Monday, 31 May 2010

Common Swift & Cabbage Moth

It stayed at 10c and the rain predicted for 1am didn't arrive so I had a reasonable night with Common Swift new for my garden and my first Cabbage Moth of the year which takes me to over 100 garden species for this year. I also got a micro I'm not sure of and a Pug that looks different to me but having said that you could probably line up 10 of the same type of Pug and they would all look different in some way.
Nemophora metallica

??? micro#1

??? Pug#1

Cabbage Moth

Common Swift
 I've also included a photo of Nemophora metallica which I caught earlier today at Elvaston Castle country can easily see why they call them 'longhorn' moths.
 The trap was out from 9:30pm to 3:20am

3 Light Brown Apple Moth
3 Brimstone
1 Common Swift(NFG)
1 Green Carpet
1 Cabbage Moth(NFY)
3 Flame Shoulder
1 Common Marbled Carpet
1 Pale Tussock
2 Mottled Pug
1 Common Pug
1 Ochreous Pug
2 Scalloped Hazel
1 Scalloped Hazel(f.nigra)
8 Heart + Dart
3 Shuttle Shaped Dart
1 Bright-line Brown-eye
7 Rustic Shoulder Knot
2 Garden Carpet
1 Tinea trinotella
2 Argyresthia trifasciata
1 ??? micro#1
1 ??? Pug#1

Monday, 24 May 2010

Oak Hook-Tip, Small Magpie & another ???? micro

Incurvaria oehlmanniella
Small Magpie

Oak Hook-tip
Cooler and quieter again but still a few new faces for the year as well as another new micro, from the 2 diamond shapes on it's back you would think it might be a Diamond-back Moth but life couldn't be that simple now could it?.
The trap was out from 9:40pm till 3:45am
1 Poplar Hawk
2 Brimstone
2 Scalloped Hazel
2 Flame Shoulder
2 Common Pug
3 Mottled Pug
1 Shuttle Shaped Dart
2 Rustic Shoulder Knot
1 Heart + Dart
1 Epiblema cynosbatella
1 Pale Tussock
2 Common Marbled Carpet
1 Campion
1 Oak Hook-tip(NFY)
1 Small Magpie(NFY)
1 E. Monodactyla
4 Small Brown Apple Moth
1 Incurvaria oehlmanniella(ID thanks Ben)

Silver-Y, Marbled Beauty, Phlyctaenia coronata & 127 Argyresthia Trifasciata

Broken Barred Carpet

Silver Y

Common Marbled Carpet

Marbled Beauty

Phlyctaenia coronata

Ethmia quadrillella

Phtheochroa rugosana

Syndemis musculana

Pseudoswammerdamia combinella
Another warm night = another busy night with a lot of micros in comparison to the macros.....a few new year ticks, a few new garden ticks and 127 Argyresthia Trifasciata invading the trap(and that was just the ones I managed to find) meant the trap took a while to empty.
 I did manage to get a photo of a Common Marbled Carpet this time and another Carpet moth I'm not sure of plus the usual random micros, I'm pretty sure one is a Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix but the others I'm holding out on guessing at.
 The trap was out from 9:40pm till 3:30am

127 Argyresthia Trifasciata
9 Light Brown Apple Moth
4 Waved Umber
3 Flame Shoulder
3 Brimstone
3 Bee Moth
3 Heart + Dart
3 Common Marbled Carpet
2 Green Carpet
3 Garden Carpet
1 Common Carpet
3 Shuttle Shaped Dart
1 Lime Hawk
2 Codling Moth
2 Ancylis Badiana
2 E. Monodactyla
1 Pyrausta aurata
2 Scalloped Hazel
1 Silver-Y(NFY)
1 Phlyctaenia coronata(NFY)
1 Marbled Beauty(NFY)
1 Pale Tussock
1 Bright-line Brown-eye
2 Rustic Shoulder Knot
2 Brown House Moth
1 Tinea trinotella
1 Small Fan-foot
3 Epiblema cynosbatella
3 Common Pug
4 Mottled Pug
1 Syndemis musculana(NFG)(ID thanks Ben)
1 Broken Barred Carpet(NFG)(ID thanks Ben)
1 Ethmia quadrillella(NFG)(ID thanks Ben)
2 Phtheochroa rugosana(NFG)(ID thanks Ben)
1 Pseudoswammerdamia combinella(NFG)(ID thanks Ben)

Friday, 21 May 2010

The calm after the storm

Flame Shoulder

Much quieter again tonight even though the temperature stayed around 11c but it was clear-ish skies and that moon again spoiling my fun, I still managed to get a couple of 'new for year' ticks for my garden namely Campion and Flame Shoulder.
 The trap was out from 9:45pm till 3:30am

3 Light Brown Apple Moth
1 Chinese Character
1 Muslin Moth
3 Scalloped Hazel
1 Shuttle Shaped Dart
1 Bee Moth
1 Heart + Dart
1 Campion
1 Flame Shoulder
1 Early Grey
3 Common Pug
1 Common Carpet
1 Dark/Grey Dagger
1 Least Black Arches
1 Pale Tussock

Not so busy tonight

Lime Hawk
Cochylis atricapitana
Agapeta hamana
Eudonia truncicolella
????#1 micro
Peppered Moth
Codling Moth

Spruce Carpet
I was out till midnight so I left the MBT set up ready for my wife to plug in once it started getting dark(9:30 apparently!), when I got back there wasn't much in the trap so I got the MV out and swapped them over. I was curious to see if the MBT caught anything the MV hasn't had recently but apart from 1 micro there wasn't anything different in there. It was a few degrees cooler at 12c and the sky was clear with a fairly bright half moon so it wasn't as busy as Wednesday night but a few new micros my first Codling and Peppered Moth of the year as well as another Lime Hawk(much nicer) made it all worthwhile.

