The Moth Box was out last night and this morning yielded a very different haul than in recent days. Gone are the Flames and Setaceous Hebrew Characters who have dominated over the past month and in their place have arrived the darkly handsome in a Gothic sort of way Black Rustics, the males of which flash bright white underwings when irritated. There were 11 of these beauties in the box this morning, along with 12 Large Yellow Underwings and 26 Lunar Underwings, the latter in two distinct colourations, dark and light, which made IDing them an exercise in frustration and a certain amount of bewilderment.
There were 75 moths in the box in total, with 14 different species 7 of which were new, taking my total this year to 296 - tantalisingly close to my target of 300. I am fairly confident that we'll get there now.
I brought the box in at 6.30am and overnight temperatures were hovering around the 11 degree mark. I think it was overcast, but won't swear to this. Here they are...
A Sallow beside a leaf demonstrating their fantastic camouflage
An exotic visitor to the box last night - a Dark Sword Grass, an immigrant come over from the Continent. Amazing to think this little moth has flown across the sea!
The alluring Black Rustic
An Inquisitive Soul
A very pale version of a Lunar Underwing
The delicate-looking Light Emerald
A Large Yellow Underwing sitting beside a Caddisfly
Grey Pine Carpet, a new one for me this year
Agriphila Geniculea, a micro moth and another New Species for me
The Snout, amply demonstrating why he is so-called
There were three sleepy waspy people in the box, all of whom came out docile and not stinging or attacking my moths.
The Sallow (new one for me)
A darker marked Sallow
Another Sallow, to demonstrate the subtle differences in markings these moths can have
A third Sallow, again darker than the previous ones
And last but by no means least, this beautiful Red-Green Carpet, my final New Species for today.
Just as a footnote and completely unconnected to moths, I thought I would mention that I've been swimming today (the first time since the lurker/stalker episode) and Lo! No lurker/stalker was present in the pool (or if he was he's decided I am a Lost Cause and has moved on to lurking/ stalking someone else). I swam my 20 lengths and rinsed off the pool water free of encumbrances in the form of chubby bald overly-persistent men in trunks. Phew!
Wishing you all a good weekend,