A rare moth and some attractive ones

I caught a couple of L-album wainscots in my moth trap on Saturday night. A strange name! L refers to the L-shaped marks on the forewing and album is the Latin for white.

L-album wainscot3
The wainscot moth with white L shapes

L-album wainscot 2
This is a Nationally Scarce moth in the UK – it was first recorded here in 1901 when it was thought to be a migrant species. By the 1930s it had been established that it bred in South Devon

L-album wainscot
It is largely a coastal species (the inland records are probably migrants) – it lives along brackish marshes (like the one at the bottom of my garden in Exton) and the caterpillars feed on a variety of grasses.

Green brindled crescent 1
The trap also contained this green-brindled crescent – a rather smart moth – caterpillars feed on various shrubs such as blackthorn

4 sallows
There were also these rather pretty ‘sallows’ – the one on the left is the Barred Sallow whilst the three on the right are all the same species ‘The Sallow’

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