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  • What a great week for mothing! July 10th & 14th

    This week, to make the most of this amazing weather we've been having, we've been out twice to see which species we're finding! Lots of new species in the traps including my personal favourite - the buff arches - and a long anticipated species ..we saw a pinkish wing poking out from under an eggbox and instantly new that we had finally got the hawkmoth we'd been waiting for, the elephant!! Everyone grabbed their cameras eager for a photo with it, as they seem to sit so easily on your hand! After the excitement of checking the first trap with an elephant hawmoth in, we were very pleased to find a second waiting in our text trap over at College Reservoir!

    Wednesday was slightly hectic as we now have all 5 traps in working order - as due to these pretty great conditions, we were absolutely inundated with moths to identify. This was a great chance for everyone to have a go and has brought our total species count of moths for both reservoirs to 120 species! This is a great time for anyone interested in joining us to come along, as we've got lots of really interesting moths popping up in the traps, so remember to take a look at the events calendar and email acn202@exeter.ac.uk to sign up!

    Some other notably cool species was the pebble prominant which has awesomly fluffy legs, some lovely buff tips, lots of lovely green moths - the light emeralds, and some drinkers which were really cool!

    Wednesday 10th July

    Argal New Trap

    Garden Carpet

    White Ermine 2

    Common Marbled Carpet 2

    Riband Wave 2

    Heart & Dart 5

    Dotted Rustic

    The flame 2

    Buff ermine

    Toadflax pug?

    Ingrailed clay

    smokey wainscot

    Bright lined brown eye 2

    Small rivulet

    Marbled white spot

    Dark fruit tree tortrix 2

    Agapeta hamana

    Powdered quaker 4

    Brown Chinamark

    Common footman

    Unknown geometrid (see photo!)

    Argal Trap 1

    Buff Ermie 7

    The flame

    Common footman 1

    Caddisfly

    Riband wave 5

    double square spot

    udea olivaris

    dark fruit tree tortrix 2

    Coroet

    uncertain

    small fan footed wave

    ingrailed clay

    College Trap 1

    3 Poplar hawkmoths

    light emerald 2

    flame shoulder

    silver ground carpet

    white ermine 3

    escapee plume moth

    puss moth caterpillar!

    buff ermine 3

    coronet

    peppered moth 2

    pale tussock

    riband wave 3

    caddisfly 4

    blood vein

    purple clay

    large yellow underwing

    clouded border

    double square spot

    toadflax pug?

    dark marbled carpet

    5 escapees!

    College Trap 2

    Light emerald 5

    coronet 2

    riband wave

    small phoneix

    buff arches

    white ermine

    riband wave 2

    brown china mark 4

    pebble promiant

    green carpet

    herald

    caddisfly

    common wave

    buff ermine 5

    brimstone

    heart & dart 2

    grey arches

    eudonia lacustrata

    purple clay

    common marbled carpet

    double square spot 2

    mottled beauty

    scalloped hazel

    large fruit tree tortrix

    College Trap 3

    Heart & dart 6

    straw dot

    white ermine

    buff tip

    peppered moth

    buff ermine 2

    pebble prominant

    larege yellow underwing 2

    buff arches 2

    dark arches

    middle barred minor

    marbled minor

    bramble shoot moth

    For sundays trapping we decided to put fewer traps out, as we had fewer people attending the event and didnt want to be leaving the moths in too long in all this hot weather! We still had lots of great moths though - images will follow shortly!

