WINE RACE 2016 .. MATTc380 .. TRENT 353 .. BEN 347 ...... Garden species:- Macros 357, Micros 365, Total 722

Friday, 28 November 2014

28th Nov 2014 ..County 1st micro, garden 1st macro

After being informed by the missus that the little freezer was about to be de-frosted I decided it was time to remove the little pots and do the rounds.
First to the Banthorpe's residence to drop off the macro moths in their convenient little cupboard near the front door, then on to the Mannings to drop off the half dozen or so micro moths. Any excuse for a cuppa and a sticky bun.
The results of the micro gen dets came in today and after checking my notes against the results, I am feeling a little bit chuffed.
9th Sept, (after consulting with Trappingsofsuccess) Agonopterix nervosa, worn, tbc
12th Sept, 2x Depressaria badiella tbc
17th Sept, Very worn Celypha lacunana tbc
26th Sept, Depressaria sp. prob badiella tbc
20th Oct, Depressaria sp. prob badiella tbc
No problem ! 6/6
Then we come to 19th Sept
223/216 possible Nemaxera betulinella could be Nemapogon cloacella, worn.
Pleased to say it was the former and a new VC30 county first record.
Gen. det. David Manning, county micro moth recorder.
223. Nemaxera betulinella 19th Sept. 2014
The 28th Nov. got even better when I checked the traps/walls this morning (29th)
I have waited 5 years for this common woodland species to drift into town .....
1935 Mottled Umber, 28/11/2014
.... Mottled Umber at last !
My garden was probably the last remaining site in Bedfordshire where this hadn't been recorded. This one is a nicely patterned example of this very variable species.
Edit : A second Mottled Umber found on the brick wall this morning ! ...

The 9 deg minimum temperature last night brought out a few moths despite a few periods of light rain ...
0464 Plutella xylostella, 1
0998 Epiphyas postvittana, 5
1395 Udea ferrugalis, 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla, 3
1799 Winter Moth, 1
Winter Moth, 28/11/2014
1935 Mottle Umber, 2, garden first
2259 Dark Chestnut, 2
Dark Chestnut, 28/11/2014
 2306 Angle Shades, 1
Angle Shades 28/11/2014
Since my last post on the 15th Oct the following list is the total garden moths recorded to date (28th Nov)
0229 Monopis obviella, 1
0464 Plutella xylostella, 5
0874 Blatobasis lacticolella, 1
0998 Epiphyas postvittana, 35
1395 Udea ferrugalis, 3
1524 Emmelina monodactyla, 14
1760 Red-green Carpet, 1
1799 Winter Moth, 3
1862 Double-striped Pug, 2
1935 Mottled Umber, 2
1923 Feathered Thorn, 1
2109 Lesser Yellow Underwing, 1
2227 Sprawler, 1
2259 Dark Chestnut, 4
2306 Angle Shades, 1
The 2 D. badiella that were gen detted were year first species bringing my year total to a tantalising 498, just 2 short of the magic 500

Sunday, 16 November 2014

15th Nov 2014 ... Latest from the garden traps

The warmer nights since the mini cold snap a few days ago has triggered a hatch of Double-striped Pugs with two around the lights last night.
Double-striped Pug, BF1862
The bulk of the catch over the last 5 nights has been Light Brown Apple Moths, Epiphyas postvittana, with 15 records, and Common Plume, Emmelina monodactyla, with 5.
Epiphyas postvittana, BF 998
A second Sprawler this year was a good find on the 13th Nov. and only my 3rd ever garden record in 5 years of trapping.
Also on the 13th was a Red-green Carpet and a worn Lesser Yellow Underwing.
Sprawler, BF 2227

It's been a good year for the little migrant micro Plutella xylostella, The Diamond-back Moth, with record garden totals this year.
One more was in the trap last night ...
Plutella xylostella, BF 464

... and I almost overlooked a Grey Shoulder-knot on the light coloured stone wall near the trap.
Grey Shoulder-knot, BF 2237

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

10th Nov 2014 ... A few moths at last

The garden traps have been empty for a few days due to the cold spell apart from the odd Light Brown Apple Moth and a Common Plume.
Much warmer last night though and a Sprawler turned up.
This is rare in my garden as it is a woodland species and there is little woodland in the immediate vicinity.
The catch :-
0998 Epiphyas postvittana, 5
2107 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 .. worn
2227 Sprawler, 1, year first
2306 Angle Shades, 1


Monday, 3 November 2014

2nd Nov 2014 ... Garden moth catch

Much cooler at 8.3 deg. and a stiff breezy.
Very few moths in the traps but managed to add Acleris sparsana to the year list which has almost ground to a halt of late.

