Posts Tagged ‘July 2009’

What a strange month July was. A  mixture of the scarce and notable on the one hand, some nights when I could barely keep up, and a long barren patch at the end. Since about the twentieth of the month the number of species on any day has failed to reach double figures, and there have been nights when not one moth came into the house. Overall this was a good month, in terms of ‘quality’ of species I was able to record.

Of the moths coming into the bathroom (or other parts of the house) the following were identified.


  • Bird-cherry Ermine (yponomeuta evonymella)
  • Small Magpie (eurrypara hortulata)
  • Diamond Back Moth (plutella xylostella)
  • paraswammerdamia albicapitalla (yes really, and it’s tiny)
  • Brown House Moth (hofmannophila pseudospretella)
  • agapeta hamana
  • Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix (pandemis heparana)
  • Twenty-plume Moth (alucita hexadactyla)
  • Garden Grass-veneer (chrystoteuchia culmella)
  • crambus perlella
  • agriphia straminella
  • phylctaenia coronata
  • synaphe punctalis [NB]
  • Large Tabby (aglossa pinguinalis)
  • Bee Moth (aphomia sociella)


  • Common Emerald (hemithea aestivaria)
  • Small Blood-vein (scopula imitaria)
  • Least Carpet (idaea rusticata atrosignaria)
  • Dwarf Cream Wave (idaea fuscovenosa)
  • Small Dusty Wave (idaea seriata)
  • Riband Wave (idaea aversata) [both variants]
  • Yellow Shell (camptogramma bilineata)
  • Swallow-tailed (ourapteryx sambucaria)
  • Orange (angerona prunaris)
  • Willow Beauty (peribatodes rhomboidaria)
  • Poplar Hawk Moth (iaothoe populi)
  • Buff Ermine (spilosoma luteum)
  • Flame Shoulder (ochropleura plecta)
  • Bright-line Brown-eye (lacanobia oleracea)
  • Broom (melanchra pisi)
  • Small Ranunculus (hecatera dysodea) pRDB
  • Clay (mythimna ferrago)
  • L-album Wainscot (mythimna l-album)
  • Dark Arches (apamea monoglypha)
  • Silver Y (autographa gamma)
  • Spectacle (abrostola tripartita)
  • Snout (hypena proboscidalis)
  • Dotted Fan-foot (machrochilo cribrumalis)

In addition there were upwards of 25 species of moth I was unable to identify.

Outdoors I found a small colony of Six-spot Burnett near the marina, and on one of the sheds I found a Star-wort which is another nationally scarce moth [NB].

Undoubtedly the best moth of the month was the Small Ranunculus, a very pretty moth which I had seen during past summers and photographed but not identified. This is a moth that has been to the brink of extinction but is now securely re-established in a few parts of the country. Finding a couple of Nationally Scarce (B) moths too, was a bonus.

On the other hand I’m perfectly well aware that this sort of catch is par for the course on an average to good night in fair conditions working outside with a moth trap. This is the catch of a very ordinary bathroom in which nothing special is done beyond leaving the light on.

August has started as July ended (with wet and windy weather) and so far the finds have been few and far between, hence the low level of posting.


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