Monday, 22 May 2017

20th May 2017 Stainland

I've not been doing much of late, as I'm still struggling to walk. It's a remarkably painful thing to do. Still at long last, I had some moths visit me.

First a twenty plume. The only reason I'm posting it is that it is so worn you can easily see the wing structure. I thought a spider had been at it but it flew off a little while later. I've had two more twenty plumes  since then.

Worn Twenty Plume

I'm not sure about the next two. I searched online and through Chris Manley's second edition, in the micro section twice for the first one. All I could guess at was a Common Slender Gracilaria syringella, I'm not certain however. I've added 2 shots to help it's ID.

Gracilaria syringella TBC

I think I'm out of touch, this should have been easy but... I think it could be a Common Carpet - Epirrhoe alternata TBC.  I looked at Garden Carpet too, nothing quite matched either try at naming.

Common Carpet - Epirrhoe alternata TBC

All I need now is some genuine IDs.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Lee Mount 18th May

One or two nice moths in the trap today

 Brown Silver-line (this is one I didn't expect as it's usually seen in bracken areas and none around here !)
 Common Pug (I think)
 Peppered Moth
 Small Phoenix (1)
 Small Phoenix (2) above and below
Also a Twenty-plume Moth and a Light-brown Apple Moth in the trap

Lee Mount 17th May

Just a single moth and nothing else but this was very nice !.
Silver-ground Carpet

Monday, 15 May 2017

Lee Mount

A selection of a few of the moths in the last week or so - with any corrections welcome !

 Tachystola acroxantha (1 on 12th and 13th May)
 Above and below I am pretty sure this is Lesser Swallow Prominent - (19mm wing length showing the shape of the white wedge) - it's the same moth showing better markings on the left rather than the right fore-wing. (12th and 13th May)

 Struggled with this one above on 13th May but am going for Pale Mottled Willow. It does show some small white dots around the kidney mark on the left fore-wing bit I can't pick them out on the right !

 Shuttle Shaped Dart
 Small Phoenix
Other moths have included a few White-shouldered House-moths, Bee Moth, Twenty-plume Moths and a Brindled Pug.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Beechwood Park

A morning in Beechwood Park grasslands saw a newly emerged Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell & lots of Orange Tips. There were also a number of small grass moths but I leave them until later to identify!

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Buff Tip. (post from C.Streets)

Last September whilst working on re-instating a footbridge at Hardcastle Crags that got washed away in the Boxing day floods I found several Buff-tip larvae in the leaf litter. I took one home to rear through and it emerged a couple of weeks ago. The photos don't really do it justice as they are so beautifully camouflaged and hardly recognisable as moths.

At 29mm long I reckon it's a female.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Lee Mount

Still cold and not a lot doing the last week or so other than 2 Common Quakers last night (29th) along with what I think could be a Bee Moth - but I'm not sure ?  and a Small Phoenix on 28th April.
 Bee Moth ? corrected to Oak Nycteoline

Small Phoenix (I think) could this one be f insulata ?

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Hardcastle Crags 21st April 2017

Further to Andys Counts Below

Weather :  Still occ Breeze Warm 11 -14 0 becoming cool
Trap : Robinson MV 120
Std 18-58 Canon Kit Lens
Three AC BL CD Attended  .

Other entomology  Nicrophorus humator , Cranefly Tipula

A slow steady start lend to a flurry between 10:30 and 11:30. In the main Common Qauker was by far most numerous with a steady input . The Early Tooth Stripe also appeared evident in number.
The Red Green Carpet likely over wintered and emerged from hibernation . The Grey Birch was a fairly fresh specimen and relatively  infrequent to this location

