Tuesday 21 July 2015

Blog entry for 15th-21st July

The moth numbers during this period have continued to be quite high, although, probably no higher than in other years. On average there have been approx. 24 species of 100+ macro moths.

Two notable records were a Southern Quaker (Apamea impulsa), which I’ve only recorded once before in 2008 and my second record of a Green-patched Looper Moth (Diachrysia balluca).  The latter moth, probably because of the iridescent green patch that changes colour as it reflects the light, is also know as a Hologram moth.  Unfortunately, the Green-patched Looper (Hologram Moth) was a little worn but still a nice looking moth. 

From the 15th-21st there were 22 new backyard species for the year:

Pink-bordered Yellow (Two-pronged Looper) (Sicya macularia)
Single-lined Emerald (Nemoria unitaria)
Northwestern Phoenix Moth (Eulithis xylina)
Scallop Shell (Rheumaptera undulata)
Dark-spotted Looper (Diachrysia aereoides)
Green-patched Looper Moth (Diachrysia balluca)
Southern Quaker (Apamea impulsa)
Apamea scoparia
Lined Quaker (Apamea inficita)
Double Lobed (Apamea ophiogramma)
American Ear Moth (Amphipoea americana)
Smoked Sallow (Enargia infumata)
Hyppa contrasta
Polia Moth (Polia piniae)
Purple Arches (Polia purpurissata)
Anhimella contrahens
Dingy Cutworm (Feltia jaculifera)
Master's Dart (Feltia herilis)
Euxoa comosa
Western brown Dart (Euxoa basalis)
Great Gray Dart (Great Brochade) (Eurois occulta)
Smith's Dart (Xestia smithii)


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