2nd Nov
1041 Acleris sparsana, 1, year first
1395 Udea ferrugalis, 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla, 2
1937 Willow Beauty, 1
2247 Merveille du Jour, 1
2264 Yellow-line Quaker, 1

Merveille du Jour

Acleris sparsana

Udea ferrugalis

Saturday, 1 November 2014

31st Oct 2014 ... More late moths

Another very late moth, this time a micro found in the garden trap this morning
63.025 Anania hortulata, Small Magpie 31/10/2014
Last nights catch :-
31st Oct
Monopis obviella, 1
Epiphyas postvittana, 5
Anania hortulata, 1 (formally Eurrhypara hortulata)
Emmelina monodactyla, 3
Willow Beauty, 1
November Moth agg, 1
Blair's Shoulder-knot, 1
Beaded Chestnut, 1
Yellow-line Quaker, 1
Large Wainscot, 1
Angle Shades, 3
Pale Mottled Willow, 1
Large Wainscot

Friday, 31 October 2014

30th Oct 2014 ... Halloween Blood-vein

The silly season continues around the moth traps with late season moths turning up, except for the ones I've dipped out on !
 Blood-vein 30th Oct 2014
This Blood-vein is probably another "latest" record for VC30.
Last nights catch was disappointing given the warm, humid conditions.
The minimum temperature was 13 deg C and there is talk on the Weather Forecast of 21 degrees today in the London area which would beat the previous high by 1 deg.
The catch:-
Blastobasis lacticolella, 1
Epiphyas postvittana, 7
Emmelina monodactyla, 3
Red-green Carpet, 1
Blood-vein, 1
Blair's Shoulder-knot, 2
Yellow-line Quaker, 1
Beaded Chestnut, 1
Satellite, 1
Angle Shades, 2

Friday, 24 October 2014

23rd Oct 2014 .. Chestnut and Dark Chestnut + Fly I.D. wanted

Nothing startling happening around the garden traps apart from another very late Heart & Dart.
Chestnut and Dark Chestnut can be a bit confusing.
Here is a comparison pic of both together.
These were in the trap this morning, both are fresh and well marked and easy to tell apart. Note the shape of wing tips, not so easy when worn as Chestnut (left) can be much darker and worn wing tips on Dark Chestnut can appear to be rounded but Dark usually looks more boat shaped and Chestnut appears more compact and broader.

Chestnut (left) and Dark Chestnut
Heart & Dart has probably been fooled by the late warm weather, this one is my 2nd in 3 days .. very late but fresh.
Heart and Dart ... 23rd Oct 2014
Green-brindled Crescent f. capucina
Green-brindled Crescent f. capucina
This fly was found dead in the traps this morning.
It is new for my garden, anyone know what it is ?

Cheers Stewart, thanks to your comment I've now checked the interweb and found the cause.
Entomophthora muscae, a fungal disease that affects fly species.
Quote from wikipedia
"When it is critically ill, it tends to crawl to a high point, straighten its hind legs and open its wings, a behaviour that ensures that the fungal spores are dispersed as widely as possible"
As can be seen on my example, straight legs and opened wings.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

20th Oct 2014 ... Least expected

1699 Least Carpet 20/10/2014
This has been a topsy-turvy year for moth records.
My garden traps over the last 3 days have had the county recorders rewriting the record books.
Buff Ermine, Swallow-tailed Moth on the 18th Oct and last night I added a pristine Heart and Dart plus a Least Carpet !
Maybe there is still hope for Brindled Pug, a notable absentee from my garden year list back in April/May, I think not.
Trap results for 20th Oct ....
2 traps, placed under covers at 11p.m.
10.7 deg C minimum. Breezy/overcast turning to gales/rain from 2 a.m.
0464 Plutella xylostella, 1
0674 Depressaria badiella, 1, possibly... To be confirmed

