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Thursday, 26 May 2011

25th May 2011

I resorted to using the old white lamp, and I'll be honest I'm a bit shocked I caught anything, so who knows what I may have caught with a better bulb. Last nights total was 13 moths!

  • Heart + Dart - 2
  • Garden Carpet - 2
  • Silver-ground Carpet - 2 (new for garden)
  • Brown House Moth - 1
  • Scoparia Pyralella - 1
  • Green Pug - 1 (new for me)
  • Common Pug - 1
  • Small Dusty Wave. - 1 (new for me)
  • Macro sp - 1
  • Codling Moth. - 1 (new for me)
Green Pug

Scoparia Pyralella

Codling Moth

Small Dusty Wave

 
Unknown Macro
 Not too many photos this morning but I have work to go to (late as child care issues, yeah probably not something you need to know) just thought I would snap the new ones or ones I needed ID help with. Except the silver-ground carpet, which I have seen a few of in my walks around the local woods (images of which can be seen on my blog about the area - http://linfordwood-wildwood.blogspot.com/ )

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

A new blow

Not sure why yet but my bulb has stopped lighting up, I'm hoping it is just the starter in the controller that has gone (as the bulb is fairly new) but as I am now working for the week, it will be a while till I can replace this, so updates will be a bit thin on the ground this week.

***UPDATE***

It seems it is the bulb that has gone, I imagine sometime in the high winds it took a knock that I didn't see. So I will try the old bulb again, while I wait to order a new one.

I am considering changing to a energy saving blacklight and seeing how that works I hear 25 watt ones work like a 125 watt normal bulb.

Monday, 23 May 2011

An unexpected surprise

While putting the washing out, my other half found a very hairy unusual looking moth caterpiller, which it turns out is a Vapourer Moth:

Vapourer Moth Cat

Vapourer Moth Cat

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Friday 20th trappings


After a bright sunny day the trap was brought out to see what we could find in the garden (I had my boys joining me) however it was quite windy over night so the numbers were low again. Only ten moths in total (7 Macro, 3 Micro, although all micros flew before ID):
  • Knot Grass – 1 (New for me)
  • Vines Rustic – 1
  • Orange Footman – 1 (new for me)
  • Common swift – 2
  • Pug sp. – 1 (unidentified, very worn)
  • Dark Arches – 1 (new for me, seems very early?)
Three great new species, the very striking Orange Footman being one I have wanted to see for a while (so quite chuffed) and the very early Dark Arches, a moth I thought was on the wing July onwards?

Knot Grass

Dark Arches

Unknown Pg (very worn)

Common Swift

Common Swift

Dark Arches (side)

Knot Grass (side)

Orange Footman

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Best so far!


Last night was my best night so far trapping, a whopping total of 22 moths of 12 (at least) species! Including 5 new species for me and the garden.

  • Pale Prominent – 1 – New for me
  • Flame Shoulder – 2 – New for me
  • Treble Lines - 1
  • Heart & Dart - 6
  • Common Pug - 3 (one flew before pics, I assume it was a common pug)
  • Common Marble Carpet - 1
  • Pale Tussock – 1 – New for me (and my biggest moth to date, what a brute!)
  • Common Swift - 2
  • Garden Carpet - 1
  • Brown House Moth – 2 – New for me
  • Unidentified micro – 1 – New for me
  • Vines Rustic – 1
  • Lobesia littoralis - 1
Flame Shoulder

Pale Prominent

Pale Tussock

I was mightily impressed with some of the new species, the Flame Shoulder is a stunning looking moth, with the clashing browns and creams really making it clear why it is known by that name. The Pale Tussock was a stonking great moth, that had the most amazing red antennae, and as for the Pale Prominent, well what an odd moth, could so easily be overlooked as a piece of wood. A very enjoyable morning sorting through, what it would be like with an MV Robinson setup I can only imagine (possibly too much for me at this stage).

Brown House Moth

Common Marble Carpet

Common Swift

Common Swift

Flame Shoulder
Flame Shoulder

Flame Shoulder

Flame Shoulder

Pale Prominent

Pale Tussock

Pale Tussock

Pale Tussock

Common Pug?

Common Pug?

Common Pug

Lobesia littoralis

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Shock Micro

After a walk around my local woods (see my other blog Linford Wood Wild Wood where I addad a new Moth species to m list Micropterix calthella) I walked into my house to have a tiny micro moth land on my jumper, and what a beauty it was! A stunning Horse Chestnut leaf-miner!

Horse Chestnut leaf-miner


Saturday, 14 May 2011

And a few more new ones


Tonight I placed a large sheet behind the trap, and it certainly made for an interesting blueish glow emanating from the end of the garden! Unfortunately it didn’t improve my catch at all, numbers down to only 6 moths of 5 species:
  • Treble Lines – 1
  • Heart + Dart - 1
  • Garden carpet – 1 (Flew before picture)
  • Scoparia sp (I’ve been advised ambigualis) – 2
  • Turnip Moth – 1
So a couple of new ones there for me, the garden list is now growing well up to 19 including one as a caterpillar only (a Lackey seen yesterday on the path by my daughter). It is still windy here, which might be slowing down the numbers, and surprisingly cold at night (round here) compared to the temperature of the day.

As I said in my previous posts I will be commissioning my brother-in-law to build me a skinner type trap as soon as I can convince the other half to part with the cash (a harder task than you would imagine, she isn’t too keen on moths!).

Treble Lines

Treble Lines

Turnip Moth

Scoparia (ambigualis)



Friday, 13 May 2011

What a difference a bulb makes.


So the new blacklight arrived and I took the opportunity to test it out in the old trap, and it certainly seems to work, 9 moths in total of six species (looks like a new trap design would still help increase the catch so that will be my next step, a new skinner trap).

All Specie are new to me and the garden (to be expected as I’ve never trapped at this time of year before) but here is the list:
  • Heart + Dart – 3
  • Vines Rustic – 1
  • Bee Moth – 1 (female)
  • Common Pug – 1
  • Common Swift – 1
  • Common Marble Carpet – 2 (of differing forms, which sure confused me)
So the new bulb has started off well, not mind blowing but it is sure more effective than the last, and the night was clear, windy and quite cold, but my next step will be to commission a skinner trap for use.

(this blog is a re-post of the original which seems to have vanished?)

Vines Rustic

Bee Moth (female)

Common Marbled Carpet

Common Marbled Carpet (2nd form)

Common Pug

Common Swift

Common Swift

Heart & Dart

Heart & Dart

Common Swift

Vines Rustic

Heart & Dart
Vines Rustic