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Wednesday, 17 November 2021
Friday, 12 November 2021
This Radford's Flame Shoulder was attracted to mv light at Norchard, Worcs, last night. The first Worcestershire record of this scarce migrant was recorded at Malvern the previous night, as far as I know. This follows the first record for Herefordshire in early November last year.
Tuesday, 19 October 2021
Monday, 11 October 2021
My first Cypress Carpet on October 8th. Also a Blair's Shoulder Knot so you can tell what hedge we have in our garden.
Sunday, 10 October 2021
The wind has switched to coming from the north after a few milder nights. Best night was the 8th with 29 species. Not much sign of migrant activity, but then they usually go straight to Bodenham anyway, but I did get a Dark Sword-grass and a Gem. There's a couple of other Gem records in the county (Herefordshire) as well. Last night there was a White Ermine in the trap, which is the latest record by some distance (previous was September 16th 2014). Another attempting to second brood?
|Bringsty Common: White Ermine|
Sunday, 26 September 2021
Encouraged by the milder nights, I ran 2 Robinsons at the northern end of Wigmore Rolls on the 24th for my customary 3 hours. It was nice and warm but fairly quiet and a lot of book reading ensued. 24 macro species and 7 micro species. Highest count was Common Marled Carpet at 19 individuals. First appearances for me of Chestnut and Yellow-line Quaker. Of more interest were Orange Sallow (3), Flounced Chestnut (3), Streak (1) and a Mallow (1). Peter Hall
Thursday, 16 September 2021
Sunday, 12 September 2021
Friday, 10 September 2021
Saturday, 4 September 2021
Wednesday, 1 September 2021
Tuesday, 31 August 2021
Catches of late have been between 50 and 60 species, but very little of interest. Last night it dropped a bit to 44 species, but the decline is to be expected. I did get one unusual moth and that was a Scorched Wing. Looking back through the Herefordshire records, in 2018 there were 2 early August records indicating a possible second brood attempt, otherwise this moth is over by early July. The 30th August is the latest by some distance and looking in the National Atlas book, may even be the latest for the UK. Peter Hall
|Bringsty Common: Scorched Wing|
An Epermenia falciformis appeared in my actinic trap sited close to a considerable amount Angelica. If accepted by Peter this would, I think, be new for the Doward and ca.12th for VC36. ( and not just a new species but a new family for me!). I see from Peter's database that E. chaerophyllella has previously been recorded here by others
I also caught Annulet on three nights between 4 and 10th August. Sorry for poor pic)
Wednesday, 18 August 2021
Sunday, 15 August 2021
Still a steady stream of moth arrivals on nights when I run the trap here. Last night I recorded 54 macro species and 19 micro species. Following on from the Bedstraw Hawk sighting, I'm also seeing signs of migrants here too, although this isn't noted as good spot for seeing them at all. The night before a Dark Sword-grass and last night a number of Silver Y and one Palpita vitrealis. Angle-striped Sallow continue to turn up - 3 last night - and this is easily the best season so far for them. I also recorded one at Wigmore Rolls the other evening. Otherwise a mix of late Summer species, second broods and so on. Yponomeuta rorrella also here again and a Tissue. Peter Hall
Saturday, 14 August 2021
Wednesday, 4 August 2021
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