|Striped Lychnis larvae, near Loudwater 15th July|
As it happens the traps didn't pull in huge numbers of moths but some of those we got were quite interesting all the same. Amongst the macros, Clouded Magpie, Maple Prominent and Dark Spectacle were certainly noteworthy, but it was a few of the micros which provided me with more interest. Foremost amongst them was a potential candidate for Agonopterix ciliella. This is supposed to be a common moth but that is not reflected in the records for Bucks (nearly 1,000 for heracliana, just 12 for ciliella). I've been looking for candidates for ciliella for a very long time and think I may have found one at last because this specimen is tinged pink underneath.
|Potential Agonopterix ciliella, near Loudwater 15th July|
Other micro highlights included Parectopa ononidis, Coleophora lixella, Tachystola acroxantha, Acompsia schmidtiellus, Pammene aurita (several, thanks to a convenient Sycamore), Pediasia contaminella, Oncocera semirubella, Sitochroa palealis and the enormous Box Moth Cydalima perspectalis.
|Pammene aurita, near Loudwater 15th July|
|Pediasia contaminella, near Loudwater 15th July|
|Cydalima perspectalis, near Loudwater 15th July|