Friday, 10 August 2018

Scythris limbella

On looking through the micros that came into the trap last weekend at Abberton, delighted to find a Scythris limbella.

Apparently this is the 5th Worcestershire record and the first since one at Stoke Prior in 2004 - the three earlier records dating back to the 1870's !

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Webb's at Bodenham

Last night the garden produced a county first with the arrival of a Webb's Wainscot.  It obligingly identified itself in the book.  Robin Hemming
Bodenham: Webb's Wainscot

Bringsty Common

I think it's been of no surprise to people to see the "late Summer lull" kick in early this year. Numbers have been dropping rapidly out and about and also in the garden.  Last night I was down to 2 individual Footman moths.  Poplar Hawk must be in their second generation by now, but they've been arriving at the garden trap almost inunterupted since late Spring.  5 last night. Elephant Hawk seem to have finally stopped arriving about a week ago.  I had a couple of Six-striped Rustic 10 days ago but none since.  Last night the first Rosy Rustic arrived.  I also had my first Nomophila noctuella of the year, so maybe migrants might start arriving in more numbers.  Trapping 2 nights ago in the Chilterns also saw a Dark Sword-grass.  I've not had the interesing influx that Ian M talks about here, but species like Large Yellow Underwing have suffered badly from the drought.  Only now have Flame Shoulder started appearing. Hardly seen Small Square-spot all year.  I'm still getting the odd Angle-striped Sallow coming to the garden, so that's done really well as have Gold Spot and I think that is reflected elsewhere too with this last species.  A single trap last night in the garden produced 43 macro species and 14 micro species with Dotted Clay, Olive and previously mentioned species of most note.  Numbers of Acentria ephemerella flapping helplessly around the ttrap late evening have been impressive with 88 counted 2 nights ago. Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: Rush Veneer

Bringsty Common: Angle-striped Sallow

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Heatwave wanderers

July has been the month which keeps on giving. The first half of the month had very good numbers yet the second half saw a noticable decrease. Species wise I trapped 166 sp of macros which is the second best total since 2007. A feature of the hot weather has been the unexpected wanderers-all new for the garden: Small Seraphim, Silky Wainscot, Beautiful Yellow Underwing, Twin spotted Wainscot, Brown veined Wainscot and Cream bordered Green Pea. What will drop in next?

Tuesday, 24 July 2018


During the nights of the 21st and 22nd of July an increase in nighttime temperatures to 15 and 18 degrees respectively resulted in an overall increase in moth numbers. This is my first year of trapping but the night of the 22nd resulted in record breaking numbers to my urban garden 20W heath trap.

Overall 238 moths were caught totally 82 species highlights included gold spot, 2 oak eggar, tissue, july highflyer, magpie, single-dotted wave and a rather worn sitochroa palealis.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Autumn Approaches

Running the trap on the 14th here on Bringsty Common I caught 2 Canary-shouldered Thorn and 1 Dusky Thorn.  I think that's the earliest record for Dusky Thorn for vc-36? It will be Square-spot Rustic next up...Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: Canary-shouldered Thorn

Bringsty Common: Dusky Thorn

Friday, 13 July 2018

Mansell Gamage 03/06/18

Going back through my records I should have asked your view on this one. I think it's a White-spotted Pug. Would you agree? Thanks in advance.