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MOTH TRAPPING IN THE CHARENTE REGION OF FRANCE IN JULY 2012 In 2009 and 2011 I took my Robinson trap on holiday with me to France for two weeks in middle/late August. I was based in the small village of Chillac in the Charente region (nearish to Cognac and about an hour’s drive north-east of Bordeaux). The countryside is a mixture of small fields of maize, sunflowers, wheat and vines with some pasture. There are numerous streams and damp patches and the trees are mainly pine, oak, sweet chestnut, hazel, willow and poplar. My report of those two years is already on the Dorset Moths website (see the Trips and Holidays section) together with a number of photographs of the more interesting moths. In 2012, I went back to Chillac and trapped from 15 July to 2 August. This was about three weeks earlier than I’d been before. The weather was cooler than in 2009 and 2011 – typically 26C to 30C during the day. As in the UK, there had been a lot of rain earlier in the year. The overall numbers of moths caught was down by about 50%. There were some interesting new moths seen in 2012 which are immigrants or possible immigrants to the UK (or rare in the UK): Scarce Dagger, Handmaid, Three-humped Prominent, Guernsey Underwing, Olive Crescent, Goat, Purple Cloud, Pale Shoulder, Marbled Clover and Dorset Cream Wave. I also saw some interesting new Continental moths: Atypha pulmonaris, Ocneria rubea, Catocala fulmines (same family as Oak Yellow Underwing) and Cosmia affinis (same family as Lunar-spotted Pinion). Photographs of all these are on the Dorset Moths website (together with this report). The full list of moths seen in 2012 is set out below. Using a combination of the Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland by Waring and Townsend, British Moths and Butterflies by Manley and Guide des papillons nocturnes de France co-ordinated by Roland Robineau (delachaux et niestle, Paris, 2007 – available from Amazon France and elsewhere) it was possible to work out the identification of most macro moths trapped. I also used Sean Clancy’s new book Moths of Great Britain and Ireland, particularly for some species not included in the other two English books. With the help of Phil Sterling and Mark Parsons new micro book, Field Guide to the Micro Moths of Great Britain and Ireland, I was able to identify more micros in 2012 than I’d managed before. Additional help was available from the very good French website lepinet.fr and its co-ordinator Philippe Mothiron who helped with ID questions in English, particularly about Continental moths. Many moths I caught were familiar to me from my trapping experience at Tolpuddle in Dorset. Or they could be identified by using the UK moth books or the UKmoths website. But there are some moths which have not yet reached the UK and which you need to look at Robineau and the lepinet.fr to identify, for example: Odonestis pruni, Idaea filicata and Mythimna sicula. You need to be careful not to overlook Continental species. For example, a moth that looks superficially like Lunar Marbled Brown (Drymonia ruficornis) may turn out to be Drymonia querna. JULIAN FRANCIS firstname.lastname@example.org 10 August 2012 CHARENTE MOTH LIST 15 JULY – 2 AUGUST 2012 BOLD = new moths seen in 2012 Monopis monachella Syncopacma larseniella/cinctella Yponomeuta sedella Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella Coleophora trifolii Agonopterix arenella Agonopterix ocellana Agapeta hamana Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana Acleris forsskaleana Codling Moth Cydia pomonella Twenty-plume Moth Alucita hexadactyla Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella Crambus pascuella Ancylolomia tentacuella Donacaula forficella Ringed China-mark Parapoynx stratiotata Beautiful China-mark Nymphula stagnata Pyrausta aurata Pyrausta despicata Sitochroa verticalis European Corn Borer Ostrinia nubilalis Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata Udea lutealis Rusty-dot Pearl Udea ferrugalis Rush Veneer Nomophilia noctuella Dolicharthria punctalis Synaphe punctalis Endotricha flammealis Meal Moth Pyralis farinalis Wax Moth Galleria mellonella Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis Trachycera/Acrobasis suavella Oncocera semirubella Thistle Ermine Myelois circumvoluta White Plume Moth Pleuroptya ruralis Leopard Moth Zeuzera pyrina Goat Moth Cossus cossus Festoon Apoda limacodes Grass Eggar