Kilmarnock Moths

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Kilmarnock Moths

Postby AlistairMurdoch » Sat Jun 21, 2014 3:10 pm

Hi everybody,

I am going to have a shot at back garden trapping. Can't say the surrounds of my flat look very promising - short grass, stone chippings, more unkempt brambly areas nearby, and some small trees and shrubs - and a lot of overgrown privet hedges. These old Victorian tenement type buildings are surrounded by privet. However, something surprising could turn up. I put the trap out last night and this morning found:

Heart & Dart - 8
Flame Shoulder
Double Square Spot
Double Dart
Bright-line Brown-eye
Clouded-bordered Brindle
Willow Beauty

That's a better start than I imagined. Maybe put the trap out once or twice a week, and also have a shot at my allotment in a different part of Kilmarnock - might get some fruit specialists there.

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Re: Kilmarnock Moths

Postby ron » Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:29 am

Hi Alistair,
I think thats great that you decided to trap in your garden but i think more so in your allotment, the fact that you are away from the coast i expect you will turn up species that we don`t see down here, very much looking fwd. to see what you find and hoping to see a picture or two. Your surrounds ( sounds like my front room ) i think will be ideal.
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Re: Kilmarnock Moths

Postby nickcandlish » Sun Jun 22, 2014 1:21 pm

Alistair,
Nice to have another 'on board'. What sort of trap / illumination are you using?
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Re: Kilmarnock Moths

Postby AlistairMurdoch » Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:43 am

Hi Ron and Nick,

the trap is a portable battery operated Heath type with a 15W tube. Once I am comfortable about trapping out the back, I will tackle getting some photos. My bit of the garden isn't fenced off and subject to wandering dogs (and people).

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Re: Kilmarnock Moths

Postby IainH » Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:46 pm

Hi Alistair,

I'm looking forward to reading about what you catch. There's every chance that your list already contains some East Ayrshire firsts!

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Re: Kilmarnock Moths

Postby AlistairMurdoch » Sun Jul 20, 2014 6:40 pm

Hi everybody,

I have had the trap out the back garden eight times over the last few weeks. Certainly not drawing in big numbers of moths, but several new for site each time. Here is the site list as it stands this morning:

Macros:

Heart and dart
Flame Shoulder
Double square Spot
Double Dart
Bright-line Brown-eye
Clouded bordered Brindle
Willow Beauty
Mottled Beauty
Straw Dot
The Flame
Garden Carpet
Small Angle Shades
Dark Arches
Minor Sp.
Large Yellow Underwing
Clouded Border
Dotted Clay
Marbled Beauty
Riband Wave
Lesser or Common Rustic
Small Rivulet
Common White Wave
Lime-speck Pug
Gothic
Uncertain

Micros:

Common Plume
Chrysoteuchia culmella (Garden Grass Veneer)
Scoparia subfusca
Garden Pebble
Eudonia mercurella
Mother of Pearl
Bird-cherry Ermine
Agriphila Tristella

A bit more time spent on micros would expand that list, and various un ID'd wainscots and pugs have escaped the macro list. The only place I can confidently site the trap is quite closely boxed in on three sides with high walls and hedges. If I can get it out of this box - even a bit - I reckon I would get a bigger and maybe more diverse catch. Maybe realistically what I have taken so far is OK for a rather non descript urban garden.

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Re: Kilmarnock Moths

Postby AlistairMurdoch » Fri Aug 15, 2014 7:31 pm

Hi everybody,

my back garden list continues to grow. Recent additions include:

Macros:

Smoky Wainscot
Scalloped Oak
Orange Swift
Common Wave
Barred Straw
V-Pug
Small Phoenix
Barred Yellow
Common Marbled Carpet
July Highflyer
Currant Pug
Rosy Rustic
Garden dart
Flounced rustic
Silver - Y
Lesser Yellow Underwing

Micros:

Blastobasis adustella
Bee Moth (female)
Scoparia ambigualis
Light Brown Apple Moth

The remains of "Bertha" have abruptly changed the weather, and next week looks to be even cooler. Still catching moths though,

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Re: Kilmarnock Moths

Postby IainH » Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:03 pm

Hi Alistair,

Glad to see your site list continuing to build-up. Garden Dart is a particularly nice one to catch. It seems quite a local species in the southwest and I've only trapped it a few times at Ardeer Quarry LNR.

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Re: Kilmarnock Moths

Postby AlistairMurdoch » Sun Oct 19, 2014 9:08 pm

Hi everybody,

I put the trap out last night thinking that the mild temp would bring in some moths. It stayed dry until about 8AM, albeit it was a bit gusty at times. However, there was nothing at all. Imagine my sense of frustration having decided to give up mothing for the rest of the year, when this evening my wife alerted me to a moth crawling up the outside of the living room window behind me! Perhaps just leaving the light on with the window open would be more successful.

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Re: Kilmarnock Moths

Postby ron » Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:51 am

Hi Alistair,
Nice to see you are still catching moths Garden Dart i have never seen. The fact that your list continues to grow shows you must be doing something correct but i have two suggestions 1: have you ever thought of raising your trap i.e sitting it on an old table or chair which will give you extra range over the wall, and 2: you could use a Black Light Tube which will still run off a 12v battery, you will still see a blue light but it won`t be as obvious as a white one. Just a thought.
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