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Friday, 30 August 2013

Mint, Sallow, Gothic just three random words?

It amazes me how things keep going in the moth world, I have now trapped over 190 species of moth in my garden this year (Actual number is 192) or rather I have identified 192 species (many with help), last night I added two new species to my life list and 3 new for the garden, my firsts were a stunning Feathered Gothic, and two Centre-barred Sallows, the new for the garden species was the species that got me involved in mothing in the first place a Mint moth (well 2 to be precise).

Feathered Gothic
Feathered Gothic

Monday, 26 August 2013

Wasps a right royal pain

I may have mentioned this before but Wasps eat moths, so having them around the trap is not ideal for trapping sessions. This morning I found 8 wasps in my trap! Last session there were none and tonight my numbers were down, coincidence maybe but I'm not sure. When I looked at the trap at around midnight there were a lot of moths, by the time I closed the trap it was not so good. The only difference, I set my alarm for 20 mins later this morning (05:20 as opposed to 05:00 on the 21st), is this the cause? should I be getting up earlier? I'll try an earlier alarm next trapping and see if it makes a change.

Wasp - Photographed in Milton Keynes
Wasp - Photographed in Milton Keynes

Sunday, 25 August 2013

My wonderful daughter

No trapping this weekend as I'm working (I have to leave the house early so I don't have time to do the sorting). Anyway I came home from work last night and my daughter (who is 4) had found a moth, and very carefully slipped it into a pot (one of hers that came with a pond dipping kit we bought her last weekend) and had it sitting waiting for me when I came home.

We then went through the book to see if she could identify it and she instantly spotted it was a lovely Orange Swift (she is getting good at the ID's). Sometimes I am a VERY proud Dad!

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Red Underwing A Real Beauty

As the title suggests this mornings trappings held my first Red Underwing, and what a monster it was (having never seen one I was shocked at how large they are) as big as a poplar hawk moth easily! A quick photo of it to get things going.

Red Underwing - Catocala nupta
Red Underwing

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

19/08/2013

Bit late posting and it was my first trapping (although I did record a few moths) in a week after having spent a weekend at Rutland Water for the British Bird Fair helping out the guys on the Birding For All stand Selling raffle tickets and helping out generally (in fact I now look after their website and new Facebook page so please pop along to both and lend some support).#

Birding For All team with Bill Oddie
Birding For All team with Bill Oddie

Monday, 12 August 2013

Slowing down

It seems the trapping season is waning for me, I'm not sure why I'm sure the season should still be in full swing but my totals are steadily going down, only 77 moths last night of some 21 species, compared to last month this is well down.

I can see a few possible reasons, firstly the time of year (although August should still be a good month I thought), secondly the weather has not been as warm or humid of late (clear cool nights aren't so good) and thirdly I seem to be being visited by a number of wasps (around 4 or 5 each morning at the trap). I'm not sure if they eat all the moths (I don't seem to be seeing loads of wings) or if they scare off the incoming moths (I hope not?) but I guess a predator around the light can't help matters.

Orange Swift
Orange Swift


Saturday, 10 August 2013

Moth night and the previous session

Well it is currently moth night (3 nights from the 8th to the 10th August) so trapping was a must (glad I did) but this post also covers Saturday nights trapping (3/8/2013), I'll start with the lists:


09/08/2013

03/08/2013

Bird-cherry Ermine  13
Bird-cherry Ermine  5
Honeysuckle Moth  1
Brown House-moth  1
Brown House-moth  1
Mother of Pearl  1
Acleris forsskaleana 1 NFM Endotricha flammealis 2
Celypha striana 1 NFM Riband Wave  2
Eudemis profundana 1 NFM Wormwood Pug  1
Agriphila tristella 5
Scalloped Oak  3
Mother of Pearl  7
Willow Beauty  9
Endotricha flammealis 4
Brown-tail  1
Trachycera advenella 1 NFM White Satin Moth  1
Garden Carpet  1
Ruby Tiger  2
Common Carpet  1
Shuttle-shaped Dart  1 NFM
The V-Pug  1
Large Yellow Underwing  2
Scalloped Oak  1
Lesser Yellow Underwing  8
Willow Beauty  8
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing  4
Mottled Beauty  1
Copper Underwing  1
Large Yellow Underwing  1
Straw Underwing  4
Lesser Yellow Underwing  2
The Dun-bar  2 NFM
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing  1
Dark Arches  14
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing  18
Common Rustic  6
Least Yellow Underwing  1
The Uncertain  1
Square-spot Rustic  1
The Rustic  1
Bright-line Brown-eye  1
Silver Y  4
Small Ranunculus  1 NFM


