Thursday, 1 October 2015

Autumn colours

Moths often seem to match the seasons. Moths in the summer can be colourful and bold, those flying in the winter are typically dingy grey and those in autumn are often muted shades of orange, brown, yellow and green. It was much an orange and brown feel in the moth trap this morning. Again the Lunar Underwings Omphaloscelis lunosa dominated, but there were a few other subtle surprises.

Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunata

This Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis is the first record for my Batch Valley garden. It is apparently particularly attracted to mercury vapour light traps, and as my first autumn with an MV perhaps I can expect this be become a regular autumnal feature.

Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis

The closely related Brown-spot Pinion Agrochola litura was also present. I catch small numbers of this lovely moth each autumn and it is typically found in woodland, scrubland and mature gardens.

Brown-spot Pinion Agrochola litura

I also had a coople of interesting insects in the by-catch. There was this attractive Mirid bug Pantilius tunicatus, which is a late season species found on the lower branches of a variety of trees. A shame that my camera refused to focus on it!

Pantilius tunicatus

There was also this small Empididae fly, which I have been seeing around the garden. It is one of the Rhamphomyia species but the specimen will need detailed examination to get to species level.

Rhamphomyia species

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