Wednesday, July 28, 2010

First day of mothing

This morning I took my shiny new actinic Skinner moth trap in and Ed and I tried to work through the ID of some of the macros. There weren't as many individuals nor as many species as I thought we may get, but I guess that was just optimism. It was still brilliant! These are the ones we managed to get a name to (thanks in large part to the wisdom of Brian Stone), in order of their identification, plus the number of individuals (ignoring the ones that got away and most of the micros):

Willow Beauty, 1,

Willow Beauty
Ruby Tiger, 2,
Cloaked Minor, 3,
Large Yellow-underwing, 2,
'Copper Underwing', 1,
Common Rustic, 3,
Scalloped Oak, 1,

Scalloped Oak
Dark Arches, 2,

Dark Arches
Knot Grass, 1,

Knot Grass
Silver-Y, 1,
Marbled Beauty, 2,
Dingy Footman, 2,
Riband Wave, 5,
Lime-speck Pug, 1,
Shuttle-shaped Dart, 2,

Shuttle-shaped Dart
Codling Moth, Cydia pomonella, 1 (a tortricid micro),
Endrotricha flammealis, 2, (a pyralid micro),

Also a couple of plume moths, several 'grass' moths, a diving beetle, a few earwigs, one or two mayflies, a handful of Lesser Waterboatman.

In time, I am sure I will get a bit more sophisticated in my ID and knowledge, but this will need time...


The Drunkbirder said...

I don't trap often enough to be that confident yet... I should do but I'm too lazy to empty the trap before work... it gets to you a bit though. I find iSpot a useful website for unidentified creatures.

sebi_2569 said...

very beautiful photo; bravo