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


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