0998 Epiphyas postvittana, 3
1415 Orthopygia glaucinalis, 1, (Now Hypsopygia glaucinalis)
1524 Emmelina monodactyla, 1
1699 Least Carpet, 1
1764 Common Marbled Carpet, 1
2089 Heart and Dart, 1
2089 Heart and Dart, 20/10/2014
2092, Shuttle-shaped Dart, 4
2232 Black Rustic, 1
2240 Blair's Shoulder-knot, 1
2306 Angle Shades, 5
2375 Large Wainscot, 1
2375 Large Wainscot, 20/10/2014

2306 Angle Shades, 20/10/2014

Sunday, 19 October 2014

18th Oct 2014 ... You're late !

This unseasonal warm weather has certainly confused the insect world.
Another Buff Ermine turned up which is possibly the same one I released 3 days ago.
Compare the and it looks very similar.
But Swallow-tailed Moth is another entry to the VC30 late list, just waiting for confirmation.
Speaking of warm weather ...
Can you hear that distant whine drifting across the English Channel ?
It's the Energy Company leeches moaning that they are not selling enough gas and their annual extortionate profits are down.
Ok, they are not all French.
"Nous devrons augmenter nos prix" I hear them moan.
Yes, you probably will increase your prices but you do that on the "supply and demand" basis too.  Where is eff offgas when you need them ? Oh well, pay up (shrug)
Give it a week or two and we will all be huddled around the heating (^_*)

18th Oct
Epiphyas postvittana 4
Ditula angustiorana 1
Emmelina monodactyla 2
November Moth agg. 1, year first
November Moth (agg)
Swallow-tailed Moth, 1
Buff Ermine, 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart, 3
Lesser Yellow Underwing, 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character, 2
Blair's Shoulder-knot, 3
Yellow-line Quaker, 1
Angle Shades, 2

Swallow-tailed Moth
Buff Ermine
I've found a couple of these odd looking grubs around the garden, not knowing what they were.
Fortunately, Mark Skevington posted one on his blog and I now know that it is a Hover-fly larva.
This one is the red form of Syrphus ribesii most likely, a common garden species.
Mark has an excellent blog if anyone is interested in creepy crawlies and nature in general ....
Garden Orb Spiders ( Araneus diadematus) are everywhere at the moment.
This one seems to have taken on the colour of the brick wall it frequents..

Friday, 17 October 2014

16th Oct 2014 ... "Green Stuff"

Above ... Merveille de la Nuit would be a more appropriate name for this beautiful moth ... always a thrill to see in the autumn moth trap.
Last night was overcast and much warmer with warm air being pulled in from the Azores, enjoy it while it lasts.
The forecasted rain during the night missed Biggleswade and the night was pleasantly warm.
31 moths of 17 species was a good return compared to the last couple of weeks.
Both Sallow and Mallow were rescued from the numerous Garden Orb spider webs around the garden.
So far it's been a poor year for Sallow species in my garden with only Centre-barred, Barred and The Sallow recorded in low numbers.
The normally annual Pink-barred and Dusky Lemon Sallow have not yet been recorded this year although there is still time, and Pale Lemon Sallow has turned up in the past.
Diamond-back Moth has had a big year with another two seen on the trap perspex.
Of the "green stuff" ... Red-green Carpet was last seen in spring until last night, Green-brindled Crescent and Merveille du Jour were both new for 2014
Great Diving Beetles are on the move and occasionally turn up in the traps and I normally drop them in the small garden pond, but not this time as I have many Goldfish fry in there, I know Halloween is approaching but ........
16th Oct :-
Monopis obviella, 2
Plutella xylostella, 2
Epiphyas postvittana, 6
Emmelina monodactyla, 3
Mallow, 1
Red-green Carpet, 1
Red-green Carpet
Common Marbled Carpet, 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart, 3
Lesser Yellow Underwing, 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character, 2
Blair's Shoulder-knot, 3
Merveille du Jour, 1 ... year first
Merveille du Jour
Green-brindled Crescent, 1 ... year first
Green-brindled Crescent
Dark Chestnut, 1
Dark Chestnut
Barred Sallow, 1
Barrted Sallow
Sallow, 1
Angle Shades, 2

Great Diving Beetle

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Search for Buff October ...

