Meeting held on the night of the
18th June 2004
At the Log Cabin, The Woodland Education Centre, Offwell, Devon, SW England
2 Skinner Traps, 1Actinic, from 22:00 to 02:00 hrs
cloudy, some occasional light drizzle. Minimum temp 110C
Neil Croton, Barbara Corker, Alan Crofts, Brian Sutton
A Total of 48 species and 160
Only 5 of the species recorded in this
June meeting were also recorded in May.
The cabin is surrounded by different
types of broadleaf and coniferous woodland. More
It would be logical to assume that trees would be the main foodplants of the moths
trapped in the vicinity of the cabin. However, 42% of the moths trapped had caterpillars
which feed solely on herbaceous plants and grasses, 27% on broadleaved trees and only 4%
on coniferous trees.
This illustrates the importance of the
wildflower and grassy areas around the cabin. The fact that so few of the moth species
feed exclusively on the conifers is a reflection of the fact that all of the conifers in
the immediate vicinity of the cabin are imported, non-native species.
||* Waved Carpet (Hydrelia sylvata)
A National Biodiversity Action Plan species
This rather worn specimen is a species
described as 'Scarce' and 'Local' in the Devon moth listings.
Image copyright: Neil Croton
||* Delicate (Mythimna vitellina)
A new moth for the Centre. This is a relatively
common immigrant species in Devon. Some experts think that it is breeding in the county as
Buff Ermine (Spilosoma luteum)
Udea olivalis - a micromoth
Mottled Beauty (Alcis
organised according to caterpillar foodplant