Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Not bad for September

Last night (5th September) was pretty productive here in Wolvercote, Oxfordshire: as well as large numbers of ladybirds (mostly Harlequins by the look of it, I regret to say) and shieldbugs, we had our first Vestal since 2013, a very spruce Old Lady and an Udea ferrugalis (so not bad from an immigrant moth species perspective.

Vestal, 5/9/16

Old Lady, 5/9/16

Udea ferrugalis, 5/9/16
Large Yellow Underwings and (like Martin in Thrupp) Lesser Treble-bars in numbers (well, twelve), too: the latter species seems to be having a very good year. The individual below I'm not at all sure about, but wouldn't be surprised if it turned out to be a commonish species lacking particular markings: underside view also provided in case it's any help. Any suggestions would be very welcome.

Unknown, 5/9/16

Unknown, 5/9/16
Steve and Xander Goddard


  1. Looks like a worn Square-spot Rustic, Steve.

  2. Thanks, Dave: that seems all too likely...


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