At the moment.... mostly about moths

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Moth Trap 85

Not a bad catch this morning, 1 species new for me (assuming my ID is correct) and a new for year.''

3 Heart and Dart
1 Vine's Rustic
1 Setaceous Hebrew Character (new for year)
1 Shears (New for me)
1 Common Pug
2 Common Swift


Shears (Hada plebeja)

Tawny Shears?


Life total: 123
Garden total: 104
2010 total species: 33
2010 total moths: 128





Saturday, 12 June 2010

Pyrausta aurata

Flitting around the nettles today were several of these lovely moths, I think they must be 1 of my favourites.

Pyrausta aurata

Also known as the Mint Moth there actually several similar species, such as P. purpuralis, P. ostrinalis, P. sanguinalis, P. despicata and P. nigrata. They're all just as attractive, but generally don't occur in gardens so I've yet to see any of them.

Hovers and other garden finds today

Spent some time in the garden with the camera today.. in between the football of course.

Found 1 maybe 2 new species of Hoverfly, if I can confirm ID of the second.

This one I'm sure of:

Xanthogramma pedissequum

Xanthogramma pedissequum

But this one, may not be correct, happy to be advised

Pipizella viduata

Pipizella viduata?

This 2 caught my eye too:

Eupeodes luniger - I like the composition of this pic

Eupeodes luniger

Eristalis pertinax

Eristalis pertinax

Other hovers around were: Myrathropa floriae, Episyrphus balteatus,lots and lots of Syritta pipiens, Syrphus ribesii and most excitingly a large Volucella pellucens.

There were also plenty of bees in evidence, including my personal favourite

Bombus pratorum - I like the diagonals of the leaf on this one:

Bombus pratorum

There were several of this wasp, but they were almost impossible to image as they moved around incesantly, this was the best I could do:

Amblyteles armatorius

Amblyteles armatorius

All in all a most enjoyable session in the warm sun.





Tuesday, 8 June 2010

White-shouldered House-moth (Endrosis sarcitrella)

Found this little moth in our house today, a new species for me, although by all accounts very common!

White-shouldered House-moth (Endrosis sarcitrella)

White-shouldered House-moth (Endrosis sarcitrella)


Life total: 122
Garden total: 104
2010 total species: 31
2010 total moths: 119

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Moth Trap 84

Didn't check the trap till this evening, what with the general dampness. Good job I did as amongst the usual few shuttles and Heart and Darts I found a new species for me in the form of a Muslin Moth:

Muslin Moth (Diaphora mendica)

There was nice soft light so I took advantage and macrod his head and antennae, I love the complexity the camera can reveal.

Muslin Moth - close up of head
Muslin Moth - close up of antenna

I'm starting to like the results I'm getting with the new camera set up.

Life total: 121
Garden total: 104
2010 total species: 30
2010 total moths: 118

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Moth Trap 83

There were visibly more moths around last night, Clouded Silver was new for year and I even found a new for me species in the form of a Figure of Eighty. Unfortunately I didn't get a photo as it had flown off by this morning.

6 Shuttle shaped Dart
2 Clouded Silver
1 Willow Beauty
1 Figure of Eighty
2 Common Pug


UPDATE

The Figure of Eighty turned up on the trap later:

Figure of Eighty

Detail of the "eighty"

Figure of Eighty - close up




Life total: 120
Garden total: 103
2010 total species: 29
2010 total moths: 109

Moth Trap 82 (from June 4th)

Bit of a delay writing up this one. Amongst the mixture was a Yellow-barred Brindle, first for year and an as yet unidentified macro, advice welcome.

4 Shuttle-shaped Dart
1 Vine's Rustic
1 Yellow-barred Brindle
1 macro sp

Yellow-barred Brindle

Yellow barred Brindle

Turnip Moth

Not sure on ID for this one?





Thursday, 3 June 2010

Moth Trap 81

Today illustrated why I like mothing. I opened the trap to find an Eyed Hawkmoth:

Eyed Hawk Moth (Smerinthus ocellata)

What a truly beautiful and amazing creature and new for me!

Not only that I found this little micro which I think is called Scoparia pyralella and also new for me:

Scoparia pyralella



Apart from that I had a Shuttle-shaped Dart and a Vine's Rustic

Life total: 119
Garden total: 102
2010 total species: 25
2010 total moths: 89

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Moth Trap 80

Another couple new for year, in the form of the Buff Ermine and the Willow Beauty


3 Vine's Rustic
2 Shuttle-shaped Dart
1 Willow Beauty
1 Buff Ermine

Life total: 117
Garden total: 100
2010 total species: 23
2010 total moths: 85

Monday, 31 May 2010

Moth Trap 79

In cold and windy conditions..... I get my best catch of the year, both the Vine's and the Swift were new for the year:

6 Shuttle-shaped Dart
3 Heart and Dart
2 Vine's Rustic
1 Brimstone Moth
1 Common Pug
1 Common Swift


Common Swift

Common Swift

Vine's Rustic

Vine's Rustic


Life total: 117
Garden total: 100
2010 total species: 21
2010 total moths: 77

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Waved Umber

This was lucky. Didn't set trap last night but still added a new species to my list in the form of a Waved Umber which appeared in house. This was also notable in being my 100th garden species - amazing!

Waved Umber (Menophra abruptaria)

Waved Umber (Menophra abruptaria)


Life total: 117
Garden total: 100
2010 total species: 19
2010 total moths: 65

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Moth Trap 78

Slowly, slowly the numbers are improving..

