Thursday, 19 October 2017

Southern Softies

Some effort checking the Ivy by  Nunnery Wood CP from late September was rewarded with a Pearly Underwing on the 26th September.
 A Rusty Dot Pearl was found on the nearby outdoor café wall lights on the 8th October. A Cypress Carpet was in the garden Robinson after Friday 13th October (not for me unlucky).
 and a Delicate was the pick of the migrants at Mike's NMN effort on 14th October.  

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Coleophora bonus

Coleophora binderella larval case, Trench Wood.
I've been making the effort to do a bit more leaf-mining this autumn so this morning, although it was cold, damp and grey, I visited Trench Wood hoping to find Phyllonorycter esperella on hornbeam. Whilst I failed to find the target I had a good selection of mines of other species and even managed to see the larval stages of three Coleophs, Coleophora gryphipennella on rose, C. lusciniaepennella on sallow and C. binderella on grey alder so there is always something worth seeing.

Patrick Clement

Monday, 16 October 2017

Bringsty Common End of the World

When the sun went red his morning in the sky and the gathering clouds looked really stormy I wondered about the apocalypse.  Hurricane due and not a wisper of wind at 9am.  How that changed and quickly. I've been running 2 moth ttraps in the garden these past three days. Combined there were 48 species identified with a couple still to do (including Novembers). Some migrant activity with Nomophila noctuella and last night no less than 4 Vestals.  There's been interest recently in late emerging species and I had a Small Fan-footed Wave 3 nights ago, then Heart & Dart 2 nights ago and last night a half sized Riband Wave in the trap.  No late records broken though (Phyl?) New for the site was a Large Wainscot. Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: Red Morning sun

Bringsty Common: Merveille du Jour

Bringsty Common: Large Wainscot

Bringsty Common: Brick

Bringsty Common: Brindled Green

Bringsty Common: Vestal

Bringsty Common: Figure of 8

Friday, 13 October 2017

National Moth Night

Quite a few moths on the nearby ivy here at Norchard, Worcs, including this Dotted Chestnut. I am running a public event from my house tomorrow night starting at 7pm, so if anybody is free they are welcome to join us. The details are on the moth night website.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Ruby Tiger and Mottled Rustic

I had this Ruby Tiger in the garden this morning. The books say that the odd one appears in the south as a third brood. Also a second brood Mottled Rustic on Friday night was unusual here at Norchard..

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Bohemannia auriciliella

Bohemannia auriciliella
Tiny moths and flies will sometimes overheat and die on top of the rain guard above an MV lamp and on a good night with warm humid conditions there may be a fair number of corpses by morning so it is always worth brushing everything into a pot for careful examination at a later date. I did just that after an all-night session in woodland near Hallow, (Worcs), in late August and sifting through the debris a couple of days ago one Nep stood out as being a 'bit different' and so it proved to be. Dissection showed it to be Bohemannia auriciliella, a scarce species with only around a dozen records in the UK although Guy Meredith recorded one in Gloucestershire earlier this year so maybe one to look out for.
Patrick Clement

Monday, 25 September 2017

Clifden Nonpareil in Eastham

Ken Willetts had a very nice surprise in his garden moth trap up in north west Worcestershire yesterday -
Clifden Nonpareil - formerly resident in parts of the south east of the country but now a rare migrant, a first for VC37 Worcestershire.

Encouragement, if any were needed, to keep trapping at this time of year - you never know what might turn up.

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Clifden Nonpareil Catocala fraxini

Bringsty Common 4 days later...

A mild night, but very damp with drizzle and mist, but I ran one Robinson down the bottom of the garden and it was quite busy.  With the winds again becoming southerly I was more hopeful of some migrants, but only 2 Nomophila noctuella blessed the trap from foreign lands. 239 moths comprising 23 macro-moth species and 12 micro-moth species.  Topping the bill was Lunar underwing with 30, followed by Large Yellow Underwing (24) then Setaceous Hebrew Character (21) and Brown-spot pinion (21).  Other Autumnal species were Pink-barred Sallow, Sallow, Beaded Chestnut, Black Rustic, Frosted Orange, 16 Autumnal Rustic, Vine's Rustic.  Rather unsually for me at least, 1 Red Underwing was also in the trap rather than sitting on a nearby wall. Peter Hall
Bringsty Common:  Eudonia angustea 
Bringsty Common: Autumnal Rustic
Bringsty Common: Dusky Thorn

