Sunday, 17 February 2013

At last, some moths...

Howick Moth Trap.

A mild start to the night was promising despite the temperature dropping to 2 degrees by morning. Still this is my first proper catch of 2013, and not a bad one at that for the time of year...
1926 Pale Brindled Beauty (Phigalia pilosaria) 5
1932 Spring Usher (Agriopis leucophaearia) 1 NFY
2258 Chestnut (Conistra vaccinii) 1
2259 Dark Chestnut (Conistra ligula) 2 NFY

9 moths of 4 sp
A worn example of the Spring Usher.
A difficult species pair, the top one is the Chestnut, the bottom two are Dark Chestnut.
The two Chestnut species are quite tricky to tell apart. If you look at the image, the Chestnut has rounder wing tips and is generally slightly lighter rusty coloured while the Dark Chestnut has a pointed wing tip making the trailing edge much more square ended. They are usually more reddish brown too and often shiny in appearance.


  1. Still waiting for decent weather for trapping Stew. I was working over the weekend so unable to put the trap out when the weather was slightly milder than of late. Back to a cold spell so I'll have to wait a few days.

  2. Yes after three days on, its now away again for the forseeable...looks like the cold is set to continue into next week.