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Stevenston moth trapping

Postby IainH » Sun Jul 31, 2011 1:54 pm

Not the best mothing weather a week ago, but a few trapping sessions around Stevenston produced some interesting and attractive species. (The list below excludes unidentified individuals.)

21st July, wetland at Ardeer Quarry LNR
Straw Underwing
Beautiful China-mark
Smoky Wainscot
Clouded Border
July Highflyer
Common Wave


22nd July, dunes at Ardeer, right next to the sea
True Lover’s Knot
Straw Underwing x 2


23rd July, dune grassland at Ardeer
Large Yellow Underwing
Drinker
On lights in neighbouring conifer plantation: Barred Red x 2, Clouded border


24th July, woodland edge adjacent to gardens at Ardeer Quarry LNR
Plain Golden Y
Dark Arches
Antler Moth
Clouded Border
Smoky Wainscot
Large Yellow Underwing x 2
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Slender Brindle


25th July, dune grassland at Ardeer
Smoky Wainscot x 2
Antler Moth
Large Yellow Underwing
Dotted Clay
Clouded Border


Better weather the past few days has produced more diverse catches:

29th July, woodland edge adjacent to gardens at Ardeer Quarry LNR
Willow Beauty
Ruby Tiger
Gothic
Marbled Beauty x 2
Uncertain
Brown China Mark x 2
Dark Arches x 4
Slender Brindle
Large Yellow Underwing x 5
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Common Rustic
Single-dotted Wave x 2


Same day, wetland at Ardeer Quarry LNR
Clouded Border x 2
July Highflyer x 2
Large Yellow Underwing
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Gothic
Brown China-mark x 2
Shaded Broad-bar
Lesser Common Rustic x 4
Smoky Wainscot


30th July, dune grassland at Ardeer
Orange Swift
Small Phoenix
White-line Dart
Double Square Spot
Dotted Clay x 4
Antler Moth
Dark Arches x 2
Large Yellow Underwing x 2


31st July, in woodland at Ardeer Quarry LNR
Chinese Character
V-pug
Small Phoenix
Plain Golden Y
Common Rustic
Shaded Broad-bar
Large Yellow Underwing x 17
Double Square Spot x 2
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Common Carpet
Smoky Wainscot
Dotted Clay x 2

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Straw Underwing

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Plain Golden Y

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Beautiful China-mark

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Antler Moth

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Ruby Tiger

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Gothic

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Chinese Character
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Re: Stevenston moth trapping 21 July - 31 July

Postby AlistairMurdoch » Sun Jul 31, 2011 5:22 pm

Great work Iain,

moth identification is difficult enough without there actually being a species called The Uncertain.

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Stevenston moth trapping 3rd August

Postby IainH » Thu Aug 04, 2011 6:47 pm

In two traps overlooking woodland edge habitat at Ardeer Quarry LNR

Scallop Shell (new for site; local species inhabiting open woodland with marshy areas)
Phoenix (new for site; perhaps attracted by the large Flowering Currant growing at the woodland edge - currant being the larval foodplant)
Dun-bar x 3 (new for site)
Flame Carpet (new for site)
Fan-foot (new for site)
Gothic
Brimstone
Early Thorn
Small Phoenix
Marbled Beauty x 3
Willow Beauty x 2
Common Carpet x 2
Uncertain
Brown china-mark
July Highflyer x 2
Common Rustic
Small Fan-footed Wave
Large Yellow Underwing x 26
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing x 3
Dotted Clay x 8
Double Square-spot x 3
Dark Arches x 3


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Willow Beauty

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Scallop Shell

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The Uncertain (especially for Alistair!)
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Re: Stevenston moth trapping

Postby AlistairMurdoch » Sat Aug 06, 2011 5:19 pm

Hi,

yes the Uncertain may be what most people think of a typical drab moth, but the fine markings of the Scallop Shell illustrate that gaudy colours are not required for a visually interesting moth.

