Sunday, 11 February 2018

Some new backyard species for 2017

I finally got around to looking through some more of last years moth photographs and have identified another 8 new species.  Not all were seen in my Calgary backyard.  I found 3 new species in one weekend while visiting relatives in Lethbridge.  In addition, I found 1 new species from 2016.

I’ll post some more photographs from last year in future blog entries.

Here’s the list and dates:

6252 Two-lined Hooktip (Drepana bilineata)    5th July – Calgary
7169 Soft-lined Wave (Scopula inductata)    9th July – Calgary
9207 Unmarked Dagger Moth (Acronicta innotata)    9th July – Calgary
8359 Two-striped Owlet (Macrochilo bivittata)    9th July
7892 Leafy Spurge Hawk Moth (Hyles euphorbiae)    12th-13th Aug – Lethbridge
8806 Mother Underwing Moth (Catocala parta)    12th-13th Aug – Lethbridge
11013 Abagrotis erratica     12th-13th Aug – Lethbridge

9391 Dock Rustic Moth (Resapamea passer)    1st Sept – Calgary

Leafy Spurge Hawk MothMother Underwing MothMother Underwing Moth (2)Untitled_Panorama1CTwo-lined Hooktip (2)Two-striped OwletAbagrotis erraticaUnmarked Dagger MothDock Rustic Moth (Resapamea passer) (2)Soft-lined Wave

Friday, 4 August 2017

Backyard Sphinx and Underwing moths for June & July

With the exception of the One-eyed Sphinx (Smerinthus cerisyi), a new backyard species, I’ve had all of the following moth species in my backyard light trap over the years but this is the first time I’ve had them all in the same year.

The One-eyed Sphinx was showing some wear and I was unable to get an open winged shot of the Briseis Underwing (Catocala briseis) before it got away but I think they still make reasonable photographs.  The Underwings can be tricky to separate but given its size, a wingspan at least 8cm, colour and wide black bands, I am reasonably confident that the first photograph is a Once-married Underwing (Catocala unijuga).

I’ve had a good number of new backyard species during our extended hot spell which I will be blogging about in the near future.


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

27th-28th June

There were 15 Macro moths of 8 species in my light trap on the 27th and 29 moths of 13 species last night.  The numbers appear to be picking a bit up now.  It was nice that, for once, the Geometrids stayed still long enough for a few photographs.  All the photographs consist of at least 2 images that were “stacked” in Photoshop.  Stacking allows me to get a better depth of field.

Crocus Geometer moth (Xanthotype sospeta) is difficult to separate from False Crocus Geometer Moth (Xanthotype urticaria) but I’ve tentatively put this one down as Crocus Geometer because of the paler yellow colour and relatively smaller and less prominent markings.

I’ve also included a photograph of one micro moth, Pyrausta nicalis.

Crocus-Geometer-(Xanthotype-sospeta)False Bruce Spanworm (Speranza loricaria)Yellow-dusted-Cream (Cabera erythemaria)Anicla-tepperiBristly-Cutworm-(Lacinipolia-renigera)Little-White-Lichen-Moth-(Clemensia-albata)Pyrausta-nicalis

Thursday, 22 June 2017

20th-21st June

I finally got around to running the light trap overnight on the 20th June and last night.  There were 12 macro moths of 8 species in trap yesterday morning and 5 macro moths of 4 species in the trap this morning.  Neighbourly Arches (Lacinipolia vicina) and Large Looper (Autographa ampla) were the new species for the year. 

The following species were the ones photographed yesterday morning.  It’s always nice to see a Putnams Looper (Plusia putnami).  I believe the micro moth is a Large Aspen Tortrix Moth (Choristoneura conflictana).

Putnams Looper Moth (Plusia putnami)Yellow-Headed Cutworm (Apamea amputatrix)Grey-Dagger3637 Large Aspen Tortrix Moth (Choristoneura conflictana)

Thursday, 6 April 2017

The Moths are back!

I didn’t blog much at all last year but aim to be more active in 2017.  With that in mind and given the warmer weather, I decided to put my backyard light trap out last night.  I wasn’t disappointed as there were 4 moths of 4 species in the trap this morning and one of these appears to be a Goat Sallow Moth (Homoglaea hircina) which is a new backyard species.  Assuming that my ID is correct, that’s not a bad start to the mothing year!

Here’s the list and a few photographs taken this morning.

Speckled Green Fruitworm (Orthosia hibisci)
Western Swordgrass Moth (Xylena thoracica)
Dot-and-Dash Swordgrass (Xylena curvimacula)
Goat Sallow Moth (Homoglaea hircina)


Monday, 18 April 2016

17th-18th April – Lappet Moth

Not too much to report but I have had my first Lappet Moths (Phyllodesma Americana) since 2013.  One was in the light trap yesterday (17th) and two this morning.  Tricky to photograph well and one of these photographs was taken on my deck table as it just wouldn’t pose on anything else…


Friday, 15 April 2016

First Moths of 2016

I’ve had the light trap out 6 times since April 2nd and have recorded 27 moths of 4 species.  21 of these were Speckled Green Fruitworm moths (Orthosia hibisci).  1 of the species, a Western Woodling (Egira rubrica), was recorded in Lethbridge on the 9th April.  This appears to be quite an early Alberta record.  Given the recent warm weather I wouldn’t be at all surprised if I see a few more early records.

The other species were the expected:

False Pinion - Litholomia napaea
Western Swordgrass - Xylena thoracica

Egira rubrica 1KEgira rubrica

Speckled Green Fruitworm (Orthosia hibisci)Untitled_Panorama9k