Ian Maton Nature Photography: Blog https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog en-us Ian Maton abnaturephoto@shaw.ca (Ian Maton Nature Photography) Mon, 13 Jul 2015 18:27:00 GMT Mon, 13 Jul 2015 18:27:00 GMT https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/img/s/v-5/u1031719030-o330317982-50.jpg Ian Maton Nature Photography: Blog https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog 120 94 Blog for 8th, 9th and 10th July https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/7/blog-for-8th-9th-and-10th-july 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)
Pale beauty (Campaea perlata)
Parthenice Tiger Moth (Grammia parthenice)
Canadian Fan-foot (Zanclognatha lutalba)
Wavy Chestnut Y (Autographa mappa)
Anhimella contrahens

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.

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abnaturephoto@shaw.ca (Ian Maton Nature Photography) https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/7/blog-for-8th-9th-and-10th-july Fri, 10 Jul 2015 13:15:00 GMT
Blog entry for 6th July https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/7/blog-entry-for-6th-july There were 65 macro moths of 19 species on the 6th.  4 were new for the year:

Split-lined Angle Moth (Speranza bitactata)
Neoligia subjuncta
Stormy Arches (Polia nimbosa)
Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba)

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abnaturephoto@shaw.ca (Ian Maton Nature Photography) https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/7/blog-entry-for-6th-july Thu, 09 Jul 2015 19:30:00 GMT
Blog entry for 3rd July https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/7/blog-entry-for-3rd-july 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)
Little White Lichen Moth (Clemensia albata)
Brown-streaked Rustic (Hypocoena rufostrigata)
Disparaged Arches (Orthodes detracta)
Trichordestra dodii

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abnaturephoto@shaw.ca (Ian Maton Nature Photography) https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/7/blog-entry-for-3rd-july Thu, 09 Jul 2015 17:24:00 GMT
Blog entry for 2nd July https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/7/blog-entry-for-2nd-july 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)
White-banded Toothed Carpet (Euphyia intermediata)
Rusty Holomelina (Virbia ferruginosa)

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.


abnaturephoto@shaw.ca (Ian Maton Nature Photography) https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/7/blog-entry-for-2nd-july Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:39:00 GMT
Blog entry for 28th and 29th June https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/7/blog-entry-for-28th-and-30th-june 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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abnaturephoto@shaw.ca (Ian Maton Nature Photography) https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/7/blog-entry-for-28th-and-30th-june Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:22:00 GMT
Backyard Report https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/6/backyard-report_26 The high early morning temperatures are making photography quite tricky.  A number of moths flew out of the trap as soon as I lifted the lid.  I did record 57 moths of 15 species so the numbers are continuing to increase.  Just 2 new moths for the year:

Yellow-dusted-Cream (Cabera erythemaria)
Dark Metanema (Metanema determinata)

The Thoughtful Apamea (Apamea cogitata), shown below, has just started to appear in the light trap.  This is another one of the very common backyard moths.  The Flame-shouldered Dart (Ochropleura implecta) was recorded on the 12th June.  Normally very active and difficult to photograph no matter what the temperatures.


abnaturephoto@shaw.ca (Ian Maton Nature Photography) https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/6/backyard-report_26 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 08:11:00 GMT
Backyard Report https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/6/backyard-report There were approximately 49 macro moths of 17 species in my light trap last night.  I say, approximately, as a few got away before I could photograph them.  The warm overnight weather means they are quite active even at 6:30am.  8 were new for the year but there were no completely new species.  The new ones for the year were:

Common Idia (Idia aemula)
Putnam's Looper (Plusia putnami)
White-lined Quaker (Apamea niveivenosa)
Glassy Cutworm (Apamea devastator)
Civil Rustic Moth (Platyperigea montana)
Cloudy Arches Moth (Polia imbrifera)
Divergent Dart (Euxoa divergens)
Catocaline Dart (Cryptocala acadiensis)

The Vancouver Dart (Agrotis vancouverensis) is another very common backyard moth.  The Blind-eyed Sphinx Moth (Paonias excaecata) photograph was taken in the Okanagan.

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abnaturephoto@shaw.ca (Ian Maton Nature Photography) https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/6/backyard-report Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:32:00 GMT
June 24th https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/6/june-24th It was fairly quiet in the Light trap this morning.  There were 24 macro moths of 9 species with 3 being new for the year.

Pepper & Salt Geometer (Biston betularia cognataria)
Apamea commoda
Olive Arches (Lacinipolia olivacea)

Olive Arches (Lacinipolia olivacea) and Bristly Cutworm (Lacinipolia renigera) moths are two of the most common moths that I record in my backyard.

The other moth photograph is a Single-dotted Wave (Idaea dimidiata) which was taken in the Okanagan.

