Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Willow Beauty Pale Form, Peribatodes rhomboidaria.

This year I've had my first Willow Beauty Pale Form. It was on the inside of our door. It was showing its antennae, it's the first time I've ever seen them extended. I thought I'd show them.

Willow Beauty Pale Form.

Lee Mount - 30th August

16c some cloud and very calm evening with 10 macro sp. (mostly the usual recent suspects) and 5 micro sp.- still going through them with a query on the second one down.
 Orange Sallow - the photo does not do justice to the colour - it was much yellower than this shows !
 I couldn't get this Carpet type to open it's wings other than the best I could do here. It looked to have  a raised abdomen with strong dark spots showing on both the upper and underwing - am still trawling through the books but ideas/pointers welcome !

 Angle Shades
 Garden Carpet

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

More on my last ID request

I thought I had read the post before sending.  The word "work" is supposed to be the word "worn".  I'm not paying attention to what I'm typing. I think I must be tired. Also, I've repeated a line, more or less anyway. Must try harder. Sorry. Gordon.

Micro ID please


First, I think The unidentified  moth is a Eudonia lacustrata, judging by the small "x" like shape low down by the outside of the wings. On some I've seen, there is a circle of dark scales near the wing costa which has a shape a bit like a pair of bulls horns at on it facing the centre of the moth. Sorry, bad description. A ring with horns?

Now I found a very worn micro about 2 cm wingspan on my wall. It's VERY worn but there is evidence of of it having had a lot of green colouring. I wondered if it was a Carpet of some description. Does anyone recognise it please?

Unknown, possibly a carpet?

Thanks, Gordon.

Lee Mount - 29th Aug

Pretty quiet again given the conditions 14c and very calm evening. Well perhaps not so quiet when I look at the list !
Large Yellow Underwing x 7
Copper Underwing agg x 3
Light-brown Apple Moth x 1
Marbled Beauty x 1
Common Carpet x 1
Garden Carpet x 2
Bird-cherry Ermine x 1
Square-spot Rustic x 3
Brimstone x 1
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing x 2 looking fairly worn
Brown House Moth x 1
Broad-bordered Yellow underwing x 1
Lesser Yellow underwing x 2
Acleris emargana (I think)
Unidentified Eudonia type
 Still to look at this one - I find this a difficult group !
 Acleris emargana maybe (same moth)


Lee Mount - 28th August

A quiet night. 15c cloudy and very still.
Large Yellow Underwing x 7
Copper Underwing agg x 3
Square-spot Rustic x 2
Common Marbled Carpet x 1
Dunbar x 3 all looking pretty worn
Willow Beauty x 1

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Cromwell Bottom LNR 27 Aug 2016

Weather  High Humidity Cold Damp Still  T =10 o   in proximity to water

Comments Notable absence of larger families , probably dur#e to cold damp temp Notched wing Tortrix appears in regular numbers. There were quite a few species of Caddis I counted about 12   #in the field and in significant numbers

73.113 BF2306  Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa x1
73.342 BF2107  Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba x6
70.207 BF1887  Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata x2
70.234 BF1913  Canary-shouldered Thorn Ennomos alniaria x3
49.071 BF1062  Acleris emargana x5
15.005 BF283  Caloptilia sp (betulicola)  Query (Caution Confusion spoecies in mixed food habitat alder, birch and sycamore for larval determination of 3 similars) The stance is yypical of m,oths in the family Gracillidariae x1
73.182 BF2274  The Sallow Cirrhia icteritia Query x3
49.255 BF1138   Epinotia nisella Query   variable many variations, though one of the more distinctive is f. decorana, which shows an orange area over the mid-part of the forewing. x1
70.097 BF1764 Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata Query worn x1
73.062 BF2297 Copper Underwing Amphipyra pyramidea (Copper Underwing agg) x1
72.002 BF2474  Straw Dot Rivula sericealis x1
71.012 BF2000   Iron Prominent Notodonta dromedarius x1



Copper Underwing agg


The labial Palps are white


The Underwings as shown


There is a good photo reference here in so far as they can be done without Gen Det

Copper / Svennsons Link

71.012 BF2000   Iron Prominent Notodonta dromedarius 


73.182 BF2274  The Sallow Cirrhia icteritia Query 1


49.255 BF1138   Epinotia nisella Query 2



Query 2




70.097 BF1764 Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata

Query 3 CMM


Query 4 UW


Query 5


More To follow

Lee Mount - 26th August

Cooler at 10c with clear sky with no wind. Pretty quiet on the whole and where were all the Large Yellow Underwings !!!
This one below was a first for here...pretty sure the i d is correct ?
Centre-barred Sallow
Centre-barred Sallow x 1
Iron Prominent x 2 (both different slightly worn ones from the one the previous one on the 24th)
Large Yellow Underwing x 4
Square-spot Rustic x 3
Riband Wave x 1
Common Marbled Carpet x 1 (with the orange blaze)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing x 1
Silver Y x 1
Lesser Yellow Underwing x 1
Iron Prominent

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Copper Underwing agg

A few recent photo's of the above and wonder from some of these is it possible to separate the two -  Copper or Svennson's ? - or does it need more detail of other parts of the moth to be conclusive ?
In the meantime I am just recording them as agg

 3 above different moths look to have darkish palps and pale tips !
maybe Svensson's ?

