(23rd August) Acleris rhombana, Pammene populana, Nephopterix angustella
(24th August) Aglossa pinguinalis, Platyptilia gonodactyla, Tawny Speckled Pug, Frosted Orange,
|Nephopterix angustella, Westcott 23rd August|
|Platyptilia gonodactyla, Westcott 24th August|
|Frosted Orange, Westcott 24th August|
|Lesser-spotted Pinion, Westcott 24th August|
The Acleris rhombana has been retained for critical examination because it seems rather early. Large Tabby Aglossa pinguinalis hasn't been recorded in the garden since 2007 while Platyptilia gonodactyla was last seen here in 2009, so it was particularly nice to see the return of those two micros (the plume in fact came to the outside light rather than the trap itself). You might have to take my word for the Lesser-spotted Pinion which had obviously seen better days but it will also get critical examination just to be absolutely certain - beggars can't be choosers when it comes to the condition of moths which are completely new for the garden list! This is new macro No.3 for 2016.
I spoke too soon about Large Yellow Underwing because 69 came to light in the garden here last night. They haven't yet caught up with Small Square-spot (94 last night) but I'm sure it won't take long. Amongst last night's also-rans were fresh singletons of Figure of Eighty and Yellow-tail. I haven't seen either for weeks now and the Figure of Eighty at least must be a second brood.
Despite good conditions for migration I continue to get only Udea ferrugalis and Nomophila noctuella in the garden. However, an otherwise uninteresting performance from a single MV in the M40 Compensation Area at Bernwood Forest last night did produce the Vestal shown below.
|Vestal, Bernwood Forest 24th August|