There were 89 macro moths of 18 species on the 8th July, 87 of 28 on the 9th and 128 of 23 on the 10th. As can be seen the numbers are quite high which is to be expected during this warm and fairly dry spell.
During this period there were 7 new species for the year. 1 of these was a new moth for my backyard, a Brown-lined Sallow Moth (Sympistis badistriga). The other new species for the year were:
Johnson's Euchlaena (Euchlaena johnsonaria)
It’s always nice to get your first tiger moth of the year and the Wavy Chestnut Y (Autographa mappa) is certainly a colourful species.
There were 65 macro moths of 19 species on the 6th. 4 were new for the year:
Split-lined Angle Moth (Speranza bitactata)
This was the best night of the year so far with 107 macro moths of 27 species in the light trap. 5 of these were new for the year and 1 was a macro moth that I haven’t recorded before, a Northern Pine Tussock Moth (Dasychira plagiata). I haven’t seen many Tussock moths so this was a very nice addition to the list. The other new moths for the year were:
The Scribe (Lettered Habrosyne) (Habrosyne scripta)
Due to the weather, my light trap has only been out intermittently over the last week or so. I did have 64 macro moths of 24 species on the 2nd with 3 new species for the year.
False Bruce Spanworm (Speranza loricaria)
It’s always nice to be able photograph a couple of Geometrids as they tend to be a lot more active than the Noctuids. This was only my second record of the Rusty Holomelina (Virbia ferruginosa), although, I think I could quite easily overlook this small moth. The Garden Arches (Lacanobia radix) is a common backyard moth.
I’m a little behind with my blog entries so I will be combining a few. The moth numbers have exploded during the recent hot spell of weather. On the 28th there were approximately 20 species of 95 macro moths in the light trap and on the 29th there were 31 species of 119 macro moths. Over the 2 days there were 59 Bristly Cutworm Moths (Lacinipolia renigera), which continues to be my most numerous backyard moth and 2 new species. The new species were a Two-spot Dart Moth (Eueretagrotis perattentus) and a nice looking geometrid, a White-ribboned Carpet Moth (Mesoleuca ruficillata).
The other photographs are a Ruby Dart (Xestia oblata), which in my opinion is one of the most colourful noctuids and a Morrison's Sooty Dart (Pseudohermonassa tenuicula) which is quite common but sometimes tricky to photograph.
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