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abnaturephoto@shaw.ca (Ian Maton Nature Photography) https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/6/june-24th Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:14:00 GMT
June 23rd–New Moth https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/6/june-23rdnew-moth I’ve just returned from a weeks vacation in the southern Okanagan.  I’ll include a few moths from the Okanagan in the next couple of blogs.

Last night there were 29 macro moths of 16 species in my Calgary backyard light trap.  9 of these were new species for the year.  One of these was a moth that I haven’t recorded before, a Small Phoenix Moth (Ecliptopera silaceata).  The other new species were:

American Idia (Idia americalis)
Yellow-headed Cutworm Moth (Northern Quaker) (Apamea amputatrix)
Apamea alia
Thoughtful Apamea (Apamea cogitata)
Garden Arches (Lacanobia radix)
Bristly Cutworm Moth (Lacinipolia renigera)
Many-lined Wainscot (Leucania multilinea)
Rosy Dart (Diarsia rosaria)

The One-eyed Sphinx Moth (Smerinthus cerisyi) is an Okanagan photograph.  These moths appear to be quite common in the area.

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abnaturephoto@shaw.ca (Ian Maton Nature Photography) https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/6/june-23rdnew-moth Tue, 23 Jun 2015 18:29:00 GMT
Another good moth night https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/6/another-good-moth-night This morning I recorded 47 macro moths of 17 species.  This included yet another 2 new species.  A very nice Splendid Dagger Moth (Acronicta superans) and a Wormwood pug (Eupithecia absinthiata).  I must admit I sometimes overlook the pug species but this one caught my eye as it had some fairly prominent markings.  That brings my new backyard macro moth species for the year to 9.  And it’s only June! 

Other new species for the year were:

Morrison's Pero (Pero morrisonaria)
The Canary Thorn (Neoterpes trianguliferata)
Double-banded Carpet (Spargania magnoliata)
Dark-spotted Palthis (Palthis angulalis)
American Angle Shades (Euplexia benesimilis)
The Mottled Rustic (Brungult Lovfly) (Caradrina morpheus)
Intermediate Falconer (Cucullia intermedia)


abnaturephoto@shaw.ca (Ian Maton Nature Photography) https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/6/another-good-moth-night Thu, 11 Jun 2015 19:51:00 GMT
More new backyard moth species https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/6/more-new-backyard-moth-species The moth numbers jumped last night with 47 macro moths of 14 species.  There were another 2 new species which included a very nice Isabella Tiger Moth (Pyrrharctia isabella).  I have seen this moth in the Okanagan but it was certainly a welcome new backyard species.  The other new moth was a Praevia Dart Moth (Xestia praevia).  The latter  was on the house siding across from the trap and I almost missed it.  Other species recorded this morning were:

The Vestal (Cabera variolaria)
Brown Bark Carpet Moth (Horisme intestinata)
Miranda Moth (Proxenus miranda)
Celery Looper (Anagrapha falcifera)
Pink-barred Lithacodia (Pseudeustrotia carneola)
Impressed Dagger Moth (Acronicta impressa)
Neighbourly Arches (Lacinipolia vicina)
Wheat Head Armyworm (Dargida diffusa)
Lesser Wainscot (Mythimna oxygala)
Ruddy Quaker Moth (Protorthodes oviduca)
Vancouver Dart (Agrotis vancouverensis)
Setaceous Hebrew Character (Xestia c-nigrum)


abnaturephoto@shaw.ca (Ian Maton Nature Photography) https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/6/more-new-backyard-moth-species Wed, 10 Jun 2015 18:37:00 GMT
Post for Tues 9th June–More new backyard species https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/6/post-for-tues-9th-junemore-new-backyard There were 13 macro moths of 7 species in the Light trap yesterday morning.  This included 2 new species.  The new species were Pale-marked Angle Moth (Macaria signaria) and Orthodes obscura.  Other species included:

Brown Bark Carpet Moth (Horisme intestinata)
Gray dagger (Acronicta grisea)
Lesser Wainscot (Mythimna oxygala)
Vancouver Dart (Agrotis vancouverensis)
Setaceous Hebrew Character (Xestia c-nigrum)


abnaturephoto@shaw.ca (Ian Maton Nature Photography) https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/6/post-for-tues-9th-junemore-new-backyard Wed, 10 Jun 2015 17:28:00 GMT
New Backyard Moth Species https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/6/new-backyard-moth-species There were 11 moths of 6 species in the light trap this morning and 2 were new backyard species.  A Gray Spruce Looper Moth (Caripeta divisata) was a completely new species for me while a Sigmoid Prominent Moth (Clostera albosigma) was a new species for my backyard.  The image of the Sigmoid Prominent was taken in the Waterton area as I failed to get a good photograph of this moth this morning.

