Saturday, 25 April 2015

Spring Moths Fri 24th April 2015

Counts , Comments on ID  
6 Eriocrania subpurpurella..12
663 Diurnea fagella..1
1750 Lampropteryx suffumata Water Carpet..3
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet.1
1775 Colostygia multistrigaria Mottled Grey..1
1852 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug..8
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug..3
1881 Trichopteryx carpinata Early Tooth-striped…6
1917 Selenia dentaria Early Thorn..1
1919 Selenia tetralunaria Purple Thorn…3
1947 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed…1
2139 Cerastis rubricosa Red Chestnut..7
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker..14
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker..94
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab..1
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker..1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character..3
2258 Conistra vaccinii Chestnut…11

Another great night with 170 + moths in 3 hours trapping, Common Quakers were estimated at 94 and could easily be double that number. 3  freshly emerged Purple Thorn were  a good number for this species. Thanks to Colin, Dave and Bri ... Weather  Preceding days warm and very sunny  with temps exceding 15 degrees  On the evening Cooler circa 9 - 10 degrees with threat of rain and brief intermittent drizzle which in the main remained dry throughout . Periodic breeze caused occasional influxes of large numbers of Common Quaker


Additional Entomology    Also  found throughout the night

Necrorophilus humator ,
Stonefly .
Caddisfly, Limnephilidae
Spider Trochosa terricola ,
Cranefly Tipula (rufina) TBC .

The spectacle of the night was probably the Purple Thorn and the the most prolific the Common Quaker aprox 100 +  had Andy and Brian doing cartwheels

1919 Purple Thorn  Selenia tetralunaria  Two specimens for comparison




An Atypical top view showing the open wing stance of this thorn



1750  Water Carpet Lampropteryx suffumata

A number of variations or aberrations occur, including a striking form ab. porrittii, found in Yorkshire, but scarce elsewhere. and appears with the key band markins in a striking black to white arrangement



1760 Red Green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata



1852 Brindled Pug Eupithecia abbreviata




2190  Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica



Early Tooth-striped Trichopteryx carpinata

The larvae feed on various trees, including honeysuckle (Lonicera), sallow (Salix) and birch (Betula).




663 The March Dagger Moth Diurnea fagella


Fresh Specimen from previous session


This is an early spring species, occurring from March to May. It is quite a small moth, with an average wingspan of about 25mm melanic forms occur  in some northern and industrial areas.



2139 Red Chestnut Cerastis rubricosa

The larvae feed nocturnally in late spring on several herbaceous plants such as groundsel (Senecio vulgaris) and bedstraw (Galium)




Common Quaker

1947 Engrailed Ectropis crepuscularia



E sulpherlla


Cranefly  Tipula rufina

A femaile tipulid of the Genus Tipula most likely to be a Tipula rufina , key ID features Wing Veination match, Body pattern , Distinctive black mark lateral on the thorax , leg banding and Phenology



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