Birds, Leps, Observations & Generalities - the images and ramblings of Mark Skevington. Sometimes.

Monday, 30 May 2011

From The Garden Trap 29/05/2011

Two things conspired to reduce the trap list this morning. Firstly a school-boy mothing error on my part - I couldn't be arsed to get up early enough to empty the traps before the Robins and Blackbirds had cleared anything from outside the boxes. Secondly, it was pissing down making my efforts to catch the odd escaping geometer ineffective (as in no effort as I was stood in the shed trying to keep dry). Still the overall catch was pretty good with a few new for the year, and the new 20W CFL actinic held its own again.

Total catch 86 of 36sp.
(125W MV 44 of 20, 20W CFL Actinic 42 of 23)
0263 Apple Leaf Miner (Lyonetia clerkella) 1 (NFY)
0648 White-shouldered House Moth (Endrosis sarcitrella) 1
0937 Agapeta hamana 1 (NFY)
0970 Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix (Pandemis cerasana) 1 (NFY)
0998 Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) 1
1076 Celypha lacunana 1
1083 Marbled Orchard Tortrix (Hedya nubiferana) 1
1115 Ancylis achatana 1 (NFY)
1168 Gypsonoma sociana 1
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 1
1288 Twenty-plume Moth (Alucita hexadactyla) 1
1376 Small Magpie (Eurrhypara hortulata) 2
1392 Udea olivalis 1 (NFY)
1652 Peach Blossom (Thyatira batis) 1 (NFY)
1727 Silver-ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata) 1
1728 Garden Carpet (Xanthorhoe fluctuata) 6
1764 Common Marbled Carpet (Chloroclysta truncata) 4
1827 Freyer's Pug (Eupithecia intricata arceuthata) 1
1834 Common Pug (Eupithecia vulgata) 2
1860 Green Pug (Pasiphila rectangulata) 3
1937 Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria) 1
2061 Buff Ermine (Spilosoma luteum) 1
2089 Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) 22
2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta) 1
2098 Flame (Axylia putris) 1
2102 Flame Shoulder (Ochropleura plecta) 1
2107 Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) 1
2302 Brown Rustic (Rusina ferruginea) 1
2321 Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha) 1
2333 Large Nutmeg (Apamea anceps) 1
2334 Rustic Shoulder-knot (Apamea sordens) 5
2337x Marbled Minor agg. (Oligia strigilis agg.) 9
2340 Middle-barred Minor (Oligia fasciuncula) 3
2384 Vine's Rustic (Hoplodrina ambigua) 3
2387 Mottled Rustic (Caradrina morpheus) 1
2389 Pale Mottled Willow (Paradrina clavipalpis) 1 (NFY)

Gypsonoma sociana

Peach Blossom

Mottled Rustic - yes it's dull but the chances of me having a photo of any given species seems to be inversely proportional to their abundance or attractiveness, so I'm trying to get a few more common ones sorted this year.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

From The Garden Trap

Another belated catch up. Garden moth trapping from the last four nights, none of which were spectacular!

24/05/2011
Total catch 28 of 11sp.

(125W MV 8 of 7, 80W/11W actinic/CFL combo 20 of 7)
0017 Common Swift (Hepialus lupulinus) 1
0449 Ash Bud Moth (Prays fraxinella) 1 (NFY)
1083 Marbled Orchard Tortrix (Hedya nubiferana) 1 (NFY)
1827 Freyer's Pug (Eupithecia intricata arceuthata) 1
1834 Common Pug (Eupithecia vulgata) 1
2028 Pale Tussock (Calliteara pudibunda) 1
2061 Buff Ermine (Spilosoma luteum) 1
2089 Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) 15
2326 Clouded-bordered Brindle (Apamea crenata) 1
2334 Rustic Shoulder-knot (Apamea sordens) 3
2384 Vine's Rustic (Hoplodrina ambigua) 2

25/05/2011
Total catch 53 of 24sp.

