Tuesday, July 20, 2010

More moths than you can shake a stick at

This is what I was confronted when I went to empty the moth trap at 4.55 am today.

5.06 am, 20 July

Where to start...?

Poplar Hawkmoth
At least hawkmoths are easy to identify (and photograph). This one's a Poplar.

Ruby Tiger
I do like a nice Ruby Tiger.

The Gothic?
Wasn't sure about this one. Thanks to Skev for IDing it correctly as a Straw Underwing

It turned out there were about 540+ moths of at least 61 species.

If you want to know what they all were, here's the list...
  • Dark Arches, 73
  • The Uncertain, 60
  • Double Square-spot, 51
  • Common Rustic, 27
  • Common Footman, 26
  • Smoky Wainscot, 23
  • The Rustic, 22
  • Mother of Pearl, 20
  • Yellow-tail, 18
  • Ruby Tiger, 16
  • Silver Y, 12
  • The Flame, 11
  • Clay, 10
  • Dusky Sallow, 9
  • Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 8
  • Brown-line Bright-eye, 8
  • Large Yellow Underwing, 8
  • Scarce Footman, 8
  • Brimstone Moth, 7
  • Light Arches, 7
  • Common Wainscot, 6
  • Riband Wave, 6
  • The Dun-bar, 6
  • Bright-line Brown-eye, 5
  • Clouded Border, 5
  • Poplar Hawkmoth, 5
  • Swallow-tailed Moth, 5
  • Dingy Footman, 4
  • Heart & Dart, 4
  • minor sp., 4
  • Oak Hook-tip, 4
  • Small Magpie Moth, 4
  • Setaceous Hebrew Character, 4
  • Small Fan-footed Wave, 4
  • The Drinker, 4
  • White Satin Moth, 4
  • Clouded Silver, 3
  • Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 3
  • Peppered Moth, 3
  • Willow Beauty, 3
  • Beautiful Hook-tip, 2
  • Buff Arches, 2
  • Buff-tip, 2
  • Flame Shoulder, 2
  • July Highflyer, 2
  • Lesser Yellow Underwing, 2
  • Privet Hawkmoth, 2
  • Swallow Prominent, 2
and one each of:
  • Blood-vein
  • Burnished Brass
  • dagger sp.
  • Dot Moth
  • Ghost Moth
  • Least Carpet
  • Lime Hawkmoth 
  • Little Emerald (I think)
  • Lunar-spotted Pinion
  • Pebble Prominent
  • Poplar Grey
  • Pyrausta sp.
  • Small Waved Umber
  • Straw Underwing
photos taken with Canon Powershot A640