Bringsty Common:  Egg boxes were quite "busy"


Thursday, 21 September 2017

Bringsty Common September 20th

The first warmer night for ages, so out went 1 trap despite the stiff breeze.  Found a sheltered spot behind a hedge and the trap was very appealing to wasps during the night, which made me take extra care going through the egg boxes this morning. 18 species of macro and 5 micro.  Topping the bill was Lunar Underwing with 12 individuals followed by Autumnal Rustic with 10.  Late Summer/early Autumn moths like Frosted Orange, Sallow, Brown-spot Pinion, Beaded Chestnut, Black Rustic and Ypsolopha parenthesella all made appearances.  No migrants, but then the recent northerly winds will account for that. Peter Hall
Bringsty Common:  Light Emerald

Bringsty Common: Frosted Orange

Bringsty Common:  Hypsopygia costalis

Bringsty Common: Autumnal Rustic

Bringsty Common: Beaded Chestnut

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Hall Green garden first.

Cypress Pug       Photo A. Prior
Alan Prior recorded Cypress Pug in his Hall Green garden for the first time last night, species number 715 for the site.

Patrick Clement

Saturday, 16 September 2017

White Valerian

Following a Hummingbird Hawk-moth sighting in early June my White Valerian is still flowering and attracted another on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. I have not grown it before, and it is also popular with butterflies. The garden trap was busier last night with 181 moths of 29 species.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Convolvulus Hawk-moth

Always a thrill to find one of these huge migrants amongst the catch. There were no other migrants present this morning.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

4th September at Warndon Villages

Ideal conditions here in Worcester too, produced some great results in the garden Robbo. After what looked like rather a worn one two weeks ago (and still TBC),  last night a fine Yposolpha horridella was recorded - not quite sure why I see most of these!

Another scarce species in VC37 was also taken in form of a presumed

Pammene spiniana

One migrant was a nice Rusty Dot Pearl - my third this year.

Other highlights were Lilac Beauty, Cloaked Minor, Mouse Moth, 2 Acleris emargana, Mompha propinquella, Ectoedemia louisella, 2 Argyresthia albistria and a presumed Stigmella samiatella.
18 species Macro and 24 species Micro - good for September! 

Bringsty Common September 4th

As it was going to be mild and humid I ran 2 mv traps in the garden last night to see what was about.  38 species of macro-moth and 15 micro-moth.  I have to say, nothing to get excited about.  2 Dark Sword-grass a Silver Y and 1 Plutella xylostella made up the migrants.  Lots of Thorns - Dusky, Canary-shouldered, Early, September and August all made an appearance.  A rather late Common Lutestring.  1 Pale Eggar.  Topping the bill was Large Yellow underwing (68) followed by Square-spot Rustic (65).  For micros Celypha lacunana was commonest with 14.  Most of my pots were "Ophion ichneumons" for Gavin Broad at the NHM, rather than moths.  Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: Dark Sword-grass

Bringsty Common: Feathered Gothic

Bringsty Common: Pale Eggar

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Sunny Sunday 27th

Last weekends weather got me into daytime micro-search mode and first stop was the Clerkenleap bridge viewpoint car park to search tree trunks and lower branches for Norway Maple feeders. A few spiders were spotted lurking in the crevices but no moths. A worn Phyllonorycter harrisella was a false alarm in an early sweep of overhanging leaves and then finally on the very last sweep,  one of the targets - a superb almost mint Ectoedemia sericopeza, one of the easier Neps to ID by eye.
Ectoedemia sericopeza

Malvern Hills

The annual Malvern Hills Trust moth meeting organised by Beck Baker, took place at upper Castlemorton Common - Lower Swinyard Hill last Friday 25th August. Migrants recorded were Silver Y, Dark Sword-grass and Rush Veneer. Despite ideal cloudy and mild conditions, micros were in short supply but included amongst the many grass-moths a late but fresh Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix and a Euzophera pinguis. My best moths in the rushy hollow below car park were Tawny Speckled Pug and a Small Wainscot. My single trap total was 26 species before midnight. 
Small Wainscot

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Dioryctria sylvestrella at Wolverley

Dioryctria sylvestrella   Photo S. Wright
Sue Wright trapped a Dioryctria sylvestrella in her Wolverley garden on the 17th August, the first record of this species in VC37. This conifer feeder is a migrant species and was taken at a time of migrant activity but it has been colonising some areas of the country so may be that conifer woodland at nearby Kingsford Country Park should receive some attention next year?

