A little bit of moth trapping and some graveyard species hunting. Most of this post was powered by Bad Religion this morning, Suffer and No Control.
16/07/2015 – A wood in South Lincs, moth trapping.
We shonked off over to the wood even though the weather could have been much better. One thing with moth trappers… we will always comment on the weather. The night was a bit slow early on with a mid night boom, we still got 102 species down in the notebooks.
Archips xylosteana – 1129.
Aethes rubigana – 1130. The larvae feed on burdock and the adults fly from late June to August.
Carcina quercana – 1131. Each time we go trapping, I ask JL to try not to blurt out the ID before I’ve had a go. This was passed over in a pot and didn’t prove much of a challenge… its on the front of the Micro Field Guide! A very attractive moth with long antenna, the food plants are various deciduous trees.
Ypsolopha dentella, honey suckle moth – 1132. No guessing what the food plant is… a common species that is small but distinctive.
Xanthorhoe quadrifasiata, yellow tail – 1133. I’ve seen these before but it’s never made it onto the list. If I’m honest, these are a little bit of an irritating moth, they will land anywhere but the sheet!
Eilema griseola, dingy footman – 1134. Similar to other footman, this has broader more rounded wings compared to the others. It feeds on various lichens.
Crocallis elinguaria, scalloped oak – 1135.
Sphinx ligustri, privet hawk moth – ???? Have this down on my spread sheet but I’ve checked the diary and nothing… I have no idea whats happened there. Privet hawk moth is a new tick but doesn’t affect the total. A stunner albeit a little bit worn. It came and perched next to me for most the evening, I spent most of the time oggling it.
Polia nebulosa, grey arches – 1136.
Geometra papilionaria, large emerald – 1137. A stunning moth that you could spot a mile off. All green thorax, legs and wings.
Deileptenia ribeata, satin beauty – 1138.
Eilema complana, scarce footman – 1139. This species is similar to the common footman but when seen side by side, E. complana holds its wings much tighter and furled around the body.
Noctua fimbriata, broad bordered yellow underwing – 1140. The more attractive yellow underwing, two dobbed onto the sheet and settled relatively quickly for underwings.
Earias clorana, cream bordered green pea – 1141. JL got quite excited when this landed, as did I trying to pronounce the common name. It’s not even that much of a tongue twister but with the sleep deprivation and late hour, I fumbled about before correctly saying “cream bordered green pea”.
Lygephila pastinum, the blackneck – 1142. Cracking moth that I just couldn’t get a photo of that would do it any justice.
Nicrophorus humator, a sexton beetle – 1143. A massive thing, one of two that bound around the sheet. What a whiff too, with them being carrion feeders the chances are it was fresh of a carcass. There are other similar sexton beetles but this is the only all black species with reddish/orange tips to the antenna. It might sound harsh but I offered my lady a sniff of the pot that it was in… and she did!
Tabanus bromius – 1144. We also had a horse fly turn up on the trap so I took the chance to pot it for ID at home. Until I realised I had the soldier fly and allies book I was messing around with an old RES handbook. This is the first horse fly on the list, I’m deffo going to be having a look at them in a bit more detail as me and JL are magnets for them while pruning xmas trees. Check out the banded eyes, a feature I think that will fade over time but I’m not sure.
19/07/2015 – Church Rock Cemetery, Notts CC.
Me and Meg took a quick walk around the graveyard to see what was about. I showed Meg a new tick, the bishop’s mitre shield bug Aelia acuminata, something I haven’t seen since 2010. We swept some areas of long grass and came up with these two bugs.
Himacerus mirmicoides, ant damsel bug – 1145. I thought it was an ant at first so it does well at being a mimic. When I took a closer look I noticed it deffo wasn’t an ant but some sort of bug nymph. Potted and looked at under the microscope I can be pretty confident in its ID. They are usually found in low herbage and is common more so in the south of the UK. A nice looking bug, a tick and what I would presume is a new site record.
Coriomeris denticulatus, denticulate leatherbug – 1146. As I looked this up on the internet, Meg called out the same name as me nearly at the same time. This is a very bristly bug with the lateral edges of the pronotum covered in spines, each with a black tip. I just about managed to pick these out under the microscope without having to change-up from a x10. They are associated with dry habitats. Like the bug above… a nice looker, a tick and what I would presume as a new site record.
Now onto tonight and a moth trap… I’m going to do my best to put out some moths on twitter as and when they arrive, find me @theponker.