New Moths Found on 16 July 2005

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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 DartsStenoptilia/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, a Single-dotted 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.
 
Poplar Hawk Moth Lime Hawk Moth Burnished Brass Codling Moth Argyrotaenia ljungiana Ruby TigerBroad-barred WhiteClepsis consimilana, female (less distinctly marked than the male)


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