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Another excellent evening's catch with at least a hundred moths in the trap. Most impressive was a slightly battered Poplar Hawk Moth (previously seen here), though on putting the trap out the following evening we managed to catch the perfect sample pictured here. The number of Heart and Dart was vastly reduced and instead there were a very large number of Dot Moths, Bright-line Brown-eyes, Least Carpets, Riband Waves, Pinion-streaked Snouts and Scoparia Pyrallela. Beside these the next most populous were Common Quakers, Dark Arches, Common Footman, Endotricha flammealis, Pseudargyrotoza conwagana. Then there were a few representatives of Shuttle-shaped Darts, Stenoptilia/Platyptilia plus a Dagger, a Mother of Pearl, a Dun Bar, a Large Yellow Underwing, an Early Thorn, an Acleris forsskaleana, a Large Fruit-tree Tortrix and a Burnished Brass (previously seen here, but always worth photographing again).
Finally, we had two new tiddlers, a Codling Moth and an Argyrotaenia ljungiana (thanks to Surreybirder, Andrew S. and Brianhstone for help with the ID).
In putting the trap out on Saturday night we were treated not only to
the perfect sample of Poplar Hawk Moth, but also to a rather late Lime Hawk Moth
(previously seen here).
Other extras were the Scalloped
Oak, a Striped
Wainscot, the Sycamore,
Wave and an Oak
Beauty Agg. Worth photographing were the Ruby
Tiger (seen here
previously), and two new catches in the form of the Broad-barred
White and, after some debate, a female version of Clepsis
Consimilana (the male previously seen here
has more distinctive markings, though the two dark spots on the edge of the
forewings are just visible here if you look hard). Thanks to Surreybirder,
Brianhstone, Wandered Scott and the Viennese moth trappers for help with the ID.