Thursday, 11 April 2013

Not quite Philadelphia!

The title might make sense if you know what the city of Philadelphia is sometimes called.

Yes, "Quaker City", but why 'Not quite'?  Well, because although there were a lot of Quakers in the trap this morning, it was a lot fewer than there are in Philadelphia.

There were 112 moths in the trap this morning, the largest number since I began trapping here last August, and this included 88 Quakers, as follows: 76 Small, 11 Common and 1 Twin-spotted.

Common Quaker

As I said in my previous post, these are known as 'Orthosias' and include the Small Quaker and the Hebrew Character which have already featured. It also includes the "Drabs" and I have included a photo of a Clouded Drab and one of a Twin-spotted Quaker. Both of these species are new to us here, although quite common.

Twin-spotted Quaker

Clouded Drab

The rest of the catch included Oak and Pale-brindled Beauties, Satellites, Hebrew Characters, a Chestnut and another new for the site, a Pale Pinion, as below.

Pale Pinion

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