Sunday, July 25, 2010

Uncertainly rustic

Yellow Shell
Yellow Shell
After seeing this, I quite fancied a rare hawkmoth for the garden. But I didn't manage to catch any hawks at all, for the first time this year.

Numbers were down on last week's dizzy heights, with 282+ moths of c48 species waiting for me when I got up this morning. The Yellow Shell (above) was one of the prettier ones.

As ever, there were some I couldn't ID, and all help will be received gratefully...

While I was sitting by the trap, I heard high-pitched calls and then watched two Green Sandpipers fly over together. Garden tick!

photos taken with Canon Powershot A640

Moth list follows.
  • Uncertain/The Rustic, 60
  • Common Rustic/Lesser Common Rustic, 31
  • Dark Arches, 27
  • Smoky Wainscot, 16
  • Common Footman, 15
  • Ruby Tiger, 13
  • Double Square-spot, 12
  • Mother of Pearl, 11
  • Brown-line Bright-eye, 10
  • minor sp., 10
  • Dusky Sallow, 7
  • Dingy Footman, 5
  • Scarce Footman, 4
  • Silver Y, 4
  • Straw Underwing, 4
  • Willow Beauty, 4
  • Clay, 3
  • Flame Shoulder, 3
  • Riband Wave, 3
  • The Drinker, 3
  • The Snout, 3
  • Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 2
  • Clouded Silver, 2
  • Common Wainscot, 2
  • Heart and Dart, 2
  • Lesser Yellow Underwing, 2
  • White Satin Moth, 2
  • Yellow Shell, 2
One each of:
  • Beautiful Hook-tip
  • Bright-line Brown-eye
  • Brimstone Moth
  • Buff-tip
  • Clouded Border 
  • Double Lobed
  • Early Thorn
  • Large Twin-spot Carpet
  • Large Yellow Underwing
  • Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 
  • Light Arches
  • Nut-tree Tussock
  • Oak Hook-tip
  • Pebble Prominent
  • Small Fan-footed Wave
  • Small Magpie Moth
  • Swallow Prominent
  • The Dun-bar
  • The Flame
  • Yellow-tail