Friday, 17 July 2015

Another day, another county first

Despite excellent conditions (with the thunderstorms passing us by!) it was a pretty average night here at Westcott, Bucks last night with about 130 species caught in the garden.  New for the year were Udea ferrugalis (the only migrant), Least Carpet, Cloaked Minor & Dusky Sallow but the star attraction was another pyralid, Synaphe punctalis, which appears to be a first for Bucks.  The species is established around the southern and eastern coastal areas of the UK but is presumably now starting to make inroads well inland.

Synaphe punctalis, Westcott 16th July

Dusky Sallow, Westcott 16th July

Cloaked Minor, Westcott 16th July

I also had yet another Double Dart (my fourth garden record of 2015) and Lesser Cream Wave appeared again too for the third time this year.  Other newcomers over the past few days have included Ypsolopha dentella, Roeslerstammia erxlebella, Recurvaria leucatella, Small Rivulet, Privet Hawk-moth, Slender Brindle (all 12th), Calamotropha paludella, Shaded Broad-bar (both 13th), Eucosma campoliliana (14th) and Plutella porrectella (15th).

Dave Wilton


  1. Your white window sill has gone a bit green

  2. The leaf looks just as false as the white background, doesn't it? I tried to offer a bit of variety, though, by turning the leaf over for the middle image. I'm sure the white background will be making a return appearance...


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