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.


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

White-point, Hall Green

White-point, Hall Green. Photo A. Prior
Alan Prior sent me this photograph of a White-point trapped in his Hall Green garden on the 7th August. Not a great specimen so it had to be dissected for a positive I.D.

Patrick Clement

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Alder Kitten

This Alder Kitten was in the Robinson trap at Norchard this morning. I usually see one or two in May, the 15th of May this year, but I have never seen one this late. Still a beautiful moth.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Feckenham Wylde Moor, Mon 31st July

I joined Steve Whitehouse and Oliver Wadsworth at Feckenham Wylde Moor last Monday for a last chance to trap before the meadows are cut and the cattle moved in.
Conditions were not great, cool with a slight breeze and intermittent light rain. My 3 traps recorded 63 species with another haul of Agriphila straminella estimated at 250 individuals and a handful of wetland moths such as Small Rufous, Silky Wainscot, Bulrush Wainscot and Gold Spot. Just two micros were photographed below.

Patrick Clement
Calybites phasianipennella

Aethes smeathmanniana

Urban Tiger

Another post on behalf of Alan Prior who has just recorded Garden Tiger for the first time in his Hall Green, Birmingham garden after running a trap there virtually every night for 15 years!
So if you are waiting for a particular moth to show in your own garden, never give up hope ........

Patrick Clement
Garden Tiger, Hall Green.    Photo A. Prior

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Bringsty Common

With the car awaiting a new turbo, I've been restricted to home trapping.  But it's been cool, wet and rather windy, so last night was the first night in just under a week that I put a trap out.  It was still cool, windy with showers! The late summer lull seems to be arriving and I've gone from 2 pages per night in my notebook, to fitting them all easily onto one page.  Migrants are the usual fare of Silver Y and Nomophila noctuella.  47 macro-moth species last night and 17 micro-moth species.  I've kept back some likely candidate Lesser CR "Common Rustic aggs" for dissection.  Dotted Clay and yet another Angle-striped Sallow last night.  Poplar Hawk-moth have been continuous this year so I presume the broods overlapped.  Commonest macro-moth was Flame Shoulder with 26 individuals, followed by Large Yellow Underwing with 18, Straw Dot (15) then Common Rustic (agg.) with 14.  Commonest micro-moth was Agriphila straminella with 63 individuals. Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: Dotted Clay

Bringsty Common: Angle-striped Sallow

Monday, 31 July 2017

Great Farley Wood July 25th

On my second visit to this site I recorded 89 species, well down on the 161 species recorded in June despite conditions being very good. No great surprises or rarities and spotting micros amongst an estimated 250 Blastobasis adustella and 200 Agriphila straminella was difficult.
Of note were 6 Angle-striped Sallows, there is quite a lot of birch present, and just two micros were photographed, Epinotia solandriana and Morophaga choragella.
The M. choragella kept twitching as I attempted to photograph it and I suspected a parasite, possibly a mite irritating it. As I looked through my viewfinder a worm-like creature, semi transparent and reminiscent of a tiny elver, emerged from under one wing, briefly waving around before retreating back out of sight onto or into it's host, nice!
Patrick Clement
Morophaga choragella

Epinotia solandriana

Unusual Acleris variegana

Acleris variegana
Dave Smith brought this dead specimen to the July Kinver meeting and it had us all fooled until dissection revealed it's true identity to be just an unusual form of Acleris variegana.
Patrick Clement

Tuesday, 25 July 2017


A visit to Monkwood on Saturday night produced this White-line Snout, which I think is a second Worcestershire record following Olivers, Blackhouse Wood discovery last year. Also seen were Barred Rivulets and second brood Devon Carpets.
At home at Norchard, the migrants Dark Sword-grass and a Rusty-dot Pearl put in a first appearance for the year.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Least Carpet

I recorded my first Least Carpet here at Norchard on Tuesday night. I see that at least four were recorded in 2014 when it first appeared in Worcestershire, but I don't know if any have been seen since then?

Monday, 17 July 2017

Barred Rivulet

This one had me flummoxed for a moment when it came into the trap at Haugh Wood on Saturday evening.
Haugh Wood north: Barred Rivulet
Peter Hall

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Migrants in Bewdley

Last night, in addition to a fine Angle-striped Sallow, we had migrants in the form of a Rush Veneer and a Ni Moth. The latter is our second garden record after one in August 2011. Seems like the early Summer bonanza is thinning out now with lesser numbers of Uncertain, Dot etc-and many worn specimens in the trap. Fewer micros  but did catch abietella.

