Saturday, 10 April 2021

Pammene giganteana

Thought I'd get in on the act with everybody using the Grapholita funebrana (FUN) lure to record Pammene giganteana. I ordered mine from eBay with a host of other lures for supposed pest species and will give those a try next. I put the pheromone lure into one of the plastic bucket type traps and hung it in an apple tree just outside my office at home. It has sat there for 4 days with nothing so I was about to give up seeing as how most have been reporting attracting P.giganteana within about 10 minutes. Fortunately I decided to leave it out overnight as temperatures were due to remain at about 7°c and to my delight there was a single specimen in there this morning. This is a new species for me and is my 21st species for my Evesham garden so not too bad.

Sunday, 4 April 2021

Hello

Hi, I'm Lee and have just moved into VC37 (Evesham) from VC38 (Bidford-on-Avon).

I started moth'ing in 2014 in my garden and also the occasional field trip, I like to take a trap whenever I travel for holidays too.

My new digs are on farmland on the outskirts of Evesham so quite open but close to the river and with some nice hedgerows.

I've had the trap out over my first week with most notable being Streamer and Pine Beauty.

As today has been glorious I thought I'd give the EMP lure a run out and was delighted to have this stunner turn up. That's the lure back in the freezer until March next year.

Looking forward to hopefully contributing to the moth records for VC37 and in seeing how my new garden compares to my last which gave me some great species.

Lee





Saturday, 3 April 2021

Emperor Moth

 

I was pleased to see this male Emperor Moth on the farm at Norchard, Worcs, this afternoon at 3.15pm. attracted to my new lure. I-record says that it is outside the known range for the moth. I have had no luck in my garden so far. I live three miles from Hartlebury Common where the moth has already been seen this year.

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Bringsty Common March 30th

 What an amazing day after such a long and cold winter. It stayed warmer into the night than forecast and the moths responded.  22 species and listed in no particular order: Frosted Green (1), Early Thorn (2), Small Quaker (19), Common Quaker (10), Twin-spotted Quaker (1), March (5), Engrailed (1), Shoulder Stripe (2), White-marked (4), Early Grey (2), Water Carpet (2), Oak Beauty (1), Pale Pinion (1), Clouded Drab (3), White-spotted Pug (1), Brindled Beauty (1), Early Tooth-striped (1), Brindled Pug (1), Chestnut (4), Diurnea fagella (1), Acleris literana (1) and 2 Caloptilia yet to be determined. The White-spotted Pug is early, so just to be absolutely certain, I've retained it for a closer loook. Peter Hall

Bringsty Common: Pale Pinion

 

Saturday, 27 March 2021

 I took a pheremone lure, (MOL) to Grafton Wood (the Hereford one) today. In a brief period of sunshine one moth came in, a Pammene giganteana. Quite a distinctive moth when it was fulttering around the trap as it has silvery white hindwings with a black border. This is a particularly dark individual, most have a prominent white horseshoe mark. Peter informs me that this is the first county record since 1988!

Tuesday looks like a much better day weatherwise so I will have another go then, and maybe find a brighter individual.

Not much in my Hereford garden but the Powdered Quakers have started to arrive this week.



Friday, 26 March 2021

Bringsty Common update

I ran a Robinson trap here in the garden on the 23rd and caught the usual batch of moths plus a single female Lead-coloured Drab. This is the first record for me of this species here and then on the 25th, I caught my second one, this time a male. Spurred on by Penny's Scarlet Tiger larval records I gave my comfrey a better search and despite it being quite a small amount of comfrey, counted 111 larvae on it, mostly basking in the sunshine. Peter Hall

Bringsty Common: Lead-coloured Drab female

Bringsty Common: Lead-coloured Drab male

 

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Trench Wood 23rd March

The first proper survey with MV lights was helped by cloud rolling in at 20:15. The Lead-coloured Drab colony is obviously still doing well with 4 in by 23:20. A Dotted Chestnut, 6 Red Chestnut, 2 Shoulder Stripe, 2 Engrailed, March Moth, Early Thorn, 4 Oak Beauty, Early Grey, 8 Twin-spotted Quaker, 2 Brindled Pug, a Yellow Horned, one Acleris cristana and lots of Diurnea fagella.

Scarlet Tiger Larvae Mansell Gamage

 I am seeing Scarlet Tiger larvae in my garden now, on comfrey.




Saturday, 20 March 2021

Micros in mid March at Berkeley Pendesham

The garden Robbo 'all-nighter' on 15th had Diurnea fagella, Agonopterix alstromeriana plus what I call the 'Bourneville and White Chocolate' version of Acleris cristana all NFY along with
2 Beautiful Plumes.

