Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Pammene suspectana?

I decided to make the most of the sunny gaps between thunderstorms today and put a FUN lure out in my pear orchard. I fairly quickly attracted this moth which to me looks like Pammene suspectana. I wondered if anyone was able to confirm from the pictures? I have kept the specimen so that it can be checked properly.

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Moccas NNR

I was invited to attend a small gatheirng of moth trappers who went to Moccas Deer park on May 2nd and ran 14 moth traps of various configurations on what proved to be yet another very cold night. I decided 14 traps was enough so only observed. The 4 recorders were all from out of county and from as far away as Norfolk. They all wanted to see Marbled Pug and it didn't disappoint, although in fewer numbers than my previous foray here back in 2016. 24 macros species and 2 micro species in the end. Apart from 3 Marbled Pug, it was the usual species turning up and included both forms of Silver Cloud (arrived late), Puss, Water Carpet and Brown Silver-line. Peter Hall

Moccas Deer Park: Lobster Photo: Dave Grundy

Moccas Deer Park: Marbled Pug Photo: Dave Grundy

Moccas Deer Park: Silver Cloud (dark form) Photo: Dave Grundy

Moccas Deer Park: Pebble Prominent Photo: Peter Hall

Moccas Deer Park: Most interesting moth trap! Photo: Peter Hall

Monday, 26 April 2021

Dark Sword Grass

Mothing has been very slow since I've moved to Evesham, the garden is very open so is often windy and cold, a big change from my sheltered garden in Bidford.
Thinks picked up on the 21st after a warm sunny day and reasonable temperatures overnight.
I was pleasantly surprised to find a Dark Sword Grass in the trap on the morning of 22nd along with a Tawny Pinion.  Also had my first Brindled Pug of the year


Sunday, 18 April 2021

 Emperor Moths - Hatterall Ridge

Took a climb up to the Offa's Dyke path running along the top of the ridge which marks the Welsh border today. Having looked at the new westmidlandsmoths website there are records of decent numbers of Emperor's up there, certainly in the 70's and 80's but not much recently. Were they still present..? yes they were, dozens of them in fact! Took a lure and they started appearing around us within 100 yds of the car park. I put the lure back in it's pot within 10 minutes, but for the next 2 hours I was regularly inspected by curious males, probably about 30 or 40 buzzed me by the time we'd reached the plateau at 600m. Once on the plateau scanning with binoculars nearly always revealed 3 or 4 motoring about in search of females. They can't have been out for long as this area had lying snow up till a week ago. Action ceased at 4:30 and we made our way downhill. It was nice to see them in numbers doing their thing, and anyway, they won't come to my garden, beleive me I've tried!


Emperor Moth

Emperor Moths searching at the spot where a lure was.

Pyrausta nigrata enjoying the sun

 Despite cold air temperatures the Doward's White Rocks Nature Reserve had a few Pyrausta nigrata (Wavy-barred Sable) out yesterday (17th April) basking in the afternoon sun.

Saturday, 10 April 2021

Pammene giganteana

Thought I'd get in on the act with everybody using the Grapholita funebrana (FUN) lure to record Pammene giganteana. I ordered mine from eBay with a host of other lures for supposed pest species and will give those a try next. I put the pheromone lure into one of the plastic bucket type traps and hung it in an apple tree just outside my office at home. It has sat there for 4 days with nothing so I was about to give up seeing as how most have been reporting attracting P.giganteana within about 10 minutes. Fortunately I decided to leave it out overnight as temperatures were due to remain at about 7°c and to my delight there was a single specimen in there this morning. This is a new species for me and is my 21st species for my Evesham garden so not too bad.

Sunday, 4 April 2021


Hi, I'm Lee and have just moved into VC37 (Evesham) from VC38 (Bidford-on-Avon).

I started moth'ing in 2014 in my garden and also the occasional field trip, I like to take a trap whenever I travel for holidays too.

My new digs are on farmland on the outskirts of Evesham so quite open but close to the river and with some nice hedgerows.

I've had the trap out over my first week with most notable being Streamer and Pine Beauty.

As today has been glorious I thought I'd give the EMP lure a run out and was delighted to have this stunner turn up. That's the lure back in the freezer until March next year.

Looking forward to hopefully contributing to the moth records for VC37 and in seeing how my new garden compares to my last which gave me some great species.