GSL Sigmoid Prominent Moth (Clostera albosigma)

abnaturephoto@shaw.ca (Ian Maton Nature Photography) https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/6/new-backyard-moth-species Mon, 08 Jun 2015 18:17:00 GMT
Moths number increasing https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/6/moths-number-increasing I haven’t had the backyard light trap out a great deal recently but last night there were 12 moths of 7 species.  They included an Atlantic Arches Moth (Lacanobia atlantica) which I believe is only the second time I have recorded this species.

In spite of some warm weather, May was a very quite month for moths but I have included a smart looking Anarta farnhami which was in the trap on the 28th.  The Celery Looper (Anagrapha falcifera) and what I believe is an Alien Probole (Probole alienaria) were recorded on the 6th June.

The moth numbers are definitely on the rise.

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abnaturephoto@shaw.ca (Ian Maton Nature Photography) https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/6/moths-number-increasing Sun, 07 Jun 2015 19:59:00 GMT
April 22nd https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/4/april-22nd Last night there was one new species for the year and 6 Speckled Green Fruitworms (Orthosia hibisci).  The new species was an Orthosia segregata (no common name that I can find).  This is an expected moth species for this time of the year.  Nothing in the bait trap yet apart from a good number of flies…


abnaturephoto@shaw.ca (Ian Maton Nature Photography) https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/4/april-22nd Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:46:00 GMT
Some different moths at last… https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/4/some-different-moths-at-last There were a couple of new backyard moths for the year in the light trap this morning.  One was a Thaxter's Pinion Moth (Lithophane thaxteri).  This was a good record as I have only seen this moth once before on the 22nd Oct 2013.  The other new species for the year was an Alfalfa Looper (Autographa californica).  This was my earliest record for this moth by a few days.  Of course, there were also the inevitable Speckled Green Fruitworm (Orthosia hibisci) moths.  8 in total.  I have the bait trap out as well now so we’ll see what that attracts.




abnaturephoto@shaw.ca (Ian Maton Nature Photography) https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/4/some-different-moths-at-last Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:44:00 GMT
April 16th Moth https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/4/april-16th-moth Not many moths in backyard at the moment.  Just 1 Speckled Green Fruitworm (Orthosia hibisci) in the light trap this morning.  If the wind drops I’m hoping for more tonight.

The Olive Green Cutworm (Dargida procincta) below was taken on October 21st last year and was one of my latest moth records.  I thought I’d add this migrant American Wigeon photograph , taken yesterday, for some colour.  The bird migration is underway…



abnaturephoto@shaw.ca (Ian Maton Nature Photography) https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/4/april-16th-moth Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:09:00 GMT
April Moths https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/4/april-moths Not too much to report for last week, although, I did find a new backyard micro moth on the door next to my light trap yesterday morning (11th).  I think the new micro is a Semioscopis inornata.  I found 2 common names for this moth.  The one used on the E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum is Dull Flatbody Moth and in the Peterson guide it is Plain Semioscopis.   I guess it is plain and could be considered Dull so you can take your pick…Smile

With regards to macro moths, I had a single Large Grey Pinion (Lithophane georgii) in the trap on the 9th and 8 moths of 2 species in the light trap on the 11th.  The latter comprised  of 7 Speckled Green Fruitworms (Orthosia hibisci) and a new species for the year, a Western Swordgrass Moth (Xylena thoracica).

Strong winds kept my light trap inside last night and may keep it in tonight.

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abnaturephoto@shaw.ca (Ian Maton Nature Photography) https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/4/april-moths Sun, 12 Apr 2015 14:26:00 GMT
March 31st Backyard Moths https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/4/march-31st-backyard-moths There were 3 moths of 2 species in the light trap on the 31st.  2x Dot-and-Dash Swordgrass (Xylena curvimacula) and 1x Speckled Green Fruitworm (Orthosia hibisci).  Since then cooler temperatures and strong winds have prevented me from putting the Light trap out.  Hopefully the weather will settle down again soon.

The photographs below were taken in 2013.

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abnaturephoto@shaw.ca (Ian Maton Nature Photography) https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/4/march-31st-backyard-moths Thu, 02 Apr 2015 17:36:00 GMT
My First Backyard Macro Moth of 2015! https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/3/my-first-backyard-macro-moth-of-2015 We’ve had a lot of warm weather recently but my light trap had remained stubbornly empty until last night when 2 Speckled Green Fruitworm (Orthosia hibisci) moths turned up.  This is my earliest ever record of a macro moth since I started mothing in 2007.  My previous early record was a Dot-and-Dash Swordgrass (Xylena curvimacula) on the 1st April 2013.  Hopefully, this is the start of an interesting mothing year.

Orthosia hibisci

abnaturephoto@shaw.ca (Ian Maton Nature Photography) https://www.albertanaturephotography.com/blog/2015/3/my-first-backyard-macro-moth-of-2015 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:29:00 GMT