Wednesday, 13 July 2011

12th July 2011

The final trapping session before a two week break in Lesvos so it was nice to get another addition to the garden list - Lunar-spotted Pinion - as well as several new for the year including the first Bordered Sallow since 2007.

Lunar-spotted Pinion

Bordered Sallow


A tort trapped on 11th July has been identified as the second garden record of Endothenia ericetana:

Monday, 11 July 2011

10th July 2011

A warm and humid night resulted in a huge catch - Chrysoteucha culmella were everywhere and simply uncountable. With several micros still to be identified the eventual total will be over 100 species across the two traps.

The very distinctive crambid Platytes alpinella, normally a coastal species, looks like being new for Huntingdonshire whilst a very pretty Scorched Carpet was new for the garden. The brown form of Agapeta zoegana caused me some grief in identifying it, Lesser Wax Moth was a second for the garden and just the fourth for Hunts, whilst the huge Orthotaelia sparganella was the first here since 2007.

Platytes alpinella

Scorched Carpet

Agapeta zoegana

Lesser Wax Moth

Orthotaelia sparganella

Saturday, 9 July 2011

8th July 2011

Another very damp night produced 5 species new for the year, the best being a beautiful Garden Tiger - the first since 2008 and only the fourth garden record. The biggest surprise though was a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in the MV trap - I've not heard of this species coming to light before. The only other migrant in the trap was the first Rusty Dot Pearl of the year.

This was an unusual colour variation of The Dun-bar:

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

5th July 2011

With heavy rain forecast throughout the night I very nearly didn't put the traps out - in which case I would have missed several year firsts and two garden firsts, one of which was a superb Striped Hawkmoth. This is just the 5th record for the county.

The other garden first was one of the easier torts to identify - it's the first tort illustrated on the UKMoths website - Phtheochroa inopiana:

Another probable migrant, and the first garden record since 2005, was a rather worn Evergestis extimalis:

Sunday, 3 July 2011

3rd July 2011

After numerous failed attempts I finally managed to get some reasonable photos of a Hummingbird Hawkmoth. This one was dashing between clumps of lavender and, for once, hung around long enough for me to get my camera, remember how to change shutter speed, point and click...