Dave reported that he had more than 100 species on the night of the 29th. I didn't manage that many, but I still ended up with about 89 species. I haven't run a trap for about three weeks - mainly as a result of being abroad for a fortnight - which meant that about about half of these were new-for-the season. Having so many moths with which to re-familiarise myself (and to photograph) meant it took me a long time to work my way through the catch.
I have a few to check, of which I think the first is probably a Small Wainscot rather than a Concolorous. It lacks the central dark streak that I have seen with previous Small Wainscots, but the outer ends of the veins are dark and I can find no examples of Concolorous like that. I have added a photo that shows just a tiny bit of its hindwings, just in case. I am clumsy and have a slight tremor, so getting it to show its hindwings was a struggle and both the moth and the human were getting a little fractious, so a photo taken with the moth in a pot and its wings only very slightly open is the best I could do.
|Version with grossly exaggerated contrast|
to show kidney mark with dark corner
Next is what I think is a heavily-marked example of Oidaematophorus lithodactyla, the Dusky Plume. The tibia of the mid-leg is thickened with scales as described in the field guide, but the brown banding above the joints on the hindleg is at best subtle.
|Possible Oidaematophorus lithodactyla|
Newton Longville, 29th June 2022
Newton Longville, 6th June 2022
Newton Longville, Bucks