Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Bodenham March 24th

Despite the cold nights recently, I ran a moth trap in the garden last night and very pleased I did. Highlight was a Red Sword-grass. In total the list was March (1), Shoulder Stripe (1), Oak Beauty (1), Early Thorn (1), Hebrew Character (13), Small Quaker (17), Common Quaker (7), Clouded Drab (3), Early Grey (1), Red Sword-grass (1). Robin Hemming
Bodenham: Red Sword-grass
 

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Mediterranean Flour Moth, Ephestia kuehniella

A post on Twitter last week from Jarred Tibbets caught the eye of Steve (Whitehouse).

Jarred had reported a probable Mediterranean Flour Moth caught in a pheromone trap at the garden centre bird-food store where he works in West Hagley. Steve obtained a rather battered dead specimen which, because of it's poor condition, would require dissection and this was quickly followed by a live moth in good condition which I collected and photographed.

Both specimens have now been dissected and confirmed as Mediterranean Flour Moth, Ephestia kuehniella, apparently the first Worcestershire records for 120 years. The species has most likely been present during the intervening years, it just needs someone with an interest in moths to be in the places where it is likely to be found i.e. food stores, flour mills etc.   Patrick Clement

Ephestia kuehniella

Bringsty Common March 17th 2020

A warmer night, so out went the Robinson into the garden. A bit breezy for the first part, however in the end I recorded 14 species and in no particular order: March (2), Brindled Pug (1), Common Quaker (12), Small Quaker (31), Red Chestnut (5), Oak Beauty (2), Twin-spotted Quaker (4), Clouded Drab (2), Chestnut (1), Blossom Underwing (1), Early Grey (1), Hebrew Character (2), White-marked (1) and Emmelina monodactyla (1). Earlier in the week there was what is now the usual Mompha sturnipennella in my bathroom. About half the county records are from my house and garden. It induced a visit from Steve W, who then passed it on to Patrick C who took his usual wonderful photo of the adult, which you can view here:https://mothdissection.co.uk/species.php?Tx=Mompha_sturnipennella . Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: Blossom Underwing
 

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Common Quakers

Numbers of Common Quakers rose to 15 in my garden at Norchard, Worcs on Friday night, in the relatively mild conditions. They included the ab. confluens, top, and a strongly marked individual, lower.

Monday, 10 February 2020

Agonopterix sp.

My second Agonopterix sp. from Warndon garden last week (1st Feb) - guess its just a well patterned heracliana. Another plainer brown one the same night was routine for here...
Agonopterix sp.

Friday, 31 January 2020

January 30th 2020

It takes a lot to stir me from my Winter laziness regarding active trapping, but last night I went off to Wigmore Rolls and ran a trap for a couple of hours. Not very exciting with just 4 species. Pale Brindled Beauty (18), Chestnut (8), Dark Chestnut (3) and Agonopterix heracliana (1).  I also put a trap in the garden at home on Bringsty Common nearest the woody area and was rewarded with 5 species. Torticodes alternella (31), Pale Brindled Beauty (4), Dotted border (2), Early (1) and Spring Usher (1). Not very exciting! Peter Hall
Wigmore Rolls: Chestnut

Wigmore Rolls: Pale Brindled Beauty

Bringsty Common: Tortricodes alternella

Bringsty Common: Dotted Border

Bringsty Common: Early moth

Bringsty Common: Spring Usher
 

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