(125W MV 29 of 18, 80W/11W actinic/CFL combo 24 of 11)
0332a Firethorn Leaf Miner (Phyllonorycter leucographella) 3
0417 Argyresthia spinosella 1 (NFY)
0464 Diamond-back Moth (Plutella xylostella) 1
0647 Brown House Moth (Hofmannophila pseudospretella) 1
0648 White-shouldered House Moth (Endrosis sarcitrella) 1
1076 Celypha lacunana 3
1376 Small Magpie (Eurrhypara hortulata) 1
1727 Silver-ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata) 1
1728 Garden Carpet (Xanthorhoe fluctuata) 1
1776 Green Carpet (Colostygia pectinataria) 1
1860 Green Pug (Pasiphila rectangulata) 1
1906 Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) 1
1931 Peppered Moth (Biston betularia) 1 (NFY)
1937 Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria) 1
1958 Clouded Silver (Lomographa temerata) 2
2089 Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) 18
2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta) 2
2098 Flame (Axylia putris) 1 (NFY)
2102 Flame Shoulder (Ochropleura plecta) 1
2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character (Xestia c-nigrum) 2 (NFY)
2326 Clouded-bordered Brindle (Apamea crenata) 1
2334 Rustic Shoulder-knot (Apamea sordens) 6
2337x Marbled Minor agg. (Oligia strigilis agg.) 1
2384 Vine's Rustic (Hoplodrina ambigua) 1

Argyresthia spinosella

26/05/2011
Total catch 33 of 13sp.

(125W MV 19 of 10, 20W actinic CFL 14 of 6)
0017 Common Swift (Hepialus lupulinus) 5
0998 Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) 1
1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 1
1076 Celypha lacunana 1
1083 Marbled Orchard Tortrix (Hedya nubiferana) 1
1168 Gypsonoma sociana 1 (NFY)
1728 Garden Carpet (Xanthorhoe fluctuata) 1
1827 Freyer's Pug (Eupithecia intricata arceuthata) 2
1834 Common Pug (Eupithecia vulgata) 1
1860 Green Pug (Pasiphila rectangulata) 1
2089 Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) 14
2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta) 2
2334 Rustic Shoulder-knot (Apamea sordens) 2

Freyer's Pug

27/05/2011
Total catch 36 of 15sp.

(125W MV 18 of 11, 20W actinic CFL 18 of 7)
0409a Argyresthia trifasciata 1
0409b Argyresthia cupressella 1 (NFY)
1083 Marbled Orchard Tortrix (Hedya nubiferana) 1
1764 Common Marbled Carpet (Chloroclysta truncata) 3
1776 Green Carpet (Colostygia pectinataria) 1
1827 Freyer's Pug (Eupithecia intricata arceuthata) 1
1834 Common Pug (Eupithecia vulgata) 1
1937 Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria) 1
2089 Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) 18
2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta) 1
2107 Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) 1 (NFY)
2321 Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha) 1 (NFY)
2334 Rustic Shoulder-knot (Apamea sordens) 2
2337x Marbled Minor agg. (Oligia strigilis agg.) 1
2387 Mottled Rustic (Caradrina morpheus) 2

Argyresthia cupressella

Large Yellow Underwing

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Waiting For The Night To Fall

Conditions tonight are not great for mothing. It was a bit dull and showery today, and it's cloudy but windy tonight and a bit cool. Nevertheless I'm running the traps as Im keen to see whether my newest light source attracts anything. Obviously it'll need a few outings before I pass judgement. It's a 20W compact fluorescent actinic, ostensibly with the same output/power as 120W actinic. It certainly seems bright for a small bulb, and has the advantage of no control gear ...



Since I got home from work and unpackage the bulb, I've been waiting for the night to fall ....

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

I'm Coming Out .......

This week, I have mostly been listening to ..... YES. I have decided to stop trying to hide my liking for this overly long, ridiculously complicated and slightly hippy 70s progressive stuff with a squeaky Lancastrian singing. Or at least I like the Fragile through to Going for the One period.







Tuesday, 24 May 2011

From The Garden Trap - Belated Update

Every now and then you see a bird in some odd out of context place. A few weeks ago I managed to add Red-legged Partridge to the garden list when I could hear one singing in the evening. It sounded close and I assumed it was in the nearest fields to us (out of sight behind other houses though). Tonight I went out for a quick cycle down the lane, and coming home I was confronted by the very odd sight of a Red-legged Partridge singing from the apex of a house roof in the middle of the estate. Still out of sight from the garden mind. I also heard a Yellowhammer much closer to the housing than usual, but sadly not audible from the garden above the M1 road noise.

