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19 September 2014

19 September 2014 – The Fields are Wearing Clear

Pale Mottled Willow (Caradrina clavipalpis)

The weather has changed.  Yesterday evening was warm and the relative increase of species to be found in the trap is encouraging.  More moths in the headlights on the drive back from the station. Bats, a fox, little owl and barn owl all to be seen on the six-mile country trip home.

In the York Museum gardens the results were better as well.  I have been placing the trap in a bed of shrubs near to the main entrance – partly for convenience and partly because all of the locations that have been tried, that one seems to be be most productive.  Moths that don’t quite make it to the trap will crashland into the vegetation, so we will be missing a few as they will be too difficult to spot, but on the whole it’s the best.  The Pale Mottled Willow (Caradrina clavipalpis) is a new moth for this blog – not trapped at Shandy Hall so not to be added to the list – but welcome all the same.  The scientific name includes a reference to the Caradrina – a river in Albania.  Perhaps a favourite holiday spot for Herr Ochsenheimer, who gave this moth its name.  (That river is now called the Black Drin.)  

The moth is delicately marked in quite a distinctive pattern – sufficient for me (with help) to be able to distinguish it from the Beaded Chestnut – and is generally associated with harvest time.  All is pretty much gathered in around here – the late-night lights in the fields have disappeared for another year.   

Pale Mottled Willow (illustration).

A couple of micro-moths were found in this catch – I’ve sent images to Charlie Fletcher in the hope that he can identify them.  His response will be posted as soon as I hear.  There will be traps in York on two nights next week, including one to coincide with Researchers Night.