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Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Not a bad night out

With 100% cloud cover and the temperature not dropping below +13, it was only the breeze that one had to find shelter from.  Silton Forest on the north-west side of the North Yorkshire moors was the chosen site and at least 238 moths of 56 species was the reward.  
Dwarf Pug
19 Coleophora species, an Eriocrania subpurpurella, 18 Syndemis musculana, two Crambus lathoniellus, a Fox Moth, Scalloped Hook-tip, three Pebble Hook-tip, Peach Blossom, two Common Lutestring, two Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, a Silver-ground Carpet, four Common Carpet, two Water Carpet, seven Small Phoenix, a Common Marbled Carpet, two Spruce Carpet, a Broken-barred Carpet, May Highflyer, two Oak-tree Pug, Dwarf Pug, Clouded Border, Tawny-barred Angle, 24 Brown Silver-line, a Barred Umber, Scorched Wing, three Brimstone Moth, three Engrailed/Small Engrailed, two Grey Birch, six Clouded Silver, a Poplar Hawk-moth, five Elephant Hawk-moth, two Small Elephant Hawk-moth, two Pebble Prominent, nine Lesser Swallow Prominent, a Swallow Prominent, Coxcomb Prominent, Pale Prominent, 22 Pale Tussock, an Orange Footman, 11 White Ermine, two Buff Ermine, 24 Flame Shoulder,  two Shears, two Pale-shouldered Brocade, a Bright-line Brown-eye, ten Broom Moth, a Pine Beauty, eight Hebrew Character, five Dark Brocade, two Alder Moth, a Brown Rustic, three Small Angle Shades, a Clouded-bordered Brindle, four Green Silver-lines, a Spectacle and a Small Fan-foot.

What was interesting about the Dwarf Pug besides the very obvious small size was the noticeably patterned underside to the wings, shadowing the pattern towards the wingtips on the upper surface.

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