I have worked at the Alexanders site in Roecliffe VC64 near Boroughbridge since 2013, and regularly recorded moths attracted to the security lights, and more recently operated a 125w MV Robinson trap on waste ground adjacent to a small pond at the rear of the premises.
I operated the trap on six nights in July, on the 1st, 19th, 20th, 21st, 23rd and 26th, at slightly different locations when on subsequent nights. Fairly modest totals each night but managed a total of 807 moths of 143 species. Many of these are new for site, and there were a fair number of significant records. The most numerous were Chrysoteuchia culmella (Garden Grass-veneer), Bird-cherry Ermine and Common Footman. Working through the list the moths of interest with comments, as follows:
Some of this family are difficult to identify to specific level but this is noticeably dark with a distinct spur shaped white mark on the forewing.
|15.010 Caloptilia stigmatella|
This tiny moth was very mobile and difficult to photograph, three were seen in total.
|28.015 Batia lunaris|
Another tiny moth, a damp grassland species, larval plant Canary Reed-grass and one I have seen at Staveley and the Brafferton woodland area.
|38.039 Elachista maculicerusella|
One of the Mompha species, this quite a distinct one, the larval plant is Willowherb spp, of which the site has many plants.
|40.004 Mompha propinquella|
This next moth provoked some interest in that I knew which page to look on for the family, the photos were taken in poor early evening light boosted by LEDs giving an orange cast to the image. Typically after photographing it the moth made a dash for freedom so was just left with the images to try and put a name to it. It should have been easy but the unusual colour made it less straightforward; initially Cochylis flaviciliana was considered but after input from Charlie and Harry C.roseana was thought to be more likely. Teasel, the larval foodplant is fairly common close by. Still a reasonable record and a new species for me.
|49.134 Cochylis roseana|
A very distinctive tortrix moth presenting little difficulty in putting a name to it, and only my second.
|49.288 Epiblema foenella|
|73.018 Gold Spangle|
|73.022 Gold Spot|
|73.023 Lempke's Gold Spot|
|73.100 Silky Wainscot|
|74.007 Scarce Silver-lines|