Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Year Review 2020

There was far more effort put into garden moth recording in 2020, which was undoubtedly due to Covid-19 and the subsequent restrictions. I recorded on 47 more occasions than the year before and put far more effort into micros. Thanks to Andy Banthorpe (AMB) for completing the many Gen. dets. from the specimens I took during the year.
Also, hip surgery meant I was out of action for some of the year, with operations to replace both at the end of March and the end of August. Big thanks to Louie for continuing to record and sweep net the garden while I was incapacitated!

In 2020, I recorded 523 garden species in total, a new record. There were 267 Macros (6th best total) and 256 Micros, my best ever total.

Recording days/Trap nights: 265 (+47 on 2019)
Records: 7700 (+2423 on 2019)
The year ended with an all time garden total of 831 species. (397 Macro, 434 Micro)

The table below shows the most productive month for species caught was July. By far the least was February. There were ten blank nights in just two months, spread evenly between January (5) and December (5) and the most trap days was August to October with 100% coverage in September.

Month   Species   Trap days  

January        12       18
February        8        6
March          16        10
April             61        20
May            165       27
June            241       24
July             268       26
August        221       30 
September 100        30
October        62        30
November    43        19
December     9         15       

Although I started in 2009, the first full year was 2010.       

Year   Macro    Micro

2019    265         216
2018    281         241
2017    274         207
2016    276         230
2015    256         199
2014    289         213
2013    304         218
2012    241         161
2011    253         207
2010    240         135

Most abundant-

Once again, Common Wainscot had a very good year, with an impressive 455 caught on just one night. (11th August)

73.291 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot    3332
63.115 Acentria ephemerella Water Veneer    3214
73.325 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart    1301
73.193 Omphaloscelis lunosa Lunar Underwing    1130
73.342 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing    1004
73.109 Thalpophila matura Straw Underwing    747
73.317 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart    685
63.080 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer    640
73.319 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth    550
73.131 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic    494

Micros

There were 24 new species added in 2020. Including three new to county species as well as the recently classified, Prays ruficeps, thought once to be a dark form of Prays fraxinella Ash Bud Moth .

49.369 Pammene agnotana 1- 11/04- 1st for VC30- Gen det AMB
04.071 Bohemannia pulverosella 1- 07/05- Gen det AMB  
38.015 Elachista gangabella 1- 24/05- 14th record- Gen det AMB
49.047 Eana incanana 7- 01/06 
20.015 Argyresthia curvella 1- 02/06 
49.014 Archips crataegana  Brown Oak Tortrix 1- 09/06 
62.070 Synaphe punctalis 1- 18/06 
37.058 Coleophora conspicuella 1- 21/06- 5th VC30 record 
15.039 Phyllonorycter quercifoliella 1- 24/06- (No photo)- Gen det AMB
02.004 Eriocrania sparrmannella 1- 05/07- 15th VC30 record- tenanted leaf mine
49.129 Cochylidia rupicola 1- 10/07- 3rd VC30 record 
48.002 Prochoreutis myllerana 1- 18/07- 5th VC30 record- Gen det AMB 
15.093 Phyllocnistis xenia 1- 21/07- 5th VC30 record 
49.295 Notocelia roborana 1- 23/07- Gen det AMB
15.085 Phyllonorycter joannisi 1- 30/07 
49.256 Epinotia cinereana 1- 31/07- 1st for VC30- Gen det AMB 
62.053 Ancylosis oblitella 1- 31/07- 2nd VC30 record- Gen det AMB
35.094 Aroga velocella 1- 06/08 
39.005 Chrysoclista linneella 1- 11/08- 16th VC30 record 
39.004 Dystebenna stephensi 1- 11/08- 2nd VC30 record 
63.005 Pyrausta despicata 1- 11/08 
22.003 Prays ruficeps 1- 18/08- 1st for VC30- ID, AMB
35.118 Scrobipalpa ocellatella Beet Moth 1- 15/09- Joint 1st VC30 record- Gen det AMB
15.004 Caloptilia elongella 1- 09/11- Gen det AMB

Pammene agnotana

Bohemannia pulverosella

Elachista gangabella

Eana incanana

Argyresthia curvella

Archips crataegana  Brown Oak Tortrix

Synaphe punctalis

Coleophora conspicuella

Year review 2020 Part 2

 Micros continued......

