Friday, 10 September 2010

Last week's moth and bat night

On Friday 3rd of September we held another bat and moth night on Scarcroft Allotments.  Around 20 people attended the bat walk on which many bats were detected and some were even seen.  There were plenty of bat detectors to go round and once again Joanne Hodgson, from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, provided interesting and entertaining facts about these tiny Scarcroft residents.
The open moth trap

While Joanne was busy bat detecting, David  Baker, from Butterfly Conservation Yorkshire and his colleague also called David, set up their moth traps.  One trap was on all night and was emptied in the morning, the other was more open (see below) and was only on for an hour.  The Davids captured and identified the moths in the temporary trap, so that by the time the bat folk returned they had loads of moths to look at.  One thing I didn't know is that if you kneel on the floor by a moth trap at night moths will fly up your trouser legs unless you tuck your trousers in your socks.

The following morning David and David were back.  They set up a display in the shade of the trees by the shop and between 9 and 10.30am a steady stream of interested parties came to look at the moths on display in plastic tubes.  It was interesting how different the range of species was to those caught earlier in the year.  There were 52 different species caught, all of which were common.  We are certainly very popular with Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing, as he trapped 181 of them. The full list is below.

Thanks again to Joanne, David and David for an excellent, entertaining and educational evening.

Scarcroft Allotments Moth Traps 1 September 3rd 2010

Code Taxon Vernacular Individuals Status
0998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 4 Common
1076 Celypha lacunana 5 Common
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 1 Common
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata Garden Carpet 1 Common
1835 Eupithecia tripunctaria White-spotted Pug (melanic) 1 Common
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 1 Common
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 3 Common
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 1 Common
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 2 Common
A large yellow underwing
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 181 Common
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Undewing 18 Common
2110 Noctua fimbriata Bd-bord/d Y. Underwing 3 Common
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 1 Common
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 14 Common
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 11 Common
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 2 Common
2297 Amphiptra pyramidea Copper Underwing 2 Common
2299 Amphipyra tragopognis Mouse Moth 2 Common
2361 Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 6 Common
2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1 Common
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 2 Common
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1 Common
0424 Yponomeuta evonymella Bird-cherry Ermine 3 Common
0647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 1 Common
0937 Agapeta hamana 2 Common
0972 Pandemis heparana Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix 2 Common
0993 Clepsis spectrana Cyclamen Tortrix 3 Common
0998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2 Common
1020 Cnephasia stephensiana Grey Tortrix 1 Common
1036 Acleris forsskaleana 1 Common
1063 Celypha striana 1 Common
1076 Celypha lacunana 6 Common
1175 Epiblema uddmanniana Bramble Shoot Moth 1 Common
1183 Epiblema foenella 1 Common
1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth 1 Common
1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 3 Common
1305 Agriphila tristella 7 Common
1376 Eurrhypara hortulata Small Magpie 8 Common
Joanne Hodgson, from Yorkshire Wildllife Trust
1378 Phlyctaenia coronata 21 Common
1388 Udea lutealis 1 Common
1392 Udea olivalis 1 Common
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 5 Common
1439 Trachycera advenella 1 Common
1653 Habrosyne pyritoides Buff Arches 2 Common
1669 Hemithea aestivaria Common Emerald 1 Common
1708 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 3 Common
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 4 Common
1713 Idaea aversata ab. remutata Riband Wave [non-banded form 3 Common
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata  Garden Carpet 1 Common
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 2 Common
1754 Eulithis prunata Phoenix 7 Common
1817 Eupithecia pulchellata Foxglove Pug 4 Common

Please click on this link to see the full set of photos.  If you can help identify any of  the moths in the photos please write it in  the caption.

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