Friday, 21 July 2017

Back from a week away the moth trap yesterday morning had 102 moths of 42 species with 2 new ones for the garden: The Olive and Morophaga choragella. Also there was my 3rd ever Sallow Kitten, (unfortunately a bit damaged), Hoary Footman and a Yew-tree Beauty. This morning only 30 moths after a cooler night but White-point brought the year total to 299. Garden total now 589.

The Olive

  Morophaga choragella

 Sallow Kitten

 Hoary Footman

Monday, 10 July 2017

I've had a few computer problems bit it's been another good week for the moth trap with over 50 species on more than one morning. Best records were my first ever Oak Eggar in the garden, my second Scalloped Hook-tip, Canary-shouldered Thorn and a couple of new micro moths.

Oak Eggar

 Scalloped Hook-tip

 Canary-shouldered Thorn

Monday, 3 July 2017

Good moth numbers continue with lots of species new for the year; Including several Privet Hawk-moths, and the V-pug. A rather worn Marbled White-spot was the 2nd garden record and the first since 2000. At the end of June I reached 240 species for the first half of the year which compares well with 128 at this stage last year. As 2016 was my best year for the number of species, this is quite amazing and shows what some warm weather can do. New for the garden was a micro: Eucosma conterminana-see picture. A Humming-bird Hawk-moth in the garden was my second of the year.

Eucosma conterminana

 Privet Hawk-moth

Thursday, 29 June 2017

to find many birds at Dunge today but, not for the first time, we found aninteresting insect inside one of the RSPB's hides. I think this is a Short-winged Conehead. The moth trap continues to be interesting with new species for the year including Barred Yellow, Dark Sword-grass, Dot Moth and Brown-tail. A few days ago Sandy Carpet was new for the garden and a 2nd one appeared this morning. A new micro for the garden this week was Ypsolopha ustella.

Sandy Carpet

 Barred Yellow

 Ypsolopha ustella

Short-winged Conehead

Monday, 26 June 2017

Good numbers of moths continue with species new for the year including: Privet Hawk-moth, Ruby Tiger, Lesser Broad-bordered Underwing, Rush Veneer, Smoky Wainscot, Large Twin-spot Carpet Pine Carpet and Large Tabby. Best was a new micro for the garden: Lozotaeniodes formosana. In addition I heard about a site near Faversham where Hornet Moths had been seen. I had a look there Sunday afternoon and was lucky enough to see one-unfortunately I somehow forgot the camera so had to photograph it with the phone.
 Hornet Moth

Large Twin-spot Carpet

 Lozotaeniodes formosana


Friday, 23 June 2017

Another 144 moths of 54 species this am.........several NFYs including: Small BV, Small Fan-foot, Small FF Wave, Yellow Shell, The Clay, Plain Pug, Scop. subfusca, and my 2nd ever C. fagiglandana and my 3rd Plutella porrectella. Also a nice example of The Coronet.

The Coronet

 Plutella porrectella

 Small Fan-foot

Thursday, 22 June 2017

The very hot weather has meant a busy time with the moth trap. This morning there were c160 moths of 57 species, which is probably my best ever catch. I've added 2 new micros to the garden list: Phtheochroa inopiana and Coleophora mayrella. Other species new for the year include: The Festoon, Common Emerald, and Cream Bordered Green Pea.

Common Emerald
 Phtheochroa inopiana
  The Festoon