Patrick Clement

Hall Green

Wax Moth  Photo A. Prior
Alan Prior sent me this picture of a Wax Moth caught last night in his Hall Green garden, the first record there since 2011.
Alan added, "Have also had Phyllonorycter scopariella and Tuta absoluta recently, both new for the garden."

Patrick Clement

Side view of moth

Here is the side view.

Monday, 28 August 2017

More Migrants

I trapped three Small Mottled Willows over the weekend at Norchard, Worcs. Along with a Scarce Bordered Straw, 6 Rusty-dot Pearls, 2 Rush Veneer, a Diamond-back, Nephopterix angustella and my first garden Crescent this morning. The Crescent is also a possible migrant apparently. I had two Cypress Pugs on Saturday night which was unusual here. I am struggling with this small tortrix which looked do-able, any suggestions would be appreciated.

Spreading from the south

A nice surprise on Saturday morning (26th August) was a Cypress Pug on the outside of the trap - our first here in SE Worcestershire. This was followed on Sunday morning by quite a fresh, rufous form Scarce Bordered Straw - a species I'd been hoping for with multiple reports from surrounding Counties. The only other migrant of note was a Dark Sword-grass.

Seeing Red

Returning from holidays, I ran the moth trap last night for the first time in August here on Bringsty Common.  Pale Eggar (2), Black Rustic, Flounced Rustic, Centre-barred Sallow (7) and the usual late Summer/early Autumn fayre with Large Yellow Underwing topping the bill with 53 individuals followed by Square-spot Rustic on 34.  Migrants represented by a single Udea ferrugalis. Not too bad for a coolish night.  31 macros and 11 micros.  Hearing about all the Clifden Nonpareils turning up in the UTB region, it reminded me to look around the house walls this morning for Red Underwing and there was one initially disturbed by my movement, then settling again against the brick work.  Now is the time to check your house walls in the morning.  Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: Red Underwing

Friday, 25 August 2017

Jersey Tiger and elm leaves

A quick look in through the Perspex hood of my garden Robinson Trap on Tuesday evening 21st, at 21:40 saw a moth flashing orange/black and white. No, not the long-awaited for Garden Tiger but a stripy Jersey Tiger - even better, a VC37 first ! It was on my radar - sort of, but thought I would be going well south in the county to see my first.
All the searching of elm leaves for leaf-mines at Tiddesley Wood NR during this summer months have paid off with a fine Phyllonorycter tristrigella emerging on the 27th July followed by a trio of the superb Phyllonorycter schreberella during the week of the 19th August. The photo below just does not do it any justice!

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Just chased a Hummingbird Hawkmoth around both front and back gardens (Malvern) trying to get a decent shot. Best we could manage is this slightly demonic looking pic!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Pammene spiniana

In a vain attempt to sweep some Phyllonoryters off a long stretch of roadside elm between Croome and Defford, I was lucky enough, despite the wind to catch one moth late afternoon yesterday. A tiny dark grey tortrix with conspicuous white dorsal blotch came running up the net wall and was almost at the lip when I managed to pot it!

 A superb fresh Pammene spiniana. Exactly two years after the last VC37 record at Dodford and the first for south Worcs. I wonder how many more are lurking in bits of blackthorn and hawthorn by the wayside in rural Worcs. Only one other grass-moth was seen in this session...

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Great Doward - 11/08/17


A couple from last night that I haven't got id's for yet. A pug, which is maybe Golden-rod? and a Depressaria sp. I think...
Great Doward 11/08. poss. Golden-rod Pug

Great Doward 11/08. poss.. Depressaria sp.
Thanks for any pointers. I've kept both in case they are of interest and need further examination.