Bringsty Common July 13-14th

Despite the nights being on the cool side, I decided to run 1 trap in the garden to see what arrives.  I've also been looking at the buddleia and ragwort at night to see what is nectaring on them.  Waved Black was the most notable.  The catch on the night of the 13th was better than last nights and it included 2 Angle-striped Sallow moths, Garden Tiger, Brown-line Bright-eye, Satin Beauty and Bordered Pug.  These last 3 are new to the garden so the total creeps ever closer to 700 species.  Indication that Summer is almost over increase with records of Canary-shouldered Thorn and Rosy Rustic.  Common Rustic (aggregates until to look more closely) increase in number every night.  Migrant interest is still low with singleton Nomophila nocutella each night. Excluding some that I have kept for closer analysis, I recorded 63 macros and 29 micros on the 13th and 61 species of macro and 23 micro last night.  The best news was only 8 Large Yellow Underwing last night! Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: Angle-striped Sallow

Bringsty Common: Brown-line Bright-eye

Bringsty Common: Bordered Pug

Bringsty Common: Agapeta zoegana

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Surprise in Colwall

A surprise in the garden trap in Colwall on Friday night - Brown-veined Wainscot, a first for me and for vc36. Have yet to find the nearest reedbed. Also a very dark form of Small Fan-footed wave which I haven't seen before. Good to see another Waved Black here  Phyl King
Brown-veined Wainscot

Small Fan-footed Wave

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Bringsty Common July 10th

I very nearly didn't put out a trap last night, and then when walking the dog just before midnight it was getting chilly with a bright moon, so I nearly switched it off.  However, this morning I was surprised at the number of species.  Not so many micros (13 species with about another 5 to add later) but 71 species of macro-moth.  Not too bad after all.  Included in the haul was my second Garden Tiger of the year, my second Suspected, my first Waved Black and first Oak Eggar of the year.  Rosy Footman and Muslin Footman put in appearances and I'm pleased to see Heart & Dart and Large Yellow Underwing numbers in decline.  Uncertain and Rustic numbers now on a par as Rustic builds up and Uncertain declines.  Commonest moth was the Common Footman (23 individuals) for macros and Chrysoteuchia culmella (also 23) for micros.  I shall go out this evening (as you do) and check my ragwort and buddleias for good migrants.  The trap recorded 2 Silver Y only last night. Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: Garden Tiger

Bringsty Common: Waved Black

Bringsty Common: Oak Eggar

Bringsty Common: Suspected

Small Marbled at Halesowen

Small Marbled
Andrew Barker was walking round his Halesowen garden by torchlight in the early hours of yesterday morning (as you do?), when he spotted a Small Marbled at rest on Ragwort.
I believe this is the 5th record for Worcestershire, with the previous records all from 2011.

Patrick Clement

Monday, 10 July 2017

Garden surprises

Last night the garden trap was particularly busy with two new macros, both completely unexpected-Latticed Heath and Campion. Supporting cast included Double Lobed, Dark Dagger, Phoenix, Currant Pug, Scalloped Hook Tip and Round Winged Muslin. Micros were not so prevalent as in previous nights but still included our third Luquitia lobella and a very fresh pallidata.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Haugh Wood July 5th

A warm and humid night, but with a bright moon.  19 degrees at switch on and 16 and switch off some three and a bit hours later. I trapped in my usual spot for 2017 and so far have a total of 99 macro-species and 54 micro-moth species.  It wasn't really busy but more like "steady" and I did expect more activity because of the conditions.  The moon was behind the trees for most of the nights trapping.  Plenty of interest as usual at this excellent site including White-line Snout, Brussels Lace, Clouded Magpie, Double Lobed, Pinion-streaked Snout, Round-winged Muslin, lots of Rosy Footman, and Cloaked Carpet.  Nothing too exciting in the micros as yet, but there are a number to id later in the year.  One of my indicator species for late Summer appeared  - Dun-bar - so that was a sad moment! Peter Hall
Haugh Wood: Brussels Lace

Haugh Wood: Cloaked Carpet

Haugh Wood: Double Lobed

Haugh Wood: Rosy Footman

Haugh Wood: Muslin Footman

Haugh Wood: White-line Snout

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Box Tree Moth

Hi. Thanks for letting me join the group.
I found this Box Tree Moth in the trap in Malvern, Worcestershire yesterday morning. I read that it is a pest and spreading from the South-East, so I was wondering whether it is common in Herefordshire/Worcestershire  now? Nicky Rowberry

Monday, 3 July 2017

South Herefordshire migrants


Trapped down in Whitchurch at the weekend. Lots of new for year, Clouded Magpie, Cloaked Carpet, Beautiful Snout etc, but on Friday night I picked out a Ni Moth. It was handy that I'd seen Robin's the evening before as I knew what to look for. On Saturday night The streak continued when I found a Small Marbled on the trap side!

