Last night in the garden…

As I write it’s a very wet Sunday morning – October 3rd.  I was checking the moth-traps at 7am this morning and it was raining then but I’ve no idea what time it started.  Fortunately, it didn’t stop a few moths coming in though. In fact I caught my first-for-the-garden Merveille du Jour (pictured) so it was worth switching on the lamps just for that. This is one of our most beautiful of UK moths and when freshly emerged its colouring and markings are stunning. It’s not an uncommon species in Shropshire and often comes to light but it’s still the first for my Shifnal garden.

For all it’s beauty though looking at it head on and magnified,  some would say it looks a little menacing.

The lowest temperature recorded during the night was 12 deg C so it was quite mild and it followed a nice warm day too which would have certainly encouraged the moths out until the heavy rain arrived.

Another species that popped in to say ‘hello’ was this slightly worn Orange Sallow – another quite attractive moth and again not uncommon but still a rather striking moth.

The rather attractive Black Rustic is a common visitor to the traps this time of year too and a total of 3 dropped in last night. Common Marbled Carpets are still around too.

Black Rustic GMS 140909  226 Common Marbled Carpet

The full list for last night was:

125w MV Skinner trap
Light Brown Apple Moth x 3
Black Rustic x 2
Beaded Chestnut x 1
Common Marbled Carpet x 2
Garden Rose Tortrix x 1
Large Yellow Underwing x 2
Small Wainscot x 1
Orange Sallow x 1

15w Actinic Skinner trap
Dusky Thorn x 1
Merveille du Jour x 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character x 1
Silver Y x 1
Light Brown Apple Moth x 3
Black Rustic x 1
Common Wainscot
Beaded Chestnut

Head-on to a Small Wainscot

The final Wrekin Forest Volunteers organised moth nights out in the field for the year is at Ercall Woods next Friday October 8th. Please contact me if you’d like to pop along and see what we do and why we do it. To receive more details you’ll find my email address on the Contacts page (or even simpler you can request more info through the comments area too).

Bye for now

Paul Watts

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