Wednesday 14 May 2014

A few moths at last…

There were just 4 moths of 3 species in the light trap last night.  3 were Speckled Green Fruitworm (Orthosia hibisci) moths and one was a Gooseberry Stretchia (Stretchia muricina).  Gooseberry Stretchia is a medium sized noctuid that I usually see in spring.  The other photograph is of a Small Engrailed Moth (Ectropis crepuscularia) that I found while walking around the Weaselhead area of Glenmore reservoir.



Sunday 4 May 2014

Recent Moths

Not much to report from the last week.  On the 30th April there were 6 Speckled Green Fruitworm moths (Orthosia hibisci) and 1 new backyard species for the year, a Western Swordgrass (Xylena thoracica).   Other than that, on the 1st May there were 7 Speckled Green Fruitworm moths, 1 Dot-and-Dash Swordgrass Moth (Xylena curvimacula) and 1 False Pinion Moth (Litholomia napaea) in the light trap.  The latter was also a new species for the year but a rather worn specimen.  Now waiting for the weather to improve…