Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Mid June Brown stuff

A wider variety of brown noctuids have begun to arrive in Wychwood Avenue in the last week but overall numbers of species and individuals are not matching the equivalent period last year. Couple of nice ones though including only my second Ingrailed Clay and one anticipated new for garden in the form of a Brown Rustic.

Ingrailed Clay 19th June - previously caught only on 4th June 2011 and a very different form from that one as well 

 Flame - very distinctive and common in the garden in June and July when caught most nights

 Shoulder-striped Wainscot - first for year 18th June, caught on five sessions in June 2011

 Rustic Shoulder-Knot - this one with a bit of reddish colouring on

 Brown Rustic - first for garden on 15th June, presumably same individual retrapped on 16th

Saturday, 2 June 2012

1st June - two garden seconds

Picking up in variety now and 2nd June marks the second anniversary of mothing at Wychwood Avenue. So coming into my third June it will be interesting to find the status of those moths that I only got in one of the two previous Junes, 2010 and 2011. Was I lucky to get them at all, or unlucky to only get them once ?
To start answering the question, two moths from last night which were second time around records:

What you looking at?

Spectacle - previously recorded just the once on 30th April 2011
Second record 1st June 2012

Nice hair-do ?!

Green Silver-lines - previously recorded on 26th June 2010 when three turned up together. Subsequently one on 27th and 28th were probably retrapped individuals.
Second clearly separate record 1st June 2012