Tuesday 20 February 2024

Madeira Moths

I put the LED travel moth trap out in the Calhau Grande garden every night while in Madeira and had a few moths but only two or three species a night. However a nice little sample and a few lifers in there and a couple of examples of Atlantic island endemics. 

Striped Hawkmoth
Banded Sable, Spoladea recurvalis
Chevron Snout, Hypena lividalis
Scarce Bordered Straw 
The Wedgling- one I'm familiar with from the Azores 
Double-striped Pug 
Herpetogramma dorsipunctalis
Selania leplastriana
Bugloss Ermine, Ethmia bipunctella 
Silver-spotted Veneer, Euchromius ocellea
Can't work this one out  210224 update looks like another Traveller- see comments and also here. An American species. 
Pale Mottled Willow 
White Speck 
Scopula irroata- a Canary Island and Madeira endemic 
The Traveller Costaconvexa centrostrigaria
Ascotis fortuna is the closest I can get to this. An Atlantic island endemic. 
Nice spot


Stewart said...

Your mystery moth? Try Many lined? It looks ok but not sure if it occurs in Madiera or if there are very similar look a likes...

Peter Alfrey said...

Hi Stewart, the similar one on Madeira is the Traveller which does fit- here's a match by the looks of it for this specimen https://www.ukmoths.org.uk/species/costaconvexa-centrostrigaria/

More variable than I thought as I identified one of these correctly too.