Monday, 10 August 2015

Just like London buses... wait half a lifetime then loads turn up at once.  Last night I was quite pleased (understatement!) to find that it was the turn of my garden at Westcott, Bucks to be graced by a Ni Moth.  Other newcomers for the year were Borkhausenia fuscescens, Endothenia quadrimaculana, Clavigesta purdeyi, Pammene aurana, Dusky Thorn & Small Rufous.  Endothenia quadrimaculana is completely new to the garden list and seems to be quite a rare species in Bucks, this being only about the sixth county record of a species which the field guide reckons is 'common'.

Ni Moth, Westcott 9th August

Endothenia quadrimaculana, Westcott 9th August

Dave Wilton


  1. Nice catch, Dave - maybe we'll get a second brood in the autumn!

  2. Might these not already be second brood? Quite a few came in earlier in the year and they look pretty fresh. Still never seen a wild one - they have loads here for experiments as, like many other euro migrants, they are a pest species in their native grounds, but never caught one. Once more very envious - you seem to be right in a migration route :).

    1. I suspect you are correct about these being home-bred examples now as they seem to be turning up everywhere. I haven't been through last night's trap yet but I can see yet another Bordered Straw in there and I'm sure that'll also be the off-spring of migrants from earlier in the year. Our garden does seem to get more than its fair share of those migrants which get this far inland (not as good as Fernham, of course!) but I suspect it would be so much better if we lived on top of the hill behind us. I don't see the Rothschilds selling up any time soon, though...


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