Saturday, 5 June 2010

Sunshine after the rain(micro climate?)

??? micro#1

Chrysoteuchia culmella

Monopis obviella
It got very warm and muggy this evening but the 'showers' forecast for 7pm didn't come so I started getting things ready to put the trap out at 9:45, at 9:50 a loud clap of thunder was followed by a serious downpour which lasted for a good half hour and was then followed by another 2 downpours separated by drizzle. Not giving up altogether I put a table lamp with an energy saving bulb in the kitchen window and a few micros turned up, once the rain had stopped I put the MBT/funnel trap just inside the back door and to my surprise the moths soon came to visit(the wife will kill me in the morning when she sees the kitchen is full of moths!!).
 The lamp/trap was on from 11:25pm till 3:30am

2 Green Carpet
2 Light Brown Apple Moth
2 Brown House Moth
1 Setaceous Hebrew Character
2 Brimstone
1 Willow Beauty
1 Campion
1 Scalloped Hazel
1 Silver-Y
1 Poplar Hawk
5 Heart + Dart
2 Small Magpie
1 Cloaked Minor
2 Pale Tussock
1 Mottled Pug
3 other pugs(but it's difficult to ID them when they're resting on the kitchen ceiling!)
1 ??? micro#1(NFG)
1 Chrysoteuchia culmella(NFG)(ID thanks Skev)
1 Monopis obviella(NFG)(ID thanks Harri)


  1. Hello Ian,

    Seems early for Cloaked Minor - I don't usually see this until later in the summer.

    Micro 1 looks quite interesting, but I can't make out what it is from that shot. Did you keep it, or have any other shots?

    Micro 2 is Chrysoteuchia culmella


  2. I didn't get a decent shot of the first one because it wouldn't stay still and my camera is rubbish....just need to talk the wife into letting me get a new one!. I decided the Cloaked Minor is very likely to be Marbled Minor after looking in W & T.