Thursday, May 14, 2015

13/05 Camomile Infusion

This has been on the 'expected' list for a long time. The last Shark sp. I caught in May turned out to be just a Shark. This one is fairly dark in colour too. Anyway, its macro #356 for the garden.

Camomile Shark

The shot below shows the diagnostic feature. The thin lateral lines terminate beyond the fringe with no dashed terminal line. Unlike Shark, in which the lines terminate neatly up to the lighter fringe.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


After another short break, testing some new electrics gave me an excuse to put a trap at either end of the garden.
Amongst the usual orthosias, a bevy of NFYs. Early Thorn, Engrailed, Light Brown Apple Moth, Oak Nycteolene and a fairly poorly marked Lead-coloured Drab.

Lead-coloured Drab

Oak Nycteolene


Upper Caldecote Garden- 2 traps- 07-04-2015- 66 of 13 species

0998  Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana)  2 NFY
1524  Emmelina monodactyla  8
1862  Double-striped Pug (Gymnoscelis rufifasciata)  6
1917  Early Thorn (Selenia dentaria)  1 NFY
1947  Engrailed (Ectropis crepuscularia) 1 NFY
2182  Small Quaker (Orthosia cruda)  6
2185  Lead-coloured Drab (Orthosia populeti)  1 NFY
2187  Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi)  19
2188  Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta)  9
2190  Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica)  8
2237  Grey Shoulder-knot (Lithophane ornitopus)  1
2243  Early Grey (Xylocampa areola)  4
2423  Oak Nycteoline (Nycteola revayana)  1 NFY

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Breakfast- 03-04-2015

After a two week break, the traps were back on. There seemed precious little point of trapping in the last week in March as it seemed unlikely any insects would be flying in winds gusting up to 60MPH.
Anyway, four NFY's was a positive outcome, although numbers of individual species are still pretty low. No shot of the Nut-tree Tussock as it was gone by morning.

Brindled Pug

Double-striped Pug

Red Chestnut

Upper Caldecote Garden- 2 Traps- 30 of 9 species

1524  Emmelina monodactyla  1
1852  Brindled Pug (Eupithecia abbreviata)  1 NFY
1862  Double-striped Pug (Gymnoscelis rufifasciata)  1 NFY
2139  Red Chestnut (Cerastis rubricosa)  2 NFY
2187  Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi)  9
2188  Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta)  5
2190  Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica)  7
2243  Early Grey (Xylocampa areola)  3
2425  Nut-tree Tussock (Colocasia coryli)  1 NFY

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Home Wood- 25th February 2015

After missing the whole of January, mainly due to the cold and unreasonable weather. It was time to get back into the woods, albeit in the modest form of a single battery powered Actinic/Synergetic Skinner trap. Weather wise, it was probably one of the best nights of the month with temperatures not dipping below 8°C. Not a bad haul, but nothing particularly unexpected. In the garden, it was a bit quieter. However, I did add Common Quaker and March Moth to my list.

Small Brindled Beauty

Early Moth


March Moth

1025 Tortricodes alternella 

Home Wood- 25-02-15 38 of 9 species

1025  Tortricodes alternella  4
1663  March Moth (Alsophila aescularia)  9
1925  Small Brindled Beauty (Apocheima hispidaria)  1
1926  Pale Brindled Beauty (Phigalia pilosaria)  11
1932  Spring Usher (Agriopis leucophaearia)  1
1934  Dotted Border (Agriopis marginaria)  4
1947  Engrailed (Ectropis bistortata)  1
1960  Early Moth (Theria primaria)  1
2258  Chestnut (Conistra vaccinii)  6

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentine's Moths

I haven't done a lot of trapping in the past two months, due mainly to the extremely low night time temperatures. Agonopterix heracliana was attracted to a lit window on 9th Feb and then two days later a slight upturn in night time temps tempted me to try the traps, the first time they'd been out for almost two weeks.

Pale Brindled Beauty

Spring Usher

The catch was from two traps at either end of the garden. It was interesting that the Twin 15w Actinic easily out performed the far larger and slightly more powerful Twin 20w Synergetic. Though this could simply be down to location. Tonight, I will be trapping again and have reversed the traps to see if it makes any difference. I have also heard that Synergetic tubes lose some of their potency after around a year's use? It would be hard for me to prove, so having had the current tubes from June 2013- I may invest in new ones for the upcoming months.

