Suggestions for the first one have been Grass Rivulet and Sandy Carpet?
I feel I should know the second micro moth!
As for the two on a stone- Cabbage and Large Nutmeg? Possibly?!
A mico for ID please.
Then it may be because I'm only starting to see them, but a few slightly less usual specimens of very common moths. I don't think I've had many Shuttle Shaped Darts that look like this one.
I think this is the smartest and possibly largest Treble Lines I've seen for a while.
Finally following on from Martin Townsend's post on Muslin Moths here's my offering.
Mark Griffiths, Garsington, Oxford.
While carrying out a plant survey yesterday in the northern corner of the second meadow at BC's Holtspur Bottom nature reserve near Beaconsfield in Bucks, John Folkard found an example of this very smart-looking tortrix. It is supposedly common and found on chalk grassland sites across the Chilterns but its preference for flying in the daytime presumably explains the fact that this is only the eighth post-millennium record for the county.
|Ancylis mitterbacheriana, Oakley Wood 27th May|
|Cream Wave, Oakley Wood 27th May|
|Grey Birch, Oakley Wood 27th May|
Things continue at a snail's pace here - literally on Wednesday night (above) but I always find the variations of the Muslin moth interesting, such as the 'eyed' one on the left, below. Muslins were my only visitor that night apart from a lot of Green Carpets and they set me thinking - I have never seen a female one. I am sure someone on this blog will have and I'd be interested to know the circumstances. Apparently they almost always fly by day and rarely come to light. Mind you, knowing me, I might have mistaken one casually for a White Ermine, with their background colouring being white. Martin Wainwright, Thrupp, Oxon
It feels like a very slow start to the mothing year, and a quick check of the records for Berkshire shows that we currently well behind where we were at this time in 2020. Last year had a combination of warm spring weather and lots of people recording in their gardens during lockdown, this year we've had colder weather and probably less attempts at recording moths. In any case, there is certainly a difference coming through in the records.
|Glyphipterix simpliciella, Bernwood 26th May|
|Coleophora lutarea, Bernwood 26th May|
|Hysterophora maculosana, Bernwood 26th May|
|Micropterix aruncella, Finemere 26th May|
|Cauchas rufimitrella, Finemere 26th May|
Found half a dozen larvae last year and gave them various bits of rotting tree bark/cardboard to pupate on (and with!). The first adult emerged last night or this morning - certainly a first for me. Makes up for some of this months poor numbers.
On another matter, am I likely to see Small Waved Umber near Chesham/Berkhamsted/Tring? Feel it ought to be here on chalk, but never seen it.
|Larvae of Yponomeuta cagnagella, Westcott 16th May|
|Syndemis musculana, Westcott 16th May|
|Green Carpet, Westcott 18th May|
|Spectacle, Westcott 18th May|
|Pebble Prominents, Westcott 17th May|
Last Sunday 16th May Robert Manasse in Padbury had an early Dewick's Plusia to his garden trap. This is still an excellent record for Bucks where sightings of the species have only just got into double digits after the first for the county appeared in August 2018.
Edit: a misunderstanding here! Robert tells me that this visitor to his garden was actually on 16th September last year, but still a very good record. DW
Although I'm still catching only a small number of moths each time I run the traps, a few new-for-the-year species are turning up, and the occasional new-for-the-garden species, too.
Monday night added Seraphim, Least Black Arches, Waved Umber, Common Pug and Epiphyas postvittana onto the year-list and a Powdered Quaker put in probably its final appearance of the year.
Wednesday night's haul added some fresh-looking moths: Green Carpet, Garden Carpet and Lime Hawk-moth; the latter putting in only its second appearance ever. Various social activities and domestic chores today meant that some of the moths spent the day in the fridge. Finishing the job at the end of the afternoon, I realised I also had a Pale Tussock and a moth which I'm pretty sure is my first Chamomile Shark. The moth had lost much of its "shark's fin", though the black lines do still run into the fringes: I've added a close-up of the fringes just to be sure.
|Chamomile Shark. Newton Longville 19 May 2021|
Compared to last year - when good weather coincided with lockdown - most of the species I have mentioned above seem to be appearing about two weeks later this year. Some of them (Least Black Arches, Waved Umber and Epiphyas postvittana) are up to five weeks later. But many species just haven't turned up at all so far.
In the first 19 days of May 2020, I caught 75 species; in the same period in 2021 I caught only 30 species with a similar amount of trapping effort. April 2021 was even worse compared to 2020, so overall I have had about half the number of species in 2021 compared to 2020 (52 vs. 99). The number of individual moths caught in April and May this year is about one third of last year's figure.
Newton Longville, Bucks
I promised my grandchildren yesterday that I would put their entomological birthday cards into the trap last night and - hey Presto! My first two hawk moths arrived. Very unusually in my experience, one was resting on the grass outside the trap, unmolested by birds although a conspicuous object to the human eye.
This belated debut contrasts with last year when I had recorded all my regular hawks except the Privet and Hummingbird by 21 May - that's Poplar, Eyed, Lime, Pine, Elephant and Small Elephant - and the first Poplar came on the night of 25 April.
To find a later debut than this year's, I have to go back to 2013, our first Summer here after moving from Leeds, when the first hawk, also a Poplar, arrived on 22 May. Since then, the dates have been (from 2014) May 2, 1, 12, 6, 7 and 10.
Looking at other records, I get the impression that last year was the exception, but arrivals here do continue to be very slow. Apart from the hawks, there were only three Muslin moths and a Rustic Shoulder-knot in last night's trap. Martin Wainwright, Thrupp, Oxon
It's come to something when a major cause for excitement in a catch is your first Heart and Dart of the year. It's been slooow for weeks in my garden in Wolvercote, Oxfordshire; but there are a few signs of life now, including the individual below. The Lychnis/Campion pairing I've always had trouble with; I'm inclined to call this one a Lychnis (kidney and oval separate? no hint of marbling? outer cross-line looks about right?), but I'm very willing to be corrected.
A very small catch at the museum last night; mainly Green Carpets, but a couple of moths with impressive quiffs,
a Mullein, which is new to me in the adult form, and this one which I'm not 100% sure about, if someone could confirm or deny?
Dave Morris, Chalfont St Giles