I haven't run the garden traps since Friday night, mainly due to the high winds and a bit of apathy following the excellent Charnwood Lodge session. Here's a belated summary. The traps are out tonight as the wind has dropped almost completely, though it is clear and likely to be very cool later on.

19/05/2011
Total catch 41 of 24sp.

(125W MV 20 of 15, 80W/11W actinic/compact fluorescent combo 21 of 15)
0648 White-shouldered House Moth (Endrosis sarcitrella) 1
0822 Scrobipalpa acuminatella 1
0998 Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) 1
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 1
1334 Scoparia ambigualis 1 (NFY)
1376 Small Magpie (Eurrhypara hortulata) 2
1742 Yellow Shell (Camptogramma bilineata) 1 (NFY)
1764 Common Marbled Carpet (Chloroclysta truncata) 5
1773 Broken-barred Carpet (Electrophaes corylata) 1
1776 Green Carpet (Colostygia pectinataria) 3
1817 Foxglove Pug (Eupithecia pulchellata) 1
1819 Mottled Pug (Eupithecia exiguata) 2
1827 Freyer's Pug (Eupithecia intricata arceuthata) 1
1834 Common Pug (Eupithecia vulgata) 3
1835 White-spotted Pug (Eupithecia tripunctaria) 2
1920 Scalloped Hazel (Odontopera bidentata) 1
1937 Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria) 1
2028 Pale Tussock (Calliteara pudibunda) 1
2089 Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) 6
2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta) 1
2326 Clouded-bordered Brindle (Apamea crenata) 1
2334 Rustic Shoulder-knot (Apamea sordens) 1
2337x Marbled Minor agg. (Oligia strigilis agg.) 2
2384 Vine's Rustic (Hoplodrina ambigua) 1


20/05/2011
Total catch 40 of 23sp.

(160W blended 15 of 11sp, 80W/11W actinic/tungsten combo 25 of 15)
0017 Common Swift (Hepialus lupulinus) 7
0409a Argyresthia trifasciata 3
0610 Elachista argentella 1
0647 Brown House Moth (Hofmannophila pseudospretella) 1
0822 Scrobipalpa acuminatella 1
0998 Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) 1
1176 Epiblema trimaculana 1
1727 Silver-ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata) 1
1728 Garden Carpet (Xanthorhoe fluctuata) 1
1742 Yellow Shell (Camptogramma bilineata) 1
1776 Green Carpet (Colostygia pectinataria) 1
1834 Common Pug (Eupithecia vulgata) 2
1860 Green Pug (Pasiphila rectangulata) 1
1883 Yellow-barred Brindle (Acasis viretata) 1
1920 Scalloped Hazel (Odontopera bidentata) 2
1958 Clouded Silver (Lomographa temerata) 1
2028 Pale Tussock (Calliteara pudibunda) 1
2061 Buff Ermine (Spilosoma luteum) 1 (NFY)
2089 Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) 6
2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta) 1
2334 Rustic Shoulder-knot (Apamea sordens) 2
2337x Marbled Minor agg. (Oligia strigilis agg.) 1
2387 Mottled Rustic (Caradrina morpheus) 1


The only other thing to update is this Green Oak Tortrix which I reared from a larva on oak from Pickworth Great Wood on 01/05/2011 (emerged 20/05/2011).

Monday, 23 May 2011

We interrupt this blog to bring a proud parent moment ...

It's not often that Isabelle gets a mention on this blog, mainly as she is old enough to have independance and express preference and opinion. This usually means 'no, I don't want to come out with you walking around some boring reserve looking for wildlife things as I'd rather go into town with my mates and have good time being, like, you know - young' ...

One thing she does enjoy and get involved with though is the local youth drama group. They do a couple of invariably good shows a year, either a properly staged play, a sketch show or some musical stuff. On Saturday night they did a show presenting various numbers from west end musicals and Isabelle had a couple of solos. I think she was a bit surprised at the response from everyone who spoke to her and us after the shows, but her rendition of Castle on a Cloud as Cosette from Les Miserables was pretty good I'd say.


Normal blogging service will be resumed in due course ...

