At the moment.... mostly about moths

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Harlequin Ladybird (not)

The Harelquin Ladybird is an invasive alien species that arrived in the UK a few years ago. It's of particular concern because it is highly competitive with native species for prey (e.g aphids) and is also known to regard native ladybird species as prey so will consume them directly. I first saw this species in our garden in 2006. By 2007 the numbers were up and last year we were inundated. I didn't make systematic counts, but there must easily have been 100 larvae at any one time. It seemed that the Harlequin had taken over our garden. This year though... I've seen 1 or 2 and no more and they were only adults, i haven't seen any larvae, not as yet anyway. Not only that but there are plenty of 7 spots around, and I've seen orange, 10 spot and 22 spot. So what's happened? Is it just our garden, or is this more widespread? And why? The only reason I can think of is maybe the cold weather over the winter - did that kill 'em all off? Maybe something else is eating them. I don't know. Anybody else seen this? Or are they just as common as last year?

Monday, 27 July 2009

Moth trap 59

Another very average catch today, nothing new. Perhaps the presence of 3 Marbled Green the most notable.

Large yellow Underwing 4
Riband Wave 1
Bee Moth 1
Common Wainscot 1
Dark Arches 4
Dot Moth 2
Common Rustic 4
Least carpet 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
Varied Coronet 2
Marbled Green 3


Moth Totals

Total species 100 (97 in garden)

Total Moths 1081

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Some decent insects in the garden today....

Volucella inanis - another cracking member of the genus Volucella

Hoverfly - Volucella inanis

Common Darter, there was also a much larger dragonfly around, maybe a Hawker, but it never came lower than about 20 feet above my head!

Common Darter - female

Common Blue - Only the second time I've seen this species in the garden

Common Blue

Holly Blue - this one, on the other hand, are very common around these parts

Holly Blue





Moth trap 58

Back to more normal service with a total of 14 moths this morning, although no new macros. There were quite a few non-de-script micros that I didn't photograph.

Marbled Green 1
Cabbage Moth 1
Dot Moth 1
large Yellow Underwing 1
Dark Arches 2
Heart and Dart 1
Shuttle-shaped dart 1
Pale Mottled Willow 1
Buff Ermine 1
Silver Y 1
Endotricha flammealis 1
Small Magpie 1
Mother of Pearl 1

Moth Totals

Total species 100 (97 in garden)

Total Moths 1056

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Moth trap 57

A very low catch this morning, just 5 moths in total


Dot Moth 1
Buff Ermine 2
Large Yellow Underwing 1
Dark Arches 1


In addition 1 butterfly, a Painted lady - I'm assuming one of the progeny from the huge influx earlier in the year. It looked very fresh.

Moth Totals

Total species 100 (97 in garden)

Total Moths 1042

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Moth Trap 56

A modest catch this morning, but one new species for this list taking me to 100 species.... assuming I've counted correctly. Probably need to do a check on what I've seen.


Large Yellow Underwing 5
Cabbage Moth 1
Lesser Broad-bordered yellow underwing 1
Small magpie 1
Silver Y 2
Shuttle-shaped dart 1
Riband Wave 1
Dun Bar 3
orange micro 1
Lime-speck Pug 1
Sycamore 1 (new !)
Bright-line Brown-eye 1
Emmelina Monodactyla 1
Phlyctaenia coronata 1
Pammene aurita 1

Sycamore

Sycamore (Acronicta aceris)


Moth Totals

Total species 100 (97 in garden)

Total Moths 1037


Monday, 20 July 2009

Moth Trap 55

A very reduced catch this morning. I found the trap on it's side, with the lid half off. As a consequence only 4 moths found - although a couple of good ones including 1 new for me. I'm assuming it was the wind, could've been a cat though..

Dun Bar 1
Marbled Green 1
Common Pug 1
Emmelina monodactyla (new !)


Emmelina monodactyla - very common, but still a first for me. Given that they feed on Bindweed, I'm surprised there aren't a lot more in my garden

Emmelina monodactyla

Moth Totals

Total species 99 (96 in garden)

Total Moths 1015

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Moth Trap 54

Another windy night and another catch similar to those recently. Either 1 or 2 new species, depending on IDs

Riband Wave 1
Least Carpet 2
Small magpie 3
Scalloped Oak 1
Common Footman 1
Buff Ermine 1
Dark arches 5
Bee Moth 1
Bright-line Brown-eye 3
Double striped Pug 1
Dun Bar 1
Large yellow underwing 1
Common wainscot 1
Dot Moth 3
Swallowtailed Moth 1
Common Rustic 2 TBC (new !)



Common Rustic

Common Rustic (Mesapamea secalis)

Common Rustic?




Moth Totals

Total species 98 (95 in garden)

Total Moths 1011

Saturday, 18 July 2009

MothTrap 54

Slimmer pickings today after a blustery night. Perhaps of most significance was the absence of Heart and Dart. This is the first time since May 28th that this species hasn't come to the trap.

