First off a quick summary since my last update reveals that well over a 100 new species have been added to the year list and as of this morning the total number of species recorded stands at 230, not sensational but not bad either for our location (I am fairly confident we will still reach our target of 250 species by the end of the year). The most obvious trend of the past three months has been the huge increase in the number of Yellow Underwings being recorded, most notably Large Yellow Underwings which have recently been filling the trap with counts of 100 plus, and it has also been interesting to see the return of some of the earlier species as second & in some cases third generations emerge to enjoy these last golden days of summer.
Apart from one or two specimens most of the moths I have recorded so far this year would be classed as common, but despite this some real beauties have been trapped including the always pleasing Elephant Hawk-moth, the impressive Poplar Hawk-moth, the unusual looking Scorched Wing Moth, the beautiful Buff Arches (the name really doesn't do this species any justice), and many, many more. However the least common moth I have recorded so far this year has probably been a Birch Mocha, a species with fewer than 50 records for VC61 (East Yorkshire) and which is usually associated with lowland birch woodlands. Other locally uncommon moths recorded have included Scarce Silver-lines (less than 60 records in VC61) and Beautiful Hook-tip (less than 30 records in VC61). For a complete look back at all my mothing sessions this year check out my Moth Journal.
Meanwhile last night I had the trap out on what was a warmish night with variable amounts of cloud and as has been the case since August it was the Yellow Underwings which dominated the catch with 110 Large Yellow Underwings, 33 Lesser Yellow Underwings, 2 each of Broad-bordered and Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing and my first confirmed Least Yellow Underwing of the year (a latish record for this particular species). A selection of other moths included Setaceous Hebrew Character (I just love the name of this species), Square-spot Rustic, Green Carpet, Burnished Brass, Gold Spot, Copper Underwing, Flounced Rustic and Lime-speck Pug.
|A deceased Gold Spot found in the trap this morning|