At the moment.... mostly about moths

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


Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Moth trap 43

After missing a few nights for one reason or another the old trap was run again last night, 60 caught and 2 new species

Willow beauty 1
Common Marbled Carpet 1
Heart and Dart 36
Large Yellow Underwing 4
Dot Moth 1 (new !)
Light Arches 1
Dark Arches 7
Minor sp 5
Pale Mottled Willow 2
Small Magpie 2 (new !)


Dot Moth ((Melanchra persicareae)

Dot Moth (Melanchra persicareae)

Small Magpie (Eurrhypara hortulata)

Small Margpie  (Eurrhypara hortulata)

Moth Counts

Total Species 59 (56 in garden)

Total moths 586

Monday, 22 June 2009

Six-spot Burnet (part 2)

There are still lots of Six-spot Burnets on the roadside verge where I go for my lunch time walk. they've spread out now, along a stretch of several hundred meters, although most remain where I first saw them. It'll be interesting to see if the numbers increase next year, they seem to be doing well at the moment.

This is an image I caught on the old iPhone, not bad quality? Note the imaginatively named Swollen-thighed Beetle

Six-spot Burnet

There are also plenty of Cinnabar caterpillars feeding on the ragwort.

The final sighting of interest, although I didn't get a picture so can't be sure, but I'm fairly certain I saw a new hoverfly for me in the form of Helophilus trivittatus. This species looks superficially similar to the commoner H.pendulus with the thoracic stripes, but is larger, paler with a noticeably longer abdomen. Pretty sure it was one of these, but I'll try and get a picture all the same.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Moth Trap 42

So this is getting silly. 62 Heart and Dart moths in the trap this morning, plus quite a few others including a second Toadflax Brocade.


Heart and Dart 62
Lime speck pug 1
Toadflax Brocade 1
Minor sp 4
Common Marbled Carpet 1
Light Arches 3
Pale Mottled willow 1
Large Yellow Underwing 3
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Clouded Silver 1

Moth totals

Total Species 57 (54 in garden)

Total moths 526

Friday, 19 June 2009

Moth Trap 41

I hadn't set the trap for a few days, but last night it was up once more. This morning revealed 40 moths, a new record, the bulk though being Heart and Darts.


Heart and Dart 30
Large Yellow Underwing 2
Common Marbled Carpet 1
Mottle Pug 2
Dark Arches 2 (new !)
Light Arches 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Coronet 1
Dusky Brocade 1


Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha) - farily sure this is correct

Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha)



Green Arches - not sure about this though?

Dusky Brocade (Apamea remissa)


Can't ID, advice welcome

Moth totals

Total Species 57 (54 in garden)

Total moths 448



Monday, 15 June 2009

Moth Trap 40

I had hoped for more this morning after a still warm night, but my catch was much the same as for some time now:


Heart and dart 11
Pale Mottled Willow 1
Minor sp 3
Mottled Pug 3
Lime speck pug 1
Large Yellow Underwing 3
Diamondback 1
Lozotaenia forsterana 1
Light Brown Apple Moth 3
Silver Y 1

Moth totals

Total Species 56 (53 in garden)

Total moths 409


Saturday, 13 June 2009

Moth Trap 39

Quite a few moths this morning, but yet again no new species.


Heart and dart 19
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
The Flame 1
Willow beauty 1
Pale Mottled Willow 2
Buff Ermine 1
Garden Carpet 1

Moth totals

Total Species 56 (53 in garden)

Total moths 382

Friday, 12 June 2009

Moth trap 38

Another damp night, when will it end? A few moths still attracted to the trap, 14 in total

Heart and Dart 6
Brimstone Moth 1
Minor sp 1
TBD 1
Pug sp 2
Lime speck pug 1
Buff Ermine 1
Light Emerald 1

Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata)

Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata)

Moth totals

Total Species 56 (53 in garden)

Total moths 357

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Moth Trap 37

After having missed yesterday due to the heavy rain the trap was back up and running last night. 11 moths, but nothing new


Common Swift 2
Lime-speck Pug 1
Green Pug 1
Heart and Dart 2
Large Yellow Underwing 3


Moth totals

Total Species 56 (53 in garden)

Total moths 344

Monday, 8 June 2009

Moth trap 36

All change in the trap today, 2 new species and Heart and Darts much reduced, only 9 moths in total.

Heart and Dart 2
Common Marbled Carpet 2
Garden carpet 1
Spectacle 1 (new !)
Pale Mottled Willow 2
Light Arches 1 (new !)


Light Arches (Apamea lithoxylaea)

Light Arches (Apamea lithoxylaea)

Dark Spectacle (Abrostola triplasia)

Spectacle (Abrostola tripartita)


Moth totals

Total Species 56 (53 in garden)

Total moths 334




Sunday, 7 June 2009

Painted Ladies

After a gap of several days, Painted Ladies were back in the garden today, up to six being present, actively feeding on the Ceonothus and the Sweet Williams.

