Thursday, 16 November 2017


Into Winter Mode now so the 15w Actinic was out in Trench Wood last night from 16:45 in very calm, mild and cloudy conditions. Hoping to follow up on last December's result, so wandering through some tunnel-like rides in the north part of wood resulted in at least a dozen Northern Winter Moths clinging to bare blackthorn stems in the eerie darkness and were not that bothered by the soft torchlight.
Northern Winter Moth

Drizzle started at 23:00 so a quick count-up produced 32 Feathered Thorns, 7 December Moths, 6 Chestnuts, 3 Winter Moths, 3 more Northerns and 3 Sprawlers. Two November Moths sp. included this quite well-marked contender for Pale November Moth, with the discal spot isolated from the median crossline on both wings. No umbers were seen so will be back next month.
Pale November Moth

The plain Epirrita sp image below, was later gen-detted by Patrick Clement and was as expected another Pale November Moth and a male.
Male Pale November Moth
Back at the Warndon garden another Sprawler was sat on the white boards and a Scrobipalpa costella and Green-brindled Crescent were in the Robbo.

Bringsty Common November 15th

Another mild night and I remembered to put a moth trap out for a change. I just made double figures with 10 species.  Red-line Quaker (1), Feathered Thorn (9), Brick (1), December (5), Red-green Carpet (3), Sprawler (1), Yellow-line Quaker (1), November (1) gen det., Udea ferrugalis (1) and Epiphyas postvittana (1).  Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: Udea ferrugalis

Bringsty Common: Feathered Thorn

Bringsty Common: December

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Bringsty Common November 3rd

Am pleased to say I recorded a Sprawler last night in the overnight rain, which had eluded me the night before. 9 species, so a better night than the one before with Feathered Thorn topping the bill with 10 individuals. Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: Sprawler

Friday, 3 November 2017

If it's November it must be December

Now that October is over and November moths are almost done, it's November...and December moths start to appear of course.  I was trying for a Sprawler (unsuccessfully) and got a December instead.  6 species, 20 moths.  Yellow-line Quaker, December, Chestnut, Feathered Thorn, Silver Y and November (gen det). Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: December moth

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Early emergence.

Phyllonorycter schreberella
An early emergence from my leaf mines this morning, along with 2 Phyllonorycter maestingella.

Patrick Clement