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Stevenston moth trapping 21st July 2016

Postby IainH » Fri Jul 22, 2016 4:55 pm

A mild and cloudy night produced a decent catch in a 400W MV trap at Ardeer Quarry Local Nature Reserve. Dingy Shell, Double Lobed and Dark Spectacle were perhaps the most interesting macros. An attractive new micro for the site - and probably for Ayrshire - was the local Willow-feeder, Mompha locupletella.

Large Yellow Underwing x 118
Lesser broad-bordered Yellow Underwing x 30
Dark Arches x 23
Minor sp x 20
Dotted Clay x 15
Plain Golden Y x 7
Common Carpet x 7
Lesser/Common Rustic x 6
Flame x 4
Burnished Brass x 3
Small Rivulet x 3
Heart & Dart x 3
Light Arches x 2
Small Fan-footed Wave x 2
Flame Shoulder x 2
Square-spot Rustic
Burnished Brass
Dark Spectacle
Double-lobed
Magpie
Bright-line Brown-eye
Small Fan-footed Wave
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Flame Carpet
Dingy Shell
Gold Spot
Peppered Moth
Grass Emerald
Early Thorn
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Small Angle Shades
Swallow-tailed Moth
Spectacle
Dark/Grey Dagger
Six-striped Rustic
Smoky Wainscot
Garden Carpet
Brown-line Bright-eye
Swallow Prominent
Gold Spangle
Clouded Border
Mottled Beauty
Riband Wave
Green Pug

Dark Spectacle
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Double Lobed
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Mompha locupletella
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Stevenston moth trapping 23rd July 2016

Postby IainH » Sun Jul 24, 2016 12:24 pm

Out of curiosity, instead of the 400W heath trap, I put out a 20W CFL (compact fluorescent) heath trap at Ardeer Quarry LNR. Hardly a scientific examination of the relative efficacy of the two bulbs, but it was interesting to see that there wasn’t a big difference in diversity between this catch and the ones I’ve been getting with the 400W MV: during the last couple of trapping sessions, the 400W produced just over 40 species of macro moth; during this session, the 20W CFL produced just under 40 species.

Large Yellow Underwing x 78
Dotted Clay x 37
Dark Arches x 20
Lesser/Common Rustic x 14
Lesser Broad-bordered yellow Underwing x 14
Riband Wave x 7
Slender Brindle x 4
Early Thorn x 3
Snout x 3
July Highflyer x 3
Magpie x 3
Small Rivulet x 2
Dun-bar x 2
Plain Golden Y x 2
Smoky Wainscot x 2
Clouded Border x 2
Flame Carpet x 2
Lesser Yellow Underwing x 2
Light Arches x 2
Marbled Beauty x 2
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing x 2
Mottled Beauty
Clay
Brown-line Bright-eye
Minor sp.
Green Pug
Fan-foot
Common Wave
Scalloped Oak
Small Fan-footed Wave
Double Square-spot
Square-spot Rustic
Small Square-spot
Gothic
Pinion-streaked Snout
Dark Spinach
Grass Emerald
Small Phoenix

Dark Spinach
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Pinion-streaked Snout
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Stevenston moth trapping 25th July 2016

Postby IainH » Tue Jul 26, 2016 6:14 pm

Two traps beside each other at Ardeer Quarry LNR produced a bit less than usual. It looks like there won’t be any great mothing weather for a while.

400W
Large Yellow Underwing x 41
Dotted Clay x 21
Lesser/Common Rustic x 19
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing x 18
Slender Brindle x 7
Dark Arches x 4
Plain Golden Y x 3
Common Carpet x 2
Early Thorn x 2
Minor sp x 2
Lesser Yellow Underwing x 2
Riband Wave x 2
Double Square-spot
Magpie
Brimstone
Flame Shoulder
Flame Carpet
Small Square-spot
Small Fan-footed Wave
Gold Spangle
Snout

20W CFL
Large Yellow Underwing x 20
Dotted Clay x 12
Lesser/Common Rustic x 8
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing x 7
Dark Arches x 6
Plain Golden Y x 2
Brimstone
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Minor sp.
Common Carpet
Light Arches
Common Lutestring
Rivulet
Coxcomb Prominent
Swallow-tailed Moth
Poplar Hawk-moth
Small Square-spot
Rustic


Swallow-tailed Moth
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Cochylis atricapitana
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Agapeta hamana
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Stevenston moth trapping 2nd August 2016

Postby IainH » Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:23 am

A wet but unusually warm night tempted me to put out a couple of traps (400W and 125W) beside each other at Ardeer Quarry LNR. As one might imagine, it was a yellow underwing fest! However, new for the reserve - and probably new for Ayrshire - was a Pretty Pinion.

Pretty Pinion (New for site; local species)
Large Yellow Underwing x 246
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing x 62
Dark Arches x 25
Lesser/Common Rustic x 24
Lesser Yellow Underwing x 14
Dotted Clay x 14
Small Phoenix x 5
Common Carpet x 4
Slender Brindle x 4
Plain Golden Y x 4
Square-spot Rustic x 4
Dun-bar x 4
Silver Y x 3
Double-lobed x 3
Small Square-spot x 3
Willow Beauty x 3
Snout x 3
Gold Spot x 2
Scalloped Oak x 2
Riband Wave x 2
Flame Carpet x 2
Six-striped Rustic x 2
Burnished Brass x 2
Rivulet
Pebble Prominent
Brimstone
Brown-line Bright-eye
Smoky Wainscot
Small Dotted Buff
July Highflyer
White-spotted Pug
Light Arches
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet
Clouded Border
Crescent
Angle Shades
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Early Thorn

Pretty Pinion
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Scalloped Oak
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Willow Beauty
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Stevenston moth trapping 5th August 2016

Postby IainH » Sat Aug 06, 2016 1:01 pm

Calm, cloudy with clear spells and slightly warmer than of late. Highlights in two MV traps (400W and 125W) at Ardeer Quarry LNR were the reserve's second Olive, an Orange Swift and a White-line Dart.

