Thursday, 29 July 2021
Wednesday, 28 July 2021
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!
|Hemp Agrimony Plume|
Tuesday, 27 July 2021
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
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
Monday, 19 July 2021
Friday, 16 July 2021
Thursday, 15 July 2021
Wednesday, 14 July 2021
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can update our records. Thankyou.
Friday, 9 July 2021
A pleasant surprise to find this L-album Wainscot in my old actinic this morning.
Saturday, 3 July 2021
Friday, 25 June 2021
Friday, 18 June 2021
Wednesday, 16 June 2021
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
|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
Friday, 11 June 2021
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
Thursday, 10 June 2021
Tuesday, 8 June 2021
Wednesday, 2 June 2021
Friday, 21 May 2021
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 (butterfly-conservation.org). Peter Hall