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An Introduction to Moths & Moth Trapping at Drummuir - 18th & 19th September 2015

The event was jointly organised by Butterfly Conservation Highland Branch and Lynne Laing from the Moray Wildlife Watch section of SWT. During the early evening of the 18th fifteen folk attended the first part of the moth event. An introduction to moths was given and a description of how we would be looking for them and then a view of the various types to trap that had been set up along one of the footpaths within the Drummuir Castle Estate grounds.

We met again the following morning to see what had been caught with many of those who attended the previous evening coming back plus a few additional visitors, in total we had thirteen adults and eight children. The previous evening had started with ideal conditions being calm and mild with a reasonable amount of cloud cover but by midnight the cloud had dissipated and the evening became very cold with a temperature just a few degrees above zero. Nevertheless a very reasonable number of moths were trapped with some very colourful ones right from the outset. First out of the trap was a Canary-shouldered Thorn followed by a Blue-bordered Carpet and then a Pink-barred Sallow. All thoughts of moths just being uninteresting brown jobs were quickly dispelled. A worthwhile and interesting event which not only kept folk entertained but additionally added a reasonable number of late season species to the moth list for this relatively under-recorded 10km square. The full moth list is shown below the photos.

Mike Taylor

Blue-bordered Carpet                                                                                          Large Ear Moth

Blue-bordered Carpet                     Large Ear

Taxon

Species

Quantity

Agonopterix heracliana

Common Flat-body

1

Acleris sparsana

Ashy Button

1

Dioryctria abietella

Dark Pine Knot-horn

1

Amblyptilia acanthadactyla

Beautiful Plume

1

Xanthorhoe designata

Flame Carpet

1

Eulithis populata

Northern Spinach

1

Chloroclysta siterata

Red-green Carpet

2

Chloroclysta citrata

Dark Marbled Carpet

22

Plemyria rubiginata

Blue-bordered Carpet

1

Thera obeliscata

Grey Pine Carpet

2

Hydriomena furcata

July Highflyer

6

Epirrita dilutata

November Moth

1

Ennomos alniaria

Canary-shouldered Thorn

1

Eugnorisma depuncta

Plain Clay

2

Noctua pronuba

Large Yellow Underwing

8

Noctua comes

Lesser Yellow Underwing

4

Noctua janthe

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

13

Eugnorisma glareosa

Autumnal Rustic

5

Diarsia dahlii

Barred Chestnut

1

Xestia xanthographa

Square-spot Rustic

1

Aporophyla nigra

Black Rustic

1

Xanthia togata

Pink-barred Sallow

7

Apamea monoglypha

Dark Arches

3

Apamea lithoxylaea

Light Arches

1

Mesapamea secalis agg.

Common Rustic agg.

3

Chortodes pygmina

Small Wainscot

4

Amphipoea lucens

Large Ear

1

Hydraecia micacea

Rosy Rustic

6

     
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