Monday, 25 March 2019

Further new species

Four more species turned up over the past two nights, taking this year's garden list past 50 already.  On Saturday night I joined the Dotted Chestnut club and had Engrailed as well, while last night brought Streamer and Powdered Quaker.

Engrailed, Westcott 23rd March

Streamer, Westcott 24th March

Powdered Quaker, Westcott 24th March

Dave Wilton
Westcott, Bucks

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Dotted Chestnut

This Dotted Chestnut turned up in Merton, Oxon last night, first time recorded in my trap.
Also this Ypsolopha mucronella?

Lead-coloured Drab?

Like Mark I have always been reluctant to claim this moth as it and the Clouded  vary so much but this morning I think I have at last got an  obvious example.

Steve Lockey (Garsington)                                                                                                    

Clouded Drab?

I was hoping this might be a Lead-coloured Drab but I think it's probably a Clouded Drab. I can't see the antennae. Still lots of Common Quakers, the first Oak Beauty appeared yesterday and the first Early Grey today.

Mark Griffiths, Garsington, Oxford.

Friday, 22 March 2019

COAM First Trapping of the Year

Left a light on at COAM last night.

163 moths of 15 species; best of the bunch was a single Dotted Chestnut; also new for the year Brindled Pug, Twin-spotted Quaker, Clouded Drab, Brindled Beauty and Early Thorn.

Dave Morris
Chalfont St Giles

Added rubbish photo...

Dotted Chestnut

Finally a night that was relatively mild, still and with enough cloud to reduce the moonlight resulted in a better catch. 15 species including Early Thorn, Acleris literana, Eudonia angustea - all new for the year. The highlight for me was this Dotted Chestnut.

At present our lawn is covered with ash seeds that at dawn look a bit like moths especially Dotted Chestnuts. It was a pleasant surprise to get the real thing.

I know that Dotted Chestnut are spreading but I don't know what their present status is in this area particularly Oxfordshire. Are others catching them and how often?

Andy Newbold, Sibford Ferris, Oxon.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Spring has sprung

News from the nursery: a great-grandchild of the Empress which left me eggs in May 2014 has emerged at a neighbouring family's house where some of last year's caterpillars found an adoptive home. And a narrowboat-dwelling neighbour is going great guns with Silk Moths - Bombyx mori she says - which live on a curious dark green mush-concentrate and may one day provide the whole of Thrupp with silk pyjamas, hankies or possibly just floss.  Martin Wainwright, Thrupp, Oxon

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Possible Mottled Grey

I had this moth in my trap in Beenham Berks last night (19th March). Initially I thought that it was an Engrailed, but am now wondering if it could be a Mottled Grey? Any thoughts?

Thanks Derek

The smartest Orthosia

Amongst 16 species, last night's garden catch included Acleris literana, Double-striped Pug and, best of all, a nice fresh Blossom Underwing which were all new for the year.  I also had my second example of Ypsolopha mucronella this month and this one stayed around long enough to be photographed.

Ypsolopha mucronella, Westcott 19th March

Acleris literana, Westcott 19th March

Blossom Underwing, Westcott 19th March

Dave Wilton
Westcott, Bucks

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Turnip for the books

The best garden result of the year so far, with not far short of 100 moths brought to the conservatory windows last night by the twin-30wt actinic light.  I had to keep going out to pot them up during the first few hours because our local Brown Long-eared Bat population was particularly active and they would keep coming right up to the windows.  Perhaps it is time to start running a normal trap once again! 

The moths included three species new for the year, Caloptilia rufipennella, Oak Nycteoline and an unexpected Turnip.  This is the first time I've had Turnip so early (prior to last night the earliest being 3rd May 2007) and is suggestive of a migrant rather than a home-grown example, but who really knows in these strange times?!

Oak Nycteoline, Westcott 15th March

Turnip Moth, Westcott 15th March

The full list was Caloptilia rufipennella (1), Agonopterix heracliana (3), Agonopterix ocellana (1), Emmelina monodactyla (2), March Moth (4), Oak Beauty (1), Turnip Moth (1), Small Quaker (8), Lead-coloured Drab (5), Common Quaker (36), Clouded Drab (20), Twin-spotted Quaker (4), Hebrew Character (6), Satellite (1) & Oak Nycteoline (2).

Dave Wilton
Westcott, Bucks

Friday, 15 March 2019

Unknown Moth Larva

Unknown Moth Larvae


Found this larva in the garden today, any idea as to ID?