(13th August) Ypsolopha horridella, Epinotia ramella, Lathronympha strigana, Achroia grisella
(17th August) Small Mottled Willow
(18th August) Pammene aurita, Small Waved Umber, Bulrush Wainscot
(21st August) Agriphila geniculea, Cypress Pug
(22nd August) Cameraria ohridella, Oncocera semirubella, Cabbage Moth, Webb's Wainscot
|Ypsolopha horridella, Westcott 13th August|
|Cypress Pug, Westcott 21st August|
I mentioned Webb's Wainscot as a good candidate for the garden list only last week and it was brilliant that one should obligingly turn up so quickly! That's the second new macro-moth here for 2016. Oncocera semirubella was also new for the garden and will have wandered in from the Chilterns, where its spread over the past few years has been nothing short of phenomenal.
|Webb's Wainscot, Westcott 22nd August|
|Oncocera semirubella, Westcott 22nd August|
Last night (22nd) was definitely a good night for numbers too, with 350 individuals of just short of 80 species caught, not including the little Water Veneer Acentria ephemerella of which there were at least 100 flapping around in the grass around the trap when I checked it just before midnight. They in turn were outnumbered by a very small (circa 5mm length) reddish-black ground beetle of which there were swarms both inside and outside the trap. They were considerably smaller than the dung beetle Aphodius rufipes, of which I also had about 20. The most numerous macro-moth here at the moment is Small Square-spot (43 last night), followed by Brimstone Moth (36), Straw Dot (20) & Flame Shoulder (19). Large Yellow Underwing is finally showing signs of an increase with 15 last night, which I'm fairly sure stands as this year's highest nightly total for me so far, but Square-spot Rustic hasn't really got going at all here yet.