Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Confirmations & IDs please

Much better night last night but many moths were a bit worn.

I'm condering if the first moth (2 pics, one for size) might be a worn Buttoned Snout?

Then a worn Celphya striana (first of the year)

Then Homoeosoma sinuella

Finally this one didn't quite fit the normal Willow or Mottled Beauty

Mark Griffiths, Garsington, Oxford

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Apotomis sororculana/turbidana?

Is there any way to tell which of the above this is? Any help appreciated and also this other little crittur. Thank you.

Steve Lockey (Garsington)

In the Pink

The hawk moths continue well here with the season's first Small Elephants, and it was also nice to have a Beautiful Hook-tip last night plus what I think is a Large Twin-spot Carpet - grateful for confirmation or otherwise.   Martin Wainwright, Thrupp, Oxon

Micro help please

I've started to get a few micros - bit disappointed that I'm still struggling to ID them.

really bad pic, it's familiar - maybe Bryotropha terrella?

Bad picture of Chrysoteuchia culmella

Hedya nubiferana or Hedya pruniana?



Mark Griffiths, Garsington, Oxford.

Monday, 17 June 2019

A couple of micros

These two from last night. I think the first may be a dark Scrobipalpa costella and the second maybe my first Cnephasia of the year?

Andy Newbold, Sibford Ferris, Oxon.

Confirmations please

First I think I have Agapeta hamana (sorry for the odd angle - I misplace all my tube pots ).

The next one I'm not sure about. When I saw the grey head I thought Shuttle-shaped dart but there is no shuttle, then Dark Sword-Grass but there is no sword, which sort of left me with Turnip Moth but that doesn't seem right either.

Next I think is a White-point rather than Clay. Some years I get White-points and no Clays, other I get mostly Clays.

Finally a micro that I put up before - Scoparia pyralella or ?

Mark Griffiths, Garsington, Oxford.


Non moth?

I am told this isn't a moth. Grateful if anyone could tell me
what it might be. FL circa 3-4 mm.

Alan Diver

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Which Nematopogon? (Longwick)

Fairly drab catch on Friday night with only Barred Straw and Juniper Webber new for the year. However I did get this rather flighty critter. I am hoping the two, both rather poor, photos are enough evidence to suggest metaxella. One shows a distinct wing mark whilst the other shows the extent of the scale of the antennae which looks right?

Psyche casta?

I spotted this on our house wall today (Loosley Row, Bucks), it's just under 1cm long. Is it Psyche casta?


Marlow Bottom June 15th

My last two night's catches were fairly small with not much out of the ordinary, the cold temperature not helping things.  I did, however, have an unfamiliar micro which reminded me of Andy Newbold's recent post and I think it may be Elachista subocellea.  Is there anything else that looks like this?

Also, a bit of a mystery macro that has obviously taken a battering.  I wonder if anyone can make it out from what is left of the markings.  My best guess is Shears, frequent here and the right size, but it's off to Peter for confirmation.

Adam Bassett

Better not wetter

Things are going well here in Thrupp, when rain permits. The hawk moths are abundant as ever and it was nice to have a Reddish Light Arches two days ago, an infrequent but annual caller.  Martin Wainwright, Thrupp

Last night's moths for checking

I didn't have many moths last night, but there were still a few that I'm not 100% sure about.

Heart and Club?

Sharp-angled peacock?

Marbled white spot?

I'd appreciate help from the experts.

Speen, Bucks

Saturday, 15 June 2019

A Forester Feast

It was dull and a bit drizzly at lunchtime today so I took the opportunity to go out looking for Foresters.  I find that these green moths aren't very easy to see when they're flying about, as they do in sunshine, but when it is overcast they tend to sit around doing nothing on pink or purple flowers where, once you've got your eye in, they can be very obvious indeed.  Favourite plants today were tufted vetch, red clover, ragged robin and the few knapweed flowers that were already out.

I went first to some private ridge-and-furrow wildflower meadows at Shipton Lee, Bucks alongside the railway line which currently serves the Calvert landfill site.  Not only will this line eventually be refurbished to form a link to the proposed Oxford to Cambridge line that is East-West Rail, but at this point it will also run parallel to HS2.  There has already been a land-grab of part of these lovely meadows by HS2, including what I'd previously considered as the best area for the moth.  However, as I found no less than 40 Foresters today in other areas which can still be checked, there would seem to be nothing to worry about.  That is more individuals just on a single site in one day than I've ever recorded previously in an entire season!  I discovered this particular colony in 2007 and the highest annual count there prior to today was just 15 moths.  Checking each red clover flower head, of which there were thousands, was impossible so there will have been many more Foresters that remained uncounted.

Forester, Shipton Lee 15th June

The second site to be visited was west of Lawn Farm in Charndon, Bucks.  This colony on an even larger complex of private ridge-and-furrow wildflower meadows was a more recent discovery (in 2016, when seven Foresters were seen) and today's visit confirmed that it covers a far wider area than we previously thought.  16 were seen in the field where the colony was originally discovered, but another 19 were found elsewhere, extending the colony into a second kilometre square. 

75 Foresters recorded from just two local sites is unprecedented.  Up until now our local colonies on the clay, of which there are several stretching west into Oxfordshire and mostly along the catchment of the River Ray, have always been considered to be small with sometimes only a single individual recorded in a year.  It might be a bit premature yet to say that the moth is having an excellent season, but if that is the case then hopefully we'll get records from many more sites.  If you see Forester (or its rarer relative Cistus Forester which can be found on chalk downland) then please be sure to pass on the records either to me or to the appropriate CMR as this is a species of particular conservation concern.

Other moth species seen while at these two sites this afternoon included Eucosma cana, Chrysoteuchia culmella, Crambus perlella, Six-spot Burnet, Yellow Shell, Burnet Companion & Silver Y.

Six-spot Burnet, Shipton Lee 15th June

Dave Wilton
Westcott, Bucks    

Eyed hawk-moth

Two Eyed hawk-moths came to light last night.

Alan Diver

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Fox Moth caterpillars

The 40 or so eggs laid in the trap by the female Fox Moth which visited the garden here on 24th May hatched this morning.  I may try rearing the larvae for a while but will release them locally before they start to think about hibernation (which they do as a fully-grown caterpillar - not an easy stage to see through the winter successfully).

Fox Moth caterpillars, Westcott 13th June

I've still been running the trap nightly despite all the rain - will it ever stop?  Last night's result was fairly typical (153 moths of 33 species) so it certainly isn't a waste of time, but Heart & Dart (78), Treble Lines (17) & Vine's Rustic (9) were the only moths to appear in any numbers.  Tinea semifulvella, Argyresthia cupressella, the Timothy Tortrix Aphelia (now Zelotherses) paleana and Riband Wave were new for the garden year-list.

Tinea semifulvella, Westcott 12th June

Argyresthia cupressella, Westcott 12th June

Zelotherses paleana, Westcott 12th June

Having had Zelotherses unitana confirmed by dissection from the nearby Marsh Gibbon Rothamsted trap last year as a first for Bucks it is worth paying particular attention to paleana locally but, although worn, this male seems to have sufficient yellow scales left to confirm the ID.

Dave Wilton
Westcott, Bucks   

2 more micro moths


Crambus periella?

Alan Diver

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Tackley micros for confirmation/correction please.

Spatalistis bifasciana

Apotomis betuletana

Micro caddis or moth?

Coptotriche marginea

Alan Diver

Tackley macros for confirmation/correction please.

June minor?

Marbled brown

Small dusty wave

Grey pine carpet

Alan Diver