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

Monday, 31 October 2011

30th Oct 2011

Overnight min temp. 13.1 deg...overcast...breezy
No sign of my next target....Feathered Thorn, unless my cat has beaten me to it on her many vigils near the snack trap !
Despite the cat, I managed to record 24 moths of 13 species:-
4 x Epiphyas postvittana
4 x Monopis obviella
2 x Emmelina monodactyla
2 x Lesser Yellow Underwing
2 x Angle Shades
2 x Blair's Shoulder-knot
2 x Large Wainscot
1 x Silver Y
1 x Turnip Moth
1 x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1 x Dark Chestnut
1 x Sallow....very worn
1 x Vine's Rustic

VINE'S RUSTIC
Four more macro moths needed for 250 in 2011

Sunday, 30 October 2011

29th Oct 2011...Warm & windy

Overnight min temp 12 deg
Warm, windy
1 x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1 x Angle Shades
1 x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1 x Turnip Moth
1 x Dark Arches
DARK ARCHES
1 x Silver Y
1 x Large Wainscot
2 x Yellow-line Quaker
2 x Green-brindled Crescent

1 x Emmelina monodactyla
1 x Monopis obviella
2 x Epiphyas postvittana

LEAF DWELLER
Any ideas ??
Our micro recorder thinks maybe a tortrix, Clepsis consimilana, but is not happy with the abdomen colour of the larva.
It does not mine, but grazes between two leaves
PIC 1...shows two honeysuckle leaves stuck together with silk


Honeysuckle leaves

PIC 2.... shows the upper side of the smaller leaf after separation.
The larva (around 9mm in length) silk and frass is visible.

Larva, approx 9mm long
I have put it in a pot with some fresh leaves so maybe next spring the finished article will hopefully make an appearance.
I have never tried to rear larvae before...any tips ?

Saturday, 29 October 2011

28th Oct 2011...Garden traps

Overnight min. temp. 8.7 deg. calm, overcast

LARGE WAINSCOT

BLAIR'S SHOULDER-KNOT

COMMON MARBLED CARPET

RED-GREEN CARPET
NOVEMBER MOTH agg.

MERVEILLE DU JOUR
 3 x Blair's Shoulder-knot
3 x Silver Y
2 x November Moth agg
1 x Common Marbled Carpet
1 x Red-green Carpet
1 x Merveille du Jour, (year first)

2 x Epiphyas postvittana
1 x Emmelina monodactyla
1 x Acleris sparsana

Garden Tally for 2011......
430 species.....246 macro, 184 micro

Friday, 28 October 2011

27th Oct 2011...Not so sparse

overnight min. 6.5 deg....calm, wam until early hours.
1 x November Moth agg.
1 x Silver Y
1 x Brick (That should read CHESTNUT )
1 x Emmelina monodactyla
3 x Epiphyas postvittana
1 x Acleris sparsana, ( garden first )

CHESTNUT

1041 ACLERIS SPARSANA
2011 Garden totals :-
245 macro, 184 micro

Thursday, 27 October 2011

26th Oct 2011...More October "Novembers"

Overnight min. temp. 8.9 deg. Prolonged light rain, Light breeze
1 x Large Yellow Underwing
1 x Pale Mottled Willow
2 x Silver Y
2 x November Moth agg.
One of two NOVEMBER MOTH agg
Just 6 individuals of 4 species.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

25th Oct 2011....Garden update

Mon 17th...6.9 deg min. strong wind, rain.
1 x Willow Beauty
1 x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1 x Beaded Chestnut
1 x Dark Sword-grass (2nd for year)

Tues 18th...4.2 deg min. Light breeze, cooler
2 x Large Wainscot
1 x Yellow-line Quaker
3 x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1 x Blairs Shoulder-knot
1 x Red-line Quaker
2 x Black Rustic
1 x Turnip Moth
1 x Emmelina monodactyla

Wed 19th...2.3 deg min. Calm, cold
2 x Black Rustic
1 x Blair's Shoulder-knot
1 x Shuttle-shaped Dart

Thurs 20th...3.5 deg min. calm.
Large Wainscot
Shuttle-shaped Dart
Black Rustic
Blair's Shoulder-knot
Silver Y
Yellow-line Quaker
Angle Shades
Emmelina monodactyla

Fri 21st...5.7 deg min. Breezy
2 x Large Wainscot
1 x Barred Sallow
2 x Silver Y
1 x Unidentified... gen det result imminent. Wingspan 36mm approx.


