WINE RACE 2016 .. MATTc380 .. TRENT 353 .. BEN 347 ...... Garden species:- Macros 354, Micros 362, Total 716

Saturday, 30 October 2010

22nd - 29th Oct....Update.

A mixture of temperatures ranging from below zero to 11 deg.C this week, with windy conditions and rain on 3 nights. Last night was calmer and very mild until the cloud cover disappeared.
29th Oct...
2 x Willow Beauty
2 x Lesser Yellow U'wing
2 x Red-line Quaker
2 x Angle Shades
1 x Satellite
1 x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1 x Blair's Shoulder=knot
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ANGLE SHADES
LESSER YELLOW UNDERWING

RED-LINE QUAKER


28th Oct......Mild, windy, dry.
One each of:-
Willow Beauty
Blairs Sh-knot
Yellow=line Quaker.
Barred Sallow
Red-green Carpet
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Light Brown Apple Moth


A faded Beaded Chestnut




BARRED SALLOW





RED-GREEN CARPET






RED-LINE QUAKER







27th Oct...cool, dry and breezy
Large Wainscot.....Blair's Shoulder-knot.....Red-line Quaker.....Satellite.....Willow Beauty
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LARGE WAINSCOT








SATELLITE
26th Oct.....wet and windy....2 x Large Wainscot....1 x Blair's Shoulder-knot
25th Oct....Cold.....Pale Mottled Willow.....1 x Red-line and 1 x Yellow-line Quaker
24th Oct....Cold........1 x Yellow-line Quaker

23rd Oct ZERO 22nd Oct.......1 x Willow Beauty...2 x Lesser Yellow U'wing...2 x Blair's Shoulder-knot...
1 x Large Wainscot...1 x Yellow-line Quaker... 1 x Spruce Carpet and a probable Agonopterix heracliana.................................................................................................................
WILLOW BEAUTY

Agonopterix heracliana ??????
SPRUCE CARPET

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Acleris confusion.....more pics

Thought I'd better post some more pics of this one.
VC 30 recorder says it is most probably Acleris hastiana but it has been pointed out that it closely resembles Oak Nycteoline by a few "moth-ers". Size, markings and flight season fit the bill.
SO, I've dug up some more pics showing side view to level the playing field. It looks like an Acleris sp from these views. Thanks to Ben for opening this interesting debate and comments are as always welcome.









Friday, 22 October 2010

17th-21st Oct...Brrr ! What's this ?

This pug turned up unexpectedly in the wet warmer weather on 17th.
Any takers ?........................COMMON PUG.........Cheers Ben
21st oct. Warmer early until the cloud cleared to lower temps and reveal a big bright full moon. BUT 6 Blair's Shoulder-knot braved it

Large Wainscot from last night (21st)


Yellow-line Quaker, these showed up even in the frost



Red-line Quaker...another moth that doesn't mind having its mothballs frozen off
Also a Black Rustic last night, hopefully the weather will hit a late warm spell.




Sunday, 17 October 2010

14th,15th & 16th Oct....Landmark reached

Temperatures have been falling over the last three days and 3.6deg C was recorded at 11.45 last night. My 200th macro moth species was recorded on the 15th in the shape of a YELLOW-LINE QUAKER and despite the low temperature last night, a garden "first" was recorded on the illuminated shed wall, a LARGE WAINSCOT.
The lines shown on the pics are from a lined notebook. I do this to give an idea of size, the lines being 8mm apart.
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Only 3 moths recorded last night (16th) in the near frosty conditions. One being this plucky little micro a WHITE-SHOULDERED HOUSE-MOTH
This micro appeared on the 15th just before the rain. According to "Mr. Micro", our esteemed VC micro recorder, it is highly probably Acleris hastiana, which along with A. cristana are the most polymorphic of all the UK species with many variations and intermediates. SO, I think I will record this as
ACLERIS HASTIANA ? OAK NYCTEOLINE

another species that beat the rain was this SATELLITE. Not a year first as I had one on Feb 4th.