    Sunday 14th July

    Argal New Trap

    Brimstone 2

    Riband wave

    Purple clay 2

    white ermine

    heart and dart 5

    the flame 1

    double square spot 4

    lychnis 2

    marbled minor 2

    bright line brown eye

    ingrailed clay

    marbled whit spot

    Drinker

    light emerald

    green silver lines

    lesser cream wave

    uncertain 9

    large yellow underwing 2

    buff arches

    white point 1

    clay 2

    agraphilla genus

    eudonia lacustrata

    grey dagger

    ingrailed clay 2

    middle barred minor 1

    mottled beauty

    dark arches

    burying beetle

    2 unID micro

    Pug UnID

    Argal Trap 1

    Elephant hawkmoth

    brimstone 3

    double square spot 5

    buff ermine 6

    drinker 2

    common emerald

    green pug 3

    lychnis

    riband wave 3

    coronet 2

    grey dagger 2

    rufous minor

    buff tip

    dot moth 2

    july highflyer 2

    triple spotted clay 4

    burying beatle

    willow beauty

    middle barred minor

    marbled white spot

    white ermine

    uncertain

    ingrailed clay

    feathered beauty

    grey pug

    interesting looking micro or caddisfly all black with long antenna pincer like front legs!

    College Trap 1

    Brimstone 2

    Coronet 5

    white ermine

    flame shoulder 3

    July Highflyer 3

    Buff ermine 2

    large yellow underwing 2

    cockchafer

    the flame

    purple clay 2

    brown china moth 2

    july highflyer

    heart & dart 2

    light emerald

    riband wave

    snout

    small angle shades 4

    mottled beauty 3

    poplar grey 1

    fanfoot

    clouded border

    wainscot sp.

    dot moth

    uncertain

    sandy carpet

    green arches

    eudonia lacustrata

    elephant hawkmoth

    2 unknown carpets

    PHOTOS: Top photo of a Brussels Lace (Thankyou Paul Wakelin for ID assistance!), taken by Dave Jones. The second group of photos were taken by Laurie Belcher and feature a drinker, a buff tip looking very twig like!! elephant hawkmoth and a green silver lines.

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  • 30th June moth trapping!

    Today there was only a small group of us checking the traps, but we still found quite a few new species! Its nice seeing an influx of new species as the season progresses! We also had bit more of a chance to put our micro ID skills to the test with three new micro species to identify, though we only managed to ID one, so let us know if you know what the other one is!! (See photo below!)

    Argal Trap 1

    2 White ermine

    silver ground carpet

    green carpet

    buff ermine

    common marbled carpet

    hebrew character

    udea olivilis

    Celypha lacuna tortrix micro

    + a cool lacewing!

    College trap 1

    Buring beetle

    white ermine 3

    buff ermine 2

    pale tussock

    small phonix

    common wave

    common marbled carpet

    bright line brown eye

    garden carpet

    Hoary plume (We think!)

    scorched wing

    double square spot

    small angle shades

    straw dot

    lychis

    clouded silver

    common swift

    marbled minor

    marbled whitespot

    College Trap 2 - for some reason there wasnt anything in this trap today!

    College Trap 3 -

    3 heart and darts

    underwing unID (flew away)

    white ermine

    flame shoulder

    common swift

    middle barred minor

    3 straw dot

    peppered moth

    old looking Ingrailed Clay (see photo!)

    Images below 1) udea olivilis 2) Celypha lacuna 3)Common swift, small angle shades, small phoenix, hoary plume, pale tussock, bright line brown eye 4) Ingrailed Clay

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  • 19th June - lots of moths and even some amphibians!

    A great day for mothing today!! Plus found lots of other pretty cool species, and even a newt in one of the traps!

    Argal Trap 1

    Green Carpet

    Light brown Apple

    4 Silver ground carpet

    white ermine

    6 cockchafers

    Brimstone

    Common marbled carpet

    Foxglove pug (?)

    Small square spot

    Unidentified micro

    + 2 moths that flew straight out the trap

    College Trap 1

    4 Flame shoulders

    Peppered Moth

    Heart & Dart

    Silver-ground carpet

    4 Poplar Hawkmoths

    Common Wave

    Pale Tussock

    Pale prominant

    Scalloped Hazel

    Engrailed

    Brimstone

    White Ermine

    Small Pheonix

    2 Unknown pugs

    Square spot

    Scorched wing

    small square spot

    Foxglove pug (?)

