Stevenston moth trapping

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Emperor moth 23rd April 2016

Postby IainH » Sat Apr 23, 2016 2:32 pm

Walking through sand dunes at the north of the Ardeer Peninsula late morning today, I came across a female Emperor Moth. Despite being such a distinctive species, it would have been surprisingly easy to miss, its pale grey and brown colouration and cross-lines doing a good job of helping it blend in to the dead grass.

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Re: Stevenston moth trapping

Postby IainH » Sun May 01, 2016 7:09 pm

Today, towards the end of a walk around Ardeer Quarry LNR, I found a micro moth on my trousers. I potted it and took it home for a closer look. It was Eriocrania unimaculella, an early spring species, the larvae of which feed on Birch. From the sources I’ve checked, there don’t appear to be any previous formal records for Ayrshire.

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Stevenston moth trapping May 21st 2016

Postby IainH » Sun May 22, 2016 5:32 pm

Two traps at Ardeer Quarry Local Nature Reserve produced a good haul of moths for the time of year, not least because it was cloudy, calm and reasonably warm at night. Highlights were 3 Least Black Arches and a Pale Pinion. Pale-shouldered Brocade was the most common species in the trap, with Spectacle not far behind.

Pale Pinion (and Rustic Shoulder-knot)
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Least Black Arches
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Pebble Prominent
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Stevenston moth trapping 22nd May 2016

Postby IainH » Sun May 22, 2016 5:34 pm

Whilst removing a few Willow and Birch saplings from a wildflower-rich area at Ardeer Quarry LNR, I flushed and caught a micro moth. Ancylis geminana is new for the reserve and is perhaps the first formal record for Ayrshire. However, it's almost certainly widespread in the county, if somewhat local. It’s a Willow-feeding species found in wetland area. I caught it beside an area of marshland and Willow carr.

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Stevenston moth trapping 30th May 2016

Postby IainH » Tue May 31, 2016 6:42 pm

It was a good night for moths, with a calm, partly cloudy night following a hot, sunny day. Highlights were some scarce/local moths:

The reserve's second Seraphim was of the strongly pattered variety. There are several stands of Aspen trees on the reserve, which might serve as its food plant here.
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I think this Broad-barred White is a first for the reserve. (I thought I’d caught one a couple of years ago, but I can find no records or posts to support this).
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Alder Moth is caught in small numbers quite regularly on the reserve. This was the first of the year.
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Also, the first Miller of the year was on the outside of a trap. Although it's a local moth, its common here in summer, perhaps because of the abundance of Birch near the trapping site. 13 Least Black Arches between the two traps was the highest number I’ve had.

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Stevenston moth trapping 3rd June 2016

Postby IainH » Mon Jun 06, 2016 5:31 pm

A great night for moths – hot and sunny all day, then clouding over for a warm night of about 13 or 14 degrees owing to a weather front coming in from the east. White Pinion-spotted was a new species for Ardeer Quarry Local Nature Reserve.

A new micro moth for the site was Bryotropha affinis.


400W
Brimstone x 11
Heart & Dart x 9
Least Black Arches x 6
Clouded-bordered Brindle x 6
Common Marbled Carpet x 5
Flame Shoulder x 3
Clouded Silver x 3
Flame Carpet x 2
White Ermine x 2
Turnip Moth x 2
Peppered Moth x 2
Minor sp. x 2
Bright-line Brown-eye
Oblique Carpet
Pale Prominent
Pebble Prominent
Flame
Seraphim
Beautiful Golden Y
Peach Blossom
Pale-shouldered Brocade
Common Carpet
Silver-ground Carpet


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White Pinion-spotted (New for site; recent colonist from England)
Pale-shouldered Brocade x 11
Heart & Dart x 11
Clouded-bordered Brindle x 9
Silver-ground Carpet x 9
Beautiful Golden-Y x 8
Common Marbled Carpet x 8
Minor sp. x 7
Small Square-spot x 6
Common Carpet x 6
White Ermine x 5
Flame x 4
Map-winged Swift x 4
Flame Shoulder x 4
Spectacle x 3
Scalloped Hazel x 3
Brimstone x 3
Rustic Shoulder-knot x 3
Small Phoenix x 3
Oblique Carpet x 2
Garden Carpet x 2
Miller x 2
Peppered Moth x 2
Elephant Hawk-moth
Common Lutestring
Grey/Dark Dagger
Clouded Silver
Green Arches
Small Fan-foot
Small Angle Shades
Dusky Brocade
Iron Prominent
Broom Moth
Least Black Arches
Chinese Character
Snout

White Pinion-spotted
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Seraphim
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Green Arches
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Bryotropha affinis
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Stevenston moth trapping 7th June 2016

Postby IainH » Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:53 pm

The main highlight at Ardeer Quarry LNR was a Small Dusty Wave beside the traps, which seems to be new for Ayrshire. Its distribution has a strong eastern bias in Scotland.

