Unsuitable conditions continue and it is at times like this that those in the know turn their thoughts to moth genitalia. There are a number of micros, plus some even common macros, which can only reliably be identified by examination of their genitalia. A visitor in July was kind enough to get some checked and found the following new records for the Bay;
Epinotia solandriana, Scrobipalpa nitendella, S. instabilella and S. samadensis. He also added the second records for Pexicopia malvella and Borkhausensia fuscescens.
Conditions have not been suitable for the trap of late but it was set up last night. Despite the temperature dropping to 1.4°C there were five moths of five species. They were Silver Y, Black Rustic, Large Wainscot, Angle Shades, and Red-line Quaker. There was also a Minotaur Beetle.
Despite the threat of rain after midnight, which turned out to be torrential, the calm start for the night meant it was worth trying the trap.
Twenty two moths were caught of 13 species. This included seven Rusty-dot Pearls plus singles of Silver Y, Rush Veneer, Diamondback and Cypress Carpet.