A single Agonopterix alstromeriana found trying to get out of the living-room window, but I can't think why, given the outside temperature !! Wiser to stay indoors I would think.
Equipment for sale
Barry Cook in Weston-super-Mare has a Robinson MV trap in good working order for sale, also a kite net. If interested please let me know and I will forward photos and contact details.
Bishop's Hull 24.12.14
Merry Christmas everybody. Optimistically put the trap out last night but zilch moths trapped or on adjacent walls/windows.
December Moths- the females have appeared, 4 of them and 1 male, also 1 Mottled Umber and a very fresh looking LBAM.
Happy Christmas everybody.
Seasonal Greetings to all readers from East Lydford. Happy Christmas !!
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 10 degrees
We had, at a lighted window, only the second Scarce Umber we have had here. - our first was in December 2006. This was lucky as a great gust of wind blew the trap over and smashed the bulb.
Park Wood Butlleigh
Finally tracked down the elusive owner and got permission to record in the last remnant of Butleigh's old East Wood. Warm damp night but just 2 December Moths.
Bishop's Hull 20.12.14
An example of 892 Mompha subbistrigella
in the bathroom last night, obviously looking for somewhere to hibernate. This was my second Dec. record here the other being 23.12.12 and singles also trapped on 5.10.13 and 23.10.13.
Spaxton and Lidl's
Winter Moth's regularly on home windows also a Mottled Umber on exit door of Lidl's today!
East Lydford (again)
One of the Winter Moths is still in place after almost 24 hours ! Quite remarkable I think.
Winter GMS 19 Dec 2014, Langport, VC6
Min temp. 8˚C; 1 December Moth
I didn't think to look earlier, but I see now that the two Winter Moths from last night are still on the kitchen window, in exactly the same places - is that weird, or what ?
Bishop's Hull 19.12.14
Nothing in the trap or on the windows here last night.
East Lydford 19/12/14
Again nothing in either MV or Actinic trap this morning, just two Winter Moths on the kitchen window last night. They stayed in the same places (on separate panes again) from early on just after dark, even with the MV trap shining brightly only a few feet away, and with the kitchen light off for part of the time. They were still in situ when I retired at about 10.30.
I have checked all my previous records of Winter Moths, and over the years over three quarters have been "attracted to a lighted window" - clearly house lights must radiate a particular light wavelength that they prefer to those from moth traps. Maybe, Sue, you should leave one or two lights on in the house to see if they will come to you then!
Just 5 December Moths last night, 4 in the trap and one observing. Where are all the Winter Moths?
Norton sub Hamdon
I trapped for the first time this month last night. The result was 6 December Moths, a Winter Moth and a very early, or possibly incredibly late, Common Quaker.
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 6.8 degrees
After several cold weeks it got a bit warmer and we had a number of Winter Moths at lighted windows. This encouraged me to put the trap out. Result - December Moth 5 and a very late Rusty Dot Pearl.
Roughmoor, Taunton 17.12.14
Found this example of 697 Agonopterix arenella
at Roughmoor today. Always worth having a pot in your pocket, even at this time of year :-)
Tues 16th - Nr. S.Petherton
A Winter Moth, a December Moth, a Mottled Umber, and an Agonopterix heracliana turned up before the temperature dropped to freezing at about 10.30. Can't help shed any light on the Winter Moth's territorrial habits as this is my first and only Winter Moth!
Pen Elm, Taunton
Two December Moths, one Winter Moth and one Scarce Umber (NFG) in. or near, the trap this morning. I am still waiting for my first Mottled Umber at this location. I also found a Mompha subbistrigella in my mother's bathroom yesterday.
Thanks for the IDs Paul - will try and get a second opinion on the Phyllonorycter.
Exciting times - no fewer than 3 (repeat, three) Winter Moths on the kitchen window as I write. One thing I've noticed with male Winter Moths, is that they seem to be territorial - it's rare to see more than one on any single window pane. I recall that at my previous home (in Pylle, near Shepton Mallet) I often had as many as 15 or 20 at a time, almost invariably on separate panes, and this was a regular occurrence (otherwise I probably wouldn't have noticed). Has anyone else seen this ?
Paul - and there I was, feeling deprived - not any more !!
Combe Down, Bath
Paul - That's three more flies and a gnat more than I caught!
East Lydford 14/12/14
Just 3 flies and a gnat (I suppose technically that's 4 flies) but no moths, in spite of the slightly milder night. Ho hum.
'A few ID requests'
Here are my thoughts on your moths for identifications:
Photo - 17 August 2014 - I agree with you it's a Small Phoenix.