Upper Caldecote Garden  14-02-2015-

Twin 20w Synergetic Skinner
1926  Pale Brindled Beauty (Phigalia pilosaria)  1

Twin 15w Actinic Skinner
1926  Pale Brindled Beauty (Phigalia pilosaria)  2
1932  Spring Usher (Agriopis leucophaearia)  2 NFY
2259  Dark Chestnut (Conistra ligula)  1

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Off the Mark............

A really good start to the New Year. Very mild all evening with very little wind, a rare thing indeed at this early stage. Friday night looks pretty good too, with night time temps set to hit 13°c!

Mottled Umber
A record count of 3 in one night, all to Actinic light.

Upper Caldecote Garden- 2 Traps- 05/01/15- 8 of 5 species.

1524  Emmelina monodactyla  1 NFY
1926  Pale Brindled Beauty (Phigalia pilosaria)  1 NFY
1935  Mottled Umber (Erannis defoliaria)  3 NFY
2258  Chestnut (Conistra vaccinii)  1 NFY
2259  Dark Chestnut (Conistra ligula)  2 NFY

Sunday, November 23, 2014

.......and still they come

Overnight conditions were mild but extremely wet. Just one trap out, though it was under the overhanging shed roof. 8 species is exceptional for this time of year, also nice to see there is still some migrants around.

 Rusty Dot Pearl Udea ferrugalis

December Moth
After keeping this female in a pot for a day, it layed eggs which will hopefully hatch in the next few weeks. They are common in my garden, probably on account of the mature Hawthorn on two of the boundaries. Apparently, they also feed on Oak and Birch.

Upper Caldecote Garden- 22-11-2014- 1x Twin T12 Synergetic Skinner, 8 of 8 species

0464  Diamond-back Moth (Plutella xylostella)  1
1395  Rusty-dot Pearl (Udea ferrugalis)  1
1524  Emmelina monodactyla  1
1631  December Moth (Poecilocampa populi)  1 NFY
1799  Winter Moth (Operophtera brumata)  1
2240  Blair's Shoulder-knot (Lithophane leautieri)  1
2259  Dark Chestnut (Conistra ligula)  1
2263  Red-line Quaker (Agrochola lota)  1

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

500 up..............

For the 2nd year in a row I've managed to record 500 species in the garden. I haven't trapped quite as much this year, but even so would have struggled to beat last year's 522 species. These are my last four NFY's.

Only the 2nd garden record on 14th November. Last caught, 9th November 2009.

Mottled Umber
This is the 5th record of this species. One per year since 2010. NFY, 15th November.

Winter Moth
Common in the garden and usually seen first at the beginning of the year. NFY, 15th November 

Scarce Umber 
 Only the 3rd record. NFY, 18th November. Last seen 28th November 2011.

Monday, November 3, 2014

October top 20

I did this last year with a very different outcome. It shows clearly just how good an October it was in 2013.  Last year's winner has been relegated to 4th place and to put it in context, I caught 63 Setaceous Hebrew Character on just one night ( 2nd October 2013). Whereas in 2014 it took a whole month to catch just 33! (not that I'm complaining)

October 2014

2267 Agrochola lychnidis  Beaded Chestnut 63
2092 Agrotis puta  Shuttle-shaped Dart  54
2240 Lithophane leautieri hesperica  Blair's Shoulder-knot 52
2126 Xestia c-nigrum  Setaceous Hebrew Character 33
2232 Aporophyla nigra  Black Rustic 31
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa  Lunar Underwing 26
1795x Epirrita dilutata agg.  November Moth agg. 19
0998 Epiphyas postvittana  Light Brown Apple Moth 18
2107 Noctua pronuba  Large Yellow Underwing 17
1760 Chloroclysta siterata  Red-green Carpet 15
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria  Willow Beauty 15
2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae  Green-brindled Crescent  14
2263 Agrochola lota   Red-line Quaker 13
1745 Larentia clavaria  Mallow 12
2109 Noctua comes  Lesser Yellow Underwing 12
1764 Chloroclysta truncata  Common Marbled Carpet 11
2231 Aporophyla lutulenta  Deep-brown Dart 11
1395 Udea ferrugalis  Rusty-dot Pearl 9
2375 Rhizedra lutosa  Large Wainscot 8
0464 Plutella xylostella  Diamond-back Moth 8

