Posted by: Ross Gardner | June 13, 2011

Rub-a-dub-dub

The bathroom is a place with a great many uses, none of which, I should hasten to add, will be discussed here.  All except one, that is.  They can, from time to time, work as rather good moths traps.  Sure enough a real moth trap is the way forward, but my bathroom light has been drawing in some interesting beasties over recent weeks.

There have been Pug moths aplenty, particularly Common Pug ( Eupithecia vulgata) and the odd Mottled Pug (Eupithecia exiguata), along with another Geometer the Treble Brown Spot (Idaea trigeminata), which although small, is a rather nice little moth.  A curious species appeared in the shape of a Bee Moth (Aphomia sociella).  Curious for the lifesytle of the caterpillars, which apparently live in the nests of bumblebees and social wasps, feeding on old cells and debris at first, before eventually setting to work on the grubs themselves.  Most recently a rather fine looking L-album Wainscot (Mythimna l-album) found its way in through the window; a rather scarce immigrant by all accounts.

Treble Brown Spot (Idaea trigeminata). Copyright 2011 Ross Gardner

Bee Moth (Aphomia sociella). Copyright 2011 Ross Gardner

L-album Wainscot (Mythimna l-album). Copyright 2011 Ross Gardner

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