Sunday, June 09, 2013

Mothing in remotest Northumberland...

Sunrise over the College Valley
A cloudy calm and mild night saw four of us head out to the far north west of North Northumberland, to the very remote College Valley. We ran 2 125w MV Robinson type traps and briefly used a 160w blended bulb over a sheet / skinner until some heavy rain put paid to that. Luckily that didnt stop the moths...

We were entertained by roding Woodcock until the moths came in at about midnight, and the first Skylark began singing at 3.16am....

We managed several good county species, best being Barred Umber with only 5 previous records until last in 1971. We had 8. Plus another 3 new species for me.

See below for the catch...

0228  Monopis weaverella  1
1301  Crambus lathoniellus  1
1722  Flame Carpet (Xanthorhoe designata)  7

Striped Twin-spot Carpet
1753  Striped Twin-spot Carpet (Nebula salicata)  6
1759  Small Phoenix (Ecliptopera silaceata)  11
1760  Red-green Carpet (Chloroclysta siterata)  1

Autumn Green Carpet
1761  Autumn Green Carpet (Chloroclysta miata)  1
1773  Broken-barred Carpet (Electrophaes corylata)  3 NEW
1778  May Highflyer (Hydriomena impluviata)  55
1817  Foxglove Pug (Eupithecia pulchellata)  1
1834  Common Pug (Eupithecia vulgata)  6
1846  Narrow-winged Pug (Eupithecia nanata)  2
1851  Golden-rod Pug (Eupithecia virgaureata)  1
1857  Dwarf Pug (Eupithecia tantillaria)  2
1887  Clouded Border (Lomaspilis marginata)  2
1902  Brown Silver-line (Petrophora chlorosata)  39

Barred Umber
1903  Barred Umber (Plagodis pulveraria)  8
1906  Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata)  9
1917  Early Thorn (Selenia dentaria)  7
1918  Lunar Thorn (Selenia lunularia)  6
1920  Scalloped Hazel (Odontopera bidentata)  6
1931  Peppered Moth (Biston betularia)  2

Grey Birch
1951  Grey Birch (Aethalura punctulata)  1 NEW
1955  Common White Wave (Cabera pusaria)  2
1981  Poplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi)  4
2000  Iron Prominent (Notodonta dromedarius)  1
2003  Pebble Prominent (Notodonta ziczac)  1
2006  Lesser Swallow Prominent (Pheosia gnoma)  2
2008  Coxcomb Prominent (Ptilodon capucina)  3
2011  Pale Prominent (Pterostoma palpina)  4
2060  White Ermine (Spilosoma lubricipeda)  10
2102  Flame Shoulder (Ochropleura plecta)  7
2158  Pale-shouldered Brocade (Lacanobia thalassina)  3

Glaucous Shears
2162  Glaucous Shears (Papestra biren)  6 NEW
2250  Dark Brocade (Blepharita adusta)  2
2289  Knot Grass (Acronicta rumicis)  4
2302  Brown Rustic (Rusina ferruginea)  1
2305  Small Angle Shades (Euplexia lucipara)  11
2326  Clouded-bordered Brindle (Apamea crenata)  4
2425  Nut-tree Tussock (Colocasia coryli)  4
2434  Burnished Brass (Diachrysia chrysitis)  1
2450  Spectacle (Abrostola tripartita)  3

251 Moths of 42 species


Steve Gale said...

If you describe that part of Northumberland as remote, then down here we would have that area marked on a map as 'Here be dragons'. I would have had five macro ticks there Stewart. Envious.

Skev said...

Four macro ticks there for me as well (and two of those aren't even in bold text on your list!). Sadly, Glaucous Shears is probably extinct now here in VC55 - it was always on the edge here but we've failed to record it at the only known site over the last few years.

Warren Baker said...

I wonder how your catch would compare with the same effort in the same place 10 years ago ?

Stewart said...

Steve - I'm glad we still have some wild places to visit up here.

Mark - We were trapping with an ex contact of yours - George Dodds. He was even using a mark1 Skev trap!

Warren - Ah well, or even before the industrial revolution, now then there WILL have been a lot of insects...

The Wessex Reiver said...

Now I'm very jealous - no wonder you don't want to come to Swindon. Not a mother, but rodding woodcock in the College Valley - such stuff are dreams made of

Stewart said...

Andrew -
The roding woodcock is not hard to find up here in the right habitats, but always a treat to see, slow flapping and 'tisswicking' right over our heads...