Lasiocampa quercustrifolii Odonestis pruni Pine-tree Lappet Dendrolimus pini Drinker Euthrix potatoria Lappet Gastropacha quercifolia Oak Hook-tip Watsonalla binaria Chinese Character Cilix glaucata Peach Blossom Thyatira batis Figure of Eighty Tethea ocularis Poplar Lutestring Tethea or Small Grass Emerald Chlorissa viridata Mocha Cyclophora annularia Maiden’s Blush Cyclophora punctaria Blood-vein Timandra comae Lace Border Scopula ornata Mullein Wave S. marginepunctata Idaea filicata Bright Wave Idaea ochrata Least Carpet I. rusticata Dwarf Cream Wave I. fuscovenosa Single-dotted Wave I. dimidiate Satin Wave I. subsericeata Riband Wave I. aversata Plain Wave I. straminata Vestal Rhodometra sacraria Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata Common Carpet Epirrhoe alternata Many-lined Costaconvexa polygrammata Lime-speck Pug Eupithecia centaureata Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Treble-bar Aplocera plagiata Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata Dorset Cream Wave Stegania trimaculata Sharp-angled Peacock Macaria alternata Latticed Heath Chiasmia clathrata Scorched Wing Plagodis chlorosata Horse Chestnut Pachycnemia hippocastanaria Canary-shouldered Thorn Ennomos alniaria Dusky Thorn Ennomos fuscantaria Lunar Thorn Selenia lunularia Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria Pale Oak Beauty Hypomecsis punctinalis Barred Red Hylaea fasciaria Pine Hawkmoth Hyloicus pinastri Privet Hawkmoth Sphinx ligustri Lime Hawkmoth Mimas tiliae Eyed Hawkmoth Smerinthus ocellata Poplar Hawkmoth Laothoe populi Hummingbird Hawkmoth Macroglossum stellatarum Elephant Hawkmoth Deilephilia elpenor Small Elephant Hawkmoth D. porcellus The Feline Cerura erminea Poplar Kitten Furcula bifida Iron Prominent Notodonta dromedarius Three-humped Prominent N. tritophus Pebble Prominent N. ziczac Swallow Prominent Phesia tremula Pale Prominent Pterostroma palpina Drymonia querna Chocolate-tip Clostera curtula Buff-tip Phalera bucephala Lobster Moth Stauropus fagi Tawny Prominent Harpyia milhauseri Pine Processionary Thaumetopoea pityocampa Dark Tussock Dicallomera fascelina Brown-tail Euproctis similis Black Arches Lymantria monacha Ocneria rubea Rosy Footman Miltochrista miniata Orange Footman Eilema sororcula Dingy Footman E. griseola Scarce Footman E. complana Clouded Buff Diacrisia sannio Buff Ermine Spilosoma luteum Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa fuliginosa Jersey Tiger Euplagia quadripunctaria Handmaid Dysauxes ancilla Turnip Moth Agrotis segetum Heart and Dart A. exclamationis Dark Sword-grass A. ipsilon Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing N. fimbriata Langmaid’s Yellow Underwing N. janthina Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing N. janthe Least Yellow Underwing N. interjecta caliginosa True Lover’s Knot Lycophotia porphyrea Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum Nutmeg Discestra trifolii Beautiful Brocade Lacanobia contigua Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea Small Ranunculus Hecatera dysodea Lychnis Hadena bicruris Clay Mythimna ferrago White-point M. albipuncta Common Wainscot M. pallens Mythimna sicula L-album Wainscot M. l-album Antirrhinum Brocade Calophasia platyptera Poplar Grey Acronicta megacephela Sycamore A. aceris Dark/Grey Dagger Acronicta tridens/psi Scarce Dagger A. auricoma Knot Grass A. rumicis Coronet Craniophora ligustri Tree-lichen Beauty Cryphia algae Marbled Beauty C. domestica Copper Underwing Amphipyra pyramidea Bird’s Wing Dypterygia scabriuscula Brown Rustic Rusina ferruginea Guernsey Underwing Polyphaenis sericata Orache Moth Trachea atriplicis Purple Cloud Actinotia polyodon Dun-bar C. Trapezina Cosmia affinis Marbled Minor Oligia strigilia Cloaked Minor Mesoligia furuncula Common/Lesser Common Rustic Mesapamea secalis/didyma Uncertain Hoplodrina alsines Rustic H. blanda Clancy’s Rustic Platyperigea kadenii Pale Mottled Willow Paradrina clavipalpis Porter’s Rustic Proxenus hospes Atypha pulmonaris Shining Marbled Pseudeustrotia candidula Spotted Sulphur Emmelia trabealis Pale Shoulder Acontia lucida Cream-bordered Green Pea Earias clorana Dewick’s Plusia Macdunnoughia confusa Silver Y Autographa gamma Light Crimson Underwing Catocala promissa Catocala fulminea Four-spotted Tyta luctuosa Straw Dot Rivula sericealis Clay Fan-foot Paracolax tristalis Olive Crescent Trisateles emortualis
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