Thursday, 21 September 2017

Late post, Late August

26th August
Chepstow Park Wood-battling bats

I decided to go to one of my local woods this evening. Cloud was beginning to break up as I arrived and soon cleared here by 10pm BST.
It was fairly calm overall so I set up in hope of finding something interesting.
A late passer by with her dogs at dusk was interested in what I was doing and wondered if I was surveying for bats perhaps.
'No' I said 'moths', but I just as well have been surveying for bats than moths because during the evening I set up in three locations within these woods hoping to get in a clear area that was Bat-free.
Every site I chose at least one bat had a look in and interfered with the trap.

I persevered, kept going undeterred and had 30 moths of 14 species.
After battling bats in a frustrating evening, a nice reward for all my efforts came forward in a form of a micro, Epermemia falciformis (Large Lance-wing).

This micro has hardly been encountered at all in the county. It had only one previous sighting 14 years ago by the one and only Sam Bosanquet.
It apparently likes to reside in damp woodland or marshland with its larval food plant being Wild Angelica and Ground-elder.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

22nd August


Only the second home trap conducted this year was very rewarding after going through the egg boxes and surrounding foliage nearby. Considering I only run an actinic trap the 212 moths that took an interest in the light show was very good.

Of the 53 species, the macro's I enjoyed seeing Yellow-barred Brindle and a Mocha (both fairly common moths around the town lately), Maiden's Blush, Red Underwing (another regular), a new addition to the site in Beautiful Carpet (above picture) and a nice pristine Vestal (below) which I believe is the only sighting in the county so far to date.

Micro's were of  several species with again new additions on site.

Three new additions included:
From top to bottom
Euspilapteryx auroguttella (Gold-dot Slender)
Argyresthia bonnetella (Hawthorn Argent)
and a plain looking Scarce B classified micro in Bucculatrix maritama (Saltern Bent-wing).

All in all a very good return.


Saturday, 9 September 2017

Late save to a chilly night

Last night's (8/9) MV trap at Dingestow Court produced 21 mundane autumn species, with the only highlight of this poor catch being an early return to bed.  However, when I went to reset the trap this evening I noticed a Red Underwing sitting on the wall above it.  I don't think I could have overlooked it if it had been there in the morning (not least because I scanned the wall for big grey things in the hope of a Convolvulus Hawkmoth), so presumably it landed nearby and moved during the day.  I prodded it, just in case, but its hindwings were red not blue!