Archive | March 18, 2017

Early March Moths

After a slow January and February in which just a handful of moths and a couple of species were recorded, things have really picked up in the past couple of weeks with an early flurry of night-flying lepidoptera here at Woldgarth. Many of these moths have come at our new mothing location in a small neighbouring woodland, the 15W Actinic Skinner utilised at this location at the very least equaling the number of moths drawn to the 125W MV Skinner we currently operate in the walled garden. Indeed I have high hopes for this new trap in the coming weeks and months, and it just goes to show that you can still get excellent results with a relatively low-powered bulb and a trusty old ‘Skinner’ (the utilitarian in me still prefers the basic Skinner design over the expensive and ‘professional’ Robinson).

In total 84 moths of 17 species have been recorded since the beginning of March, three of which have been new additions to the Woldgarth list, whilst a few others have only been recorded in the garden once or twice before. The new additions have included Early Moth (Theria primaria), Pale Brindled Beauty (Phigalia pilosaria) and Agonopterix ocellana, whilst other ‘good’ moths have included Pale Pinion (Lithophane socia), Shoulder Stripe (Earophila badiata), Red-green Carpet (Chloroclysta siterata) and a very early Pale Mottled Willow (Caradrina clavipalpis). The Agonopterix ocellana (or Red-letter Flat-body) was a particularly interesting observation with just 12 previous records in VC61 (prior to 2012), whilst Pale Pinion has also been recorded fewer than a 100 times here in East Yorkshire. Interestingly I recorded Pale Pinion last spring as well (22.04.16).

TOTAL MOTHS RECORDED (1st-17th March 2017)
29.001 March Tubic (Diurnea fagella) x4
32.007 Red-letter Flat-body (Agonopterix ocellana) x1
32.018 Common Flat-body (Agonopterix heracliana) x1
45.010 Beautiful Plume (Amblyptilia acanthadactyla) x1
45.044 Common Plume (Emmelina monodactyla) x1
70.066 Shoulder Stripe (Earophila badiata) x2
70.095 Red-green Carpet (Chloroclysta siterata) x1
70.245 March Moth (Alsophila aescularia) x3
70.247 Pale Brindled Beauty (Phigalia pilosaria) x1
70.255 Dotted Border (Agriopis marginaria) x1
70.282 Early Moth (Theria primaria) x1
73.069 Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) x10
73.095 Pale Mottled Willow (Caradrina clavipalpis) x1
73.201 Pale Pinion (Lithophane socia) x1
73.242 Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) x22
73.244 Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) x26
73.249 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) x7