Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Lesser Cream Wave

Recent moth trapping sessions in the garden have produced a few new records including this pale wave species. Purple Throrn is just a great moth. A few turn up every year but this year the first generation in spring did not appear so it has been nice to get a few of the second generation in summer.

Ruddy Carpet was another garden first. A rather attractive moth when fresh, unfortunately this one turned up on a night of heavy rain and as a consequence is well past its best unfortunately.

Lesser Cream Wave Scopula immutata

Purple Thorn Selenia tetralunaria

Ruddy Carpet Catarhoe rubidata
Canon Powershot SX50 HS

Monday, July 22, 2013

Silver-washed Fritillary, Southey Wood

Lots of Crossbills being seen at the moment so I took a lunchtime dash to Southey Wood. Didn't see any but did find at least 3 of these huge butterflies.

Silver-washed Fritillary Argynnis paphia
Canon Powershot SX50 HS

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

More moths as temperatures soar

So as the mercury creeps ever upwards the numbers of moths attracted to the light trap keeps going up. Among them some worthy of note. Buff-tip is nowhere near as common as it used to be. A large moth that does a very good impersonation of a birch twig. Buff Arches on the other hand has never been numerous but a few turn up every year. White Satin seems to be increasing in numbers. The striking micros without a common name are the 2nd or 3rd record for the garden: E. dodecea is a bit of a scarcity in Hunts with perhaps less than half a dozen records.

Buff-tip Phalera bucephala

Buff Arches Habrosyne pyritoides

White Satin Moth Leucoma salicis

Aethes rubigana

Batia lunaris

Ethmia dodecea

Zeiraphera isertana

Canon Powershot SX50 HS

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Hot July moths

The warm weather has been bringing some top quality moths to the garden in the past week. Lilac Beauty is probably the best and only the second record here as is The Drinker. There have been a couple of Heart & Clubs, which aren't that usual either (note the feathered antennae except for about the last quarter, this and dark hindwing separate it from Heart & Dart or Turnip Moth).

Lime Hawk-moth used to be the most frequent hawk-moth in the garden but in recent years has been absent or down to a single record so that's pretty scarce too these days.

Lime Hawk-moth Mimas tiliae

Elephant Hawk-moth Deilephila elpenor

Lilac Beauty Apeira syringaria

The Drinker Euthrix potatoria

Common Emerald Hemithea aestivaria

Swallow-tailed Moth Ourapteryx sambucaria

Figure Of Eighty Tethea ocularis

Heart & Club Agrotis clavis

Canon Powershot SX50 HS

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Moths of late June

Some notable moths appearing in the garden trap in the past week or so. Orange Footman is only the second record and Heart & Club only the fourth but the micro is a first. I've gone for A. spinosella rather than A. subfusca as it is a month earlier than my records of the latter and the upper wing has less contrast and more strongly defined strigulae.

I've also included a medley of hawks and a prominent here.

Argyresthia spinosella

Orange Footman Eilema sororcula

Heart & Club Agrotis clavis

From the top: 2 Small Elephant Hawk-moths Deilephila porcellus, 2 Privet Hawk-moths Sphinx ligustri, a Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi and an Elephant Hawk-moth Deilephila porcellus

Pale Prominent Pterostoma palpina

Canon Powershot SX50 HS