Sunday, 25 June 2017

Beautiful Golden Y

Beautiful Golden Y - yet another lovely moth trapped by Martin out at Kentisbeare. A massive thank you to Martin for letting me see it and for finally ending the years of 'Golden Y drought'.
The Beautiful Golden Y was the clear highlight today but I saw a few nice bits and pieces on East Budleigh Common, including White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Silver-studded Blue, Green Hairstreak, Ringlet, Scarlet Tiger, Marbled White-spot, Green Carpet, Common Wave, Common White Wave, Yellow Shell, Clouded Border and Single-dotted Wave.
A very quick look off Mudbank produced 35 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Dunlin, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Great Crested Grebe and 2 Sandwich Tern.

Ringlet - good numbers today cf none last weekend.

Clouded Border

Speckled Wood

Silver-washed Fritillary
Finally an early morning walk around the river Otter, chiefly to look for moths, produced a singing male Lesser Whitethroat just north of White's Bridge, some recently fledged Cetti's Warblers, a Kingfisher and a surprise Brown Hare.

Damselfly sp

Peacock Butterfly larvae

Damselfly sp - guessing the female of the above!

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Double Line

Double Line - Saint Hill nr Kentisbeare
Another new moth courtesy of Martin. Double Line is a scarce and localised species, predominantly in the south-west and south Wales, with a preference for woodland, so it's unlikely I'll see it here in Exmouth. It's another of my beloved 'mythimna' species, similar'ish to Clay but with the obvious two dark lines running across the wings. I'm really pleased to have seen it - yet again a big thank you to Martin.
Twin-barred Knot-horn - Homoeosoma sinuella - The Maer, Exmouth

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Waved Carpet

Waved Carpet - this subtle little moth is a Nationally Scarce B species - a big thank you to Martin for popping in with it this evening. Needless to say it's a brand new species for me and, to be honest, one that wasn't really on my radar. Martin trapped it in his garden near Kentisbeare. Amazing what he gets out there in deepest darkest Devon!
Good numbers trapped again last night, in the garden, with 50+ macro species including nine which were new for the year - Shark, Scalloped Oak, Small Yellow Wave, Purple Bar, Ghost Moth, Sycamore, Sandy Carpet and Oak Nycteoline. Migrants were represented by just a couple Silver Y and a couple Rusty-dot Pearl.

Grey Arches

Hook-marked Straw Moth - Agapeta hamana

Bordered Sallow - a lovely moth and only my third trapped here.

Female Ghost Moth - don't see too many of these.

Bird-cherry Ermine

Single-dotted Wave

Small Yellow Wave


Olive Pearl - Udea olivalis

Green Arches (above) and Clay Triple-lines (below) - two beautiful moths that I just don't trap here. These two came courtesy of Martin.


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Bordered Straw and Scarlet Tiger

A pristine Bordered Straw - an immigrant and a species that I don't often see. The only other immigrants in an otherwise crowded trap were singles of Silver Y and Rusty-dot Pearl.
In near perfect mothing conditions, once again it was no surprise to find the trap filled with moths. With insufficient time to count them all, I recorded the species only, with the following comprising 62 macros: Lackey, Peach Blossom, Buff Arches, Figure of Eighty, Common Emerald, Small Blood-vein, Small Dusty Wave, Single Dotted Wave, Riband Wave, Garden Carpet, Yellow Shell, Barred Straw, Common Marbled Carpet, Barred Yellow, July Highflyer, Pretty Chalk Carpet, Haworth's Pug, Foxglove Pug, Common Pug, Grey Pug, V-Pug, Green Pug, Clouded Border, Sharp-angled Peacock, Brimstone Moth, Swallow-tailed Moth, Willow Beauty, Brussels Lace, Common Wave, Clouded Silver, Eyed Hawkmoth, Elephant Hawkmoth, Lobster Moth, Dingy Footman, Hoary Footman, Buff Ermine, Scarlet Tiger, Cinnabar, Heart and Club, The Flame, Flame Shoulder, Large Yellow Underwing, Small Square-spot, Square-spot Rustic, Bright-line Brown-eye, Smoky Wainscot, L-album Wainscot, Coronet, Small Angle Shades, Angle Shades, Dark Arches, Light Arches, Dusky Brocade, Minor Agg, Uncertain, Mottled Rustic, Bordered Straw, Silver Y, Beautiful Hook-tip, Snout, Fan-foot and Small Fan-foot.
Micros included Dichrorampha flavidorsana or f. alpinana, Gold Triangle, Garden Pebble, Small Magpie, Rusty-dot Pearl, Bee Moth, Thistle Ermine, Brindled Plume, Crescent Plume, Codling Moth, Elder Pearl and Garden Grass-veneer.

