Sunday, 3 May 2015

Some year ticks at least...

A light on Tuesday gave me my first ever Frosted Green for the garden, together with Brindled and Double-striped Pugs, Hebrew Character and Streamer. During the same day, Adela reaumurella and Caloptilia syringella - which seems to have changed it's name to Gracillaria syringella - were also year firsts.

A handful of lights on a very cold very clear - but at least rain and wind free - night in a regular woodland site added Waved UmberSwallow Prominent and Acleris cristana for the year.

As the flying moths were so few, we looked around for other stuff; cocoons of Buccalatrix thoracella on Lime, adult Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner (Cameraria ohridella) present on a Horse Chestnut (oh dear), mines of one of the Psychoides species on Hart's Tongue (no larvae visible) and the chrysalis of presumably an Endothenia species inside a teasel head, which I have retained to hopefully hatch. We also found the larval case of what we believe to be Taleporia tubulosa, a "bagworm".

A daytime trip on Saturday found a few micros; Incurvaria pectinea, Incurvaria masculella, Nematopogon swammerdamella, Grapholita jungiella and Cydia succedana were new for the year.

An evening session on the same site, which only lasted an hour or so due to the early onset of rain, added Semioscopis steinkellneriana (also a lifer for me), Common Wave, Scalloped Hook-tip, Brown Silver-line, Red Twin-spot Carpet, V-Pug, Pebble Prominent and Knot Grass.

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