Using the old MP65mm lens I managed to capture some close ups:

Painted lady closeup

Painted Lady - closeup

Moth trap 35

19 moths this morning, but nothing new and very similar to the past few days


Heart and Dart 13
Pale Mottled Willow 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
Common Marbled Carpet 1
Vine's Rustic 1
Light Emerald 1
Silver Y 1

Moth totals

Total Species 54 (51 in garden)

Total moths 325

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Moth trap 34

21 moths this morning including a new micro


Heart and Dart 9
Pale Mottled Willow 4
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
Buff Ermine 1
Green Pug 1
Large Yellow Underwing 1
Common Marbled Carpet 1
Flame Shoulder 1
Celypha striana 1 (new !)


Celypha striana (fairly sure of this)

Celypha striana?


Moth totals

Total Species 54 (51 in garden)

Total moths 306




Friday, 5 June 2009

Moth trap 33

In rainy conditions the trap revealed 25 moths (new record) this morning, but nothing new.

Heart and Dart 16
Light Emerald 2
Common Marbled Carpet 2
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
Flame Shoulder 2
Rustic Shoulder Knot 1
Treble lines 1

Moth totals

Total Species 53 (50 in garden)

Total moths 285

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Moth Trap 32

A crowded trap this morning, by my standards anyway, although nearly all of the same species! Those Heart and Darts just keep on coming. 21 moths in total (new record) , 2 new species.

Heart and Dart 14
Heart and club 1
Buff Ermine 2 (new !)
Common Marbled Carpet 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
The Flame 1 (new !)

Buff Ermine (Spilosoma luteum)

Buff Ermine (Spilosoma luteum)

The Flame (Axilia putris)

The Flame (axilia putris)



Moth totals

Total Species 53 (50 in garden)

Total moths 260







Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Six-Spot Burnet(s)

I was out on my usual walk today. As I walked along a bright red and black moth caught my eye and from a distance I assumed it was a cinnabar of which I've seen a few over the past few weeks. On closer examination though it clearly wasn't a cinnabar - spots on the wing, not a stripe. I suspected, and later confirmed that it was a 6-spot Burnet, the commonest of the Burnets . That wasn't the end though because as I walked on over the next 10 yards or so I counted another 30 or so of these moths lounging on the various flower heads. I did this walk yesterday, and I didn't spot any of these, so I'm guessing they have hatched en masse in the last 24 hours. The 6-spot was larger than I expected, with impressive antennae! I was very happy with my find - not bad for a roadside verge.


Moth totals

Total Species 51 (48 in garden)

Total moths 239

Moth Trap 31

Quieter on the moth front overnight, 13 moths and just 1 new one

Heart and Dart 4
Pale Mottled Willow 2
Minor sp 1
Light Emerald 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Common Marbled Carpet 1
White Ermine 1
Treble Lines 1
Scoparia ambigualis 1

Scoparia ambigualis

Micromoth - Scoparia pyralella??

Moth totals

Total Species 50 (48 in garden)

Total moths 239






Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Moth Trap 30

16 moths this morning (equal to previous best) 3 new species.


Heart and Dart 6
Pale Mottled Willow 3
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2
Rustic Shoulder Knot 1
Mottled Pug (new !) 1
Minor sp - maybe Rufous Minor? 1
Waved Umber 1 (new !)
Common Wainscot 1 (new !) - confirmed now with a better preserved specimen

Mottled Pug (Eupithecia exiguata)

Mottled Pug (Eupithecia exiguata)


Waved Umber (Menophra abruptaria) - poor photo really, not much light....not much depth of field

Waved Umber (Menophra abruptaria)

Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba)

Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba)

Minor sp maybe rufous?

A Minor maybe Rufous Minor?


Moth totals

Total Species 49 (47 in garden)

Total moths 226

Monday, 1 June 2009

Moth Trap 29

12 moths today, and 2 new species and maybe 2 more if I can ID a couple of tricky ones! 2 further new species made a getaway before I could grab any pics

5 Heart and Dart
2 Vine's Rustic
1 Shuttle-shaped Dart
1 Green Pug (new !)
1 Treble Lines (new !)
1 probable Common Wainscot (not added to species list as not 100% is correct due to poor condition)
1 Common marbled carpet


Green Pug (Pasiphila rectangulata)

Green Pug (Pasiphila rectangulata)


Treble Lines (Charanyca trigrammica)

Treble Lines (Charanyca trigrammica)

Wainscot sp?

Wainscot sp?

Carpet sp?

Carpet sp?


Moth totals

Total Species 46 (44 in garden)

Total moths 210