September moths at Hollesley

This years variable weather and moth catching has continued through September. A handful of good nights mixed in with many of little value. The middle of the month was the better spell for me with the biggest catch on 16th of 75 species. The month started with a moderate Underwing invasion along with high numbers of Setaceous Hebrew Character. The month ended up being dominated by the regular autumn species of Beaded Chestnut and Lunar Underwing. Most regular autumn species have been recorded now amongst the chestnuts, sallows and autumn quakers. Also of course the lovely Black Rustic, Feathered Brindle, Feathered Ranunculus and Deep-brown Dart.

The second brood of Evergestis limbata continued well into the month and I took my second site record of Spilonota laricana on 9th. The Common Wainscot was noticeable common mid-month

Immigrants were dominated by the Underwings, Large, Lesser, Lunar and Broad-bordered. Then on 14th I took a Dark Crimson Underwing. A pleasing catch as I missed out on it earlier in the year when others caught it. At that time mine was a Light Crimson. Good on the Catocala this year! Now need the blue one! Silver Y’s have been regular especially at the end of the month, other immigrants have trickled in. Delicate, Dark Sword-grass, Ostrinia¬† nubilalis (differently marked to our breeding one), Plutella xylostella, Oncocera¬† semirubella, Convolvulus Hawk-moth, Nomophila noctuella, Scarce Bordered Straw and a short peak of L-album Wainscots. No Udea ferrugalis this month.

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