Friday, 13 June 2014

Moths from my "away" sites

In conjunction with Tori Summerell, Andy King & Rob Payne, I had traps out last night at the Burial Park and the Open Air Museum.

The former was with the usual 6W trap plus a UV light and the security lights. Most of the moths were Cinnabar, but the 6W produced a few "new for year" with Great Oak Beauty, Beautiful Golden Y, Blotched Emerald and Toadflax Pug.

 Beautiful Golden Y
Great Oak Beauty

The Open Air Museum was a 3-MV all-nighter; there were quite a number of micros taken away by Mr King, but the list has 74 species on it, plus maybe a few on Mr Payne's phone as both pens ran out!

Best of the list (i.e NFY) were Lime Hawk-moth, Maple Prominent, Green Oak Tortrix, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Epiblema uddmanniana (Bramble Shoot Moth), Small Angle Shades, Beautiful Hook-tip, Common Footman, Tinea semifulvella, Archips xylosteana (Variegated Golden Tortrix), Pretty Chalk Carpet, Epiblema roborana, Birds Wing, Grey ArchesBright-line Brown-eye & what we are all pretty sure is Phlyctaenia perlucidalis.

 Maple Prominent
Phlyctaenia perlucidalis


  1. Hi Dave, yes that's Phlyctaenia perlucidalis.

  2. Thanx Dave. Do you happen to know the status of this moth in Bucks, or is it another of those rapidly expanding its range? COAM is not known for its fens!

  3. I get several records annually in the garden and it always seem to crop up when trapping in ancient woodland (places like Bernwood, Finemere & Rushbeds) as well as in the damper places that you might expect it. I had one on top of Steps Hill last year which could hardly be called a fen either! In Bucks at least it is not at all uncommon.


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