Thursday, 13 June 2013

Looking up a bit in Oxfordshire

Although I suspect numbers are still down on where they should be, 51 individuals of 28 species on Tuesday night was far the best of the year so far for us in Wolvercote. Twelve of those were new for the year, and indeed eight were new to our garden list. Although Wednesday night was less productive, two new species (NFY and new to the garden) weren't bad, and while I was photographing them on Thursday morning, a Pyrausta aurata fluttered by, making fifteen extra over the three days (so far - the trap's out again tonight, so if we're lucky it might get a few more). So here are the new species - those with an asterisk new to the garden altogether:

Blastobasis lacticolella *
Broad-barred White
Cabbage Moth *
Common Swift *
Depressaria heraclei *
Marbled Minor aggregate (probable Tawny)
Mottled Pug *
Peppered Moth *
Plutella xylostella *
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana *
Pyrausta aurata
Sandy Carpet *
Scalloped Hazel *
Small Square Spot
Straw Dot

As ever, some beauties among them - I was especially taken by these two micros:

Plutella xylostella, 11th June
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, 11th June

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