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Last night was quieter, but the bathroom moth trap has been setting an unanticipated and unprecedented standard in terms of both quantity and quality over most of the past week.

I’ve posted on the ones that I photographed and don’t expect to ID as well as those I’m hesitant about in the two preceding posts. This last catch up post features the moths I’ve been able to ID. Some have established themselves as regular visitors this year, others are returns from previous years. Happily though the list of visitors has now significantly expanded with some new species and new variants. Here they are:

Carcina quercana

Carcina quercana

This is a lovely moth from the family Oecophoridae which are as a group among the most colourful of those classed as micro moths. About half the world’s species are found in Australia; this one is normally on the wing in July and August and typically frequents woodland though I’ve seen it before in the strawberry patch. This one was in the bathroom a couple of nights ago and stayed until the previous evening but is now gone.

 The Least Carpet  (idaea rusticata atrosignaria) isn’t scarce but is found predominantly in the south-east of England from here around to Dorset and on the wing from June to August. The larvae feed on Ivy and Traveller’s Joy. This is the first I’ve seen and noted in the bathroom, it is prettier than the more common Garden Carpet.

Least Carpet (idaea rusticata atrosignaria)

Least Carpet (idaea rusticata atrosignaria)

Phylctaenia coronata is a regular visitor. It is associated with Elder both as a moth and in its larval form. It is on the wing through June and July.

Phylctaenia coronata

Phylctaenia coronata

The Magpie Moth (abraxas grossulariata) is one of the most eye catching moths to turn up in the bathroom; big and bright and distinctive. This is the first one I’ve seen in the bathroom. It is a common moth and will be on the wing through now until August. It isn’t particular in terms of plants. It has a wingspan in the order of 50mm but isn’t as heavy bodied as some, so it wasn’t such an overpowering presence, and quite lovely to look at when at rest. This particular one stayed overnight and until the following evening.  

Magpie Moth (abraxas grossulariata)

Magpie Moth (abraxas grossulariata)

The Small Magpie (eurrhypara hortulata) has been in any number of times this year; it has a shorter season, being on the wing in June and July. It is specifically associated with Common Nettle.

Small Magpie (eurrhypara hortulata)

Small Magpie (eurrhypara hortulata)

The Orange Moth (angerona prunaria) has been to the Bathroom light in previous years – it is the moth in the header photograph.  But it has two quite different forms. The one I used in the header is orange with a bit of brown bordering and light flecking across the wings. The moth that came into the bathroom was huge – certainly at least the 50mm guideline.

Orange Moth (angerona prunaria)

Orange Moth (angerona prunaria)

The Bee Moth (aphomia sociella) is a new one this year and made a second appearance. It is a threat to honeycomb and therefore not entirely to be welcomed. It is on the wing between June and August.

Bee Moth (aphomia sociella)

Bee Moth (aphomia sociella)

The Common Emerald (hemithea aestivaria) has been in the bathroom in past years but this year is appearing in far greater numbers. It also seems to be appearing in two forms: one deep emerald the other very washed out. They are in effect the same size and in no way resemble any of the other ‘emerald’ moths.

Udea olivalis

Udea olivalis

Udea olivalis is a common moth and on the wing in June and July. It has been in the house before this year, and I’ve spotted it in previous years. It is a pyralid, therefore a micro moth, found through out Britain and in its larval form dines on a variety of plants.

Willow Beauty (peribatodes rhomboidaria)

Willow Beauty (peribatodes rhomboidaria)

The Willow Beauty (peribatodes rhombaoidaria), on the wing between June and October though in two generations, is common and widespread. Like a lot of the moths that come to the bathroom the food plants include Ivy.

 And also…

Of course last night there would be more small moths I’m unsure of. The larger moth on the left in this photo is a Small Dusty Wave. The point of the pic. is the smaller moth on the right – I took several pictures but this is the one that shows its markings most clearly.

Small Dusty Wave and unidentified micro moth

Small Dusty Wave and unidentified micro moth

And then there was this moth. Its highly reflective scales meant I could not get a particularly good picture of it. For what it is worth:

Unidentified micro moth

Unidentified micro moth

And with that I have caught up on the moth trap and it remains only to sift through the photographs taken on my walk this afternoon.

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Last night I managed to tweet about a houseful of moths – perhaps it is time though to re brand this ‘bugs in my kitchen’ . I counted 10 species in total which is the largest number on any one night anywhere in the house. Looking at them this morning the pictures are not wonderful but I felt at the time getting on a chair to photograph them in awkward corners was something of a minor triumph. As it happens most are still indoors this morning (not such a lovely day) and I’ve been able to take further and less bad pictures.

This figure includes the fairly ubiquitous Brown House moth which I’ve promised to post no more photos of, and also the Brimstone moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) which is a very regular visitor – I found a trio in the kitchen at the beginning of May. But I didn’t photograph them then so I did photograph last night’s visitor. At one point it huddled up with another of the visitors which I think maybe a Small Dusty Wave (idaea seriata), though at that distance it is difficult to be certain.

Town Hall meeting

Town Hall meeting

Another of the  moths in last night which I was unable to take a good picture of (and which is not around this morning ) resembled the plume moth Emmelina monodactyla  (which rests with its wings rolled up forming a distinctive T shape) but was much darker. Em. Mono. is a very regular sight – it is on the wing most of the year, and as the foodstuff is bindweed it is more than welcome; its colouration doesn’t vary into darker shades so my best guess is last night’s visitor was another member of the same family of pterophoridae.

Another udea olivalis came in and rested for a while on the ceiling, but was gone by morning:

udea olivalis

udea olivalis

Then there was the pug (again probably the Common Pug, eupithecia vulgata) on the door:

Common Pug?

Common Pug?

The seventh moth was a moth similar in colouration, size and shape to the Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana)  which I’ve posted before. Last night’s pictures were poor and I won’t inflict them on you.

And there was a second pug, much paler in colouring; it was still around this morning so I’ve taken further photographs -

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Of the final two the pictures of the first should carry a health warning. They’re not for the faint hearted but the markings are quite clear though the colour is appallingly misleading so I’m going to post anyway against the possibility someone can tell me what it is. I’ve not noted one of these in the house previously.

The nearest I’ve been able to get in terms of size, flight time and the distinctive band (as well as colour, though the photograph is wholly misleading in this respect) is the Barred Hook-tip (Watsonalla cultraria) but the one I photographed doesn’t have the second smaller bar shown in images I’ve found and does have very clear fine dark markings along the wing edge. Further more the wings don’t seem quite to have the distinctive hook. I’m struggling as well as apologetic.

Unidentified, possibly Barred Hook-tip

Unidentified, possibly Barred Hook-tip

And finally, the only moth that rendered up quality pictures last night, and also a new one in the house. It has lovely colouration and distinctive markings  (plus added free cobwebs, oops) and I’ve had absolutely no trouble identifying it as the Small Magpie (Eurrhypara hortulata).

Small Magpie (eurrhypara hortulata)

Small Magpie (eurrhypara hortulata)

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