Saturday, 17 May 2014

Lanlay Meadows last night

Mike Thornton and I had a fairly productive 3 hour session last night, recording a total of 43 moth species (between 1 MV and 2 6W actinics). I was hoping for slightly more, but the temperature did drop to 8.5C by 12:30am.

Highlights among the macros included Scorched Wing (3), May Highflyer (8), Sharp-angled Peacock (2), Cream Wave (2), Chinese Character, Scorched Carpet and Grey Birch (2). The latter appears to be new for ST07.

Among the micros, Elachista subalbidella is new for ST07 and only about the 9th county record (plenty of Purple Moor-grass, the foodplant, at the site). We also caught this Agonopterix which I've been puzzling over - possibly a worn arenella though it keys out in MOGBI Vol 4 as subpropinquella. Any thoughts?
Agonopterix query
Elachista subalbidella
Other insects included around 7 species of Caddis (including a few still to ID) and this rather attractive, if nasty, horsefly.
Haematopota crassicornis
The caddisfly Plectrocnemia conspersa


  1. Forgot to mention an exceptionally early Pinion-streaked Snout, which seems to be the earliest county record by 13 days.

  2. I'd say A. arenella without seeing it "in-the-hand".