Sunday, 26 July 2015

Langfield Common Moorland Moths Sat 26th July 2015

Its always nice to get up to langfield once every now and again , it was cool up there on sat night with clear skies throughout. Highlight was a Grey Moutain carpet  and 3 Confused . Other species - Small Square Spot 10 , Dark Arches 11 , Purple Clay 3 , Clouded Bordered Brindle 2 , Flame Shoulder 1 , Ingrailed Clay 9 , Lempke.s Gold Spot 2 , Common Wainscot 1 , Angle Shades 1 , Broom Moth 1 , Smoky Wainscot 1 , True Lovers Knot 5 and a Large Yellow Underwing..Not one Antler Moth .??

Weather . Day warm Sunny Temp circa 15 -19 o  Evening generally clear , still no significant breezes Temp dropping 10o


Langfield Common is upland Moor Trap located in low lying Bog Area with Marsh and run off Springs with varios Rush and sedges at an Altitude on the OS Contour   m

The Following where imaged with the help of Brian and Andy

Other Entomology

The proximity of boggy habitat attracted Homoptera - froghoppers . Mirids Lepopterna sp


1744 Grey Mountain Carpet Entephria caesiata ABH 70.072

This specimen worn

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A mountain and moorland species,The larvae feed on a number of low heathland plants such as heather (Calluna) and bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus). variable adults fly from July to August.

2120 Ingrailed Clay Diarsia mendica ABH 73.333
Two Specimens

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The caterpillars hibernate and feed in the spring on a variety of shrubs and plants, including bramble (Rubus) and bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus).
2329 The Confused Apamea furva ABH 73.165 

The larva feed on the roots and stem bases of meadow grass (Poa spp.) and the moths fly mainly in July and August.

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2440 Lempke's Gold Spot Plusia putnami ABH 73.023 
Among the foodplants is small-reed (Calamogrostis spp.).

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2321 Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha ABH 73.162 

The larvae feed on the bases and stems of various grasses.likes grassy areas, it is on the wing from July to August, with a later second sotherly brood on the wing from July to August,

Dark Arches 0846

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2306 Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa ABH 73.113

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The larvae feed on a variety of herbaceous plants.Adults generally fly between May and October, in at least 2 generations, but found in any month

2118 True Lover's Knot Lycophotia porphyrea ABH 73.338

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2118 True Lover's Knot Lycophotia porphyrea ABH 73.338

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The well-camouflaged larvae feed on heather (Calluna) and heath (Erica).It flies between June and August in a single generation

2122 Purple Clay Diarsia brunnea ABH 73.332


Dave Sutcliffe said...

A great report, well done - very interesting and good photo's too.

Colin D said...

All credit to Andy, David moves like a gazelle , Brian not far behind :-) , just keep an eye on your sandwiches though , there are some bug eaters out on those moors :-)