|Red-tipped Clearwing, Thrupp Lake 27/06/15|
Plenty of garden firsts recently best of which was a Lackey this morning - never caught it at Lonesome Farm where I expected it and now got one in centre of Didcot! After catching a total of at least 5 different Toadflax Brocades earlier in the year it is nice to find the larvae on my straggly Common Toadflax (grown from seed recently) and sparse potted Purple Toadflax. Interestingly, nightly checks show that the caterpillars appear to be being predated quite heavily.
Local movement truly in action over last couple of weeks as well with Royal Mantle, Festoon and Ruddy Carpet all picked up at CEH Wallingford, the first two in my 'roof trap' located to try and intercept migrants. Ruddy Carpet is now the second individual in 3 years in the Rothamsted trap. Also Kent Black Arches and Beautiful Snout at Sutton Courtenay (BBOWT's Environmental Education Centre) - the latter of which I have never seen locally before.
|Beautiful Snout, Sutton Courtenay 01/07/15|
Other interesting record = one which I'm sure Martin Harvey can say more about, but after confirmation by Peter Hall through genitalia examination is I think a VC 22 first in my Didcot garden - Platyedra subcinerea. I have had several so it seems there is a good colony round here somewhere. Only very tiny amount of mallow in garden but the gardens nearby have lots of Hollyhocks. Marc Botham, Didcot
|Platyedra subcinerea, Didcot - late May 2015.|