Friday, 2 December 2016

August 2016

Dissections from August:

                                0445 Ocnerostoma friesei

Caught on 13th August, a garden first and 3rd for the county.

                                1738 Common Carpet

Also taken on 13th August was this unusually dark Common Carpet.

July 2016

Dissections from July:

                                1045 Acleris notana

Trapped on 7th July, a first garden record.


                                0290 Caloptilia semifascia

Trapped on 19th July, a garden first


                                2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character

From general appearance I thought this moth was a good candidate for Triple-spotted Clay. Both the CR and me were very surprised to find it was an abberant SHC.

June 2016

Several micros were retained over the year for identification/confirmation by gendet. The county recorder for VC31, Barry Dickerson, has returned the dissection results with the following identified for June 2016:

                                0397 Glyphipterix thrasonella

Trapped on 7th June, the black markings on the wings are distinctive. A garden first and the 5th county record.

                                1275 Dichrorampha flavidorsana

Caught on 11th June this was a second garden record (fourth for the county) after a rather battered individual in 2013.

                                0584 Coleophora alticolella

Trapped 21/6. The third garden record but the first since 2010.




Saturday, 8 October 2016

7th October 2016

Just one micro in the traps overnight proved to be just the second garden record of Acleris sparsana - the first was back in 2005.

Friday, 16 September 2016

15th September 2016

The last in a series of very warm nights and sunny days produced the first of a number of the autumn species, the third Crombrugghia distans of the year and the first Bedellia somnulentella for 10 years.


Thursday, 25 August 2016

24th August 2016

A warm and wet night produced a good crop of moths including this first for the garden Cochylis molliculana. Just the second record for Hunts.


And this Yellow Shell had me puzzling for a while:






Saturday, 6 August 2016

5th August 2016

A warmer night brought back fair numbers of moths following a couple of very poor catches. One micro was unfortunately lying dead at the bottom of the trap but was at least in identifiable condition - Bucculatrix ulmella, a new garden tick. A beautifully marked Tissue was the third garden record as was a very small (about 12mm wing span) Crombrugghia (formerly Oxyptilus) distans.