Norton sub Hamdon
Heart and Darts are at last giving me some numbers in the trap but it remains woefully poor here. My 6th garden record for Broad-barred White was the best moth from last night.
It has been left to other wildlife to provide the recent highlights. A Green Hairstreak last week was a garden first and finding well over 200 Bee Orchids in a 2 metre stretch of the verge by Holy Tree in Stoke sub Hamdon today was a wonderful sight.
Much less in the trap this morning due to the colder night, only 22 species. Highlights:
Spectacle, Heart and Club, Angle Shades, Burnished Brass, Dwarf Cream Wave.
Hodderscombe Lodge garden
Low numbers all year here . Last night 20 moths of 13 species but Tuesday night 82 moths of 32 species . A Foxglove Pug and 2 Peach Blossom were FFY but the highlight was a Red - necked Footman , a FFG .
priors park wood
I ran one Actinic and one MV trap in Priors Park Wood until 01:30h this morning.
341 moths of 103 species (78 macro, 25 micro).
Amongst the macros: Map-winged Swift, eight Pug sp. (V-, Toadflax, Foxglove, White-spotted, Dwarf, Larch, Common and Mottled), Fox Moth, Mocha, Maiden’s Blush, Grey Birch, Clay Triple-lines, Seraphim, Small Seraphim, Tawny-barred Angle, Lobster Moth, Red-necked Footman, Beautiful Golden Y, Brown Rustic, Small Angle Shades, Pale-shouldered Brocade and Green Silver-lines.
The micros included: Nematopogon metaxella, Triangle Plume, Aethes cnicana, Apotomis turbidana, Epinotia tedella and Lathronympha strigana.
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
A good night last night, with 96 moths of 37 species. FFY were Orange Swift, Brown House-moth, Large Fruit-tree Tortrix, Clepsis consimilana, Eudonia lacustrata, Eudonia pallida, Dioryctria abietella, Figure of Eighty, Small Dusty Wave, Barred Straw, Green Pug, Large Yellow Underwing, Poplar Grey, Marbled Minor agg. (2) and Mottled Rustic (2).
Among the 47 Heart & Darts was an interesting specimen that had me puzzled and seemed to be an aberration. See my photo. A search of the Internet found a photo of a similar specimen on the Essex Moths website.
Cocklake 3rd June
The rain held off here just a few spots on the paving to suggest it tried. Numbers up a little 379 moths 72 species so far, 6 micros still being puzzled over.
FFG was Grass rivulet.
FFY were Barred fruit tree tortrix, Grey tortrix, Eudonia delunella, Euzophera pinguis, Rhodophera formosa, Single dotted wave, Common emerald, Common white wave, Heart and club, Smoky wainscot, L-album wainscot (earliest record by 3 weeks, have had it in late June but mostly in September and October), Fan-foot and Peach blossom and Brown silver line.
Pen Elm, Taunton
200+ moths (I stopped counting the C. culmells's) of 83 species. 26 FFY including: Eyed Hawk-moth, Lobster, Rivulet, Sycamore, Four-dotted Footman (my second record), Marbled White-spot, Crambus lathoniellus, Archips podana, Lozotaeniodes formosanus, Bryotropha terrella, Homoeosoma sinuella and White Plume Moth. I was also delighted to get my second Dingy Shell of the year.
Another (better) picture of yesterday's Currant Clearwing
Tree House Butleigh
A good night with 70 spp, Heart and Dart, Common Swift and Treble Line lines topped the chart. Lots of FFYs, Privet and Eyed HMs, Pale Mottled Willow, Clouded Silver, Flame Carpet, Barred Straw, Green Silver-lines, Oak Nycteoline, Clay Triple-lines, Lackey m&f, Cream-spot Tiger. Micros- Cochylis molliculana, Epermenia falciformis, Euzophera pinguis, Barred Druit-tree Tortrix, Eudonia pallida, Scoparia ambigualis, Beautiful China-mark.
Curry Rivel 2.6.2020
84 moths of 32 species.
NFY were Agapeta hamana, Eudonia mercurella, Blood-vein, Small Blood-vein, Barred Yellow, Privet Hawkmoth, Scarlet Tiger and Green Silver-lines.
Elephant Hawkmoth (5) and Small Elephant Hawkmoth (6) with Heart and Dart (17) most numerous.
47 species in the trap this morning, highlights were:
Barred Yellow, Thistle Ermine, Buff-tip, Clay, Small Blood-vein, Blood-vein, Garden Pebble, Yarrow Plume.
Currant Clearwings, Pen Elm, Taunton
For something to do for an hour I set out the TIP lure around our old established blackcurrant bush and four old gooseberries and within three minutes I had attracted my first ever Currant Clearwing. Soon after I had to go to my mothers, about 2 kM away, so, as she had some currant bushes, I took the lure (and my net) and attracted another two almost immediately. I now have recorded four different species of clearwing in my garden. They must be far more abundant than we think?
Synanthedon tipuliformis (Currant Clearwing)
Curry Rivel 1.6.2020
Again trapped until 2330hrs on 1.6.2020
49 moths of 29 species.
NFG were Small Waved Umber and Broad-barred White (3)
NFY were Garden Grass Veneer, Clay and Shark.
Small Elephant Hawkmoth (8) were most numerous, beating Heart and Dart (5).
Thanks Nigel! Don't know how I overlooked that!
Your moth is 49.185 (1109) Lobesia littoralis
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
A good night, with 71 moths of 25 species, despite clear skies, the moon and a gentle breeze. Over the past nine years I've trapped on the same spot in my back garden. Last night for the first time I tried the front garden, with a different line of sight. FFY were Plum Tortrix, Codling Moth, Udea prunalis, Clouded Border, Scorched Carpet, Heart & Club, Ingrailed Clay, Common Wainscot and Vine's Rustic. Heart & Dart was the biggest contributor to the total again (39).
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
31/5/20 - again similar numbers to the last couple of trappings, 114 moths, 29 species, including FFYs Small Waved Umber, Brussels Lace, Dark/Grey Dagger agg., Archips podana and Eudonia delunella. 64 Heart & Dart having a good year, as usual.