Kestrels Rise Little Quantock Thursday 17/08
Despite some heavy rain in the early hours, another large haul. 361 moths of 66 species - with a few micro's still to ID. FFY were : Ypsolopha sequella (1) ; Tawny Speckled Pug (1) ; August Thorn (2) ; Canary-shouldered Thorn (1) ; Dusky Thorn (1) ; Svenssons Copper Underwing (1) ; Mouse Moth (1) and Frosted Orange (1). Also of note : Y.dentella -Honeysuckle Moth (5) ; Rusty Dot Pearl (6) ; Agriphila tristella (61) ; Pale Prominent (1) ; Pebble Prominent (1) ; Swallow Prominent (2) ; Ear Moth agg. (1) ; Flame Shoulder (33) ; LYU (69) ; LBBYU (22) ; Six-striped Rustic (2) ; Setaceous Hebrew Character (21).
Batia lambdella, Hurlestone Point
Batia lambdella found at Hurlestone Point this morning. A new moth for me.
19/8/17 Another quiet night, just 54 moths of 29 species with one FFY, a Swallow Prominent. 13 Setaceous Hebrew Characters the most nimerous, with a Jersey Tiger and a Gold Spot the most interesting of a fairly ordinary collection.
Bishops Hull 18/8/17
I found an example of what I'm pretty sure is Dichrorampha acuminatana
in the garden today. The verification guidelines say that this species needs gen. det. to confirm but I think that it is in fresh enough condition for the contrasting dorsal blotch and grey-and-white-banded cilia to be diagnostic.
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Having been unable to do much trapping of late for various reasons, I decided to give it a go last night. It looked promising late evening but heavy rain at 1.00 a.m. didn't bode well! Nonetheless I managed 77 moths of 24 species, including FFG Monopis obviella. FFY were Spindle Ermine , Garden Pebble, Common Plume, Setaceous Hebrew Character (2) and Common Wainscot. Large Yellow Underwing numbers are now increasing, with 34 last night.
Palpita vitrealis successfully bred
The offspring of the female Palpita vitrealis
which I trappd in early July have begin to emerge - four so far. A stunning little moth.
63.048 Palpita vitrealis bred specimen newly emerged
It may still be worth getting out and looking for Small Ranunculus larvae - here are some found last week, by the side of the river in Bath and along Brassknocker Hill.
News from BC
Zoë Randle (BC HQ) has emailed me as follows:
Many thanks for your efforts in getting your refreshed datasets to us for incorporation into the forthcoming Atlas of Britain and Ireland’s Larger Moths. Les is busy uploading datasets to the NMRS, I am busy co-ordinating tasks, rooting through images and liaising with the publisher on content and layout. This is a really exciting project and we have a lot to do to reach our goal!
We are fund raising to help with the production and publication of the atlas. Most of you will be aware of the series of Moth Auctions that we are running, for details follow this link http://butterfly-conservation.org/15623/moth-auction.html. The auctions are going pretty well, so far 121 moths have been reserved and 316 have been sold in the auctions. So just over half of the moths that will be featured in the atlas are still available for sponsorship. There have been some interesting bidding wars, at my last check the Waved Black had the most bids (17) with Chinese Character and Latticed Heath coming in second with 14 bids each! Moths that haven’t sold in previous auctions are still available, to find out more please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please can you let your recorders know that the auctions are still running, we’re halfway through August’s and have another two batches to go. Several Moth Groups have sponsored a or several species, it would be great if every moth group did this. Additionally, it would be absolutely fantastic for every species to be sponsored, even the most dingy looking ‘brown-job’, (I’m not mentioning any moth names here!).
Any assistance you can offer in promoting the auction and the atlas is much appreciated. Thank you for all that you have done so far.
East Lydford 15/8/17
Another cold night, with small numbers. Just 37 moths, 20 species, including FFY Orange Swift. Also one late and lonely Water Veneer male (Acentria ephemerella).
