Sunday, 12 May 2013

Moth Trapping BHW May 2013

On Friday (11th May 2013) evening we officially started our moth trapping season with our first visit to Brede High Wood.
I left home in bright sunshine but upon arrival to Brede High Wood it was getting just a little chilly and the sky was becoming progressively more overcast as dusk approached. 

We set up six moth traps in total, some in the open and others under the trees.  

It was not the most productive of nights as it was still rather cold, however we got nineteen species in total.

The Drinker Euthrix potatoria
Flame Shoulder  Ochropleura plecta
Nut-tree Tussock  Colocasia coryli
Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi
Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica
Lunar Marbled Brown Drymonia ruficornis
Nut-tree Tussock  Colocasia coryli
Lobster Moth Stauropus fagi
Purple Thorn Selenia tetralunaria
Brindled Pug Eupithecia abbreviata
Pebble Prominent Notodonta ziczac
Great Prominent Peridea anceps
Scarce Prominent Odontosia carmelita
Water Carpet Lampropteryx suffumata
Scalloped Hook-tip Falcaria lacertinaria
Coxcomb Prominent Ptilodon capucina
V Pug Chloroclystis v-ata
Small Phoenix Ecliptopera silaceata
Engrailed Ectropis bistortata

Some of these species are included in the photographs below;
Coxcomb Prominent: picture by Heather Martin
Scarce Prominent: Picture by Heather Martin
Lunar Marbled Brown: Picture by Heather Martin

Small Phoenix: Picture by Heather Martin
Water Carpet: Picture by Heather Martin
V-pug: Picture by Heather Martin

 As always, our thanks to David Bonsall and the Woodland Trust for permission to moth trap in Brede High Wood.

Bonus Butterfly Section
I saw my first Dingy Skipper (Erynnis tages) butterfly of the season today (Sunday 12th May), however it was in Kent, near Pembury Hospital on the RSPB reserve.

"Kentish Dingy Skipper" or is it "Dingy Skipper of Kent"?

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