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Re: Stevenston moth trapping

Postby scottshanks01 » Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:04 pm

Fantasic photos and list of species Iain!
The Chinese character is very cute. Quite a few uncertains to my trap in Glasgow over the last couple of weeks.
cheers, Scott
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Re: Stevenston moth trapping

Postby ron » Thu Aug 18, 2011 2:19 pm

I have to say also stunning photos what`s the secret
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Re: Stevenston moth trapping

Postby IainH » Fri Aug 19, 2011 6:14 pm

Hi Ron,

I find that using a top quality compact camera - a Nikon P6000 - gives considerably worse results than my DSLR, an Olympus E510 with standard 14-42mm lens. I'm sure that many compact cameras give fantastic results. A DSLR can take good photos in poor light, which I find is often important with moths in the morning. I find that I often need to take a few shots before one is sharp; I tend to take a few shots each time and then pick the best one later. It's worth mentioning that it's a good idea to photograph the moth the second the lid is off the pot if one is photographing it for ID purposes.

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Re: Stevenston moth trapping

Postby IainH » Fri Aug 19, 2011 6:48 pm

...and one thing about posting photos on this forum. I upload my photos to Flickr; when viewing my photo I 'view in lightbox' by clicking the magnifying glass icon at the top right of the photo; click 'View all sizes' (at the top right corder of the screen); click Medium 640; then right click on and save the photo to my computer. It's this photo, saved on my computer, that I upload to this forum. There are easier ways to edit and upload photos; however, when I'm in Ayrshire and away from a computer with photo editing software, I find this the easiest way to turn a moth photo from my camera into something that works in a post on this forum.

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Stevenston moth trapping 17th - 23rd August

Postby IainH » Wed Aug 24, 2011 7:46 pm

A cool night trapping on 17th August along woodland edge at Ardeer Quarry LNR produced:

Flounced Rustic (new for site; common, but slightly local in Scotland)
Large Yellow Underwing - 13
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing - 2
Lesser Yellow Underwing - 2
Gothic
Willow Beauty


A couple of nights later and a couple of degrees warmer. However, a strong wind kept the catch down:

Square-spot Rustic (new for site; common species)
Large Yellow Underwing - 8
Lesser Yellow Underwing - 3
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Dark Arches - 2

A daytime walk through wildflower-rich coastal habitats in the area produced a species of Ear moth on Ragwort in Stevenston and a Fox Moth caterpillar at Garnock East beside Bogside Racecourse.


On the night of the 20th, the weather was less windy and slightly warmer, but there was a bit of rain. Woodland edge at Ardeer Quarry LNR produced:

Marbled Beauty
Large Yellow Underwing - 5
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing - 3
Dark Arches - 2
Lesser/Common Rustic - 2

The same night, a trap beside wetland habitat at Ardeer Quarry LNR produced:
Treble-bar (new for site; a common species)
Common Marbled Carpet (new for site; common species)
July Highflier - 6
Clouded Border - 2
Small Phoenix
Willow Beauty


On Sunday 21st, two traps in woodland at Ardeer Quarry LNR produced:
Centre-barred Sallow (new for site; common species)
Square-spot Rustic - 2
Lesser/Common Rustic - 2
Flame Carpet - 2
Small Phoenix
Lesser-broad Bordered Yellow Underwing - 2
Large Yellow Underwing - 5

Inspecting some lights in a nearby conifer plantation the next morning produced a Beautiful China-mark (the lights are adjacent to a wetland) and 2 July Highfliers.


On Monday 23rd, two traps at woodland edge habitat at Ardeer Quarry LNR produced:
Garden Carpet (new for site; common species)
Flame Carpet
Small Phoenix
Flounced Rustic
July Highflier
Treble-bar
Common Carpet
Lesser/Common Rustic - 6
Willow Beauty
Dun-bar
Dark Arches
Large Yellow Underwing - 8
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing - 5
Lesser Yellow Underwing - 4


On Tuesday night (calm and reasonably mind, but with rain later in the night), a trap inside woodland at Ardeer Quarry LNR produced:
Flame Carpet
July Highflier - 2
Common Carpet - 3
Willow Beauty
Square Spot Rustic - 3
Large Yellow Underwing - 1

Additional species caught in a trap at the woodland edge were Common Marbled Carpet, Garden Carpet, Lesser/Common Rustic and Lesser Yellow Underwing.
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Fox Moth caterpillar
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Marbled Beauty
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Centre-barred Sallow
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Re: Stevenston moth trapping

Postby IainH » Wed Aug 24, 2011 7:48 pm

A bit of consultation suggests that photos taken of a moth trapped on the night of the 2nd August at Ardeer Quarry LNR depict Coast Dart (from a noctuid's point of view, Ardeer Quarry isn’t that far from sand hills).
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