New Moths Found on 3 September 2005

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The extreme lateness of summer is showing in our first ever September moth trapping.  Beautifully warm and possibly our most crowded catch of the year with a veritable infestation of Large Yellow Underwings, plus a few Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings.  There were a fair number of Brimstone Moths, Square-spot Rustics, Orange Swifts, some Uncertains/Vine's Rustics, Common Wainscots, Copper Underwings and Shuttle-shaped Darts plus singletons of Setaceous Hebrew Character and Garden Rose Tortrix.

Sitting on a nearby bush we also found a Pale Oak Beauty.  We'd previously seen Oak Beauty Agg. as late as August but if we are to believe Skinner then this is most likely to be a Pale Oak Beauty in its partial second generation, rather than a Great Oak Beauty.  Most rewardingly, there were two new kids on the block - an enormous Old Lady, which is not supposed to be readily attracted to light, and a Centre-barred Sallow which flew off before we could get a good picture of it.  There was also a rather pretty micro that we have yet to work out the name for.  It might be a worn Celypha lacunana (thanks to hjalava and Mike Wall for guidance).

 
Pale Oak Beauty Centre-barred Sallow  Old Lady Celypha lacunana?


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