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21 July 2014

21 July 2014 – Like a Hare at Nightfall

Miller (Acronicta leporina)

The title of this blog refers to the first moth – Miller or Acronicta (nightfall) leporina (like a hare [in winter]).  The moth was on the outside of the trap and close to a Dagger (Acronicta psi) but was sufficiently different to warrant a closer look.  In fact it was a case of looking very closely this morning as the number and variety of moths was very encouraging.  We are waiting for confirmation of some of the species photographed before posting on the blog, but both of the traps (Shandy Hall and York Museums Trust gardens) were full.  A Ruby Tiger and a Catroptria pinella were highlights – but how did I neglect to photograph them? Visitors to the York gardens were mightily impressed to see such splendid moths – we will trap again tonight and hope more turn up. 

Batia lunaris

The New Tawny Tubic (Batia lunaris) is a most attractive micro.  The origin of the scientific name is unclear – it is thought to be named after the thorn-bush (batos), but isn’t connected in any way; or after Batia, daughter of Teucer, who founded the royal house of Troy.  I think the latter -it is more impressive.  

Both of these moths are new to the gardens at York.  We will be there tomorrow from 7.30am until around 10.30am if you want to come along.