Saturday, 23 October 2010

Furry Moth...

Delayed update from Thursday night due to working late yesterday...

December Moth. A favourite of mine, is there a moth more suited to its name, with its furry black coat to keep it warm... 

Thursday 21/10/10

1631 December Moth (Poecilocampa populi) 1
1760 Red-green Carpet (Chloroclysta siterata) 2
1769 Spruce Carpet (Thera britannica) 1
1923 Feathered Thorn (Colotois pennaria) 3
2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character (Xestia c-nigrum) 1
2263 Red-line Quaker (Agrochola lota) 1
2264 Yellow-line Quaker (Agrochola macilenta) 3

12 moths of 7 species...

and last night GMS -

1041 Acleris sparsana 1
1631 December Moth (Poecilocampa populi) 3
1760 Red-green Carpet (Chloroclysta siterata) 5
1769 Spruce Carpet (Thera britannica) 7
1795x November Moth agg. (Epirrita dilutata agg.) 2
2258 Chestnut (Conistra vaccinii) 1
2263 Red-line Quaker (Agrochola lota) 1
2264 Yellow-line Quaker (Agrochola macilenta) 2

22 moths of 8 species. 7 Spruce Carpets ( above) is my highest count ...


  1. December Moth : a favourite of mine too, Stewart. Although i don`t see many.

  2. What a little beauty, Stewart. I've had the trap out a couple of times, between dark and 11pm and not caught a thing. Might do better with an MV light I suppose so will investigate whether I can use an MV with my trap.

  3. Thanks for the comments Dean and Emma. Its good to see someone looking at the new blog.

    December Moth is one I expect to see on most reasonable days from this time of year. They seem to be more common in rural areas than in the more built up places. Maybe they get distracted by street lighting?