My 200th macro on the 15th turned up sometime after the rain had cleared...
YELLOW-LINE QUAKER



Last night only 3 moths were recorded as temperatures plummeted. One of them was this new garden addition......
....... LARGE WAINSCOT 14th Oct............................... 15th Oct............................. 16th Oct
4 x Willow Beauty............... 1 x Willow Beauty............. 1 x S.S. Dart
3 x P.M.Willow.................... 1 x P.M.Willow................... 1 x Large Wainscot
3 x Blair's Sh.-knot............. 1 x S.S.Dart........................ 1 x W.S.H.Moth
2 x S.S.Dart.......................... 1 x Satellite
2 x Beaded Chestnut........... 1 x Yellow-line Quaker
1 x Large Y U'wing.............. 1 x Acleris hastiana ?
1 x Lesser Y U'wing
1 x Turnip Moth
1 x Common Marbled Carpet
1 x Green-brindled Crescent




Wednesday, 13 October 2010

12th Oct....Nearly There

Temperatures on the ground stayed around 9deg C but the air temp felt more like freezing. Moth numbers were well down apart from a record count of 9 Blair's Shoulder-knot and two Red-line Quaker. Almost reached my 200 macro target for the year with the Quakers being No. 199. Hoping that tonight being the 13th will be Lucky Thirteen and produce my 200th macro species for The Dells garden...............
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RED-LINE QUAKER

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

12th Oct,,,,,Great night !

A great night for The Dells garden with 2 more year ticks, including the Pale-lemon Sallow. I now need two more species of macro to notch up 200 for the year for the garden...lookin' good !
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BEADED CHESTNUT
A brace of GREEN-BRINDLED CRESCENT

COMMON MARBLED CARPET


BARRED SALLOW



MALLOW




GARDEN CARPET





One of 3 SPRUCE CARPET






RED-GREEN CARPET.....first for year







And by far the star of the show... PALE-LEMON SALLOW Last nights trap results :-
6 x Blair's Shoulder-knot
6 x Pale Mottled Willow ( no Clancy's Rustics among them !)
4 x Willow Beauty...including a very small 3rd generation moth
4 x Turnip Moth
3 x Spruce Carpet
3 x Lesser Y U'wing
2 x Green-brindled Crescent
2 x Black Rustic
2 x Large Y U'wing
2 x Beaded Chestnut
and one each of the following:-
Shuttle-shaped Dart
Lunar Underwing
Mallow
Red-green Carpet
Common Marbled Carpet
Garden Carpet
Silver Y
Barred Sallow
Pale-lemon Sallow








Monday, 11 October 2010

11th Oct....PALE-LEMON SALLOW ! ! !

Almost overlooked this one on my shed wall as it sat alongside a few Turnip Moths and Pale Mottled Willows. Certainly a garden first for The Dells and only the 9th county record according to VC30.
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PALE-LEMON SALLOW So far this year I have recorded SALLOW, CENTRE-BARRED SALLOW, BARRED SALLOW, DUSKY-LEMON SALLOW, PINK-BARRED SALLOW and now this very rare one.
Only ORANGE SALLOW needed to complete the set so I'm hoping a mild October will extend its flight period and maybe, just maybe !

10th Oct.....Hectic schedule

Put the traps on at 12.30pm and left for Edinburgh to complete some work there, drove home after completion and checked the traps at 0500 this morning. I may have missed a few as my eyeballs were hanging out by then ! But I didnt miss this SALLOW in the skinner
SILVER Y Not a great deal in the traps last night, which was much colder than the previous two.
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7 x Blair's Shoulder-knot
6 x Pale Mottled Willow
5 x Willow Beauty
4 x Turnip Moth
2 x Beaded Chestnut
1 x Black Rustic
1 x Sallow
1 x Silver Y
1 x Shuttle-shaped Dart


Sunday, 10 October 2010

8th/9th Oct.......New addition, Green-brindled Crescent

SALLOW
BEADED CHESTNUT

The last 2 nights have been a bit on the windy side but warm. A nice selection in the traps including a first sighting in The Dells garden for this commonish GREEN-BRINDLED CRESCENT


Two SPRUCE CARPETs on the wall near the trap.








COMMON MARBLED CARPET





BARRED SALLOW






WILLOW BEAUTY







BRINDLED GREEN








ANGLE SHADES









Two PINK-BARRED SALLOW one on 8th and one last night, both different.










DUSKY-LEMON SALLOW 2nd for the year