|Oak Eggar, Westcott 26th July|
The Oak Eggar was actually one of three new macro species for the all-time garden list in last night's catch, the other two being a rather worn and tired-looking Chevron and a reasonably smart Small Seraphim. The Chevron is mainly a woodland species and seems to be in decline locally although there are a couple of known colonies within five kilometres of here.
|Chevron, Westcott 26th July|
|Small Seraphim, Westcott 26th July|
One other smart moth which turned up last night was the Marbled Beauty illustrated below, of the yellow form rather than the more usual green. Otherwise the catch was fairly typical of the last few nights with 130 species being caught (64 macro, 66 micro). Other items new for the year included Phyllonorycter schreberella, Lyonetia clerkella & Flounced Rustic. The late-Summer thorns are making regular appearances now (three each of Dusky and Canary-shouldered last night) and Agriphila straminella has moved quickly to take over the top slot as most abundant species in the trap (161 counted). Riband Wave, Dingy Footman (replacing Common Footman) and Flame Shoulder are currently providing the highest macro returns.
|Marbled Beauty, Westcott 26th July|
Finally, I should mention a couple of notable records from the Rothamsted Insect Survey trap at Marsh Gibbon, Bucks for which I've been identifying the catch for just over a year now. On 6th July the trap caught a Lappet, while the following day produced an exceedingly early Rosy Rustic.