Tree House Butleigh
A bit of a disappointing night given the conditions,39 spps, with Straw Dot and Lesser BBYUW the commonest, nice to see Coxcombe, Pale, Iron and Swallow Prominents, Lychnis and Snout back, Gold Spot, Mocha, Scalloped Oak and Bloods vein, no Darts. Rusty Dot Pearls and Rush Veneers only migrants, Garden Rose Tortrix and Lathronympha strigana. Silver Y and Jersey Tigers in the garden today.
Norton sub Hamdon
At last a more typical August night after a number of very poor catches. By typical I mean lots of moths but very little variety. In total I had 394 macros of 48 species nearly half of them (182) were Large Yellow Underwing with Setacious Hebrew Character (27), Flame Shoulder (28), Brimstone (21), and Lesser BBYU (23) making up most of the rest. Of the 48 different species 25 of them were recorded as singletons.
WWT Steart Marshes 12/08/17
I ran a moth event at WWT Steart Marshes for their volunteers and members of the public on Saturday night and Sunday morning. I had 2 MV Robinson traps and 1 Heath trap out at the site. We ran the MV traps from 9pm until midnight and the Heath trap stayed out all night. 8 people came to the Sat night session and 5 to the Sun morning bit. A nice group of people who all enjoyed their introduction to the world of moths.
There was nothing spectacular in the traps, particularly as we did not trap all night. 31 species in total. Highlights were: Dog's Tooth, Ruby Tiger, Brown China Mark, Chilo phragmitella, Magpie, Gold Spot, Burnished Brass, Rosy Rustic, Southern Wainscot, Pebble Prominent, Blood-vein, Orange Swift, Shaded Broad-bar, Calamatropha paludella.
Langport, 13 Aug 2017
The MV trap has been pretty dire over the last week althugh I have recorded 3 Nomophila noctuella
and 1 Udea ferrugalis
. Numbers have been very low withonly one or two Jersey Tigers per night.
This micro landed next to me while I was trimming the hedge yesterday - many thanks to James McGill for the ID.
28.012 Borkhausenia fuscsescens
East Lydford 13/8/17
Too cold for the little dears - just 23 moths, 14 species, including three FFY, Straw Underwing, Marbled Beauty and Aethes smeathmanniana (only my secind record here, the other one in 2011).
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock. Saturday 12/8
141 moths of 41 species. Two FFG : Lime-speck Pug (1) and Sallow Kitten (1). Two more FFY :September Thorn (1) ; Six-striped Rustic (2). During the day I disturbed a Herald, roosting on my Black and Decker Workmate (other brands are available). This is the third time in the three years I've been here that the workmate has been chosen - an indication of how often I do any DIY !
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 10.2 degrees
77 moths of 17 species including FFY - a Copper Under-wing.
A better night at last, 28 macro and 17 micro spp. FFY Least Yellow Underwing, Orange Swift, Flounced Rustic and Straw Underwing, Yellow-barred Brindle, another Oak Eggar, 2 Jersey Tigers, Dusky and August Thorns, but no migrants, Micros- Ypsolopha scabrella, Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix, Nephopterix angustella, Ag, selasella and geniculea and FFG Caloptilia semifascia.
25 species in the trap here in Middlezoy last night. Highlights were: Magpie, Dark Sword Grass, Dusky Thorn, Dog's Tooth, Flame Shoulder, Yellow-barred Brindle.
Pen Elm, Taunton
Despite the persistent drizzle I had 133 moths of 49 species (macro 36, micro 13). The best was my first Four-spotted Footman here - I would assume a migrant? Also 5 FFY: Sallow Kitten, Small Phoenix, Toadflax Pug, Orange Swift (2) and Nephopterix angustella. Other migrants were Silver Y, Rusty-dot Pearl (2).
2051 Lithosia quadra (Four-spotted Footman)
East Lydford 9/8/17
Another quiet night, just 65 moths, 25 species, with just the one FFY - a Dusky Thorn
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 11 degrees
63 moths of 18 species including FFY - Canary-shouldered Thorn and a Mouse Moth.