 2 above are the same moth - pale palps - maybe Copper ?

2 above look to have different underwing !
Comments welcome - oh, just remembered the link on the front page of the blog.

Saturday 17th September

Hi all

Just a heads up that the Square Chapel  are using Cunnery Wood on Sat 17th September for a screening of the Blair Witch Project as part of their "Other Rooms" project.

Therefore the normal trapping areas in the theatre or down by the pond will be out of bounds. There will also be lots of cables etc and technichans in the woods over the day/evening as well.

Might be best to avoid it that night - perhaps Roils Head Moor or Beechwood Park might be a different trapping option for anyone running a trap!


Lee Mount - 24th August

16c after a very hot and humid day. Overcast and calm at 21:00 with wind increasing by 23:00 when I shut the trap down.
 Wonder if this is Buff Footman ? - new one for here if it is
 Iron Prominent
Struggled with this one till Jen put me right !!
A fantastic looking moth though we have had them here before.
 Not sure about this one - first thought was Lesser Yellow Underwing but those red veins have thrown me and the moth is a bit worn out anyway but the black dots on the wing corners would discount Lesser Yellow Underwing I guess though it was about that size !
 Antler Moth
Garden Carpet
In addition to the above..
Large Yellow Underwing x 39
Willow Beauty x 1
Square-spot Rustic x 3
Copper Underwing agg x 1
Riband Wave x 1
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing x 1
Small Phoenix x 1
Lesser Yellow Underwing x 4
Single-dotted Wave x 1
Brown China-mark x 1

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Cunnery Wood 23 August 2016

Cunnery Wood LNR

Weather . Very warm Still and Humid T = 16 -18 aprox

MV 120


There were no outstanding large macros but later in the pm a few interesting micros presented. In the main Birds Cherry ermine as expected of this site and the Proverbial Large Yellow Underewings.

There was a diversity of entommology attracted to  MV which included Forest Shieldbug, Common Wasp , Green Lacewing,  Tipulids and of course 3 species of the Great British Caddis fly



70.234 BF1913  Canary-shouldered Thorn Ennomos alniaria x3
70.235 BF1914  Dusky Thorn Ennomos fuscantaria  x1
70.053 BF1722  Flame Carpet Xanthorhoe designata
70.052 BF172    Dark-barred Twin-spot CarpetXanthorhoe ferrugata
16.001 BF424    Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella   x50+
73.342 BF2107  Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba    x50+
70.226 BF1906  Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata     x2
70.016 BF1713  Riband Wave Idaea aversatax 1 
63.038 BF1405  Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis  x 1
49.062 BF1036  Maple Button Acleris forsskaleana  x 1 
31.001 BF658    Long Horn Flat Body Carcina quercana
41.002 BF873    Blastobasis adustella x3
70.258 BF1937  Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria  x3
49.039 BF998    Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana
49.071 BF1062  Acleris emargana  x 1 
49.066 BF1038  Acleris laterana (caution with commaria) x 1 
49.144 BF1113  Eudemis profundana Query x 2
Cosmopterix Query
63.089 BF1305  Agriphila tristella Query
70.270 BF1947  The Engrailed Ectropis crepuscularia Query

16.001 BF424 Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella

70.235 BF1914 Dusky Thorn Ennomos fuscantaria

Flame Carpet

70.052 BF172    Dark-barred Twin-spot CarpetXanthorhoe ferrugata

Similar  species from the  Red Twin-spot Carpet


Willow beauty


70.016 BF1713  Riband Wave Idaea aversata


63.038 BF1405  Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis 


40.013 BF882  Mompha locupletella


49.062 BF1036  Maple Button Acleris forsskaleana


1062 Acleris emargana ABH 49.071 & 49.066 BF1038   Acleris laterana


1062 Acleris emargana ABH 49.07

49.066 BF1038   Acleris laterana

1038 Acleris laterana ABH 49.066

31.001 BF 0658   Long Horn Flat Body Carcina quercana 


49.144 BF1113  Eudemis profundana Query


49.039 BF998 Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana

Twin Spot Carpet Query


63.089 BF1305  Agriphila tristella Query