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.