Sunday, 30 October 2016

Bodenham Migrants October 29th

Alongside Silver Y, Nomophila noctuella and Udea ferrugalis, the trap recorded the 8th Herefordshire record for Palpita vitrealis, the last being from Bringsty Common in 2015. Robin Hemming

Bodenham: Palpita vitrealis

Warndon late October

A slightly odd looking (broken cross-bar) male Gem at Warndon on night of 28th October, was a site first as well my first self-trapped one. Diamond-back Moths last 2 nights. Nice to see a few late autumn moths including Brick, Sprawler, Spruce Carpet, Oak Nycteoline and three Figure of 8' s - holding up

 nicely here. Lots of Juniper Carpets and Rhomboid Tortrix; also late Clepsis consimilana and Ypsolopha sequella

Friday, 28 October 2016

Late October night in Colwall

A surprisingly good night on 25th. The highest number were Merveille du Jour at 5 - they've been turning up regularly this year but I've never had that many before. Also 2 Heart and Dart as well as the usual October selection. Only micro was Light Brown Apple. Total 15 species. Setting the light again tonight as it's forecast to be very mild. Phyl King
Merveille du Jour pair 25th October

Bringsty Common October 27th

Despite the strong wind, I put out the trap last night as it stayed relatively mild. The trap was filled with caddis and Ophions also. 12 species plus what a friend calls "Novemnals" to id. My first December of the season (2). Both Spruce and Grey Pine Carpet despite the lack of any foodplant nearby plus the usual suspects too. Most frequent was Yellow-line Quaker at an impressive 5! There was a micro as well, Carcina quercana, and this matched the latest date for Herefordshire, with the first on October 27th 2006. Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: Carcina quercana

Bringsty Common: December moth

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Recent garden moths

Had very little quantity recently, but made up for it in quality with Mallow, Flounced Chestnut and Autumnal Moth. Hoping for more this week with milder conditions forecast. Macro year list well down this year-only 279 species-but 8 new ones for the garden!

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Late Shoulder-striped Wainscot

A Shoulder-striped Wainscot turned up in the trap in Colwall on Tuesday night. Has anyone else had one this late?
My first ever Deep-brown Dart last week
 Phyl King
Deep-brown Dart

Very late Shoulder-striped Wainscot

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Bringsty Mothing

I only run moth trap(s) on reasonable nights (when I remember to set things up!), so last night looked the best night for a few days, although it did go down to 5.2 just pre-dawn, but stayed in double figures up until midnight. Not a lot of moths - 42 moths but I did record 20 macros and 3 micros. Happy with that. My first Merveille du Jour of the year (4), Red-line Quaker (1), Yellow-line Quaker (1), Grey Shoulder-knot (1), Brindled Green (1), Satellite (1), Green-brindled Crescent (2) - Barred Sallow (4) and Sallow (2). A very late second brood Light Emerald. Topping the numbers was Lunar Underwing with just 5, and only 1 Large Yellow Underwing! Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: Light Emerald

Bringsty Common: Green-brindled Crescent f. capucina

Bringsty Common: Satellite

Friday, 7 October 2016

Bringsty Mining

This week I had the pleasure of visits from Dave Wilton (Buckinghamshire) and then a few days later, Steve Palmer (Lancashire). Both were keen to help me look for leafmines and it was very successful.

We recorded the following: 

Hawthorn: Phyllonorycter corylifoliella, Parornix anglicella, Stigmella regiella, Stigmella oxyacanthella, Ectoedemia atricollis and Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae.
Blackthorn/Damson: Stigmella plagicolella, Phyllonorycter cerasicolella and Phyllonorycter spinicolella.
Aspen: Caloptilia stigmatella
Hazel: Phyllonorycter coryli, Phyllonorycter nicellii, Stigmella floslactella, Stigmella microtheriella. Parornix devoniella, Callisto denticulella.
Dogwood: Antispila treitschkiella.
Ash: Caloptilia cuculipennella, Caloptilia syringella, Phyllonorycter geniculella.
Alder: Stigmella alnetella, Stigmella rajella, Caloptilia elongella.
Bramble: Stigmella aurella, Coptotriche marginea.
Birch: Phyllonorycter ulmifoliella, Stigmella sakhalinella, Stigmella luteella, Parornix betulae, Lyonetia clerkella, Stigmella lapponica.
Sycamore: Phyllonorycter geniculella, Caloptilia rufipennella.
Dogrose: Stigmella anomalella, Coleophora gryphipennella.
Apple: Lyonetia clerkella, Leucoptera malifoliella.
Oak: Tischeria ekebladella, Ectoedemia albifasciella, Stigmella atricapitella and a psychid to be id’d.
Willow/Sallow: Phyllonorycter viminiella, Stigmella salicis, Caloptilia stigmatella, Phyllocnistis saligna, Phyllonorycter salicicolella, Phyllonorycter salictella and Stigmella obliquella.
Willowherb: Mompha raschkiella.
Cherry: Phyllonorycter cerasicolella, Lyonetia clerkella.
Honeysuckle: Phyllonorycter trifasciella.
Wych Elm: Stigmella ulmivora, Stigmella viscerella, Stigmella lemniscella and Phyllonorycter tristrigella.
Thistle: Coleophora peribenanderi
Pyracantha: Phyllonorycter leucographella
Field Maple: Phyllonorycter acerifoliella
Horse Chestnut: Cameraria ohridella

Not a bad list for a few hours trawling the garden and Common with a pub lunch at the Live and Let Live thrown in too. Peter Hall

Thursday, 6 October 2016

October moths - Whitchurch

Pretty quiet in the Whitchurch garden in these cold windy nights. Tuesday night was a stand out night though, with 27 species and the second garden record of Gem. Merveille du Jour the other highlight that night. Actually the best October night ever here, in terms of species anyway, but I don't have many records to compare with. It'll be interesting to see what turns up the rest of the month as I'm trapping most nights at the moment.


Merveille du Jour