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

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Chiffys & Garden Mothing

A major migrant fall in and around my garden today - with at least two Chiffchaffs .......  Okay, not exactly a classic fall. Maybe not even migrants. Who knows! There were definitely two together, but I strongly suspect that there were actually three knocking about.

Despite patience, stealth and oodles of fieldcraft, the blighters were constantly zipping about 'sweeo'ing to each other and this blurry 'about to vacate the dogwood' shot is the best I managed.

Yesterday morning I potted up a Phyllonorycter that I thought was another kleemannella, and then promptly forgot to check until today when I realised it wasn't. I managed a very poor shot, but everything fits for a worn Phyllonorycter ulmifoliella - a first for me and the garden. Not sure what other VC55 records there are, but it must be common as it is on birch.

The garden traps were uninspiring last night, with a first for the year Sallow conclusively closing the door on summer, and the only other moth of note being a second Mompha propinquella for the garden.

Total catch 168 of 31sp.
(125W MV 59 of 19, 22W/18W Synergetic/CFL combo 109 of 22)

0455 Ypsolopha scabrella 1
0462 Ypsolopha sequella 1
0647 Brown House Moth (Hofmannophila pseudospretella) 1
0888 Mompha propinquella 1
0998 Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) 2
1036 Acleris forsskaleana 1
1042 Rhomboid Tortrix (Acleris rhombana) 1
1048 Garden Rose Tortrix (Acleris variegana) 3
1076 Celypha lacunana 1
1138 Epinotia nisella 1
1219 Lathronympha strigana 1
1260 Cydia splendana 1
1309 Agriphila geniculea 16
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1707 Small Dusty Wave (Idaea seriata) 1
1728 Garden Carpet (Xanthorhoe fluctuata) 8
1764 Common Marbled Carpet (Chloroclysta truncata) 2
1862 Double-striped Pug (Gymnoscelis rufifasciata) 3
1906 Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) 3
1937 Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria) 6
2107 Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) 48
2109 Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes) 40
2110 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua fimbriata) 1
2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character (Xestia c-nigrum) 3
2133 Six-striped Rustic (Xestia sexstrigata) 1
2134 Square-spot Rustic (Xestia xanthographa) 9
2274 Sallow (Xanthia icteritia) 1 (NFY)
2321 Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha) 1
2343x Common Rustic agg. (Mesapamea secalis agg.) 1
2353 Flounced Rustic (Luperina testacea) 1
2384 Vine's Rustic (Hoplodrina ambigua) 7


Common Marbled Carpet

Garden Rose Tortrix

Mompha propinquella

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