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Bringsty Common March 15th

Last night was quite good for moths and moth numbers. I have no idea why, it was 6 degrees by midnight. Here's the list (in no particular order): March moth (4), Hebrew Character (15), Yellow Horned (4), Twin-spotted quaker (2), Shoulder Stripe (1),  Early Grey (7), Small Quaker (35), Clouded Drab (4), Common Quaker (5), Herald (1), Chestnut (5), Oak Beauty (5), Red Chestnut (5), Pale Brindled Beauty (1), Dotted Border (3), Agonopterix alstromeriana (1) and Agonopterix ciliella (1). This last one is a male and I'll confirm via dissection later, but it is reddish, larger than usual heraclianas and has 5 nice lines on the hindwing cilia. I get it here quite regularly. I make that 17 species.  Peter Hall

Bringsty Common: March moth

Bringsty Common: Shoulder Stripe

Bringsty Common: Herald

Bringsty Common: Yellow Horned

Bringsty Common: Agonopterix alstromeriana

Bringsty Common: Small Quaker

 

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Bringsty Common March 9th 2021

 A slightly warmer night and the wind didn't pick up until after midnight and so the window of opportunity meant I recorded 8 species in the garden and I think most were in the trap by midnight. In no particular order, Yellow Horned (4), Oak Beauty (4), Satellite (1), Common Quaker (7), Small Quaker (3), Hebrew Character (1), Chestnut (1) and Small Brindled Beauty (1). On the garage wall acouple of days ago an Early Grey and in my study today, yet another Mompha sturnipennella. Peter Hall

Bringsty Common: Oak Beauty

Bringsty Common: Satellite

Bringsty Common: Small Brindled Beauty

Bringsty Common: Small Quaker

Bringsty Common: Yellow Horned

 

 

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Monday, 1 March 2021

Elephant Hawk-moth Mark/Recapture project

Please read the attached pdf file about this project and let Martyn know if you want to join in the fun

https://docs.google.com/document/d/15CiK6v6cgftqKmskA2WyqOLqR1LV_Ma1n6zEqcsif0Q/edit

 Regards

Peter on behalf of Martyn Davies

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Trench Wood 24th February

Last night's conditions seemed ideal for a woodland effort, so stowed a 15 watt actinic Skinner away for 6 hours. Roll call at 23:30 was 10 Yellow Horned, a March Moth and 3 Satellites,
all NFY. 2 Spring Ushers, 2 Small Brindled Beauty, 19 Chestnuts, 2 Pale B Beauty were nice back-up. The highlight was a fine Acleris logiana, only the 5th VC 35 record and well pleased to have now seen four out of the five of em!

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Warndon Garden 23rd February

Very windy all night here in Worcester but a decent Dark Chestnut was welcome and still annual here most Februaries. Only 1/1. 2 Hebrew Character, Common Quaker, Acleris ferrugana and an Ypsolopha ustella was a better count on 21st.

Monday, 22 February 2021

Warndon Wood Late Winter

Last night a battery 15watt Actinic Skinner in place by 18:10 at 9.5 degrees C under cloud. Later retrieved at 23:30 = 54 moths in total - 12 Chestnuts, 3 very green Pale Brindled Beauty, 8 Small Brindled Beauty, 12 Dotted Border and 19 Tortricodes alternella counted at 7 degrees at end.

Sunday, 21 February 2021

Bringsty Common February 20th

Winds originating from the Sahara at the moment, so a good opportunity to see what's out and about. However, here the wind was blowing a hooley up until midnight. This evening may be a better bet. 7 species recorded: March (1), Pale Brindled Beauty (1), Chestnut (2), Clouded Drab (1), Common Quaker (1), Tortricodes alternella (3) and my second ever garden Small Brindled Beauty. Peter Hall

Bringsty Common: Small Brindled Beauty

Bringsty Common: Pale Brindled Beauty

 

Thursday, 4 February 2021

Norchard, Worcs 2nd Feb


 The milder weather saw Dotted Border and March Moth new for year, and a selection of Spring Ushers.

Saturday, 30 January 2021

Warndon Thursday 28th Jan

Everyone loves a Red Green Carpet and an 'old' Chestnut mid-winter from 2 in the garden on Thursday night. Acleris schalleriana was way past its best.

Thursday, 14 January 2021

Warndon Actinic

An Actinic trap
effort last night in the 'estate' Warndon Wood was curtailed by rain at 20:30 but a Mottled Umber, 2 Pale Brindled Beauty, 18 Spring Usher and 4 Winter Moths made the long carry-in worthwhile.

Bringsty Common January 13th

 The old Robinson got its first run out of the year last night. I'm not sure the number of moths warranted the 14 hours run-time, but in the trap were Pale Brindled Beauty (1), Mottled Umber (2), December (2) and Chestnut (1). At the house windows Agonopterix heracliana (2) and indoors Alucita hexadactlya (1). I also had another Mompha sturnipennella at the study window a few days back in the daytime and have now 20 house records for this elusive micro, accounting for the vast majority of county records (26 in total). Peter Hall

Bringsty Common: Alucita hexadactyla

Bringsty Common: December

Bringsty Common: Mottled Umber

Bringsty Common: Mottled Umber

Bringsty Common: Pale Brindled Beauty

 

Saturday, 2 January 2021

2020 Moth Records

 Whist wishing everyone a Happy New Year, it is also the time when you should be looking to collate your moth records and submit them to the County Moth Recorder for inclusion into the county databases. There are 3 main reasons for this. One is to keep the National Moth Recording scheme database up to date, then the local county database up to date and the other is the pending completion of the new West Midlands on-line Moth Atlas, due for release in the Spring. There's still time to include 2020 records in all of course. Best wishes. Peter Hall