Harris Garden Moth Trap Session

Hi all

Last night I carried out a quick moth trap in the Harris Gardens using a mercury vapour lap and white sheet, conditions were not ideal, due to clear skies and rapidly dropping temperatures, but I did get and interesting set of species see the list below:

Square Spot Rustic – Xestia xanthographa
Large Yellow Underwing – Noctua pronuba
Maidens Blush – Cyclophora punctaria
Flame Shoulder – Ochropleura plecta
Lesser Yellow Underwing – Noctua comes
Copper Underwing – Amphipyra pyramidea
Straw Dot – Rivula sericealis
Common Marbled Carpet – Chloroclysta truncata
Lesser Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing – Noctua janthe
Mother of Pearl – Pleuroptya ruralis
Angle Shades – Phlogophora meticulosa
Silver Y – Autographa gamma
Old Lady – Mormo maura
Willow Beauty – Peribatodes rhomboidaria
Setaceous Hebrew Character – Xestia c-nigrum
Brimstone Moth – Opisthograptis luteolata
Light Emerald – Campaea margaritata
Green Carpet – Colostygia pectinataria
Garden Carpet – Xanthorhoe fluctuata
Vines Rustic  – Hoplodrina ambigua
Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix – Pandemis corylana
Apotomis Betuletana

The Most interesting species being the Old Lady, a localised species in the UK seeming to specialise in damp woodland habitats. Second to this it was also interesting as it rarely comes to a mercury vapour light, usually only sugar.

Hopefully I will carry out another trap again shortly

About Justin Anthony Groves

As a student of Ecology and Conservation at Reading University i am very interested many other insect groups, botany and the interaction in nature. Over a number of blogs I hope to pass my knowledge to others but also gain from the many other interesting posts.
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