Ni Moth, Whitchurch 30/6/17

Small Marbled, Whitchurch 1/7/17

Bohemannia quadrimaculella

It seems that I am doing well with sweep-netting Alder's at the moment. Found on the same tree as yesterday's Stathmopoda pedella at Wofferwood Common.

ID confirmed by Erik van Nieukerken.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Stathmopoda pedella

An unexpected find while sweep-netting Alders at Wofferwood Common today. A first for me and probably 2nd record for Herefordshire.

Stathmopoda pedella

Bringsty Common July 1st

In amongst the 69 macro-moth and 23 micro-moth species recorded last night, there was one Small Mottled Willow and one Udea ferrugalisPeter Hall

Friday, 30 June 2017

An Anouncement - Hereford Recording

It is with some sadness that it has been decided that Mike Harper will no longer continue in the role of Hereford County Moth Recorder, due to long term ill health.  Sheila would really appreciate it if no-one made contact with Mike regarding this please.

From immediate effect Phyl King becomes Hereford Macro-moth County Recorder and I become the Micro-moth Recorder.  However, I will also have a copy of the Mapmate Macro-moth database and will be more than happy to receive macro-moth records from you all and answer queries and produce data upon request.  Of course Phyl will too. The county database is for everyone to have information from and I will be glad to help in this respect.

The Micro-moth database needs re-building, with a mass of information needing entering to bring it up to date, a lot of it Mike Harper's records.  This will take some time to do, but I plan to start as soon as possible with the aim to have available all information on Hereford micro-moths, both new and historical.

If you click on the link on the right hand side for the list of County Moth Recorders, you will find details of us both in there and this is a request for all people with moth records, however old, to submit them to me (or Phyl) soonest please.  If they are in notebook form, I am happy to input these for you.  One such recorder last year was delighted when I put in 30,000 of his moth records over the winter months.  I am happy to do this for anyone with Hereford records (notebooks returned after of course).

Some of you I know, and some I don't.  So please can I apologise now if I query a record.  For the micro-moths I shall be using the Butterfly Conservation guide, plus my own experience in micro-moths.  For Macro-moths it will be those that need dissection or are unusual in their rarity or timing.

Peter Hall

Thursday, 29 June 2017


Three nights of trapping just South of Barcelona did not produce any Vestals, but I had one at home this morning in Worcestershire. This Striped Hawk-moth was my Spanish highlight.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Palpita vitrealis & aberrant Swallow-tailed

Alan Prior at Hall Green has also had a good migrant in the last couple of nights, Palpita vitrealis (photo may follow).
He also trapped an interesting form of Swallow-tailed Moth which according to Warwicshire CMR David Brown is a recognised form but very scarce. Patrick Clement

Aberrant Swallow-tailed Moth
Palpita vitrealis

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Another Vestal

Upon returning from Patrick's Hawkbatch venture I just had time to go through the garden trap. The big surprise was a Vestal on the perspex. Are these breeding individuals? Seems rather like the Bordered Straw Summer records of 2015. Seems most unlikely to be a migrant.
Just to note that this June 2017 has been the second best for moths in 11 years recording, only bettered by 2011.

Hawkbatch, Wyre Forest, 26th June.

              With the weather forecasted to go downhill I decided to make use of possibly the last good night for a while and target the Norway Spruce at Hawkbatch for Argyresthia glabratella and Epinotia nanana. I ran 3 traps, using my custom built wheelbarrow to transport traps, cables and generator to a suitable location and was joined by Ian Machin and Steve Whitehouse.
              Sadly we failed to trap either of our targets or indeed some of the Wyre specialities such as Orange Moth, Great Oak Beauty, Oecophora bractella or Dasycera oliviella so the general feeling was that we had a below par performance despite recording in the region of 140 species!
             I photographed just the two specimens below from the nights catch.   Patrick Clement

Amblyptilia punctidactyla

Piniphila bifasciana

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Great Farley Wood, 21st June

Pammene regiana
           Great Farley Wood in North Worcestershire had just a handful of very old moth records on the Mapmate database so my visit on the 21st June, the last night of the heatwave, seemed more valuable than usual because even common moths would be new for the site. As it turned out it wasn't just common moths I recorded, Cydia illutana is a very scarce species in Worcestershire but I recorded 8 of them on a ride bordering mixed conifers and broadleaved trees.
           Argyresthia laevigatella, Cedestis gysseleniella and Narycia duplicella (adult) were all new moths for me and in the perfect conditions my 4 traps were humming. I'm still working on some of the tricky species but the total will certainly be over 160.        Patrick Clement

Cydia illutana
Argyresthia laevigatella
Cedestis gysseleniella
Narycia duplicella

Cryptoblabes bistriga