Pine Hawk-moth (Sphinx pinastri)

A moth-trap in Val di Fassa

Guiding two Naturetrek groups in the Dolomites in July, I had the opportunity to put outside a moth-trap during 7 different nights, checking the harvest carefully the mornings after. The trap was placed in the little village of Tamion (Vigo di Fassa, Trento province), just outside our hotel, on the edge of a spruce woodland, at about 1538 m above the sea level. We used a powerful light to attract the moths in a wood box and, after the identification (more about 75 species of moths recorded), all the moths were releazed.

Dark Marbled Carpet (Chloroclysta citrata)
Tamion (July 2017)

These were the identified species and their frequency (the number in brackets indicates the nights of presence out of a total of 7):

MACRO MOTHS

Hepialidae

  • Map-winged Swift (Hepialus fusconebulosa): an individual (1)
Map-winged Swift (Hepialus fusconebulosa)
Map-winged Swift (Hepialus fusconebulosa)

Drepanidae

  • Peach Blossom (Thyatira batis): an individual (1)
Peach Blossom (Thyatira batis)
Peach Blossom (Thyatira batis)

Geometridae

  • Small Emerald (Hemistola chrysoprasaria): 3 individuals (3)
  • Riband Wave (Idaea aversata): 2 individuals (2)
  • Mesotype verberata: 4 individuals (4)
  • Silver-ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata): an individual (1)
  • Shaded Broad-bar (Scotopteryx chenopodiata): 4 individuals (3)
  • Grey Mountain Carpet (Entephria caesiata): 2 individuals (2)
  • Purple Bar (Cosmorhoe ocellata): 2 individuals (2)
  • Dark Marbled Carpet (Chloroclysta citrata): 2 individuals (2)
  • Common Marbled Carpet (Chloroclysta truncata): an individual (1)
  • Barred Yellow (Cidaria fulvata): an individual (1)
  • Spruce Carpet (Thera britanica): half a dozen of individuals (2)
  • Chestnut-coloured Carpet (Thera cognata): 2 individuals (2)
  • Barred Carpet (Perizoma taeniata): a ten of individuals (5)
  • Small Rivulet (Perizoma alchemillata): 3 individuals (2)
  • Grass Rivulet (Perizoma albulata): an individual (1)
  • Cloaked Pug (Eupithecia abietaria): at least 4 individuals (3)
  • Larch Pug (Eupithecia lariciata): at least 3 individuals (2)
  • Tawny-barred Angle (Macaria liturata): half a dozen of individuals (4)
  • Latticed Heath (Chiasmia clathrata): an individual (1)
  • Scalloped Hazel (Odontopera bidentata): an individual (1)
  • Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria): 2 individuals (2)
  • Feathered Beauty (Peribatodes secundaria): an individual (1)
  • Satin Beauty (Deileptenia ribeata): an individual (1)
  • Mottled Beauty (Alcis repandata): a dozen of individuals (4)
  • Small Engrailed (Ectropis crepuscularia): 2 individuals (2)
  • Barred Red (Hylaea fasciaria f. prasinaria): an individual (1)

 

Sphingidae

  • Convolvulus Hawk-moth (Agrius convolvuli): an individual (1)
  • Pine Hawk-moth (Hyloicus pinastri): an individual (1)

 

Erebidae

  • Red-necked Footman (Atolmis rubricolis): 3 individuals (2)
  • Buff Footman (Eilema depressa): half a dozen of individuals (4)
  • Common Footman (Eilema lurideola): an individual (1)
  • Clouded Buff (Diacrisia sannio): 2 individuals (2)
  • Garden Tiger (Arctia caja): an individual (1)

 

Noctuidae

  • Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis): an individual (1)
  • True Lover’s Knot (Lycophotia porphyrea): a ten of individuals (6)
  • Ingrailed Clay (Diarsia mendica): a ten of individuals (6)
  • Dotted clay (Xestia baja): an individual (1)
  • Xestia viridescens: an individual (1)
  • Great Brocade (Eurois occulta): half a dozen of individuals (5)
  • Green Arches (Anaplectoides prasina): more than 20 individuals (6)
  • Beautiful Brocade (Lacanobia contigua): at least an individual (1)
  • Pale-shouldered Brocade (Lacanobia thalassina): at least 2 individuals (2)
  • Clay (Mythimna ferrago): an individual (1)
  • Dark Brocade (Mniotype adusta): at least 3 individuals (3)
  • Saxon (Hyppa rectilinea): a dozen of individuals (4)
  • Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha): half a dozen of individuals (4)
  • Clouded Bordered Brindle (Apamea crenata): 2 individuals (1)
  • Apamea rubrirena: an individual (1)
  • Minor sp. (Oligia spp.): a ten of individuals (4)
  • Rosy Minor (Mesoligia literosa): an individual (1)
  • Uncertain (Hoplodrina alsines): at least 2 (2)
  • Silver Y (Autographa gamma): 2 individuals (2)
  • Beautiful Golden Y (Autographa pulchrina): 2 individuals (2)
  • Spectacle (Abrostola tripartita): an individual (1)
  • Snout (Hypena probascidalis): an individual (1)

 

MICRO MOTHS 

Yponomeutidae

  • Apple Fruit Moth (Argyresthia conjugella): a ten of individuals (4)
  • Bird-cherry ermine (Yponomeuta evonymella): 2 individuals (2)
Yponomeuta evonymella
Yponomeuta evonymella

Momphidae

  • Mompha conturbatella: an individual (1)
  • Mompha raschkiella: an individual (1)
Mompha raschkiella
Mompha raschkiella

Tortricidae

  • Larch Twist (Ptycholomoides aeriferanus): 5 individuals (3)
  • Clepsis rurinana: 2 individuals (2)
  • Cnephasia spp.: some individuals (4)
  • Marbled Orchard Tortrix (Hedya nubiferana): 3 individuals (2)
  • Dark Strawberry Tortrix (Celypha lacunana):  an individual (1).

 

Crambidae

  • Catoptria conchella: an individual (1)
  • Catoptria permutatellus: 7 individuals (1)
  • Pyrausta despicata: 2 individuals (2)
  • Udea decrepitalis: 2 individuals (2)
Catoptria permutatellus
Catoptria permutatellus

Pyralidae

  • Spruce Coneworm Moth (Dioryctria abietella): 3 individuals (2)
  • Dioryctria schuetzeella: 3 individuals (3)
  • Dioryctria sylvestrella: an individual (1)
  • Dioryctria simplicella: 2 individuals (2)
  • Assara terebrella: 2 individuals (2)

 

Pterophoroidea

  • Platyptilia sp.: an individual (1)

Luca Boscain 

     

     

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