1 x Willow Beauty
1 x Shuttle-shaped Dart
2 x Angle Shades
1 x Green-brindled Crescent
2 x Pale Mottled Willow
1 x Mallow

MALLOW
 2 x Large Yellow Underwing
1 x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1 x E. monodactyla
2 x Blastobasis lacticolella
1 x Eudonia angustea
1 x Endrosis sarcitrella

Sat 22nd...8.8 deg min. Breezy
3 x Red-line Quaker
1 x Large Wainscot
1 x S.S.Dart
1 x Yellow-line Quaker
1 x Emmelina monodactyla

Sun 23rd...
2 x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1 x Willow Beauty
1 x SS Dart
1 x Pale Mottled Willow
1 x E. monodactyla
1 x Monopis obviella
1 x Epiphyas postvittana

Mon 24th...8.5 deg min. Gusty southerly wind
1 x Pale Mottled Willow
1 x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1 x Willow Beauty
1 x Angle Shades
1 x Alucita hexadactyla
1 x Bedellia somnulendella... garden first
0264 Bedellia somnulendella
Tues 25th...6.2 deg min. light breeze, occasional light rain
1 x Blair's Shoulder-knot
1 x Angle Shades
1 x Dark Chestnut

DARK CHESTNUT
1 x Yellow-line Quaker
1 x Brick
1 x Emmelina monodactyla
2 x Blastobasis lacticolella

428 garden species for 2011
245 macro, 183 micro

Monday, 17 October 2011

16th Oct 2011

Overnight min temp...6.4 deg, calm
Not a great deal to record as temperatures remind us that winter really is approaching.

Two November Moth aggs will probably undergo gen det.
Last nights haul:-
3 x Willow Beauty
1 x Beaded Chestnut
2 x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1 x Blair's Shoulder-knot
1 x Pale Mottled Willow
2 x November Moth agg
1 x Large Wainscot
1 x Alucita hexadactyla, Twenty Plume Moth
1 x Emmelina monodactyla
1 x Endrosis sarcitrella, White-shouldered House Moth
The November aggs will add at least one more species to the 2011 garden list, so my macro count this year is now 245.
I think I will struggle to hit the 250 mark, December Moth  is  a rare sight in my garden, but without it 5 more species is a very tough call and time is running out.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

12th Oct 2011,

Overnight min temp..13.1 deg, calm. overcast
A year first Green-brindled Crescent was expected.
Still no Merveille du Jour tho.......
4 x Large Yellow Underwing
5 x Blair's Shoulder-knot
3 x Black Rustic
1 x Brindled Green
1 x Green-brindled Crescent. year first


GREEN-BRINDLED CRESCENT
 3 x Pale Mottled Willow
5 x Angle Shades
15x Shuttle-shaped Dart
1 x Beaded Chestnut
1 x Common ?? Pug...maybe Double-striped (Cheers Stewart)

COMMON PUG ??
1 x Lunar Underwing
2 x Turnip Moth
1 x Red-line Quaker
1 x Webb's Wainscot
1 x Large Wainscot

LARGE WAINSCOT
1 x Sallow
4 x Emmelina monodactyla
2 x Epiphyas postvittana
1 x Agonopterix heracliana
1 x Orthopygia glaucinalis

An unexpected micro at this time of year ORTHOPYGIA GLAUCINALIS
 426 species.....244 macro, 182 micro

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

11th Oct 2011....The Dark side

Min overnight temp, 13 deg, Breezy, Bright full moon.
The last few days have been too windy, although I have put the traps on.
The theory being that now we have strong westerlies, it may blow some of those immigrants from the west back to the eastern side of the country.
A flimsy theory maybe, but last night I was rewarded with a year first Dark Sword-grass, so who knows ? Maybe a Vestal or Flame Brocade would be nice!

