New moths are still arriving in the trap overnight but their numbers are much exceeded by familiar faces as the year's second generation gets into its stride. These are welcome, especially when they include one of my favourites from the rich batch of Oxfordshire species which we didn't get in Leeds: the Chocolate-tip, above.
Is this related to my fatal attraction to chocolate itself, shown yet again yesterday when Penny and I fell for a bag of Chocolate Eclairs at Woodall services on the M1? Maybe, but I am equally fond of the Prominent family, three of which turned up here last night.
The Lesser Swallow Prominent in my second picture adopted an unusual sprawl in its eggbox; normally these moths crouch low to the ground with their wings folded, like racing cars. The Coxcomb Prominent, just above, meanwhile perched on the trap rim (look at that dew; there was no rain overnight); and the third of the group was the darkly handsome Iron Prominent below.
Talking of dew, look how much has gathered on this Mother of Pearl, which chose to doze in the grass a few feet from the trap.
As ever, I have a stack of other moths awaiting identification when I get time. In case any of my friendly experts are around and not on holiday, or others would like a stab, here are some of them. Update: many thanks to CT for her macro IDs and to Dave for coming back to this post after his holidays and doing the lot. Very much appreciated. See answers to my conundra below.
This one and the next are Common Rustics
Above and below are Flounced Rustics
Above is a Straw Underwing and below the micro Cydia splendana
Above, a Caddis Fly and below Agriphila tristella
Below: tristella's relative Agriphila straminella, a regular visitor
Above: Cydia splendana from the side and below another Common Rustic
Above, a Dark Arches and below a Straw Underwing with wing clipped
A Common Carpet above and below, finally, a micro
Carcina quercana, sonorous name. Many thanks to CT and Dave,
the latter especially for coming back to the post after hols.
Small, brown, grey and annoying are the words which initially come to mind. But when you look at each one in detail - click on the pic to enlarge - the heart softens. And I should know the last one - Carcina quercana, the UK's only, lonely representative of the Peleopodidae micro family, because it's on the cover of my micro-moth Bible.