East Lydford addendum to 6/8/17
Last evening's round-up of strays produced an additional 20 moths and 3 species, totals now 82 & 28 respectively. Additional FFY were Currant Pug, and Acrobasis (on MapMate as Trachycera) advenella. This moth seems to have its Generic name changed on a regular basis, as it was formerly labelled Numonia advenella (in Goater's 1986 book on Pyralid moths). At least the Specific name stays the same. All potentially very confusing, and nearly as bad as what goes on in botany !!
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Not too bad last night, 86 moths of 26 species. FFY were Rusty Dot Pearl, Yellow-barred Brindle and The Magpie. Of note were 6 Jersey Tigers, one of which was laying eggs on the perspex cover of the trap! As a a sign of things to come, Large Yellow Underwing (13) shading Common Rustic agg (12) as the most numerosue species.
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe, Min Temp 11.4 degrees
FFY - Gold Spot, Six-Striped Rustic and a Jersey Tiger.
Pen Elm, Taunton
Not much of interest over the last week but last night did produce the only NFG, Hypatima rhomboidella and many FFY including: Wax Moth, Skin Moth, Agriphila tristella (2), Cochylimorpha straminea (2), Square-spot Rustic, Least Yellow Underwing, Cloaked Minor (2), Pebble and Pale Prominent.
My stand of hemp agrimony is now attracting a good number of moths with 19 species recorded to date.
East Lydford 6/8/17
A very quiet night, probably due to the full moon. Only 62 moths of 25 species, including FFY Common Plume (Emmelina monodactyla) and Canary-shouldered Thorn (one of my favourite moths). Still lots of Dingy Footmen, but no Commons for some time.
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock Friday 4/8/17
A cooler, breezier night with a moon, produced a reduced haul of 242 moths of 66 species. One FFG : Cloaked Minor (1). A further seven FFY : Cherry Fruit Moth (1) - subject to confirmation : Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix (2) ; Rusty-dot Pearl (1) ; Agriphila straminella (5) ; Shaded Broad-bar (1) ; Magpie (2) ; Engrailed (1) . Other migrants included Diamond-back Moth ; Rush Veneer and Dark Sword-grass.
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset 3rd August
A belated report for Thursday night, with 53 moths of 25 species. FFY were Agriphila tristella, Yellow Shell, Dusky Thorn and Purple Thorn. I agree with Sue about Mother of Pearl having a good year.
Tree House Butleigh
First session for a while, wind abated at last. Just 30 Macro and 12 Micro spp. Straw Dots still the most numerous. Mother of Pearl seem to be having a good year. FFY Oak Eggar, August Thorn, Garden Rose Tortrix and Ypon. plumbella. Migrants, 5 Rush Veneers and 2 Silver Y.
Delighted to find 8 Small Ranunculus larvae on Prickly Lettuce on the B3110 verge near Hinton Charterhouse today; it is good to find them spreading out into the wider countryside.
I checked for them in an industrial estate in Radstock as well - a few small plants and no larvae, so too small a population of host plants to support a colony (yet? the plant is spreading).
East Lydford 3/8/17
The first, trapping for a week, what with the weather and visitors, produced a mere 102 moths of 35 species. FFY were one each Least Yellow Underwing, Purple Bar, and Scoparia ambigualis. Also a FFY Hornet, very dopey and harmless as always.
Netherclay LNR 3/8/17
After seeing Jenny's post below I decided to check-out the Field Maples at Netherclay for Ectoedemia louisella
mines and it didn't take too long before I came across some. Whilst there I also found Bohemannia pulverosella
Today I managed the somewhat unusual sight of a female Silver-washed Fritillary sharing a buddleia bloom with a Hummingbird Hawk-moth, in a small copse just outside Bath. The first HBHM I have seen for some weeks.
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 11 degrees
I did not put the trap out but was delighted to find on a window an FFY - a Red Under-wing.
Rodden Nature Reserve, Frome 30/07/2017
I found the mine of Ectoedemia louisella on the keys of Field Maple (Acer campestre) on my local nature reserve the other day. On the SMG website its status is down as 'rare and very local'. So one well worth looking for right now.
Ectoedemia louisella on the keys of Field Maple.
A Jersey Tiger (FFY) basking on a hazel bush leaf first thing this morning.