Lunar Underwing?

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Lunar Underwing?

Postby DonMatthews » Sat 30 Sep 2017 10:32

Not a moth I was expecting in my Kincardine (NS98) garden but am I right in thinking this is a Lunar Underwing?

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Re: Lunar Underwing?

Postby MarkCubitt » Sat 30 Sep 2017 19:39

Hi Don
Yes, exactly right. They are quite local and patchily distributed, but can be locally common at some sites. I've not had one in my garden yet.

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Re: Lunar Underwing?

Postby DonMatthews » Sat 30 Sep 2017 20:00

Thanks, Mark. This autumn has seen the start of my fourth year of moth recording and to my surprise I'm still picking up new species for my garden list.

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Re: Lunar Underwing?

Postby MarkCubitt » Sun 01 Oct 2017 10:37

Hi Don

I did a bit of analysis a few years ago and reckoned that it would take a bout 1000 moth trap nights to get to something like 90% of the total to be achieved at a site. I have just looked and I have done 557 sessions in my garden in 11 years of trapping (I do about one a week except in much of the Winter).

I am still adding species as you can see from the list below, where the number after the year is the new (macro) moth species I have had in each year.

2007 146
2008 33
2009 21
2010 25
2011 12
2012 4
2013 3
2014 8
2015 2
2016 2
2017 3

You'll have quite a few more to get, hopefully.

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Re: Lunar Underwing?

Postby MarkCubitt » Sun 01 Oct 2017 20:10

.. and further to this, I have been doing a little investigation and find that there are 31 other macro moth species that I have caught in the same 10km square as my garden (and I know there are several other species that other people of caught in within a mile of my home that I have never even seen, let alone in my garden). Still quite a few to catch up with it seems...
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Re: Lunar Underwing?

Postby DonMatthews » Sun 01 Oct 2017 21:40

Checking my records, I've logged 25 new macros in the garden so far this year. I'm just going to have to keep on putting that trap out...

As both my wife and I keep catching ourselves saying, "Moths are Amazing".

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