Thursday, 27 September 2018
Ran the garden trap here on Bringsty Common last night for the first time in 10 days. 23 species with micros topping the frequency table with Acleris variegana commonest with 14 individuals followed by Eudonia angustea with 11. Best macro was Lunar Underwing with 9. However, included in the mix was a Short Cloaked moth and trawling through the Hereford database it seems the previous latest record was August 15th in 1991. Having access also to the Bucks database I see they have recorded occasional very late records, even one in October, but not very often. Not sure if it is an attempted second brood, or a confused individual perhaps. Peter Hall
Tuesday, 18 September 2018
With garden catches running at around 40 to 45 species per night at the moment, and Monday forecast to be mild, I met up with Rob Hemming and trapped at Wigmore Rolls, a nice Forestry Commission site just up from Leominster. Hornet management kept me busy, but unfortunately the moths did not and it was very slow going for the 3 hours the traps were run. However, lots of singeltons pushed the tally for my 2 Robinsons up to around 35 species. A very tatty Cydia splendana along with a Dingy Footman and a Marbled White-spot. 3 fresh Dusky Thorn. Also arrived was a Small Wainscot and a Brick. Plenty of Red-green Carpet and Common Marbled Carpet. Pandemis cinnamomeana topped the micros. The biggest surprise was a Satin Lutestring, which is yet another species that may be starting to second brood? Most records for this moth are late May to mid-July. Peter Hall
|Wigmore Rolls: Satin Lutestring|
Monday, 17 September 2018
Sunday, 16 September 2018
A busy garden moth scheme Robinson trap on Friday night, recorded 210 moths of 44 species here, with no migrants.
Monday, 3 September 2018
It was still 18 degrees here at midnight and I ran two traps in the garden. 34 macros and 19 micro species with Large Yellow Underwing making up for lost time - 86 counted. But of most interest was a second generation Lilac Beauty. No signs of any migrants whatsoever. Autumn species restricted to a single Frosted Orange and 3 Feathered Gothic. Peter Hall
|Bringsty Common: Lilac Beauty|
Saturday, 1 September 2018
This morning at Burlish Top, Stourport, I flushed a 'white' moth around the bracken. Without a net, I tracked it around for a few minutes until I could get a reasonable view of it settled. It turned out to be Palpita vitrealis, a rare migrant this far inland. It eventually disappeared and could not be refound. What is the status of this moth in the county?