18 September 2015
18 September 2015 – National Moth Nights 1 & 2
|Canary-shouldered Thorn (Ennomos alniaria)|
National Moth Nights took place last week and a trap was set for each evening. Three different sites were chosen: Shandy Hall, York Museums Gardens and the back garden of artist Martin Huxter. Shandy Hall trap was rewarding in the variety of species that were found and a bright sunny morning to make identification a pleasure.
|Shandy Hall trap with Martin Huxter|
Large Yellow Underwing, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Brown-spot Pinion, Straw Dot, Lunar Underwing, Magpie, Canary-shouldered Thorn, November Moth, Silver Y, Flame Shoulder, Flounced Rustic, Common Rustic, Rosy Rustic, Eudonia sp., Mouse Moth and Hebrew Character.
|Flame Shoulder (Ochropleura plecta)|
York Museums Garden moth-trapping on the following day was a bit of a wash-out – except for the Underwings. There must have been over 200 altogether with Large Yellow and Broad-bordered Yellow being in the majority. There was a Common Garden Carpet and a Marbled Carpet, a Straw Dot and that was it. Valiant support from Tim Gates and Richard Baker made the process less of a trial in the pouring rain. We crouched beneath the portico and hoped to find something special but it was not to be.