Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Farthing Downs Moths

Small Waved Umber moth, Horisme vitalbata.  Geometer.  From a moth trap on Farthing Downs on the night of 16th July 2011.   Moths and Butterflies on Farthing Downs, with Gill Peachey.  Photographed on Sunday 17th July 2011.
Small Waved Umber moth, Horisme vitalbata.  A Geometer.  From a moth trap on Farthing Downs on the night of
16th July 2011.   Moths and Butterflies on Farthing Downs, with Gill Peachey.  Photographed the next day.
These are the moths I was shown by Gill Peachey on the recent moth and butterfly day at Farthing Downs. The backgrounds are not up to much, but the moths are mostly pretty clear.

The Noctuids were happy to be photographed with the lids off their jars. The geometers were more excitable, and the Small Waved Umber above was photographed on a wall (actually, a window in an interior wall). Gill recaptured it so that it could be released into the wild, rather than remain trapped in the office.

Slender Brindle moth, Apamea scolopacina.  A Noctuid.  From a moth trap on Farthing Downs on the night of 16th July 2011.   Moths and Butterflies on Farthing Downs, with Gill Peachey.  Photographed on Sunday 17th July 2011.
Slender Brindle moth, Apamea scolopacina.  A Noctuid.  From a moth trap on Farthing Downs
on the night of 16th July 2011.   Moths and Butterflies on Farthing Downs,
with Gill Peachey.  Photographed the next day.

Heart and Dart moth, Agrostis exclamationis.  A Noctuid.  From a moth trap on Farthing Downs on the night of 16th July 2011.  Moths and Butterflies on Farthing Downs, with Gill Peachey.  Photographed on Sunday 17th July 2011.
Heart and Dart moth, Agrostis exclamationis.  A Noctuid.  From a moth trap on Farthing Downs
on the night of 16th July 2011.  Moths and Butterflies on Farthing Downs,
with Gill Peachey.  Photographed the next day.

Beautiful Hook-Tip moth, Laspeyria flexula.  A Noctuid.  From a moth trap on Farthing Downs on the night of
16th July 2011.   Moths and Butterflies on Farthing Downs, with Gill Peachey.  Photographed the next day.

Mother-of-Pearl moth, Pleuroptya ruralis.  A micromoth.  From a moth trap on Farthing Downs on the night of 16th July 2011.   Moths and Butterflies on Farthing Downs, with Gill Peachey.  Photographed on Sunday 17th July 2011.
Mother-of-Pearl moth, Pleuroptya ruralis.  A micromoth.  From a moth trap on Farthing Downs
on the night of 16th July 2011.   Moths and Butterflies on Farthing Downs,
with Gill Peachey.  Photographed the next day.

Clay moth, Mythimna ferrago.  Male.  A Noctuid.  From a moth trap on Farthing Downs on the night of 16th July 2011.   Moths and Butterflies on Farthing Downs, with Gill Peachey.  Photographed on Sunday 17th July 2011.
Clay moth, Mythimna ferrago.  Male.  A Noctuid.  From a moth trap on Farthing Downs
on the night of 16th July 2011.   Moths and Butterflies on Farthing Downs,
with Gill Peachey.  Photographed the next day.

Large Yellow Underwing moth, Noctua pronuba.  A Noctuid.   From a moth trap on Farthing Downs on the night of 16th July 2011.   Moths and Butterflies on Farthing Downs, with Gill Peachey.  Photographed on Sunday 17th July 2011.
Large Yellow Underwing moth, Noctua pronuba.  A Noctuid.   From a moth trap on Farthing Downs on the night
of 16th July 2011.   Moths and Butterflies on Farthing Downs, with Gill Peachey.  Photographed the next day.

Double Square-Spot moth, Xestia triangulum.  A Noctuid.  From a moth trap on Farthing Downs on the night of 16th July 2011.   Moths and Butterflies on Farthing Downs, with Gill Peachey.  Photographed on Sunday 17th July 2011.
Double Square-Spot moth, Xestia triangulum.  A Noctuid.  From a moth trap on Farthing Downs on the night
of 16th July 2011.   Moths and Butterflies on Farthing Downs, with Gill Peachey.  Photographed the next day.

Scalloped Oak moth, dark form; Crocalis elinguaria.  A Geometer.  From a moth trap on Farthing Downs on the night of 16th July 2011.   Moths and Butterflies on Farthing Downs, with Gill Peachey.  Photographed on Sunday 17th July 2011.
Scalloped Oak moth, dark form; Crocalis elinguaria.  A Geometer.  From a moth trap on Farthing Downs on the night
of 16th July 2011.   Moths and Butterflies on Farthing Downs, with Gill Peachey.  Photographed the next day.

Black Arches moths, Lymantria monacha.  A Lymantriid.  From a moth trap on Farthing Downs on the night of 16th July 2011.   Moths and Butterflies on Farthing Downs, with Gill Peachey.  Photographed on Sunday 17th July 2011.
Black Arches moths, Lymantria monacha.  A Lymantriid.  From a moth trap on Farthing Downs on the night
of 16th July 2011.   Moths and Butterflies on Farthing Downs, with Gill Peachey.  Photographed the next day.

Common Footman moth, Eilema luideola.  An Arctiid.  From a moth trap on Farthing Downs on the night of 16th July 2011.   Moths and Butterflies on Farthing Downs, with Gill Peachey.  Photographed on Sunday 17th July 2011.
Common Footman moth, Eilema luideola.  An Arctiid.  From a moth trap on Farthing Downs on the night
of 16th July 2011.   Moths and Butterflies on Farthing Downs, with Gill Peachey.  Photographed the next day.

5 comments:

  1. Those are really lovely, especially perhaps the Brindle. I rather like the geometrical sort of backgrounds--no bright green fighting with them. That lion-maned Footman, too, is surprising and memorable. I'm beginning to think that butterflies are over-advertised.

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  2. Hi Bill, lovely to see your photos from my Farthing Downs event. Particularly like the moths & the close-up of the Footman is fabulous.

    Having a close look at the photos, I think the White Point is actually The Clay. I wasn't sure about that one, but the white mark doesn't look round enough for a White Point. Apologies for mis-identification!

    Gill Peachey

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  3. Thanks, Gill. I'll amend the Clay.

    I can't email you back from your comment, but did you see my attempt at identifying a moth here: Light Emerald If I have got that one wrong, I would be grateful for a pointer!

    Bill

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