archer's Dart, Large Yellow Underwing, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Pearly Underwing, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Square-spot Rustic, Pink-barred Sallow, Angle Shades, Dark Arches, Rosy Rustic, Uncertain, Vine's Rustic, Silver Y, Dark Spectacle, Spectacle, Straw Dot, Snout, Ruddy Streak, Twenty-plume Moth, Garden Rose Tortrix, Common Marble, Bramble Shoot Moth, Rusty Dot Pearl, Mother of Pearl, Coastal Pearl, Narrow-winged Grey and Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer.

Pearly Underwing - its fellow travellers included just a single Silver Y and Rusty Dot Pearl

Coastal Pearl - Mecyna asinalis

Female Orange Swift

My second Archer's Dart was a bit of a surprise in the trap this morning - such a stunning species.

Rosy Rustic

Spectacle and Dark Spectacle - I've always wanted to trap these two species together and seeing as both are fresh I've used the opportunity to do a side-by-side comparison shot.


  1. Great trapping Matt. I missed last night ... and now windy. Grrrr. Spectacle shots really useful.

  2. Thanks Nick - I sometimes find them difficult in isolation, particularly if they're a bit worn. Pleasantly surprised at how different they are alongside one another. See you soon. Matt