Friday, 26 November 2010

August 2010 pt 2

Parornix anglicella 13th August:

Bucculatrix bechsteinella 16th August (2nd garden record):

Tinea dubiella 20th August (1st county record):

Cosmiotes stabilella 27th August (1st garden record):

August 2010 pt 1

Dissections from August.

Scrobipalpa atriplicella 2nd August (2nd garden record):

Ectoedemia louisella 9th August (1st garden record):
Bucculatrix albedinella 9th August (1st garden record):

Epinotia tenerana 9th August (1st garden record):

Phyllonorycter spinicolella 11th August (1st garden record):

July 2010 pt 2

Oegoconia deauratella 13th July:

Celypha rosaceana 13th July (1st garden record):

Coleophora lutipennella (19th July):

Aethes cnicana 19th July (2nd garden record):

Spilonota laricana 21st July (1st garden record):

Gelechia nigra 27th July (2nd county record):

July 2010 pt 1

July identifications from dissection.

Coleophora conyzae 7th July (1st county record):

Argyresthia cupressella 7th July (2nd county record):

Epinotia abbreviana 7th July:

Coleophora luscianipennella 7th July (2nd garden record):

Coleophora argentula 8th July:

An unusual form of female Cnephasia longana 10th July:

Coleophora therinella 11th July:

Thursday, 25 November 2010

June 2010

Results from the June micro dissections:

14/6 Elachista humilis (2nd garden record):

17/6 - Coleophora caespititiella:

May 2010

I've just had the results of moth dissections for the year back from my county recorder. They add over 50 species to the year list (now 485), an impressive 15 species are new to the garden list (now at 718) and 3 are new to the county. Where I have photos of species not previously posted I'll post them here under the month in which they were trapped.

Nemapogon granella (new county record):

Cosmiotes freyerella:

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

18th November 2010

By interesting coincidence this moth was at the same upstairs window as the Acleris logiana from last week. By further coincidence it is the second garden record of Scarce Umber - the first record was trapped at the same window 4 years ago.

13th November 2010

Attracted to an upstairs window this tort proved by gen det to be the second county record of Acleris logiana.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

12th November 2010

A small let-up in the cold/wet/windy conditions overnight tempted me to put the trap out. Just two moths - The Brick and a nice form of Dark Chestnut.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

5th November 2010

On what may well have been one of the last trapping nights of the year it poured with rain but was warm and the strong wind of the past few days dropped. Just three moths made it to the trap - Feathered Thorn, November Moth and The Sprawler, the latter being just the third garden record and the first since 2006.

Friday, 1 October 2010

30th September 2010

The first Grey Shoulder-knot here since 2008 was the highlight of a couple of nights where temperatures increased and moth numbers recovered. Several species were new for the year and there was a second garden record of Orange Sallow, one year and one day after the first. Unfortunately it was even more worn than last year's individual.

Grey Shoulder-knot:

Saturday, 11 September 2010

10th September 2010

A late Caloptilia robustella was new for the year in last night's catch and only the second garden record. Also new for the year were Black Rustic and Beaded Chestnut.

Caloptilia robustella:

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

6th September 2010

Just the third garden record of Pyrausta despicata made putting the trap out on a warm, rainy and windy night worthwhile.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

3rd September 2010

Another cool and cloudless night produced another catch with few species. Centre-barred Sallow was new for the year but a pristine Antler Moth took pride of place and is new to the garden list.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

21st August 2010

Atrocious weather conditions overnight meant thoroughly drenched traps but a surprisingly good catch. Epinotia ramella, the dark form, becomes the 700th moth on the garden list whilst Webb's Wainscot and a late Broad-barred White were both new for the year.

Epinotia ramella f. costana:

Webb's Wainscot:

Saturday, 21 August 2010

20th August 2010

662 moths of 75 species was a considerable improvement on recent days despite a strong breeze throughout the night. Only two species were new for the year although a ting Stigmella sp. will be a garden first but requires dissection.

Oak Hook-tip, 1st since 2006:

Campion, 1st since 2007:

Cydia splendana, dark form:

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

16th August 2010

A second garden record of Square-spotted Clay was the highlight of another busy night (400+ moths of 63 species), along with 2nd garden record of Six-striped Rustic. Gold Spot was the fourth record this year and there was a fifth White-point.

Square-spotted Clay:

Six-striped Rustic:

Monday, 16 August 2010

15th August 2010

Still in the doldrums before the autumn species arrive so most traps are rather unexciting. Setaceous Hebrew Character numbers are building with nearly a third of the total catch of 360 moths being SHC; total species was down to just 42. The only real highlight was a first record of Ypsolopha parenthesella for the garden.

Monday, 9 August 2010

8th August 2010

The arrival of two further White-points, this time fully-winged individuals, lends weight to my theory that they are breeding locally, I think, especially as other migrants are very thin on the ground. Having said that there was also a Rusty Dot Pearl in the trap this morning and I was surprised to see that it is the first recorded here since 2008. The highlight however was the first Mompha propinquella for the garden.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

6th August 2010

A White-point was the only addition to the year list from a busy night although the 2nd Ear sp of the year looks substantially different to the first (larger and plainer) (Edit: identified by gen.det. as Saltern Ear). The White-point has one deformed wing which presumably hinders flight and makes me doubt its migrant status.

White-point (4th garden record):

Saltern Ear:

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

3rd August 2010

We seem to be alternating warm and cold nights at the moment. Last night was warm (and wet) and resulted in over 500 moths of 91 species. A second garden record of Agapeta zoegana was the highlight with an Ear species which will have to wait for determination (edit: identified by gen.det. as Ear Moth).

Agapeta zoegana:

Ear Moth:

Monday, 2 August 2010

1st August 2010

After a couple of cool nights producing disappointing catches to close down July, August started with a muggy night and 380 moths of just under 100 species. There were several year firsts and another tort new for the garden, Zeiraphera ratzeburgiana:

Third garden record of one of my favourite moths, Latticed Heath: