Saturday, January 5, 2013

Another Acleris, Home Wood- 04-01........

............was not quite as good as I imagined with only three species recorded. I was very surprised not to see Pale Brindled Beauty or even Winter Moth. On a more positive note, the twin tube trap light was still burning brightly having been on for over 16 hours! Other than the photographed we also caught two Chestnut.

Early Moth
Never have we seen so many, an incredible 18 recorded. The site is surrounded on all sides by Hawthorn and Blackthorn so I suppose it's not that surprising. It is however, new for the site- which must indicate a very short flight period. Last year's visit was at the end of January.

 1051 Acleris logiana
  This almost escaped notice as it was very similar in colour to the egg boxes. Looking at shape, colour and the areas of raised scales, I believe this to be Acleris kochiella. Even if it is logiana, it would still be new for the site, I have kept it just in case it cannot be IDed by photos alone.
N.B. Having read further, A. kochiella is double brooded and it seems only the Summer generation is white. The over Wintering 2nd generation is usually much greyer. If this is always the case, the moth would have to be Acleris logiana. I have sent these images on to the recorder for confirmation. confirmed by David Manning, VC30 Micro Recorder.

At home I recorded a Winter Moth, which was new for the year- giving me 5 garden species so far.

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