Latest Sightings

Archives:

July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006

current posts

 
Thu 8th August 2019 08:05 by William Langdon
Recent Sightings
Garden trapping has been fairly quiet recently and has begun to feel distinctly autumnal with the first Flounced Rustics and Canary-Shouldered Thorns of the year. Highlight has been two Vestals and one Udea ferrugalis last night giving a tantalising hint of migrant activity.

Away from home, now is a good time to look for leaf mines. Neale has kindly confirmed that this is the mine of Trifurcula cryptella, found after a bit of searching on Greater Bird's Foot Trefoil at Langford Heathfield. It appears to be the second county record (and first for VC5) of this nationally scarce A moth, with the other record coming from Shapwick, but it's probably worth looking for in other damp woodland locations.

48 - Trifurcula cryptella mine

48 - Trifurcula cryptella mine

At Dead Woman's Ditch this week, I also found several mines of Stigmella myrtillella, a Bilberry feeding specialist that is also probably quite under-recorded. Most of the mines I found were on lush plants growing under the shade of the oaks rather than on the open heathland. Also here were Twin Spot Carpet, Holly Tortrix, Argyresthia goedartella and conjugella, Epagoge grotiana, Cydia ulicetana, Monochroa cytisella and a Silver Y, as well as the mines of Lyonetia clerkalla and Phyllonorycter sorbi on Rowan.

72 - Stigmella myrtillella mine

72 - Stigmella myrtillella mine

Yesterday I headed down to Hurlstone Point and Porlock Marsh for a wander, and was pleased to find lots of the spiral mines of Enteucha acetosae on the point, already recorded here by James McGill a few years ago.

118 - Enteucha acetosae mine

118 - Enteucha acetosae mine

Down on the marsh Bucculatrix maritima mines were abundant on the Sea Aster, along with several Eucosma tripoliana and a brief view of a male Red-Veined Darter. The highlight came in Bossington village though, with mines and adults of the lovely little Cosmopterix pulchrimella abundant around Pellitory of the Wall, which appears to be the second record for Somerset. This is another species that is on the march and worth looking out for, seemingly preferring coastal sites in other parts of its English range.

896b - Cosmopterix pulchrimella

896b - Cosmopterix pulchrimella

link

Copyright © Somerset Moth Group 2019 Privacy Policy Terms of Use Cookies