Sunday, 8 April 2018

7th April 2018

The first outing for the MV trap this year produced a decent catch with just the second garden record of Pine Beauty.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

20th December 2017

It's not often I get some good moths in December but after a string of very cold nights a sudden warm spell has enticed a few out. The Satellite was new for the year and I don't often see the form with a 'filled-in' kidney mark. Also new for the year and only the 3rd garden record was Mottled Umber - I've only ever trapped this all brown form but this one posed particularly nicely for the camera.

Friday, 27 October 2017

July 2017

Just one unusual species for July was identified by dissection - a 3rd garden record of Epiblema roborana but the first since 2005.

June 2017

A little earlier than usual Barry Dickerson has sent me the results of dissections of unidentified micros retained over the season.

                                14/6 Pammene aurita - new garden record

                                16/6 Coleophora follicularis - new garden record

                                17/6 Archips rosana - 2nd garden record

                                17/6 Carpatolechia fugitivella - 2nd garden record

                                19/6 Anarsia innoxiella - 2nd garden record

And finally one that got away. This longhorn moth flew into the conservatory on 22/6 and could only be narrowed down to two possible species - Nemophora cupriacella or Cauchas rufimitrella. Unfortunately it proved impossible to obtain a definite ID from dissection either. Here's a photo anyway:

Monday, 9 October 2017

8th October 2017

After a string of nights that were either too windy, too cool or too bright from the full moon at last an overcast, still night. I only put the actinic out but had a good collection of 20 species including this stunning first for the garden - Red Sword-grass.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

28th August 2017

After several weeks of cool weather and, to be honest, rather dull trapping results at last a mild night produced some interesting moths. Morophaga choragella was only the second garden record as was Pale-shouldered Brocade; Pyrausta purpuralis hasn't appeared since 2006, all other potential candidates proving to be aurata when the hind-wing was checked.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

7th July 2017

The excellent trapping weather continues and another new record for the garden appeared overnight - Evergestis pallidata.