Saturday, 31 May 2014

Steady stream

The last couple of nights in Wolvercote, Oxon, have returned to reasonable numbers of individuals and species: enough to take a while to work through. The 29th brought our first Eyed Hawkmoth of the year (only our second ever), and a garden record of six Poplar Hawkmoths, as well as the year's first Common Wave; and the 30th brought two Telechrysis tripuncta, possibly suggesting there's a reasonable-sized local population, plus the year's first Blood Veins and Straw Dot. We think it also brought our first (appropriately-named) Uncertain of the year, plus a Mottled Beauty and a Small Clouded Brindle (judging by the white-outlined kidney spot), which would be a garden first.

Presumed  Mottled Beauty, 30/5/14

Presumed Small Clouded Brindle, 30/5/14

Uncertain living up to its name, 30/5/14

Inevitably there are some we're not so sure of: what I think may be an Epiblema scutulana (similar, to my eye, to a Notocelia cynosbatella, but the head isn't obviously yellow and the wing-pattern is different); a possible rather washed-out Grass Rivulet; and what looks like a Cochylimorpha straminea, though there are alarming number of similar species in the micro-moth Field Guide.

Possible Epiblema scutulana, 30/5/14

Possible Grass Rivulet, 30/5/14

Possible Cochylimorpha straminea, 30/5/14
And I'm afraid there are several we're very unclear on: one which may well not be a moth at all (but is rather a pretty insect); and an unfamiliar micro and macro, both of which I've searched for in vain in books and on the Flying Tonight website. As ever, we're very grateful for all confirmations and suggestions. Steve and Xander Goddard.

:Possibly not a moth at all

Unknown micro, 30/5/14

Unknown macro, 30/5/14


  1. Your first one looks like some type of caddisfly to me. For the other two try Scrobipalpa costella and Clouded-bordered Brindle.


  2. Many thanks, Tim -- those both look good, and I'm strongly inclined to concede re. the caddis fly. Any thoughts on the other ones I *did* have some sort of idea on?

  3. Mottled Beauty
    Small Clouded Brindle
    Uncertain or Rustic, I wouldn't like to say which!
    Epiblema trimaculata/E. Rosaecolana - I'm leaning toward the latter.
    Grass Rivulet
    Cochylimphora straminea


  4. That's great -- many thanks, Tim.

  5. Your Epiblema is rosaecolana and I'd like to suggest your Uncertain may be a Vine's Rustic.

  6. Certainly not an Uncertain and certainly a Vines. Flight period is often a useful guide. Vines has 2 broods May-June and Aug-Sept (more or less) and Uncertain has one from about mid June to about mid August (by which time they are mostly pretty battered). Rustic starts a little later than Uncertain. The second brood of Vines is often mistaken for Rustic.


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