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Sunday, 15 October 2017

National Moth Night, Saturday 14 Oct 2017, Pilmoor VC62

For the first time in a couple of months reasonable weather coincided with a rare day off and it just happened to be night three of National Moth Night....  With ivy being the theme this year I chose to set up traps by the old house at the end of the track at Pilmoor, although with renovation taking place a lot of the ivy has just been cut down.  I set up the traps in the area and made periodic checks on the ivy but I think that moths were more interested in the lamps.  The mild conditions were welcome and the wind was calm while the cloud cover lasted but picked up a little around midnight when the cloud cleared.  Certainly calmer than the wind expected from storm Ophelia in the next day or two.  A few new for the year and the Dark Sword-grass was my first in VC62, indeed only my second Yorkshire one.  The Epiritta moths came in a bewildering array of sizes and markings and I lacked the zeal to collect any on this occasion to gen.det..

  Epirrita species (Epirrita sp.) 73
49.071  a moth (Acleris emargana) 2
49.080  a moth (Acleris hastiana 1
70.095  Red-Green Carpet (Chloroclysta siterata 3
70.244  Feathered Thorn (Colotois pennaria) 2
70.256  Mottled Umber (Erannis defoliaria) 2
73.134  Large Wainscot (Rhizedra lutosa) 1
73.182  Sallow (Cirrhia icteritia) 2
73.186  Beaded Chestnut (Agrochola lychnidis) 1
73.189  Red-line Quaker (Agrochola lota) 3
73.192  Brick (Agrochola circellaris) 1
73.194  Chestnut (Conistra vaccinii 41
73.195  Dark Chestnut (Conistra ligula) 1
73.202  Grey Shoulder-knot (Lithophane ornitopus) 1
73.210  Satellite (Eupsilia transversa) 12
73.224  Merveille du Jour (Griposia aprilina 2
73.225  Brindled Green (Dryobotodes eremita) 5
73.291  Common Wainscot (Mythimna pallens 1
73.327  Dark Sword-grass (Agrotis ipsilon 1
73.359  Setaceous Hebrew Character (Xestia c-nigrum) 1
Feathered Thorn

Beaded Chestnut



Grey Shoulder-knot

Merveille du Jour

Dark Sword-grass

Setaceous Hebrew Character