When we opened the trap we found some familiar moths: Clay, Common Rustic, Dark Arches, Riband Wave, Grey Dagger, the Dun-bar, among others; we also had less-common appearances by the Shuttle-shaped Dart, a Herald, and a Marbled Beauty. Funnily enough, the only other time we've gotten a Herald was during our previous trip to York, so it appears they frequent the Museum Gardens this month. As a reminder, the Herald is the triangle-shaped moth with beautifully wavy wing edges, subtle white stripes and dots, and bright orange pools of color that creep down from its head and fade into brown.
We were also lucky enough to come across the Gold Spot, which is an incredibly distinctive type of moth that I've been hoping to see all summer. It's a mix of browns, golds, oranges, and a burnished brass color, with three large, circular white markings on each wing. It's essentially the size and shape of one of the Y moths, except for the single large tuft on its shoulders rather than three smaller ones. It's reasonably common and is a fan of damp spaces; its scientific name is Plusia festucae - rich eater of fescue grass.
Post: Ariel A Smith (UPenn)