July 13

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Re: July 13

Postby ron » Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:17 am

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Re: July 13

Postby ron » Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:43 am

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Re: July 13

Postby IainH » Sat Jul 20, 2013 3:16 pm

Wow Ron, it's great to hear that you now have 'too many' moths! I'm particularly envious of your two types of Coronet - I've picked-up neither species in Stevenston. And, similarly, the Red-necked Footman was a great catch.

I think your forsterana is spot on, but I think your Beautiful China Mark might be a Brown China Mark...but still beautiful though! I'm stumped by the macro you thought might be a Small Dotted Buff or similar. The macro you thought might be a Dusky Brocade is, I'd say, a Pale-shouldered Brocade.

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Re: July 13

Postby ron » Sat Jul 20, 2013 6:39 pm

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Re: July 13

Postby ron » Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:36 am

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Re: July 13

Postby nickcandlish » Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:15 pm

Ron and All,
A quick post to say that I'm still alive, recently I was privilaged to get free access to firewood that will heat my house into the 2020's, my time has largly been taken up by cutting it shifting it and building a store to house it. The upside to my new log store is that it will give me a high level trap site where it was previously surrounded by a 6ft wall, photo to follow in due course.
Trapping has been busy enough to be interesting withought suffering the high summer overload, last night (Macro's only) 47 specimens representing 27 species has been fairly typical of the last two weeks.
A couple of The Fan-foot are new to me,(Small Fan-foot is reasonably common here) also new to this site is Pinion-streaked Snout although I may have previously disregarded it as a Micro!
Ron, your un ID'd micro interests me because it is very similar to countless specimens that have appeared in my trap over the last six weeks or so, assuming that they are all the same but subtely different it should be a common species, I think that unless a third party can sort it it will have to remain in the too difficult file until the winter (a bit like Iains wasps!)

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Re: July 13

Postby ron » Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:52 am

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Re: July 13

Postby IainH » Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:53 pm

Hi All,

Nick, it'll be interesting too see how trap height effects your catch. As well as boosting the radius of your trap's pull, increased height in itself may well influence the nature of the catch (I'm sure there was research done on this a long time ago that I've not read). PINION-STREAKED SNOUT!! Thanks for mentioning that and its similarity to a micro. I caught one in my wetland trapping session on the night of the 19th July, potted it satisfied that my micro moths book would sort it out without much fuss, then after lots of page flicking let it go (a general rule I have is to let cryptic micro specimens go before I smash-up my moth trap). You've just added a new macro moth species to the Ardeer Quarry LNR list - thanks!

Ron, I think your micro might be Celypha lacunana. I've just gone back down south for a few weeks and didn't bring my micro moths book with me, but I'm pretty sure C. lacunana is a good candidate.

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Re: July 13

Postby nickcandlish » Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:37 pm

Iain,
It seems that we are being mutually beneficial, C. lacunana seems to fit. Given the number that have occured here/and that it appears to be a common species the ID seems most probable.
Re elevated traps, I seem to remember that Mark Young discusses this in his book The Natural History of Moths, I would have to reread to be certain of this but I think it's to do with the fact that moths have a higher concentration of light detectors/receptors at the top of the eye than at the bottom, why I'm not sure but I think he gives an opinion. Prehaps bedtime reading in the near future.

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Re: July 13

Postby ron » Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:26 am

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