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


Friday, 23 September 2016

Cypress Pug in Herefordshire

I've just received this photo of a Cypress Pug, caught in Cradley on August 25th. As far as I know it's the first for Herefordshire - does anyone know of others?
Still hoping for a Vestal in Colwall - last night was cold but there were still over 100 Lunar Underwing, and my first Autumnal Rustic of the season.
Phyl King
Cypress Pug, Cradley

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Another Vestal

I thought I'd use that title for Phyl. Ran one trap in the garden last night in Bringsty Common (E. Herefordshire) and was rewarded with 92 moths of 28 species, 25 of which were macro-moths. Topping the list was Lunar Underwing (21). Lots of Autumnal species now including Black Rustic, Beaded Chestnut, Brown-spot Pinion, Pink-barred Sallow. Still getting Square-spot rustic, Centre-barred Sallow and Rosy Rustic. Momentarily excited when I saw a huge moth on the wooden lamp holder of the mv trap, but it was a Red Underwing...and I did check the underwings just in case of Clifden Nonpareil. I usually see most of my annual Red Underwings on the house wall first thing in the morning, but this is the first record for this year. Migrants? Nothing as exciting as Gavin's moth, 1 Silver Y and 1 Vestal. Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: Red Underwing

Bringsty Common: Red Underwing

Bringsty Common: Vestal

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Bordered Straw

A nice surprise on Sunday 18th September after a relatively quiet autumn in SE Worcs so far for migrants.

Another garden first

Last night I was surprised to discover a Cypress Pug sitting on the rain guard! I am not aware of the status of this moth in the county-I do recall Mike having one at Norchard some years ago. Can anyone enlighten me? Very few Autumn moths so far-only 3 Lunar Underwings! Best micro last night was campoliliana.

Colwall garden migrants

When will I get a Vestal in  my garden?? Only migrants are Silver Y (up to 4 a night) and on Monday night a Dark Sword-grass. The trap is dominated by Lunar Underwing - approx 120 on Monday - and Large Yellow Underwing, together with numerous craneflies and wasps. The large numbers of Brimstone, up to 40 earlier in September, are now down to 1 or 2.
Dark Sword-grass, Colwall
Phyl King