Wednesday 10 August 2022

Otter Moths

Twin-spotted Wainscot - a new but not unexpected species for Nick and I.

Nick and I ran a couple traps at Whites Bridge last night, hoping for some reedbed and/or saltmarsh specialities. Many thanks to Nick for the use of his generator and for organising everything. Numbers were not that high but in the couple hours or so we were there we caught some nice species that included Oak Eggar, Drinker, Blood-vein, Small Fan-footed Wave, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Common Carpet, Lime-speck Pug, Brimstone, Willow Beauty, Rosy Footman, Dingy Footman, Ruby Tiger, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Flame Shoulder, Large Yellow Underwing, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Square-spot Rustic, Cabbage Moth, Lychnis, White-point, Southern Wainscot, Common Wainscot, Cloaked Minor, Common/Lesser Common Rustic agg, Twin-spotted Wainscot, Brown-veined Wainscot, Spectacle, Straw Dot and Snout. Micros included Agriphila tristella, Cochylis molliculana, Blastobasis adustella, Light Brown Apple Moth, Carcina quercana, Agapeta zoegana (both colour forms), Mother of Pearl, Common Plume, Elachista maculicerusella, Crassa unitella, and Agriphila straminella.

Brown-veined Wainscot - a second individual below. Several of these trapped last night.

Southern Wainscot - thorax detail below.

Southern Wainscot  - a second individual.

Common Wainscot.

Scrobipalpa sp - gen det needed for this one despite its rather distinctive appearance.

Presumed Lesser-spotted Pinion.

Clouded Slender Caloptilia populetorum. Nick trapped this one a couple nights ago - potentially a first for Devon! Confirmation from the county recorder awaits...

Triple-spot Dwarf Elachista maculicerusella. Another new one for Nick and I - tiny but highly distinctive and really smart. According to UK Moths the larvae mine the stems of Reed Canary-grass, so it's certainly a wetland speciality, and therefore quite localised.

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