Sunday, 14 October 2018

Stormy nights

Strong southerlies in early October tempted me to trap 7 times, producing big catches (>100 moths of >30 species several times) and a few migrants.  Highlight was a Scarce Bordered Straw on 13/10 (although moth'ers across Britain caught much better species that night).  Notable species were:

2/10: 1 Dark Sword-grass

3/10: 1 Figure-of-eight, 1 Brown-spot Pinion

4/10: 1 Bright-line Brown-eye (2nd gen), 1 Small Fan-footed Wave (2nd gen)
8/10: 1 Brown-spot Pinion, 1 Large Wainscot
10/10: 2 Turnip
11/10: 1 Yellowtail (2nd gen), 2 Large Wainscot, 1 Figure-of-eight

13/10: 1 Scarce Bordered Straw, 1 Beautiful Hooktip (2nd gen), 1 Large Wainscot, 1 Figure-of-eight, 1 Zelleria hepariella

Also really good counts of Merveille du Jour, Barred Sallow, Dark Chestnut and other autumn species

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Oecophora bractella larva

I visited Graig Wood in the Wye Valley yesterday with 4 NRW colleagues to discuss the provision of deadwood in NRW managed forestry in/adjacent to SSSIs. We prised off some bark on a fallen Beech to look for bettles and spotted this micromoth larva (photographed by Rob Bacon).  It's Oecophora bractella - one of the Wye Valley's special inverts - being too dark for the commoner Esperia sulphurella and with the head the wrong shape for the much rarer Dasycera oliviella.