Insects, Moths

October 2013-persistance pays off.

After a break due to colder conditions the rest of October was generally milder.

Put the trap out again on the 17th and caught 2 Common Marbled Carpet, 3 Light Brown Apple Moth and Acleris  sparsana.

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On 19th had White-shouldered House Moth, 3 Light Brown Apple Moth, Common Marbled Carpet, Acleris  sparsana, Juniper Carpet, Garden Rose Tortrix and Red-green Carpet.


The 20th produced my 1st November agg. Also Light Brown Apple Moth, 2 Red-green Carpet, Acleris  sparsana and 2 Juniper Carpet.

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The 21th produced the highlight of the month. Extracted 3Light Brown Apple Moth and  a Juniper Carpet and noticed a small moth showing a yellow underwing. Thought it was a Lesser Yellow Underwing or similar. Potted it for closer inspection. At rest didn’t look right and checking my books and the web the best fit was Rusty-dot Pearl Udea ferrugalis which would have been a lifer, However could find no reference to underwing. Posted pictures on facebook moth groups and Yorkshire Moths email group. I then went out for the afternoon. Regarding and reading my email had a rather excited reply from Charles Fletcher from the Yorkshire moth group ” !! Crikey Erich, Isn’t that Uresiphita gilvata or have I lost the plot. At work at present so will have a look at the books when I get back.” I checked UKmoths and had no doubt and further response from Charles Fletcher “Well what a super moth. It’s certainly a county record and I suspect it’s the first for the north of England. It’s very much a south coast migrant. There was an influx in Scilly and Cornwall three weeks ago when the Vestals came in, and there was one in Kent last night.” Enough said!

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Uresiphita gilvata

The 22th produced 2 Light Brown Apple Moth, Common Marbled Carpet and the Uresiphita gilvata again. My respect for life prevent me from keeping it as a voucher.

The 23th produced Common Marbled Carpet and 3 Acleris  sparsana.


The 24th produced 2 Juniper Carpet, Common Marbled Carpet and Shuttle-shaped Dart.

The 25th produced 2 lifer Dark Sword-grass and Feathered Thorn. Also 4 Light Brown Apple Moth, Acleris  sparsana, 3 Juniper Carpet, Diamond-back Moth, Silver Y and Garden Rose Tortrix.

the 26th produced Feathered Thorn, 2 Light Brown Apple Moth and Acleris  sparsana.

My last trapping on the 27th produced a Juniper Carpet.

Haven’t trapped since with any warmer days not fitting in with my days off work. Have occasionally trapped over winter but not caught anything before mid March. Look likely to be the last post this year. Hope to keep on top next year.


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