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Stevenston moth trapping 30th August 2015

Postby IainH » Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:56 pm

The year’s only Chinese Character was the highlight of a night’s catch at Ardeer Quarry LNR.

400W

Large Yellow Underwing x 15
Square-spot Rustic x 7
Lesser/Common Rustic x 7
Lesser Yellow Underwing 6
Lesser broad-bordered Yellow Underwing x 3
Dark Arches x 2
Dotted Clay x 2
Small Square-spot
Brown-line Bright-eye
Clouded Border
Common Carpet
Brimstone
Flame Carpet
Dun-bar
Early Thorn
Gold Spot



125W

Large Yellow Underwing x 12
Dark Arches x 11
Lesser Yellow Underwing x 11
Square-spot Rustic x 7
Lesser/Common Rustic x 5
Flame Carpet x 4
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing x 3
Dun-bar x 3
Small Square-spot x 2
Early Thorn x 2
Plain Golden Y x 2
Cabbage Moth
Autumnal Rustic
Silver Y
Scalloped Oak
Dotted Clay
Small Fan-footed Wave
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet
Flounced Rustic
Burnished Brass
Barred Yellow
Chinese Character
Clouded Border

Chinese Character
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Autumnal Rustic
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Stevenston moth trapping 4th September 2015

Postby IainH » Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:56 pm

I put out a couple of traps the night before a conservation event at Ardeer Quarry LNR. It was a very poor night for moths - clear skies, bright moon, cold north wind. However, there were a few attractive species in the trap - singles of Canary-shouldered Thorn and Grey Chi were perhaps the most appreciated.

Later on during the event, 2 Herald moths were disturbed in one of the reserve’s woods.
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Stevenston moth trapping 7th September 2015

Postby IainH » Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:58 pm

The highlights from two traps at Ardeer Quarry LNR were a fresh Black Rustic and a Hedge Rustic.


400W

Square-spot Rustic x 10
Lesser Yellow Underwing x 9
Large Yellow Underwing x 8
Autumnal Rustic x 4
Common/Dark Marbled Carpet x 3
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing x 2
Dun-bar x 2
Clouded Border
Garden Carpet
Sallow



125W

Large Yellow Underwing x 12
Lesser Yellow Underwing x 9
Square-spot Rustic x 9
Lesser/Common Rustic x 7
Common/Dark Marbled Carpet x 4
Autumnal Rustic x 3
Dun-bar x 3
Dark Arches x 2
Mouse Moth x 2
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Sallow
Iron Prominent
Treble-bar
Small Square-spot
Black Rustic
Rosy Rustic
Hedge Rustic

Black Rustic
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Hedge Rustic
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Treble-bar
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Iron Prominent
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Stevenston moth trapping 9th September

Postby IainH » Thu Sep 10, 2015 4:07 pm

The weather was ok for moths last night - the relatively low numbers in the trap simply reflect the fact that it’s mid-September! The highlight of the catch at Ardeer Quarry Local Nature Reserve was a Garden Dart, a local and much declined species which I only catch once or twice a year.

400W
Lesser Yellow Underwing x 9
Square-spot Rustic x 5
Large Yellow Underwing x 3
Pink-barred Sallow x 2
Brimstone
Sallow
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Small Square-spot


125W
Lesser Yellow Underwing x 11
Large Yellow Underwing x 7
Square-spot Rustic x 6
Dun-bar x 2
Common Carpet x 2
Common/Dark Marbled Carpet
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser/Common Rustic
Autumnal Rustic
Garden Carpet
Garden Dart

2 July Highflyers and a Garden Carpet were near the trap.


Garden Dart
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Pink-barred Sallow
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Stevenston moth trapping 19th September 2015

Postby IainH » Mon Sep 21, 2015 12:56 pm

A calm, mild and cloudy night produced a good catch for this time of year. Highlights of the catch were a Frosted Orange, a White-spotted Pug and the year's only Blue-bordered Carpet. Lobesia littoralis is a local micro which I've only recorded once before at the site.

400W
Common/Dark Marbled Carpet x 10
Square-spot Rustic x 4
Pink-barred Sallow x 3
Lesser Yellow Underwing x 3
Large Yellow Underwing x 2
Small Square-spot x 2
Blue-bordered Carpet
Crescent
Mouse Moth
Autumnal Rustic
Rosy Rustic
Pine Carpet
Flame Carpet
White-spotted Pug

125W
Common/Dark Marbled Carpet x 11
Square-spot Rustic x 11
Canary-shouldered Thorn x 2
Autumnal Rustic x 2
Pink-barred Sallow x 2
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Dun-bar
Sallow
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Rosy Rustic
Frosted Orange
Large Yellow Underwing
Angle Shades
Lesser/Common Rustic


Frosted Orange
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Canary-shouldered Thorn
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Angle Shades
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Blue-bordered Carpet
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White-spotted Pug
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Lobesia littoralis
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Stevenston moth trapping 3rd October 2015

Postby IainH » Sun Oct 04, 2015 4:33 pm

Cloudy, calm weather produced a reasonable selection of species for the time of year.

400W
Pink-barred Sallow x 5
Common/Dark Marbled Carpet x 4
Red-line Quaker x 3
Angle Shades x 2
Silver Y
Epirrita sp.
Treble-bar
Square-spot Rustic
Red-green Carpet
Black Rustic


125W
Common/Dark Marbled Carpet x 12
Red-line Quaker x 4
Red-green Carpet x 2
Pink-barred Sallow x 2
Square-spot Rustic x 2
Silver Y x 2
Angle Shades
Scalloped Oak
Yellow-line Quaker


Red-green Carpet
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Epirrita sp.
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Stevenston moth trapping 1st Novemebr 2015

Postby IainH » Mon Nov 02, 2015 1:21 pm

A one-off trapping session at Ardeer Quarry LNR was undertaken with the aim of trapping a Mottled Umber or Scarce Umber, two species I've yet to catch at the site. I'd no luck, but, by the time it gets to November, I'm just happy not to draw a complete blank!


400W
Red-green Carpet
Brick
Angle Shades

125W
December Moth
Brick
Chestnut
Feathered Thorn


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Re: Stevenston moth trapping

Postby nickcandlish » Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:41 pm

Iain,
Pleased to see that you haven't given up on the season....I've hardly trapped at all because of inclement weather and dismal results, isn't it strange how unpredictably cyclical mothing can be?
I trapped on Friday night, 22 specimens representing 8 species but just the usual culprits for the time of year. Given decent weather I intend to put the Actinic out during November in the hope of recording Red Sword Grass again.
Apropos Umbers the first I had last year was on the 16th Nov, I had all sorts of grief trying to distinguish between Mottled and Scarce until Roy Leverton kindly put me on the right track (see my post in Gadgirth 2014 on the 23rd Nov), I hope that you have occasion to find his advice useful!

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Re: Stevenston moth trapping

Postby IainH » Wed Nov 04, 2015 7:08 pm

Hi Nick,

Thanks for the reminder re. your previous Umber post and details of the timing of your Umber catch. If there is mild weather later in November and I’m in Ayrshire, I’ll give it a shot. Now you mention it, Red Sword-grass is another species not on the reserve list!

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Re: Stevenston moth trapping 25th November 2015

Postby IainH » Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:56 pm

Mild, cloudy and calm, I thought it worth trying again for Mottled and Scarce Umber. I had no luck trapping any Umbers, but the two traps at Ardeer Quarry LNR produced:

400W
December Moth x 2

125W
December Moth x 7
Brick


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