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Stevenston moth trapping 15th June 2016

Postby IainH » Fri Jun 17, 2016 5:32 pm

A worn May Highflyer was new for the reserve. It's apparently had a good year in Scotland this year.

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May Highflyer (New for site; local species)
Clouded-bordered Brindle x 21
Heart & Dart x 16
Minor sp. x 9
Beautiful Golden Y x 9
Spectacle x 5
Pale-shouldered Brocade x 4
Middle-barred Minor x 4
Small Angle Shades x 3
Dark Arches x 3
Flame x 3
Common Marbled Carpet x 3
Rustic Shoulder-knot x 2
Silver-ground Carpet x 2
Brimstone
Clouded Silver
Peach Blossom
Brown Rustic
Least Black Arches
Burnished Brass
Map-winged Swift
Mottled Rustic
Bright-line Brown-eye
Double Square-spot
Grey Pine Carpet
White Ermine
Flame Carpet
Peppered Moth

125W
Clouded-bordered Brindle x 11
Heart & Dart x 9
Beautiful Golden Y x 7
Minor sp. x 7
Spectacle x 5
Flame Shoulder x 4
Large Yellow Underwing x 3
Rustic Shoulder-knot x 2
Pale-shouldered Brocade x 2
Flame x 2
Elephant Hawk-moth x 2
Dark Arches x 2
Scalloped Hazel
Mottled Rustic
Snout
Peppered Moth
Brimstone
Map-winged Swift
Mottled Beauty
Small Square-spot
Double Square-spot
Dusky Brocade

May Highflyer
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Stevenston moth trapping 16th June 2016

Postby IainH » Fri Jun 17, 2016 5:35 pm

A bird caused unprecedented chaos in one of the traps - there were moth bits everywhere. If this happens again, then I’m going to have to make some basic alterations to the trap funnel. Some interesting moths survived. The reserve’s second Small Yellow Wave was nice, as was the reserve’s (and probably Ayrshire’s) second Figure of Eighty. Also, The Shears is one I don’t catch very often.

Figure of Eighty
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Small Yellow Wave
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The Shears
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Re: Stevenston moth trapping

Postby nickcandlish » Sun Jun 19, 2016 10:46 am

Iain,
I've had both Great Tits and Wrens in the trap. It seems to go in phases, learned behaviour I suppose. At the moment as soon as I place the actinic on the wood store roof a Great Tit appears and checks all round the trap, then flits up on top and checks the vanes from all three angles!
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Stevenston moth trapping 20th June 2016

Postby IainH » Sat Jun 25, 2016 3:01 pm

Nothing unusual in the catch, but it was nice to catch another May Highflyer. Lobesia littoralis was a notable micro in the trap - it's a local species I've caught here before.

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Heart & Dart x 38
Minor sp x 15
Clouded-bordered Brindle x 14
Flame x 7
Beautiful Golden Y x 6
Spectacle x 5
Large Yellow Underwing x 5
Flame Shoulder x 4
Double Square-spot x 3
Dark Arches x 3
Small Angle Shades x 3
Pale-shouldered Brocade x 2
Bright-line Brown-eye x 2
Purple Clay x 2
White Ermine x 2
Rustic Shoulder-knot x 2
Burnished Brass x 2
Mottled Rustic
Green Arches
Ingrailed Clay
Middle-barred Minor
Silver-ground Carpet
Common Marbled Carpet
Common Carpet
Snout
Iron Prominent
May Highflyer
Turnip Moth
Broom Moth
Middle-barred Minor
Buff Ermine
Miller
Shoulder-striped Wainscot
Light Arches
Poplar Hawk-moth
Small Square-spot
Small Fan-foot
Swallow Prominent


125W
Heart & Dart x 27
Clouded-bordered Brindle x 10
Minor sp x 7
Small Angle Shades x 6
Flame x 6
Dark Arches x 5
Spectacle x 4
Rustic Shoulder-knot x 4
Turnip Moth x 3
Burnished Brass x 3
Flame Shoulder x 3
Large Yellow Underwing x 3
Pale-shouldered Brocade x 2
Brown Rustic x 2
Double-square Spot x 2
Small Clouded Brindle x 2
White Ermine
Middle-barred Minor
Mottled Beauty
Pebble Prominent
Brimstone
Silver-ground Carpet
Rivulet
Small Rivulet
Elephant Hawk-moth
Mottled Rustic
Map-winged Swift
Clay
Bright-line Brown-eye
Green Pug
Green Carpet
Common Marbled Carpet
Peppered Moth
Clouded Border
Common Carpet
Beautiful Golden Y
Buff Ermine


May Highflyer
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Burnished Brass
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Stevenston moth trapping 24th June 2016

Postby IainH » Sat Jun 25, 2016 3:03 pm

The highlight was the first Dingy Shell of the year and a new micro for the site, the common Elachista argentella.

