As we get to the last week of September, Lunar Underwing has taken over number one spot from Large Yellow Underwing, and individuals of many of the autumn species have now appeared: Centre-barred Sallow, Deep-brown Dart, Large Ranunculus, Black Rustic, Brown-spotted Pinion, Beaded Chestnut and Green-brindled Crescent all on the year list. Before the earlier species go, I thought I'd catch up with a couple of photos from second and third weeks of the month.
Bloodvein - second for garden, first June 2010, get plenty of Small BV but this is a good one here.
Chinese Character - still think these are strange and certainly unique
Oak Hook-tip - three males in the trap on one night
Red Underwing - a couple on average each year
Small Ranunculus - unlike some parts of the county this species is rare here, second garden record only
Copper Underwing agg found deceased in the trap - that'll be a Svenssons then
Great to see my favoured Coventry City back at their rightful home and taking three points this week.
I had a Point of my own as well with this garden first; seems to have been a good year for them with records I am aware of also from Biggleswade and Sandy.
White-point, a first for the garden on 30th August
Also trapped over the last week, a few decent brown jobs among the three-figure counts of Large Yellow Underwings including the first proper autumn moths: Centre-barred Sallow and Feathered Gothic
Feathered Gothic - fantastic antenna
Nutmeg - less than annual at Wychwood Moths 5th Sep
Small Square-spot - a small fresh second generation individual
Felt cold to come home from Turkey for me, but obviously cold for moths too as numbers have been subdued in the last week as night-time temps have dropped into single figures. Still managed a new one, and a wetland species at that, which are generally few and far between in my garden given the lack of suitable water within the vicinity.
Bulrush Wainscot (female) - new for garden 18th August
Been away for a couple of weeks but thanks to gendet by Andy Banthorpe I have added two moths to the garden list without being in the UK. A pug that was worn and I could not recognise from 22nd June turned out to be a Sloe Pug and the suspected Small Clouded Brindle from 2nd June (previously illustrated on blog) has been confirmed. Beating these however is this large beauty found on the walls of my short term residence, a villa in Turkey, last week.
Has been a good week at Wychwood Moths with four new for the garden, one expected and the other three not really on the radar. Indulging in some images, I trust a least a couple are actually helpful in recognising difficult species.
Wormwood - new for garden 26th July. Nice to get after mates had been showing off theirs in the pub the week before !
Ear Moth agg. - new for garden 19th July 2014
Southern Wainscot - new for garden 26th July 2014. Initially recognised as different from the pinky-brown colouration and the suggestion of a curved line of dots across the forewing. I am now informed also that the dark and pale lines across the front of the thorax are also a distinctive feature, and this is illustrated in the picture below.
Southern Wainscot (left) and Smoky Wainscot (right) from the front
Southern Wainscot from below also looks much cleaner than Smoky, just lightly dustedand has the pointed wing shape
Least Yellow Underwing - anticipated as a new for the garden for a long time, finally arrived on 25th July
Small Scallop - separated from Riband Wave by the wing shape, though this dark individual looks very like that species n colouration, second garden record
Tree Lichen Beauty - second record after first in July 2013
Very pleased to add my garden to the list of locations hosting a first for VC30 macro moth. A presumed Hoary Footman was trapped on 16th July and examined by the recorders and confirmed a couple of days later as a male of that species. While they had it in a pot, a second almost identical individual was caught on 17th. Having confirmed the identity of the first, I was not so worried about the potential second getting away so I could get some better photos and allow it back into the "wild". Three new for garden macros in a night with the Plain Pug and the Brown-tail.
Hoary Footman - caught 16th July. Male confirmed from gendet 18th July - first for VC30
Similar moth from 17th July presumed also as Hoary Footman and I did get good views of the creamy white hindwings on this individual but compare the presumed worn Scarce Footman below
For comparison, from the last two weeks,a few more footmen...
Presumed worn Scarce Footman, some yellowish stuff apparent and hindwing had some pale yellow (caught 18th July) - this has expired so I still have this one
Fresh well-marked pair of Common and Scarce Footman
It has been a busy few days with some warm nights and some excellent garden mothing variety as hoped for at this time of year. Some even better to come in the next post I hope but wasting no time, on to the pictures of some new and some favourites
Brown-tail - new for garden
Plain Pug - new for garden, and a real monster with tail up and wings like paddles
Phoenix - talking of tail up, usually get a couple of these each year
Maple Prominent - the commonest Prom in my garden, this the fourth record
Pebble Prominent - third record
Chinese Character - second record, first in 2010
Garden Dart - annual and not particularly distinct
July is the month of the greatest diversity of macro moth species in my garden, though that figure may be partly affected by the number of weeks of August I have been away since I started the trap. A nice start to the month with the first warm night for a while, a Newbie and a trap full of monsters. Here's looking forward to a few more over the next couple of weeks...
Figure of Eighty - new for garden 2nd July
Deckboard of Hawkmoths - 2nd July - still not had Lime here
Shaded Pug - one of a handful in the last half of June
Bordered Pug - another one that is easier to identify
Shoulder-striped Wainscot - into double figures on these this year
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.