Sunday, 20 August 2017

Flame Shoulder check

From Thursday night's catch this Flame Shoulder looked quite different to the one it happened to be next to. I realise the chance of it being a Radford's Flame Shoulder is almost nil but would appreciate confirmation. The third image is the underside of the dead moth with the wings removed.

Other than this the catch consisted of 40 species but with relatively large numbers of the commoner moths. 70 Large Yellow Underwing, 25 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 25 Flame Shoulder and 45 Setaceous Hebrew Character.

Andy Newbold, Sibford Ferris, Oxon.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Slow-down... (plus New Forest queries)

I'm hoping for some good catches in Wolvercote, Oxfordshire, in what seems to be a promised heatwave in the next few days, but over recent weeks, things have slowed down considerably. Catches have been OK, but not especially numerous; they have included a few interesting or spectacular species, including several Red Underwings, a couple of Dark Sword-grasses (by no means an annual species here) and several occurences of Nephopterix angustella, which has only previously occurred once, in 2015.

Presumed Nephopterix angustella, 9/8/17
Micros haven't been that numerous, though the one below, approximately 7-8mm long, has me baffled so far - and suggestions would be gratefully received.

Unknown micro, 12/8/17
And with apologies for going out-of-region: my wife and I managed a brief visit to the New Forest in late July, and I managed to use a highly portable safari trap (which I also took to Corfu earlier this summer) to catch a few local specialities - notably (for me) Oak Hook-tip and Rosy Footman, plus the two individuals below: the micro is either a Crambus pascuella or a Crambus silvella, the latter apparently being very much a New Forest and east Dorset speciality; and the macro looks to me like a Beautiful Brocade, which would be a new species to me. Again, any confirmations or other suggestions would be very welcome.

Crambus pascuella or silvella, Brockenhurst, New Forest, 1/8/17

Possible Beautiful Brocade, Brockenhurst, New Forest, 31/7/17
Steve Goddard (with apologies for the photos: having a little trouble with my camera...)

Vine's Rustic?

A Vine's Rustic, I would have thought, but with rather unusual markings.  Comments or suggestions welcomed!

Richard Ellis

First for Benson garden

This Black Arches was beside the trap this morning but laying upside down with its feet in the air. Seems undamaged apart from worn and wonder what, if anything, could have killed it.

This is turning into a remarkable year for moths. I have had to date 15 new species in my garden in Beenham Berks including a Clifden Nonpareil last night. After 13 years of trapping this is very unusual - in contrast I had only 1 new sps last year. My garden list now stands at 353 macro-moths. Are other people having the same experience?

Friday, 18 August 2017

Worn Snout?

Just wanted to check this wasn't anything more interesting

Mark Griffiths, Garsington, Oxford

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Scarce Bordered Straw

A Scarce Bordered Straw last night, not a regular visitor but seen here previously in 2006 and 2015:

Also what I assume must be a very small Turnip with a FW length of just 15mm.  It does have plain white hind wings so I can't think what else it could be:

Others of possible interest seen here over the last week or so were male Gypsy Moths on 09 and 15 August and a pristine Jersey Tiger on 11 August.

Richard Ellis

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Some kind of pug?

Please can someone tell me the name of this moth which visited us in Speen last night.

Six-belted Clearwing

Having caught Six-belted and other Clearwing species back in June this year I hadn't anticipated seeing another one this year - they weren't on my radar at all. However, today while walking my butterfly transect on Bushy Bank near Wallingford I came across and watched a female flying about testing out suitable Lotus plants and laying eggs. Hardly ever see clearwings without a lure so this was  a real treat. I then found a Hornet Robberfly which I don't see often either.

Marc Botham, Didcot

Oak Processionary in Cookham

In last night's garden trap, this worn individual appeared. A male Oak Processionary, which I recognised from the picture posted by Greg Keith back on 2nd August.

There were 91 moths in the trap comprising 37 species, with only Vine's Rustic and Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing reaching double figures and very few micros. New moths for the year included Orange Swift, Clay Triple-lines, Maple Prominent, Toadflax Brocade, Centre-barred Sallow, Copper Underwing and Straw Underwing.

Steve Trigg, Cookham

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Confirmations please

I think I have these right - all new for the year

I think I have

2x White-point

Turnip Moth (white hindwings)

Square-spot Rustic

Mark Griffiths, Garsington, Oxford

Monday, 14 August 2017

Micro help

Help needed please with this micro. A few I've considered but I would be guessing. Thankyou.

Steve Lockey (Garsington)

Indoor Mothing

My "indoor moth list" increased by 1 today, with the first Hummingbird Hawk-moth I've seen in the UK for about 5 years, in the ticket office at COAM today. It disappeared after about 15 minutes of banging its head against the window, so I hope it made it outside safely.

Also added to the same list was a brace of Pyrausta aurata in my kitchen over the weekend.

Dave Morris

Couple of Longwick Queries

Having returned from a holiday to Norfolk it was interesting to see a subtle change in the traps with more second brood examples of commoner species appearing. A couple of queries are pictured here. Firstly a 6mm length micro ( a gelechid?) and the next a Plume which seems pretty common this weekend.

Whilst away I happened to check the Norfolk Butterfly Conservation website and went along to a moth trap opening morning at Home NOA. Well worth looking out for such events as I got to meet a few enthusiasts and see a different set of moths such as Shore Wainscot, Twin Spot Wainscot and Platytes Alpinella. What was interesting was that both Oak Processionary and Sharp Angled Peacock were seen there too. Apparently the next moth which is experiencing a big increase is L-Album Wainscot as a whole range of species apparently establish themselves in London and then move north along the milder coasts of Essex and Suffolk more quickly than progress inland?

Phaulernis fulviguttella

Last night I caught what I thought initially might be Phaulernis fulviguttella. The yellow head and forward pointing antennae were very distinctive in life and the size seemed about right. Unfortunately it was a most uncooperative individual and I could not get it to settle long enough to get a photo. 20mins in the fridge or a couple of minutes in the freezer didn't help and then I managed to kill it with a longer spell in the freezer and the wings had to be prised apart to get a photo of the upper side which rather damaged the markings.

I am also not clear as to the current status of Phaulernis fulviguttella. The field guide describes it as common, UK moths as reasonably common but some of the County websites have it as Nationally Scarce B with few recent records.
I doubt whether the photos are good enough for identification but any suggestions would be welcome and I do still have the moth if it would be worth examining further.

Andy Newbold, Sibford Ferris, Oxon.