Friday, 20 May 2011

Shark...Great, right.

7 degrees at dawn, cloudy with clear spells.

0464 Diamond-back Moth (Plutella xylostella) 1
0672 Parsnip Moth (Depressaria heraclei) 1
0697 Agonopterix arenella 1
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 1 NFY
1376 Small Magpie (Eurrhypara hortulata) 1
1722 Flame Carpet (Xanthorhoe designata) 2
1727 Silver-ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata) 6
1728 Garden Carpet (Xanthorhoe fluctuata) 2
1738 Common Carpet (Epirrhoe alternata) 1
1802 Rivulet (Perizoma affinitata) 1
1851 Golden-rod Pug (Eupithecia virgaureata)  1 NEW 2nd for VC68
1902 Brown Silver-line (Petrophora chlorosata) 1
2007 Swallow Prominent (Pheosia tremula) 1 NFY
2008 Coxcomb Prominent (Ptilodon capucina) 1 NFY
2060 White Ermine (Spilosoma lubricipeda) 5
2061 Buff Ermine (Spilosoma luteum) 2
2089 Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) 5
2091 Dark Sword-grass (Agrotis ipsilon) 1
2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta) 1
2102 Flame Shoulder (Ochropleura plecta) 2
2123 Small Square-spot (Diarsia rubi) 9
2173 Lychnis (Hadena bicruris) 4
2190 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) 2
2216 Shark (Cucullia umbratica) 1 NEW 16th for VC68
2302 Brown Rustic (Rusina ferruginea) 1 NFY
2326 Clouded-bordered Brindle (Apamea crenata) 2
2425 Nut-tree Tussock (Colocasia coryli) 1
2442 Beautiful Golden Y (Autographa pulchrina) 1 NFY

58 Moths of 28 sp.

The Shark is a cracking moth, all angular and silver. Using Toms pic on Northumberlands Moths id was quite straight forward, for a moth that doesnt occur before late June anyway...

The Shark.
Swallow Prominent
Coxcomb Prominent

Beautiful Golden Y

Brown Rustic
Epiblema cynosbatella. Its yellow nose stood out a mile!
Pug sp, click for a bigger image. Golden Rod Pug!
This is the mystery pug, above. I tried to do a better shot but the wind blew it away! Those wavy lines look quite distinctive? Help, anyone? it looked like a more uniform grey Oak Tree Pug but bigger.

Update on puggery...

Tom Tams, County Recorder has just sent me another photo, of Golden Rod Pug, just like mine. In life, the paler patterning was more obvious especially the dots down from the thorax. I had considered Grey Pug but there was too much patterning generally and its not as round winged to me. Thanks too to Trent for suggesting Common Pug. I had gone down that route as this is one of the commonest species for me. The small white specks in the corner of the forewing had me thinking of Common, but nothing else fitted.

Next one I'll get a better picture.


  1. Looks like Common Pug Stewart.. Have I ever been wrong ?

  2. Hi Trent, definitely not Common Pug. I'm common pugged out! This was immediately something new, different shape and colour / pattern in real life.