Saturday, 8 September 2012

Island update

Its been ages since I last posted on here, mainly as I've caught very few moths in the last few weeks. Last night was a bit of an improvement, with around 60 moths in the trap. Amongst the Flounced Rustics, July Highfliers and Small Square Spots was the year's first Canary-shouldered Thorn and Heath Rustic. Also notable was an Oblique Carpet and Common Marbled Carpet.

 Canary-shouldered Thorn
 Oblique Carpet
 Heath Rustic. This species is said to be local, and indeed this is the only record of the year here so far. However, in September 2010 I placed the moth trap on the mountain in some calm weather and caught two hundred of them each night!
I also saw this pretty stunning caterpillar, and was wondering if anyone had a clue what it was?

1 comment:

  1. Hi Ben. I think the catepillar is a Broom moth catepillar.