Buff Ermine 1
Dark Arches 4
Bright-line Brown-eye 2
Silver Y 1
Dot Moth 2
Cabbage Moth 1
Scalloped Oak 1
Common Footman 1
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1
Mother of Pearl 1


Moth Totals

Total species 97 (94 in garden)

Total Moths 983

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Moth Trap 53

Another good mix of moths in the trap, plus a couple of new species:

Heart and Dart 3
Large Yellow Underwing 1
Lattice Heath 2
Bright-line Brown-eye 4
Dot Moth 4
Dark Arches 10
Riband Wave 1
Poplar Grey 1
Least carpet 1
Small Magpie 2
Common Footman 3
Marbled Green 1 (new !)
Swallowtailed Moth 1
Codling Moth Cydia pomonella 1 (new !)
Least Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1 (new !)



Marbled Green

Marbled Green (Cryphia muralis)

Swallowtailed Moth

Swallowtailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria)

Least Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing - fairly sure this is corect

Least Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua janthe)

Codling Moth Cydia pomonella

Micro - TBD

Moth Totals

Total species 97 (94 in garden)

Total Moths 968


Monday, 13 July 2009

Moth trap 52

A smaller and less diverse catch this morning with no new species.

Heart and Dart 1
Dot Moth 2
Flame 1
Dark Arches 10
Common Footman 1
Small magpie 3
Common Wainscot 2
Bright-line Brown-eye 5

Moth Totals

Total species 94 (91 in garden)

Total Moths 931

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Moth Trap 51

Another good catch, 37 moths in total and 7 new species

Large Yellow Underwing 1
Heart and dart 3
Heart and Club 2
Bright-line brown-eye 4
Light arches 1
Dark Arches 8
Uncertain 2
Dot Moth 1
Mother of Pearl 1 (new !)
Mottled Beauty 1
Spectacle 1 (new !)
Endotricha flammealis 1 (new !)
Common Footman 3
Lime speck Pug 1
Riband Wave 3
Small Magpie 1
Grey Dagger 1
Small Fan-footed wave 1 (new !)
Acleris forsskaleana 1 (new !)
Toadflax Brocade 1
Marbled Beauty 1 (new)

Mother of Pearl - a lovely moth

Mother of Pearl (Pleuroptya ruralis)

Spectacle

Spectacle (Abrostola tripartita)

Endotricha flammealis

Endotricha flammealis

Small Fan-footed wave

Small Fan-footed Wave (Idaea biselata)

Acleris forsskaleana - a cracker

Acleris forsskaleana

Marbled Beauty

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Toadflax Brocade

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Moth Counts

Total Species 94 (91 in garden)

Total moths 906











Sunday, 5 July 2009

Moth Trap 50

Another good catch (well for my modest set up) in somewhat damp and overcast conditions this morning. For the first time in a long time Heart and Dart was not the most abundant moth in the trap, that honour went to the Common Footman. There were 2 new ones for me and a second Campion.


Common Footman 10
Heart and Dart 6
Campion 1
Uncertain 2
Buff Ermine 1
Riband Wave 3
Peppered Moth 1
Clouded Silver 1
Dark Arches 1
Scalloped Oak 1
Campion 1
Poplar Grey 1 (new !)
Cabbage moth 1 (new !)
Phlyctaenia coronata 1
Diamondback 3
Chrysoteuchia culmella 3

Poplar Grey

Poplar Grey (Acronicta megacephala)

Cabbage Moth

Cabbage Moth (Mamestra brassicae)

Moth Counts

Total Species 88 (85 in garden)

Total moths 867











Phlyctaenia coronata

Saturday, 4 July 2009

2 new moths

Whilst out and about in the garden I managed to find an additional 2 moths that were presumably attracted to the trap last night. I wonder how many others I miss hidden away somewhere that I don't see?


Brown tail - surely the hairiest of the moths?

Brown Tail (Euproctis chrysorrhoea)


Grey Dagger - nice one

Grey Dagger (Aconicta psi)



Moth Counts

Total Species 86 (83 in garden)

Total moths 830


Moth Trap 49

A really nice moth was around the trap last night in the form of a Swallow-tailed Moth, a real beauty and a new one for me. A pity I didn't get a photo as it was nowhere to be seen this morning. Otherwise somewhat of the usual mix, with a couple of new species although I can't be sure of IDs at the moment.

Heart and dart 5
Burnished Brass 1
Riband Wave 4
Common Footman 5
Dark Arches 4
Light Arches 1
Heart and Club 1
Bright-line Brown-eye 2
Light Brown Apple Moth 1
Dot Moth 1
Large Yellow Udnerwing 1
Uncertain 1
Double Square Spot 2
Common Wainscot 1
Currant Pug 1 - (new !) but TBC
TBD 1 - (new !)
Swallow-tailed Moth 1 (new !)


Currant Pug - possible, quite worn so advice welcome

Currant Pug (Eupithecia assimilata)

Can't ID this one at all :-(

Can't ID this one

Also found this on the trap, a 10 spot Ladybird, a new species for the garden and me

10-spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata)







Moth Counts

Total Species 84 (81 in garden)

Total moths 828










Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Moth Trap 48

Didn't get time to write up the moth catch this morning, so here it is now, a little delayed.

