Not content with finally getting Lime Hawkmoth, a few days later I got the other missing "hawk" that has shunned my garden trap for six years. Also new was Flame Carpet, though unfortunately a partly worn individual.
Pine Hawkmoth - new for garden - 20th June
Flame Carpet - new for garden 21st June
A few moths that I get every year but not particularly commonly were also noted
Broken-barred Carpet - most of mine have a proper break - 22nd June
Grass Rivlet - blown across from the chalk hillside - 9th June
The numbers of moths are certainly down this year and the diversity of species is struggling to reach expectations but a few gems have been trapped. First for garden records are always welcome, particularly as this is now my seventh summer season of trapping. Pride of place of course to Lime Hawkmoth just because of its looks... but two other new species and a couple of other species not recorded since my first June in 2010 were good to get.
Lime Hawkmoth - first for garden 12th June
Clouded-bordered Brindle - first for garden 3rd June
Pale Oak Beauty - first for garden 11th June
Brown Silver-line - 26th May (previous record 6th June 2010 - five days into my list!)
Coxcomb Prominent - 3rd June (previous record 8th July 2010)
Argyresthia culvella - 10th June
Diamond-backed Moth (Plutella xylostella) - between 10 and 20 most nights with others around the garden but a whopping 126 caught on 7th June was the maximum in the trap
After a cold and quiet month of April with the only excitement being singles of Twin-Spotted Quaker, Powdered Quaker, Early Thorn and Oak Beauty, some warmer weather has thankfully arrived.
First goodie for the year out of the trap is Lunar Marbled Brown, which goes straight on the list as species 304.
Lunar Marbled Brown, new for garden 8th May
Waved Umber, three individuals lightened up the 7th May
I have been birding (and general nature watching) from my base in Bedfordshire since the 1990's. From June 2010 I thought it would be fun to get into the joys of mothing so started the Wychwood Moths blog to highlight some of the successes I have had from a mature garden in Wychwood Avenue just off the A6 going north out of Luton. There maybe the odd extralimital moth or other nature images from elsewhere thrown in there as well.