Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Chaddesley Wood netting

I went to Chaddesley Wood yesterday pm to look for Argyresthia semitestacella without success but netted 10 Elachista bisulcella off the beech plus perhaps 25 Neps, a few were retained and are still to be determined but ought to be tityrella or hemargyrella. It was very warm work so I stopped for a pint of Butty Bach on the way home, what a nice way to spend an afternoon.

Also, last night at home, I had my second record of Nemopogon koenigi, formally wolffiella, thanks again to my wood piles!

Elachista bisulcella
Stigmella hemargyrella

Stigmella carpinella, new to Worcestershire.

Despite the generally low numbers of moths around this year new county records are still to be found, Stigmella carpinella being the latest from my garden at Halesowen. The food plant is Hornbeam and I planted 10 trees in 2007 so I'm hoping the moth may breed though no mines for the species have yet been confirmed.
Patrick Clement

Kinver Edge 12th August

After failing to see Ypsolopha lucella at the July meet I was pleased to see two individuals at this session. Unfortunately, the specimen I borrowed to photograph was not playing ball and I eventually returned it to site of capture without a single image. Typically, when I tapped it out on to the trunk of an oak, it stayed put as if super-glued!
On a warm but breezy night we had decent haul of other moths but nothing really unexpected.
Patrick Clement

Stigmella roborella

Phyllonorycter trifasciella

Eudonia truncicolella

Catoptria pinella

White-line Dart

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Bringsty Common August 22nd

It seems very quiet out there, no-one reporting anything. Last night I ran one trap in the garden and recorded 284 moths split between 35 species of macro and 20 species of micro. I don't think I have ever had Brimstone as the commonest moth before, but it topped the bill with 31, followed by Flame Shoulder at 28, Agriphila tristella (26), Large Yellow Underwing (24). Square-spot Rustic numbers continue to build up and Flounced Rustic also. Centre-barred Sallow must be imminent. Each evening there is a gathering of Acentria ephemerella in the grass around the trap, but I have only seen one inside this year. The anticipated explosion in numbers of Plutella xylostella hasn't happened after the mass immigration in early June, with 1 in the trap last night. Overall rather unexciting.

Bringsty Common August 23rd: Centre-barred Sallow

Bringsty Common August 23rd: Large Yellow are back!
Update! The very next night a Centre-barred Sallow turned up. Autumn is here. Also the temporary top moth (Brimstone) was replaced by a more typical one. Large Yellow Underwing, whose numbers are going up with each session. 54 last night. The trap must have been very active with so many bashing about. Peter Hall

Friday, 12 August 2016

Bringsty Common August 11th

It seems we are stuck in a strong breeze these days and the garden is bone dry too. On suitable nights I have been running one, occasionally two mv lights in the garden. Numbers seem to be dropping by the night as we head into the late Summer lull period. Last night I recorded 40 macro and 23 micro species. The night before 40 macro and 18 micro species. Lots of second broods appearing. Most unusual was a second brood Notocelia cynosbatella. Not a lot of note,  a Gold Spot, a nice female Orange Swift, plenty of Dusky Thorn, Canary-shouldered and also August and September Thorns. Topping the frequency lists are Flame Shoulder and Straw Dot and moving ahead of Agriphila straminella is tristella into number 1 micro slot. The "Scoparids" are now almost exclusively Eudonia mercurella.
Bringsty Common: Nicrophorus investigator with a heavy load

Bringsty Common: Orange Swift (female)

Bringsty Common: Common Wave

Bringsty Common: Gold Spot - fresh from the fridge before it wakes up lined up against the drawings in Skinner

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Ashwood Nurseries Meadow, 5th August

Left, Tom Woodhall, Right, Patrick Clement.
Photo Joy Stevens
A session to obtain moths for a public event the following day at this South Staffordshire site. A cool clear night but some good moths nevertheless with at least a couple of  'crowd pleasers'  for the following day in the form of Gold Spot and Black Arches!

The Crescent reflects the presence of a canal alongside the meadow and two good micros were Cnephasia genitalana and Trifurcula immundella.

The Acleris was taken in the hope, rather than anticipation, that it might be Strawberry Tortrix as it was trapped by a bank of wild strawberries, but of course it was laterana .........

Patrick Clement

Acleris laterana

The Crescent
Cnephasia genitalana

Monday, 8 August 2016

Warndon early August

Two new macros in the garden last week include a well overdue Campion (only the second ever in Worcester 10km square on MM) on the 4th, and 43 years after the first at Comer Gardens!

A Twin-spotted Wainscot on the 6th on the same night as this years first Small Ranunculus.
 Good micros included another Gelechia scotinella on the 2nd,  a third county Chrysoclista linneella on the 4th on the same night as a site first Coleophora lineolea. A lazy week at home pays off.