Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Sphinx ligustri

Monday, 12th July 2020, Hampton Dene, Hereford
Skinner moth trap, 125w MV.
On opening the trap surprised to find a Privet Hawk-moth - Sphinx ligustri. Wings fully folded but a little gentle persuading convinced him to open more fully.

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Bringsty Common Daytime July 12th

The Buddleia is getting busier as it comes into flower with butterflies. Also seen today was a Scarlet Tiger and Hummingbird-hawk moth. Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: Scarlet Tiger

Bringsty Common: Hummingbird Hawk

Saturday, 11 July 2020

Friday, 10 July 2020

Lunar Hornet Moth - Hereford

A singleton to the new LUN lure in my small Hereford garden this lunchtime.

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Bringsty Common June 30th

Ran 2 traps last night in the garden. Lists are getting quite long now, so I won't put all the species up. Catch totalled 69 species of macro and 36 species of micro (to date) with quite a few needing closer examination. Still very few Rustic moths. Scalloped Oak now appearing. My garden seems to host a good colony of Suspected moth and is just about the only place in the county where it has been recorded, which I find surprising. My first one of the year last night and also a fresh Angle-striped Sallow (earliest record by 12 days). Triple-spotted Clay still outnumber Double Square-spot. I'm pleased we are in July now because I've been recording July species for quite some days! Just because it is so nice, I've added a photo of a butterfly which flew into the house a few days back, much to my surprise Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: Angle-striped Sallow

Bringsty Common: Suspected

Bringsty Common: Silver-washed Fritillary

Monday, 29 June 2020

Dichrorampha sylvicolana

            Earlier this year I obtained permission to survey for moths at Black Meadow in Chaddesley Woods, conveniently situated not far from home and a site I could visit whenever I wished.

            I had always felt there was the potential for ‘something good’ at the site but that does not mean I can take any credit for the discovery of the nationally scarce Dichrorampha sylvicolana by Steve Whitehouse on the 13th June. In some ways it was a rather sad state of affairs, with neither of us realising that a dark Dichrorampha, with contrasting orange irroration, netted from an area containing sneezewort (Achillea ptarmica) in a damp woodland meadow was highly likely to be sylvicolana. Our only excuse being that it is a scarce moth, never previously recorded anywhere near Worcestershire so far as I can tell and had consequently never been ‘on our radar’.

          When Steve passed it to me for dissection I did think it looked a bit different and I intended to photograph it even though it was rather worn, however, it was a busy time and after a couple of days it was euthanized for dissection. So it was not until 21st June I dissected the specimen and discovered it’s true identity resulting in a flurry of emails and an agreement to meet on site the following afternoon when we managed to net two more specimens. Despite being past their best, one was in good enough condition to warrant a couple of photographs, though I shall be hoping to photograph a pristine specimen next year.

Patrick Clement

Dichrorampha sylvicolana 22.6.20

Dichrorampha sylvicolana 22.6.20

sneezewort (Achillea ptarmica)

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Anarsia innoxiella

The night of the 12th June here at Warndon was mild with some drizzle and the best macros were Small Emerald and Barred Straw. A micro potted off the first egg tray took my eye as I had found it before in Suffolk and at Wicken Fen, Cambs. A very different shape to most common Gelechids I get here. Later detailed examination by Patrick Clement confirmed it was indeed a male Anarsia innoxiella - a first county record. The species arrived in Wilts at Swindon in 2016 so I guess it was expected here at some stage.
Anarsia innoxiella