|Small Yellow Wave (Hydrelia flammeolaria)|
Only one of the three evenings designated for National Moth Night was really suitable for trapping but that one gave a good cross-section of species. A newcomer to moth-trapping (like ten year old Thomas was) saw moths that displayed a wide variety of forms, colours and patterns.
The Small Yellow Wave (Hydrelia flammeolaria) and the Green Arches (Anaplectoides prasina) have only been seen a couple of times so it is good to be reminded of their presence. The scientific name seems a bit of a contradiction - 'watery flame' but the flammeolaria refers to the ochre coloured stripes that decorate the wings of this species.
|Green Arches (Anaplectoides prasina)|
The Green Arches was looking particularly fresh and the clear, green colouring indicates that it is probably recently emerged from the pupa. The caterpillar feeds on honeysuckle, bilberry and primroses.
A list of moths identified in the trap included:
Common Wainscot, Garden Grass Veneer, Poplar Hawk-moth, Large Emerald, Swallow-tailed Moth, Orange Swift, Acleris laterana, Yellow-tail, Common Footman, Beautiful Hook-tip, Small Fan-foot, Light Emerald, Bright-line Brown-eye, Flame, Burnished Brass, Green Pug, Brindled Pug, Marbled Minor, Clay, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Snout, Barred Straw, Double Square Spot, Plain Golden Y, Beautiful Golden Y, Blood-vein.