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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Quick update

Didn't get my postings up for the 28th July, so just a quick post, 108 moths of 32 species (poor compared to recent nights but the weather changed and there was a lot of rain), anyway species list:


Bird-cherry Ermine  2
Mother of Pearl  1
Meal Moth  1
Endotricha flammealis 5
Bee Moth  1
Chinese Character  2 NFM
Riband Wave  3
Garden Carpet  1
Green Pug  2
The Magpie  1
Early Thorn  1
Willow Beauty  15
Mottled Beauty  5
Light Emerald  1
White Satin Moth  2
Heart & Dart  1
Large Yellow Underwing  2
Lesser Yellow Underwing  5
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing  3
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing  1
Double Square-spot  1
Cabbage Moth  5
Bright-line Brown-eye  1
Marbled Beauty  2
Copper Underwing  1 NFM
Straw Underwing  5
Dark Arches  14
Common Rustic  3
The Uncertain  9
Mottled Rustic  1
Silver Y  10
Marbled Minor Agg 1

And the photos:

Meal Moth
Meal Moth

Common Rustic
Common Rustic (I think)

Common Rustic
Common Rustic (I think)

Large Yellow Underwing
Large Yellow Underwing

Large Yellow Underwing
Large Yellow Underwing

Lesser Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing (wouldn't pose nicely apart from on a window)

Chinese Character
Chinese Character (I didn't realise these would be so small!)

Chinese Character
Chinese Character

Copper Underwing
Copper Underwing

Copper Underwing
Copper Underwing (the face is one of the lesser used diagnostic ways of separating from Svenssons, although under wings were clear for my ID purposes)

Copper Underwing
Copper Underwing

Broad-Bordered Yellow Underwing
Broad-Bordered Yellow Underwing

Broad-Bordered Yellow Underwing
Broad-Bordered Yellow Underwing


Thursday, 25 July 2013

A change in the weather

The oppressive humid heat of the last couple of weeks has finally broken, last night was much cooler and today is still chilly when the sun is hidden, but what has it done to the mothing? Well on the face of things it appeared to me that numbers were down a bit on the last couple of days especially amongst the larger moths, but tallying up my figures this is only very slight around 190 species including those flown and yet to ID. Although they were much wetter after the torrential downpour over night.

Only 51 species (with 1 still to ID) in the trap indicates that numbers while still being good the lower heat was not as conducive to species number in flight (well that sounded good in my head), my year list for the garden is now on 154, with my Milton Keynes total (ever) up to 189 and my total moth life list at 191, it is all growing well. Anyway the list of species for the night:


Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner  2
Bird-cherry Ermine  15
Carcina quercana 1
Light Brown Apple Moth  1
Red-barred Tortrix  1 NFM
Udea prunalis 2
Mother of Pearl  4
Endotricha flammealis 7
Small Blood-vein  1
Small Fan-footed Wave  1
Riband Wave  21
Red Twin-spot Carpet  1
Garden Carpet  1
Common Carpet  1
The Phoenix  1 NFM
Green Pug  1
Clouded Border  1
Brimstone Moth  1
Early Thorn  1
Scalloped Oak  1
Swallow-tailed Moth  1
Oak Beauty  6
Mottled Beauty  2
The Engrailed  1 NFM
Light Emerald  1
Poplar Hawk-moth  1
Elephant Hawk-moth  1
Brown-tail  1 NFM
White Satin Moth  2
Common Footman  3
Heart & Dart  5
Large Yellow Underwing  3
Lesser Yellow Underwing  3
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing  1
Double Square-spot  5
Cabbage Moth  3
Dot Moth  8
Bright-line Brown-eye  10
Poplar Grey  1
Brown Rustic  2
Straw Underwing  5
Dark Arches  17
Light Arches  2
Common Rustic  2
Small Wainscot  1
The Uncertain  10
Mottled Rustic  10
Silver Y  6
The Fan-foot  1
Grey Dagger Agg 2
Marbled minor Agg 1

And some of the photos:

Scalloped Oak
Scalloped Oak
Horse Chestnut Leaf Minor
Horse Chestnut Leaf Minor
Horse Chestnut Leaf Minor
Another Horse Chestnut Leaf Minor I think

Red-barred Tortrix
Red-barred Tortrix
Carcina quercana
Carcina quercana (worn but markings can be seen)

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (very fresh by the lovely colours)

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Small Wainscot
Small Wainscot (I hope)

Small Wainscot
Side view of above

Brown-tail
Brown-tail (had both brown and yellow tail now)

Brown-tail
Brown-tail (look at those ears)

The Engrailed
The Engrailed (again I hope)

Oh and the micor I can't ID:

unknown micro (really need to get a decent micro book!)

