Posted by: llendorin | May 16, 2010

National Moth Night 2010 – The Results!

Who needs TV shows like Britain’s Got Talent when you can go out and see real beauty in the great outdoors?!

Well, last night was National Moth Night, and I’d like to say the event went off without a hitch, but hey, nobody’s perfect. There was a slight mix-up with the start time and unfortunately a couple of different times were published through different sources. Once this was sorted and the majority of people arrived, it went smoothly.

We had 5 different moth traps out during the event, and we caught over 100 moths of 20 species (we think – we’ll get to that, though!)

As you can see from the photos below, we had a decent number of people at the event, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves – and that’s the only criteria Janie and I judge the events on. If people enjoy it, we’ve done what we’re supposed to!

I’m sure Janie would be able to explain most of this better than I could, so I’m going to give in and get to the important part. The results!

In terms of bats, it wasn’t a particularly eventful night, with only 2 Soprano Pipistrelles spotted. Moths, on the other hand, featured quite heavily for the night!

The moth list was as follows:

  • 8 Brown Silver-Line
  • 2 Cream Wave
  • 13 Water Carpet
  • 19 Flame Carpet
  • 19 Common Quaker
  • 9 Early Thorn
  • 1 Chestnut
  • 3 Common Pug
  • 3 Scalloped Hazel
  • 16 Hebrew Character
  • 4 Pebble Prominent
  • 14 Clouded Drab
  • 1 Lesser Swallow Prominent
  • 1 Buff Ermine
  • 2 White Ermine
  • 1 V Pug
  • 1 Grey Pug
  • 1 Larch Pug
  • 1 Powdered Quaker
  • 1 Herald

That equates to 120 moths, over 20 species – maybe!

The reason I say maybe is that there has been some concern raised about the Larch Pug identification. Luckily, the person who made the ID has taken photos, so the Country Recorder and him will be discussing this. If the record is accepted as a real Larch Pug, it’ll be the first ever record for Fife! No promises, though. The Pug group of moths are notoriously difficult to correctly identify – I don’t even try!

Attached are some photos of some of the moths we captured. Don’t worry, though – since then, they’ve all been released back at Cullaloe!

If you came along, I hope you had a good time. If you didn’t – I hope this lets you see that moths aren’t just dull, brown creatures with little interest!

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Responses

  1. Good Blog Grahame! Great Pics! 🙂

  2. Just to add to your list (although you’ve probably already got these): On Sunday afternoon (27th June) there were 4 or 5 Chimney Sweepers in the long grass by the path near the cottage, and 3 Clouded Borders amongst the foliage just down the slope from the viewing area. At least I think that’s what they were 😉 If my photos are any good, I’ll send them on.

  3. Hi Ian,

    We did have Chimney Sweeper on the list, as well as Clouded Border, but thanks for the info.

    Incidentally, when you gave me the record of Ruby Tiger last year – Cullaloe was only the 3rd place in Fife to record the species, so well done with that find! 🙂


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