Eriocrania sparrmannella

Cochylidia rupicola

Prochoreutis myllerana

Phyllocnistis xenia

Notocelia roborana

Phyllonorycter joannisi

Epinotia cinereana

Ancylosis oblitella

Year review 2020 Part 3

Micros continued.......

Aroga velocella

Chrysoclista linneella

Dystebenna stephensi

Pyrausta despicata

Prays ruficeps

Scrobipalpa ocellatella Beet Moth


Caloptilia elongella

Year review 2020 Part 4

Macros- 

There were five new Macros added to the list in 2020. Now just three away from the milestone of 400 species, it will be intriguing to see what can be added in 2021. There are very few common species left, but Kent Black Arches, Small Phoenix and Convolvulus Hawk-moth have all been caught in the area in recent years? 

72.083 Euclidia glyphica  Burnet Companion 1- 07/08
72.011 Lymantria dispar  Gypsy Moth 2-11/08  6 VC30 records before 2020- attracted to pheromone
65.003 Watsonalla cultraria  Barred Hook-tip 1- 13/09
73.093 Caradrina kadenii  Clancy's Rustic 1- 22/09 2nd VC30 record
73.300 Mythimna l-album  L-album Wainscot 1- 05/10 3rd VC30 record


Burnet Companion

Gypsy Moth

Barred Hook-tip

Clancy's Rustic

L-album Wainscot

Monday, January 6, 2020

Year Review 2019

2019 was an indifferent year for Moth recording after an exceptional 2018.
I would like to cite lack of time due to football and personal injury as the main reason for the lack of performance.
On 13th December 2018 I snapped my Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in my left knee whilst conducting a demonstration at football training and didn't manage to get in to have it operated on until 17th May. Clearly, the lack of mobility hampered my progress with regards to the emptying of traps etc. But at least now it balanced the ACL on the right knee that I snapped in 2009!
On the plus side, I managed to coach two football teams in 2018-19 season and passed my UEFA B License in early May! Hopefully 2020 is going to be far less eventful.

In 2019, I recorded a total of 481 species. There were 265 Macros, only the 6th best in the last ten years and 216 Micros, this was the 4th best.
But undoubtedly, the biggest milestone this year was topping 800 species for the garden, despite  'throwing out' the 3 Small Ermine species (padella/malinellus/cagnagella) and replacing them with Yponomeuta agg. I also removed my 'unsafe' record of Dark Twin-spot Carpet, a species that can only be reliably identified via Gen det.

The year ended with an all time garden total of 392 Macros and 412 Micros.

Year   Macro    Micro
2018    281         241
2017    274         207
2016    276         230
2015    256         199
2014    289         213
2013    304         218
2012    241         161
2011    253         207
2010    240         135

Recording days/Trap nights: 218
Records: 5277

Most abundant species in 2019-

63.115 Acentria ephemerella  Water Veneer 1832
73.342 Noctua pronuba  Large Yellow Underwing 1301
73.291 Mythimna pallens  Common Wainscot 1180
73.325 Agrotis puta  Shuttle-shaped Dart 1034
73.359 Xestia c-nigrum  Setaceous Hebrew Character 960
73.317 Agrotis exclamationis  Heart and Dart 753
73.244 Orthosia cerasi  Common Quaker 748
73.319 Agrotis segetum  Turnip Moth 672
63.095 Agriphila geniculea 632
73.099 Hoplodrina ambigua  Vine's Rustic 613
63.080 Chrysoteuchia culmella  Garden Grass-veneer 560

Micros

There were 12 new species recorded and one reclassified. Ephestia woodiella is now an option on my updated version of Mapmate. I have previously been recording this as E. unicolorella and before this, E. parasitella with the foot note 'Ephestia agg.'. Either way, the group requires gen dets, so 2019 was the first year I had a sample checked. I would like to thank Andy Banthorpe (AMB) for his assistance with Gen dets.