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Charnwood Lodge 20/05/2011 Pt 2 - List and More Pics

Small Elephant Hawk-moth

After transcibing and integrating our lists, the overall catch from our Chanrwood Lodge jaunt turned out to be a very respectable species total including many new for the year. It was cool and clear with a bit of a breeze, but stayed dry throughout. We ran a 125W MV light over a sheet for a short while inbetween setting up the traps and topping up the gennies for the night before heading home for some kip, returning just after dawn to empty the 12 traps (8 x 125W MV, 2 x 250W MV, 1 x 250W metal halide and 1 x actinic/tungsten combo).

The total catch was 494 of 74 species. Here's a full listing ...

0017 Common Swift (Hepialus lupulinus) 6
0130 Incurvaria masculella 1
0140 Nematopogon swammerdamella 10
0150 Adela reaumurella 4
0227 Skin Moth (Monopis laevigella) 4
0409a Argyresthia trifasciata 1
0418 Apple Fruit Moth (Argyresthia conjugella) 1 (NFY)
0602 Elachista apicipunctella 6
0636 Denisia similella 6 (NFY)
0770 Carpatolechia proximella 4
1007 Capua vulgana 16
1076 Celypha lacunana 2
1136 Epinotia immundana 1
1301 Crambus lathoniellus 2 (NFY)
1334 Scoparia ambigualis 43
1638 Fox Moth (Macrothylacia rubi) 1 (NFY)
1645 Scalloped Hook-tip (Falcaria lacertinaria) 1 (NFY)
1648 Pebble Hook-tip (Drepana falcataria) 1
1652 Peach Blossom (Thyatira batis) 1 (NFY)
1722 Flame Carpet (Xanthorhoe designata) 2
1725 Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet (Xanthorhoe ferrugata) 1
1727 Silver-ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata) 1
1764 Common Marbled Carpet (Chloroclysta truncata) 6
1768 Grey Pine Carpet (Thera obeliscata) 18 (NFY)
1776 Green Carpet (Colostygia pectinataria) 11
1817 Foxglove Pug (Eupithecia pulchellata) 3
1834 Common Pug (Eupithecia vulgata) 3
1835 White-spotted Pug (Eupithecia tripunctaria) 1
1837 Grey Pug (Eupithecia subfuscata) 2
1844 Ochreous Pug (Eupithecia indigata) 3 (NFY)
1856 Larch Pug (Eupithecia lariciata) 1 (NFY)
1857 Dwarf Pug (Eupithecia tantillaria) 2 (NFY)
1893 Tawny-barred Angle (Macaria liturata) 4
1902 Brown Silver-line (Petrophora chlorosata) 101
1904 Scorched Wing (Plagodis dolabraria) 6 (NFY)
1906 Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) 7
1920 Scalloped Hazel (Odontopera bidentata) 17
1931 Peppered Moth (Biston betularia) 2 (NFY)
1947 Engrailed (Ectropis bistortata) 1
1951 Grey Birch (Aethalura punctulata) 3 (NFY)
1956 Common Wave (Cabera exanthemata) 1
1957 White-pinion Spotted (Lomographa bimaculata) 3
1979 Lime Hawk-moth (Mimas tiliae) 3
1992 Small Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila porcellus) 8 (NFY)
2000 Iron Prominent (Notodonta dromedarius) 6
2003 Pebble Prominent (Notodonta ziczac) 4
2006 Lesser Swallow Prominent (Pheosia gnoma) 3
2008 Coxcomb Prominent (Ptilodon capucina) 2 (NFY)
2011 Pale Prominent (Pterostoma palpina) 1
2014 Marbled Brown (Drymonia dodonaea) 16 (NFY)
2028 Pale Tussock (Calliteara pudibunda) 24
2043 Orange Footman (Eilema sororcula) 14
2060 White Ermine (Spilosoma lubricipeda) 10
2061 Buff Ermine (Spilosoma luteum) 13 (NFY)
2063 Muslin Moth (Diaphora mendica) 1
2064 Ruby Tiger (Phragmatobia fuliginosa) 2
2069 Cinnabar (Tyria jacobaeae) 6 (NFY)
2089 Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) 1
2098 Flame (Axylia putris) 1 (NFY)
2102 Flame Shoulder (Ochropleura plecta) 9
2120 Ingrailed Clay (Diarsia mendica) 2 (NFY)
2147 Shears (Hada plebeja) 8 (NFY)
2158 Pale-shouldered Brocade (Lacanobia thalassina) 5 (NFY)
2163 Broom Moth (Melanchra pisi) 1 (NFY)
2188 Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) 1
2205 Shoulder-striped Wainscot (Mythimna comma) 13 (NFY)
2289 Knot Grass (Acronicta rumicis) 1
2301 Bird's Wing (Dypterygia scabriuscula) 1 (NFY)
2302 Brown Rustic (Rusina ferruginea) 3
2305 Small Angle Shades (Euplexia lucipara) 1 (NFY)
2306 Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa) 1
2326 Clouded-bordered Brindle(Apamea crenata ab. combusta) 1
2334 Rustic Shoulder-knot (Apamea sordens) 2
2422 Green Silver-lines (Pseudoips prasinana britannica) 20

