Thursday, 29 July 2021

VC38 Compton Verney

I got to trap at Compton Verney on Tuesday (27/07) with a few other moth-ers from VC38
We ran 10 traps between us and whilst number of species and individuals wasn't as expected a couple of individuals made up for it

Marsh Oblique-barred was a new species for VC38
Dichomeris alacella if confirmed by the Micro CMR will be the 3rd county record
Will be trapping at Coughton Court on Monday night so be interesting to see what turns up


Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Whitchurch 23-25 July

 As elsewhere a number of exciting moths showed up over the period with several new for the garden. The best macros were Privet & Pine Hawks appearing on successive nights. Others were Marbled Green (2), presumably wanderers from the Forest of Dean, and both L-album & Silky Wainscots.

Amongst the micros were first records of the splendid Dasycera oliviella, presumably coming down from the Doward, and Eidophasia messingiella. I also retained an Acleris which may prove to be logiana, not 100% sure what I'm looking for, just struck me as different from kochiella which is occasional here.

Rosy Rustics and Straw Underwing arrived to remind us that autumn for moths is not far away!

Marbled Green

Privet Hawk-moth

L-album Wainscot

Dichomeris alacella

Pine Hawk-moth

Eidophasia messingiella

Acleris sp.

Dasycera oliviella

Hemp Agrimony Plume

Silky Wainscot

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Brilley was brill?

Accompanied by David G and Sarah C, we ran 3 Robinsons on the Bulmers farm near to Brilley last nght. It avoided the storm (unlike where I live) and was dry and warm for the 3 hour session. Slow but steady and it will be a while before the full list becomes available, but my 2 traps have so far produced 107 species with maybe another 10-20 to add sometime in the future. I think between the 3 traps the total will reach around 140 species. In between the expected species there were some nice finds as well. The suspected Eudonia delunella from the last visit was repeated, this time with more than 10 spotted and id will be confirmed, but I can think of nothing else it can be. Prevous records: 1971, 1892 and 1887. So nice to find a good colony. There have been a few recent sightings of Marsh Oblique-barred in Herefordshire in recent years, following on from it first record in 2017 and again last night double figures of this tiny macro-moth. Then just as a footnote, in the garden, which was remarkably busy considering the storm that hit us shortly before dark (98 species), there was a Least Carpet in the trap.  Peter Hall

Brilley Court Farm: Eudonia delunella

Bringsty Common: Least Carpet


Thursday, 22 July 2021

A lot of Angles

I'm sure it has been a busy week for a lot of recorders...finally. Up until last night I'd caught 2 Angle-striped Sallow here on Bringsty Common, a moth that appears in low numbers every year. However last night I had 11 in the single trap that operated, which is by far a record high for me. Peter Hall 


Kent Black Arches etc.

The warm weather seems to be helping dispersal or possible migration with a few more Silver Y and Diamond-backs about. This was my first Kent Black Arches at Norchard, Worcs this morning. The Wormwood was only my second which arrived on the 19th. 1,550 Water Veneer were in one Robinson trap positioned in an asparagus field last night.

Monday, 19 July 2021

Sitochroa verticalis

A busy few sessions this week with this rise in temperature, last night's saw 434 moths of 82 species to two traps in my Evesham garden.

A few highlights over the past week included my first UK record of Sitochroa verticalis.

Was nice to see a Drinker, only recorded this in one year out of seven when I lived in Bidford.

Nice to see a fresh looking Barred Rivulet too


Friday, 16 July 2021


 Great to have a Lappet in the trap yesterday morning. A first for us and according to Peter, the first in the county since 2010. 

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Four-Spotted Footman

 Four-spotted Footman in a Hereford City Garden in a Skinner trap on the 13th July. 8th record for the county I am informed.

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Common Hill NR

Common Hill NR: Dark Umber

 This is a small reserve close to Fownhope and mostly limestone. I ran 2 Robinsns for my usual 3 hour spell. It cooled down quite a bit and the wind picked up so the last hour wasn't too productive. I have a few Minors to identify and maybe half a dozen micros too, but totals at the moment come to 68 macros and 34 micros. Of interest: Brussels Lace (2), Dark Umber (4) and Box-tree moth Cydalima perspectalis. I've got a couple of Ferns which I'll check out to find which of the 2 species they are, although I've yet to see a Cryptic Fern here so far. Peter Hall

Common Hill NR: Brussels Lace

Common Hill NR: Box-tree moth


Saturday, 10 July 2021

 A group of us are trapping and marking Elephant Hawk-moths in the hope of learning something about their movements, etc. If you are not one of the group but happen to trap a marked moth can you please make a note of the id letter and number written on the wing, the date trapped and the location of the trap. Please then send the details to me at so that I can update our records. Thankyou.

Friday, 9 July 2021

Doward 8th July

 A pleasant surprise to find this L-album Wainscot in my old actinic this morning.

Peter H tells me its the 8th Herefordshire record. No longer a coastal moth!

Also described in Manley as very local is Spatalistis bifasciana and requiring 'withered leaves on many trees'. Well plenty of those here now with the Ash Dieback, Dutch Elm and some Oaks suddenly dying.

