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.



Friday, 7 July 2017

6th July 2017

A continuing run of very warm nights has meant large numbers of moths in the traps, many new for the year and many turning up weeks earlier than normal. A very smart Assara terrebrella is a new garden record and a rather worn but distinctive micro proved to be Gelechia sororculella, another new tick. Small Wainscot was only the second garden record and the rather pretty Scorched Carpet just the third.







Sunday, 2 July 2017

1st July 2017

A lovely Small Marbled was the highlight of a very busy night for the MV trap - this is the first garden record and only the third for the county.