WINE RACE 2016 .. MATTc380 .. TRENT 353 .. BEN 347 ...... Garden species:- Macros 357, Micros 365, Total 722

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

11th May 2015 ... New moth for garden + a bumper night.

I'll start by thanking Mr Ian Woiwood.
After reading his post on Beds Moth group Facebook on 3rd May regarding the use of a pheromone lure to successfully attract a male Emperor Moth to his garden, I was prompted to get on to Anglia Leps and order one.
I made a net bag and hung it on the trellis fence at 10.00 am. where it sat all day until 16.45 pm. when a male Emperor turned up.
This is the first record for the garden and the lure has now gone into the freezer until next April.
I have tried a couple of times to "assemble" newly hatched female Emperors without success, mainly due to adverse weather conditions at the time of the hatching in 2013/14
By using a lure there's no waiting for a hatch and you can pick your weather, much easier.
Saturnia pavonia, Emperor Moth (male)
A sunny spot on the trellis fence, with the lure in a homemade net bag

A good day was followed by an equally good evening, warm, dry, maybe a tad too breezy at times for the micro moths, but 28 species were recorded with a possible 29 pending a Pug I.D.
The catch:-
11th May, warm, breezy, 9.9 degC min.
0648 Endrosis sarcitrella, 3
0697 Agonopterix arenella, 1
0892 Mompha subbistrigella, 3
0925 Phtheochroa rugosana, 1, year first
925, Phtheochroa rugosana

0964 Cochylis dubitana, 1, year first
964, Cochylis dubitana

0974 Argyrotaenia ljungiana, 1, year first
974, Argyrotaenia ljungiana

0998 Epiphyas postvittana, 3
1099 Endothenia marginana, 1, year first (to be confirmed)
1099, Endothenia marginana 

1342 Eudonia angustea, 1
1428 Aphomia sociella, 1
1643 Emperor Moth, 1, garden first
1654 Figure of Eighty, 1, year first
1654, Figure of Eighty

1781 Small Waved Umber, 2
1819 Mottled Pug, 2, year first
1819, Mottled Pug

1834 Common Pug, 2
1862 Double-striped Pug, 1
1883 Yellow-barred Brindle, 2
1906 Brimstone Moth, 1
1920 Scalloped Hazel, 1
1920, Scalloped Hazel

2028 Pale Tussock, 1, year first
2028, Pale Tussock

2087 Turnip Moth, 1
2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart, 8
2160 Bright-line Brown-eye, 1, year first
2160, Bright-line Brown-eye

2166 Campion, 1, year first
2166, The Campion

2190 Hebrew Character, 2
2289 Knot Grass, 1
2306 Angle Shades, 3
2334 Rustic Shoulder-knot, 2, year first
2334, Rustic Shoulder-knot

2389 Pale Mottled Willow, 2


  1. 83 Species already! Quieten down over there :p
    What's happened to Matt, is he actually still stuck on 45 species? Surely not hehe.
    Great catch and congrats on the Emperor.
    I shall be at Hexton Chalk Pit tomorrow night, wish me luck!

    1. Good luck at Hexton . Matt is probably on around 100 by now, he never updates on blogger these days. That E. marginana I posted may well be a small "gentianaeana", I'm keeping it for Mr M... I could check the hindwing but if it's a female it would be a waste of time.

  2. I'm still here!........................I need a calculator to work out my total. Coming soon.