Thursday, 25 April 2013

Whetstone, Leicestershire

Hello all. I've decided to jump into the mix seeing as I always keep a close track of my garden moth records anyway, and I have the extra impetus of the 1000 in 1kmsq challenge this year as well. My garden is a very modest suburban plot in Whetstone, Leicestershire. It is flanked on one side by a nicely maturing scrubby embankment that separates the housing estate from an industrial estate. There is no substantial woodland or water body within a 3km radius of my house, though over the 14 years that I've been trapping I've managed to build up a decent garden list which currently stands at 625 moths (302 macros, 323 micros) plus 20 butterflies. In a typical year I'll record c340 species, with the highest so far being 393 in 2011. This year has been a bit rubbish so far though so no high expectations for the total. I'll also expect to be well down on those recording east and south of here!

Total as at 25/04/2013 is 36 (33 moths, 3 butterflies), and two have been recorded as larvae only (Large Yellow Underwing and Old Lady):

Code Taxon Vernacular Added
1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
1549 Pieris brassicae Large White 25-Apr-13
288 Caloptilia stigmatella
483 Epermenia chaerophyllella
1927 Lycia hirtaria Brindled Beauty 23-Apr-13
2186 Orthosia gracilis Powdered Quaker 23-Apr-13
667 Semioscopis steinkellneriana
1917 Selenia dentaria Early Thorn 22-Apr-13
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 20-Apr-13
435 Zelleria hepariella
1054 Acleris cristana
2237 Lithophane ornitopus lactipennis Grey Shoulder-knot 16-Apr-13
663 Diurnea fagella
1047 Acleris schalleriana
1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth 15-Apr-13
1597 Inachis io Peacock 14-Apr-13
2235 Lithophane semibrunnea Tawny Pinion 14-Apr-13
697 Agonopterix arenella
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker 13-Apr-13
389 Choreutis pariana Apple Leaf Skeletoniser 10-Apr-13
695 Agonopterix alstromeriana
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 10-Apr-13
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 10-Apr-13
1746 Anticlea badiata Shoulder Stripe 07-Apr-13
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 07-Apr-13
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 07-Apr-13
1546 Gonepteryx rhamni Brimstone 06-Apr-13
1524 Emmelina monodactyla
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 04-Mar-13
1663 Alsophila aescularia March Moth 03-Mar-13
2256 Eupsilia transversa Satellite 03-Mar-13
2300 Mormo maura Old Lady 03-Mar-13
1934 Agriopis marginaria Dotted Border 16-Feb-13
688 Agonopterix heracliana
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 29-Jan-13
1960 Theria primaria Early Moth 04-Jan-13

These are the highlights so far:

Tawny Pinion - second garden record, first was 23/09/2006

Acleris schalleriana - first recorded in 2011

Grey-shoulder Knot - sixth garden record, first since 2010

I'll update my totals on here through the year, alongside postings on my blog and of course the 1000 in 1kmsq blog.

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