Sunday, 4 August 2019

Westcott, Bucks

Following the Delicate on 30th July I had Athrips mouffetella and Hoary Footman on the 31st but then no further new species for this year's garden list until last night when Amblyptilia acanthadactyla, Oak Processionary (two to the house wall next to the actinic and one inside the MV trap) and a rather tired-looking form lutescens of Jersey Tiger turned up.  However, pride of place goes to yet another completely new macro species for the garden (the 440th), a smart Crescent.  Apart from at Weston Turville Reservoir back in 2013 I've never found Crescent an easy moth to see in Bucks even when trapping in the correct wetland habitat so this was a particularly welcome wanderer, I suspect either from the lakes at Wotton Underwood or at Calvert.

Oak Processionary, Westcott 3rd August

Jersey Tiger f. lutescens, Westcott 3rd August

Crescent, Westcott 3rd August

The Jersey Tiger didn't mind being photographed but refused to show its yellow hind-wings unless it was on the glass of my study window, so apologies for the back-lit picture!

Dave Wilton
Westcott, Bucks   

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