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Thursday, 26 May 2011

A new moth...and what a cracker!

The wind of the last few days has rather curtailed trapping activity, but I braved the still gusty breeze at Kilburn woods last night, as there was cloud cover and the temperature likely to remain reasonable.  Two traps set at Spruce Bank wood and the actinic at Hag Wood.  A shower at 0140 dampened the enthusiasm somewhat, so a measured withdrawal was undertaken, completed by 0250.  There was over 450 moths of around 50 species, but the best was saved until last when I did the actinic.  A superb Clouded Magpie in the trap and a Blomer's Rivulet attracted to the car headlights, both of which indicated that the trap was set rather close to an elm tree.
Clouded Magpie

Blomer's Rivulet

Pug sp. now considered Larch Pug
Four Coleophora species, 28 Common Swift, two Map-winged Swift, nine Syndemis musculana, four Celypha lacunana, a Epiblema cynosbatella, Common Lutestring, Flame Carpet, 16 Silver-ground Carpet, 30 Common Carpet, seven Small Phoenix, nine Common Marbled Carpet, three Spruce Carpet, two Green Carpet, six Rivulet, four Sandy Carpet, five Common Pug, two White-spotted Pug, 13 Larch Pug, a Blomer's Rivulet, Clouded Magpie, 76 Brown Silver-line, three Scorched Wing, 13 Brimstone Moth, 18 Scalloped Hazel, a Peppered Moth, two Engrailed/Small Engrailed, two Grey Birch, 91 Clouded Silver, four Poplar Hawk-moth, a Sallow Kitten, seven Pale Tussock, 20 White Ermine, 12 Buff Ermine, a Least Black Arches, four Heart and Dart, 25 Flame Shoulder, a Large Yellow Underwing, two Ingrailed Clay, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Bright-line Brown-eye, Smoky Wainscot, Small Angle Shades, five Clouded-bordered Brindle, four Rustic Shoulder-knot, six Marbled Minor agg., nine Green Silver-lines, two Beautiful Golden Y and 11 Spectacle.


  1. Very nice Gramps. Grey Pug?

  2. Wing shape not right for Grey, unless its the angle of the shot. Looks like either Mottled or Golden Rod. I would push for the latter. Pic is not in good light though....

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