Sunday, 10 July 2016

Better overall

It would be nice to have an unambiguous warm, cloudy, still night at least once this summer: failing that, we put out our mercury bulb on Friday night (warm and quite cloudy, but pretty windy), and were rewarded with a healthy 221 individuals of 84 identified species (a few unidentified ones detailed below), including a number of NFYs; other recent nights have brought our first Elephant Hawkmoth of the year and other goodies, though nothing strikingly rare. We're reasonably sure we had our first ever Myelois circumvoluta (unfortunately deceased), and what looks like a Lobesia abscisana (that in fact on 6th July).

Presumed Myelois circumvoluta, 8/7/16

Presumed Lobesia abscisana, 6/7/16
Ones we're less sure about include a possible Eudonia pallida from last night; a conceivable Dusky Brocade (I did consider the possibility of Confused for this, but think it unlikely - but am by no means convinced of the brocade); and a couple of possible Epinotias, the first maybe rubiginosana, the second signatana (apologies for the quality of the photos, especially the first.

Possible Eudonia pallida, 9/7/16

Possible Dusky Brocade, 8/7/16

Possible Epinotia rubiginosana, 8/7/16

Possible Epinotia signatana, 8/7/16
Finally, several we were very unsure on: a couple of tricky micros, from 7th and 8th July respectively, and a distinctive-looking pug, which we nonetheless couldn't pin down.

Unknown micro, 7/7/16
Unknown micro, 8/7/16

Unknown pug, 7/7/16
As ever, all suggestions gratefully received.

Steve and Xander Goddard


  1. Hi, yes to Thistle ermine and Lobesia looks right to me. Dusky Brocade looks like a Cabbage Moth. I'd go with Eudonia pallida and say the other one lower down as unknown micro 7/7/16 is the same though very worn and so impossible to be sure. below that is Clepsis consimillana and Double -striped Pug. Your two Epinotia's I'm not sure on but look to me like they could be worn examples of Ancylis achatana but I'll leave that to others + as I say with scopairds I wouldn't be 100% on second one as it is very worn and doesn't quite look right for pallida the more I look at it. BW, Marc

  2. Many thanks, Marc - now you mention it, Cabbage Moth looks exactly right: that's good about the others, several of which are NFY, and not terribly frequent in our garden.


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