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Actually, a couple of evenings; the pickings are too lean to justify frenetic blogging each morning. But last night, though the numbers were not high I had a disproportionate number of new species. They were all rather small though mostly classified as macro moths and it has taken me a while to get to the point where most are identified and I can post them. None are particularly notable beyond being new for me.

Unidentified micro

Unidentified micro

Second unidentifed micro

Second unidentifed micro

The second moth (above)  was substantially larger than the first – and I’m almost certain is the same species seen in the bathroom mid-July.

The third of the three unidentified micros last night was the smallest and also the most distinctive looking, with its white head; but as is so often the case with these very small moths the resources available to me simply are not comprehensive enough.

Third unidentified micro

Third unidentified micro

The remainder of the moths last night were all much larger though the first of these is classified as a micromoth.

Garden Pebble (evergestis forficalis)

Garden Pebble (evergestis forficalis)

The Garden Pebble might be a common moth in the UK but this is the first time I’ve caught one in the bathroom.

Inevitably there were pugs, to have me pulling my hair out, though one of them, this one, I was able to identify with some certainty as the Double-striped:

Double-striped Pug (glymnoscelis rufifasciata)

Double-striped Pug (glymnoscelis rufifasciata)

Another three moths that were all new to me, all common enough and all macro moths (though only the first is actually quite large):

Common Carpet (epirrhoe alternata)

Common Carpet (epirrhoe alternata)

Cloaked Minor (mesoligia furuncula)

Cloaked Minor (mesoligia furuncula)

Vine's Rustic (hoplodrina ambigua)

Vine's Rustic (hoplodrina ambigua)

And then there were two unidentified macro moths, the first a pug – the constant source of ID frustration, the other of uncertain family:

Unidentified pug

Unidentified pug

Unidentified macro (family uncertain)

Unidentified macro (family uncertain)

So that wraps up last night’s finds; it was a warmer evening and quite still – a large number of species but not present in quantities.

On the previous night, with similar conditions, pickings were far leaner but there was this lovely little macro moth which I haven’t identified, which quite happily sat on my finger (after I’d rescued it from some cobwebs) while I photographed it:

Unidentified

Unidentified

Unidentified

Unidentified

I found the first example of the micro moth pyrausta purpuralis, a moth which has been a frequent visitor in the past:

pyrausta purpuralis

pyrausta purpuralis

And then those determined Light Brown Apple Moths – a pair that was at it for ages and even tried flying while hooked up:

Light Brown Apple Moths

Light Brown Apple Moths

Worth noting also that the Willow Beauty continues to be about in numbers and that a Cabbage Moth (big and dark, rather than the white butterfly that back home is also known as the cabbage moth) were about. I couldn’t justify more posts of the Willow Beauty and couldn’t get a good shot of the cabbage moth. Off now to check out what waits upstairs.

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