Sunday, 15 May 2016

St. Pierre's Great Woods

6th May
Not a bad night at all at the wood, calm, reasonable warm with no breeze.
Had 33 moths of 18 species turn up with the actinic.

There were three micros of interest to Sam Bosanquet all of which belong to the Elacistidae group of moths.

Agonopterix alstromeriana is quite common nationally but few records exist in Vice county 35, this was only the 8th time any body had seen one but no doubt there are plenty out there.

Pictured right:
Agonopterix alstromeriana (Brown-spot Flat-body)
The other two micros Semiocopis steinkelleriana (Dawn Flat-body) pictured on the left, and Semiocopis avellanella (Early Flat-body) pictured on the right are Nationally localised and are indeed very uncommonly recorded in the county according to Sam.

Just 4 definite records of each moth have been logged previous to this sighting at St. Pierre.
My thanks go to Sam for confirming these records.

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