Sunday, 7 December 2014

End of year total


Everything seems to have ground to a halt now - it looks as if I will end on 461 for the year (451 moths and 10 butterflies).


Sunday, 9 November 2014

End of year total

2014, what a great year for moths.

318 species, hot sunny summer days and plenty of new moths for me.

Looking forward to 2015 now!

Added a couple SPRAWLERS recently.. But weather now turned wintery.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Bucks September Update

I saw a lot of new months this month. Sadly for this list though some of them were not in the garden and an even larger number not in this country.

So, my garden additions for the last month, in what is going to prove my worst yearly total since I started mothing, are as follows:

220. Spruce Carpet
221. Common Wave
222. Dark Sword-grass
223. Feathered Gothic
224. Black Rustic
225. Blair's Shoulder Knot
226. Large Ranunculus
227. Beaded Chestnut
228. Lunar Underwing
229. Vine's Rustic

None are new for the all-time garden list.

Also, I've had a few ids/confirmations back from June/July, adding the following to the list:

230. Emmetia marginea (lifer)
231. Monopis weaverella
232. Bucculatrix nigricomella (lifer)
233. Batia unitella
234. Teleiodes vulgella
235. Blastobasis lacticolella
236. Batrachedra preangustana
237. Argyrotaenia ljungiana
238. Holly Tortrix (Rhopobota naevana)
239. Scoparia pyralella

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Those lovely moths of autumn

Although there's always a tinge of regret when June, July and early August have gone and the chances of those special migrant species declines, one compensation is the arrival of those lovely moths of autumn.These are a few of the recent visitors to my garden trap taking my total for the year to 444 (434 moths + 10 butterflies)

Barred Sallow

Brindled Green

Centre-barred Sallow

Frosted Orange

Green-brindled Crescent

Acleris sparsana

Mompha raschkiella

Psychoides filicivora

Pink-barred Sallow

Small Ranunculus

The Sallow

The Vapourer

Saturday, 30 August 2014

End of Month Update from Bucks.

What a poor month it has been in my garden. Wet, wind, cold. And thus very few moths. The new species are as follows:

207. Monopis laevigella (Skin Moth)
208. Agonopterix arenella
209. Acleris emargana
210. Cydia amplana  (first for garden all-time list)
211. Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
212. Small Square-spot  (first for garden all-time list)
213. Square-spot Rustic
214. Spectacle
215. Garden Rose Tortrix
216. Lime-speck Pug (first for garden all-time list)
217. Copper Underwing
218. Flounced Rustic
219. Agriphila geniculea

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Finally Four Hundred

August has turned out to be nothing like July. The weather has been poor for mothing and new-for-years hard to come by. That said, there have been some special moths this month. I won't be mothing for most of September/October so my total for the year of 411 will have to stand for a while.

Some of the past 3 week's highlights
Pyrausta cingulata

Dusky Thorn

Currant Pug

Tree-lichen Beauty

Acleris emargana

Jersey Mocha
Hummingbird Hawk-moth

Thursday, 21 August 2014

400 up - but so slow now.


With the help of one or two gen dets my total has just managed to reach 400 (390 moths + 10 butterflies).  It would have been nice to reach that landmark with a very special moth - but it was just a Firethorn leaf Miner. Attached are a few of the latest additions to the list.
Honeysuckle Moth

Leek Moth

Chrysoesthia drurella

Epinotia solandriana f. parmatana

Small Waved Umber  
Thanks Tristan  
grahamc (Leicestershire)

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

July highlights / August slowdown

As most seem to have found, July really was very good for moths here in Wolvercote, Oxfordshire: numbers of individuals in the trap were over 300 a number of times, almost hitting 400 on 20th July and eventually breaking that barrier with 413 on 26th July, and were over 80 species on several nights (84 on the 26th): the total number of species we totted up was 233, with good numbers of species new to the garden. Among those were a handsome Vapourer, a female Bulrush Wainscot, Lunar-spotted Pinion, Least Carpet and Nut-tree Tussock; while familiar species we were glad to see included Drinker, Eucosma cana and Maiden's Blush.

Female Bulrush Wainscot, 25/7/14

Drinker, 18/7/14

Eucosma campoliliana, 16/7/14

Least Carpet, 13/7/14

Lunar-spotted Pinion, 11/7/14

Maiden's Blush, 26/7/14

Nut-tree Tussock, 21/7/14

Vapourer, 15/7/14

August for the time being has gone rather quiet, with an abrupt end to the warmer weather, although recent additions to the garden list have included nice species such as Oblique Carpet, Tawny-barred Angle and Twin-spotted Wainscot. All of which leaves my current total as 368: 352 moths and sixteen butterflies.

Oblique Carpet, 6/8/14

Tawny-barred Angle, 5/8/14

Twin-spotted Wainscot, 4/8/14

Monday, 4 August 2014

Garden tiger

It has been a fantastic summer for moths .. So far
279 species
Finally I got a Garden Tiger
Scarce around here and a 6th for Norfolk! The day flying Nemophora fasciella .. Plus a nationally scarce Square spotted Clay (my second record following one last year)

Sunday, 3 August 2014

July - A Good Mothing Month

This was the best July so far in 6 years of mothing. There were several new for garden macros including Birch Mocha, Scorched Carpet, Sand Dart and Small Purple-barred. Also nice to get were Scarlet Tiger and Least Carpet. Some of the nicer micros were Cydia amplana, Oncera semirubella, Gold Triangle and a new one, Catoptria margaritella.

Let's hope August carries on as well as July.

Total for GMC 395
Birch Mocha

Least Carpet

Scorched Carpet

Scarlet Tiger

Sand Dart

Cydia amplana

Catoptria margaritella

Gold Triangle

Oncera semirubella
Small Purple-barred