Monday, 8 September 2014

4 Sept 2014 - Orlestone Forest, Kent

Had an interesting few hours trapping in less than ideal condition (clear skies). A few nice bits and bobs - Pale Eggar probably being most interesting from a Kent perspective (I think Orlestone is the stronghold for the species).

Dark Sword-grass and Red Underwing are always pleasant to catch. Oak Lutestring is a personal favourite of that group.

And then there's a few micros to attempt to name later...!

Can't decide which background I prefer: completely artificial or staged??

Pale Eggar
Pale Eggar
Dark Sword-grass
Red Underwing
The red underwing on a Red Underwing
Oak Lutestring
Oak Hooktip
Tawny-barred Angle
Grey Pine Carpet
Maiden's Blush
Dark(?) Marbled Carpet
Micro 1
Micro 2
Micro 3
Micro 4

Micro 5
Micro 6

Thursday, 28 August 2014

28 Aug 2014 - Findhorn Valley, Moray

Took a trip north to the Findhorn valley in the hope of Portland Moth and reports of thousands of moths swarming around the traps within seconds of the lights coming on (OK, a slight exaggeration - but it had sounded good!).

In theory the cloud should have been overhead by 11pm - but by 1am it still hadn't arrived and the stars were shining brightly. The total catch was probably 100 or so moths - not great for 4 traps in August, but at least the quality was there - two Portland Moths being the highlight.

Portland Moth
Portland Moths (the smaller one was potted before being ID'd, making it a pleasant surprise when checking the pots for photography!)
Anomalous - my second in two days. Easy Really...
Archers Dart
Archers Dart
Archers Dart
Archers Dart
Black Rustic
Coastal Dart
Coastal Dart
Coastal Dart
Coastal Dart
Coastl Dart (I think)
White-lined Dart
White-lined Dart - I think
White-lined Dart
White-lined Dart
White-lined Dart - I think
Grey Chi
Heath Rustic
Plain Clay
Flounced Rustic
Mottled Grasshopper

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

27 Aug 2014 - Struan, Perthshire

Took yet another (third, actually) trip up to Struan to trap amongst the Bog Myrtle, Birch and Heather. Finally caught Golden-rod Brindle (4x) and Anomalous - brilliamt!

Golden-rod Brindle
Golden-rod brindle

Angle-striped Sallow
Northern Spinach

Heath Rustic
Ingrailed Clay???

Dunno Moth - another Ingrailed?

Neglected Rustic

Acleris emergana
Ypsolopha parenthesella????
Beautiful Plume
Suspected - I suspect
A second Suspected - I suspect again...