Friday, 30 September 2016

Still a few newcomers

Numbers have reduced in recent days in our garden in Wolvercote, Oxfordshire; but a few new species are still turning up (no Convolvulus Hawkmoths yet, though). As well as common species which we don't always get such as Pink-barred Sallow, we have a few slightly unusual species, such as this Cypress Carpet:

Cypress Carpet, 28/9/16
and what I'm pretty sure is a tattered Large Ranunculus:

Presumed Large Ranunculus, 25/9/16
The only slightly contentious species is this, of which two showed up in the trap on 25th September - judging by other people's photos, I'm inclined to think that my first impression, that this is Deep-brown Dart (as well as the general appearance and feathery antenna in the photo, it had a whitish hindwing), is correct. Not a rare species, but if that's what it is, it would be a garden first - if anyone's able to confirm, that would be good!

Probably Deep-brown Dart, 25/9/16
Steve and Xander Goddard


  1. Hello Steve & Xander, I agree with Large Ranunculus (assuming the size fits) and Deep-brown Dart. As can be seen from your picture, the field guide note about the male Deep-brown Dart's antennae being "slightly feathered" is a little bit misleading. MoGBI is more accurate, saying "antennae in male strongly bipectinate to two-thirds, pectinations thence tapering to terminal segments which are ciliate".


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