Saturday, 18 October 2014

October selection

All the usuals have now appeared, just waiting for the surprises. My birthday next week so who knows...
Buff Footman - two months late on 14th October !

Barred Sallow and Sallow

Pink-barred Sallow

Orange Sallow - just the one so far this year and past its prime

Beaded Chestnut

Deep-brown Dart - scarce one for me

Blair's Shoulder-knot - get lots of these though

 Large Ranunculus - also rather common with multiples on a good night

 Red-green Carpet - another regular visitor to the trap or the neighbouring shed door

 Red-line Quaker - commoner of the two autumn quakers

Vapourer male - third this year, all this month, the other two were caught in cobwebs not far from the scene in the next picture

Vapourer female and nest under the shed roof overhang

Monday, 22 September 2014

mid-September mix

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

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Collecting Points

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

Thursday, 21 August 2014

mid-August cold spell provides a surprise

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

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Holiday Ticks

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.

Oleander Hawkmoth, Dalyan, Turkey 8th Aug 2014

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

More News than the BBC

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

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Hooray for a Hoary Footman - VC30 first

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

 Buff Footman

Dingy Footman

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Mid July gets exciting

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

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Go Figure... into July

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

 Nicely marked Short-cloaked Moth

Peppered Moth of form insularia (or close)