Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Moth montage #2: Gypsonoma dealbana

This time it's the turn of Gypsonoma dealbana.

Gypsonoma dealbana - montage

If you've still got Oak, Sallow or a range of other deciduous leaves on the trees near you, you could still find the larval feeding signs of this species.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Moth montage #1: Acleris rhombana

To while away the winter and stave off moth withdrawal symptoms I am messing around with my moth images to produce a series of montages: first up is Acleris rhombana.

Acleris rhombana - montage

Sunday, 16 November 2014

A different sort of Welsh miner: Wales trip - Part II

Following on from last week's post - Wales Trip: Part I - there were also lots of miners to be found around the lovely cottage at Cefn y Waun.  Here's a few from the list:

Stigmella myrtilella on Bilberry
Stigmella myrtillella

Stigmella sorbi on Rowan
Stigmella sorbi leaf mine

Stigmella magdalenae on Rowan
Stigmella magdalenae leaf mine

Phyllonorycter sorbi on Rowan
Phyllonorycter sorbi leaf mine

Stigmella nylandriella on Rowan
Stigmella nylandriella leaf mine

Heliozela resplendella on Alder
Heliozela resplendella

Heliozela hammoniella on Birch
Heliozela hammoniella

Very different to what most people think of in relation to Welsh miners:

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Wales trip: Part I

In late August the family trip this year was to the most beautiful cottage in the Black Mountains - Cefn y Waun. This was the view:

View from Cefn Y  Waun

The moth trap came along and plenty of miner searches were conducted too (more on which in Part II: Welsh miners).

Some of the macros to the trap included:

Grey Chi (Antitype chi)
Grey Chi (Antitype chi)

Bordered Beauty (Epione repandaria)
Bordered Beauty (Epione repandaria)

Flame Carpet (Xanthorhoe designata)
Flame Carpet (Xanthorhoe designata)

Chevron (Eulithis testata)
Chevron (Eulithis testata)

Centre-barred Sallow (Atethmia centrago)
Centre-barred Sallow (Atethmia centrago)

Spruce Carpet (Thera britannica)
Spruce Carpet (Thera britannica)

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Blogging again - from the Raspberry patch

Hopefully back for a while now, work has been manic and reduced any free time and as such no time to blog.

To start the catching up, a few images from the thriving Raspberry Clearwing colony that is just yards from my garden. This female was successfully reared from a larva plus also managed to assemble a male to her later on.

Raspberry Clearwing (Pennisetia hylaeiformis)

Raspberry Clearwing (Pennisetia hylaeiformis)

Raspberry Clearwing (Pennisetia hylaeiformis) exuvia

Friday, 23 May 2014

2014: year of the abs?

Already this season I have encountered several aberrations or forms of otherwise fairly common species at greater frequency than before; perhaps just coincidence but gets you thinking...

Treble Lines ab. obscura
Treble Lines (Charanyca trigrammica ab. obscura)

Tawny-barred Angle f. nigrofulvata
Tawny-barred Angle (Macaria liturata f. nigrofulvata)

Clouded-bordered Brindle ab. combusta
Clouded-bordered Brindle (Apamea crenata) ab. combusta

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Finding my Marbles

A trip to Gloucestershire and Worcestershire over the Bank Holiday allowed me to track down the feeding signs of the Mistletoe Marble (Celypha woodiana) in a very old orchard (just inside VC33).

Celypha woodiana mine
Celypha woodiana mines

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Spring catch-up part I

What with the Easter hols and family duties the blog has suffered but thankfully the mothing has been pretty good, particularly with regards early stage finds too.  However, just wanted to get blog updated with trap visitors...

Scorched Carpet
Scorched Carpet (Ligdia adustata)

Acleris literana
Acleris literana

Brindled Beauty
Brindled Beauty (Lycia hirtaria)

Waved Umber
Waved Umber (Menophra abruptaria)

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Pennants galore

Four Streamer to the garden trap in the past two nights, always nice to see this spring moth.


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Early call to the Bar

The Purple Bar to be precise.  Another very early record in the garden last night, 31.iii.2014, again far and away my earliest ever record.

Purple Bar (Cosmorhoe ocellata)

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Of fire and...

...Brimstone Moth.

The earliest I've recorded this, in my back garden last night.

Brimstone close-up

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Into second 'gear'

Or in other words, the second Pinion species of the year attracted to the garden trap: Tawny Pinion.

Had a rather dark example of Pale Pinion the same night so was able to get comparison shots too.

Tawny Pinion (Lithophane semibrunnea)

Tawny Pinion (Lithophane semibrunnea) and Pale Pinion (L. hepatica)

Monday, 10 March 2014

Springing into action

The last week has seen a steady stream of spring species to the garden trap, thanks to the mild weather. Including one for which I had a 'gap' year in 2013, Oak Beauty.

Oak Beauty (Biston strataria)

Twin-spotted Quaker

Twin-spotted Quaker (Orthosia munda)

Pale Pinion

Pale Pinion (Lithophane hepatica)

Double-striped Pug

Double-striped Pug (Gymnoscelis rufifasciata)

Friday, 28 February 2014

Feb and Fifty

Just been getting MapMate up to date and now realise that I have reached over 50 species already this year and it is still February, albeit the last day of February. It took until 25th March to get there last year.

The success, like last year, is simply down to extensive daytime searching for early stages, predominantly of micros.

The species to push the list to 50 this year was the not-so-spectacular mine of Bucculatrix nigricomella in my front garden.

Bucculatrix nigricomella

Bucculatrix nigricomella

 The new for garden Red Chestnut from my most recent post, was species #51 for 2014, so hopefully onwards and upwards.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Code Red: February yields a garden newbie

Nice to get a new one for the garden so early in the season.

This beautiful Red Chestnut was flying around the security light yesterday.

Red Chestnut (Cerastis rubricosa)

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Not-so Dotted Border

... although it's hardly her fault, given the vestigial nature of her wings, there's no room for the dots seen on the males.

Was very pleased to find her scuttling down an Ash tree trunk; there were males on nearby bushes too.

Dotted Border (Agriopis marginaria) - flightless female

Dotted Border (Agriopis marginaria) - male and flightless female

Monday, 27 January 2014

Solid start to the year

Mainly thanks to fruitful early stage searches (predominantly for micros) the year list is already just above 30 species, not bad for late January.

The highlight by a country mile being the Yarrow-feeding larvae of Aethes margaritana; not much to look at now but the adult completes a real ugly duckling story.

Aethes margaritana larva

Aethes margaritana larval spinning

Some of the rest include:

Raspberry Clearwing larvae - good to see the local colony thriving, although under the threat of development!
Pammene regiana - cocoons under Sycamore bark
Limnaecia phragmitella in Typha seed heads
Metzneria metzneriella larvae in Knapweed seed heads
M. lappella larvae in burdock seed heads
Angle Shades and Brimstone Moth larvae
Female Early Moth
Luffia ferchaultella cases in several locations
Cases of Coleophora gryphipennella masquerading as thorns on Dog Rose

The only other adult moths have been Ypsolopha mucronella, Agonopterix heracliana, Dark Chestnut, Mottled Umber and Emmelina monodactyla.

Ypsolopha mucronella