Moth traps

On the evening of July 16th, Ian Bushell and lepidopterist, Hugo Brooke set up moth traps at the top of Village Green. You may have seen them and wondered what they were doing.

In just a couple of hours they trapped and identified an impressive 21 species of moths and a confused Roesel’s Bush-cricket.

[1] Moth traps on Village Green; [2] the confused Roesel’s Bush-cricket

Nine of the moth species are new to our Lepidoptera lists, including the beautiful poplar hawk moth in Hugo Brooke’s header picture. In the lists below, these new species are in bold.

Macro moths

  • 5 Dingy Footman Eilema griseola
  • 5 Drinker Euthrix potatoria
  • 2 Common Footman Eilema lurideola
  • 1 Straw Dot Rivula sericealis
  • 1 Oak Hooktip Drepana binaria
  • 3 Black Arches Lymantria monach
  • 1 Common Wainscot Mythimna pallens
  • 1 Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata
  • 1 Rosy Footman Miltochrista miniata
  • 2 Uncertain Hoplodrina octogenaria
  • 3 Triple Brown-spot Idaea trigeminata
  • 1 Small Fan-footed Wave Idaea biselata
  • 1 Smoky Wainscot Mythimna impura
  • Poplar Hawk Moth Laothoe populi

Micro moths

  • 2 Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
  • 1 Barred fruit tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana
  • 1 Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella
  • 1 Dark-streaked Button Acleris umbrana
  • 1 Straw Grass-veneer Agriphila straminella
  • 1 Common Yellow Conch Agapeta hamana
  • 1 Northern Grey Scorparia ancipitella

[3] small fan-footed wave [4] black arches; [5] common-footman
[6] the uncertain

On the difference between macromoths and micromoths, Wikipedia has this to say:
Microlepidoptera (micromoths) is an artificial (i.e., unranked and not monophyletic) grouping of moth families, commonly known as the ‘smaller moths‘ (micro, Lepidoptera). These generally have wingspans of under 20 mm, and are thus harder to identify by external phenotypic markings than macrolepidoptera.
Presumably, macromoths are all the rest.

Another post about the park’s moths:

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  1. Please could you name the large grey moth in the first picture as we had one in our garden in Summerleaze?

  2. Yes many of the names certainly are weird and wonderful! and many moths are really beautiful too!

  3. Most of these Macro and Micro moths were described and named by Vicars during the 19th century [1800 hundreds]. The names on the whole are very descriptive, but it takes an expert to actully identify the individuals. Thanks Hugo.

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