Saturday, 30 August 2014

End of Month Update from Bucks.

What a poor month it has been in my garden. Wet, wind, cold. And thus very few moths. The new species are as follows:

207. Monopis laevigella (Skin Moth)
208. Agonopterix arenella
209. Acleris emargana
210. Cydia amplana  (first for garden all-time list)
211. Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
212. Small Square-spot  (first for garden all-time list)
213. Square-spot Rustic
214. Spectacle
215. Garden Rose Tortrix
216. Lime-speck Pug (first for garden all-time list)
217. Copper Underwing
218. Flounced Rustic
219. Agriphila geniculea

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Finally Four Hundred

August has turned out to be nothing like July. The weather has been poor for mothing and new-for-years hard to come by. That said, there have been some special moths this month. I won't be mothing for most of September/October so my total for the year of 411 will have to stand for a while.

Some of the past 3 week's highlights
Pyrausta cingulata

Dusky Thorn

Currant Pug

Tree-lichen Beauty

Acleris emargana

Jersey Mocha
Hummingbird Hawk-moth

Thursday, 21 August 2014

400 up - but so slow now.


With the help of one or two gen dets my total has just managed to reach 400 (390 moths + 10 butterflies).  It would have been nice to reach that landmark with a very special moth - but it was just a Firethorn leaf Miner. Attached are a few of the latest additions to the list.
Honeysuckle Moth

Leek Moth

Chrysoesthia drurella

Epinotia solandriana f. parmatana

Small Waved Umber  
Thanks Tristan  
grahamc (Leicestershire)

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

July highlights / August slowdown

As most seem to have found, July really was very good for moths here in Wolvercote, Oxfordshire: numbers of individuals in the trap were over 300 a number of times, almost hitting 400 on 20th July and eventually breaking that barrier with 413 on 26th July, and were over 80 species on several nights (84 on the 26th): the total number of species we totted up was 233, with good numbers of species new to the garden. Among those were a handsome Vapourer, a female Bulrush Wainscot, Lunar-spotted Pinion, Least Carpet and Nut-tree Tussock; while familiar species we were glad to see included Drinker, Eucosma cana and Maiden's Blush.

Female Bulrush Wainscot, 25/7/14

Drinker, 18/7/14

Eucosma campoliliana, 16/7/14

Least Carpet, 13/7/14

Lunar-spotted Pinion, 11/7/14

Maiden's Blush, 26/7/14

Nut-tree Tussock, 21/7/14

Vapourer, 15/7/14

August for the time being has gone rather quiet, with an abrupt end to the warmer weather, although recent additions to the garden list have included nice species such as Oblique Carpet, Tawny-barred Angle and Twin-spotted Wainscot. All of which leaves my current total as 368: 352 moths and sixteen butterflies.

Oblique Carpet, 6/8/14

Tawny-barred Angle, 5/8/14

Twin-spotted Wainscot, 4/8/14

Monday, 4 August 2014

Garden tiger

It has been a fantastic summer for moths .. So far
279 species
Finally I got a Garden Tiger
Scarce around here and a 6th for Norfolk! The day flying Nemophora fasciella .. Plus a nationally scarce Square spotted Clay (my second record following one last year)

Sunday, 3 August 2014

July - A Good Mothing Month

This was the best July so far in 6 years of mothing. There were several new for garden macros including Birch Mocha, Scorched Carpet, Sand Dart and Small Purple-barred. Also nice to get were Scarlet Tiger and Least Carpet. Some of the nicer micros were Cydia amplana, Oncera semirubella, Gold Triangle and a new one, Catoptria margaritella.

Let's hope August carries on as well as July.

Total for GMC 395
Birch Mocha

Least Carpet

Scorched Carpet

Scarlet Tiger

Sand Dart

Cydia amplana

Catoptria margaritella

Gold Triangle

Oncera semirubella
Small Purple-barred

Weston-super-Mare Moths

Year list now stands at 331 falling short of the 400 target by the end of the year but with 28 new for the garden I have no complaints. I've been trapping in the garden since 2006 and never attempted a garden year list before so this has been quite an eye opener. Most recent addition to the garden list has been a long awaited Jersey Tiger.

Jersey Tiger

Bordered White

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Another month gone!

Well another month gone - and quite a good one in mothing terms. Highlights since my last post have been Waved Black and Barred hook-tip (both new to the garden) - but lots of other welcome visitors including Barred Rivulet, Least Carpet, Agapeta zoegana, Cochylis roseana, Eudemis profundana, Grapholita janthinana, Pine Leaf-mining Moth and Small China-mark.  My latest total as at 1st August is 381 (371 moths + 10 butterflies) - grahamc (Leicestershire)

Friday, 1 August 2014

Me again in Bucks.

Continued trapping has brought more new species into the garden. I'm glad July has made up for such a poor start to the year.

189. Orange Swift
190. Yponomeuta evonymella (Bird-cherry Ermine)
191. Ypsolopha horridella
192. Blastobasis adustella
193. Argyrotaenia ljungiana
194. Apotomis betuletana
195. Epinotia nisella
196. Cydia splendana
197. Agriphila tristella
198. Pyrausta purpuralis
199. Meal Moth
200. Scalloped Hook-tip
201. Small Phoenix
202. Small Rivulet
203. Scorched Carpet
204. Canary-shouldered Thorn
205. Dusky Thorn
206. Pine Hawk-moth (new for all-time garden list)

 Canary-shouldered Thorn
Pine Hawk-moth