Falls of Clyde Highlight of the Week: Moth Trapping

I am thrilled to inform you that I am the new intern here at Falls of Clyde. My name is Carina I am 22 years old and I come from Denmark. I hope to become a ranger back home and I would like to invite all of you to visit me there sometime.  One of my new tasks will be writing these highlight of the week posts. I hope to get a lot of new knowledge throughout the next 5 months I will be here and I will be sharing the most exiting of them with you.

This week we were lucky to get a visit from Jo Davis who is volunteering at Butterfly Conservation. We quickly set up a plan for a moth hunt with him and he was happy to be of help. He set a trap outside Mid Lodge that would be running the night between Wednesday and Thursday.
A moth trap is harmless. It is a lamp that glows throughout the night which will attract the moths to the trap. The moth will be momentarily stunned and fall into a bucket underneath the lamp. The moths will then be afraid of the light, and will hide under egg cartons that were put in the bucket. No harm done I must add.

We met in the morning to check the trap and were happy to find 10 different moths and in total 42 moths. Earlier on the year you can end up finding tons of moths but the weather is changing so we were pleased to find 42 moths.

From left: Pink Barred Sallow, Small Wainscot, Honeysuckle Moth, Canary Shouldered Thorn Moth
From left: Pink Barred Sallow, Small Wainscot ready for take-off, Honeysuckle Moth, Canary Shouldered Thorn Moth ©Carina Marcussen

 

Here is a list of the moths we found along with the Danish translation:

English – Latin – Danish

Barred ChestnutDarsia Dahlii – Højmose-tigerugle

Canary shouldered thorn mothEnnomos Alniaria – Elle-tandmåler

Epinotia Trigonella
Epinotia Trigonella ©Carina Marcussen

July highflyerHydriomena Furcata – Vatret Bladmåler

Large Yellow Underwing Noctua Pronuba – Stor Smutugle

Pink Barred SallowXanthia Togata – Toga-septemberugle

Red Green CarpetChloroclysta Siterata – Brun-grøn Bladmåer

Common marbled carpetDysstroma Togata – Jordbær Bladmåler

Black marbled carpetDysstroma Citrata – Spidsvinget Bladmåler

Bird Cherry ErmineYponomeuta Evonymella –  Hægspindemøl

Honeysuckle MothYpsolopha denthella – Snudegedebladmøl

Small WainscotDenticucullus Pygmina – Lille Starugle

and a new one that even Jo didn’t know

Epinotia Trigonella

 

 

Top left: Barred Chestnut, Dark Marbled Carpet, Common Marbled Carpet. Bottom left: Red Green Carpet, July Highflyer, Large Yellow Underwing
Top left: Barred Chestnut, Dark Marbled Carpet, Common Marbled Carpet. Bottom left: Red Green Carpet, July Highflyer, Large Yellow Underwing ©Carina Marcussen

I have never had a great interest in moths but going on a hunt with Jo, who has a lot of passion and knowledge was quite delightful. It is definitely a thing I will be doing again in the future.

 

Carina Marcussen –  Volunteer Assistant Ranger, Scottish Wildlife Trust
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