400W
Beautiful Golden Y x 11
Heart & Dart x 10
Minor sp. x 10
Clouded-bordered Brindle x 9
Common Marbled Carpet x 5
Pale-shouldered Brocade x 5
Spectacle x 4
Flame Shoulder x 3
Elephant Hawk-moth x 3
Silver-ground Carpet x 3
Snout x 3
Least Black Arches x 2
Brimstone
Rustic Shoulder-knot
Middle-barred Minor
White Pinion-spotted
Common Lutestring
Dusky Brocade
Small Angle Shades
Clouded Silver
Grey/Dark Dagger
Flame
Peppered Moth
Buff Ermine
White Ermine
Large Yellow Underwing
Small Fan-foot


125W
Clouded-bordered Brindle x 9
Beautiful Golden Y x 8
Minor sp. x 7
Heart & Dart x 7
Silver-ground Carpet x 6
Rustic Shoulder-knot x 4
Alder Moth x 3
Brimstone x 3
White Ermine x 3
Common Marbled Carpet x 3
Peppered Moth x 3
Spectacle x 3
Common Carpet x 3
Flame Shoulder x 3
Mottled Rustic x 2
Small Angle Shades x 2
Small Fan-foot x 2
Brown Rustic x 2
Clouded Silver
Seraphim
Elephant Hawk-moth
Grey/Dark Dagger
Map-winged Swift
Bright-line Brown-eye
Map-winged Swift
Small Square-spot
Pale-shouldered Brocade
Lychnis
Flame Carpet
Snout
Clouded Border
Large Yellow Underwing
Pebble Prominent

Small Dusty Wave (Note: It's just one individual, but photographed under different lighting conditions.)
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Alder Moth
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Re: Stevenston moth trapping

Postby nickcandlish » Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:26 am

Iain,
You are having a good time of it between your two sites. Very little of interest here, not even an early LYU thank goodness!
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Stevenston moth trapping 9th June 2016

Postby IainH » Sat Jun 11, 2016 12:49 pm

Nick, it's certainly better than last year - I have a sense of optimism and expectation when checking the traps, rather than a sense of hopelessness!

The highlight of a trapping session at Ardeer Quarry Local Nature Reserve was a Shark, which is new for the reserve. Other interesting species included the reserve’s (and probably Ayrshire’s) second Dog’s Tooth, a Dark Spectacle and a Yellow-barred Brindle. A new micro for the site (and probably for Ayrshire) was the very local Phalonidia manniana, which feeds on Water Mint. There is a profusion of Water Mint around the large pond on the reserve and in the adjacent ditches.

(Note: As is the case with most of my lists, the lack of pugs mentioned is purely a reflection of the fact that I've been too lazy to take the time 'get to grips' with them).

400W
Heart & Dart x 17
Minor sp. x 17
Beautiful Golden Y x 9
Flame Shoulder x 8
Clouded-bordered Brindle x 6
Pale-shouldered Brocade x 5
Common Marbled Carpet x 3
Brimstone x 3
Brown Rustic x 2
Turnip Moth x 2
Poplar Hawk-moth x 2
Peppered Moth x 2
Least Black Arches x 2
Map-winged Swift x 2
Brimstone x 2
Small Angle Shades x 2
Spectacle x 2
Small Fan-foot x 2
Silver-ground Carpet x 2
Clouded Silver
Double Square-spot
Sandy Carpet
Dark Spectacle
Garden Carpet
Broom Moth
Yellow-barred Brindle
Large Yellow Underwing
Garden Tiger
Seraphim
Flame


125W
Shark (New for site; local species)
Heart & Dart x 18
Minor sp. x 17
Clouded-bordered Brindle x 11
Beautiful Golden Y x 9
Pale-shouldered Brocade x 6
Flame Shoulder x 4
Peppered Moth x 4
Small Angle Shades x 3
Double Square-spot x 3
White Ermine x 2
Flame x 2
Common Marbled Carpet x 2
Brimstone x 2
Common Carpet x 2
Mottled Rustic x 2
Map-winged Swift x 2
Brown Rustic x 2
Rustic Shoulder-knot x 2
Clouded Silver
Dog's-tooth
Miller
Small Square-spot
Green Silver-lines
Snout
Spectacle
Small Phoenix
Grey/Dark Dagger
Seraphim
Poplar Hawk-moth
Large Yellow Underwing
Swallow Prominent
Iron Prominent
Garden Carpet


The Shark
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Dog's Tooth
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Dark Spectacle
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Poplar Hawk-moth
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Garden Tiger
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Phalonidia manniana
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Stevenston moth trapping 11th June 2016

Postby IainH » Sun Jun 12, 2016 11:10 am

Small Elephant Hawk-moth was a pleasant surprise. It's a new addition to the Ardeer Quarry LNR site list. Epiblema scutulana was a new species of micro for the site. It's a common, thistle-feeding species.

400W
Beautiful Golden Y x 11
Heart & Dart x 8
Flame x 5
Flame Shoulder x 4
Pale-shouldered brocade x 3
Silver-ground Carpet x 3
Double Square-spot x 2
Map-winged Swift
Spectacle
Dark/Grey Dagger
Burnished Brass
Poplar Hawk-moth
Iron Prominent
Large Yellow Underwing
Clouded-bordered Brindle
Common Carpet
Bright-line Brown Eye
Snout
Angle Shades
Buff Ermine
Brown Rustic
Chinese Character


125W
Heart & Dart x 15
Flame Shoulder x 7
Beautiful Golden Y x 5
Clouded-bordered Brindle x 3
Pale-shouldered Brocade x 2
Silver-ground Carpet x 2
Map-winged Swift x 2
Broom Moth
Flame
Turnip Moth
Common Marbled Carpet
Swallow Prominent
Peppered Moth
Burnished Brass
Minor sp.
Dark Arches
Dusky Brocade
Large Yellow Underwing
Mottled Rustic


Small Elephant Hawk-moth
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Epiblema scutulana
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