Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Butterfly Conservation E moth newsletter

The latest issue of E-moth from Butterfly Conservation is available here.  It includes details of the annual Moth Conference in Birmingham on 25th January 2020
Peter Hall

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Crocidosema plebejana

Allan Nolan emailed me some images of an unidentified Tortrix taken at light in his Stourbridge garden (VC39) on Saturday 23rd November 2019. My best guess from the mobile phone images was Crocidosema plebejana but I needed to see the moth 'in the flesh' to be sure so I visited Allan  and he kindly allowed me to take the specimen to photograph. Sadly, the moth had died by the time I returned home but was photographed anyway and dissected for confirmation.

A reasonably common moth in the south, it is still scarce in the Midlands with  single records for VC37 and VC39 prior to this individual, not sure about VC36?
Patrick Clement

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Bringsty Common November 1st

Dusking recorded a Pale November, Mottled Umber, Snout and Blastobasis lacticolella. I ran a Robinson in the garden despite the rain and wind early and late. Feathered Thorn (4), Sprawler (1), Red-green Carpet (3), Yellow-line Quaker (3), Red-line Quaker (1), Chestnut (1), Green-brindled Crescent (2), Common Marbled Carpet (1), Lesser Yellow Underwing (2), Setaceous Hebrew Character (1), Pale November (4), November (1) and Autumnal (1). All "Novemnals" had their octavals examined.

Not too much left to record now. I did finally record Stigmella tityrella and hemargyrella on my new beech hedge after a number of years of looking Peter Hall

Bringsrt Common: Sprawler
Bringsty Common: Stigmella tityrella mine on Beech

Friday, 25 October 2019

Bringsty Common October 24th

The dog gets a final walk along the track usually around 11.30pm and I carry my head torch to look out for the "Novemnals" in flight. Best night so far was the coldest when my weather station showed just 3 degrees. Mostly Pale November and November, but last night my first Autumnal was caught. In all cases I look at the octavals and spine (or lack of) on the valva under a low power microscope. Last night I also ran a Robinson in the garden, the first time in just over a week hoping for Sprawler which should be coming out about now. No luck, but not too bad for the time of year...again in no particular order: Merveille du Jour (3), Green Brindled Crescent (5), Yellow-line Quaker (2), Red-line Quaker (1), Figure of Eight (2), Mottled Umber (1), Beaded Chestnut (3), Red-green Carpet (1), Chestnut (1), Black Rustic (1), Grey Shoulder-knot (1), Pale November (2), November (2), both these last 2 gen checked. Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: Mottled Umber

Bringsty Common: Figure of Eight

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Bringsty Common October 15th

Nice to see Clifden Nonpareils still arriving (see Mike's post).  Last night the temperature was due to stay in double digits (just) with a rain band crossing. As per usual it had dipped to 7 degrees just after dusk, but did return to double digits by 2am. Not a lot of rain, 1.8mm. Anyway I ran 1 trap in the garden and pleased I didn't go farther afield. 17 species recorded and listed in no particular order (as they say on Strictly CD): Common Marbled Carpet (2), Feathered Thorn (2), Red-green Carpet (2), Red-line Quaker (1), Merveille du Jour (1), Dark Chestnut (1), Lunar Underwing (1), Sallow (2), Green Brindled Crescent (7), Chestnut (1), Beaded Chestnut (1), Figure of 8 (1), Black Rustic (1), Yellow-line Quaker (1), Snout (1), Grey Shoulder-knot (1) and November (1) - octavals etc inspected. Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: Grey Shoulder-knot

Bringsty Common: Feathered Thorn

Bringsty Common: Merveille du Jour

Bringsty Common: Figure of 8

Bringsty Common: Dark Chestnut

Bringsty Common: Red-line Quaker


Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Clifden Nonpareil

My first Clifden Nonpareil arrived in my garden at Norchard, Worcs at 8.30pm this evening. The other moths shown, Scarce Bordered Straw, and second generations Beautiful Hook-tip and Heart and Dart were recorded over the last weekend.

Monday, 7 October 2019

Colwall last night

At last! Put out the trap in hope last night. And it appeared with just a very boring collection of a dozen Lunar Underwings and a Black Rustic. What is there about wet evenings? Phyl King
Colwall Clifden Nonpareil