Monday 27 February 2012

Min 7 degrees. Hopefully we'll get a bit more variety soon, the weather looks good for later this week...

1025 Tortricodes alternella 1
2190 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) 5
2258 Chestnut (Conistra vaccinii) 1

7 moths of 3 sp

Sunday 26 February 2012


Can anyone please tell me why most split moth lists into macros and micros?

They are all the same, just some are bigger than others. You wouldn't keep a bird list split into passerines and non passerines, (or big mammals and little mammals or large butterflies and small butterflies for that matter) so why on earth do it for moths.

They are ALL just moths and thats that. There's not a separate code to record the little'uns on, the numbers run consecutively. I've never understood it.

Phew, sorry about that. You know that OCD thing that we all get sometimes? Well this is mine...

Friday 24 February 2012

A breezy but mild early evening, wind dropping later. 9 degree min.

Like buses, you get something new one day and the next day more follow!A proper catch last night.

0461 Ypsolopha ustella 1
0688 Agonopterix heracliana 3
1025 Tortricodes alternella 2
1926 Pale Brindled Beauty (Phigalia pilosaria) 1 NFY
2190 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) 6
2256 Satellite (Eupsilia transversa) 1
2258 Chestnut (Conistra vaccinii) 1 NFY

15 moths of 7 sp

Pale brindled Beauty

Hebrew Character

Thursday 23 February 2012

Well, I didnt expect TWO new species for me last night. Winter Shade and Variable Smudge are both garden ticks.

I had an ustella in early 2010 but flattened it with the base of the pot in a gruesome moth-accident. It was never recorded...

0461 Ypsolopha ustella 1 NEW and alive and well.
1025 Tortricodes alternella 2 NEW
2190 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) 3 NFY

6 Moths of 3 sp.

0461 Ypsolopha ustella

1025 Tortricodes alternella

2256 Satellite ( from the night before)

Friday 17 February 2012

A spring moth...

After two blank nights, two moths. The Red Chestnut was a nice surprise and turns out to be the earliest record for the county by one day.

0688 Agonopterix heracliana 1
2139 Red Chestnut (Cerastis rubricosa) 1

2 moths of 2 sp
Red Chestnut
Agonopterix heracliana