Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Before this year, I am sure I'd never seen Pugs like these before. I have now caught 6 and have posted a couple of examples below. They are large, with a 25mm wingspan and food plant (Hawk's beard) is abundant in the overgrown garden next door, anyone care to comment?
Caught 9th August. Spot on Bill D!
Caught 24th August.
To add to this, the example from 9th August was dissected by Andy Banthorpe of VC30 Moth Group. It was found to be a male Yarrow Pug, only the 12th confirmed for the vice county. I could be wrong, but the others (another 5) were probably the same species. I will pay more attention if I trap any next year.
Friday, August 24, 2012
...................and a surprise really, as I expected once over 300 macros- new ticks would become harder and harder to achieve. But incredibly, I have trapped 30 new species this year- 17 Macro and 13 Micro. Now with a combined garden list total of 547 things have surely to slow down? I wonder just how many species can be caught over a long enough period of time.........
1461 Assara terebrella
To my knowledge, this is only the 2nd adult record in VC30 to date after the first in Home wood on 26-07-12. NFG- 14-08-12
Bizarre! The nearest chalk to my location is at the School. NFG 19-08
NFG- 19-08. The 11th 'Wainscot'
NFY 21-08. For some reason, these are quite scarce in my garden.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Last Sunday (19th) I decided to drop off a battery actinic/BLB Skinner at Broom Gravel Pits. The pits were first dug in the late 1990's and are now well established and I was curious to find out a possible source of the wetland species I trap in the garden. It would be logical to suspect they are carried on the prevailing wind towards my garden just over half a mile away to the north. I collected my trap- which was positioned HERE on Monday morning. There is a list at the bottom of this post.
One of three caught.
One of three trapped.
737 Monochroa palustrella
The first time I've seen this species.
Broom GPs, G&M Pits- 19-08-12- Twin 15w Battery Actinic/BLB Skinner- c1093 of 37 species
|0015||Hepialus sylvina||Orange Swift||1|
|1331||Acentria ephemerella||Water Veneer||1000||circa|
|1348||Parapoynx stratiotata||Ringed China-mark||5|
|1354||Cataclysta lemnata||Small China-mark||1|
|1699||Idaea rusticata||Least Carpet||2|
|1713||Idaea aversata||Riband Wave||3|
|1776||Colostygia pectinataria||Green Carpet||2|
|1825||Eupithecia centaureata||Lime-speck Pug||1|
|1906||Opisthograptis luteolata||Brimstone Moth||1|
|1937||Peribatodes rhomboidaria||Willow Beauty||1|
|1956||Cabera exanthemata||Common Wave||1|
|2000||Notodonta dromedarius||Iron Prominent||3|
|2006||Pheosia gnoma||Lesser Swallow Prominent||2|
|2102||Ochropleura plecta||Flame Shoulder||11|
|2107||Noctua pronuba||Large Yellow Underwing||7|
|2126||Xestia c-nigrum||Setaceous Hebrew Character||2|
|2154||Mamestra brassicae||Cabbage Moth||1|
|2197||Mythimna straminea||Southern Wainscot||1|
|2199||Mythimna pallens||Common Wainscot||1|
|2297||Amphipyra pyramidea||Copper Underwing||1|
|2303||Thalpophila matura||Straw Underwing||1|
|2321||Apamea monoglypha||Dark Arches||1|
|2353||Luperina testacea||Flounced Rustic||16|
|2369||Nonagria typhae||Bulrush Wainscot||3|
|2373||Archanara sparganii||Webb's Wainscot||3|
|Cochylis sp.||1||Awaiting gen det. DVM|
|Depressaria sp.||1||Awaiting gen det. DVM|
Monday, August 20, 2012
...................Snowed under at the moment but still trapping. A few decent new moths for my garden plus other highlights to come. In the meantime it was nice to trap such a well marked White-spotted Pinion.
This RDB species seems to be a VC30 specialty- I have now trapped it every year since 2009.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
.............to take the macro year list over the double century. Just a few shots of some of the highlights for now, with a list and some further information to follow.................time permitting. I've also got some other bits and pieces including a few Cnephasias and Common Rustic aggs. which could add to the garden list.
This is the 3rd record on Southern Wainscot this year. This shot shows the subtle band across the front of the thorax, another good diagnostic feature.
Tawny Speckled Pug
Caught on 8th August. I've retained a couple of worn pugs for inspection by the recorders.
NFY, 8th August.
NFY, 9th August.
1091 Apotomis lineana
A second ever record on 9th August for this scarce micro.
Small Mottled Willow
Two years in a row for this sporadic migrant, NFY 9th August.
1350 Beautiful China-mark Nymphula stagnata
A long awaited garden first. 10th August.
The star lot, only the 40th record for VC30, though most of these records are not recent. Not seen in the vice-county since 2008. NFG 10th August.
To add to this- it is only the 4th record since 2003 and the first in August since 1982. It is also the first in my 10km square (TL14) since 1975!
A garden first, 10th August.