Lepidopteral update

Sciencebase readers who also partake of my Imaging Storm website will know already that the moth season has taken off. Night-flying leps are coming to the ultraviolet lure at a rate of knots now; 120 specimens of 60 different species last night (night of 23rd June 2020, logged on the morning of the 24th, many of them NFY (new for the year) and some even NFM (new for me, or as some moth-ers do ‘ave it, NFG, new for garden).

Latticed Heath, NFY 24 Jun 2020
Acrobasis repandana, NFM 24 Jun 2020
Green Silver-lines, NFY 24 Jun 2020
Varied Coronet, NFM 24 Jun 2020
Red-barred Tortrix, NFM 24 Jun 2020
Double-striped Pug
Clouded Brindle, NFM 24 Jun 2020
The Dun-bar, NFY 24 Jun 2020

For those who like the stats there have been 20 species NFM in 2020 so far, most of them in the last week. I have no photographed almost 350 moths mostly in the garden, but one or two on field trips (holidays and camping trips) where the opportunity arose. 2000 specimens logged and many photographed so far in 2020.

Metallica are performing out on The Fens – The Brassy Longhorns, Nemophora metallica, feeding and presumably breeding on the Field Scabious growing on the west-facing bank of one of the local fenland drainage ditches known as the Cottenham Lode.


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