Moths in an Edinburgh garden

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Re: Moths in an Edinburgh garden

Postby GeoffMorgan » Mon 05 Oct 2015 19:25

More moths last night with the approaching front perhaps. Highlight probably has to be 4 Blair's Shoulder-knot (3 in trap and 1 noticed later nearby on shed). Also 19 Common Marbled Carpet compares with single figures recently.
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Also 1 Satellite (new for garden), 1 LYU, 1 Rosy Rustic, 1 Angle Shades, 1 Yellow-line Quaker and 2 Silver-Y.
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A skein of Barnacle Geese overhead while emptying trap this am was a new garden species as well!
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Re: Moths in an Edinburgh garden

Postby GeoffMorgan » Tue 06 Oct 2015 19:21

I had high hopes for last night and the trap was reasonable but I've got so used to new moths every time I was slightly disappointed... Anyway, carpets were mainly in evidence
12 Common Marbled Carpet, 1 Garden Carpet, 1 Red-green Carpet and 2 Spruce Carpets (1 shown here)
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Of the noctuids, only 1 underwing (1 Large) and others were 3 Dark Arches (slightly unexpected and the first which was quite worn ended up on the ID thread - the other 2 here), 1 Red-line Quaker, 1 Green-brindled Crescent, 1 Silver-Y and 1 Blair's Shoulder-knot. Also about a dozen Light-brown Apple Moths.
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Re: Moths in an Edinburgh garden

Postby GeoffMorgan » Wed 07 Oct 2015 18:35

Similar selection of moths with the underwings showing again: 3 Blair's Shoulder-knots, 3 Silver-Y, 3 Rosy Rustic, 6 LYU, 2 LeYU along with various carpets...
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Re: Moths in an Edinburgh garden

Postby GeoffMorgan » Thu 08 Oct 2015 22:04

What a difference a day makes - a clear cold night (couldn't see the aurora with the light pollution). Trap almost completely empty in the morning...
3 Light-brown Apple Moths, 1 Nettle-tap and 1 Rosy Rustic.
Season over?...
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Re: Moths in an Edinburgh garden

Postby GeoffMorgan » Wed 28 Oct 2015 20:36

Sunday night was my first attempt for a while as I had been enjoying the warmer climate of Tenerife - a couple of moths from there attached here... any ideas anyone?
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Edit: the above moth is Canararctia rufescens which is endemic to Tenerife and La Gomera!
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The results of Sunday night were not encouraging - 1 Silver-Y and this micro - is it Acleris sparsana?
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Re: Moths in an Edinburgh garden

Postby GeoffMorgan » Thu 29 Oct 2015 23:10

A bit warmer and muggier last night so I set the trap. 4 macros with 2 Brick, 1 of the seasonal geometrids (November/autumnal thingies - did not attempt to ID) and a new for me Feathered Thorn. Nice looking moth!
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Re: Moths in an Edinburgh garden

Postby GeoffMorgan » Tue 08 Dec 2015 23:16

Not much recently thin k I had one Blair's Shoulder-Knot in early Nov but didn't make a note of it I now realise. Tried a trap last night as it was so mild. THe result was disappointing and doesn't encourage me to try again for a while: 3 Light-brown Apple Moths and 1 White-shouldered House Moth...
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Re: Moths in an Edinburgh garden

Postby GeoffMorgan » Fri 18 Dec 2015 21:23

Tried again last night - nothing!
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Re: Moths in an Edinburgh garden

Postby MarkCubitt » Fri 18 Dec 2015 21:36

Even in a 'heat wave' it is difficult to find moths in gardens in Scotland in December! :-)

One or two people have caught Angle Shades in the last few days.

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Re: Moths in an Edinburgh garden

Postby DonMatthews » Sun 20 Dec 2015 11:27

Unfortunately my limited number of records support Mark. Last winter I trapped one moth in December in my Kincardine garden, followed by one in late-January and then a blank February before the new season kicked off in the first few days of March. However, the January moth was a Pale Brindled Beauty, which was new to me and I felt it had been worth setting the trap.
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So far this December I've recorded three moths, a Winter Moth and two different Angle Shades but the only thing that appeared in the trap in the recent mild weather was a largish water beetle - so at least there is some life around!
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