400W
Clouded-bordered Brindle x 7
Minor sp x 6
Heart & Dart x 6
Flame x 5
Beautiful Golden Y x 4
Double Square-spot x 4
Angle Shades x 3
Flame Shoulder x 3
Snout x 3
Dark Arches x 2
Clouded Border x 2
Small Angle Shades x 2
Common Carpet x 2
Bright-line Brown-eye x 2
Least Black Arches
Brimstone
Clay
Dark Arches
Cabbage Moth
Buff Ermine
Spectacle
Green Arches
Straw Dot
Lychnis
Large Yellow Underwing
Middle-barred Minor
Peppered Moth
Smoky Wainscot
Riband Wave
Purple Clay
Rustic Shoulder-knot
Small Square-spot
Mottled Rustic
Light Emerald


125W
Heart & Dart x 15
Clouded-bordered Brindle x 10
Snout x 9
Minor sp x 8
Large Yellow Underwing x 5
Spectacle x 5
Dark Arches x 5
Double Square-spot x 5
Beautiful Golden Y x 4
Flame x 4
Small Angle Shades x 3
Common Carpet x 2
Pale-shouldered Brocade x 2
Burnished Brass x 2
Small Square-spot x 2
Flame Shoulder x 2
Common Marbled Carpet
Brimstone
Elephant Hawk-moth
Rustic Shoulder-knot
Gold Spot
Miller
Peppered Moth
Lesser/Common Rustic
Dusky Brocade
Cabbage Moth
Smoky Wainscot
White Ermine
Clay
Mottled rustic
Dingy Shell
Poplar Hawk-moth
Cabbage Moth
Straw Dot
Mottled Beauty
Small Fan-foot
Common Wave

Elachista argentella
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Stevenston moth trapping 9th July 2016

Postby IainH » Mon Jul 11, 2016 1:12 pm

Another Wren fiasco means that I’m going to have to reduce the size of the ‘entry’ holes before I next put the trap out. Nothing particularly unusual in the traps, but 4 Poplar Hawk-moths was more than usual. 2 Swallow-tailed Moths and a Magpie were nice moths to see.

Swallow-tailed Moth
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Stevenston moth trapping 14th July 2016

Postby IainH » Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:58 pm

A cloudy, reasonably calm and humid night before a weather front arrived in the morning. Highlights in a 400W trap at Ardeer Quarry LNR were Scallop Shell, Dingy Shell and Double Lobed.

Large Yellow Underwing x 57
Dark Arches x 33
Minor sp x 23
Plain Golden Y x 15
Magpie x 11
Slender Brindle x 9
Flame x 7
Light Arches x 6
Lesser/Common Rustic x 5
Dotted Clay x 5
Light Emerald x 4
Snout x 4
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing x 3
Double Square-spot x 3
Brimstone x 3
Gold Spot x 2
Heart & Dart x 2
Common Wainscot x 2
Riband Wave x 2
Small Angle Shades
Marbled Beauty
Scallop Shell
Swallow Prominent
Lesser Swallow Prominent
Smoky Wainscot
Clay
Clouded-bordered Brindle
Small Rivulet
Dark spectacle
Clouded Border
Flame shoulder
Peppered Moth
Mottled Beauty
Bright-line Brown-eye
Dingy Shell
Drinker
Poplar Hawk-moth
Straw Dot
Double-lobed
Coxcomb Prominent
Burnished Brass


Scallop Shell
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Stevenston moth trapping 18th July 2016

Postby IainH » Fri Jul 22, 2016 2:17 pm

A warmer, cloudier and calmer night than usual resulted in an increase in moths. However, the increase was mainly in Large Yellow Underwings! Scallop Shell and Grass Emerald were about as interesting as the macros got - but, as ever, there was a wide variety of common species.

Two new local micros for the reserve were Red-barred Tortrix (Ditula angustiorana) and Zeiraphera isertana. The local, wetland micro Limnaecia phragmitella was abundant.

Large Yellow Underwing x 119
Dark Arches x 25
Minor sp x 19
Dotted Clay x 12
Common Rustic x 15
Lesser/Slender Brindle x 12
Flame x 8
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing x 7
Magpie x 7
Snout x 5
Mottled Beauty x 4
Plain Golden Y x 4
Straw Dot x 4
Riband Wave x 3
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing x 3
Light Emerald x 3
Small Rivulet x 3
Small Angle Shades x 3
Light Arches x 3
Small Fan-foot x 3
Flame Shoulder x 2
Clouded Border x 2
Green Pug x 2
Coxcomb Prominent
Burnished Brass
Gold Spot
Common White Wave
Common Carpet
Small Square-spot
Swallow Prominent
Heart & Dart
Rustic
Small Fan-footed Wave
Scallop Shell
Small Dotted Buff
Marbled Beauty
Flame Carpet
Rivulet
Gold Spangle
Brimstone

