Tuesday, 20 June 2017

19th June 2017

The series of very warm nights continues producing large catches with some unusual moths. Top of tonight's list was the second garden record of Kent Black Arches - this time a smart looking moth compared to the worn individual that showed up in 2005. There was also a 2nd garden record of Marasmarcha lunaedactyla and another Anarsia species - presumably a second innoxiella after one last year but I'll seek confirmation.

                                Kent Black Arches

                                Marasmarcha lunaedactyla

                                Anarsia sp

Monday, 19 June 2017

18th June 2017

The highlight of several nights of large catches was the 3rd garden record of Celypha rosaceana but the first to show any pink colouration - a beautiful little moth.

Friday, 2 June 2017

1st June 2017

The first really busy night of the year produced the first new moth of the year, the long-expected Clouded-bordered Brindle. This is another of those species that appear to be quite common in Huntingdonshire just not in my bit of it.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

26th May 2017

The first blog entry of the year as it's been a particularly slow start to the year with lots of cool nights and a fair amount of reluctance on my part to get up early and look into an empty trap! Still, the warm nights have now arrived and last night was pretty good for late May with 40 species. Elachista atricomella and Platytes cerussella were both second garden records and it's always nice to see Maiden's Blush which is quite uncommon here.

                                Elachista atricomella

                                Platytes cerussella

                                Maiden's Blush

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.