October 2013

2126 Xestia c-nigrum  Setaceous Hebrew Character 208
2107 Noctua pronuba  Large Yellow Underwing 118
2267 Agrochola lychnidis  Beaded Chestnut 117
2240 Lithophane leautieri  Blair's Shoulder-knot 76
2389 Paradrina clavipalpis  Pale Mottled Willow 44
2232 Aporophyla nigra  Black Rustic 39
2109 Noctua comes  Lesser Yellow Underwing 39
2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa  Lunar Underwing 35
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria  Willow Beauty 31
2091 Agrotis ipsilon   Dark Sword-grass 19
1745 Larentia clavaria  Mallow 19
2092 Agrotis puta  Shuttle-shaped Dart  17
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa  Angle Shades 15
0998 Epiphyas postvittana  Light Brown Apple Moth 14
2264 Agrochola macilenta  Yellow-line Quaker  12
2375 Rhizedra lutosa  Large Wainscot 12
1764 Chloroclysta truncata  Common Marbled Carpet 11
1760 Chloroclysta siterata  Red-green Carpet 9
2263 Agrochola lota   Red-line Quaker 8
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 8

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Hoopoe- Willington, Beds

I know it isn't a moth! I am just glad to finally catch up with a Hoopoe in Bedfordshire. Photos taken with Louie's Lumix camera held crudely onto a Kowa 823 scope with 30x wide eyepiece. These were the only passable shots. 

Hoopoe- Willington, Beds 5th October 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Leaf Miners

Over the last few days I've tried to find as many different leaf mines in the garden as I can. My inadvertent decision many years ago to plant mainly indigenous species really has payed off. Some species are detectable in Summer, but the best time seems to be September/October.
The main reason for doing this is the fact that my wine is under threat by the ever active Trent Duval. He recently sent a lorry load of test tubes to micro recorder David Manning. This single act catapulted him into the lead as he recorded a huge amount of new micro moths for the year. Knowing that any commanding lead at this stage of the season could mean certain doom for any opponent.

It's not over yet Trent..........................

0110  Stigmella betulicola
NFG- tenanted mines in Birch

0357  Phyllonorycter stettinensis
NFG- Mine in Alder

0034  Ectoedemia occultella
NFY- Early gallery mine in Birch

0272  Bucculatrix cidarella
NFY- Mine in Alder

Upper Caldecote garden Leaf Mine list for 01-10-2014- 28 species

0006  Eriocrania sp. Birch NFY
0034  Ectoedemia occultella  Birch NFY
0050  Stigmella aurella  Bramble NFY
0075  Stigmella floslactella  Hazel & Hornbeam NFY
0099  Stigmella hybnerella  Hawthorn NFY
0100  Stigmella oxyacanthella  Hawthorn NFG
0107  Stigmella regiella  Hawthorn NFY
0110  Stigmella betulicola  Birch NFG
0111  Stigmella microtheriella  Hazel NFY
0254  Laburnum Leaf Miner (Leucoptera laburnella)  Laburnum NFY
0263  Apple Leaf Miner (Lyonetia clerkella) Hawthorn, Rowan, Birch
0272  Bucculatrix cidarella  Alder NFY
0275  Bucculatrix bechsteinella  Hawthorn NFY
0293  Caloptilia syringella  Lilac, Forsythia NFY
0303  Parornix anglicella  Hawthorn
0304  Parornix devoniella  Hazel NFY
0310  Callisto denticulella  Apple NFY
0318  Phyllonorycter tenerella  Hornbeam NFY
0323  Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae  Hawthorn NFY
0326  Phyllonorycter blancardella  Apple NFY
0332  Phyllonorycter corylifoliella  Hawthorn, Apple, Pear NFY
0342  Nut Leaf Blister Moth (Phyllonorycter coryli)  Hazel NFY
0343  Phyllonorycter esperella  Hornbeam NFY
0353  Phyllonorycter ulmifoliella  Birch NFY
0357  Phyllonorycter stettinensis  Alder NFG
0358  Phyllonorycter froelichiella  Alder NFY
0360  Phyllonorycter kleemannella  Alder NFG
0362  Phyllonorycter acerifoliella  Field Maple NFY

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Another NFG!