Saturday, 3 July 2021

Norchard, Worcs, 2/7/21


A busy Garden Moth Scheme night saw a single Robinson record at least 87 macro species in my garden. 32 Hawk-moths- mainly Elephant, 11 Swallow-tailed Moths, and quantities of others, was quite a sight. The list included new site records for Four-dotted Footman and Silky Wainscot.

Friday, 25 June 2021

Garway 20/06/21

Busy night in the trap last weekend and finally managed to identify most of them .. with help from PH - thank you. Heart's and Dart's seem to have got the message about social gatherings outdoors and limited their numbers to 30 ... thank goodness! Some nice surprises that I haven't seen for a while including Poplar Grey, Dark Arches and Ghost moth. Also spotted a Beautiful Knot Horn on the moth trap cable .. almost missed it as I was putting away the trap.

Friday, 18 June 2021

E-mail notification service

For those of you that have selected to receive a notification of a blog, this service is apparently stopping soon, so you will have to rely on memory to look at the website in future. A bit disappointing and those of you who are very astute will have noticed that the option to receive e-mail notifications has also gone from the main page. Peter Hall

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Wigmore Rolls

Four mv traps were run on Sunday night (13th) in the northern section of Wigmore Rolls on a very mild night and finally a more busy evening resulted. At the moment there are 140 species recorded with around another 20 species or so still to add once identified. I think the best record will be Ancylis upupana, the 4th county record, but also Epinotia tetraquetrana was a nice one too. Macros included plenty of LittleThorn, Satin Lutestring, Figure of 80 and Beautiful Snout. Peter Hall with Dave Wilton

Probably Pammene albuginana, Wigmore Rolls

Beautiful Snout, Wigmore Rolls

Green Silver-lines, Wigmore Rolls

Satin Lutestring, Wigmore Rolls  

From DW:  "It was great to have a change of scenery from my native Buckinghamshire, with what was probably the best trapping result of the year for me with quite a few moths that we don't get 'down south'.  It was very nice to see so many Beautiful Snouts (quite a rare moth in VC24) and Satin Lutestrings (only one Bucks record and that was probably a vagrant), while Little Thorn and Alder Kitten were bonuses that we don't get at all.  One Blomer's Rivulet turned up too, a moth which now seems to be extinct in Bucks.  We didn't see Lunar Thorn which Peter had at Wigmore a week earlier and that's another moth which has disappeared down our way.  The tiny but beautifully marked Micropterix aureatella was my favourite amongst the micros, appearing at each of the traps at Wigmore but for which there are only two records for VC24.  I'd never seen it before."

Monday, 14 June 2021

Phtheocroa schreibersiana in Worcester last night

Despite the moth being worn and loosing its white palps this looks good for Phtheocroa schreibersiana from my garden Robbo in Warndon overnight. Already established itself in Swindon area since 2017 and thought to be spreading in new urban areas via planting of trees on new housing estates and we all know there's plenty of them round here!! A busy night for micros with a Crassa tinctella and 2 Bryotropha basaltinellas as supporting cast
Macro highlight was only my second Light Brocade (after one on 22nd June 2013)

Friday, 11 June 2021

Birches Farm

 My first visit to Birches Farm for moth recording took place on the 9th. A warm and humid night, but the slow-ness of the season was still apparent with just 54 species from 2 Robinsons operated for my standard 3 hour period. I have maybe another half dozen (mostly micros) still to identify later, so around 60 species and when combined with another trap operated by Sarah Cadwallader and David Griffiths nearby, the grand total will approach 70. For me, there was a first and I was delighted to record Wood Carpet. Only 1 or 2 records for Herefordshire per year for this one. Peter Hall

Birches Farm: Wood Carpet


Thursday, 10 June 2021

Another Clearwing species

Following the success with the Red-tipped Clearwing on the 7th I thought I'd give another lure a try.

With all the reports of Red-belted on the Facebook Moth groups this seemed the logical choice so I deployed the MYO lure 

I had success within the first hour of the lure being out however it promptly escaped when I opened the trap to attempt a photo.  I then left it out and had another (or the same one) within the next hour.

That's the MYO lure back in the freezer until next year

Will try for Currant Clearwing with the TIP lure over the weekend as this is a species that has eluded me.  Will also chance it with CUL for Large Red-belted Clearwing; you don't try, you don't get...

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

First garden Clearwing

Had my first Clearwing species for my new garden in Evesham today.  Red-tipped to FOR lure.

Have chanced the Large Red-belted with CUL lure clearly with no success, but if you don't try.

Will try MYO tomorrow for Red-belted


Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Dymock Forest

I'm pleased to report that the small colony of White-barred Clearwing is still there at the forest and 2 were lured to the TIP pheromone today. Peter Hall 


Friday, 21 May 2021

Butterfly Conservation's E-moth newsletter

The May edition of BC's "E-moth" newsletter is now available to download here. It mentions the new Moth Atlas also. And the new Atlas is also featured on their webiste: Launch of new Moth Atlas for the West Midlands ( Peter Hall

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Wigmore Rolls

 A walk around the woods today revealed excellent numbers of Grapholita internana alongside Cydia ulicetana. Peter Hall

Wigmore Rolls: Grapholita internana