Sunday, 28 February 2021
To add to the queries on over-wintering species of this genus (below), on a night earlier this month my garden light trap yielded the following two micros:
Moth 1 (left) with a forewing length of 8.5 mm has an elongated costal blotch (or two overlapping blotches), the outer getting close to the wing apex, and could therefore be A. schalleriana.
Moth 2 (fw 8 mm) with a narrower profile, a costal blotch with a central clear area, and a slightly reticulate wing appearance. This one I thought more likely to be A. ferrugana/notana.
Both moths have short raised scales in rows, on the inner margin of the blotch and elsewhere. Pleased to have any comments.
John Thacker (Harwell, Oxon)
Saturday, 27 February 2021
Friday night's haul was thin - just four moths of three species. I suspect that the full moon and clear sky had an impact, as did the forced substitution of one of my lights, my actinic strip having been shattered on Wednesday night by an especially strong gust of wind acting on an inadequately-secured trap. While I'm waiting for a replacement light to arrive, I used a 40W U-shaped fluorescent light last night, but I think it doesn't give out much UV.
The March Moths and the Common Quaker were quickly written down, which left me with the micro below to scratch my head over. Initially, I was wondering if it was Acleris hastiana or A. cristana. A look at Sterling & Parsons and at MBGBI eliminated cristana. The location and size of scale tufts are a factor; hence the approximately side-on photo (taken in the lid of one of the few pots that I haven't cleaned since last year!).
I find that the ability to search this blog is really useful (top-left corner on the desktop version; unfortunately absent on the mobile version). When I searched it for A. hastiana, I came across Dave's post of 16th December about a possible A. hastiana or A. umbrana, with Martin T's comment pointing towards A. schalleriana, which I hadn't considered.
Further research does suggest to me that "my" moth is A. schalleriana, but searching this blog for that species brought up my post of 5th October last year in which I had misidentified a moth as A. schalleriana which was really A. variegana. Most examples of A. schalleriana have a notable trianglar mark on the costa, but they can be obscure, which is certainly the case here. Incidentally, while writing this entry this evening, I decided that I needed to re-take the top-down photo to better show the triangular mark, so the photo below is in artificial light.
The forewing length is 9mm, which puts it precisely in the overlap between schalleriana and hastiana. I'm definitely leaning towards schalleriana, but it might be hastiana, so perhaps I should get it dissected. Either of those species would be new for the garden list.
Newton Longville, Bucks
Friday, 26 February 2021
|Acleris hastiana, Westcott 20th February|
|Acleris hastiana, Westcott 21st February|
|Silver Y, Westcott 24th February|
|Agonopterix alstromeriana, Westcott 25th February|
Thursday, 25 February 2021
First good night this year. Only 5 moths but it feels like a good start.
First moth I saw was a particularly smart Satellite
Second out of the gate was what I think is a Small Quaker
And then what I assume is a sooty looking Spring Usher
Inside the trap was this Chestnut. The clear black & white edging suggests a Dark Chestnut rather than Chestnut, but I wonder if this one is actually an early dark Red Chestnut?
The final moth was a standard looking Hebrew Character.
Other than the Satellite I'd appreciate some definate IDs.
Mark Griffiths, Garsington, Oxford
Wednesday, 24 February 2021
Tuesday, 23 February 2021
Monday, 22 February 2021
|Small Brindled Beauty|
Pretty quiet in the garden so I ran trap overnight in nearby woodland. Much better there: 2 Red Chestnut, 1 Small Brindled Beauty, 5 Small Quaker, 4 Chestnut and micros represented by 27 Tortricodes alternella.
Sunday, 21 February 2021
Yes, a very slow start here this year too, but here is an oddity from last night near Chesham. I imagine it must be one of the Chestnuts, but I'm confused by the dark diagonal marks, which don't seem to help ID it as anything! Can anyone help, please?
I finally decided to make a start on this year's trapping in my garden in Wolvercote, Oxfordshire, on Saturday (I'd previously been put off by cold temperatures and/or heavy rain), and stuck my actinic bulb out for the night. To my surprise, I had three customers by the morning: an Emmelina monodactyla; the handsome Red-green Carpet below (a little early by the look of things, but not ridiculously so); and the micro underneath it, which I suspect may be a Tortricodes alternella, which Martin Wainwright got at Thrupp recently. If that is what it is, it's a new one to me, which would be a very good start to the year (but it might just turn out to be a Cnephasia...). If anyone could confirm, or correct, I'd be very grateful.
I suspect that this specimen which I caught last night in Sonning is the same species as the one which Andy Newbold just posted. I posted it to @MothIDUK on Twitter who said it may be a form of Acleris hastiana - would colleagues agree? Also caught March Moth, Early Grey, Small Quaker, Common Quaker, Hebrew Character, Epiphyas postvittana and Tortricodes alternella, so nicely up and running for the year.
Saturday, 20 February 2021
I ran the moth trap on Thursday 18th but despite the warm(er) temperature, there were no moths.
In an effort to find some other insect life, I went out onto Naphill Common (walked there! in case the polis are reading).
I tried beating some Yew (Taxus baccata) and to my surprise found some moths.
The first was this splendid Oak Nycteoline (Nycteola revayana), which I did not realise overwinters in evergreens.
I also found this large micro (length c10mm) which I'm struggling to place. I think it might be Ypsolopha ustella (....can be tapped from dense vegitation in winter... Sterling & Parsons, 2012), but not sure? Suggestions most welcome!
Walter's Ash, VC24
Friday, 19 February 2021
|March Moth, Westcott 15th February|
Thursday, 18 February 2021
Tuesday, 16 February 2021
Goodness, a multitude! After almost forgetting what a moth looks like, I had a veritable crowd last night, the first mild one for ages. I hope that I'm right in ID-ing them as Pale Brindled Beauties above and Small Brindled Beauties below, with a Chestnut to add to the colour tones. Most of the moths were already on the wall near the trap at 11pm and only two actually went inside; a Pale Brindled Beauty and the Chestnut. In spite of early morning rain, all the 'wall' moths were still snoozing away at 8.30am.
Separately, a very big thank you to Martin Townsend for confirming my iRecord moths and offering excellent advice on improving my use of the system. Martin Wainwright, Thrupp, Oxon.
I found a whole Garden Privet hedge of miners a few weeks ago near the vilage church and yesterday I took a specimen. I've looked in lots of places and I can't give it a name that I'm happy with. I'm fairly sure that it is a lepidoptera, the general shape is similar to the Leucoptera but without the markings. The frass is generally distributed and it is mining the upper surface. Any help would be much appreciated.
Sunday, 14 February 2021
The latest moth report by Les Finch and Martin Finch is now available from the BMG website, covering the results from their garden trapping in Maidenhead. It includes lots of fascinating information and analysis, looking at changes in patterns of moth numbers and flight periods in relation to temperature, wind, rainfall and more. Well worth a read, and see how it compares to your own trapping experience last year.