Saturday, 24 May 2014

Another Week Goes By...

My South Bucks garden has continued to be quiet over the week, although the typical poor weather (mainly wind) has discouraged me from putting the trap out. I did run it last night for the GMS, netting Common Marbled and Silver-ground Carpets.

I've had better luck out and about, firstly with the regular 6W woodland trap and random sightings adding a few species to my year list; Birch Mocha, Light Brocade and Clay Triple-lines being the pick of the bunch.

Birch Mocha

I also ran traps at the "new site", partly for my own benefit, but also as part of a public event, which I hope from some of the feedback has inspired some people to try a moth sheet in their own gardens.

The new-for-year species from there were Chinese Character, Green Silver-lines, Small Magpie, Clouded Border, Scorched Wing, Coxcomb Prominent and Ingrailed Clay.

Scorched Wing

Saturday, 17 May 2014

This week in South Bucks

I've had traps out in my regular woodland site, my new site and in my garden, and have had a few moths new for my year list. The garden has in fact been disappointingly poor, don't know if my new bulb is not as good as the old one, or if there are simply fewer moths in the area.

My regular woodland added Muslin Moth to the year list, and new species caught last night on my new site include Scorched WingCommon Marbled Carpet, Sallow Kitten, Green Silver-lines,Knot Grass, Clouded Border, Pale Prominent, Ingrailed Clay, Treble Lines, Small Magpie, Crambus lathionellus and Epiblema cynosbatella.

 Ingrailed Clay
Muslin Moth

Saturday, 10 May 2014

A good night and a new site

Having gained permission to trap on a new site, mixed woodland and farmland, believed to have been un-mothed before, I and a couple of others ran 4 MV and 1 Actinic traps, left out overnight in shelter from the predicted rain.

The list has 134 moths of 44 species and there were a few micros and pugs taken away for further examination.

The most common species were Flame Shoulder, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Marbled Brown, Orange Footman and Brimstone.

Species new for my year list at least were White-pinion Spotted, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Oak Nycteoline,Common White Wave, Yellow-barred Brindle, Pale Tussock, Oak-tree Pug, Oak Hook-tip, SpectacleGreen Carpet, Waved Umber, Clouded Silver, Pebble Hook-tip, Seraphim, Small Waved UmberWhite Ermine, Common Wave, Pale Mottled Willow, Angle Shades, Pine Beauty, Common Pug, Pale Oak Beauty & Poplar Hawk-moth.

 Angle Shades
Poplar Hawk-moth

Friday, 9 May 2014

Some moths were seen...

Still very quiet both at home and in the woodlands, but over the last week I have seen a few species new for the year; Nettle-tap,  Marbled Brown, Common Carpet, and Cinnabar and trapped at home Dwarf Pug and Scalloped Hazel. Not a lot is it?!!

However, I am planning a big session tonight, hopefully before the rain starts, on a brand new site, so fingers crossed.