Red-barred Tortrix
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Zeiraphera isertana
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Limnaecia phragmitella
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Stevenston moth trapping 19th Junly 2016

Postby IainH » Fri Jul 22, 2016 2:20 pm

An incredibly hot night, with the minimum temperature barely dipping below 20 degrees. However, an early thundery downpour perhaps stopped the night from being as productive as it could have been. The heat and humidity did have an effect on the catch though: 375 Large Yellow Underwings was by far my largest count. Over 100 beetles were also in the trap (ground beetles, ladybirds, chafers and soldier beetles) - more than I‘ve ever had before. Between them, 400W MW, 125W MV and 20W actinic traps at Ardeer Quarry LNR caught:

Large Yellow Underwing x 375
Dark Arches x 32
Lesser/Common Rustic x 17
Lesser Broad-borderd Yellow Underwing x 16
Slender Brindle x 15
Dotted Clay x 15
Plain Golden Y x 8
Lesser Yellow Underwing x 6
Minor sp x 6
Common Carpet x 6
Light Arches x 5
Riband Wave x 5
Smoky Wainscot x 4
Magpie x 4
Straw Dot x 4
Gold Spot x 3
Mottled Rustic x 3
Rivulet x 3
Small Rivulet x 3
Small Fan-footed Wave x 3
Burnished Brass x 2
Early Thorn x 2
Marbled Beauty x 2
Heart & Dart x 2
Flame Shoulder x 2
Green Carpet x 2
Flame x 2
Peach Blossom
Bright-line Brown-eye
Drinker
Flame Carpet
Heart & Dart
Flame Shoulder
Clay
Bordered White
Dark/Grey Dagger
Brown-line Bright-eye
Small Angle Shades
Brimstone
Antler Moth
Snout
Iron Prominent
Clouded Border
Green Pug

Large Yellow Underwings
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Stevenston moth trapping 20th July 2016

Postby IainH » Fri Jul 22, 2016 3:57 pm

A group of moth-ers spent the night in the dunes at Stevenston Beach Local Nature Reserve with a variety of MV and actinic moth traps. The skies were clear and there was a full moon, but it was mild and not too breezy.

The highlight of the session was a Bordered Sallow caught in the foredunes. It's a rare, coastal moth in Scotland. It's main foodplant, Restharrow, is abundant in parts of the dunes. Also, The Olive was a nice surprise. It possibly originated from the White Poplars on the reserve.

Local, coastal moths included Archer's Dart, Lime-speck Pug and Straw Underwing. The latter species was one of the commonest in the traps. The most abundant species were Common Rustic agg. and Smoky Wainscot. Magpie Moths were also surprisingly abundant.

Searching Ragwort flowerheads didn't produce much – I think a Six-striped Rustic and a Smoky Wainscot were the only species found this way. However, a patch of Rosebay Willowherb was very popular with nectaring moths. I'm guessing that Ragworting would become more productive in August – that's certainly when I find lots of moths sitting around on Ragwort flowerheads during the day.

Micros included Pyrausta purpuralis, the Ragowort-feeders Cochylis atricapitana and Eucosma campoliliana and the local Lobesia absciscana.

It was interesting to observe the pattern of moth feeding activity throughout the night. On this particular night, moths were abundant for the first couple of hours after sunset and then numbers plummeted for the rest of the night.

Archer's Dart
Beautiful Golden Y
Bordered Sallow
Bright-line Brown-eye
Brimstone
Brown-line Bright-eye
Burnished Brass
Cinnabar (caterpillars)
Clay
Cloaked Minor
Common Carpet
Dark Arches
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet
Dotted Clay
Double Dart
Drinker
Ear
Early Thorn
Flame
Flame Shoulder
Garden Carpet
Gold Spangle
Gothic
Grass Rivulet
Green Pug
Heart and Dart
Iron Prominent
Large Yellow Underwing
Lempke's Gold-spot
Lesser/Common Rustic
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Light Arches
Lime-speck Pug
Magpie
Marbled Beauty
Middle-barred Minor
Olive
Pebble Prominent
Plain Golden Y
Purple Bar
Poplar Hawk-moth
Riband Wave
Rivulet
Rosy Minor
Rustic
Single-dotted Wave
Six-striped Rustic
Small Angle Shades
Small Dotted Buff
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small Rivulet
Small Wainscot
Smoky Wainscot
Snout
Straw Dot
Swallow Prominent
Straw Underwing
Wormwood Pug
Yellow Shell

Bordered Sallow
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Straw Underwing
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Lime-speck Pug
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Cochylis atricapitana
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Lobesia absciscana
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Eucosma campoliliana
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