Monday, 8 September 2014

Ups and downs

I imagine the last week or so here in Wolvercote, Oxon, has mirrored what happened elsewhere: quite a spike on 4th and 5th September (almost 200 individuals on the first night), and a fall-off since, with last night in particular feeling autumnal. And, of course, Large Yellow Underwings and Square-spot Rustics really coming into their own... We've recorded both species of Copper Underwing (I'm pretty confident of IDing them when I can catch them), and as well as some typical autumn species (Dusky Thorn, Centre-barred Sallow), we're getting a few summer species indulging in a second brood - a rather handsome Heart and Dart in the trap this morning came as a surprise.

There are a few queries from the last week below - as ever, any confirmation or suggestions would be much appreciated. First of all, a rather poorly-marked pug, which could be a Currant Pug; what I suspect might be an earlyish Chestnut (unless it's another Square-spot Rustic); an individual which turned up on two consecutive nights, looking like a Common Wave, but with the dots on the hindwing suggesting something more like a Lesser Cream Wave (except it's surely too late for that?); a presumed Acleris rhombana; a presumed male Bulrush Wainscot; and a Caloptilia species of some sort, 7-8mm long. Steve and Xander Goddard.

Poorly-marked pug, 4/9/14

Possible Chestnut, 3/9/14

Possible Lesser Cream Wave, 5/9/14

Possible Acleris rhombana, 4/9/14

Presumed male Bulrush Wainscot, 6/9/14

Presumed Caloptilia sp., 4/9/14


  1. Hi Steve, I see no-one has commented on these yet. I would say:
    1. A poorly-marked Pug; 2. Square-spot Rustic; 3. Common Wave; 4. Acleris rhombana; 5. Bulrush Wainscot; 6. Caloptilia sp.

  2. Fine - thanks, Dave: I'll await the first Chestnut of the autumn in due course!


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