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              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.



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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