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Offwell Moth Group
August Meeting 2004

A wet evening!

Meeting held on the night of the 20th August 2004
In the Village of Offwell, Devon, SW England

1 x 125 W trap at Woodland Close,
2 x  125 W traps and 1actinic at the Village Hall Playing Fields
1 x 125 W trap opposite the Church, from 21:30 to 22:30 hrs

Weather: High winds, cloudy, light rain, cold.

Recorders: Dr Mike Hounsome, Neil Croton, Dr Barbara Corker, Steve Lawson

 

Summary

The weather was pretty unenticing for both moths and people! It began to rain just as all the moth traps had been set up and continued raining until they were dismantled roughly one hour later. As a consequence, relatively few moths were recorded.

Nevertheless 42 moths from 14 different species were trapped, illustrating that some moths will still fly even in light rain.

The most common moth was the Large Yellow Underwing (see below), with a total of 14 individuals.

Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) - characteristic pose.

Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) with yellow underwings displayed.

 

Village Hall Playing Fields

Species Name

Common Name

Number

Agriphila tristella

1

Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot carpet

1

Epirrhoe alternata alternata Common Carpet

1

Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone

1

Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder

3

Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing

10

Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

5

Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character

1

Acronicta megacephala Poplar Grey

1

Xestia sexstrigata Six-striped Rustic

1

Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic

5

Mesapamea secalis Common Rustic

1

Lavender Cottage, opposite the Church

Species Name

Common Name

Number

Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing

3

Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

4

Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth

1

Woodland Close

Species Name

Common Name

Number

Lymantria monacha Black Arches

1

Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing

1

Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

1

 

 

 

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