Monday, 30 November 2020
Sunday, 29 November 2020
Saturday, 28 November 2020
Wednesday, 25 November 2020
|Northern Winter Moth & Winter Moth, Westcott 24th Nov|
|Angle Shades, Westcott 23rd November|
|Phyllonorycter messaniella, Westcott 21st November|
Tuesday, 24 November 2020
I know this isn't just an ID forum (and am only too aware of putting experienced observers on the spot!). But in this, my first year of trapping, it's very tempting to use it as such.
These two were outside the trap on the wall a couple of nights ago. I pondered them long and hard. The left-hand moth is slightly larger and with a paler protruding hindwing and I considered Northern Winter Moth. In the end, I was undecided but having read the comments below thought I'd seek another opinion.....
I thought this was Northern Winter Moth when I first saw it with those whitish hindwings (first image), but in different lighting the forewings look more brown than I would expect (second image) and not really silky, so I'm no longer sure. It was noticeably larger than the Winter Moths caught at the same time--forewing 14mm left and 16mm right and wingspan 34 mm.
Or am I misidentifying a November moth?
Sunday, 22 November 2020
With very few leaves to peruse in the garden in Longwick (Bucks) remaining I had a look at some of our patio roses. I noticed a few quite striking mines. I understand they are not easy to decipher but I was wondering if they are Stigmella anomalella?
The trap was a little better last night with 5 December Moths, Feathered Thorn, Dark Chestnut, Winter Moth and Blair's Shoulder Knot. Noticeably the bats re-appeared after an absence of ten days so clearly the milder air had an effect.
Saturday, 21 November 2020
Friday, 20 November 2020
As the end of the year approaches, I have been compiling my list of moths for 2020. I don't seem to do nearly so well as some others reporting on the blog, and have had a total of about 190 species recorded from running my actinic light trap 71 times here on the outskirts of Marlow. This is my third year of running the trap, and the total last year and the year before were similar.
There remain a few moths which I can't identify, despite having reasonable photos. Several of them, not surprisingly, are pugs. I have written the date each moth was caught underneath its photo. Any assistance in identifying these would be gratefully received.
Thursday, 19 November 2020
Wednesday, 18 November 2020
|Feathered Thorn female, Westcott 14th November|
|Scarce Umber, Westcott 14th November|
Migrant species which made it to Westcott on the warmer nights comprised Plutella xylostella, Udea ferrugalis and Silver Y. The White-point shown below may well have been a migrant too because it was in such good condition. I've only had one other November record of the species (6th November 2018).
|White-point, Westcott 12th November|
I have only put the trap out on a few days this month, but have managed 26 species on the days I tried.
There have been a few migrants, though nothing exciting:
|Presumed Tachystola acroxantha|
Tuesday, 17 November 2020
|Black-spotted Chestnut, Denham 16th November|
In the last couple of weeks it has appeared again at known sites in the adjacent counties of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire to the east of us, but to date Robin's garden seems to be the only site anywhere in our three counties for this newcomer. Surely someone else should catch one soon!
Sunday, 15 November 2020
A trapping session in July was brought to a sudden halt by rain. I quickly emptied the trap, noting anything that I immediately recognised and potting one example of everything else. The next day I worked through the few macros that I had potted, but I ran out of time for most of the micros as we were going away on holiday the day after, so they ended up in the freezer. I finally sorted through them this week: there were about a dozen that I could confidently identify, but four have beaten me. I'd be grateful for any help.
Moths 1 and 2 (two views of the latter to show the palps) have a forewing length of 6 mm: possibly the same species.
Moth 3 is about 7 mm long and I'm wondering if it is an Anacampsis sp.
Moth 4 is about 12 mm. At first glance I thought of a dark example of one of the larger Scoparids, but the more I look the more doubt I have and it may be too hard to tell.
Unusual circumstances this week resulted in the photos being not quite sharp, which is noticeable when they are opened full-size.
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