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Saturday, 10 July 2021

National Moth Night 2021

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.

Other species seen included the following, some colourful moths others rather plainer but still of interest. 
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

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