Thursday, 31 December 2020


 I always think the "handover" between Winter moths and Early moths happens around New Year and in a spiders web outside my study (so from last night - the 30th), my last Early of the year...or is it my first of the new season? As it is dead, I'll process it for the dissection website. Peter Hall

Bringsty Common: Early moth


Friday, 18 December 2020

Overwintering Buttoned Snout at Wofferwood Common

 I was a bit surprised this morning to discover a Buttoned Snout on one of my kitchen cabinets. A new species for my list here and not a time of year or setting that I expected to find one. 

I shall have to check the Hop plants in the garden more carefully next year. 



Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Opogona omoscopa

I collected a micro-moth from Jarred Tibbetts on the evening of the 2nd December. He had found it while dusting a shelf, near a house plant display at his work at Webbs Garden Centre in West Hagley, earlier that day. VC37 recorder Tony Simpson suggested it may be Opogona omoscopa from the crude record shot I mailed to him. Patrick Clement kindly did a thorough examination independently, after photographing the live moth and confirmed it was a male and new for Worcestershire. Although now resident on most of the Scilly Isles it only has a few records on mainland England including a couple have found in light traps in NE England.

Friday, 4 December 2020

UK Moth Recorders Conference January 2021

 Bookings are now being taken for next year's UK Moth Recorders Conference which will be held virtually on Zoom.  It is free of charge and has been arranged for Saturday 30th January (10am-1pm).  Follow the link here if you wish to reserve a place.