Tiger Shark image by: Bennyboymothman
Trip to Las Descargues 8th August – 18th August – Macro Moths
I made a trip back to Robin Howard’s beautiful place in the Midi-pyrenees with my wife on the second week of August.
We planned to stay over our anniversary but we were unsure of what the weather would be like, so very opted for a slightly longer stay of 10 days incase the weather wasn’t too good.
We are very glad that we did as the first 4 days were quite wet and windy and with daytime temperatures not getting much higher than 18 degrees, it felt like the trip back in June al over again!
Thankfully by Saturday the temperature had recovered and we were enjoying the sunshine finally and by Monday we made use of the stunning swimming pool that we had all to ourselves (although it was quite cold and took your breathe away). Typically on the last day (Thursday) it was really warm and the pool felt a bit warmer so we made the most of it!
Of course Moths were once again on the agenda, a I was granted permission to use traps aeound thr garden, extending to the ridge with a generator if I wanted to.
The first few nights were hard going and measly pickings but of course every trap had it’s surprises in, and having not been here in August before there were plenty of moths that i’d never seen before.
2 of the traps on the first couple of nights got water-logged and then I had the challenging time of dealing with lively Hornets, albeit they are quite docile once the sun has rose and some mornings I just had to wait for it to get light before I could get near the traps.
We also lost one of the bulbs in the lower garden, I woke up to find it glowing green/white and thought it was odd and then getting nearer and realising the bulb had smashed, not good as Robin didn’t have a 3-pin spare. How on earth it smashed when we had no rain that night (and it had a secure rainguard on it anyway) is beyond me. I could still see the light in my vision for about 15 minutes after which was slightly worrying!
By Saturday and Sunday, nights were really warm and temperatures kept in the high teens some nights even when the sky had cleared and working the traps in the morning (sometimes 4) was pretty hard work to say the least. Potting stuff up I didn’t recognise, keeping a list on a notepad, the traps were full up and some mornings each trap had about 400 moths in, and I had 4 running! The best night I had around 160 species which is pretty incredible for August apprarently.
This first post I will list the Macro Moths that I saw on my trip.
I still have a few for identification as always but so far the Macro Moth species list stands at 193 species.
Species highlighted in red are completely new to me.
All of the Macro Moth species that I took photos of can now be viewed on my flickr page HERE
Beautiful Yellow Underwing
Black V Moth
Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Common White Wave
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet
Dusky Marbled Brown
Eupithecia semigraphata or impurata
Figure of Eighty
Heart & Dart
Large Yellow Underwing
Least Yellow Underwing
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Cream Wave
Lesser Swallow Prominent
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Pale Mottled Willow
Pale Oak Beauty
Portland Riband Wave
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Scarce Bordered Straw
Scarce Merveille du Jour
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Small Angle Shades
Small Black Arches
Small Dusty Wave
Small Fan-footed Wave
Small Mottled Willow
Small White Wave
True Lover’s Knot