Saturday, 22 April 2017

Finemere Wood, Bucks

I ran a trap in Finemere Wood, Bucks last night for three hours and got a reasonable return of the following 31 species:  Dyseriocrania subpurpurella, Parornix sp, Phyllonorycter sp, Syndemis musculana, Chinese Character, Frosted Green, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Streamer, Water Carpet, Brindled Pug, Oak-tree Pug, Seraphim, Clouded Border, Scorched Carpet, Brimstone Moth, Brindled Beauty, Engrailed, Lesser Swallow Prominent, Pebble Prominent, Coxcomb Prominent, Great Prominent, Chocolate-tip, Lunar Marbled Brown, Pale Tussock, Flame Shoulder, Red Chestnut, Blossom Underwing, Common Quaker, Clouded Drab, Hebrew Character & Nut-tree Tussock, of which Seraphim, Clouded Border, Pale Tussock & Flame Shoulder were new sightings for me this year.

Syndemis musculana, Finemere Wood 21st April

Seraphim, Finemere Wood 21st April

A daytime visit there on 19th April to carry out a butterfly transect also produced my first 2017 sightings of Micropterix calthella, with half a dozen seen on dandelion flowers (including the mated pair below).  A single fresh female Endothenia gentianaeana was also found flying around teasels.

Micropterix calthella, Finemere Wood 19th April

Endothenia gentianaeana, Finemere Wood 19th April

Dave Wilton
Westcott, Bucks

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