Thursday, 23 January 2020

Warndon Wood late January 2019

The still annual, first battery Actinic Skinner field outing to Warndon Wood in thick cloud and 8.5 degrees C got great results again last night. But for how much longer ? The council owned NR is adjacent to 'green belt' land sold off and already sporting two huge warehouse frames and blinding arc lights. The wood was mentioned in the Doomsday Book itself and now Doomsday may soon  be the word for the woods remaining wildlife. By 22:20 there 53 Spring Ushers including 2 melanistic forms which I have not seen anywhere before.
Spring Usher
Mottled Umber

Early Moth
  8 Pale Brindled Beauty included 3 fresh bottle green 'melanic forms' as well as a tiny individual. A single Dotted Border and at least one brown form Mottled Umber were noted. These always seem to persist longer into the new year than the blatant patterned forms. 2 Satellites, 4 Chestnuts, a Winter Moth, 18 Tortricodes alternellas plus an Early Moth torched in nearby hawthorn hedge.
Pale Brindled Beauty

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Early January 2020

A couple of very mild, cloudy nights on January 5th and 7th got the Warndon garden Robbo year off to a good start. 2 male Winter Moths, 2 Spring Ushers, 3 Mottled Umbers, a Beautiful Plume, 3 Ypsolopha ustella, Acleris schalleriana and an interesting Acleris hastiana the 'star moth'.
Acleris hastiana
Spring Usher

 Half the moths were actually on nearby walls, fence panals and the garden table so maybe the 125watt is too much for this time of year?

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Bringsty Common

Although it will go down as a record from the 31st, technically it was just after midnight, so my first 2020 record. Up until then I have been getting Winter moths attratced to the Christmas lights, this is my first Early moth....and so it all begins again.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and hoping you are all sorting out your 2019 records now for sending to the relevant County Moth Recorders. I'm busy with data entry! Peter Hall
Bringsty Common Early moth

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