Pilmoor at his time of the year is always hard work due to the insects...the biting type! Armed with my full-strength insect repellent I gave it a go. There was a stiff breeze from the west so at least the trees either side of the old railway track would offer some protection from the wind. I had three traps set, the 160w MVB over a white sheet on the main track under the aspen trees, the 125w MV Robinson in the woods and a 2 x 22w Gladiator trap again on the main track. As it turned out, not a bad night with over 550 moths of at least 86 species being a fairly respectable haul including two new moths for me: a Beautiful Carpet and a Willow Tortrix Epinotia cruciana The micro barely resembled the illustration in Sterling and Parsons and had me stumped all day but with the powers of the internet within minutes had a reply identifying it. A trawl of photos of that species confirmed it and it is a very scarce moth in Yorkshire as a whole with possibly just a couple of previous records in VC62. Also of note were my first Four-dotted Footman for five years, just two recorded, but bearing in mind I have had them just into three figures and certainly many dozens on previous occasions in the same area.
This species Ancylis laetana is a real rarity in Yorkshire with only a couple of recent sites and with three trapped there I have now had 12 of them under the aspen trees at Pilmoor.
This next photo is either lancealana or lacteana which would require gen.det. to be really sure; a shame as a well marked specimen.
|A Bactra sp.|
And finally just a record shot of the Beautiful Carpet which made a dash for freedom while trying to photograph it. I don't often get new macros these days so this was a welcome find, and certainly lives up to its name.
And finally, I had three female glow-worms trying to compete with my rather bright lights, and indeed attracted at least three flying male glow-worms who must have been highly disappointed on arrival.... I did not get a photo of any of the males but it gives me an opportunity to show a previous female from the same site.