Moths in an Edinburgh garden

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Re: Moths in an Edinburgh garden

Postby GeoffMorgan » Sat 26 Sep 2015 16:43

Trapping last night produced only a few moths.

New for me were 2 Green Brindled Crescents and I had a go at micro ID for the first time with Pied Smudge Ypsolopha sequella and Light Brown Apple Moth added to the list.

Also 3 Common Marbled Carpet, 3 LYU, 2 LesserYU, 1 Mouse Moth, 1 Svennson's CU (prob), 1 Silver-Y, 1 Brown Spot Pinion
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Re: Moths in an Edinburgh garden

Postby GeoffMorgan » Mon 28 Sep 2015 19:39

Slow going recently with a massive moon, clear skies and a change in the season. Last night did bring my first Brick into the garden - surprised the neighbours haven't chucked one though I have tried to keep the trap from being visible from other houses...
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Also a selection of what I assume are all Garden Carpets...
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Re: Moths in an Edinburgh garden

Postby MarkCubitt » Mon 28 Sep 2015 19:44

I'm waiting for a mild night!
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Re: Moths in an Edinburgh garden

Postby GeoffMorgan » Tue 29 Sep 2015 19:24

Another small catch: 3 LYU, 1 LeYU, 2 Common Carpets, 4 Common Marbled Carpet, 1 Red-green Carpet, 1 Silver-Y and my first Red-line Quaker.
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On the micro front lots of Light-brown Apple-moths and - from Twitter IDed as Eudonia lacustrata and Acleris tortrix sp....
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Re: Moths in an Edinburgh garden

Postby MarkCubitt » Tue 29 Sep 2015 19:38

Wonder whether it's mercurella rather than lacustrata?
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Re: Moths in an Edinburgh garden

Postby GeoffMorgan » Tue 29 Sep 2015 20:13

Beats me!... I've only just got the Sterling and Parsons book so these micros are all new and mysterious...
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Re: Moths in an Edinburgh garden

Postby GeoffMorgan » Wed 30 Sep 2015 16:39

Slim pickings again but I was pleased with yet another new macro moth - a Blair's Shoulder-knot. Reading up on it I see it has made a rapid spread north through the UK over the last 30 years.
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Re: Moths in an Edinburgh garden

Postby MarkCubitt » Wed 30 Sep 2015 21:07

Yes, that's right. Still not very common though.

Duncan caught one in Gordon Brown's Dunfermline constituency a few years ago and the Blair/Brown bit hit the press!
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Re: Moths in an Edinburgh garden

Postby GeoffMorgan » Sat 03 Oct 2015 19:02

Another (or the same) Blair's Shoulder-knot last night along with 3 Common Marbled Carpet, 1 Brown Spot Pinion, 1 Green Brindled Crescent, 1 Red-Green Carpet and 2 Silver-Ys. Also another new moth for me - a single Yellow-line Quaker. Here's the latter as well as the Silver-Ys - quite a significant size difference between those two.
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Re: Moths in an Edinburgh garden

Postby GeoffMorgan » Sun 04 Oct 2015 21:03

Still cold and clear so few moths but since I haven't trapped at this time of year before I'm still getting new moths every night 8-)

Common Marbled Carpet 3, Red-green Carpet 1 and new for me Spruce Carpet 1 (at least that's what I think it is....)
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LYU 2, Silver-Y 2, Angle Shades 1 (new for year)
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Micros:
Light-brown Apple Moth 8, White-shouldered House Moth 2, Nettle-tap 1 (new for me!)
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Caterpillars:
This in my privet hedge - ID suggestion from Twitter: Swallow-tail Moth
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