40.006 Mompha jurassicella 1- 30th March- 6th VC30 record- Gen det AMB
37.099 Coleophora striatipennella 1- 1st May- Gen det AMB
15.063 Phyllonorycter maestingella 1- 11th May- Gen det AMB
02.006 Eriocrania cicatricella 2- 16th May- tenanted Mine in Birch
49.309 Dichrorampha plumbana 1- 25th May- 11th VC30 record- Gen det AMB
62.065 Ephestia woodiella 4- 1st June- Gen det AMB- Newly classified
37.013 Coleophora siccifolia 1- 23rd June- 8th VC30 record- Gen det AMB
62.061 Vitula biviella 1- 22nd July- 12th VC30 record- Gen det AMB
62.021 Oncocera semirubella 1- 25th July
49.110 Agapeta zoegana 1- 30th July
27.001 Oegoconia quadripuncta 1- 5th August- Gen det AMB
63.054 Cydalima perspectalis Box-tree Moth 1- 24th September
15.081 Phyllonorycter nicellii 1- 23rd October- Mines in Hazel

Eriocrania cicatricella

Ephestia woodiella

Coleophora siccifolia

Vitula biviella

Oncocera semirubella

Agapeta zoegana

Oegoconia quadripuncta

Cydalima perspectalis Box-tree Moth

Year Review 2019 Part 2

Macros

There was only 3 species added this year, all of which were scarce. I can only speculate as to how long it will take to achieve the dizzy heights of 400 macro species for the garden. But it seems more likely to be years rather than months!

72.081 Catocala sponsa Dark Crimson Underwing 1- 5th August- 1st for VC30!
70.159 Eupithecia phoeniceata Cypress Pug 1- 18th September- 3rd VC30 record
73.223 Dryobota labecula Oak Rustic 1- 26th October- 3rd VC30 record


Dark Crimson Underwing
  
Cypress Pug

Oak Rustic

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Year Review 2018

A total of 522 species in 2018 was a joint record breaking year with 2013, though the ratio of Micros and Macros was very different.
In 2013, a still unbeaten 304 Macros and 218 Micros were logged.
This year, 281 Macros was my 3rd highest, with the attention to Micros paying dividends; an all-time record of 241 species, the previous best being 230 in 2016.
I would like to thank David Manning (DVM) and Andy Banthorpe (AMB) for their assistance with Gen dets. 

Trap nights: 213
Records: 7438

Most abundant species in 2018-

63.115 Acentria ephemerella Water Veneer 2475
73.099 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 824
73.325 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 711
73.342 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 706
73.317 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 673
73.319 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 575
73.096 Hoplodrina octogenaria Uncertain 476
73.244 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 442
73.359 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 414
63.095 Agriphila geniculea 401

Micros

There were 22 new micros recorded in 2018

38.038 Elachista rufocinerea 1- 4th May- gen det. DVM
49.022 Ptycholoma lecheana 2- 27th May
49.248 Epinotia tenerana Nut Bud Moth 1- 15th June
49.042 Neosphaleroptera nubilana 1- 16th June- gen det AMB
04.042 Stigmella plagicolella 1- 17th June- Mine on Victoria Plum
37.052 Coleophora ibipennella 1- 19th June- gen det AMB
49.005 Epagoge grotiana 1- 24th June
49.015 Archips xylosteana Variegated Golden Tortrix 1- 24th June
35.091 Sophronia semicostella 3- 25th June- 6th,7th, 8th County record
49.305 Rhyacionia buoliana Pine Shoot Moth 1- 3rd July
28.008 Metalampra italica 3- 4th July
35.157 Recurvaria leucatella 1- 13th July- 6th County record
37.015 Coleophora serratella 1- 13th July- gen det AMB
37.046 Coleophora deauratella 1- 13th July- gen det AMB
37.049 Coleophora anatipennella Pistol Case-bearer 1- 13th July- gen det AMB
40.015 Mompha raschkiella 1- 17th July
14.007 Bucculatrix albedinella 1- 3rd August- gen det AMB
62.027 Dioryctria simplicella 1- 15th August- confirmed DVM
63.007 Pyrausta purpuralis 1- 19th August
04.012 Stigmella aceris 1- 3rd September- Mines in Field Maple
04.007 Stigmella luteella 1- 28th October- Mine in Birch
32.009 Agonopterix purpurea 1- 3rd December- 6th County record

Elachista rufocinerea 

Ptycholoma lecheana

Epinotia tenerana Nut Bud Moth

Neosphaleroptera nubilana 

Stigmella plagicolella

Coleophora ibipennella 

 Epagoge grotiana 

Archips xylosteana Variegated Golden Tortrix

Year Review 2018 Pt 2

New Micros Continued.....

Sophronia semicostella

Metalampra italica

Recurvaria leucatella

Mompha raschkiella

Dioryctria simplicella

Pyrausta purpuralis

Stigmella aceris

Stigmella luteella


Agonopterix purpurea