Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Autumn time

Feathered Thorn

The Brick
I've only been getting a few moths each time I trap, mainly a mix of Grey-pine Carpet, Feathered Thorn, the occasional Chestnut and November/Winter moth(Epiritta sp.) which is hardly surprising considering how cold it's been...hopefully next year will be a better year for moths in my garden.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Catch up time

I'm sorry that I haven't been regularly updating the blog recently but a family crisis has eaten up a lot of my spare time, I have still been trapping as often as possible and I've had some interesting moths so here are some of them.

Red Line Quaker

Dusky Thorn

Angle Striped Sallow

Brindled Green

Lunar Underwing

Brindled Green ab - no green!

Beaded Chestnut

Blair's Shoulder Knot

Beaded Chestnut

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Rustic & Sallow time

Square-spot Rustic

The Sallow

Flounced Rustic

Centre Barred Sallow

The Sallow

Rosy Rustic
Plenty of assorted Yellow Underwings are still making a nuisance of themselves but the prettier Rustic and Sallow moths are showing up in reasonable numbers now to make up for it.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

That's better....

Ypsolopha parenthesella

Ypsolopha parenthesella(again)

Small Square Spot

Square Spot Rustic

Feathered Gothic

Calamatropha paludella

Dark Sword Grass
The new lamp almost doubled the catch on Monday night and it included some beauties including my first ever Feathered Gothic, I also got the second Dark Sword Grass for this year but this one didn't manage to fly off before I got a photo.  The Gold Spot moths have started to turn up in decent numbers again including one which is quite different in appearance so I'm hoping it's a Lempke's Gold Spot, I'll be sending it to my county recorder so he can get it checked properly and I'll let you know the result as soon as I have it.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Not very bright!

Small China Mark

Mouse Moth

Six Striped Rustic
Some of you may know that I recently purchased a large collection of butterfly and moth specimens plus a huge amount of setting and collecting equipment so I've been very busy with that recently as well as being in the midst of a family crisis. I have tried to put the trap out at least every other night(or in the kitchen doorway if it's been raining) but I have been very disappointed by the lack of moths compared to last year. I've sorted the collection now and the family crisis has just about sorted itself so with tonight being the warmest night for 2 weeks I put the trap out, I looked at it and realised that the lamp was nowhere near as bright as it should be so I swapped it for a new one and within seconds(literally!) the moths came swarming over. I get a bad feeling that I've been attempting to trap with a 'dull' lamp for the last few weeks and hopefully things will pick up again now it's been replaced.
 Anyway the last 7 days have managed 3 new species including one NFG Macro(Mouse Moth) and one Small China Mark(NFG)(ID thanks to Bill)

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Another weeks worth

Least Yellow Underwing

Catoptria pinella

Agriphila tristella

Small Ranunculus

Flame Carpet

Red Underwing

Straw Underwing?

Turnip Moth
After saying how quiet things have been in my last blog it has now started to pick up a bit, still not up to the numbers recorded this time last year but getting there and plenty of NFY and NFG species turning up.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Another handful


Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Eucosma campoliliana


I've been trapping every other night but it's very quiet compared to this time last year, the temperatures have been low which could explain up to a point but there just don't seem to be as many moths in my garden this year?. I've still managed a few newbies this week though with a Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing(NFY) and a  Lychnis which is NFG as well as a few others I'm not sure of.(ID thanks to Matt for the Nutmeg(NFG)) ID thanks to Skev for the Eucosma campoliliana.

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Beautiful Golden-Y, Rhyacionia pinicolana? & Copper Underwing +

Beautiful Golden-Y
Rhyacionia pinicolana?

Shaded Broad-bar

Copper Underwing
A reasonable night last night with the first ever Beautiful Golden-Y, I also got what could be Rhyacionia pinicolana and Shaded Broad-bar which are both NFG.

2 Beautiful Golden-Y(NFG)
1 Shaded Broad-bar(NFG)
1 Copper Underwing(NFY)
1 Rhyacionia pinicolana(NFG)

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

10 more newbies inc Brown-line Bright-eye, Pale Mottled Willow and Pyrausta purpuralis?

Brown-line Bright-eye

Pale Mottled Willow

Pyrausta purpuralis

Acrobasis consociella

Honeysuckle Moth

Gold Triangle

Bordered Pug

Common Carpet

Yellow Shell
My trapping has been a bit sporadic recently due to the ever changing weather and time limitations but quite a few NFG and 1 NFY have turned up.

Brown-line Bright-eye(NFG)
Pale Mottled Willow(NFY)
Pyrausta purpuralis(NFG)?
Acrobasis consociella(NFG)(ID thanks Steve)
Honeysuckle Moth(NFG)
Mottled Rustic(NFG)?
Gold Triangle(NFG)(ID thanks Steve)
Bordered Pug(NFG)
Common Carpet(first one I've managed to get a decent photo of!)
Yellow Shell(not nfy or nfg but a beautiful specimen so I had to share it)