Most of the new ones were micro moths, but amongst the new macro moths there were a couple of nice surprises. Firstly I found this Lilac Beauty resting on the window. This moth has a distinctive posture with the wings curled on the leading edge.
Resting near the outside of the trap was this Beautiful Hook-tip, not a particularly common species. Coincidentally Graham recorded his first examples of both these species within a day of me doing so.
Among the macro moths I also had the opportunity to compare and contrast two of the difficult noctuid species to identify - Double-square Spot and Triple-spotted Clay. Superficially identical, they very in some of the markings and structure. See if you can tell the difference.
|Double-square Spot (l) and Triple-spotted Clay (r)|
Onto a selection of the new micros. The first I identified was this pretty little micro Zeiraphera isertana.
I also had several of the 'bird poo' moths (seeing at them this description makes sense). This is a range of tortrix species which are very similar with only subtle differences between them. They are difficult to identify and this one I think is Gypsonoma dealbana.
Finally there was a Green Oak Tortrix (thanks to Graham for the ID).
|Green Oak Tortrix|