Still ticking along as the unusually warm September comes to an end. On 30th, another good trapping session produced another garden 1st.

Autumnal Rustic
This is a species I have been expecting, but it seems to be stubbornly rare in mid Bedfordshire.
Eyes now turn to possible migrants, with the first Dark Sword-grass turning up on 29th.

Upper Caldecote garden- 30-10-2014-1 trap- 97 of 22 species-

1048  Garden Rose Tortrix (Acleris variegana)  1
1413  Gold Triangle (Hypsopygia costalis)  1
1764  Common Marbled Carpet (Chloroclysta truncata)  1
1937  Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria)  3
1961  Light Emerald (Campaea margaritata)  1
2092  Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta)  9
2107  Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba)  4
2109  Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes)  3
2117  Autumnal Rustic (Eugnorisma glareosa)  1 NFG
2126  Setaceous Hebrew Character (Xestia c-nigrum)  11
2199  Common Wainscot (Mythimna pallens)  5
2231  Deep-brown Dart (Aporophyla lutulenta)  6
2232  Black Rustic (Aporophyla nigra)  7
2240  Blair's Shoulder-knot (Lithophane leautieri hesperica)  7
2252  Large Ranunculus (Polymixis flavicincta)  1
2267  Beaded Chestnut (Agrochola lychnidis)  6
2270  Lunar Underwing (Omphaloscelis lunosa)  12
2272  Barred Sallow (Xanthia aurago)  1
2361  Rosy Rustic (Hydraecia micacea)  1
2384  Vine's Rustic (Hoplodrina ambigua)  1
2389  Pale Mottled Willow (Paradrina clavipalpis)  4
2477  Snout (Hypena proboscidalis)  1

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The End of Summer........

.........usually means the end of huge amounts of 'brown stuff' and heralds the beginning of more manageable numbers and the odd splash of colour.

Brown-spot Pinion f. rufa-pallida
 I don't get many B-s P's anyway. But have never seen the aberrant form before.

Centre-barred Sallow

Deep-brown Dart

Large & Small Ranunculus
 Caught on 18th September, this is the first time I've ever caught both on the same night. Whereas Large Ranunculus have remained fairly constant (4-5 per year), Small Ranunculus have become much more common. The late second generation idividuals overlap with their larger name sakes.

Orange Sallow


A good year for these- this is my 3rd record so far.

Monday, September 15, 2014

New Macro- 14-09

After weeks of standard brown noctuids in the trap, the 14th September finally had something slightly more interesting. Two NFY's and a NFG in the shape of a superb Lunar Yellow Underwing. I've been looking out for this after the first VC30 confirmation in Spring this year. This is now the 2nd confirmed record of this declining, but probably overlooked species.

Lunar Yellow Underwing
In the same trap a Deep-brown Dart was also new but expected. More eye catching was this totally pink Vestal. A variation I haven't ever seen before.


Also a couple of notables from last week.

Brown-spot Pinion
 NFY- 11th September

Feathered Gothic
 NFY- 9th September. Only my second ever record

 Upper Caldecote Garden- 14-09-2014, Twin 20w Synergetic Skinner- 80 moths of 21 species

1309  Agriphila geniculea  1
1316  Catoptria falsella  1
1342  Eudonia angustea  1
1413  Gold Triangle (Hypsopygia costalis)  3
1524  Emmelina monodactyla  1
1716  Vestal (Rhodometra sacraria)  1 NFY
1728  Garden Carpet (Xanthorhoe fluctuata)  1
1906  Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata)  2
1937  Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria)  10
1961  Light Emerald (Campaea margaritata)  3
2092  Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta)  8
2107  Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba)  20
2108  Lunar Yellow Underwing (Noctua orbona)  1 NFG
2109  Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes)  2
2126  Setaceous Hebrew Character (Xestia c-nigrum)  11
2134  Square-spot Rustic (Xestia xanthographa)  3
2199  Common Wainscot (Mythimna pallens)  1
2231  Deep-brown Dart (Aporophyla lutulenta)  1 NFY
2270  Lunar Underwing (Omphaloscelis lunosa)  7
2353  Flounced Rustic (Luperina testacea)  1
2384  Vine's Rustic (Hoplodrina ambigua)  1