Sunday, 22 July 2018

July 2018

7th July 2018

The Warm dry nights continue, another opportunity to put the moth trap out in the garden.
An excellent nights mothing for me with fourteen species found in the moth trap with just one new species for the garden in the form of a spectacular Elephant Hawk Moth, a moth I have been hoping to see in the garden.
the complete list is as follows
1. Dark Arches (2)
2.Elephant Hawk Moth * (1)
3. Ribband Wave (3)
4. Willow Beauty
5 Swallow Tail 92)
6. Heart & Dart
7. L-Album Wainscott
8. Clouded Silver
9. Lesser Yellow Underwing (5)
10. Mother of Pearl
11. Large Fruit tree Tortrix
12. Bright-Line, Brown-Eye (2)
13. White Ermine

Garden list as of 7/7/2018     -    78 - Elephant Hawk Moth

Elephant Hawk-moth - Deilephila elpenor

  I  have to admit my favorite moth caught to date, described as common, but this is the first I have seen in the garden for two seasons now. flying between May and July they are said to be attracted to light, they feed on the nectar of plants like Honeysuckle, fuscia.
The larvae which gives the moth its name because the head and neck resemble an elephants trunk feed on Rosebay willow herb.

 distinguished from its smaller cousin the Small Elephant Hawk moth by the pink dotted line running down the centre of the thorax and the bars on the wings.

selection of moths caught on the Seventh of July

Dark Arches


L-Album wainscott
Clouded Silver

Clouded Silver
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Mother of Pearl

Large Fruit-Tree tortrix

Bright-Line, Brown-Eye

Bright-line, brown Eye

White ermine (female)

Saturday, 14 July 2018

June 2018

16th June 2018

Only seven species caught last night with  3- Cabbage moths of varying colouration, 1- Heart and Dart, 2- Marbled Minors, 1- Ribband Wave, 1- Garden Dart, 1-unidentified, 1- Large Fruit Tree Tortrix. which is new for the garden list.

Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana

Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana

With a very large pear tree in the garden , one of these Fruit tree Tortrix was not unexpected, although this is the only one to make it to the light trap.
flight period is from june to July but its reported that adults can be found from May through to September.
The larvae feed on the foliage, flowers and fruit of a wide variety of deciduous trees, including apple (Malus), plum, sloe and cherry (Prunus spp.) and, occasionally, conifers.


Marbled Minor (rufous ? )

4th June 2018

A good start to the month with seventeen moths being found in the moth trap,  of these sixteen there were ten species as outlined below, two new species for the garden,  (75) Small Waved Umber & (76) a tentative Powdered Quaker.

The nights catch included 1- Willow Beauty, 1- Light Emerald, 5- Heart & Dart, 2- Large Yellow Underwings, 2- Garden Darts, 1-Powdered Quaker*,  1- Lesser Yellow Underwing, 1- Small Waved Umber*, 1- Common Quaker, 2- unidentified moths

Garden list now stands at 77

75 - Small Waved Umber
76-  Powdered Quaker
77. Least Yellow Underwing

Small Waved Umber Horisme vitalbata

Nice to see this the Small Waved Umber after catching its larger cousin the Waved Umber last month.
Two generations of this month, flies in May and June and again in August, found in the south of the country and south Wales, said to inhabit woodland margins and hedgerows.

Powdered Quaker Orthosia gracilis

Definitely not hundred per cent on this identification, the flight is a little late, field guide suggests flying time is between April and May. This could be a well worn individual, but some of the i.d. features can still be seen.

For future reference some identification details

Flight period: Flies slightly later than the other Orthosias, from April to May.

{ Identification features: Once seen for the first time, Powdered Quaker is a distinctive moth, with an attractive light sandy ground-colour of the forewing, often with a very fine dusting of black scales.

The oval is small and not entirely obvious on some individuals. The kidney-mark is more distinctive and fairly large.

The pale outer cross-line is relatively straight and faintly edged with light brown, with a row of black dots between the outer cross-line and kidney-mark. }

Heres a few other moths found in the trap  for the evening of 4th June.

Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria

Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria

Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba

Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis

Least Yellow Underwing Noctua interjecta

Garden Dart Euxoa nigricans

Friday, 25 May 2018

May 2018

5th May 2018

Second session of the year brought in  just five moths, but all new to the garden list

Waved Umber Menophra abruptaria

This was quite an easy moth to identify for a change, reasonably common in the south of the country. flies in a single generation from April to June, so my May sighting fits into this slot nicely.
Said to inhabit woodland, parks and gardens. The larvae feed on garden privet and lilac.
The end of my garden has two huge garden privet bushes, so should be expected.

Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta

Another moth described as common throughout Britain, although this is the first one thats made it into the moth trap.  Two generations, the first flying in May and June, again fits nicely, the second generation flying in August to September.
This moth has a wingspan of 25-30 mm, found in woodland fringes and gardens.

Knot Grass Acronicta rumicis

Another new moth for the garden list described as a variable species, but shows a curved white mark on the rear edge of the fore-wing which can just be made out in the first photograph. On the wing in May to July, fits nicely. Also a second brood in August to September in the south of the country.
Widely distributed and quite common, although not in my garden this being the first to make it into the trap.

Pale Mottled Willow Caradrina clavipalpis

Another moth described as fairly common over much of Britain, said to fly between July to September but can be found earlier or latter.
This species has several dark spots along the leading edge which can be seen in the photograph. The hind-wings are described as very white, did not see those.

Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi

9th May 2018

Just three species of moth in the trap from last night, two Brimstone Moths, one Bright-Line, Brown- eye, and one new species in the form of a Rustic Shoulder knot.

Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata
Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea

Rustic Shoulder-knot Apamea sordens

Described as a dull brownish grey moth, although I think quite an attractive looking moth, can be recognized by the black shoulder-knot, these are the black streaks at the base of the fore-wing.
Common throughout most of Britain, flies in May and June, frequents meadows fields and other gardens.

16th May 2018

Another poor showing in the moth trap which I have been running with one of the new UV LED lamps. not sure if its the cold nights or the bulb at the moment.
Catch included two Double striped Pugs, one Pale mottled Willow one unidentified moth. two Garden Carpets another first for the garden.

Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata

Although a common moth found in the suburban habitat this is the first of two Garden Carpets finding there way into the moth trap so far.
Can be found at any time from April through to September

Pale Mottled Willow

Least Yellow Underwing Noctua interjecta

20th May 2018

Found this lovely Peppered Moth on the house wall under the porch light, second one found in the garden, with one finding its way into the moth trap last year.

Another six new species for the garden (2018)

69. - Waved Umber

70. - Flame Shoulder

71. - Pale Mottled Willow

72. - Knotgrass

73. - Rustic Shoulder-Knot

74. - Garden Carpet