Tuesday, 22 March 2011


...or trap. I'm well pleased with last nights lot, not least because of this -

Red Sword-Grass

0672 Parsnip Moth (Depressaria heraclei) 1 NFY
0688 Agonopterix heracliana 5
1663 March Moth (Alsophila aescularia) 6
1926 Pale Brindled Beauty (Phigalia pilosaria) 2
1930 Oak Beauty (Biston strataria) 1 (yawn...)
2139 Red Chestnut (Cerastis rubricosa) 9
2179 Pine Beauty (Panolis flammea) 1
2182 Small Quaker (Orthosia cruda) 1 NFY
2187 Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) 18
2188 Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) 12
2190 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) 37
2241 Red Sword-grass (Xylena vetusta) 1 NEW
2243 Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) 1
2256 Satellite (Eupsilia transversa) 1

96 moths of 14 sp.

What a great catch. The Red Sword-grass is bigger than expected. I only managed these dull images in a quick attempt after work tonight so I have kept it in cool accomodation for another night.

I dont like keeping moths too long, so I put a small piece of kitchen roll soaked in sugar solution in with the moth. We've just looked and he is getting stuck in!

I'll take a pic of the Small Quaker tomorrow too, but the Parsnip flew into the house and out of sight...


  1. Superb! Never seen one..........

  2. A big night Stewart....Your patience has been rewarded mate.

  3. That's the dogs .....

    Bloody typical that the conditions are so good this week when I'm constrained by work committments and trivialities like wife's birthday ....