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

It takes a while

Summer is well and truly on us now, and the heatwave we are having in the UK is both wonderful and horrid at the same time, the butterflies and moths are thriving but damn the nights are hard to sleep through the humidity is through the roof, even after the storm we had overnight and this morning! But I won't complain as it means my moth trap is heaving in the mornings.

Today there were well over 200 moths (although only over 190 have been ID'd quite a few flew as I lifted the trap lid or egg boxes out, it happens I don't mind to be honest. but with that many moths I have only just finished totaling up the species and identifying them (all bar three at the moment).

But with the weather comes other creatures, last night I had a wonderful Lesser Stag Beetle (pics to follow) come to the trap along with Harlequin (3) and Orange (1) Ladybirds, numerous other beetles but strangely, for me at least, were the water boatman that turned up, I would guess at two species as there was one very large one and about 7 or 8 small ones. I have to be honest I really wasn't expecting them, I know I live near(ish) to a lake but even so.






I guess I should go on to the moths now, and it was an interesting night, many new species for me (most of which are micros), some tricky some quite easy, but the highlights were Smoky Wainscot (only ID'd when it flew off and was flapping at the window, the "smoky" grey under wings became obvious), Straw Under wing (again ID'd flapping at the window), White Satin Moth, Honey Suckle Moth (a stunning micro) and multiple Mother Of Pearl Moths.

By far my commonest moth of the night (and due to the number probably ever!) was Bird-Cherry Ermine, in and around the trap there were at least 39! I may well have missed a fair number as well.

Anyway here is the (incomplete) list, i'll add the missing 3 as and when I identify them:


Cherry Fruit Moth  1 NFM
Bird-cherry Ermine  39
Honeysuckle Moth  2 NFM
Diamond-back Moth  1 NFM
Batia unitella 2
Brown House-moth  3
Carcina quercana 1
Light Brown Apple Moth  2
Hedya salicella 1 NFM
Small Magpie  2
Mother of Pearl  4 NFM
Gold Triangle  1 NFM
Endotricha flammealis 2
Bee Moth  2
Stenoptilia pterodactyla 1 NFM
White Plume Moth  1
Buff Arches  2
Small Blood-vein  1
Dwarf Cream Wave  2
Riband Wave  25
Large Twin-spot Carpet  2 NFM
Garden Carpet  2
Yellow Shell  2
Barred Yellow  1
Clouded Border  1
Brimstone Moth  3
Early Thorn  2
Scalloped Oak  1
Peppered Moth  3
Willow Beauty  2
Mottled Beauty  6
Elephant Hawk-moth  3
Maple Prominent  2
Pale Prominent  1
Yellow-tail  2
White Satin Moth  1 NFM
Scarce Footman  3 NFM
Common Footman  2
Ruby Tiger  1
Heart & Club 1 NFM
Heart & Dart  1
The Flame  2
Large Yellow Underwing  1
Lesser Yellow Underwing  1
Double Square-spot  1
Cabbage Moth  1
Dot Moth  3
Bright-line Brown-eye  3
Smoky Wainscot  1 NFM
Poplar Grey  1
Marbled Beauty  1
Straw Underwing  1 NFM
Dark Arches  10
Marbled Minor  1
Common Rustic  4
The Uncertain  4
Mottled Rustic  6
Silver Y  4
The Herald  1
The Fan-foot  2
Grey Dagger Agg 1
Marbled Minor Agg 4


And here are my Photos of the moths with their identifications sorted:

Argyresthia pruniella - Cherry Fruit Moth
Argyresthia pruniella - Cherry Fruit Moth

Plutella xylostella - Diamond-back Moth
Plutella xylostella - Diamond-back Moth
Mother of Pearl Moth
Mother of Pearl Moth

Gold Triangle
Gold Triangle

Stenoptilia pterodactyla
Stenoptilia pterodactyla

Hedya salicella
Hedya salicella

Lesser Yellow-underwing
Lesser Yellow-underwing

Heart & Club
Heart & Club

Early Thorn
Early Thorn
Small Blood-vein
Small Blood-vein

Willow Beauty
Willow Beauty

Honey Suckle Moth
Honey Suckle Moth

Honey Suckle Moth
Another view of the Honey Suckle Moth
Common Footman
Common Footman

Straw Underwing
Straw Underwing
Large Twin-spot Carpet
Large Twin-spot Carpet
White Satin Moth
White Satin Moth
White Satin Moth
White Satin Moth
White Satin Moth
White Satin Moth

Smoky Wainscot
Smoky Wainscot

Smoky Wainscot
Smoky Wainscot

Smoky Wainscot (under wing showing)
Showing the smoky underwings of the Smoky Wainscot

Ruby Tiger
Ruby Tiger (one of my favourite moths)
Ruby Tiger
Another of the Ruby Tiger

Carcina Quercana
Carcina Quercana
And the those I still need to ID:

Argyresthia goedartella
Argyresthia goedartella
Unknown

Dark Arches
Dark Arches (probably)