|Maiden's Blush, 26/7/14|
Monday, 28 July 2014
Although a few of the recent catches in Wolvercote, Oxon, have been a bit smaller than I'd have expected, Saturday night's was a record-breaker for us, with over 400 individuals of over 80 species: there were large numbers on plants around the trap in the morning (the birds can't have been concentrating) and some interesting individual records - notably six Maiden's Blushes, a species of which we've only had singles on two occasions last year (there were none in the trap last night, so it was presumably a hatch or an influx of some sort). Metalampra italica has shown up once or twice, too.
As ever, we have some uncertainties, mainly in the micro department, and we'd be grateful for any help with them. First up, a couple of macros which I think are Wormwood Pug and a female Bulrush Wainscot; what I think may be a Eudemis profundana, which was about 8mm long (the colour patterns seem about right, but the colours not quite); what might be a Eudonia pallida (but equally may just be a not-very-clearly-marked mercurella); and a possible Borkhausenia fuscescens. Do those look about right? Steve and Xander Goddard.