Southern Marsh Orchids

Southern Marsh Orchids

Monday 6 July 2015

Other insects in the moth trap

Moth traps should probably be called something else, as they usually attract more flies, caddisflies and other insects than they do moths. This is particularly true on warm sticky nights, when lots of insects seem to be on the move and some of them turn up unexpectedly in light traps.

Last Friday night was one of those warm nights and produced a good range of insects in my garden MV trap in Llandaff North. As well as lots of caddisflies and numerous small flies were the lacewing Cunctochrysa albolineata (4 individuals), the beetles Lagria hirta (4) and Orange and Harlequin Ladybirds, and the hemipterans Aphrophora alni, Deraeocoris flavilina and Stenotus binotatus. Several of these had not been seen in the garden previously and probably wandered in from some distance away - for example, the beetle Lagria hirta is usually coastal and is associated with sandy soils.

Deraeocoris flavilina
Stenotus binotatus
Lagria hirta

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