Denisia similella

Flame Carpet - a much smarter individual than from Cossington Meadows a few weeks ago

Coxcomb Prominent

Orange Footman

Marbled Brown

Larch Pug - a bit knackered

Brown Silver-line

See the last post for Noctuid pics.

Charnwood Lodge 20/05/2011 Pt 1 - Noctuids

Green Silver-lines

Ingrailed Clay

Bird's Wing

Shears

Pale-shouldered Brocade

Shoulder-striped Wainscot

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Fine Foxy Female

Another overnight mothing effort last night, this time at Charnwood Lodge with Adrian Russell. Lots of things in pots to photograph, and 12 traps worth of digital dictaphone to transcribe. Overall species mix was pretty good though numbers were low. Ahead of all that it's worth mentioning that we managed to record one of our targets, though we were probably a week or two early for the usual VC55 flight seasons for the others (Glaucous Shears, Beautiful Snout and Red-necked Footman). The one we did record was this ...

Fox Moth

Okay it's a drab grey-brown looking female with not much charisma, but in VC55 terms this is a mega. We recorded it here in 2006 which was the first VC55 record since the 70's, and despite it's nationally common status we get it nowhere else.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Down the Lane

Had a very relaxing amble down the lane yesterday evening - it took me almost 2 hours as every few steps I stopped to net something, look at something or photograph something. Lots of Cocksfoot Moths flitting about, along with fewer Mompha epilobiella, Parornix anglicella, Celypha lacunana, Syndemis musculana, Epiblema cynosbatella and this ..

Yellow-tail

Lots of beetles too, with Common Malachite Beetles all along the lane, loads of Green Dock Beetle larvae destroying their foodplant, Chrysolina polita, Cardinal Beetle, 2-Spot, 7-Spot and 14-Spot ladybirds. Even more bugs - the vast majority of which were the nymphs of the common grass feeding species Leptopterna dolabrata, plus Stenodema laevigata, Red and Black Froghopper, and this wacky looking but very common leafhopper ..

Potato Leafhopper

I grabbed a few flowering grasses to try and ID - pretty hopeless effort to be honest. I got Barren Brome sorted quite easily, and I think this is Meadow Foxtail, but otherwise more work required ..


Flowering plants included some Bittersweet across a ditch that I couldn't get near enough to photograph, some White Campion and these ..

Pineapple Mayweed

White Clover

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Heard the one about the German, the Greek and the Irishman ....

"Stoat, Stoat you say. Shalla one fetcha ones gun?"
"No, no you thick Royal twat to be sure. It's Stout, it's a drink."
"Hmmm, yees. I hear it keeps one regular, though a little solid like black bricks. It's been a long while since I had anything stiff in that department .... not since my Annus horribilis"


A little quieter in the garden last night, not helped by the breeze, a little drizzle and a Robin that beat me to it.

