Moths from Berrow
Robin Clatworthy and Mike Ridge trapped at Berrow earlier in the week - nothing outstanding but here are a couple of Archer's Darts Agrotis vestigialis
(male and female), two colour forms of Sallow Xanthia icteritia
and a specimen of Pink-barred Sallow Xanthia togata
for comparison with the darker form of Sallow. The Sallow has a yellow frons and the Pink-barred Sallow a pink/purple frons.
Archer's Dart Agrotis vestigialis
Archer's Dart Agrotis vestigialis
Sallow Xanthia icteritia
, pale form
Sallow Xanthia icteritia
, dark form
Pink-barred Sallow Xanthia togata
Catching up again!
I've been away for 10 days in an internet-free zone and it was exciting to return and see the news of Malcolm's Clifden Nonpareil, taken in Curry Rivel. By the time I was able to photograph it it was rather worn. Malcolm's image of the freshly-caught specimen clearly shows the forewing markings and you can just see the blue underwing stripe on my image.
Clifden Nonpareil Catocala fraxini
© Malcom Cotterill 2011
Clifden Nonpareil Catocala fraxini
© John Bebbington FRPS 2011
Looking at the Dorset Moth Group website, there has been an influx of this species in the last few days - plus an Oleander Hawk at West Bexington!
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 13 degrees
We had one Cypress Pug - a species we don't often catch here.
Longaller Mill. Taunton
Trapped at a friend's house at Longaller last night and had a smaller catch than anticipated (49 moths of 14 species) but three new moths for me were Large Ranunculus, Beaded Chestnut and Bulrush Wainscot.
East Lydford 27/9/11
A reasonable night with 133 moths, 25 species. Lunar Underwings are definitely on the up - 56 this time.
New for the year were Large Ranunculus (my first record since 2007), Mallow, Barred Sallow & Blair's Shoulder-knot.
The warm nights with southerly winds seem to have produced some interest at last. On Friday night my trap in Weston produced a Palpita vitrealis
which we used to know as unionalis
. The next night Paul Bowyer had a Convolvulus Hawkmoth, among other things, at Brean Down. Sunday 25th my trap yielded a fresh M. vittelina
(Delicate). On Saturday afternoon Paul and I found larvae of Bedellia somnulentella
commonly on Worlebury.
After a very poor summer moths are starting to come in in better numbers, last night first for year Four-spotted Footman, Green -brindled Crescent and Red-line Quaker, unusual for my site three Large Wainscot the usual being one at a time, the highest species count being Lunar Underwing with 112.
If you have the original Robinson trap with the MV lamp which runs hot you can protect it from the rain with a Pyrex bowl. Unfortunately Pyrex changed the size of their bowls to metric which do not fit the standard trap but the earlier seven inch bowls can still be found in charity shops. Hope this helps.
A decent night for this time of the year, despite having to go out in the wee hours to turn off the trap and save the bulb from the rain. new for the year were Canary Shouldered Thorn, Dusky Thorn, Frosted Orange, Sallow, Lunar Underwing, Beaded Chestnut and Emmelina Monodactyla.
Cockles Fields 23/9/11
A bit disappointing...
Large Yellow Underwing (4)
Setaceous Hebrew Character (3)
Pink-barred Sallow (2)
Lunar Underwing (2)
Copper Underwing agg. (2)
Burnished Brass f.juncta (1)
Common Carpet (1)
Common Marbled Carpet (1)
Flounced Rustic (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart (1)
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 11 degrees
A great rush of autumn specials - Beaded Chestnut, Autumnal Rustic, Blairs Shoulder Knot and Green Brindled Crescent also a site record eleven Rusty Dot Pearl. Interesting that this was the same number as reported from Portland Bill. I was delighted to see the photo of the Clifden Nonpareil. Congratulations to all concerned !
East Lydford 23/9/11
A quiet night with only 80 moths of 15 species. Firsts for the year were Lunar Underwing(40), Black Rustic, Sallow and Beaded Chestnut. This is the highest nightly count here of Lunar Underwings since 2006 (when I had over 270 on a couple of nights, and over 100 on 5 others). I believe the wet Summer of 2007 caused a dramatic crash in numbers, and it looks as if they are at last beginning to recover. Surprising that it's taken 5 years to get this far - hopefully this is only the start.
I had a look at Malcolm's Clifden Nonpareil yesterday - my first ever - wow !
Re Clifden Nonpareil
Ian I've uploaded a picture of the Clifden Nonpareil as a temporary measure until someone uploads some good shots of the moth. Weston has been quiet until last night when 3 year ticks were found in the trap: Sallow, Large Wainscot and L-album Wainscot. David struck gold with a rare migrant which I believe he will be posting about later.
Is there any chance of a photo on the website of the Clifden Nonpareil. This makes my sightings seem very insignificant in comparison. I fact the last two months have been very poor here. Numbers and species have both been low and an Autumnal Rustic yesterday ( appropriately on the first day of Autumn) was my best moth for two months. Slight signs of a recovery with more reasonable numbers of Lunar Underwings than in recent years. 6 second generation Light Emeralds on the same night was as many first generation as I got in total in the whole of the summer.
