Thursday, 18 October 2012

Surprise, surprise!

Yes, quite a surprise this morning. It had been a very wet and windy night, but the temperature stayed up at around 8° C, nevertheless I was very pleased to find 41 moths in and around the trap. In spite of the fact that 14 of them were "November Moths" there were moths of 17 other species, including, yes, you guessed, another new moth for the site.

Blair's Shoulder Knot

This is a Blair's Shoulder Knot, the first  British record was for one found on the IOW in 1951 and which has gradually extended its range northwards and reached this area in the 1990s. The "knot" is the blackish marking on its "shoulders" and a look at Mikes picture of the Grey Shoulder-knot last week shows a similar, but different feature.

One of the commoner moths, of which I have already had several, is the Red-Green Carpet and I thought it was about time for its picture to appear here.

Red-green Carpet

Similarly for a micro-moth, a regular visitor here -
this is called a Garden Rose Tortrix (Acleris variegana) -
one of a large family of moths which roll up or spin together leaves. 

Garden Rose Tortrix

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