Friday, 23 June 2017

Bernwood on Wednesday Night

Two different areas of Bernwood Forest, Bucks were surveyed on the shortest night (following the hottest day) of the year, Dave in Oakley Wood and Peter in Hell Coppice.  The final species total is still a work in progress, but when both the macro and the micro totals on the combined list each pass 100 species you know you've had a reasonably good session!  The micros were dominated by Archips xylosteana and Tortrix viridana with 1,000+ individuals of each, while Aleimma loeflingiana and Archips podana were also-rans with 300+ each.  Wading past all those made it interesting - to put it mildly - trying to pick out the others but we persevered.  Amongst those of particular interest as far as Bernwood is concerned were Monopis crocicapitellaEthmia dodecea, Olindia schumacherana, Gypsonoma minutana, Grapholita janthinana, Schoenobius gigantella & Elegia similella which were all new to the site.  It was also good to see Notocelia tetragonana again at the only spot it has ever been recorded in Bucks.  The Bernwood list currently exceeds 900 species, more than 800 of which have been seen by us during our regular surveying there over the past nine years.

Notocelia tetragonana, Oakley Wood 21st June (Dave Wilton)

Gypsonoma minutana, Oakley Wood 21st June (Dave Wilton)

Macro abundance was of course far lower and, without trying too hard to work out all the totals, Coronet seems to have topped the list with 30 individuals seen.  Scarlet Tiger visited each trap, as did Orange Moth and Rosy Footman, while we also had such nice species as Poplar Lutestring, Large Emerald, Little Emerald, Plain Wave, Satin Beauty, Barred Red, White Satin, Red-necked Footman, Four-dotted Footman, Purple Clay, Grey Arches, Minor Shoulder-knot, Scarce Silver-lines & Blackneck amongst many others.  Of the Bernwood specialities we got a double-digit count of Small Black Arches, all looking nice and fresh, but the eight examples of Common Fan-foot were rather worn and the moth seemed to have passed its peak already.  Unfortunately Triangle failed to show this time but we're sure it was up in the tops of the oaks under which we trapped, probably laughing at our efforts to entice it down!

Large Emerald, Hell Coppice 21st June (Peter Hall)

Orange Moth, Hell Coppice 21st June (Peter Hall)

Peter Hall & Dave Wilton

Recent evenings during the heatwave

A few recent updates from back garden in East Oxford. The heatwave brought some nice new additions to the garden list including Maiden's Blush and the rather impressive Schoenobius gigantella (18 June), Scorched Wing and Blue-bordered Carpet (20 June) and a beautiful Scarce Silver-lines on 21 June. The heatwave also coincided with large emergence of Scarlet Tigers, with (for me) record numbers including 34 on 17th, 63 on 18th, 69 on 19th, 30 on 20th and an amazing 93 on 21st, the latter really quite an unforgettable sight!

 Maiden's Blush (18 June 2017)
 Scorched Wing (20 June 2017)
 Scarce Silver-lines (21 June)
A few of many Scarlet Tigers - fascinating variation

Another night at the museum.

Left a light at the musuem again to see what was left of the hot spell.

NFY were Dun-bar, Coronet, Barred Straw, Fan-footed Wave, Small Emerald, Blotched Emerald, Pretty Chalk Carpet, Buff Arches, Burnished Brass, Wax Moth, Mother of Pearl and Brown China Mark.

I'd appreciate it if someone could help with this Wainscot:

And these micros:

Dave Morris, Chalfont St Giles

Red-necked Footman

I had this lovely Red-necked Footman on wednesday night, the first for my Garden, also couple of Micros i need help with.
First is Endothenia, and with a 9mm FL am i ok with recording as gentianaeana? I did check all my teasel heads in the garden but no sign of any Larvae were found.
Second i think is Lampronia corticella (Raspberry Moth) 6mm FL. can't find an exact match.
Third I'm clueless, a Gelechiidae?
Red-necked Footman
Thanks in advance,
Darren Seaman, Milton Keynes.

micro IDs please

these I either haven't been able to find or am less confident about

1. Archips podana - Large fruit Tree Tortrix male?

2. unknown - tried my bird dropping moth book, micro moths and the Manley book

3. Ptycholomoides aeriferana?

4. unknown - assuming it's a Crambid but I can't find a match

5. Scoparia pyralella

Mark Griffiths, Garsington, Oxford

Ephestia woodiella ?

Are these both examples of Ephestia woodiella previously known as E. unicolorella?

Both found in  my living room in N. London after leaving the light on.


A couple of queries from Wednesday nights catch

A couple of queries from Wednesday nights trapping session in Longwick. The first is a plume - possibly pallidactyla? (I appreciate its not a great shot as the light was low!). The second is I assume a minor - perhaps a form of Cloaked Minor I have not seen before? Finally I added a record shot of yesterdays beautiful Snout which really wouldn't stay still for meaningful photography - I do wonder where it came from - it was very fresh.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Heatwave moths at Westcott

Concluding the moths caught here in the garden during the 'heatwave' of the past few days, I've added the following to the year-list:

19th June
Argyresthia glaucinella, Apotomis betuletana, Rhopobota naevana, Grapholita funebrana, Acrobasis consociella, Acrobasis suavella, Pleuroptya ruralis, July Highflyer, Scalloped Oak, Yellow-tail, Southern Wainscot, Reddish Light Arches, Clouded Brindle.
20th June
Argyresthia brockeella, Crassa unitella, Carcina quercana, Limnaecia phragmitella, Oegoconia deauratella, Epinotia signatana, Eucosma obumbratana, Grapholita janthinana, Orthopygia glaucinalis, Anania coronata, Drinker, Shark, Blackneck.
21st June
Cosmopterix scribaiella, Ethmia dodeceaBlastodacna hellerella, Phtheochroa inopiana, Aethes beatricella, Lozotaeniodes formosana, Brown Scallop, Lime Hawk-moth, White Satin, Kent Black Arches, Double Dart, Olive, Double Lobed, Silver Hook.