MBT out from 9:30pm till 12:10am

1 Poplar Kitten
1 Waved Umber
1 Pine Beauty
1 Hebrew Character
1 ???#1 micro

MV out from 12:15 to 3:30am

1 Lime Hawk
1 Waved Umber
1 Brimstone
1 Peppered Moth(NFY)
1 Spruce Carpet
3 Common Carpet
3 Light Brown Apple Moth
1 Codling Moth(NFY)
1 Brindled Pug
3 Common Pug
2 Foxglove Pug
1 Bright-line Brown-eye
2 Rustic Shoulder Knot
3 Argyresthia trifasciata
2 Eudonia augustea(NFG?)
1 Agapeta hamana(NFG)
1 Cochylis atricapitana(NFG)

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

It was still 14c at 3am! well do you think I did?

Pyrausta Aurata
Poplar Hawk
Lime Hawk
Argyresthia trifasciata

Tinea trinotella
Ocherous Pug
Eyed Hawk
Small Fan Foot
Green Carpet

Mottled Pug

Bee Moth(female)

Bee Moth(male)

Agnopterix arenella

Esperia Sulphella

Pale Prominent
It was like that know the one...where there are so many moths you can't cope, every time you get one in the net two more appear before you've had time to pot have to keep nipping inside to take photos because you keep running out of pots...etc....
It started well and it got better with the temperature only dropping one degree in 6 hours....I won't waffle any more just look at the photos and the list(though it has to be said I failed to get any photos of a few a I got such bad photos of 3 micros they are impossible to ID so the list should be bigger but it was too hectic to keep up with everything). The Lime Hawk was very worn and looked a bit 'scary' because of it but the other 2 Hawks looked very fresh

The trap was out from 9:30pm till 3:15am

8 Light Brown Apple Moth
4 Waved Umber
5 Pale Tussock
4 Common Pug
5 Mottled Pug
3 Brindled Pug
1 Ocherous Pug(ID thanks Ben)
1 Grey/Dark Dagger
1 Green Carpet(NFY)
2 Common Carpet(NFY)
1 Common Marbled Carpet(NFY)(no photo)
1 Spruce Carpet(NFY)
5 Bee Moth(NFY)
1 Lime Hawk(NFG)
1 Poplar Hawk(NFY)
1 Eyed Hawk(NFG)
1 Early Grey
2 Brimstone(NFY)
3 Twenty Plume
2 Brown House Moth
1 Bright-line Brown-eye
3 Rustic Shoulder Knot
1 Scalloped Hazel
1 E. Monodactyla
3 Micropterix Calthella
1 Shuttle Shaped Dart
1 Epiblema Cynosbastella
1 Pyrausta Aurata(NFY)
1 Esperia Sulphella(NFG)
1 Pale Prominent(NFY)
1 Mother Of Pearl(NFY)(no photo!)
1 Tinea trinotella(ID thanks Ben)
1 Argyresthia trifasciata(ID thanks Skev)
1 Agonopterix arenella(ID thanks Matt)
1 Small Fan-Foot(NFG)

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Heart + Dart & Scalloped Hazel(f.nigra) plus a couple more Pugs

Pug ?#1

Pug ?#2

Scalloped Hazel(f.nigra)

Heart + Dart
9c all night so more moths around specially micros but I got a few interesting macros too including my first Heart + Dart of the year and a lovely Scalloped Hazel(f.nigra), I got a couple of Pugs I'm unsure of so I thought I would add photos to see if anyone can help ID them?
 The trap was out from 9:40pm till 4am

3 Light Brown Apple Moth
2 Epiblema cynosbatella
2 Micropterix Calthella
1 Twenty Plume
3 E. Monodactyla
3 Common Pug
1 Pug ?#1
1 Pug?#2
1 Scalloped Hazel
1 Scalloped Hazel(f.nigra)(NFG)
1 Heart + Dart(NFY)
1 Dark Barred Twin Spot Carpet
1 Waved Umber
1 Shuttle Shaped Dart

Monday, 17 May 2010

Clouded Silver, Ancylis Badiana & Rustic Shoulder Knot

Clouded Silver

Pale Tussock(variation)

Ancylis Badiana

Rustic Shoulder Knot
The temperature stayed at 7c so I did reasonably well with at least 3 new species turning up tonight, I also got a couple of quite different looking Pale Tussock moths. The Clouded Silver, Rustic Shoulder Knot and Ancylis Badiana are all new for my garden.
 The trap was out from 9:45pm till 4:15am

4 Shuttle Shaped Dart
1 Waved Umber
1 Ancylis Badiana
1 Clouded Silver
2 Pale Tussock
1 E. Monodactyla
1 Micropterix Calthella
1 Rustic Shoulder Knot(ID thanks Ben)