70.103 BF1750  Water Carpet Lampropteryx suffumata


70.274 BF1951  Grey Birch Aethalura punctulata


73.250 BF2189  Twin-spotted Quaker Anorthoa munda



73.069 BF 2243 Early Grey Xylocampa areola

70.095  BF 1760 Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 


71.018 BF2006 Lesser Swallow Prominent Pheosia gnoma



see tthis link for Sallow versus Lessser Swallow

70.237 BF1917 Early Thorn Selenia dentaria




See this link for Mottled Grey versus Early Tooth Stripe

70.202 BF 1881 Early Tooth-striped Trichopteryx carpinata


Last Night in the Craggs

Common Quaker  x   55
Small Quaker      x  1
Hebrew Character   x 3
Clouded Drab x 2
Twin Spotted Quaker x 1
Early Thorn x 2
Lesser Swallow Prominent x 1
Early Tooth Striped  x 12
Grey Birch x 1
Early Grey x 2
Chestnut x 2
Brindled  Pug x 10
Common Pug x 1
Double Striped Pug x 1
Water Carpet x 1
Red Green Carpet x 1
Mottled Grey x 1
Eriocrania subpurpurella x 10

Thursday, 20 April 2017

fRIDAY 21ST Mothing at Craggs

Running trap in the craggs tomorrow night 21st at 9.00 onwards...

Lee Mount

Fairly quiet this last week or so with just a smattering of Common Quakers and  Hebrew Characters.
Last night fared better
Clouded Drab x 1
Brindled Pug x 2
Hebrew Character x 2
Common Quaker x 1
Early Grey x 1
and the surprise this morning was a V-Pug on the fence next to the light
Also 2 of these below turned up - think,  by the purple spots, they must be Eriocrania subpurpurella. ?

Still hoping for the weather to warm up a bit !

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Lee Mount

First Red Admiral today was very nice.
Not much doing on the moth front, just a few Common Quaker, and an Early Grey at the end of last week along with a Hebrew Character.

And on the following day 19th my first Speckled Wood in the garden.

Friday, 14 April 2017

ABH 40.008 BF 892 Garden Cosmet Mompha subbistrigella

ABH  40.008 BF 892   Garden Cosmet  Mompha subbistrigella

Taken with the bog standard kit lens in poor light so image quality not good. The length was about 7 - 9 mm so very small All of the features of Mompha sp , the best fit likely being subbistrigella 





see LINK scroll down half way & LINK 

Ghosts and Burnets

Came across these three bits of film by me and film by  Steve Cummings a few years ago. Well done Steve they still look great...links below

Dancing in the moonlight

Dance of the Ghost Moth

Cromwell Burnett moths 2010

Thursday, 13 April 2017

More Butterflys

A walk round Cromwell Bottom produced my first Orange Tip , Green veined White and Speckled Wood....

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Next Moth Night

Will be running the trap at Hardcastle Craggs on the 21st April at 8.00.Weather permitting.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Small White

First Small White today along with Peacock and Small Tortosieshell

Another Early Grey

I have another Early Grey this morning by the door. The markings show it to be a different one to the one I saw a few days ago. The moth was in a more accessible place, I got much better photos this time.

There was one Small Tortoiseshell butterfly in the garden as well.

Early Grey - Xylocampa areola

Detail 1

Detail 2

As I was looking at the photos, I saw that the scales are wider at the outside edge and also have small protrusions. I've noticed it before but never really thought about it. I did a little research on moth scales. I suspect they are tapered to help them form a dense heat keeping layer, as they will be packed closer together nearer the body. The ragged edges are I assume, to help with
aerodynamics. This is conjecture on my part, if anyone knows more about this, I'd love to hear it.

I found a nice photo of moth scales on Wikipedia in the public domain. I thought I should put it on here out of general interest. I should mention that I added the text to help make the image more understandable. The photo and the URL are below.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

5th April 2017 Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi

Briefly Ran MV120 . Has been breezy over the past few days and still chilly in the evening with open sky . Moon 3/4 . One or two fleeting visitors not making the trap . Looked like Common Plume and more Common Quakers.

ABH 73.244 BF2187   Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi   x2  (18 -55 standard lens)