DARK SWORD-GRASS
For the past 3 nights, the low catch has seen mainly, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Pale Mottled Willow, Blair's Shoulder-knot and Black Rustic.
Large and Lesser Yellow Underwings are still around, but gradually getting fewer and Angle Shades have appeared regularly.
Micros are few and far between, Light Brown Apple Moth and Emmelina monodactyla with the occasional Wax Moth and Gold Triangle.
Garden Tally for 2011 :-
425 species...243 macro, 182 micro

Sunday, 9 October 2011

8th Oct 2011

Min overnight temp...11.7de4g,  Rain
No traps were set due to constant rain, but an actinic 15watt was switched on to illuminate the shed wall.
Checked the shed at first light and found 5 moths of 5 species.
Also found another mine on the raspberry leaves complete with larva which is the 200th micro recorded in the Dells garden since 2010. Emmetia marginea, BF 0125.
1 x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1 x Black Rustic
1 x Angle Shades
1 x Grey Pine Carpet, unconfirmed
1 x Hypsopygia costalis, Gold Triangle
1 x Emmetia marginea,,, raspberry leaf mine *garden first



Grey Pine Carpet ?


Gold Triangle, Hypsopygia costalis

2011 Garden totals:-
242 macro
182 micro

Saturday, 8 October 2011

7th Oct 2011...

Min overnight temp...7.6 deg. cold breeze, bright 3/4 waxing moon
A poor catch as everything, including us, adjusts to the sudden temperature change. It's almost like August again !

5 x Shuttle-shaped Dart
3 x Blair's Shoulder-knot
3 x Angle Shades
3 x Pale Mottled Willow
2 x Lesser Yellow Underwing (No Large !)
1 x Willow Beauty
1 x Black Rustic
1 x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1 x Acleris variegana, Garden Rose Tortrix

ACLERIS VARIEGANA

Friday, 7 October 2011

6th Oct 2011

overnight min temp...6.8 deg, strong wind, showers, heavy at times.
Had to cover the traps as the rain was coming in at 45 degrees on the strong wind.
Put them back on at midnight, with clearing skies and temperatures plummeting so the count was well down.
No immigrant moths as yet following the week of warm southerlies.

5 x Shuttle-shaped Dart
4 x Pale Mottled Willow
3 x Blair's Shoulder-knot


BLAIR'S SHOULDER-KNOT
 2 x Lesser Yellow Underwing
1 x Large Yellow Underwing
1 x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1 x Rosy Rustic


ROSY RUSTIC
 1 x Emmelina monodactyla
plus the resident White-shouldered House moths in the shed

I found 3 leaf mines in the garden during the day and two of the three were ID'd

                                 ROSE LEAF (cultivated)
0092 Stigmella anomalella, Rose Leaf Miner
                                     APPLE LEAF (Lord Lambourne)
0310 Callisto denticulella
                                          RASPBERRY LEAF


Unidentified...Possibly a sawfly mine


Thursday, 6 October 2011

5th Oct 2011

overnight min temp...10.1 deg, blowing a gale ! light rain at times.
I put the traps on, not expecting to catch anything with near gale-force gusts and intermittent rain.
It turned out to be a surprisingly good night, 60 moths of 18 species were recorded, among them a Dark Arches 2nd generation.
16 x Shuttle-shaped Dart
2 x Willow Beauty
4 x Large Yellow Underwing
9 x Lesser Yellow Underwing
8 x Pale Mottled Willow
2 x Angle Shades

ANGLE SHADES
2 x Large Ranunculus
4 x Black Rustic
1 x Red-green Carpet
1 x Mallow
2 x Lunar Underwing
1 x Sallow
2 x Dusky-lemon Sallow


SALLOW and 2 x DUSKY-LEMON SALLOW
1 x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1 x Blair's Shoulder-knot
1 x Dark Arches

DARK ARCHES
1 x Eudonia angustea
2 x Emmelina monodactyla.

