Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pied Flycatcher

Well this is a bird I've waited a very long time to see in the Peterborough area. It was on a whim I ventured up to Broadway Cemetery for the first time in months and, although I knew there had been plenty of Pied Flies drop onto the east coast recently so the bird was vaguely on my mind, I really didn't expect this.

A very lucky find and a very elusive bird. Mike Weedon helped relocate it with his better hearing and better knowledge of the bird's quiet calls.

Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca



Thursday, July 16, 2015

Platydracus stercorarius

Another serendipitous encounter. This smart rove beetle landed on my office window ledge today.

Platydracus stercorarius


Canon Powershot SX50 HS

Monday, July 13, 2015

Male Sparrowhawk

Just occasionally something drops right in front of you when you have the camera handy. This male Sparrowhawk stopped off in the rain outside our living room window for long enough.

Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus, male

CAnon Powershot SX50 HS

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Garden bugs and butterflies

A few insects from the garden. Also Large White and Meadow Brown butterflies about.

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta

Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae

Large Skipper Ochlodes sylvanus

Corizus hyoscyami

Canon Powershot SX50 HS

Thursday, July 02, 2015

The Concolorous

Nationally rare but with populations in Huntingdonshire. This was the 4th time I've recorded it at home. This time I wasn't trapping; it just came into the living room in the evening!

The Concolorous Photedes extrema

Canon Powershot SX50 HS

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Reddish Light Arches

Not often I get a first for the garden these days. This is quite scarce in Hunts (VC31) according to Hunts Moths. Terrible photo as I didn't realise the significance when going through the trap so didn't keep it back.

Also only my second record of The Blackneck - that one flew off before I could get a photo. And lastly only the third garden record of Scarce Silver-lines - a large pretty green moth.

Reddish Light Arches Apamea sublustris

Scarce Silver-lines Bena bicolorana

Pale Prominent Pterostoma palpina


0424 Bird-cherry Ermine (Yponomeuta evonymella) 1
0925 Phtheochroa rugosana 1
0937 Agapeta hamana 3
0994 Clepsis consimilana 4
1002 Lozotaenia forsterana 2
1010 Red-barred Tortrix (Ditula angustiorana) 2
1082 Plum Tortrix (Hedya pruniana) 5
1293 Garden Grass-veneer (Chrysoteuchia culmella) 19
1338 Dipleurina lacustrata 1
1376 Small Magpie (Eurrhypara hortulata) 2
1392 Udea olivalis 6
1424 Endotricha flammealis 1
1428 Bee Moth (Aphomia sociella) 1
1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 1
1508 Stenoptilia bipunctidactyla 1
1669 Common Emerald (Hemithea aestivaria) 3
1711 Treble Brown Spot (Idaea trigeminata) 1
1713 Riband Wave (Idaea aversata) ab. remutata 8
1713 Riband Wave (Idaea aversata) typical 6
1765 Barred Yellow (Cidaria fulvata) 2
1834 Common Pug (Eupithecia vulgata) 2
1860 Green Pug (Chloroclystis rectangulata) 1
1887 Clouded Border (Lomaspilis marginata) 2
1906 Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) 1
1958 Clouded Silver (Lomographa temerata) 1
1991 Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor) 5
1992 Small Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila porcellus) 1
2011 Pale Prominent (Pterostoma palpina) 1
2050 Common Footman (Eilema lurideola) 1
2061 Buff Ermine (Spilosoma lubricipeda) 6
2088 Heart & Club (Agrotis clavis) 4
2089 Heart & Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) 26
2098 The Flame (Axylia putris) 4
2102 Flame Shoulder (Ochropleura plecta) 1
2107 Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) 1
2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character (Xestia c-nigrum) 1
2128 Double Square-spot (Xestia triangulum) 1
2145 The Nutmeg (Discestra trifolii) 1
2160 Bright-line Brown-eye (Lacanobia oleracea) 4
2199 Common Wainscot (Mythimna pallens) 1
2205 Shoulder-striped Wainscot (Mythimna comma) 3
2216 The Shark (Cucullia umbratica) 1
2278 Poplar Grey (Acronicta megacephala) 1
2293 Marbled Beauty (Cryphia domestica) 1
2302 Brown Rustic (Rusina ferruginea) 1
2321 Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha) 6
2323 Reddish Light Arches (Apamea sublustris) 1
2337x Marbled Minor agg. (Oligia strigilis agg.) 9
2340 Middle-barred Minor (Oligia fasciuncula) 1
2381 The Uncertain (Hoplodrina alsines) 8
2382 The Rustic (Hoplodrina blanda) 2
2421 Scarce Silver-lines (Bena bicolorana) 1
2466 The Blackneck (Lygephila pastinum) 1
2474 Straw Dot (Rivula sericealis) 4
2489 The Fan-foot (Herminia tarsipennalis) 1
Orange Ladybird (Halyzia 16-guttata) 2

Canon Powershot SX50 HS

Saturday, June 27, 2015

More moths at last

Long time since I posted any moths. Weather's not been great for moths so far this year but picked up recently. Catch still rather low in number and diversity though.

Small Elephant Hawk-moth Deilephila porcellus

Elephant Hawk-moths Deilephila elpenor

Buff Ermine Spilosoma lutea

Burnished Brass Diachrysia chrysitis

Light Emerald Campaea margaritata

The Shark Cucullia umbratica

Swallow-tailed Moth Ourapteryx sambucaria


0925 Phtheochroa rugosana 1
0977 Large Fruit-tree Tortrix (Archips podana) 1
1002 Lozotaenia forsterana 2
1063 Celypha striana 1
1076 Celypha lacunana 2
1293 Garden Grass-veneer (Chrysoteuchia culmella) 3
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1376 Small Magpie (Eurrhypara hortulata) 2
1392 Udea olivalis 1
1669 Common Emerald (Hemithea aestivaria) 1
1860 Green Pug (Chloroclystis rectangulata) 1
1922 Swallow-tailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria) 1
1961 Light Emerald (Campaea margaritata) 1
1991 Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor) 6
1992 Small Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila porcellus) 1
2028 Pale Tussock (Calliteara pudibunda) 1
2040 Four-dotted Footman (Cybosia mesomella) 1
2050 Common Footman (Eilema lurideola) 1
2088 Heart & Club (Agrotis clavis) 5
2089 Heart & Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) 12
2098 The Flame (Axylia putris) 2
2107 Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) 2
2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character (Xestia c-nigrum) 1
2128 Double Square-spot (Xestia triangulum) 1
2160 Bright-line Brown-eye (Lacanobia oleracea) 1
2216 The Shark (Cucullia umbratica) 1
2302 Brown Rustic (Rusina ferruginea) 2
2322 Light Arches (Apamea lithoxylaea) 1
2337x Marbled Minor agg. (Oligia strigilis agg.) 1
2380 Treble Lines (Charanyca trigrammica) 1
2381 The Uncertain (Hoplodrina alsines) 4
2434 Burnished Brass (Diachrysia chrysitis) f. juncta 1
2474 Straw Dot (Rivula sericealis) 1
2489 The Fan-foot (Herminia tarsipennalis) 2

Canon Powershot SX50 HS