Friday, 31 July 2020

Pyrausta nigrata

This active little moth, Pyrausta nigrata, was flying around my actinic light this morning at Norchard, Worcs. Probably the first VC37 record since Bredon Hill in 1899.

Four-spotted Footman - Whitchurch

This 4 spot came into my trap at Whitchurch on Wednesday night, (6th VC record). This was sort of on my radar as there have been 3 reports from Tintern this month which is about 10 miles South as the moth flies. It may be spreading into our area up the Wye Valley. Otherwise a pretty good night with 96 confirmed species and some micros TBC.

Crescent Dart Agrotis trux

Alan Prior does it again in his Hall Green garden.

"After suffering the worst July ever for recording garden moths, I arrived home from a fairly epic moth night at 5 am this morning and found a very lost moth in the garden trap.  A species I'd never heard of, let alone seen, from the rocky shorelines of the south and west!  A Crescent Dart.  Thought it worthy of sticking on the blog, as it may be a first for VC 37."

Unsurprisingly, it is a first for Worcestershire VC.

Patrick Clement

Crescent Dart Agrotis trux

Crescent Dart Agrotis trux

Monday, 27 July 2020

Mortimer Forest July 25th

I've been trying to get out moth recording for a while, but keep getting thwaretd by poor night-time weather. However last night I decided to head out to the Mortimer Forest and took the car down to Mary Knoll Valley and ran 2 Robinsons for 3 hours and packed up just as the rain arrived, so perfect timing. 96 species so far and with a few pugs and surprisingly few micros to identify later, the list will just creep above 100 species. Top for numbers was Buff Footman with 265 counted, but there were good numbers of quite a few species. Still recording Satin Lutestring (15), then Cloaked Carpet (4), Scalloped Hook-tip (2) and Barred Rivulet (2) were nice to see, otherwise the usual species you'd expect just about anywhere. Conspicuous by their absence - no Hoplodrinas and no Common Rustic. List below. Peter Hall
Mortimer Forest: Barred Rivulet

Mortimer Forest: Barred Red

Mortimer Forest: Satin Lutestring

Mortimer Forest: Scalloped Hook-tip

Mortimer Forest: Nymphuls nitidulata

Mortimer Forest: Cloaked Carpet

Mortimer Forest: Mary Knoll Valley
Coptotriche marginea

Caloptilia stigmatella

Agonopterix liturosa

Brachmia blandella

Teleiodes vulgella

Blastobasis adustella

Blastobasis lacticolella

Pandemis heparana
Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix
Agapeta hamana

Celypha lacunana

Cydia splendana

Dioryctria abietella

Phycita roborella

Hypsopygia costalis
Gold Triangle
Udea prunalis

Udea olivalis

Pleuroptya ruralis
Mother of Pearl
Evergestis pallidata

Eudonia lacustrata

Eudonia mercurella

Chrysoteuchia culmella

Agriphila straminella

Catoptria falsella

Acentria ephemerella
Water Veneer
Nymphula nitidulata
Beautiful China-mark
Scalloped Hook-tip
Falcaria lacertinaria
Pebble Hook-tip
Drepana falcataria
Peach Blossom
Thyatira batis
Buff Arches
Habrosyne pyritoides
Satin Lutestring
Tetheella fluctuosa
Euthrix potatoria
Single-dotted Wave
Idaea dimidiata
Small Fan-footed Wave
Idaea biselata
Riband Wave
Idaea aversata
Shaded Broad-bar
Scotopteryx chenopodiata
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Xanthorhoe spadicearia
Large Twin-spot Carpet
Xanthorhoe quadrifasiata
Yellow Shell
Camptogramma bilineata
Common Carpet
Epirrhoe alternata
Cloaked Carpet
Euphyia biangulata
July Highflyer
Hydriomena furcata
Eulithis prunata
Small Phoenix
Ecliptopera silaceata
Common Marbled Carpet
Dysstroma truncata
Perizoma affinitata
Small Rivulet
Perizoma alchemillata
Barred Rivulet
Perizoma bifaciata
Chloroclystis v-ata
Tawny-barred Angle
Macaria liturata
Brimstone Moth
Opisthograptis luteolata
Canary-shouldered Thorn
Ennomos alniaria
Early Thorn
Selenia dentaria
Purple Thorn
Selenia tetralunaria
Scalloped Oak
Crocallis elinguaria
Ourapteryx sambucaria
Biston betularia
Willow Beauty
Peribatodes rhomboidaria
Satin Beauty
Deileptenia ribeata
Mottled Beauty
Alcis repandata
Ectropis crepuscularia
Common White Wave
Cabera pusaria
Light Emerald
Campaea margaritaria
Barred Red
Hylaea fasciaria
Large Emerald
Geometra papilionaria
Iron Prominent
Notodonta dromedarius
Pebble Prominent
Notodonta ziczac
Lesser Swallow Prominent
Pheosia gnoma
Pale Prominent
Pterostoma palpina
Coxcomb Prominent
Ptilodon capucina
Straw Dot
Rivula sericealis
Hypena proboscidalis
Black Arches
Lymantria monacha
Rosy Footman
Miltochrista miniata
Buff Footman
Eilema depressa
Dingy Footman
Eilema griseola
Common Footman
Eilema lurideola
Scarce Footman
Eilema complana
Herminia tarsipennalis
Pinion-streaked Snout
Schrankia costaestrigalis
Beautiful Hook-tip
Laspeyria flexula
Abrostola tripartita
Silver Y
Autographa gamma
Beautiful Golden Y
Autographa pulchrina
Marbled White Spot
Deltote pygarga
Craniophora ligustri
Small Dotted Buff
Photedes minima
Slender Brindle
Apamea scolopacina
Dark Arches
Apamea monoglypha
Cosmia trapezina
Cerapteryx graminis
Bright-line Brown-eye
Lacanobia oleracea
Smoky Wainscot
Mythimna impura
Large Yellow Underwing
Noctua pronuba
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Noctua fimbriata
Lesser Broad-border
Noctua janthe
Double Square-spot
Xestia triangulum