Large Yellow Underwing x 91
Lesser/Common Rustic x 68
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing x 62
Lesser Yellow Underwing x 39
Dotted Clay x 27
Small square-spot x 19
Common Carpet x 10
Dun-bar x 7
Plain Golden Y x 5
Smoky Wainscot x 3
Double-lobed x 3
Crescent x 3
Brimstone x 3
Clouded Border x 2
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet
Ingrailed Clay
Olive
Heart & Dart
Square-spot Rustic
Small Phoenix
Flame Carpet
Small Fan-footed Wave
Common/Dark Marbled Carpet
Clay
Scalloped Oak
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Orange Swift

Olive
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White-line Dart
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Orange Swift
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Double Lobed
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Stevenston moth trapping 7th August 2016

Postby IainH » Sun Aug 07, 2016 12:44 pm

A daytime walk through some damp woodland at Ardeer Quarry LNR produced a Twin-spot Carpet and a Snout, as well as the ubiquitous Common Carpet and Common or Common White Wave.

Twin-spot Carpet
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Stevenston moth trapping 11th August 2016

Postby IainH » Fri Aug 12, 2016 6:26 pm

Humid and cloudy, but a bit breezy. The highlight in 400W & 125W traps at Ardeer Quarry LNR was a Pale Mottled Willow.

Large Yellow Underwing x 102
Lesser Yellow Underwing x 17
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing x 15
Lesser/Common Rustic x 13
Small Square-spot x 9
Common Carpet x 8
Dun-bar x 4
Square-spot Rustic x 4
Dotted Clay x 3
Dark Arches x 2
Ingrailed Clay x 2
Flame Carpet x 2
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing x 2
Iron Prominent
Scalloped Oak
Rivulet
Small Phoenix
Clouded Border
Crescent
Orange Swift
Pale Mottled Willow
Snout
July Highflyer
White-line Dart


Pale Mottled Willow
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Stevenston moth trapping 17th August 2016

Postby IainH » Sat Aug 20, 2016 10:08 am

Nothing unusual in two traps (400W & 125W) at Ardeer Quarry LNR. The first Centre-barred Sallow of the year was the most noteworthy thing in the trap.

Large Yellow Underwing x 75
Lesser Yellow Underwing x 44
Square-spot Rustic x 28
Dotted Clay x 13
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing x 10
Small Square-spot x 8
Lesser/Common Rustic x 21
Dun-bar x 5
July Highflyer x 5
Crescent x 4
Common Carpet x 3
Common Marbled Carpet x 2
Small Phoenix x 2
Orange Swift x 2
Brimstone x 2
Dark Arches
Willow Beauty
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Scalloped Oak
Clouded Border
Double Square-spot
Plain Golden Y
Antler
Small Fan-footed Wave
Iron Prominent
Centre-barred Sallow
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Stevenston moth trapping 21st August

Postby IainH » Tue Aug 23, 2016 5:35 pm

I tried my luck at a new trapping site, in a complex of species-rich marsh/fem/swamp/reedbed in the town. Nothing very unusual was in the 25W actinic trap. Adjacent to the wetland is a large brownfield area overgrown with Willow and an unusual amount of St John's wort. I disturbed a few Treble-bar moths (the foodplant of which is St John's wort). Also, what was probably a Vapourer was on the wing there.

Small Wainscot x 4
Lesser Yellow Underwing x 3
July Highflyer x 2
Crescent x 2
Large Yellow Underwing x 2
Small Phoenix
Flame Carpet
Sallow
Small Square-spot


Sallow
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Small Wainscot
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Crescent
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Trapping site
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Stevenston moth trapping 21st August 2016

Postby IainH » Tue Aug 23, 2016 5:38 pm

Mild and calm, with light rain at times, it was a relatively good night for moths. The highlight in two (400W & 125W) traps was a new species for the reserve: Archer's Dart. It had perhaps wandered here from the town's sand dunes. Centre-barred Sallow and White-line Dart were also nice.

A new micro for the site was Firethorn Leaf Miner (Phyllonorycter leucographella), which might also be new for the Ayrshire list. The local, Ash-feeding Zelleria hepariella was also interesting.

Archer's Dart (New for site; local, coastal species)
Large Yellow Underwing x 49
Square-spot Rustic x 41
Lesser Yellow Underwing x 27
Lesser/Common Rustic x 11
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing x 9
Small Square-spot x 8
Dotted Clay x 6
Dun-bar x 5
Crescent x 4
Dark/Common Marbled Carpet x 4
Dark Arches x 2
Sallow
White-line Dart
Grey Chi
Small Phoenix
Common Carpet
July Highflyer
Lesser Swallow Prominent
Flame Shoulder
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Scalloped Oak
Centre-barred Sallow
Small Wainscot


Archer’s Dart
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White-line Dart
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Centre-barred Sallow
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Grey Chi
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Lesser Swallow Prominent
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Scalloped Oak
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Zelleria hepariella
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Firethorn Leaf Miner
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