Sunday, 27 November 2016

Post 448 - Many Marvellous Moths from my garden

Burnished Brass moth (Diachrysia chrysitis)
Hey everyone today's post 448 and you'll all know that I love all types of animal and plant in general, in fact all types of nature. So from that you'll know that I like moths. Well this year I was really lucky to get a moth trap (thanks again Barry) and it has been great fun to use. I love getting it all set up, placing all of the egg trays inside and then switching it on and wondering what I'll find in it in the morning.

It's not just moths I find! I caught lots of other insects
too including this Chafer Beetle.
I have caught so many things in it, just in my garden! Bearing in mind I don't yet have a mercury vapour light which apparently gives you twice the amount of moths. I think I've done quite well! In all I've recorded 95 different species of moth. I was lucky to get a lot of help confirming identifications from Jill Warwick so thanks very much for all the help Jill.

Thinking off the top of my head, I can remember I've caught a few Hawkmoths, Emerald Moths, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Snout, Shark, Blue Bordered Carpet and lots more. The full list is at the end of the blog for anyone wondering what else I've caught.

Poplar Hawk Moth (Laothoe populi) posing on Dad's finger
I thought I would also do some facts on one of my favourite Hawk Moths that I have ever seen, the Poplar Hawk Moth!

  • The Poplar Hawk Moth is probably the most common of our Hawkmoths, which is why some people have nicknamed it the Popular Hawk Moth!
  • You can find them across most of the UK - looking at the map of their distribution the most northerly one looks to be recorded in Fair Isle.
  • They're found in a variety of habitats including gardens, woodlands, fens, moorland and heathland.
    Another hawk moth from the garden
    Elephant Hawk Moth (Deilephila elpenor)
  • When at rest, it looks different to a lot of other moths, It rests with its wings out and its lower abdomen sticking up.
  • They are one of the largest moths I've found in my garden, its wingspan is between 65-90mm.
  • This moth is usually on the wing between May and July and is quite a common visitor to light and moth traps.
  • It probably gets its name from the fact that larvae feed on Poplar, but they also feed on Aspen and Sallow.
The Miller (Acronicta leporina)
  • If startled it can uncover and flash parts of the hindwing which are a reddy or rufous colour which can startle a predator.
  • They eat very little if anything as adults, they are on a mission to find a mate and ensure they breed and lay eggs.

Ruby Tiger (Phragmatobia fuliginosa)
Recently I haven't been doing much moth trapping, but I'm going to see if it's worth doing one or two more sessions within the year to see what's usually about in Winter and see if I can get up to 100 species this year!

Blue Bordered Carpet (Plemyria rubiginata)
I also like photographing moths, but sometimes this proves to be a challenge. I have included some of my favourite pictures that I've managed to get of my garden moths here. I've seen moths in other places too whilst I've been doing my Yorkshire Reserves Challange this year and I've included photos of some of these in my calendar that I've put together and has been selling for a while. If you'd like one they're being sold through the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Shop. They're also selling at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve so if you're going on a day out there (which I highly recommend) then you can get one there. Any profits made from my calendars will be split equally with the Wildlife Trusts, with any money I get going towards my nature antics. I will probably be putting it towards a brand new lens for my camera, either macro or long distance so I can get better photos of everything.

Well, that's it for this post, I'll try and do another one in the week because I haven't posted as regularly as I'd like too.

Hope you enjoyed,


Brimstone (Opisthograptis luteolata)

My 2016 Garden Moth List:

Latin Name (Taxon)
Common Name
Abraxas grossulariata
Magpie Moth
Abrostola tripartita
Acleris laterana/comariana

Acleris variegana
Garden Rose Tortrix
Acronicta leporina
Agapeta hamana

Agrochola litura
Brown-spot Pinion
Agrochola lychnidis
Beaded Chestnut
Agrotis exclamationis
Heart and Dart
Alcis repandata
Mottled Beauty
Apamea monoglypha
Dark Arches
Aphomia sociella
Bee Moth
Autographa gamma
Silver Y
Axylia putris
Batia unitella

Blastobasis adustella

Cabera pusaria
Common White Wave
Catoptria falsella

Celypha lacunana

Celypha striana

Chloroclysta siterata
Red-green Carpet
Chloroclysta truncata
Common Marbled Carpet
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Garden Grass-veneer
Cidaria fulvata
Barred Yellow
Clepsis consimilana

Cosmia trapezina
Crocallis elinguaria
Scalloped Oak
Cryphia domestica
Marbled Beauty
Cucullia umbratica
Cydia pomonella
Codling Moth
Deilephila elpenor
Elephant Hawk-moth
Diachrysia chrysitis
Burnished Brass
Dipleurina crataegella

Dipleurina lacustrata

Ditula angustiorana
Red-barred Tortrix
Eilema lurideola
Common Footman
Enarmonia formosana
Cherry Bark Moth
Epiphyas postvittana
Light Brown Apple Moth
Epirrhoe alternata
Common Carpet
Eudonia mercurella

Eulithis prunata
Eulithis pyraliata
Barred Straw
Eupithecia assimilata
Currant Pug
Eurrhypara hortulata
Small Magpie
Euzophera pinguis

Evergestis forficalis
Garden Pebble
Gymnoscelis rufifasciata
Double-striped Pug
Hedya nubiferana
Marbled Orchard Tortrix
Hepialus lupulinus
Common Swift
Hoplodrina alsines
Hydriomena furcata
July Highflyer
Hydriomena impluviata
May Highflyer
Hylaea fasciaria
Barred Red
Hypena proboscidalis
Idaea aversata
Riband Wave
Idaea aversata ab. remutata
Riband Wave [non-banded form]
Lycophotia porphyrea
True Lover's Knot
Melanchra persicariae
Dot Moth
Mesapamea secalis agg.
Common Rustic agg.
Mythimna ferrago
Mythimna impura
Smoky Wainscot
Mythimna pallens
Common Wainscot
Noctua janthe
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Noctua pronuba
Large Yellow Underwing
Nola cucullatella
Short-cloaked Moth
Notodonta dromedarius
Iron Prominent
Oligia versicolor
Rufous Minor
Opisthograptis luteolata
Brimstone Moth
Orthosia cerasi
Common Quaker
Orthosia cruda
Small Quaker
Orthosia gothica
Hebrew Character
Orthosia incerta
Clouded Drab
Orthosia munda
Twin-spotted Quaker
Ourapteryx sambucaria
Swallow-tailed Moth
Pandemis heparana
Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix
Peribatodes rhomboidaria
Willow Beauty
Phalera bucephala
Phalonidia gilvicomana

Pheosia tremula
Swallow Prominent
Phlogophora meticulosa
Angle Shades
Phragmatobia fuliginosa
Ruby Tiger
Plemyria rubiginata
Blue-bordered Carpet
Pleuroptya ruralis
Mother of Pearl
Plutella xylostella
Diamond-back Moth
Pterostoma palpina
Pale Prominent
Ptilodon capucina
Coxcomb Prominent
Rhopobota naevana
Holly Tortrix
Selenia dentaria
Early Thorn
Spilosoma luteum
Buff Ermine
Thera britannica
Spruce Carpet
Udea olivalis

Xanthorhoe montanata
Silver-ground Carpet
Xestia c-nigrum
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Xestia sexstrigata
Six-striped Rustic
Xylocampa areola
Early Grey

1 comment:

  1. Absolutely love that shot of the cockchafer, they're one of my favourite beetles! Stunning photos as always Zach. - Tasha