Total catch 54 of 29sp.
(125W MV 24 of 16, 80W/11W actinic/compact fluorescent combo 30 of 19)
0017 Common Swift (Hepialus lupulinus) 3
0227 Skin Moth (Monopis laevigella) 1 (NFY)
0409a Argyresthia trifasciata 1
0610 Elachista argentella 1
0647 Brown House Moth (Hofmannophila pseudospretella) 1
0883 Mompha raschkiella 1
0986 Syndemis musculana 1
0998 Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) 2
1136 Epinotia immundana 1 (NFY)
1428 Bee Moth (Aphomia sociella) 2
1727 Silver-ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata) 1
1738 Common Carpet (Epirrhoe alternata) 1
1764 Common Marbled Carpet (Chloroclysta truncata) 8
1827 Freyer's Pug (Eupithecia intricata arceuthata) 1
1834 Common Pug (Eupithecia vulgata) 2
1860 Green Pug (Pasiphila rectangulata) 3
1906 Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) 2
1920 Scalloped Hazel (Odontopera bidentata) 3
1937 Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria) 1
1955 Common White Wave (Cabera pusaria) 1 (NFY)
1958 Clouded Silver (Lomographa temerata) 4
1991 Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor) 1 (NFY)
2089 Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) 5
2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta) 1
2160 Bright-line Brown-eye (Lacanobia oleracea) 1
2302 Brown Rustic (Rusina ferruginea) 1
2334 Rustic Shoulder-knot (Apamea sordens) 1
2337x Marbled Minor agg. (Oligia strigilis agg.) 2
2384 Vine's Rustic (Hoplodrina ambigua) 1

Shuttle-shaped Dart

Heart and Dart

Bright-line Brown-eye

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

From The Garden Trap 16/05/2011

The garden mothing was markedly improved last night, not least due to the aforeposted garden macro tick. Can't explain why the actinic/compact fluorescent outperformed the MV so well, and it was this trap that brought in the Puss Moth. Hopefully the numbers will stay up; soon approaching the time of year when trap reports will be summarised to firsts for the garden/year, biggest counts and other highlights.

Total catch 73 of 37sp.
(125W MV 27 of 19, 80W/11W actinic/compact fluorescent combo 46 of 29)
0017 Common Swift (Hepialus lupulinus) 1 (NFY)
0266 Bucculatrix nigricomella 1
0332a Firethorn Leaf Miner (Phyllonorycter leucographella) 1
0409a Argyresthia trifasciata 5
0647 Brown House Moth (Hofmannophila pseudospretella) 2
0648 White-shouldered House Moth (Endrosis sarcitrella) 3
0822 Scrobipalpa acuminatella 1
0874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
0883 Mompha raschkiella 1
0892 Mompha subbistrigella 1
0998 Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) 1
1076 Celypha lacunana 1
1428 Bee Moth (Aphomia sociella) 2
1727 Silver-ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata) 1
1764 Common Marbled Carpet (Chloroclysta truncata) 2
1817 Foxglove Pug (Eupithecia pulchellata) 1
1819 Mottled Pug (Eupithecia exiguata) 3
1827 Freyer's Pug (Eupithecia intricata arceuthata) 3
1834 Common Pug (Eupithecia vulgata) 1
1837 Grey Pug (Eupithecia subfuscata) 2
1860 Green Pug (Pasiphila rectangulata) 3 (NFY)
1906 Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) 1
1920 Scalloped Hazel (Odontopera bidentata) 3
1937 Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria) 1 (NFY)
1958 Clouded Silver (Lomographa temerata) 4
1995 Puss Moth (Cerura vinula) 1 (FFG)
2087 Turnip Moth (Agrotis segetum) 2 (NFY)
2089 Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) 10
2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta) 2
2160 Bright-line Brown-eye (Lacanobia oleracea) 1
2302 Brown Rustic (Rusina ferruginea) 3 (NFY)
2326 Clouded-bordered Brindle (Apamea crenata) 1
2333 Large Nutmeg (Apamea anceps) 1 (NFY)
2334 Rustic Shoulder-knot (Apamea sordens) 2
2337x Marbled Minor agg. (Oligia strigilis agg.) 1
2387 Mottled Rustic (Caradrina morpheus) 1 (NFY)
2450 Spectacle (Abrostola tripartita) 2


Here's a not very colourful selection ..

Bee Moth

Green Pug

Willow Beauty

Turnip Moth

Brown Rustic

Large Nutmeg

PUSSY!

Excellent garden macro tick, and a long-awaited one at that ...

Alright, not the smartest freshest individual but I'll take it.

Monday, 16 May 2011

From The Garden Trap 15/05/2011

An improvement in species, numbers still a bit low for mid-May.

