Tales From The Trap - January 2013 Week 1

Black Rustic

Happy New Year everyone! The first week of 2013 has seen a small amount of migrant activity with Rush Veneer (Nomophila noctuella), Silver Y (Autographa gamma), Diamond-back Moth (Plutella xylostella), Rusty-dot Pearl (Udea ferrugalis), Small Mottled Willow (Spodoptera exigua) and Dark Sword-grass (Agrotis ipsilon) being recorded in small numbers along the south coast of England during the mild spells.

Resident species being recorded include Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica), Pale Brindled Beauty (Phigalia pilosaria), Mottled Grey (Colostygia multistrigaria) and Satellite (Eupsilia transversa).

This week is the first opportunity at BC Towers to get the trap on so with any luck there will be some activity and the first moth seen on the wall adjacent to the moth trap was a Black Rustic (Aporophyla nigra) which is most unusual and suspected to be the first ever January record for this autumnal moth on the British mainland.

A single Spruce Carpet (Thera britannica) also put in an out-of-season appearance. Also of interest is the micro-moth Acleris umbrana; a Red Data Book (RDB) species that appears to be on the increase with two having been recorded here at BC Towers this week. All the more reason to keep your moth trap running at every opportunity!

A good start to 2013!


Les Hill

Senior Data Manager, National Moth Recording Scheme and Dorset County Macro-moth Recorder

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