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[0431] Yponomeuta sedella

Unsettled conditions do not phase the moths

Continuing the trend of excellent catches, Sunday night was no different. With a few showers here and there and temperatures not as warm as we have had recently it did not seem to put of the moths.

There were of course less individuals as I would expect on a slightly cooler and breezy night, but the amount of new species for the year surprised me once more.

The rarest moth of the night was a silky fresh Yponomeuta sedella easily seperated from similar shaped Yponomeuta's by the grey silky tinge.

My first record of this species was on the 19th of May 2010 in Hatfield Broad Oak, Essex so this is my first record for Hertfordshire. It appears to be quite scarce here with just 10 records up to 2006.

Amazingly four more garden firsts were found in the trap. They were an Acrobasis consociella (which took some time to id but on comparison with my other photos of this species from other places I came to an acceptable conclusion), Carpatolechia proximella, the very distinct Rhodophaea formosa and another tricky one with similarities to other species Paraswammerdamia nebulella.

Macro's took a back seat for a change but with some fabulous species with annual appearances of Toadflax Brocade and Small Ranunculus.

Dark Sword-grass was back after the '14 absence.


I could have done with a breather after all that lot, but it wasn't too was field trip time!




Catch Report - 13/07/15 - Back Garden - Stevenage - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap


Macro Moths


1x Toadflax Brocade [NFY]

1x Small Ranunculus [NFY]

1x Barred Straw [NFY]

1x Grey Dagger [NFY]

1x Small Ranunculus [NFY]

2x Large Arches [NFY]

1x Dark Sword-grass [NFY]

1x Small Fan-footed Wave [NFY]

7x Silver-Y

2x Cabbage Moth

5x Heart & Dart

5x Heart & Club

9x Dot Moth

2x Flame

1x Maple Prominent

1x Pale Mottled Willow

1x Beautiful Golden-Y

1x Buff Arches

1x Brown Rustic

20x Uncertain

1x Double-striped Pug

5x Peppered Moth

3x Scarce Footman

3x Scalloped Oak

1x Small Emerald

2x Smoky Wainscot

1x Buff Footman

1x Phoenix

2x Clay

2x Large Yellow Underwing

2x Flame Shoulder


Micro Moths


1x Yponomeuta sedella [NFG]

1x Carpatolechia proximella [NFG]

1x Acrobasis consociella [NFG]

1x Paraswammerdamia nebulella [NFG]

1x Rhodophaea formosa [NFG]

1x Euzophera pinguis [NFY]

2x Nomophila noctuella [NFY]

1x Lyonetia clerkella [NFY]

2x Pleuroptya ruralis [NFY]

1x Aphelia paleana [NFY]

1x Blastobasis adustella [NFY]

1x Carcina quercana [NFY]

1x Eudonia pallida [NFY]

1x Pammene fasciana [NFY]

2x Trachycera suavella

2x Spilonota ocellana

1x Blastodacna hellerella

3x Zeiraphera isertana

1x Plutella xylostella

2x Emmelina monodactyla

2x Epiphyas postvittana

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Taken on July 14, 2015