Total catch 40 of 24sp.
(125W MV 13 of 10, 80W/11W actinic/compact flourescent 26 of 15)
0409a Argyresthia trifasciata 1
0610 Elachista argentella 1 (NFY)
0874 Blastobasis lacticolella 1
1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 1
1176 Epiblema trimaculana 2 (NFY)
1728 Garden Carpet (Xanthorhoe fluctuata) 1
1738 Common Carpet (Epirrhoe alternata) 1 (NFY)
1764 Common Marbled Carpet (Chloroclysta truncata) 1
1776 Green Carpet (Colostygia pectinataria) 2
1819 Mottled Pug (Eupithecia exiguata) 2
1825 Lime-speck Pug (Eupithecia centaureata) 1 (NFY)
1827 Freyer's Pug (Eupithecia intricata arceuthata) 2
1834 Common Pug (Eupithecia vulgata) 1
1906 Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) 2
1920 Scalloped Hazel (Odontopera bidentata) 1
1958 Clouded Silver (Lomographa temerata) 1
2060 White Ermine (Spilosoma lubricipeda) 1
2089 Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) 7
2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta) 1
2326 Clouded-bordered Brindle (Apamea crenata) 1 (NFY)
2334 Rustic Shoulder-knot (Apamea sordens) 3
2337x Marbled Minor agg. (Oligia strigilis agg.) 3 (NFY)
2340 Middle-barred Minor (Oligia fasciuncula) 1 (NFY)
2384 Vine's Rustic (Hoplodrina ambigua) 1

Elachista argentella

Clouded-bordered Brindle

Green Carpet

Middle-barred Minor

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Smart Malachite

Found this down the lane today during a very brief stop en route from dropping Alex off at a party.

Common Malachite Beetle

Probably the smartest thing I've seen all week. Garden mothing has remained rubbish on every attempt. I've rounded it up here more out of some odd sense of duty rather than it being interesting. It can only get better!

09/05/2011
Netted late afternoon

0247 Tinea trinotella 2
0409a Argyresthia trifasciata 20
0647 Brown House Moth (Hofmannophila pseudospretella) 1
0883 Mompha raschkiella 1 (NFY)
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 1
1288 Twenty-plume Moth (Alucita hexadactyla) 1


09/05/2011
Total catch 16 of 10sp.

(125W MV 6 of 5, 80W/11W actinic/compact flourescent 10 of 7)
1376 Small Magpie (Eurrhypara hortulata) 1 (NFY)
1428 Bee Moth (Aphomia sociella) 1
1727 Silver-ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata) 1
1728 Garden Carpet (Xanthorhoe fluctuata) 2
1819 Mottled Pug (Eupithecia exiguata) 2
1834 Common Pug (Eupithecia vulgata) 4
1906 Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) 1
1920 Scalloped Hazel (Odontopera bidentata) 1
2089 Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) 2
2334 Rustic Shoulder-knot (Apamea sordens) 1


11/05/2011
Total catch 22 of 15sp.

(125W MV 11 of 9, 80W/11W actinic/compact flourescent 11 of 9)
0247 Tinea trinotella 1
0648 White-shouldered House Moth (Endrosis sarcitrella) 2
0822 Scrobipalpa acuminatella 1
0998 Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) 1
1376 Small Magpie (Eurrhypara hortulata) 1
1727 Silver-ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata) 1
1834 Common Pug (Eupithecia vulgata) 1
1906 Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) 2
1920 Scalloped Hazel (Odontopera bidentata) 1
2011 Pale Prominent (Pterostoma palpina) 1 (NFY)
2028 Pale Tussock (Calliteara pudibunda) 1
2089 Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) 1
2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta) 3
2160 Bright-line Brown-eye (Lacanobia oleracea) 3
2334 Rustic Shoulder-knot (Apamea sordens) 2


14/05/2011
Total catch 12 of 9sp.

(125W MV 2 of 2, 80W/11W actinic/compact flourescent 10 of 8)
0409a Argyresthia trifasciata 1
0822 Scrobipalpa acuminatella 1
1727 Silver-ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata) 1
1764 Common Marbled Carpet (Chloroclysta truncata) 2
1834 Common Pug (Eupithecia vulgata) 3
2028 Pale Tussock (Calliteara pudibunda) 1
2060 White Ermine (Spilosoma lubricipeda) 1 (NFY)
2089 Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) 1
2334 Rustic Shoulder-knot (Apamea sordens) 1