Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Coming to a box hedge near you...

Cydalima perspectalis put in a first appearance in the garden at Westcott last night.  This was not at all unexpected as it seems to be moving out from the London area at an exceedingly rapid rate now (I see that even Northumberland managed its first sighting yesterday!).  It was in amongst another good catch (307 moths of 40 species), different species to the previous night being Elachista canapennella, Aproaerema anthyllidellaEpiphyas postvittana, Eudonia angustea, Achroia grisella, Light Emerald, Smoky Wainscot (hind-wings checked, presumably a second brood), Brown-spot Pinion, Orange Sallow, Frosted Orange & Vine's Rustic.  Black Rustic is doing particularly well at the moment with 38 coming to light last night, putting it in third place behind Lunar Underwing (85) and Square-spot Rustic (41).

Cydalima perspectalis, Westcott 25th September

My second Dusky-lemon Sallow of the year appeared last night and was a particularly dark individual.

Dusky-lemon Sallow, Westcott 25th September

Dave Wilton
Westcott, Bucks


1 comment:

  1. I can see I will have to plant a box hedge. On the subject of abundant moths the most notable thing about my catch on Monday night was the complete absence of Square-spot Rustics. Plenty of Lunar Underwings (38) and Black Rustics (22) with Common Wainscot and Setaceous Hebrew Character also in double figures.


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