Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Tuesday, 29 June 2021
Monday, 28 June 2021
|Clay, Westcott 24th June|
|White-point, Westcott 26th June|
|Rustic (left) and Uncertain (right), Westcott 27th June|
Just a reminder for those who are interested that the annual National Moth Nights are coming up in a couple of weeks and this year's theme is reed-bed and wetland species. More information can be found here. The organisers (Atropos, BC and CEH) are trying to encourage public events but COVID restrictions will still apply and in the current climate of increasing infection rates you should be very cautious about attending an activity like this where social distancing might not be feasible.
Sunday, 27 June 2021
In what was otherwise a relatively low catch for this time of year, I had two very good species.
The first was a pale crambid which I did not recognise. After checking the book I believe this is European Corn-borer Ostrinia nubilalis. A new species for me.
[Edit] I was initially stumped by this rather pale and worn noctuid. My first thought was that this is a worn and faded Beautiful Brocade Lacanobia contigua. However, John Thacker and Dave Wilton have suggested this is probably a Large Nutmeg Apamea anceps. I have retained the specimen and will get it checked in due course.
Confirmation or corrections welcome!
Walter's Ash, VC24
|Hornet Moth, Westcott 27th June|
Saturday, 26 June 2021
I spent a bit of time this week wandering around Lashford Lane Fen and Cothill Fen near Abingdon. I also ran a 15w actnic trap at Lashford Lane on the night of 24th (with permission from BBOWT). I had two of the above Wainscots in the trap, which I have tentatively identified as Obscure Wainscot. The ID may be incorrect since this appears a pretty scarce species nationally.
The micro above was found in the Lashford Lane trap, but I also found five of these at Cothill (actually beaten from hazel). Again, the ID may be incorrect but if it is Ethmia then it is perhaps commoner than then books suggest.
Friday, 25 June 2021
Now the nights have warmed up a bit, I've had the trap out a few times in my garden in Walter's Ash, Bucks over the last 10 days. A couple of interesting things last night.
First was what I believe to be Striped Lychnis, underside of hindwing with only a very feint spot. This is my 7th record of this species to light.
Also was this pyralid (forewing 11mm), which initially confused me and what I vainly hoped might be female Synaphe punctalis. Thankfully, the VC24 county moth recorders (Martin Albertini and Dave Wilton) both rushed to my rescue and pointed out my error. This is the Twin-barred Knot-horn (Homoeosoma sinuella), a moth I have seen a few times before, but a new record for my garden.
Apologies for poor quality photos, taken in pot, did not want to risk it escaping.
Thursday, 24 June 2021
Wednesday, 23 June 2021
Martin Wainwright, Thrupp, Oxon
I'm attaching two moths that I just can't get to grips with - arrived the other night in a garden near Chesham. Can anyone help with the IDs? I'm particularly intrigued by the 'two tone' appearance of the second one shown and the dark patches near the forewing tips of both. Many thanks.
Tuesday, 22 June 2021
|Donacaula mucronella, Westcott 16th June|
|Hypochalcia ahenella, Westcott 17th June|
|Brown Silver-line, Westcott 19th June|
On the night of 19th June the garden trap run by Robin Knill-Jones in Denham, Bucks produced this early and very small example of the smart tortrix Cydia interscindana. The species is a relatively recent arrival from Europe and was first recorded in Putney, London during September 2016, with Robin having the first for Bucks back in August 2019. In Europe the moth is known to use Western Prickly Juniper Juniperus oxycedrus as its food-plant but this is apparently rarely imported into the UK. The www.lepiforum.de site suggests that other Juniper species may be used too, including Juniperus communis which, of course, is found across the Chilterns.
|Cydia interscindana, Denham 19th June|
Update: Robin sends a reminder that this species is known to come to the pheromone lure for Cydia pomonella, available from ALS or even quite a few garden centres. He suggests putting the lure out at night with your light trap to try and attract the moth which at the moment seems to be limited in range locally to the London area and Thames Valley.
Monday, 21 June 2021
Work commitments have meant I've fallen behind in getting my records done for my garden in Wolvercote, Oxfordshire, despite the lack of 'big' nights compared to most years. May was grim, but the last several weeks of June have seen some recovery, and I think the species tally for the year is now well over 100. There have been some nice moths, too: this garden, to which I'm a relative newcomer, is surprisingly good for Small Elephant Hawkmoth, with a catch of thirteen on 16th June. I've had at least one personal lifer, assuming the below is a Shoulder-striped Wainscot; putative Light Brocade and Freyer's Pug are nice records for me, too.
As could be predicted, a few micros have given me some difficulty, and I'd be grateful for any suggestions: the first two have me entirely stumped, both about 9mm long; the third looks highly familiar, but I just can't track it down in the Bible.
Sunday, 20 June 2021
|Caloptilia falconipennella, Westcott 31st March|
While on the subject of post-hibernation Gracillariids, on 24th March I got another Caloptilia which I couldn't place with certainty so this one had also been saved for dissection. It proved to be a spotty example of Caloptilia elongella, another alder-feeding species which hasn't been recorded in the garden since 2006.
|Caloptilia elongella, Westcott 24th March|
|Epinotia immundana, Westcott 27th May|
Grateful thanks as usual go to Peter Hall for doing the necessary microscopic work.