Nature Notes from Argyll
(and occasionally other places)
Sat 26 Jul 2008 Glen Nant National Nature Reserve (Page 2 of 2) (back to page 1)
These pink eggboxes are getting beyond a joke. The Lesser Swallow Prominent, which we also had at the Ballachuan trap, the Coxcomb Prominent, whose caterpillar we had on 1 Oct 2007, and the Pebble Prominent, which again we had at Ballachuan.
The Iron Prominent was the fourth member of the Notodontid family. Now we start the large family of Noctuidae with the True Lover's Knot and the Great Brocade.
Ingrailed Clay, Dotted Clay and Square-spotted Clay.
The Grey Arches, head out of focus but at least it's not on a pink eggbox. Next is the Broom Moth, whose caterpillar we've had several times; it's the first time I've seen the adult. Next the Antler Moth.
The Smoky Wainscot on a Fireweed leaf. There are usually a few moths on the surrounding vegetation as well as in the trap itself. Back to the eggboxes for the Minor Shoulder-knot and the Grey Dagger.
The Coronet, the Small Angle Shades and the Dark Arches.
The first one may be the Rufous Minor but to play safe it was recorded as Marbled Minor agg. The others are Middle-barred Minor, Small Dotted Buff and Small Wainscot.
The Large Ear and Lempke's Gold Spot.
The Beautiful Golden Y and the Gold Spangle belong to the same subfamily as Lempke's Gold Spot and have their own distinctive central wing marks. We round off the Noctuid family with the tiny Pinion-streaked Snout which is smaller than many so-called micro-moths.
Now some real micro-moths: the Bird-cherry Ermine, the Honeysuckle Moth, and a very blurred Argyresthia goedartella, which doesn't have an English name. Its larvae feed in Birch and Alder catkins.
Another blurred micro, the Beautiful China-mark, and a surprisingly sharp (since it was very tiny) Vapourer Moth caterpillar, which decided to visit the moth trap without bothering to turn into a moth first.
Finally a couple more macros. The Drinker, whose
caterpillar is one of the most
conspicuous in the countryside, and the Common Lutestring, a rather dark and
worn individual of this variable species. As if pink eggboxes and pink
human hands weren't enough, these two have chosen pink rocks to rest on.
Last pic shows a wasp eating a moth.
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