1 Shuttle-shaped Dart
1 Double-striped Pug
1 Light Brown Apple Moth
1 Diamondback (new for year)
1 Garden Carpet (new for year)

Life total: 116
Garden total: 99
2010 total species: 17
2010 total moths: 64

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Moth trap 77

Quiet again, but at least I found 2 new species for the year:


1 Silver Y
1 Heart and Dart
1 Early Grey


Silver Y

Silver Y

Life total: 116
Garden total: 99
2010 total species: 15
2010 total moths: 59

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Moth Trap 76 - National Moth Night

In celebration of the National Moth Night I had my best collection if the year:

1 Light Brown Apple Moth
1 Brimstone Moth
2 Double striped Pug
1 Common Quaker
1 Shuttle-shaped Dart
1 Spruce Carpet

Spruce Carpet

Spruce Carpet

Double striped Pug

Mottled Pug


Life total: 116
Garden total: 99
2010 total species: 13
2010 total moths: 56



Friday, 14 May 2010

Dasysyrphus tricinctus

What with the weather finally improving I decided try my luck with the camera in the
garden. I wasn't to be disappointed as I found this hover:

Dasysyrphus tricinctus

That middle bar makes it very distinctive, it's Dasysyrphus tricinctus.

It's not rare, being widely distributed in the UK but from what I can gather it's not
especially common either.

I did take some HD video, not brilliant, but not bad!


That is my 26th species of hoverfly, nearly all of which I've found in the garden.


Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Moth Trap 75

have set the trap a few times recently but with so little of interest appearing it didn't seem worth posting. Today though saw a new species for me, albeit not especially unusual in the broad scheme. What's better though was it is a real beauty: Angle Shades.

2 Early Grey
1 Angle Shades


Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa)

Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa)

Life total: 116
Garden total: 99
2010 total species: 9
2010 total moths: 49

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Moth Trap 74

Things are slowly improving, 7 moths in the trap this morning despite the overnight rain. Shuttle-shaped dart was new for the year:

3 Common Quaker
2 Hebrew Character
1 Early Grey
1 Shuttle-shaped Dart

Life total: 114
Garden total: 98
2010 total species: 8
2010 total moths: 46

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Moth Trap 73

Things are still very quiet, despite warmer daytime temps

2 Hebrew Character
1 Common Quaker

Life total: 114
Garden total: 98
2010 total species: 7
2010 total moths: 39

Monday, 19 April 2010

Moth Trap 72

Slight (very slight) improvement in the moth trap results, 5 moths today:

2 Early Grey
2 Common Quaker
1 Hebrew Character

Life total: 114
Garden total: 98
2010 total species: 7
2010 total moths: 36

Friday, 16 April 2010

Moth Trap 71

Only 2 moths today, but at least one of them was new for the year:

1 Common Quaker
1 Hebrew Character

Life total: 114
Garden total: 98
2010 total species: 7
2010 total moths: 31

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Moth Trap 70

Just a few more moths today, but nothing new.

4 Common Quaker
1 Early Grey

Life total: 114
Garden total: 98
2010 total species: 6
2010 total moths: 29

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Moth Trap 69

Not many moths for me at the moment - I need to move house I think

However, I did pick a new one for the year in the form of an Early Grey

1 Common Quaker
1 Clouded Drab
1 Early Grey


Early Grey

Early Grey (Xylocampa areola)


Life total: 114
Garden total: 98
2010 total species: 6
2010 total moths: 24



Moth Trap 68 (from the 9th)

First trap for a while after our holiday to Northumberland.
Not too much to report

2 Common Quaker
1 Clouded Drab


However, away from the trap, on the wall of our lounge I did find this micro, a new species for me:

Indian Meal Moth (Plodia interpunctella)

Indian Meal Moth (Plodia interpunctella)

Life total: 114
Garden total: 98
2010 total species: 5
2010 total moths: 21

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Moth Trap 67

I had hoped for more but just 3 moths this morning:

1 Emmelina monodactyla
1 Clouded Drab
1 Common Quaker

The clouded drab was of interest though. It took me a while to work out it was a Clouded Drab (err assuming I am correct of course), what with it having a very different colour scheme compared to the specimen a few days ago:

Clouded Drab (Orthosia inserta)
IMG_0673


Life total: 113
Garden total: 97
2010 total species: 4
2010 total moths: 17

Friday, 26 March 2010

Moth Trap 66

Perhaps due to the cooler conditions moth number were back down again, with just a single moth seen this morning in the form of 1 Emmelina monodactyla.

These new totals reflect my revised numbers

Life total: 113
Garden total: 97
2010 total species: 4
2010 total moths: 14

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Juniper Shield Bug

I came across this rather nice bug this morning, it's a Juniper Shield Bug (Cyphostethus tristriatus). A little reading reveals that these were formally restricted to wild juniper woods and therefore not surprisingly were not common. However in recent years they have spread to gardens feeding on ornamental junipers and even other evergreens such as Leylandii - a specimen of which was within a few feet of the insect.

Juniper Shield Bug (Cyphostethus tristriatus)

Moth Trap 65

The grand total of 7 moths today! Nothing new though.

3 Emmelina monodactyla
3 Common Quaker
1 Clouded Drab

Also I've almost finished my moth list recount.. so the numbers tomorrow will be all different as not only do i need to add the Cornwall moths but I had miscounted my gardens sightings too.

Life total: 102
Garden total: 99
2010 total species: 4
2010 total moths: 13