17th March 2017 Garden and local woodland

Here is the selection from last nights trapping in the garden nothing new just a good example of variation in pattern/colour in the Clouded Drab, I also have a couple of moths from the field trip which was in local woodland, again showing the variation in the Brindled Pug , the full list of species for this trip is also included. Weather was quit windy and felt chilly although a bit more sheltered in the woodland.

My Garden Species;

Classification Taxon Vernacular Individuals Status
Moths & butterflies Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 6 Common
Moths & butterflies Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 2 Common
Moths & butterflies Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 1 Common
Moths & butterflies Xylocampa areola Early Grey 4 Common
Moths & butterflies Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 2 Common

Variation of 73.242 [B&F: 2188] Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta)

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The field trip List and Pictures

Classification Taxon Vernacular Individuals Status Comment
Bees Bombus hypnorum a bumblebee 1 Queen, partly tucked under lichen on oak trunk at night.
Beetles Nalassus laevioctostriatus a darkling beetle 13 On one yew trunk at night.
Flies Limonia nubeculosa a cranefly 1 ♂.
Flies Scathophaga furcata fly of the dungfly family 1
Flies Pollenia amentaria a cluster fly 1
Moths & butterflies Ypsolopha ustella a moth 1 Common
Moths & butterflies Diurnea fagella a moth 7 Common
Moths & butterflies Achlya flavicornis Yellow Horned 3 Common
Moths & butterflies Lampropteryx suffumata Water Carpet 1 Common
Moths & butterflies Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug 26 Common 26+
Moths & butterflies Trichopteryx carpinata Early Tooth-striped 5 Common
Moths & butterflies Selenia dentaria Early Thorn 3 Common
Moths & butterflies Biston strataria Oak Beauty 3 Common
Moths & butterflies Ectropis bistortata Engrailed 5 Common 5+
Moths & butterflies Xylocampa areola Early Grey 1 Common
Moths & butterflies Conistra vaccinii Chestnut 6 Common
Moths & butterflies Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 15 Common 15+
Moths & butterflies Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 3 Common
Moths & butterflies Orthosia gracilis Powdered Quaker 1 Common Fairly early record
Moths & butterflies Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 4 Common
Moths & butterflies Anorthoa munda Twin-spotted Quaker 2 Common
Woodlice Porcellio scaber Common Rough Woodlouse 1
Parasitic wasps Ophion scutellaris an ichneumon 1

A nice fresh example of Diurnea flagella clearly showing the scale tufts, The species is very variable, ranging from pale to dark grey, sometimes almost black however I only seem to have this form to date, The female is flightless with greatly reduced wings (brachypterous)

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The 2 images below of 70.156 [B&F: 1852] Brindled Pug (Eupithecia abbreviate) show quite well the variation we have to sometimes contend with in identification and in some species requiring Dissection. I will show examples of this later in the year when some species turn up that can only be verified this way.

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