Thursday, 13 October 2016

Late Shoulder-striped Wainscot

A Shoulder-striped Wainscot turned up in the trap in Colwall on Tuesday night. Has anyone else had one this late?
My first ever Deep-brown Dart last week
 Phyl King
Deep-brown Dart

Very late Shoulder-striped Wainscot

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Bringsty Mothing

I only run moth trap(s) on reasonable nights (when I remember to set things up!), so last night looked the best night for a few days, although it did go down to 5.2 just pre-dawn, but stayed in double figures up until midnight. Not a lot of moths - 42 moths but I did record 20 macros and 3 micros. Happy with that. My first Merveille du Jour of the year (4), Red-line Quaker (1), Yellow-line Quaker (1), Grey Shoulder-knot (1), Brindled Green (1), Satellite (1), Green-brindled Crescent (2) - Barred Sallow (4) and Sallow (2). A very late second brood Light Emerald. Topping the numbers was Lunar Underwing with just 5, and only 1 Large Yellow Underwing! Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: Light Emerald

Bringsty Common: Green-brindled Crescent f. capucina

Bringsty Common: Satellite

Friday, 7 October 2016

Bringsty Mining

This week I had the pleasure of visits from Dave Wilton (Buckinghamshire) and then a few days later, Steve Palmer (Lancashire). Both were keen to help me look for leafmines and it was very successful.

We recorded the following: 

Hawthorn: Phyllonorycter corylifoliella, Parornix anglicella, Stigmella regiella, Stigmella oxyacanthella, Ectoedemia atricollis and Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae.
Blackthorn/Damson: Stigmella plagicolella, Phyllonorycter cerasicolella and Phyllonorycter spinicolella.
Aspen: Caloptilia stigmatella
Hazel: Phyllonorycter coryli, Phyllonorycter nicellii, Stigmella floslactella, Stigmella microtheriella. Parornix devoniella, Callisto denticulella.
Dogwood: Antispila treitschkiella.
Ash: Caloptilia cuculipennella, Caloptilia syringella, Phyllonorycter geniculella.
Alder: Stigmella alnetella, Stigmella rajella, Caloptilia elongella.
Bramble: Stigmella aurella, Coptotriche marginea.
Birch: Phyllonorycter ulmifoliella, Stigmella sakhalinella, Stigmella luteella, Parornix betulae, Lyonetia clerkella, Stigmella lapponica.
Sycamore: Phyllonorycter geniculella, Caloptilia rufipennella.
Dogrose: Stigmella anomalella, Coleophora gryphipennella.
Apple: Lyonetia clerkella, Leucoptera malifoliella.
Oak: Tischeria ekebladella, Ectoedemia albifasciella, Stigmella atricapitella and a psychid to be id’d.
Willow/Sallow: Phyllonorycter viminiella, Stigmella salicis, Caloptilia stigmatella, Phyllocnistis saligna, Phyllonorycter salicicolella, Phyllonorycter salictella and Stigmella obliquella.
Willowherb: Mompha raschkiella.
Cherry: Phyllonorycter cerasicolella, Lyonetia clerkella.
Honeysuckle: Phyllonorycter trifasciella.
Wych Elm: Stigmella ulmivora, Stigmella viscerella, Stigmella lemniscella and Phyllonorycter tristrigella.
Thistle: Coleophora peribenanderi
Pyracantha: Phyllonorycter leucographella
Field Maple: Phyllonorycter acerifoliella
Horse Chestnut: Cameraria ohridella

Not a bad list for a few hours trawling the garden and Common with a pub lunch at the Live and Let Live thrown in too. Peter Hall

Thursday, 6 October 2016

October moths - Whitchurch

Pretty quiet in the Whitchurch garden in these cold windy nights. Tuesday night was a stand out night though, with 27 species and the second garden record of Gem. Merveille du Jour the other highlight that night. Actually the best October night ever here, in terms of species anyway, but I don't have many records to compare with. It'll be interesting to see what turns up the rest of the month as I'm trapping most nights at the moment.


Merveille du Jour

Friday, 30 September 2016

Hummingbird Hawkmoth

My first Hummingbird Hawkmoth of the season in the garden this evening. It seemed to favour this Salvia called " lipstick". It was in the garden at Norchard, Worcs around 6.30 pm whizzing about.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Blotched Emerald

I had an interesting catch this morning at Norchard, Worcs, which included this unusual second brood Blotched Emerald. Also a Swallow-tailed moth and  Light Emerald. Also a first for year Green-brindled Crescent and a Red-line Quaker plus Pine Carpet and Pinion-streaked Snout. Four Silver Y, and a Diamond-back were the only migrant species.
Necrodes littoralis the Shore Sexton beetle was also present.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Butterfly conservation E-moth

The latest issue of "E-moth" is available and well worth a read and ogle at the excellent photos used from Patrick and Oliver at the link here