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