Sunday, 14 October 2018

Palpita vitrealis

I was pleased to record this Palpita vitrealis this morning in the garden at Norchard, Worcs. It is my first home record of this species. Two Silver Y were the only other obvious migrant species. Some double brood moths
included, Blood-vein, Treble Brown Spot, Willow Beauty, Acrobasis consociella, and Lozotaeniodes formosana.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Blue is the Colour

A nice surprise this morning sitting by my trap in Dorstone.  The last ime I saw one of these was back in 1952 in Ham Street in Kent.  Ray Birchenough
Dorstone: Clifden Nonpareil (Blue Underwing)

Bringsty Common update

I've had 2 Riband Wave come to the garden trap this week.  Mike's record as well. Seems a bit unusual.  Last night I had what looks like a Common Footman also come to light, but I'll double check that one. The November group are just emerging, with 1 last night, and I'll look at its octavals a bit later today (update: a November moth) and a 3 hour trapping session last night at Wigmore Rolls was far more productive for this group, with well over 50 coming to the 2 lights...but not a lot else. 20 species of macro last night here at Bringsty and 9 micro species which is probably as good as you could hope for at this time of year. Nicest moth (well before a hornet munched it) was a Figure of 8. Compare that to Wigmore with just 10 species of macro and 1 micro.  Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: Riband Wave

Wigmore Rolls: Figure of 8

Friday, 5 October 2018

Riband Wave

This unusual form of Riband Wave came to actinic light last night, here at Norchard, Worcs.
Black Rustic has had a good year here peaking at 71 on the 18th of September, and remaining in high numbers since.
A bit premature there, as I have just counted 123 Black Rustic from last night the 5th of October from one Robinson trap.
The first Yellow-line Quakers arrived, and some late moths included, Bordered Pug, Mother of Pearl, Carcina quercana, Heart and Dart, and Mottled Rustic.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Another Late One

Ran the garden trap here on Bringsty Common last night for the first time in 10 days. 23 species with micros topping the frequency table with Acleris variegana commonest with 14 individuals followed by Eudonia angustea with 11.  Best macro was Lunar Underwing with 9.  However,  included in the mix was a Short Cloaked moth and trawling through the Hereford database it seems the previous latest record was August 15th in 1991.  Having access also to the Bucks database I see they have recorded occasional very late records, even one in October, but not very often.  Not sure if it is an attempted second brood, or a confused individual perhaps. Peter Hall

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Wigmore Rolls Monday September 17th

With garden catches running at around 40 to 45 species per night at the moment, and Monday forecast to be mild,  I met up with Rob Hemming and trapped at Wigmore Rolls, a nice Forestry Commission site just up from Leominster.  Hornet management kept me busy, but unfortunately the moths did not and it was very slow going for the 3 hours the traps were run.  However, lots of singeltons pushed the tally for my 2 Robinsons up to around 35 species. A very tatty Cydia splendana  along with a Dingy Footman and a Marbled White-spot. 3 fresh Dusky Thorn. Also arrived was a Small Wainscot and a  Brick. Plenty of Red-green Carpet and Common Marbled Carpet. Pandemis cinnamomeana topped the micros.  The biggest surprise was a Satin Lutestring, which is yet another species that may be starting to second brood? Most records for this moth are late May to mid-July.  Peter Hall
Wigmore Rolls: Satin Lutestring

Monday, 17 September 2018

Re Puss Moth or Sallow Kitten

Aaron, I would say you are correct with Sallow Kitten. I have reared both species from eggs and looking at my photographs above, although the colour and appearance of both species changes significantly during development, the spiracles of the Puss Moth larva always seem to be clearly visible on a clean background - far less so in the case of the Sallow Kitten.
Patrick Clement