Pretty Chalk Carpet - my second ever. The first was in central France a fair few years ago.

Chafer sp?

Scarlet Tiger - the first one that I've ever photographed, despite having seen a few in the past. It's also the first one that I've ever trapped.

Lobster Moth

Beautiful Hook-tip

Dichrorampha flavidorsana or f. alpinana

Hoary Footman

Peach Blossom

Gold Triangle

Brindled Plume - Amblyptilia punctidactyla

Crescent Plume - Marasmarcha lunaedactyla

July Highflyer

Eyed Hawkmoth - 2 in the trap this morning, along with a few Elephant Hawkmoths.

Eudonia or Scoparia sp

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Warren View Waste Ground

Garden Grass-veneer - Chrystoteuchia culmella - plenty of these around this afternoon.

Six-spot Burnet - a couple Silver Y and Cinnabar also noted.

Bee sp - Common Carder?

Large Skipper - c10+ seen in a small area of waste ground bordering Warren View football pitches.

Common Blue - good numbers (c20+) seen in a small area - all looking well past their 'best before' date.

Large numbers of Meadow Browns on the playing fields that have been left wild for the past few weeks.

Marbled White - the first I've seen this year.

Bee sp - a tiny one and one that I'm not familiar with.

Bee sp - any ideas welcome.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Obscure and Silky Wainscots

Obscure Wainscot - another long-awaited and much-anticipated species. It's in good nick too. The larvae feed on Common Reed so this moth has flown a reasonable distance to reach our garden. I always felt I had a chance of catching one of these but that did nothing to dampen the excitement of finally clapping eyes on this species.
Another massive haul of moths last night but I didn't have time to count everything unfortunately. Species included Figure of Eighty, Buff Arches, Common Emerald, Blood-vein, Small Blood-vein, Dwarf Cream Wave, Small Dusty Wave, Single Dotted Wave, Treble Brown-spot, Riband Wave, Garden Carpet, Common Carpet, Yellow Shell, Spruce Carpet, Barred Straw, Haworth's Pug, Foxglove Pug, Common Pug, Grey Pug, V-Pug, Green Pug, Double-striped Pug, Clouded Border, Sharp-angled Peacock, Brimstone, Willow Beauty, Common Wave, Clouded Silver, Eyed Hawkmoth, Poplar Hawkmoth, Elephant Hawkmoth, Buff-tip, Heart and Dart, Shuttle-shaped dart, Flame, Large Yellow Underwing, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Grey Arches, Bright-line Brown-eye, Common Wainscot, Obscure  Wainscot, Angle Shades, Dark Arches, Light Arches, Dusky Brocade, Minor Agg, Treble Lines, Uncertain/Vines Agg, Silky Wainscot, Spectacle, Straw Dot, Snout, Fan-foot, Small Fan-foot, Small Magpie, Rusty-dot Pearl, Common Plume, Bramble-shoot Moth and Coastal Pearl.

Obscure Wainscot

Silky Wainscot - another new moth for me. Had a hunch I'd get one here one day, despite the fact that the nearest reed bed is a good kilometre away. An odd-looking species and a Wainscot but not one of the 'Mythimna' tribe that I'm so fond of. According to 'Waring and Townsend' the larvae are omnivorous, feeding on living and dead invertebrates and the inner tissues of dead Common Reed stems. Bit odd!

Ladybird sp

Spruce Carpet

Dwarf Cream Wave

Presumed Aethes beatricella or francillana

Common Wainscot