Robin Knill-Jones had another example of Cydia interscindana to MV light in his garden in Denham, Bucks last night.
Saturday, 31 July 2021
Friday, 30 July 2021
Had at least half a dozen Hoary Footman in the trap last night in Sonning - in addition to a similar number of (not at all) Scarce Footman - the first of the year for me. I've only ever had the odd singleton of Hoary Footman before so either they are no longer just a coastal species or they were blown in on the winds last night. What do colleagues think?
After seeing Dave's note about this species and having reviewed my photographs, I if this is Yponomeuta rorrella? I had two grey small ermines on 27th July. This is darker than Dave's I think but the terminum is grey and there is that little white patch in front. Can the ID of this one also be confirmed? Actually due to a mishap I still have one of the moths, it died a few hours after potting.
Mark Griffiths, Garsington, Oxford.
Thursday, 29 July 2021
|Eucosma conterminana, Westcott 26th July|
|Oncocera semirubella, Westcott 22nd July|
|Latticed Heath, Westcott 22nd July|
|Canary-shouldered & Dusky Thorns, Westcott 24th July|
|Lesser-spotted Pinion, Westcott 27th July|
|Balsam Carpet, Westcott 28th July|
In the past I'd always lumped Yponomeuta rorrella with cagnagella, malinellus and padella as species that couldn't be determined on sight, but after consultation with experts locally it seems that if one is very careful this species can be safely identified. Prior to the 24th I'd not knowingly seen it anyway and that seems to fit with it being seldom encountered in the UK other than during periods of migration. While both malinellus and padella can also have grey scales to a greater or lesser extent on the forewing, on rorrella there is a greyish suffusion in the centre of the wing which is very consistent in its shape and the terminal fringe is also grey, but a thin strip of white remains along the costa with a slight "bulge" just before the dorsum.
|Yponomeuta rorrella, Westcott 24th July|
Wednesday, 28 July 2021
...but it's me again!
The only thing I can make this into is Udea prunalis, but I haven't been able to find any images anywhere that show four white spots like this has, plus it looks too strongly marked in general, so I fear I'm on the wrong page again! However shape looks good as do white legs and whitish body, and FL of 12 mm is OK so...?! Comments appreciated as always.
This pyralid from East Oxford on 25 July looks like a very good match to Vitula biviella (Pine-blossom Knot-horn). It really lacks any of the warmer colours that I am used to seeing on Ephestia spp. From the micro maps link, it has been seen in VC22 at least once, but (assuming it can be identified) is this another expanding species and are there more recent records from VC23?
Tuesday, 27 July 2021
The closest I can get with this is Cochylis hybridella, but the habitat around here is certainly not chalk or limestone, so I'm unsure. Of the similar species in Sterling & Parsons, the closest is C. dubitana, but there is no dark streak at the base of the costa. FL 7mm.
My first Tree-lichen Beauty last night, delightfully green. And I wonder if the micro below might be Yponomeuta irrolrella rather than the Willow Ermine because of the positioning of its smudges. Many thanks for help. Moths abound here. Martin Wainwright, Thrupp, Oxon
Monday, 26 July 2021
It's been a long time since I've posted on here but I'm still busy mothing at every given opportunity. Last night I had 60 Macro species which was pretty good and amongst them were what I'm pretty sure are two Cloaked Carpets. Woukd someone be kind enough to confirm this? The second year in a row I have caught them. I was also delighted to catch my first ever Drinker. What a funny little moth. I also had two Festoon and a female Black Archers.
On the macro front, like many others, I've been plagued by pugs here in Wolvercote, Oxfordshire. I'm posting a few below - though first, an individual I absolutely know I've had before, but cannot for the life of my remember, or find, the species:
On the pugs - these three all look fairly distinctive: the first, which was small but I didn't manage to measure, is probably a Double-striped; the other two I'm not sure about.
Some good nights in the last week or so in my garden in Wolvercote, Oxfordshire, and inevitably that's meant getting somewhat behind in record-keeping. In the first twenty days of July, I had nearly 100 new for year - many of them species which in previous years were dead certs for June or even earlier. My year list is, I suspect, developing to be similar to or better than last year's, my first in this garden.
There are a few problem moths which I'm going to present in the hope of help in this and a couple more posts. First, some micros: the first, some 21mm, looks like and is the right size for Schoenobius gigantella, but I've got into trouble before for being too sure about that and similar species. The second looks like a gelechiid, but I can't work out which; and the third and fourth likewise I have ideas for - the Celypha lookalike looks very distinctive, but I'm not confident I've pinned it down.
There are a few, below, which I'm pretty unsure about - as ever, any suggestions would be welcome. They look, notwithstanding the dodgy quality of the photos, fairly distinctive, but I've drawn a blank. As ever, many thanks for any corrections/suggestions.
Sunday, 25 July 2021
...after a mega catch five days ago, with one or two micros still causing me problems, so help appreciated as always.
Thanks as always for any help.