Malcolm had one of these splendid beasts in his trap at Curry Rivel this morning. He is happy to accept visitors who would like to see it. To arrange a viewing ring 01458 252448.
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 12 degrees
New for year Black Rustic and Lunar Underwing.
East Lydford 14/9/11
A Merveille du Jour in the House - my first record since 2008, and 2 weeks earlier than previous records. What a beautiful moth.
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 10 degrees and very windy!
Despite the wind we had 18 species including FFY - Large Ranunculus, Sallow, Pink-barred Sallow and Pinion-streaked Snout. Last night was the first for some time without a Feathered Gothic our yearly total for which has reached 158.
Unfortunately I haven't been able to put out the trap recently - I'm conscious that autumn and its species are ticking by, and so have focused on the Sallow Kitten Larvae I Have Been rearing all are nearing their final instars and are taking on an attractive green colour. Two shed their skins nearly at the same time so I was able to see them both eating the remains. One seems to be further ahead than the others and is now feeding voraciously.
One of the less well developed ones with its shed skin.
Draycott Sleights, 2 September
Mike Ridge, Robin Clatworthy and Peter Austin trapped at draycott Sleights reserve on 2nd September. 623 individuals of 50 species.
15 Orange Swift Hepialus sylvina
658 Carcina quercana
972 Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis heparana
1304 Agriphila straminella
1305 Agriphila tristella
1340 Eudonia truncicolella
1362 Pyrausta purpuralis
1365 Pyrausta despicata
1395 Rusty-dot Pearl Udea ferrugalis
1405 Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
1439 Trachycera advenella
1651 Chinese Character Cilix glaucata
1702 Small Fan-footed Wave Idaea biselata
1724 Red Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe spadicearia
1732 Shaded Broad-bar Scotopteryx chenopodiata
1742 Yellow Shell Camptogramma bilineata isolata
1759 Small Phoenix Ecliptopera silaceata
1764 Common Marbled Carpet Chloroclysta truncata
1776 Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria
1784 Pretty Chalk Carpet Melanthia procellata
1825 Lime-speck Pug Eupithecia centaureata
1862 Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata
1883 Yellow-barred Brindle Acasis viretata
1906 Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata
1937 Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria
1961 Light Emerald Campaea margaritata
1964 Annulet Charissa obscurata
2044 Dingy Footman Eilema griseola
2102 Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta
2107 Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba
2110 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata
2111 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe
2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum
2134 Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa
2177 Hedge Rustic Tholera cespitis
2178 Feathered Gothic Tholera decimalis
2199 Common Wainscot Mythimna pallens
2254 Grey Chi Antitype chi
2269 Centre-barred Sallow Atethmia centrago
2297 Copper Underwing Amphipyra pyramidea
2306 Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa
2321 Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha
2342 Rosy Minor Mesoligia literosa
2343 Common Rustic Mesapamea secalis
2353 Flounced Rustic Luperina testacea
2361 Rosy Rustic Hydraecia micacea
2384 Vine's Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua
2441 Silver Y Autographa gamma
2474 Straw Dot Rivula sericealis
2477 Snout Hypena proboscidalis
A very late Foxglove Pug.
Manor Road, Taunton.
Thursday night I caught what I at first thought was Toadflax Pug but on further examination the size (22mm wingspan) and the angle of the dark centre band at it's junction with the dorsum lead me to believe it's a very late Foxglove Pug which is the first I've caught in my garden.
East Lydford 8/9/11
After a couple of weeks of no trapping, a mild & humid night had the desired effect - over 300 moths but, oddly, fewer species than on similar nights earlier this year, namely 34. Commonest were 60+ each Setaceous Hebrew Character and Square-spot Rustic, 30+ each Vine's Rustic & Large Yellow Underwing. Also 25 Brimstone Moth. New for the year were Frosted Orange, Rusty-dot Pearl and Turnip Moth. Nothing very exciting at all !!
Whitefield Corner, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 14 degrees
Autumn has arrived ! We had three Centre-barred Sallows in the trap last night. Large Yellow Underwings have reached 100 per night while Setaceous Hebrew Characters numbers have dropped back to the 30s. Last year saw an explosion in the number of Feathered Gothics from our usual single figure maximum for a year to 105 and it looks as if this year we will top that.
A common but beautiful species
Trapping continues to be poorly rewarded but on Tuesday night I had my first specimens this year of Udea ferrugalis
(Rusty Dot Pearl), Frosted Orange and a pristine Red Underwing (one of my favourite moths).
Red Underwing Catocala nupta
flash colouration ©John Bebbington 2011
We have four different kinds of Nicotiana
in full bloom at the moment, awaiting visits by Convolvulus Hawks, but no sign of them at the moment. The nights are quite cool and the flowers aren't producing much scent.