A few more from the group trapping effort at Dymock.
|Brindled White Spot|
Having travelled south on Monday I spent 2 days and nights moth trapping successfully in Bucks before migrating over to Herefordshire for another 2 nights of moth trapping plus a moth breakfast with Robin Hemming. I was in a sleep deprived haze at the cold and windy moth breakfast. Dymock Forest proved to be a warm and still night but moth numbers actually fell below expectations. It's too early to suggest accurate total species numbers between the various 7 traps in use, but typical catches were plus/minus 100 species, so maybe combined after all the micros have been identified, we'll be between 150 and 200 species, I suspect. The target was Orange moth and in total 5 were seen, 4 at one pair of traps and 1 and another location. A nice bonus was 6 Great Oal Beauty which arrived at one pair of traps but not elsewhere. The following night I went to Mowley Wood but it had turned wet then cold so nothing really to report from that spot, although the bottle of beer was nice and cold and Mars bar not soggy. Peter Hall
|Dymock Forest: Beautiful Snout|
|Dymock Forest: Great Oak Beauty|
|Dymock Forest: Great Oak Beauty|
|Dymock Forest: Orange moth|
2 species have showed up in my Hereford garden so far this month, out of the 4 total known from here. I've been hanging out lures for 4 others but to no avail so far. Lunar Hornet Moth was very nice to see, fantastic mimicry. Currant Clearwing is in the first pic.
I put out the LUN lure today to attract Lunar Hornet Moth.
No luck so far but at about 17:15 when I was checking it a micro moth began circling the trap and and then went in.
Turned out to be Triaxomasia caprimulgella which is thought to feed on dead wood.
I suspect there are very few Worcestershire records but it is known to be attracted to the LUN lure and we are likely to get more records with increasing use of pheremone lures.
A couple of nice species in the last week. Firstly on the 14/5 I trapped 55 species in Whitchurch, lower Wye Valley, the highlight of which was a Lead Belle. I have found this before in May, in the Forest of Dean, which is nextdoor, but a site first nonetheless. Last night 19/5 Bordered Straw to actinic in Hereford. Also a couple of examples of what looks like Platyedra subcinerea, which I recorded in Hereford last May (gen det). If there is a colony here it's a long way from any others, distribution is mainly south counties and the SE.
I've put out a few pheremone lures occasionally in the Whitchurch garden over the last few weeks. Not exactly been inundated with moths but the first garden record of Pammene giganteana came in on 23/3 and possibly Pammene suspectana on 17/4 (retained for Peter to examine). These both were attracted to the versatile MOL lure. A few Phyllonorycter sp. have also come to the NIG lure, also retained for examination.
Gasworks Wood, Bridstow 4th April
A mild and overcast forecast prompted me to secrete the battery operated actinic Skinner in a small local wood at Bridstow. The woodland has several old oaks, holly, hazel and silver birch. I sat with the trap for between 8pm and 9pm with only a single March Moth and Hebrew Character coming in. By morning a modest catch of 45 individuals of 10 species including 2 Dotted Chestnuts, 1 Frosted Green (NFY), 2 Brindled Pugs (I believe, awaiting PH's confirmation)), 1 Clouded Drab, 16 Common Quaker, 1 Dotted Border, 1 Early Grey, 16 Hebrew Character, 3 March Moths and 2 Small Quakers.
This became visible on-line a couple of days ago. Still just macro-moths, they hope micros will follow fairly soon. You'll see the similarity to our West Midlands site, in fact they were so impressed with our atlas, they wanted one. Well worth a look and you can also help them by uploading some nice quality images too. I'll add it ot the useful links part on our blog opening page. https://upperthamesmoths.co.uk/index.php Peter Hall
4 individuals of Pammene giganteana to Grapholita funebrana pheromone lure here in my Halesowen garden, over the last 48 hours. All rather sombre looking specimens with a less distinct dorsal 'horse shoe' compared to some examples I have seen.