Thursday, 19 October 2017

Southern Softies

Some effort checking the Ivy by  Nunnery Wood CP from late September was rewarded with a Pearly Underwing on the 26th September.
 A Rusty Dot Pearl was found on the nearby outdoor cafĂ© wall lights on the 8th October. A Cypress Carpet was in the garden Robinson after Friday 13th October (not for me unlucky).
 and a Delicate was the pick of the migrants at Mike's NMN effort on 14th October.  

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Coleophora bonus

Coleophora binderella larval case, Trench Wood.
I've been making the effort to do a bit more leaf-mining this autumn so this morning, although it was cold, damp and grey, I visited Trench Wood hoping to find Phyllonorycter esperella on hornbeam. Whilst I failed to find the target I had a good selection of mines of other species and even managed to see the larval stages of three Coleophs, Coleophora gryphipennella on rose, C. lusciniaepennella on sallow and C. binderella on grey alder so there is always something worth seeing.

Patrick Clement

Monday, 16 October 2017

Bringsty Common End of the World

When the sun went red his morning in the sky and the gathering clouds looked really stormy I wondered about the apocalypse.  Hurricane due and not a wisper of wind at 9am.  How that changed and quickly. I've been running 2 moth ttraps in the garden these past three days. Combined there were 48 species identified with a couple still to do (including Novembers). Some migrant activity with Nomophila noctuella and last night no less than 4 Vestals.  There's been interest recently in late emerging species and I had a Small Fan-footed Wave 3 nights ago, then Heart & Dart 2 nights ago and last night a half sized Riband Wave in the trap.  No late records broken though (Phyl?) New for the site was a Large Wainscot. Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: Red Morning sun

Bringsty Common: Merveille du Jour

Bringsty Common: Large Wainscot

Bringsty Common: Brick

Bringsty Common: Brindled Green

Bringsty Common: Vestal


Bringsty Common: Figure of 8

Friday, 13 October 2017

National Moth Night

Quite a few moths on the nearby ivy here at Norchard, Worcs, including this Dotted Chestnut. I am running a public event from my house tomorrow night starting at 7pm, so if anybody is free they are welcome to join us. The details are on the moth night website.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Ruby Tiger and Mottled Rustic

I had this Ruby Tiger in the garden this morning. The books say that the odd one appears in the south as a third brood. Also a second brood Mottled Rustic on Friday night was unusual here at Norchard..

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Bohemannia auriciliella

Bohemannia auriciliella
Tiny moths and flies will sometimes overheat and die on top of the rain guard above an MV lamp and on a good night with warm humid conditions there may be a fair number of corpses by morning so it is always worth brushing everything into a pot for careful examination at a later date. I did just that after an all-night session in woodland near Hallow, (Worcs), in late August and sifting through the debris a couple of days ago one Nep stood out as being a 'bit different' and so it proved to be. Dissection showed it to be Bohemannia auriciliella, a scarce species with only around a dozen records in the UK although Guy Meredith recorded one in Gloucestershire earlier this year so maybe one to look out for.
Patrick Clement


Monday, 25 September 2017

Clifden Nonpareil in Eastham

Ken Willetts had a very nice surprise in his garden moth trap up in north west Worcestershire yesterday -
Clifden Nonpareil - formerly resident in parts of the south east of the country but now a rare migrant, a first for VC37 Worcestershire.

Encouragement, if any were needed, to keep trapping at this time of year - you never know what might turn up.

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Clifden Nonpareil Catocala fraxini