With a talk and slideshow presentation for the Market Drayton Townswomen’s Guild tonight, I set the 15w Actinic trap in the garden last night to collect live specimens to take along with me.
Not only did a pristine Merveille du Jour turn up – one of the most beautiful moths at this time of year
but a first ever for me with this lovely little micro who goes by the name of Acleris cristana.
It’s quite a scarce species with (according to the dataset at my disposal) only 11 other Shropshire records going as far back as 1935. Nine of these were in the Wyre Forest, one at Chelmarsh, one at Whixall Moss and now one in Midways Garden, Shifnal!
It has two quite distinctive black tufts in the centre of the wings. The markings and colourings are very varied with over 100 different forms noted so far but the black tufts are the diagnostic feature which are constant throughout all the forms.
And although I’ve seen this Noctuid a couple of times before it’s always a welcome sight: An Orange Sallow.
Only 28 moths arrived but there were 13 species and some interesting ones too, I think you’ll agree?
Here’s the list:-
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 1
1054 Acleris cristana 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 2
1914 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 12
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 1
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 1
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair’s Shoulder-knot 2
2247 Dichonia aprilina Merveille du Jour 1
2264 Agrochola macilenta Yellow-line Quaker 1
2266 Agrochola litura Brown-spot Pinion 2
2267 Agrochola lychnidis Beaded Chestnut 2
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing 1
Catch you all soon
PS. I hate WordPress! Blogger is much easier to use in my opinion! The table above for some reason appears below too and I can’t for the life of me find a way to delete it. Anyone any ideas? No – I thought not. Might switch this blog to blogger at some time!