The Argyresthia glaucinella, Cosmopterix scribaiella, Oegoconia deauratella, Aethes beatricella & Southern Wainscot are awaiting dissection but I'm happy that's what they'll prove to be.  The Southern Wainscot will actually be a new addition to the garden list but the specimen was a little battered and the obvious stripes on the front of the thorax were missing.  Another new addition to the list was the Cosmopterix.  I expected it to be zieglerella because we have hop in the garden, but the photo below, taken in very poor light only a few minutes ago, suggests that it is actually the much rarer scribaiella which would almost certainly be a first for Bucks.  Silver Hook appeared in the garden in 2015 and was then the first post-millennium record for the county.  That another should appear here this year suggests that there may be a breeding colony somewhere locally. 

Southern Wainscot, Westcott 19th June

Cosmopterix scribaiella, Westcott 21st June

Silver Hook, Westcott 21st June
Dave Wilton
Westcott, Bucks 

Micro confirmations please

I'm now working my way through the micro backlog.

I think I have

Aphelia paleana

Eudonia lacustrata (two examples)

 Mompha ochraceela

Mark Griffiths, Garsington, Oxford

A few micros for advice

Having just about sorted last night's catch with about 115 species and quite a few new for the garden,
I am left with a few questions.
The first was dead. About 16mm in length.
The pale Tortrix was about 7mm long.
The plume had a wingspan of 18mm. I wondered about Buckleria paludum?
Finally Stathmopoda pedella - included just because I thought it was a bit unusual and rather nice.
Any help with the other 3 most welcome as I am going seriously cross-eyed looking at moths!

Andy Newbold Sibford Ferris Oxon

Four-dotted Footman

Phew!  Overrun by moths stampeding to get out of the trap this morning and still trying to retrieve some from the darker corners of my kitchen.  103 species so far (and a few more still to ID) but the best was a Four-dotted Footman, a first for this site:

Richard Ellis

Banbury, Oxfordshire

Another good night in my Banbury garden last night (21/06) with 43 species of which 8 are NFG. New species included Scarlet Tiger, Scarce Silver-lines, Small Elephant Hawk-moth (overdue and last of the common Hawk-moths), Red-necked Footman and Beautiful Hook-tip.

Tim Clark, Banbury

Surprise in the Longwick trap

Sorry - no photo but I decided to put the trap out last night given the likely end of the good weather. I had to be in work early so really had to just pot what looked interesting and dash out the door. Sadly the micros didn't get the attention they deserved. Having waded through 19 Scarlet Tigers I was surprised to see a Beautiful Snout on the trap side. New for me - I am guessing the nearest bilberry must be somewhere like Turville Heath?

More new ones in the garden.

After yesterday's "new for garden", today I had my first Oak Nycteoline for the garden and more unusually a Blackneck... only ever seen this species before on a trapping session deep in the reedbeds of Otmoor.

(Also NFY were Common Footman, Common Carpet and V-Pug).

Also the Burial Park weekly trap had its first ever Common Lutestring - not sure if it flew there from my garden! And NFY July Highflier.

Dave Morris, Seer Green

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Rhodophaea formosa and a few queries

From last night's garden haul, below are a few of the micros. I think this first one is Rhodophaea formosa (it looks very similar to the one in Steve Lackey's earlier post, fw 11mm).

And can I just check that this little character is Psyche casta?

I think the moth below must be Crassa unitella?

Finally, is the insect below (fw 5mm) a moth or something completely different?

All help much appreciated.
Steve Trigg, Cookham

Could this be a gem?

I think this somewhat tired individual is a Gem even though the white dot does not have a black centre. F/w 12mm. I had one in 2013.

Dave Ferguson, Beaconsfield

Marlow Bottom 20/06/17

My garden trap last night produced 97 identifiable species of which 50 were macros.  In addition to the Altenia scriptella noted in my previous post, Cochylis hybridella was also new for my garden list.  I trapped both Scarlet Tiger and Nephopterix angustella again (and two more Mocha), though I had moved the trap to a slightly different location.  My local population of Recurvaria nanella are on the wing again and a single specimen came to light.

I was briefly confused last night by a quite well marked but small Pug (wing span 15mm), though this morning in better light it was clearly a runt Green Pug.  It was similar in size if not smaller than the 3 Haworth's Pugs that also arrived.

I failed to pot a  Pseudatemelia sp, assuming at the time it was josephinae, forgetting that there are confusion species! (I must trap more!).  Also, I often get one or two of these Monopis sp.  They look to me like obviella, as the dorsal stripe seems very yellow and the wings look reasonably solid black.  What do others think? I've never had one that looks that much different and may be crocicapitella, though I've never checked the hind wing.

Cochylis hybridella
Recurvaria nanella
Haworth's Pug
Pseudatemelia sp
Monopis presumed obviella
Adam Bassett