Since the start of my mothing, I have always enjoyed the switch to autumn and the arrival of moths of the autumn leaf colour rather than brown mud colour and this year the offering has included a welcome selection as we passed the middle of September including some newbies for the garden.
Barred Sallow (orange form) - 22nd Sept. Day after garden first when trapped two of the normal form
Beaded Chestnut - found lurking amongst many of the oranger forms of Lunar Underwing
Dusky Thorn - NFG 24th September
Frosted Orange - NFG 20th September
Orange Sallow - two trapped this year, 26th August and 21st September, previous 25/9/11
Tawny-speckled Pug - this one 12th September, average three a year in the garden
I don't "do" micro-moths in the true sense of the word but I have a list of micros which includes a number of photos that have been built up over last couple of years to assess presence in the garden of those that are distinctive enough to be recognisable without a posthumous examination of the nether regions. Once I identified this one though I knew it was significant so will use it to open my account on micros on this blog.
1409a Diaphania perspectalis - Luton 30th August 2013, first for Bedfordshire
With a wingspan close to 40mm this was larger than many macro-moths in the trap
From VC30 Micromoth recorder, David Manning: This is a species first recorded in UK in 2008. It is a pest of Buxus (Box) and is presumed to have arrived via the horticultural trade [from Asia]. Recorded to date in eight counties, the most northerly being Herts, Bucks and Glos.
The end of August and into September was as expected full of brown moths with limited colour (other than on the underwings) to bring some variety. Two NFG's for me however, one that has been scarce the last few years in this area, and one that is listed as a rare resident.
Small Square-spot, NFG 29th August, and recorded also 3rd Sept
Hedge Rustic, NFG 30th August - a different darker individual trapped on 3rd Sept
Also of interest, to me at least:
Orange Swift variant
Tawny-barred Angle - second garden record, previous June 2010
Square-spotted Clay - three moths caught on one night (29th Aug) one previous record 11th Sept 2010
Buff Footman 3rd Sept - one previous record July 26th 2010
Well one night of trapping in early August actually prior to decamping to Florida for three and a bit weeks, but carrying on where July finished, there were remarkably two more New For Garden species to add to the list as well as a quality migrant
Rosy Minor - new for garden, 1st August 2013
Brown-line Bright-Eye - new for garden 1st August 2013
An expected addition but not actually found in the garden, rather in the curtains upstairs just as I was closing the windows prior to getting in the car to drive to Heathrow.
Also trapped over the last week before holidays and of interest were:
A female Gem 1st August - previously recorded in the garden (also a female) on 8th November 2011
Garden Dart - third record after two in July 2011
and two thorns, noting the positions in which the wings are held at rest
Early Thorn - wings closed like a butterfly
Purple Thorn - wings open and raised
and finally, I always like these for a bit of colour
The last calendar month has been excellent with a total of 16 new for garden macro species in what is my fourth summer of trapping. It would be rude not to exhibit these NFG here. At some point maybe there will be a chance to catch up the good ones that weren't new but worth looking at, maybe for the next post...
Not sure where to start with last week's headlines as there were three top drawer garden ticks to choose from so I have gone for the one species that no local blogger has already publicised. All three species very notable records for VC30 and continuing a purple patch for the garden
Barred Hook-tip - NFG 23rd July 2013 = first for VC30 since 2009
Tree-lichen Beauty - NFG 25th July 2013 = fourth record for VC30 ?
Royal Mantle - NFG 24th July 2013 = ninth record for VC30 ? and the second time illustrated on this blog after one found in daytime on Galley Hill on 7th June 2011
The last few days have been hard work with the trap brimming full of over 200 macros of over 40 species, uncountable micros (though distinctive ones captured for later ID from photo) and the inevitable New For Garden moth or two that a top spell of mothing weather produces. Three from earlier this week illustrated along with a bonus "arty" shot
Bordered Sallow - NFG 16th July, only 20 or so records in VC30 and first since 2010?
Gothic - NFG 15th July
Blackneck - NFG 15th July, second different individual 16th July
Some moths are on the radar as gaps in the garden list, specifically those that your pals are getting locally right now or at least appear on their lists regularly. There are others that are somewhat forgotten, so when this one appeared in my trap I initially had no idea at all what it was. Obviously not common around these parts.
Broom Moth - NFG 5th July, nice gold and reddish tones along with the distinctive cream line.
A couple of other of the highlights from the same night:
Blue-bordered Carpet, did not appear here in 2012, I do like this small species
Green Silver-lines, common enough here but I do like a bit of colour !
Freyer's Pug, average two of these each year
Buff Arches, again regular here but always fascinated with the "waxy" finish and intricate markings
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.