Thursday, 30 June 2011

27th June 2011

The busiest night of the year so far with temperatures not dipping below 17C. Several moths were new for the year, two of which had been recorded in the garden only once previously.

Beautiful Hook-tip, first since 2005:

Rhopobota naevana, first for 2 years:

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

26th June 2011

Two species in the trap last night that hadn't been seen here for at least 2 years. A slightly battered Dusky Brocade, a moth that has never been particularly frequent locally, was last trapped in 2009. A pristine and surprisingly green Zeiraphera isertana was only the second garden record, the first was in 2008.

Zeiraphera isertana

Dusky Brocade

25th June 2011

Udea prunalis was the first one trapped here since 2007.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

21st June 2011

Whilst it was a warm, damp night moth numbers were lower than I had hoped for, presumably because of the continuing strong winds. Still, several species were new for the year including the first Lackey since 2008.

Friday, 17 June 2011

15th June 2011

Over 80 species made for a very busy morning before going off to work. Several species were new for the year, including the first Heart & Club since 2009, but best of the lot was a new micro for the garden list - Carpatolechia fugitivella.

Heart & Club:

Spilonota ocellana:

Friday, 3 June 2011

2nd June 2011

Despite warm and dry weather for the past few weeks the wind has just been too strong to favour clearwing trapping. For the first time the wind dropped and conditions were perfect. I put out the TIP lure in the hope of attracting Currant Clearwing and sure enough, after about 40 minutes two males turned up. Another first for the garden and the 6th clearwing species.

1st June 2011

June was off to a great start on Wedenesday night with 260+ moths of 74 species with a couple of micros still to be identified. Lots of species were new for the year but Epinotia demarniana was new for the garden - the first addition to the list so far this year.

Epinotia demarniana:

Aleimma loflingiana:

Tortrix viridana: