Friday 12 July 2024

Sallow Clearwing

One clearwing species I haven't seen mentioned in our area yet this year is Sallow Clearwing.  There was a hint of sunshine at lunchtime today so I put out the SAL pheromone lure in the garden here and the little chap shown below turned up at 2.30pm.

Sallow Clearwing, Westcott 12th July

Dave Wilton Westcott, Bucks

Wednesday 10 July 2024

Aston Rowant Cistus Forester?

 While succesfully looking for Frog Orchids at Aston Rowant today, I came across what I believe is a Cistus Forester moth in an area with a lot of Common Rock-rose (Helianthemum nummularium). I see that this moth is a resident species at this site so would I be safe to call it.?


Tuesday 9 July 2024

Colourful micro

 I caught this micro this time last year, couldn't identify it then forgot about it. Given its distinctiveness it should have been easy. No side photo unfortunately. All help appreciated.

David Ferguson, Beaconsfield

Sunday 7 July 2024

Pug ID help

 This pug was trapped in my garden in Merton last night. It's probably obvious, but I'm not sure which it is. Everything I come up with turns out to be very unlikely, so would appreciate some help!

Mysterious micro

 This micro has eluded my identification abilities. Any help appreciated. F/w 9mm.

David Ferguson, Beaconsfield

Tuesday 2 July 2024

One of the Dioryctria, maybe D. sylvestrella?

 Certainly a very smart moth. Hopefully I can get the ID nailed down?

Mark Griffiths, Garsington, Oxford.

Monday 1 July 2024

Gloriously green

A very nice surprise today to start July - my rough mowing startled this lovely Large Emerald, a moth I've only seen here once before and only once in Leeds. The end of June saw plentiful other excellent arrivals - though the three privets on a small hand are my granddaughter's. Dave Wilton's recommendation of a Skoros trap from Anglian Lepidoterist Supplies has proved as spot-on as all his much-appreciated IDs.  Martin Wainwright, Thrupp, Oxon

Sunday 30 June 2024

Kent Black Arches?

 Could this be a Kent Black Arches? Trapped in my garden in Merton last night. Not a great specimen, but I haven't found anything else so far.

Cypress Carpet in North Bucks

There might be more dots to put on the Upper Thames web atlas as this new one for my garden shows it has expanded into North Bucks.
Janice, Milton Keynes

Westcott, Bucks

The weather had to swing into favourable conditions eventually and the middle of this two-week period finally produced a mini heat-wave (23rd-27th).  However, despite many more moths putting in an appearance over those nights, species totals for each catch only just about returned to where they should be.  The night of the 24th produced 97 species, while those of the 25th, 26th & 29th proved to be the first - and so far only - 100+ species catches of the year here.  Unfortunately things have dipped back again subsequently and the night of the 28th, when the temperature dipped to 5C by dawn under clear skies with a bright moon, produced only 36 species between the two lights although I never complain when the catch includes a Lappet!  Overall moth numbers still seem to be very much depressed, the only ones getting into double digits regularly at the moment being Chrysoteuchia culmella, the Uncertain/Rustic pair and Large Yellow Underwing.  Newcomers to this year's garden list since mid-June, taking the total past 400, have included the following: 

     (16thArgyresthia albistria, Metzneria lappella (retained for checking), Notocelia uddmanniana, Currant Clearwing (daytime, to lure) 
     (17thEpinotia bilunana, Red-belted Clearwing (daytime, to lure), Common Footman, Smoky Wainscot
     (18thArchips crataegana, Archips xylosteana, Aleimma loeflingiana, Apotomis turbidana, Ancylis achatana, Grapholita lobarzewskii (daytime, to lure), Eudonia mercurella, Riband Wave, Brown Scallop, Swallow-tailed Moth, Toadflax Brocade, Common Rustic (retained for checking) 
     (19th)  Dwarf Cream Wave, Dotted Fan-foot
     (20thYponomeuta evonymella, Parachronistis albiceps, Aethes beatricella, Blotched Emerald, Common Emerald
     (21stBorkhausenia fuscescens, Clepsis spectrana, Hypsopygia glaucinalis, Lackey, Single-dotted Wave, Scalloped Oak, White Satin, Grey Dagger (retained for checking), Rustic
     (22ndParaswammerdamia nebulella, Ephestia woodiella
     (23rdPhyllocnistis saligna, Limnaecia phragmitella, Alucita hexadactyla, Pterophorus pentadactyla, Lozotaenia forsterana, Gypsonoma dealbana, Acentria ephemerella, Buff Arches, Yellow-tail, Blackneck, Minor Shoulder-knot, Double Square-spot, Short-cloaked Moth
     (24thCoptotriche marginea, Carpatolechia fugitivella (retained for checking), Blastodacna hellerella, Pandemis heparana, Notocelia roborana, Rhyacionia buoliana, Grapholita janthinana, Hypsopygia costalis, Udea prunalis, Calamotropha paludella, Small Fan-footed Wave, Scarlet Tiger, Fan-foot, Dusky Brocade, Lunar-spotted Pinion, Kent Black Arches 
     (25thBucculatrix albedinella (retained for checking), Eana incanana (retained for checking), Acleris holmiana, Neocochylis hybridella, Rhopobota naevana, Rhodophaea formosa, Homoeosoma sinuella, Patania ruralis, Leopard Moth, Lunar Hornet Moth (daytime, to lure), Rosy Footman, Scarce Footman, Dun-bar
     (26thNemapogon koenigi (retained for checking) Ethmia dodecea, Phtheochroa inopiana, Euzophera pinguis, Small Blood-vein, Sycamore, Cloaked Minor, Lesser Yellow Underwing
     (27thPhycita roborella, Dingy Shears, Nutmeg, Clay
     (28thSpilonota ocellana, Delplanqueia inscriptella (retained for checking), Lappet 
     (29thEpiblema foenella, Acrobasis repandana, Anania coronata, Small Emerald, Round-winged Muslin, Delicate 
     (30th)  - nil - 

Phyllocnistis saligna, Westcott 23rd June

Likely Carpatolechia fugitivella, Westcott 24th June

Lappet, Westcott 28th June

Scalloped Oak, Westcott 21st June

Rosy Footman, Westcott 25th June

Toadflax Brocade, Westcott 18th June

The beautiful Rosy Footman first appeared here as a likely wanderer from Bernwood Forest in 2017.  However it may now be established much closer to home because it visited again in 2022 and 2023, so this is now the third year in a row that it has put in an appearance in the garden.  Two of them came to the actinic light on the 25th, very nice to see. 

Dave Wilton Westcott, Bucks