4 Jun 18


The moth trap went out last night and this morning there were 69 moths of 23 species, plus 2 which couldn't be identified.

A few new ones for Portland are Spilosoma lubricipeda (White Ermine), Platyptilia gonodactyla (Triangle Plume), Korscheltellus lupulina (Common Swift) and Pasiphila rectangulata (Green Pug).

Also many thanks to Nigel Sluman and Sean Foote (UKMothIdentification on Twitter -  @MothIDUK) for ID'ing many of the others I was struggling with, especially with the following Aphomia sociella (Bee Moth), Evergestis forficalis (Garden Pebble), Acleris variegana (Garden Rose Tortrix), Eupithecia valerianata (Valerian Pug), Chloroclystis v-ata (The V-Pug) and Diarsia rubi (Small Square-spot) all new for me on Portland as well as the ones highlighted above in red.

Also 6 Ichneumon wasp sp., 1 Click Beetle and a 22 Spot Ladybird (Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata)

Totals in brackets.
A. Spilosoma lubricipeda, White Ermine (3)
B. Platyptilia gonodactyla, Triangle Plume (1)
C. Korscheltellus lupulina, Common Swift (1)
D. Agrotis puta, Shuttle-shaped Dart (1)
E. Marbled Minor agg (2)
F. Aphomia sociella, Bee Moth (1)
G. Acleris variegana, Garden Rose Tortrix (1)
H. Chrysoteuchia culmella, Garden Grass-veneer (1)
I. Horisme vitalbata, Small Waved Umber (2)
J. Colostygia pectinataria, Green Carpet (1)
K. Dysstroma truncata, Common Marbled Carpet (1)
L. Autographa gamma, Silver Y (3)
M. Myelois circumvoluta, Thistle Ermine (2)
N. Eupithecia valerianata, Valerian Pug (6)
O. Pasiphila rectangulata, Green Pug (1)
P. Chloroclystis v-ata, The V-Pug (1)
Q. Chloroclystis v-ata, The V-Pug (1)
R. Homoeosoma sinuella, Twin-barred Knot-horn (1)
S. Apamea sordensRustic Shoulder-knot (1)
T. Agrotis exclamationisHeart & Dart (1)
U. Agrotis exclamationisHeart & Dart (1)
V. Agrotis exclamationisHeart & Dart (8)
W. Agrotis exclamationisHeart & Dart (1)
X. Diarsia rubi, Small Square-spot (1)
Y. Evergestis forficalis, Garden Pebble (1)
Z. Possibly a worn Chrysoteuchia culmella, Garden Grass-veneer (1)
Z1. moth sp. (The one example I kept was to worn to be ID'd) (8)
Z2. Cochylis molliculana, Ox-tongue Conch (1)
Z3. Plutella xylostella, Diamond-backed Moth (12)
Z4. Elachista argentella, Swan-feather Dwarf (1) 

A. Spilosoma lubricipeda, White Ermine  (3)

B. Platyptilia gonodactyla, Triangle Plume (1)

C. Korscheltellus lupulina, Common Swift (1)

D. Agrotis puta, Shuttle-shaped Dart (1)

E. Marbled Minor agg. (2)

E. As above

F. Aphomia sociella, Bee Moth (1)

G. Acleris variegana, Garden Rose Tortrix (note killed by spider in the moth trap). (1)

H. Chrysoteuchia culmella, Garden Grass-veneer (1)

I. Horisme vitalbata, Small Waved Umber (2)

J. Colostygia pectinataria, Green Carpet (1)

K. Dysstroma truncata, Common Marbled Carpet (1)

L. Autographa gamma, Silver Y (3)

M. Myelois circumvoluta, Thistle Ermine (2)

N. Eupithecia valerianata, Valerian Pug (6)

O. Pasiphila rectangulata, Green Pug (1)

P. Chloroclystis v-ata, The V-Pug (1)

Q. Chloroclystis v-ata, The V-Pug (1)

R. Homoeosoma sinuella, Twin-barred Knot-horn (1)

S. Apamea sordens, Rustic Shoulder-knot (1)

T. Agrotis exclamationis, Heart & Dart (1)

U. Agrotis exclamationis, Heart & Dart (1)

V. Agrotis exclamationis, Heart & Dart (8)

W. Agrotis exclamationis, Heart & Dart (1)

X. Diarsia rubi, Small Square-spot (1)

Y. Evergestis forficalis, Garden Pebble (1)

As above Evergestis forficalis, Garden Pebble

Z. Chrysoteuchia culmella, Garden Grass-veneer (1)

Z1. moth sp. Annoyingly there were 8 specimens of this species and I chose to photograph a worn one. The others I released. (8)

Z2. Cochylis molliculana, Ox-tongue Conch (1)

As above

Z3. Plutella xylostella, Diamond-backed Moth (12)

Z4. Elachista argentella, Swan-feather Dwarf. (1)

As above

Ichneumon wasp sp.

22 Spot Ladybird, Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata

Click Beetle.