Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Mystery macro

As expected, a better catch last night (i.e. 21st August) in our garden in Wolvercote, Oxfordshire, with some nice NFYs, including Old Lady and an undoubted, but perhaps rather late Leopard Moth. I also had what looks like the same mystery Phyllonorycter as Andrew Kershaw, below - for the record, I've posted my photo of it here, but I'm sure it's the same species.

Phyllonorycter sp., c.4mm, 21/8/17
However, the moth below has had me scratching my head a great deal. It looks easy to ID, but nothing I've come up with has quite fit (I've considered Fern, some sort of hook-tip, Scarce Tissue - entirely the wrong time of year - or some sort of pug, but I don't think any of those is right). As ever, very grateful for any suggestions - I don't doubt it'll turn out to be something blindingly obvious.

Unknown macro, 21/8/17
Steve Goddard

Some migrants and a micro query

Last night a Nomophila noctuella and a first Scarce Bordered Straw following a steady but low amounts of Dark Sword-grass over the last week.
Could I ask for assistance on identifying  this micro. Not the best of images I'm afraid.
Steve Lockey (Garsington)

Tree-lichen Beauty

I had this Tree-lichen Beauty last night (21st) in my Milton Keynes garden to 30w twin Actinic. First time I've seen this species, i was wondering if it is resident around here or would it be a migrant? Seems to be pretty rare this far north.

Also of interest was this fresh looking Heart and Dart,
Darren Seaman,
Milton Keynes.

Micro query

A large number of species here in Longwick (bucks) in warmer weather last night but the immigrant moths were absent! This 4mm long micro looked interesting. I'm guessing it is a Phyllonorycter but is it joannisi?

Nephopterix angustella?

is this Nephopterix angustella? The length of the wing is 1 cm.

Mark Griffiths, Garsington, Oxford

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Flame Shoulder check

From Thursday night's catch this Flame Shoulder looked quite different to the one it happened to be next to. I realise the chance of it being a Radford's Flame Shoulder is almost nil but would appreciate confirmation. The third image is the underside of the dead moth with the wings removed.

Other than this the catch consisted of 40 species but with relatively large numbers of the commoner moths. 70 Large Yellow Underwing, 25 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 25 Flame Shoulder and 45 Setaceous Hebrew Character.

Andy Newbold, Sibford Ferris, Oxon.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Slow-down... (plus New Forest queries)

I'm hoping for some good catches in Wolvercote, Oxfordshire, in what seems to be a promised heatwave in the next few days, but over recent weeks, things have slowed down considerably. Catches have been OK, but not especially numerous; they have included a few interesting or spectacular species, including several Red Underwings, a couple of Dark Sword-grasses (by no means an annual species here) and several occurences of Nephopterix angustella, which has only previously occurred once, in 2015.

Presumed Nephopterix angustella, 9/8/17
Micros haven't been that numerous, though the one below, approximately 7-8mm long, has me baffled so far - and suggestions would be gratefully received.

Unknown micro, 12/8/17
And with apologies for going out-of-region: my wife and I managed a brief visit to the New Forest in late July, and I managed to use a highly portable safari trap (which I also took to Corfu earlier this summer) to catch a few local specialities - notably (for me) Oak Hook-tip and Rosy Footman, plus the two individuals below: the micro is either a Crambus pascuella or a Crambus silvella, the latter apparently being very much a New Forest and east Dorset speciality; and the macro looks to me like a Beautiful Brocade, which would be a new species to me. Again, any confirmations or other suggestions would be very welcome.

Crambus pascuella or silvella, Brockenhurst, New Forest, 1/8/17

Possible Beautiful Brocade, Brockenhurst, New Forest, 31/7/17
Steve Goddard (with apologies for the photos: having a little trouble with my camera...)

Vine's Rustic?

A Vine's Rustic, I would have thought, but with rather unusual markings.  Comments or suggestions welcomed!

Richard Ellis

First for Benson garden

This Black Arches was beside the trap this morning but laying upside down with its feet in the air. Seems undamaged apart from worn and wonder what, if anything, could have killed it.

This is turning into a remarkable year for moths. I have had to date 15 new species in my garden in Beenham Berks including a Clifden Nonpareil last night. After 13 years of trapping this is very unusual - in contrast I had only 1 new sps last year. My garden list now stands at 353 macro-moths. Are other people having the same experience?

Friday, 18 August 2017

Worn Snout?

Just wanted to check this wasn't anything more interesting

Mark Griffiths, Garsington, Oxford

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Scarce Bordered Straw

A Scarce Bordered Straw last night, not a regular visitor but seen here previously in 2006 and 2015:

Also what I assume must be a very small Turnip with a FW length of just 15mm.  It does have plain white hind wings so I can't think what else it could be:

Others of possible interest seen here over the last week or so were male Gypsy Moths on 09 and 15 August and a pristine Jersey Tiger on 11 August.

Richard Ellis

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Some kind of pug?

Please can someone tell me the name of this moth which visited us in Speen last night.

Six-belted Clearwing

Having caught Six-belted and other Clearwing species back in June this year I hadn't anticipated seeing another one this year - they weren't on my radar at all. However, today while walking my butterfly transect on Bushy Bank near Wallingford I came across and watched a female flying about testing out suitable Lotus plants and laying eggs. Hardly ever see clearwings without a lure so this was  a real treat. I then found a Hornet Robberfly which I don't see often either.

Marc Botham, Didcot

Oak Processionary in Cookham

In last night's garden trap, this worn individual appeared. A male Oak Processionary, which I recognised from the picture posted by Greg Keith back on 2nd August.

There were 91 moths in the trap comprising 37 species, with only Vine's Rustic and Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing reaching double figures and very few micros. New moths for the year included Orange Swift, Clay Triple-lines, Maple Prominent, Toadflax Brocade, Centre-barred Sallow, Copper Underwing and Straw Underwing.

Steve Trigg, Cookham

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Confirmations please

I think I have these right - all new for the year

I think I have

2x White-point

Turnip Moth (white hindwings)

Square-spot Rustic

Mark Griffiths, Garsington, Oxford