Photo - 17 May 2014 - Leaf miner on Sallow - Cedestris subfasciella feeds on Pine, I think it's a species of Phyllonorycter and possibly P. viminiellla or P. viminetorum. Although it's quite difficult to be certain from your photograph, the shape and pattern of the markings points towards the latter. I don't suppose you kept the moth because if it is/was P. viminetorum this would be, according to the SMG micro list, a new record for Somerset. Perhaps it would be worth looking in the same spot again next year. I don't think it's any of the other Salix/Willow feeding Phyllonorycter species as it doesn't appear to have the typical 'chevron' pattern of those species.
Two Photos 27 June 2014 - Have you considered Ancylis achatana for this Tortix?
Photo - 18 July 2014 - Small Tortrix. Unfortunately I can see any detail to attempt this one.
Photo - 5 September 2014 - Have you considered Acleris schalleriana? The overall wing shape looks right as well as the wing pattern (note the very rounded front end and straight sided forewings) the flight season is good too.
I keep disturbing them in the wood store, thinks that where they are coming from Paul, 2 in the house last night!
East Lydford 11/12/14
At last - a moth !!! One male Winter Moth on the kitchen window this evening. A FFY as well.
East Lydford 10/12/14
Same old story - not a thing in either trap (not even a fly, let alone a hornet- what are they doing out and about at this time of year ?)
A few ID requests
Just pulling together my records for 2014 and finding I have a few unidentified moths. Can anyone help with these?
17 August 2013 - to garden trap - a worn Small Phoenix?
17 May 2014 - Chewton Wood, around sallow - Cedestis subfasciella a best guess
27 June 2014 - to garden trap - Epinotia tetraquetrana?
18 July 2014 - to garden trap - a very small tortrix
5 September 2014 - Ammerdown woods
We have creatures in the trap - lots of flies, 2 Hornets and ONE moth, a Mottled Umber.
East Lydford 8/12/14
Another nil return - this is getting repetitive. I was surprised by the amount of frost we had - if I'd known, I probably wouldn't have bothered with the traps, but there you are.
Stigmella suberivora at Bath University
I located the Holm Oaks at the University and found a few mines of S. suberivora a couple of which are tenanted so I'm hopeful to see an adult moth next spring. I then decided to check the mature Holm Oaks at Locksbrook Cemetery in Lower Weston and found numerous mines of Ectoedemia heringella with many still tenanted as well as S. suberivora and Phyllonorycter messaniella, I'm sure these species are more widespread than we think and just not recorded.
0036a Ectoedemia heringella (Locksbrook Cemetery, Lower weston, Bath)
Bishop's Hull 7.12.14
Rusty-dot Pearl on the kitchen window this morning; still there now being buffeted by the wind.
Leaf Miners at Bath University
Many thanks, I shall try and have a look sometime in the next couple of days.
Hi Paul (N),
Good to see you out and about again. At least one can put a name to the earwigs...
Hi Paul (W),
I did have a couple of tenanted mines, but one of the neps had already eloped by the time I transferred them to their permanent container. It took me some minutes to track it down - a 3 mm long, transparent caterpillar is not the easiest thing in the world to find - and that was before it went into the sand to pupate.
There is only one clump of evergreen oak on the campus, up by the lake, adjacent to the temporary fence where construction work has started on the new building; not just suberivora on the oaks but some species of Phyllonorycter too. The campus is very species-rich for leaf-miners, as there is a good variety of native tree species that bring in the moths from the wider countryside, and a good range of planted exotica (or exotics in a Bath-area context, like birch) that bring in the more unusual miners.
Leaf Mines at Bath University campus
Hi Chris - Did you keep any of the tenanted S. suberivora mines to rear on to adults? If not would you be willing to let me know the location on the campus so that I can rear some on to photograph the adults when they emerge?
East Lydford 1/12/14
Same again I'm afraid - nuffink (not even an earwig).
Still a few leaf mines about, in some cases unusually for this time of year. Yesterday a vacated mine of Stigmella obliquella
on willow by the Bishop's Palace moat in Wells, and today a good number of mines, some still tenanted, of Stigmella suberivora
, on holm oak at the University campus in Bath. The latter is a new species for me.
Bishop's Hull 30.11.14
T Min 6.5°C. One Spruce Carpet and four LBAM.
Hodders Combe Lodge garden
Just 4 December Moth in trap this morning.
East Lydford 30/11/14
As far as moths are concerned, another nil return. However, the gloom has been lightened by the appearance of an earwig and several small flies in the MV trap. All is not lost.