Saturday 2 December 2023

Some Moths during Late Autumn

 Autumn is now over and temperatures have dropped considerably as we move into Winter. Since the start of December, night-time temperatures have dropped to below zero and day-time temperatures haven't risen much higher than 4 or 5 degrees centigrade. The moth trap will go into temporary hibernation until we get a few days of milder weather.

Here are some images of moths during late Autumn.

December Moth (Poecilocampa populi) (male)

Feathered Thorn (Colotois pennaria) (male)

Scarce Umber (Agriopis aurantiaria) (male)

Mottled Umber (Erannis defoliaria) (male)

November Moth (Epirrita dilutata) (or Epirrita sp.)

Sprawler (Asteroscopus sphinx)

Chestnut (Conistra vaccinii)

Rusty-dot Pearl (Udea ferrugalis)

The following two species of micro-moth are winter hibernators and I regularly disturb them when working in the woods.

Agonopterix ocellana 

(pale and dark forms) 

Agonopterix arenella

Musotima nitidalis

This species is an accidental import from the Antipodes and is now well established in East Sussex and beyond. 

A couple of fungi species to finish on. They are both very common and can be found in a variety of habitats.

Shaggy Ink Cap (Coprinus comatus)

Sulphur Tuft (Hypholoma fasciculare)

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