The theme for 2021 is reed-beds and the nearest suitable habitat to me is at Staveley, just a couple of miles from home. The big drawback for the site is poor access with long distance to lug the equipment to get to the reedbeds. In the past I have used a wheelbarrow but since my daughter moved her horses away I no longer have that luxury. On Thursday night 8th July, I managed to get set up based at the furthest hide by 2215, and I retired to the car to get some sleep. A start at counting and identifying from 0400 and took 3 hours to count the four traps and pack everything away.
A fairly modest haul with no great numbers, and surprisingly few Wainscot species. A total of about 360 moths of 85 species, several micros still to be sorted, the most numerous being 47 Clouded Border, 40 Smoky Wainscot, 33 Uncertain/Rustic agg., and 26 July Highflier. The reedbed specialities were few in number but included singles each of Crescent, Southern Wainscot, and a new Yorkshire record for me of Obscure Wainscot.
|73.119 Crescent Helotropha leucostigma|
|73.294 Southern Wainscot Mythimna straminea|
|73.302 Obscure Wainscot Leucania obsoleta|
A good feature shown by Southern Wainscot is a browband clearly seen when viewed head-on.
|Southern Wainscot, browband feature.|
|49.215 Ancylis achatana|
|63.020 Anania perlucidalis|
|63.079 Calamotropha paludella|
|63.080 Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella|
|70.013 Small Fan-footed Wave Idaea biselata|
|70.093 Barred Straw Gandaritis pyraliata|
|70.278 Common Wave Cabera exanthemata|
|73.101 Treble Lines Charanyca trigrammica|