Sunday, 18 August 2013

Whetstone Leics. Update

About time I posted an update, though not too much garden trapping since the start of August and the drop off in night-time conditions. I have noted a marked increase in garden butterfly numbers though with buddleia in full flower, and the Small Tortoiseshell that I probably overlooked earlier in the year duly turned up. Still waiting for first garden Red Admiral and Painted Lady for the year, but fully expect both in the next week or so.

By far the main highlight recently was this ......

Gelechia senticetella

Maybe not too exciting to look at, but it was a first for me, a first for the garden and most importantly a first for VC55. It's one that relatively recently colonised the UK and has been gradually spreading north so not massively unexpected.

Otherwise, these were most welcome to the yearlist ....

Bulrush Wainscot - second for the garden, first was 01/08/2004

Tissue - fifth garden record

Pale Prominent - only as there was no spring brood record so good to get this later one

Year list is now up to 391 (381 moths, 10 butterflies). Despite the poor start to the year, and thanks to the summer bonanza, I'm easily on track for a best-ever year year for garden moths. Previous best was 393sp. in 2011, and a typical year is c340sp.

Taxon Vernacular Date Added
375 Aglais urticae Small Tortoiseshell 06/08/2013
376 Gelechia senticetella
377 Epinotia nisella
378 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 08/08/2013
379 Pterostoma palpina Pale Prominent 08/08/2013
380 Ancylis badiana
381 Triphosa dubitata Tissue 09/08/2013
382 Ennomos fuscantaria Dusky Thorn 09/08/2013
383 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 09/08/2013
384 Eudonia pallida
385 Catocala nupta Red Underwing 10/08/2013
386 Euzophera pinguis
387 Ypsolopha dentella Honeysuckle Moth 10/08/2013
388 Xestia sexstrigata Six-striped Rustic 10/08/2013
389 Nonagria typhae Bulrush Wainscot 10/08/2013
390 Caloptilia syringella
391 Coleophora alcyonipennella

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