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

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Dayfliers +

A walk down the lane yesterday afternoon was quiet - maybe too hot and sunny for a lot of the wildlife too! A chuntering Lesser Whitethroat and singing Yellowhammer were the only notable avian accompaniments. Swishing my net alongside the hawthorn hedgerow and nettle-infested verge yielded a few moths, including the main target - Pammene rhediella (Fruitlet Mining Tortrix). I really like this dainty tort and the lane hedgerow seems to be good for them. Also a few Anthophila fabriciana (Nettle-tap), one or two Adela reaumurella and a single Elachista apicipunctella.

Pammene rhediella

Anthophila fabriciana

I also noted this nesting Woodpigeon on the embankment yesterday. If you click for big you can see the nest platform incorporates a few alder cones.

A couple of plants from the lane yesterday aswell. One that I don't know (but wouldn't be surprised if someone pointed out it was Oilseed Rape!) and one that I think is Common Groundsel. My botanical knowledge is woeful - trying to embed a few flowering plants into the braincells this year.

And here's a horrible Black Sexton Beetle from the Cossington session ..

The garden traps were not so good last night. Total catch was a mere 17 of 13sp. (125W MV 10 of 10; 160W blended 7 of 6)
0608 Elachista rufocinerea 1
0648 White-shouldered House Moth (Endrosis sarcitrella) 1
0697 Agonopterix arenella 1
0986 Syndemis musculana 1 (NFY)
1651 Chinese Character (Cilix glaucata) 1
1834 Common Pug (Eupithecia vulgata) 2
1852 Brindled Pug (Eupithecia abbreviata) 1
1853 Oak-tree Pug (Eupithecia dodoneata) 3
1862 Double-striped Pug (Gymnoscelis rufifasciata) 1
1883 Yellow-barred Brindle (Acasis viretata) 1
2028 Pale Tussock (Calliteara pudibunda) 1 (NFY)
2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta) 1
2190 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) 2

The garden and overall yearlists are up to date with the above (63 / 106 respectively excluding the odd species pending confirmation).

We're heading down to Devon later today to visit the outlaws. Only a short break but I'll take a couple of traps and hopefully get a little bit of birding in. Blog posts may be sparse or absent until Tuesday .....


Trent Duval said...

That looks like a Rape case down your local lane Skev....have a good trip

Anonymous said...

Mark, i`d confidently say the first floral pic is Common Wintercress.