Sunday, 15 November 2015

Crocidosema plebejana

I found this Crocidosema plebejana in the garden mv trap this morning. Possibly a migrant and seems to be the third record for Worcestershire, assuming I have identified it correctly. A Pale Mottled Willow was also amongst a few resident species.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Late Migrant

A Dark Sword-grass here in Warndon Villages on Tuesday night and micros including; Caloptilia semifascia, dark form Apple Leaf-miner, Scrobipalpa costella, Phyllonorycter messaniella, Leek Moth and Garden Rose Tortrix
Warndon: Dark Sword-grass

Friday, 6 November 2015

Caloptilia sp ?

I trapped on 4th November with temperatures reaching a minimum of 11.3c overnight.

2 Traps produced 75 moths of 20 species of the usual Autumn mix very similar to Peter Halls last post. Even got single Large Yellow Underwings in each trap. Thought I'd seen the last of those.

I also had this Caloptilia which I reckon is either elongella or betulicola but as I am not familiar with either I wonder if anyone can confirm either way.

I believe the foodplant for elongella is Aspen which I do not have close by and betulicola as the name implies is Birch of which I have a large example in the garden. betulicola is also supposed to have white hind legs which this example seems to have but not as white as the front legs.

I am leaning towards betulicola but not sure if I have enough for a satisfactory ID. I no longer have the moth.

Any comments?

Pete Smith



Thursday, 5 November 2015

New for the Colwall garden

Very pleased to get the first Oak Nycteoline for the garden last night, plus my first ever Large Wainscot - somewhat battered - on 2nd.  Phyl King
Oak Nycteoline

Large Wainscot

What is the collective noun for a group of Feathered Thorns?

I'm going to use the word Duster. The trap here at Bringsty last night produced 17 species including the first December moths of the year. This means my list is almost complete now for the year. Topping the numbers was a duster of Feathered Thorns - 18 in total. Next most frequent was Yellow-line Quaker on 6. 3 December moths were in the trap in total.
Feathered Thorn 18
Green Brindled-crescent 3
Barred Sallow 1
Red-green Carpet 3
Snout 1
Red-line Quaker 1
Satellite 1
December 3
Brick 2
Turnip 1
Common Marbled Carpet 2
Sprawler 1
Beaded Chestnut 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Yellow-line Quaker 6
Spruce Carpet 1
Novemnals 8
Eudonia angustea 1

A friend of mine termed Novemnals as an aggregated name of November and Autumnal. Seems to describe them perfectly.
Bringsty Common: December moth

Bringsty Common: A duster of Feathered Thorns

Bringsty Common: Feathered Thorn
Peter Hall

Moths Count update October 2015

The latest "Emoth" newsletter is available from the National Moth Recording Scheme, via Zoe Randle at Butterfly Conservation.

Zoe says:
"Here is the latest edition of E-moth, it contains the usual update on the National Moth Recording Scheme, the programme for the National Moth Recorders’ Meeting on Saturday 30th January 2016, feedback about Moth Night 2015 and some other interesting snippets. Please feel free to pass E-moth onto others or include parts of it in your own newsletters, websites etc."

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