Sunday 5 July 2015

RSPB Ynys-hir Event

Today's event was well attended by experienced moth-trappers, birders with an interest in moths and wildlife in general.
We finished emptying the traps on time too, 11:00am, as someone pointed out to me although we had lost all track of time.
Total number of macro species was 73 and micros 24 with 3 still to be determined.  Which to me adds up to exactly 100!!  I am sure we had exceeded that number but due to the warm sunshine the moths were rather active and one or two escaped before being examined properly...quite a few into the open beaks of the waiting Robins.
We eventually got away around 12:30 after packing up in some very heavy rain, that's a British summer for you.
Some edited highlights:
The largest micro - Mother of Pearl
The Smallest macro - Pinion-streaked Snout
Some migrants - Rush Veneer, Silver Y
Moths on the saltmarsh not elsewhere - Grass Emerald, Smoky Wainscot, Bactra robustana
Oo-ha moths - Burnished Brass, Swallowtailed, Poplar Hawkmoth, Eyed Hawkmoth and Garden Tiger.
Abundant species - Riband Wave, Buff Ermine, Mottled Beauty and Light Emerald
Pugs - Foxglove, Double-striped and hmm, well, better just let that one go! A popular pug that one.
The chorus line...Double Line, Tawny-barred Angle, Satin Lutestring,Cinnabar, Satin Beauty, Gold Spot, Rivulet, Fan-foot, Blood-vein, Barred Red, Brussels Lace, Coronet, to name but a few.
Pinion-streaked Snout

Archips podana

Argyresthia retinella

Epagoge grotiana
Sorry about the poor quality photos but had to get a couple of little 'uns in.
Ina & Tony.

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