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Insh Marshes, 10th August 2013

Twelve of us gathered at the Insh Marshes RSPB Reserve car park, including two Dutch tourists. The morning started out quite dull, but gradually brightened up during the day. We walked a little way along the trail to the first trap, where we found a total of 36 species. We then walked along to the next trap, and saw some butterflies along the way including Ringlet and Northern Brown Argus.

There was a total of 35 species at the 2nd trap, although some were different from the species in the 1st trap. There were also some Northern Brown Argus eggs on Common Rock-rose leaves beside the trap. Most of us then walked the trail around the reserve, we saw some more butterfly species before stopping at the viewpoint for lunch.

After lunch we carried on around the reserve seeing a few more butterflies and some of the same moths that we had already seen in the traps and some Agriphila straminella moths as well as a Fox Moth larva. We also found a Birch tree with several rolled-up dried leaves, later identified as being the pupal cases of Coleophoridae moths. We also saw a couple of Dragonfly species, Black Darter and Common Hawker as well as a couple of Common Frogs and a Common Lizard.

After completing the circuit some people went home whilst the rest of us walked to a 3rd trap where we again saw 35 species, some of which were different to those seen in the other traps. There was also a Nicrophorus investigator, a species of Sexton Beetle in the trap. In total we saw 52 species across the 3 traps with a further 2 seen on the walk and a total of 9 species of butterfly.

Northern Brown Argus eggs (Audrey Turner)

Northern Brown Argus eggs

Lempke's Gold Spot (Audrey Turner)

Lempke's Gold Spot

Green Carpet (Audrey Turner)

Green Carpet


Butterflies
Common Blue
Dark Green Fritillary
Green-veined White
Meadow Brown
Northern Brown Argus
Ringlet
Scotch Argus
Small Heath
Small Tortoiseshell

Moths (on walk)
Bird-cherry Ermine
Brown Plume
Chevron
Common Carpet
Dotted Clay
Ear Moth agg
Fox Moth larva
Northern Spinach
Twin-spot Carpet
Argeresthia goedartella
Eana osseana
Agriphila straminella
Agriphila tristella
Udea lutealis

Moth Trap 1
Anomalous
Antler Moth
Autumnal Rustic
Barred Chestnut
Bird-cherry Ermine
Burnished Brass
Common Carpet
Common Marbled Carpet
Dark Arches
Dark Marbled Carpet
Dotted Clay
Ear Moth agg
Gold Spangle
Green Arches
Green Carpet
Haworth’s Minor
Ingrailed Clay
Juniper Pug
Large Yellow Underwing
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Neglected Rustic
Northern Spinach
Plain Clay
Rosy Rustic
Smoky Wainscot
Square-spot Rustic
Suspected
Tawny-speckled Pug
Twin-spot Carpet
Argyresthia goedartella
Ypsolopha parenthesella
Eana osseana
Epinotia ramella
Agriphila tristella
Scoparia ancipitella

Moth Trap 2
Anomalous
Antler Moth
Barred Chestnut
Brown Plume
Chevron
Common Carpet
Common Marbled Carpet
Dark Arches
Dark Marbled Carpet
Diamond-back Moth
Dotted Clay
Ear Moth agg
Garden Carpet
Haworth’s Minor
July Highflyer
Juniper Pug
Large Yellow Underwing
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Neglected Rustic
Northern Spinach
Plain Clay
Rosy Rustic
Six-striped Rustic
Square-spot Rustic
Suspected
Tawny-speckled Pug
The Snout
Twin-spot Carpet
Argyresthia goedartella
Depressaria pulcherrimella
Eana osseana
Acleris aspersana
Agriphila tristella
Scoparia ancipitella
Udea lutealis

Moth Trap 3
Angle-striped Sallow
Anomalous
Antler Moth
Autumnal Rustic
Barred Chestnut
Bird-cherry
Ermine
Brown-line Bright-eye
Chevron
Common Marbled Carpet
Dark Arches
Dark Marbled Carpet
Dotted Clay
Ear Moth agg
Haworth’s Minor
Ingrailed Clay
Juniper Pug
Large Yellow Underwing
Lempke’s Gold Spot
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Northern Spinach
Plain Clay
Rosy Minor
Six-striped Rustic
Smoky Wainscot
Square-spot Rustic
Suspected
Swallow Prominent
Twin-spot Carpet
Depressaria pulcherrimella
Eana osseana
Acleris aspersana
Celypha lacunana
Agriphila tristella
Scoparia ancipitella
Udea lutealis

 

   
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