Marbled Beauty  3



Copper Underwing  1



Straw Underwing  5



Dark Arches  5



Common Rustic  8



Silver Y  8



Marbled Minor Agg 1





So not huge numbers as you can see but a few new species which is always nice. But for me the best moth is the Small Rannunculus I trapped last night, this moth was thought to be extinct in the UK until it was rediscovered in Kent in 1997, it has since spread out so not hugely rare but still a nice one to find in the trap (and probably my rarest find so far).

And on to the pictures:

Shuttle shaped dart
Shuttle shaped dart

Two Ruby Tigers
Two Ruby Tigers

The Dun-Bar
The Dun-Bar
 
Acleris forsskaleana
Acleris forsskaleana

Celypha striana
Celypha striana

Trachycera advenella
Trachycera advenella

Eudemis profundana
Eudemis profundana

Square-spot Rustic
Square-spot Rustic
 
Small Rannunculus
Small Rannunculus



Friday, 2 August 2013

Yellow Underwing Bonanza

It seems that I have stumbled into the depths of Yellow Underwing season! good numbers the last time I trapped and even more last night - 16 Lesser Yellow Underwing, 16 Large Yellow Underwing, 8 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 5 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing and finally 1 Least Yellow Underwing (a new one for me).

It is great to see but they are far more flighty than many other species (I think I lost a good few of some of these as I lifted boxes or opened the trap etc.) so there may have been more!

As for the full species count last night well here is the list:

Brown House-moth  1
Small Magpie  1
Mother of Pearl  9
Endotricha flammealis 7
Single-dotted Wave  1
Riband Wave  5
Yellow Shell  2
The V-Pug  2
The Magpie  1
Clouded Border  1
Brimstone Moth  1
Early Thorn  1
Purple Thorn  1
Scalloped Oak  2
Peppered Moth  2
Willow Beauty  8
Sallow Kitten  1
The Vapourer  1 NFM
White Satin Moth  1
Dingy Footman  1
Flame Shoulder  1
Large Yellow Underwing  16
Lesser Yellow Underwing  16
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing  5
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing  8
Least Yellow Underwing  1 NFM
Double Square-spot  1
Cabbage Moth  4
Dot Moth  1
Bright-line Brown-eye  1
Marbled Beauty  6
Straw Underwing  3
Dark Arches  27
Common Rustic  24
The Uncertain  10
Silver Y  7

As you can see good numbers (32+ species 180+ moths) and a decent species count, a few new ones and some I really like (such as the Sallow Kitten, a stunning little moth as you will see from the photos below. The Vapourer is listed as New For Me but I have seen the Cat before, just never the moth, although it flew before I could get a photo, which is really annoying.

Least Yellow Underwing
Least Yellow Underwing

Least Yellow Underwing
Least Yellow Underwing (side view)

Least Yellow Underwing
Least Yellow Underwing (face)

Large Yellow Underwing
Large Yellow Underwing

Large Yellow Underwing
Large Yellow Underwing

Lesser Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing

Lesser Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing (side view)

Purple Thorn
Purple Thorn
 
The Magpie Moth
The Magpie

Single-dotted Wave
Single-dotted Wave

V-Pug
V-Pug

Sallow Kitten
Sallow Kitten (one of my favourite looking moths, the markings are amazing)

Sallow Kitten
Another of the Sallow Kitten

Sallow Kitten
Sallow Kitten (one more for luck, they really are ace though).



The Below are ones I have yet to ID (by lunch time) any help always apprecieated.

Stupid pug 1

Stupid pug 2

Just can't for the life of me remember what this one is called.
A wainscot of some kind?