Garden Moth Trap, 27th May 2015

We had already put out our trap in May although we decided to put it out again to see how the species would differ between early May and late May. This is what we caught:

  • Green Carpet 2
  • Muslin Moth 1
  • Scorched Wing 1 (a scarce moth)
  • Poplar Hawk-Moth 1
  • Marbled Brown 1 (a scarce moth)
  • Pale Tussock 1
  • Scalloped Hazel 1
  • Flame Shoulder 1

Out of the 8 moth species we caught, 7 were new in May. We had caught Pale Tussock in early May. Also, we had seen a pair of Poplar Hawk-Moths mating in the summer of 2013, but this is the first time we have caught one in the trap.

The Scorched Wing is an absolutely beautiful moth. The faint lines across the fore- and hindwings give the impression of fast movement and the edges of the wings have a scorched appearance. The females are rarely seen and the males rest with the tip of the abdomen curled up, which was observed but it’s not visible in the photo. Therefore I think it’s likely that the one we caught was a male moth. My moth guide says that the UK status is ‘Local T’ which means it has only been recorded in 101-300 sites in the UK, which are spread throughout the country.

The Marbled Brown is also a ‘Local’ moth. This one is in fact less widespread than Scorched Wing because my moth guide puts it as ‘Local S,C,NW,(Ir)’ which means that the 101-300 sites are mainly focused in the south, the central regions, the north-west and less frequently in Ireland. I originally thought that this moth was an Oak Beauty, but it was re-identified as this species on iSpot here:  http://www.ispotnature.org/node/681405

And here are the photos:

Scorched Wing

Scorched Wing

Scalloped Hazel

Scalloped Hazel

Flame Shoulder

Flame Shoulder

Green Carpet

Green Carpet

Muslin Moth

Muslin Moth

Poplar Hawk-Moth

Poplar Hawk-Moth

Oak Beauty

Marbled Brown

Pale Tussock

Pale Tussock

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