Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Burial Park Leaf Mines

I picked up a few leaf mines from the Burial Park this morning; tried looking at the Leafmines website, but I would appreciate some confirmation or assistance. I stuck the leaves in my flatbed scanner for the pics although I can try again with a camera when there's a bit more light around if they're not good enough...

1) On birch, is this Stigmella continuella?
2) On hornbeam; is this Phyllonorycter esperella?

3) This I'm not sure about (birch again)...

4) Another Hornbeam feeder I can't get:

5) One on hazel (shows equally well on both sides of the leaf):

6) Thinking this on blackthorn is Phyllonorycter spinicolella?
 7) On sallow...
8) And a final birch feeder which looks a bit like Phyllonorycter cavella?...

Dave Morris, Seer Green

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Cumnor Hill leaf mines

Plenty of leaf mines found on a weekend visit - Lyonetia clerkella, Stigmella anomalella, catharticella, microtheriella, floslactella, hybnerella & lemniscella, Caloptilia syringella, semifascia & rufipennella, Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae, cerasicolella, schreberella, tristrigella & acerifoliella, Parornix anglicella & devoniella.  Especially nice to find Stigmella catharticella, both because it is a new species for me and because I found the mines on buckthorn I planted here five or so years ago.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Acleris literana

The only thing of any real interest lately has been another A literana last night, following the one i had back in April. In October the NFY's have been Barred Sallow (2nd), Deep-brown Dart (6th), Blair's Shoulder-knot and Black Rustic NFG (7th), Green-brindled Crescent and November Moth  (11th), and finally Red-line Quaker (13th).
Acleris literana 14/10/16
The November Moth was checked, which i didn't find easy. The drawings in the Field Guide make it look like it should be. I found it better to look on the Dissection website for a comparison.

Darren Seaman, Milton Keynes.

Westcott, Bucks

New for the year to the garden actinic trap over the past week have been Acrolepia autumnitella, November Moth, Merveille du Jour (all 8th) and Pale November Moth, Tawny Pinion (both 12th).  Needless to say, the two Novembers underwent the appropriate examination.  Overall numbers have certainly fallen now that Lunar Underwing seems to be heading towards the end of its flight season.  The number of species is still holding up fairly well though, or at least it was until Thursday night when that day's heavy rain showers seemed to make the local ivy blossom unpalatable by dusk (no moths found on it) and only 14 individuals of seven species entered the trap even though the overnight conditions were little different to the previous couple of nights.  However, amongst those seven species were Orange Sallow and Large Wainscot, neither of which are particularly common here.

The previous night (Wednesday 12th) was more typical of recent results:  Scrobipalpa costella (1), Emmelina monodactyla (1), Red-green Carpet (4), Common Marbled Carpet (4), November Moth (1), Pale November Moth (1), Large Yellow Underwing (1), Setaceous Hebrew Character (1), Green-brindled Crescent (1), Black Rustic (2), Tawny Pinion (1), Dark Chestnut (2), Dotted Chestnut (1), Brick (1), Red-line Quaker (3), Beaded Chestnut (6), Lunar Underwing (3), Pink-barred Sallow (1) & Sallow (2).

Acrolepia autumnitella, Westcott 8th October

Tawny Pinion, Westcott 12th October

Dotted Chestnut, Westcott 12th October

Dave Wilton
Westcott, Bucks

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Larva ID help

With the cooler nights my moth numbers have dropped significantly and I still have quite a list of commoner moths I am hoping to see this year (e.g. Brick, Feathered Thorn, any Quakers). However, I was pleased to add Grey Shoulder-knot to my list on Sunday night with a second on Tuesday.

Grey Shoulder-knot

This morning I found this larva on a dead twig beneath an oak tree although it could just as easily have come from the surrounding grasses or other low-growing vegetation. Any help with its identification would be appreciated.

Andy Newbold, Sibford Ferris, Oxon.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Numbers low in Aylesbury

I know i can't compete with the likes of Dave Wilton for numbers and variety as i live on the edge of Aylesbury, but i've noticed quite low numbers of some common species throughout the year. I haven't seen a Large Ranunculus here for two years, or Sallow moth. I was pleased to get everyone's favourite Sunday night, a pristine Merveille Du Jour which was a garden first, and just a sprinkling of the more common species such as Barred Sallow. Dave Maunder
Merveille Du Jour, 10-10-2016

Barred Sallow, 11-10-2016

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Shades of Green

Three of my favourite moth visited last night. The trap was on the highest point in our garden (the ramparts of a fort I'm building for the grandchildren) but I don't know if this helped. I always longed to see a Merveille du Jour in Leeds but never did, though a friend had them regularly in Scarborough. Down here, my first and only one in 2013 came on October 16/17, my first (of several) in 2014 came on October 9/10 and last year, my first (again of several) was on October 10/11.  Consistency, eh. Here's one of them again, left, discussing things dozily with an ichneumon wasp, followed by what I think is be a Large Wainscot, below:

I told the MdJs to head for Westcott as I released them, Dave.

Martin Wainwright, Thrupp, Oxon

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Westcott, Bucks

The only additions to this year's garden list over the past week have been Green-brindled Crescent (3rd), Large Wainscot (6th) and Brick (7th).  Last night's catch, comprising just over 90 moths of 19 species, was fairly typical of the week's results apart from a notable increase in Large Yellow Underwings:  Acleris variegana (1), Nomophila noctuella (1), Emmelina monodactyla (1), Mallow (1), Red-green Carpet (1), Common Marbled Carpet (1), Turnip (1), Large Yellow Underwing (11), Setaceous Hebrew Character (7), Deep-brown Dart (1), Black Rustic (3), Green-brindled Crescent (2), Satellite (1), Brick (1), Red-line Quaker (1), Beaded Chestnut (14), Lunar Underwing (40), Dusky-lemon Sallow (1) & Angle Shades (3).  Lunar Underwing is doing its best but my current cumulative total for the garden stands at only 650, two-thirds of the way through its flight period.  The moth certainly isn't going to break any records here in 2016 (totals for the previous three years have all been above 1,600 and in 2014 they reached 3,570).

Other species seen earlier in the week included Blastobasis lacticolella, Epiphyas postvittana, Eudonia angustea, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Square-spot Rustic, Blair's Shoulder-knot, Pink-barred Sallow, Sallow (not doing at all well here this year) & Pale Mottled Willow, while Yellow-line Quaker has been noticeable by its absence since the end of September.  I still await my first Merveille du Jour of the season.

Brick, Westcott 7th October

Dave Wilton
Westcott, Bucks   

What Tortrix?

Is it possible to put an identification to this faintly marked Pandemis Tortrix?. Any help appreciated.
 Steve Lockey (Garsington)

GMS Lifer!

Ran my garden trap for the Garden Moth Scheme last night; 20% of the moths (ie one) was a lifer for me in the form of Cypress Pug.

Other than that, things have been very quiet of late.

Dave Morris, Seer Green