    Mottled beauty

    + 2 that flew away before ID

    College Trap 2

    Small pheonix

    4 Cockchafers

    Common marbled carpet

    Whiter ermine

    Common wave

    Green carpet

    Silver ground carpet

    lobesia reliquana

    College trap 3

    2 Sallow kitten

    Eyed hawkmoth

    Flame Shoulder

    White ermine

    Silver ground carpet

    Common marbled carpet

    heart and dart

    broad bordered underwing

    buff ermine

    straw dot

    small square spot

    the flame

    2 Middle barred minor (?)

    Juvenile palmate newt

    + common toad, common damselfly, garden chafer, ladybird larvae, oedemera nobilis!

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  • Awesome artwork for the Bioblitz!

    This is a map of the reservoirs that was made for Bioblitz! Thought I would post it on here for everyone to see as its awesome! Done by Andy Hancock contact: andrew.hancock21@gmail.com

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  • The Bioblitz! 8th June - thunderstorms dont dampen our spirits!

    Thankyou to everyone involved in the Bioblitz this year, it was a great day, with lots of species recorded! Volunteers were up at the crack of dawn organising equipment for the first activity of the day: mist netting! The nets were all set up at College Reservoir, and although they couldnt be open for long due to weather, there was still some pretty cool birds caught, including nuthatch, bullfinch and a great spotted woodpecker! Unfortunately a thunder storm was then fast approaching so volunteers had to run around retrieving moth and mammal traps, identifying catches and then running for cover themselves! We got a lovely bank vole from one of the traps at Argal Reservoir, and lots of moths to identify! Thankfully the rain then eased off and it turned into a boiling hot day! The experts then began to arrive and helped us to identify lots of species! Cornwall Bat Group began their bat box monitoring, and found two soprano pippistrelles in their boxes! CRAG unfortunately didnt find any reptiles or amphibians, but we did find a palmate newt later in the day! We had lots of cool activities including owl pellet analysis, clay animal making, bug houses, make a moth! and of course lots of leaflets about moths and the moth project! We had a lovely warm evening for the dusk bat walk and moth trapping demonstration by local experts and an impressive total of moths! We also had free shuttles running to Tremough campus activities including a bouncy castle!! A total of 330 species were recorded at the reservoirs, and 450 ish at Tremough Campus - making it an impressive day for species recording! We had 37 species of moth in total:

    Green Carpet

    Dark Barred Twin Spot Carpet

    Pale Tussock

    Small Phoenix

    Buff Footman

    White Ermine

    Poplar Hawkmoth

    Flame Shoulder

    Square Spot Rustic ??

    Peach Blossom

    Broken-Barred Carpet

    Common White Wave

    Common Quaker

    Clouded Drab

    Small Square Spot

    Short Cloaked

    Muslin Moth

    Brown Silverline

    Common Marbled Carpet

    Purple Clay

    Silver Y

    Silver Ground Carpet

    Common Wave

    Gorse Moth

    Mycopterix Cathella

    Bactra Lancealana

    Lychnis

    Red Twin Spot Carpet

    Buff Tip

    Small Angle SHades

    Small RIvulet

    Clouded Border

    Pale Prominant

    Devon Carpet

    Scalloped Hazel

    Flame Carpet

    Peppered Moth

    Photographs from top left to right with photographer: Bat Box Monitoring (Taken by Oliver WIlks), Muslin Moth Close up (Laura J P RIchardson) Pale Tussock (Laura J P Richardson) Cornwall Bat Group showing a family a soprano bat (Oliver Wilks) Close up of Soprano Pip (Oliver Wilks) Animal Quiz Trail (Oliver Wilks) Common frog (Oliver Wilks) Volunteer identifying moths (Kathy Thomas) Mammal skull from owl pellet (Oliver Wilks) Volunteer retrieving a pitfall trap (Oliver Wilks) Argal Reservoir (Oliver Wilks) Volunteer being shown how to age a black bird (Laura J P Richarson) Volunteer ringing a bullfinch (Laura J P RIcharson) Bank vole caught in longworth trap (Laura J P Richardson) Black bird from mist netting (Laura J P Richardson) Blue Butterfly (Laura Richardson)

    Silver Y Moth found at College Reservoir (Taken by Laura J P RIcharson)

    A lovely Buff Tip found at College Reservoir (Taken by Samuel Perfect)

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