At the moment.... mostly about moths

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)
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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

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Moths from Cornwall Holiday August 2009

Our summer holiday last year saw us spend 2 weeks in a house in a very rural location down on the Lizard. Suffice to say we had a great time. I'm only just getting round to sorting out all the pics including the 14 moth species which were new to me - I didn't take the trap these were all attracted to the outside light.

Black Arches (Lymantria monacha)

Black Arches (Lymantria monacha)

Rosy Footman (Miltochrista miniata)

Rosy Footman (Miltochrista miniata)

Yellow-tail (Euproctis similis)

Yellow-tail (Euproctis similis)

Can't ID this one, advice welcome

Can't ID this one, advice welcome

Engrailed (Ectropis bistortata)

Engrailed (Ectropis bistortata)

Knot Grass (Acronicta rumicis)

Knot Grass (Acronicta rumicis)

Sharp-angled Peacock (Macaria alternata)

Sharp-angled Peacock (Macaria alternata)

Single dotted Wave (Idaea dimidiata)

Single dotted Wave (Idaea dimidiata)

Common Carpet (Epirrhoe alternata alternata)

Common Carpet (Epirrhoe alternata alternata)

Ruby Tiger (Phragmatobia fuliginosa fuliginosa)

Ruby Tiger (Phragmatobia fuliginosa fuliginosa)

Drinker (Euthrix potatoria)

Drinker (Euthrix potatoria)

Early Thorn (Selenia dentaria)

Early Thorn (Selenia dentaria)

Chinese Character (Cilix glaucata)

Chinese Character (Cilix glaucata)

Four-spotted Footman (Lithosia quadra)

Four-spotted Footman (Lithosia quadra)


Moth Trap 64

Just a single moth this morning in the form of a Chestnut. The good news is that this is a new species for me, I didn't see one last year, maybe because I didn't get the trap going until late April and that is right at the end of their recorded flight flight period.

Chestnut (Conista vaccinia)

Chestnut


These are my current moth totals BUT I'm in the process of re-assessing all of this so the numbers will change imminently, especially as I saw about another dozen species whilst on holiday in Cornwall last year! Watch this space as my Cornwall additions include Black Arches, Rosy Footman and Four-spotted Footman.

Life total: 102
Garden total: 99
2010 total species: 4
2010 total moths: 6

Monday, 22 March 2010

Moth Trap 63

In colder conditions again the only moth in the trap this morning was a single Emmelina monodactyla.

Life total: 101
Garden total: 98
2010 total species: 3
2010 total moths: 5

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Moth Trap 62

Ran the trap on another mild night. Caught 3 specimens including 2 more Common Quaker and a first for me in the form of a Clouded Drab - at least I think it's a clouded drab. I do find these Orthosias quite difficult to tease apart.

Clouded Drab (Orthosia inserta)

Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta)

Life total: 101
Garden total: 98
2010 total: 3

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Insect hibernation

With the warmer weather now with us, it's clear that many insects have survived our unusually cold winter (we've had years without any frost at all). Found today were 3 species of ladybird including 2-spot, 22-spot (my personal favourite) and the 7- spot:

7-spot ladybird (Coccinella  7-punctata)

I also found a couple of these Green Shield Bugs...

Green Shield Bug (Palomina prasina)

They are usually bright green but turn this brown colour in autumn prior to hibernating. I presume this is an adaptation so that when they're hiding away in the brown leaf litter, or whatever, over winter they're much more difficult to find. Clever biology is.

What I don't know is whether these ones subsequently turn green again - or do the lay some eggs and then die off fairly quickly?

I also saw my first bumblebee of the year but didn't see what species.



Moth Trap 61

Ran the trap again last night and caught my first macro of the year, a Common Quaker, despite the rain. It's a very common species, I caught many last year.

Common Quaker

Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi)

Life total: 100
Garden total: 97
2010 total: 2

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Moth trap 60 (first 2010 catch)

I've been running the moth trap for the last few nights with no success but last night saw my first proper catch:

Emmelina monodactyla

Emmelina monodactyla

Moth Totals

Life total: 100
Garden total: 97
2010 total: 1