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U3A Moth Group - 27 August 2021

by Peter Slater - 09:14 on 29 August 2021

Seven members of the group gathered at Vagaland, Stromness, to go through the moths caught in Peter’s trap the previous night. It had been a clear, calm and dry night, but the catch was not huge, possibly because the bright street lights (and ferry!) close by had been nearly as attractive as the light trap. The variety identified was also not particularly great perhaps because we could not identify quite a few of those in the trap. Two species, chevron and square-spot rustic, were identified from photos later on. As we become familiar with the commonest and most distinctive species we will be able to concentrate on the more tricky ones. As with the first meeting, three weeks earlier, the large yellow underwing was by far the most numerous to be caught, but some of those caught last time did not feature on the list and we also added a few new ones.

The complete list was as follows: Pink-barred Sallow, Autumnal Rustic, Large Yellow Underwing, Rosy Rustic, Dark Arches, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Common Rustic, Ingrailed Clay, Square-spot Rustic, Chevron.

With thanks to Barbara and Jenny for the photographs.


  Autumnal Rustic                                                       Chevron


   Pink-barred Sallow                                                   Rosy Rustic


   Square-spot Rustic                                                  Kate and Peter hard at work

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