Saturday, 4 July 2015

Catching Up in Central Oxford

As usual I've managed to get behind with my ID's and records, a testament to how the mothing has improved recently. I've had to stop trapping the last couple of nights just so that I could work my way through all the photos that I've accumulated, trying to ID them all. Since my last post there have too many NFY to mention but of the NFG I've had there has been: Privet Hawkmoth, Beautiful China Mark, Small Elephant Hawkmoth, Ghost Moth and The Sycamore. I also managed my highest ever catch of moths in my central Oxford garden, coming in at 116, of which 38 were Scarlet Tigers! The fact that this record is actually rather low is because of my urban location, my Actinic bulb and my cobbled-together home-made trap. 

A usual I've got quite a few micros which I need assistance with though it's possible that they're too worn for ID.

Ancylis upupana is the closest match though that's supposed to be rare
A rather plain Cherry Bark Tortrix?
Can't seem to find this well-marked specimen
sorry about the angle on this one!
I've also got a couple of grass moths left over from about a month ago that I found in Burgess Field NR by Port Meadow. I'm pretty sure of the first one but need confirmation on the second.

Dichrorampha sequana
Dichrorampha consortana?
 Sorry for the long posting and thanks as ever, Adam Hartley


...from another angle


  1. Hello Adam, I think your garden torts are Lathronympha strigana, Enarmonia formosana, Zeiraphera isertana and at a guess one of Aethes rubigana/cnicana (it would need a better view to ID the last one). Of the Burgess Field moths, yes to sequana but again I wouldn't like to ID the last one from that angle!

    1. Hi Dave, thanks for the prompt reply. I've added a second photo of the last Burgess Field moth from a different angle if it helps though it's not a great photo.


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