Sunday 6 October 2013

Beer and Moths night!

Saturday night's "Beer and Moths" night in Penparcau produced the following results:

4 Silver Y
6 Common Marbled Carpet
1 Common Plume
12 Light Brown Apple
5 Rush Veneer
1 Twenty Plume
3 Black Rustic
1 Autumn Green Carpet
1 Blair's Shoulder-knot
3 Lunar Underwing
1 Palpita vitrealis

and 2 mystery moths - any suggestions please?

Sent by Chloe Griffiths


  1. The lower pic surely shows a Lunar Underwing? You have logged 3 in your list, was this one ? If not are there pics of those? Can't make out first pic, size?
    The Palpita vitrealis would be a good record, do you have a pic of that? Seems a good year for migrants!

    1. Thanks for the comment, I'll send the photo of Palpita to Tony and ask him to put it on the blog. The top image is poor as the moth was too lively to risk taking the lid off, next time I'll put it in the fridge for a while. Tony thinks it could be Feathered Ranunculus. Yes I agree Lunar Underwing, my other individuals had much more clearly marked veining and I wanted to check it was still the same species. All the best.

  2. It is always worth taking a photograph of everthing. This can be useful for 'the one that got away', the one that we are convinced could have been something rare.
    There is also the fact that some species need evidence to become a record, so worth keeping a photo of anything looking slightly unusual or regarded as 'local' or 'scarce' or any migrant...but think you would be let off pics of Silver Ys. ;-)

  3. that's quite an impressive catch. the first photo is a feathered ranunculus - in addition to the wing markings (examples with a well-marked narrow dark central crossband seem to be common around here), you can see the distinctive small backward-pointing crest of scales on the back of the thorax.

  4. Thank you Peter, I'll make a note of that for next time.


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