Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Moth Trapping 2014

With an improvement in the night time temperatures I decided to take the moth traps out for the first session of the year.

So I met up with Heather Martin and Rod Taylor in Barnes Wood and we managed to identify over forty species of moths on a relatively chilly May night.

The largest moth of the evening was the Pine Hawk-Moth (Hyloicus pinastri)

Pine Hawk Moth

Next, one of my favorites, the Peppered Moth  (Biston betularia)

Peppered Moth
For attractive moths, in my humble opinion,  the Green Carpet (Colostygia pectinataria) was the pick of the evening;
Green Carpet

The the Birch Mocha (Cyclophora albipunctata) takes its name from the port in Yemen (where the Coffee and the soft leather made from sheepskin originate too).

Birch Mocha
Now for a moth with a nice descriptive name, Clouded Border (Lomaspilis marginata). This is one of the easier ones to remember.

Clouded Border on Rod Taylor's finger
 In general the 'Pugs' are a difficult group of moths to identify, especially if they are faded or worn. However the Lime-speck Pug (Eupithecia centaureata ) is the exception as it is quite distinctive.

Lime-spec Pug
Finally we come to the micro moths, these are not at all easy, so I am extremely grateful to Heather Martin for taking the time to identify them (and to get the IDs confirmed by the County Recorder, Colin Pratt).

The Black-speckled Groundling (Carpatolechia proximella)
Black Speckled Groundling
The Common Twist (Capua vulgaria)
Common Twist
And finally, the star of the evening, Black Piercer (Pammene germmana). This is a locally scarce and declining species.

All photographs by Heather Martin 28/05/2014


  1. Looks like you had a good night!

  2. Excellent, really great, thanks for posting.