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Monday, 11 July 2011

A new Wainscot

I have avoided Pilmoor during late June and July over the last 3 or so years due to the dreaded biting insects.  However, I decided to give it a go last night, and lo and behold the no-see-ems were nowhere to be seen, just the odd mozzy, but not even enough to get the jungle-strength repellent out of the bag.  The effort paid off, with around 1200 moths of 100 odd species, including some notables.  Two small noctuids looked interesting and turned out to be Mere Wainscot, good for the county, and last recorded in this area back in 1968.  
Mere Wainscot

Mere Wainscot
Mere Wainscot is a National scarce B species with a scattered distribution, mainly centered on Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Bedfordshire area.
Mere Wainscot distribution courtesy of BC NMRS (orange pre-2000 records, blue post-2000)
Highlights from the rest of the list included the following:
0424  Bird-cherry Ermine (Yponomeuta evonymella)  1
0762  Athrips mouffetella  2
0946  Aethes rubigana  1
1089  Apotomis semifasciana  1
1726  Large Twin-spot Carpet (Xanthorhoe quadrifasiata)  8
1732  Shaded Broad-bar (Scotopteryx chenopodiata)  10
1777  July Highflyer (Hydriomena furcata)  106
1789  Scallop Shell (Rheumaptera undulata)  1
2040  Four-dotted Footman (Cybosia mesomella)  84
2087  Turnip Moth (Agrotis segetum)  1
2176  Antler Moth (Cerapteryx graminis)  1
2225  Minor Shoulder-knot (Brachylomia viminalis)  5
2268  Suspected (Parastichtis suspecta)  1
2313  Angle-striped Sallow (Enargia paleacea)  2
2349  Mere Wainscot (Chortodes fluxa)  2
2410  Marbled White Spot (Protodeltote pygarga)  1
0762 Athrips mouffetella
Still working through a few micros, so still likely to add to the list.

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