Heart and darts now down to 5 very tired looking individuals, they can't have long left. Otherwise it was 1 new species in the form of a Common Wainscot and the usual recent mix.

Heart and Dart 5
Heart and club 1
Buff Ermine 2
Least Carpet 1
Large Yellow Underwing 2
Uncertain 4
Dark Arches 5
Bright-line Brown-eye 2
Dot Moth 1
Common Wainscot 1 (new !)
Garden Pebble 1
Small magpie 1
Crambus pascuella 3


Common Wainscot

Common Wainscot (Mythimna pallens)



Moth Counts

Total Species 81 (78 in garden)

Total moths 795








Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Moth Trap 47

My Heart and Dart numbers continue to fall, just 10 today. Otherwise 26 moths in total including 2 new species.

Heart and Dart 10
Heart and Club 3
Dark Arches 1
Common Footman 1
L-Album Wainscot 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Lime Speck Pug 1
Riband Wave 4
Scalloped Oak 1 (new !)
Uncertain 1
Phyctaenia coronata 1 (new !)
Diamondback 1

Scalloped Oak

Scalloped Oak (Crocallis elinguria)

Phlyctaenia coronata

Phlyctaenia coronata

Moth Counts

Total Species 80 (77 in garden)

Total moths 766



Monday, 29 June 2009

Moth trap 46

Not quite so many moths as recently, but still a good catch and 2 new ones for me. Also, 5 Common Footman - a very attractive species.

Heart and Dart 20
Heart and Club 5
Large Yellow Underwing 2
Uncertain 1
Common Footman 5
Riband Wave 1
Dark arches 1
Light Arches 1
Brown-line Bright-eye 2
Lime speck Pug 1
Least Carpet 1 (new !)
Treble Lines 1
Dun Bar 1 (new !)


Least Carpet

Least Carpet (Idaea rusticata atrosignaria)


Dun Bar

Dun Bar (Cosmia trapezina)


Moth Counts

Total Species 78 (75 in garden)

Total moths 739




Saturday, 27 June 2009

Treble Brown Spot

I found this new moth for me on the wall of the kitchen this afternoon, not especially rare, but a nice one all the same



Treble Brown Spot

Treble Brown Spot (Idaea trigeminata)


Moth Counts

Total Species 76 (73 in garden)

Total moths 702

Moth Trap 45

For some reason several of the moths flew off as i opened the trap this morning, so I may have missed a few, still lots of variety and some new ones so I shouldn't complain. What is clear is that the numbers of Heart and Darts are going down, just 22 this morning and many look in bad shape!

Heart and Dart 22
Heart and Club 5
Large Yellow Underwing 1
Buff Ermine 1
Clouded Silver 1
Dot Moth 1
Riband Wave 3 (new !)
Burnished Brass 1 (new !)
Common Footman 2
Minor sp 5
Mottled Pug 1
Garden carpet 1
Bright Line Brown Eye 2
Uncertain 1 (new !)
Cnephasia sp 1 (new !)
Eudonia pallida 1 (new !)
Micro TBD 1 (new !)
Diamondback 1
Apple Ermine 3 (new !)
Nutmeg 1 (new !)


Riband Wave

Riband Wave (Idaea aversata f. remutata)

TBD

Can't ID, advice welcome



Burnished Brass - fabulous!

Burnished Burnished Brass (Diachrysia chrysitis f. juncta)

Uncertain

Mottled Rustic (Caradrina morpheus) - Fairly sure?

Eudonia pallida

Micro moth




Micro TBD

Micro moth

Cnephasia

Micro, not IDed yet


Apple Ermine

Apple Ermine (Yponomeuta malinellus)


Moth Counts

Total Species 75 (72 in garden)

Total moths 701


Friday, 26 June 2009

Moth trap 44

Lots of moths - 61 in total including 9 new species - , some of which I haven't yet IDed


Common Marbled Carpet 1
Common Footman 2 (new !)
Heart and Dart 35
Large Yellow Underwing 3
The Flame 1
Minor sp 3
Light Arches 1
Dark Arches 4
Bright line brown eye 1
Buff Ermine 1
Common Emerald 1 (new !)
Poplar Hawkmoth 1 (new !)
L-album Wainscot 1 (new !)
Clouded Silver 1
Marbled Beauty 1 (new !) - but not sure at all
Double Square-spot 1 (new !) - but not 100%
Light Brown apple moth 1
Micros TBD 3


Common Footman

Common Footman ((Eilema lurideola)

Common Emerald - sorry about the poor photo

Common Emerald (Hemithea aestivaria)

Poplar Hawkmoth - really pleased to get a hawkmoth at last

Poplar Hawkmoth (Laothoe populi)

L-album Wainscot - quire rare this one, but fairly sure of ID

L-album Wainscot (Mathimna l-album)

Marbled Beauty- but not sure at all

Marbled Beauty??


Double Square-spot

Triple Spotted Clay (Xestia ditrapezium)


Crambus pascuella

Micro sp

Pammene aurita - what a beauty

Micro moth sp

Chrysoteuchia culmella

Micro moth sp

Oh, and water boatman sp

Water Boatman sp


Moth Counts

Total Species 68 (65 in garden)

Total moths 647