After calling in at my local wildlife book shop to improve my library of moth ID books, a dry forecast saw the trap going out on Saturday night. It was with some excitement when I got up on Sunday morning to see what I had found. I was not disappointed with my haul of 33 moths. Not a huge number, but for an inexperienced moth-er like me this is ideal as it still took me two hours to identify them all (and I still needed some help with a couple of them)!
My list of moths:
Common Footman 9
Willow Beauty 1
Scalloped Oak 4
Small-dotted Wave 1
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
Early Thorn 1
Burnished Brass 1
Double Square Spot/Triple-spotted Clay 1
July Highflyer 2
Red Twin-spot Carpet 1
Catoptria pinella 1
Agriphila tristella/selasella 1
An enjoyable and challenging session. I caught a couple of my target moths - Early Thorn and Burnished Brass, which are beautiful insects. As the list shows above, identifying moths is difficult for the inexperienced. This is particularly the case when there are worn individuals, and some when down as an either/or. There is also much variation within species, with the two July Highflyers being quite different colours.
Here's hoping for a dry night next weekend.