Sunday, 23 November 2014

No vitrealis here

The garden trap here at Westcott, Bucks was run for both of the last two nights because of the possibility of migrants on yet another mild southerly airflow.  As was only to be expected here, I got examples of Plutella xylostella and Udea ferrugalis and nothing else, but there was quite a substantial influx of the large white crambid Palpita vitrealis into southern counties.  Was anyone lucky enough to get one?  Last night's catch here comprised 18 moths of nine species, which in the garden is not bad at all for late-November:  Phyllonorycter leucographella (1), Plutella xylostella (3), Epiphyas postvittana (1), December Moth (1, a female), Winter Moth (5), Mottled Umber (3), Scarce Umber (2), Dark Chestnut (1) & Red-line Quaker (1).  Dave Wilton

Scarce Umber & Mottled Umber, Westcott 22nd November

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