Monday, 15 October 2018
Friday, 12 October 2018
Thursday, 11 October 2018
Figure of eight
I was hoping for a lengthy session trapping for migrants in the
SE winds, but torrential rain stopped play at 10.20pm. I did
get one of my target moths, Figure of eight, but no migrants.
15 sp in all with Barred sallow (6) being the most numerous.
Sunday, 7 October 2018
Also has a Painted Lady butterfly in the garden yesterday afternoon (my first this year).
Friday, 5 October 2018
Thursday, 4 October 2018
Friday, 28 September 2018
Quite a lot of searching finally produced this single individual, tucked amongst the vegetation around its foodplant Rock Sea Lavendar. I took lots of photos but it wasn't til I got home that I spotted the pupal case so presumably it must have just hatched. The case was actually attached to a succulent but I can't seem to identify it.
|Agdistis meridionalis with pupal case|
|The same moth, head on|
|Habitat shot with the moth and pupal case just visible|
Thursday, 27 September 2018
records in TMOG, all singletons.
They were so small I initially mistook them for Brussels lace.
18 sp in all, inc Large ranunculus, 2 second brood Small fan
footed waves, Mecyna asinalis and Dark swordgrass.
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
I think someone has to have purchased some Box hedging plants locally as another two of the normal form of Cydalima perspectalis, were in the trap. Among the usual underwings were four Large Ranunculus, two Sallow and a couple of Dark Sword Grass.
Sunday, 16 September 2018
I've started to get some nice Autumnal moths over the last week. Friday night produced two Sallows, a couple of Large Ranunculus and another Red Underwing.
Saturday, 15 September 2018
Thursday, 6 September 2018
Monday, 3 September 2018
The trap was filled with Large Yellow Underwing, Lesser Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing and Square-spot Rustic. A few other regulars Light Emerald, Angle Shades, Copper Underwing, Yellow-barred Brindle and also a rather monochromatic looking Small Ranunculus? I think. At first I thought it was a Broad-barred White, as of no yellow/orange colouring. Flight time is a bit late also. Any thoughts welcome.
The best of the evening were three nice Tortrix moths. Some help needed but I think I may have them correct.
Sunday, 2 September 2018
This seems to be the first VC41 record, though it is doubtless under-recorded as it needs to be specifically looked for and this usually means a hands-and-knees search. The mines we found are probably first generation mines, so there should be a new crop of mines from the second generation over the next few weeks. These should be visible until the Bilberry leaves drop in October/November.
Saturday, 1 September 2018
|Elephant Eggar Moth|
|the diminutive A. rotundella|
|not checked this, but presumably just an odd Flounced Rustic|
|plenty Mullein Waves|
|the petite A. purprea|
Friday, 31 August 2018
Ok so more of a word of caution rather than a clamp down but I will be questioning Agriphila selasella records as some of you will already be aware. Something that looks like Agriphila tristella but has a white median line is not automatically Agriphila selasella - the differences are a bit more subtle than that!
In Goater's book he refers to a facial cone, which I never understood until I came across Chris Lewis' website here.
This is a nice example of a white-lined tristella that I caught last night.
I always thought that the cone was the furry bit above the palps, but in fact on my photo here it is more of pronounced jutting forehead above the eyes.
It is not clear on Paul's photo of a selasella from Margam a month ago, but what his photo does show is the nice even white median line, which on my photo you can just about make out gets narrower around the half way mark.
Tuesday, 28 August 2018
Overnight trapping with MV light produced 98 moths of 28 species, dominated by 45 Large Yellow Underwing. The highlights were our first ever Treble-bar (440th garden species) and a lovely Red Underwing, only the third record for us. Chinese Character was new for the year but there were also some nice Turnip and Small Square-spot.