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19 September 2016

19 September 2016 – Lights and Shades

Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa)

Lights have been a problem over the last couple of weeks.  The mercury vapour light has been positioned in three different spots in the garden and on each occasion the result has been the same – wasps, crane flies, sexton beetles all in abundance, but very few moths.

The actinic lamp was used last weekend in the hope that the scissor-jawed, black and yellow hoodlums would not be attracted to this gentler form of light.  Success – no wasps – but there were no moths either.

Angle Shades (illustration)

The catch last night was better – Rosy Rustic, Burnished Brass, Beaded Chestnut, Garden Rose Tortrix, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Barred Sallow, Snout and Large Yellow Underwing.  The Angle Shades represents all these moths in that it is common and yet always striking in appearance; expressing speed in repose.  It is one of the few species recorded in Yorkshire during every month of the year.  

The food plants are various and the illustration from Humphrey’s and Westwood shows the moth next to a mullein (Verbascum thapsus).