Our micro recorder sent me the results of a batch for gen det and 6 new garden species were added:-
12th Aug...1281...Dichrorampha simpliciana
13th Aug...0757...Recurvaria nanella
30th Aug...1138...Epinotia nisella
30th Aug...0303...Parornix anglicella
  2nd Sep...0789...Bryotropha domestica
23rd Sep...1051...Acleris logiana

2011 Garden Total: 421 species...242 macro, 179 micro.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

4th Oct 2011...Garden traps

Min overnight temp..14.4 deg, strong gusting wind.
Nothing new to add to year list, surprise find was Pyralis farinalis (Meal Moth) which is the latest by a mile in the garden...
26 x Shuttle-shaped Dart
20 x Pale Mottled Willow
14 x Lesser Yellow Underwing
10 x Large Yellow Underwing
  7 x Blair's Shoulder-knot
  5 x Lunar Underwing
  4 x Large Ranunculus
  3 x Black Rustic
  2 x Setaceous Hebrew Character
  2 x Willow Beauty
  1 x Brindled Green
  1 x Angle Shades
  1 x Mallow
  1 x Red-green Carpet


BRINDLED GREEN

LARGE RANUNCULUS

MALLOW
  3 x Endrosis sarcitrella
  2 x Epiphyas postvittana
  3 x Emmelina monodactyla
  1 x Monopis obviella
  1 x Pyralis farinalis

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

3rd Oct 2011...Red line, Yellow line

Minimum overnight temp...12.9 deg, Breezy
A good night for the garden year ticks with 3 additional macros.
18 x Shuttle-shaped Dart
12 x Pale Mottled Willow
8 x Large Yellow Underwing
7 x Lesser Yellow Underwing
5 x Lunar Underwing
2 x Sallow
1 x Brick... year first

THE BRICK
3 x Willow Beauty
2 x Turnip Moth
1 x Brimstone Moth
2 x Black Rustic
2 x Yellow-line Quaker... Year first
YELLOW-LINE QUAKER
1 x Garden Carpet
1 x Mallow
2 x Blair's Shoulder-knot
1 x Red-line Quaker... Year first

RED-LINE QUAKER
2 x Angle Shades
1 x Square-spot Rustic
1 x Large Ranunculus
1 x Red-green Carpet

RED-GREEN CARPET
4 x Epiphyas postvittana
2 x Emmelina monodactyla
1 x Eudonia angustea
1 x Phyllonorycter leucographella

PHYLLONORYCTER LEUCOGRAPHELLA 
1 x Endrosis sarcitrella
1 x Cacoecimorpha pronubana
1 x Red-barred Tortrix or similar
3 x Depressaria species... TBC

The Dells garden year total is now 415 with a few pending ID's
242 macro and 173 micro
The wine bet is now a run race with Captain Trappings sitting on an unassailable lead, unless a miracle occurs. Three loaves, 5 fishes and about 30 moths would do !


Sunday, 2 October 2011

1st Oct 2011...Unbelievable weather !

Min overnight temp...11.7 deg, calm
I know it can't last but 29/30 degrees in October ! The autumn moths must be a little confused at the mo, as indeed we are.
Last nights trap results were good, until I received a text from Captain Trappings announcing a Merveille du Jour was in his garden...... he has hi-jacked my wish list !

1/10/11
18 x Shuttle-shaped Dart
5 x Willow Beauty
8 x Lunar Underwing
6 x Pale Mottled Willow
6 x Large Yellow Underwing
8 x Lesser Yellow Underwing
3 x Blair's Shoulder-knot
3 x Black Rustic
1 x Dusky-lemon Sallow, year first
DUSKY-LEMON SALLOW
2 x Turnip Moth
8 x Beaded Chestnut
2 x Setaceous Hebrew Character
1 x Barred Sallow
1 x Brown-spot Pinion, year first
BROWN-SPOT PINION
2 x Clepsis consimilana
2 x Eudonia angustea
2 x Emmelina monodactyla

Garden total for 2011:-
412 species...239 macro, 173 micro

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Garden Update

August in October...can't be bad.
Overnight temps around 12 deg min for the last few nights.
Highlights were... 28th, Buttoned Snout and a garden first Deep-brown Dart.

DEEP-BROWN DART

BUTTONED SNOUT


29th, Sallow and Mallow, 30th Angle Shades, Large Ranunculus and Lesser Yellow Underwing feeding on the Ivy flowers, Dark Chestnut, Spruce Carpet and Satellite.

DARK CHESTNUT
SPRUCE CARPET
SATELLITE
Also an interesting micro from last night which I think is Agonopterix nervosa

AGONOPTERIX NERVOSA
Thanks Matt & Ben for backing up the ID.