In the trap last night, 14th Oct ....

A Buff Ermine, probably late or is it really early ! Almost certainly the latest VC30 record.
Either way, with the partial view I got when I looked in the trap my first thoughts were of Ben Sale and Britains first Fall Webworm, hoping it was Britains 2nd until I got a look at it.
Still, a Buff Ermine on October 14th must be a lot rarer than all of the autumn moths I've dipped out on lately :(
Last nights catch:-
Plutella xylostella, 1
Blastobasis lacticolella, 1
Epiphyas postvittana, 4
Emmelina monodactyla, 2
Willow Beauty, 1
Common Marbled Carpet, 1
Spruce Carpet, 1
1769 Spruce Carpet
Buff Ermine, 1
Turnip Moth, 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart, 4
Large Yellow U'wing, 1
Lesser Yellow U'wing, 2
Setaceous Hebrew Character, 1
Black Rustic, 1
Blair's Shoulder-knot, 3
Beaded Chestnut, 4
Lunar Underwing, 1
Pale Mottled Willow, 1 (small, autumn generation)

Sunday, 12 October 2014

11th Oct 2014 .. Slowing down

Not a lot to report in the garden traps, the bright full moon of late isn't helping.
Only two moths added to the the year list since I last posted on the 5th Oct, a rather worn Dark Sword-grass (9th) and a Red-line Quaker last night.
Micro moths are down to the regular Light Brown Apple Moth and Common Plume...
Red-line Quaker
11th Oct
Epiphyas postvittana, 2
Emmelina monodactyla, 1
Mallow, 1
Common Marbled Carpet, 1
Willow Beauty, 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart, 4
Large Yellow Underwing, 1
Lesser Yellow Underwing, 3
Square-spot Rustic, 1
Black Rustic, 3
Blair's Shoulder-knot, 4
Large Ranunculus, 2
Red-line Quaker, 1, year first
Beaded Chestnut, 1
Lunar Underwing, 3
Barred Sallow, 1

Monday, 6 October 2014

5th Oct 2014 ... Barred Sallow + new micro

Min overnight temp 7.6 deg.
Barred Sallow was added to the year list, not unexpected, but the Blackthorn seedlings I planted in Spring have yielded a new micro moth in leaf mine form..
0067 ... Stigmella plagicolella
A distinctive mine on Blackthorn ... 67 Stigmella plagicolella
2272 Barred Sallow

Sunday, 5 October 2014

4th Oct 2014 .. What a change !

Talk about good luck.
The week-long boating holiday last week was blessed with glorious sunny weather, I even got sunburnt.
Temperatures above 20 degrees all week and minimum night temps no lower than 12.
I missed a good autumn mothing week though, and just to rub it in, I put on the garden traps last night and the cold front dropped the temp down to 3 degrees with a clear sky and a bright waxing moon.
However, I managed to add a Sallow to the year list which was one of just 8 species.....
BF 2274 The Sallow
The wine race took a turn for the worst as Matt of Trappingsofsuccess took full advantage of my weeks absence and leaf-mined his garden with a fine tooth pick, he must have checked every leaf in the garden, the result of which has put me firmly back in 2nd place ... no change there then.
Sad to say, Ben Sale of Essex Moths, back in 3rd place, will require powerful binoculars to pick out the puffs of dust on the horizon ...
The said Ben Sale will not be too bothered about the wine race.
While I was away, he dicovered a Fall Webworm in his Stevenage garden trap, a new species for Britain.
Now that's what I call a mega-tick !

Saturday, 27 September 2014

26th Sept 2014 ... Moth trap latest

Off to Norfolk today to go messing about on the river for a week.
Just posting a couple of autumn additions to the year list and updating total
24th Sept ... Beaded Chestnut
Beaded Chestnut
25th Sept ... Blair's Shoulder-knot, plus 3 more last night 26th
Blair's Shoulder-knot
26th Sept ... Mallow x 2
26th Sept ... Brindled Green