Monday, July 26, 2010

Udea lutealis

July Highflyer

Treble Bar

Currant Pug

Ruby Tiger

Dark Northern Spinach ( Thanks to Skev for pointing me in the right direction with this one)

Apple Ermine, left, Willow Ermine, right.

Rosy Minor

Eana osseana

A few new additions from this weekend....

Friday, July 23, 2010

That was a good night!

This pug was caught with the other good moths on Monday night. As it had me beat, a consultation with the local experts was in order and the concensus is that it is a Triple Spotted Pug, with Slender Pug being another contender. The wing shape and size are more indicative of TSP but an examination under the microscope would be needed to be fully 100%. Both would be new for me, but Triple Spotted Pug looks best and is duly added to the garden list!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

New Birds!

Tonights stroll with Bunty to the coast path added a couple to the bird OFFH list. The wind was a light NE and it looked good for a seawatch but I was a bit late in the evening. Still, a scan with the bins had my first Roseate Tern of the year with a nice adult fishing in the cove. One or two Arctic Terns were nearby and I seem to have missed them off my list earlier in the year. 3 Manx Shearwaters flew N and a juv Yellow Wagtail was in the cattle field briefly before flying off west. 

OFFH List Birds - 134
OFFH List Moths - 236

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Some Good'uns...

Pinion Streaked Snout 7th for VC68

Trachycera advenella

Peach Blossom.

Argyresthia conjugella (?)

Magpie Moth

Paraswammerdamia lutarea nebulella

Lilac Beauty 8th VC68 record

Swallow Tailed Moth

True Lovers Knot. A moorland species on the coast.

Six striped Rustic

Brown Line Bright Eye.


All of these were in Monday nights catch of 390 moths of 84 species. Some great ones for the garden in this batch...

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Not Moths...

A few interesting things this morning. Out with JWR we checked a river not too far west of Alnwick and found 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Common Sandpipers and a pair of Little Ringed Plovers with at least 2 tiny chicks. 

Nearby this spot were plenty of butterflies - Ringlets, Meadow Browns, Small Skippers, Small Tortoiseshell, Green Viened White and this Small Copper -

Nearer home, a single Raven showed well mobbed by gulls and some juvenile warblers were flocking up around the village with several Whitethroats, Sedge Warblers, Chiffchaff and Blackcaps around the duck pond and up the lane.

Still, as its summer, moths are still at the forefront so these were new -

Left - Agonopteryx angelicella and right, Blastobasis adustella.

210 moths of 60 sp.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ho-hen-wartiana and other right gobfuls...

Aethes rubigana

Argyresthia pygmaella

Elachista atricomella

Mompha ochraceella

Lozotaenia forsterana

Endothenia quadrimaculana

Pammene regiana

Eucosma hohenwartiana

Oh yes...

Sunday, July 11, 2010

This weekends highlights...

Green Pug

Tawny Barred Angle

Small Elephant Hawkmoth

Iron Prominent

Pebble Prominent

Muslin Footman

Bird Cherry Ermine

Dotted Clay

Plain Golden Y


The wind blew a few moths away this morning as I tried to count them up.

The total was about 358 of 73 species with a few micro's still to id.

New for the list were -

Crambus perlella 1 new
Crambus straminella 1 new
Pebble Prominent 1 NFY
Gothic 1 new
Green Pug 1 new.

Best of the rest -

Small Dotted Buff 7
Garden Tiger 8
Barred Yellow 4
Dotted Clay 2
Ingrailed Clay 1
Sandy Carpet 3
Twin spot Carpet 1
Muslin Footman 1
Ghost Moth 1
Latticed Heath 1

Micro's to follow through the week...

Saturday, July 10, 2010

A big catch here breaking records again with 437 moths of 86 species!

No time to write up them all here so the best were -

Agriphila tristella 1 new
Crambus pascuella 1 new
Lozoteania forsterana 1 new
Bird Cherry Ermine 2 new
Muslin Footman 1 new
Plain Golden Y 2 new
Small Elephant Hawkmoth 1 new
Iron Prominent 1 new
Tawny Barred Angle 1 new
Dotted Clay 3 new

Best of the rest -

Garden Grass Veneer 90
Antler Moth 9
Swallow Prominent 1
Garden Tiger 7
Poplar Hawkmoth 3
Elephant Hawkmoth 1
Flame 2
Grass Emerald 1
Peppered Moth 1

plus one micro to id.

Takes my garden year list to 208. As this is my first full year trapping I have no idea what else to expect. Pics will follow shortly...

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Its Dark, its monstrous...

Dark Sword Grass.

Dark Spectacle.

Barred Red.

Lempke's Gold Spot, top, compared with Gold Spot from last year.


A monster catch for me last night with 336 moths of 80 species crammed into the trap.

New for the list were -

Mother of Pearl 1 NFY
Dark Spectacle 1 new
Dark Sword Grass 1 new
Lempke's Gold Spot 1 new
Barred Red 1 NFY
Rustic 1 new
Common Rustic agg 1 NFY

plus 2 micro's to be identified.

Best of the rest -

July Belle 2
Twin Spot Carpet 1
Sandy Carpet 3
Buff Arches 1 my second
Snout 17
Double Square Spot 21
Poplar Hawkmoth 4
Flame 3
Dark / Grey Dagger 1
Purple Clay 1
Spectacle 7
Barred Straw 18
Garden Tiger 2
Antler 1
Coxcomb Prominent 1
Ingrailed Clay 1
Burnished Brass 3

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Antler Moth

Dark / Grey Dagger

Purple Bar

Twin Spot Carpet


Common Footman

Above , the newbies from last nights catch. 278 moths of 81 species. 81 twice running but different species.