Sunday, 15 July 2018

Bittersweet Fanner

Bittersweet Fanner - Acrolepia autumnitella - the larvae apparently mine the leaves of Bittersweet or Deadly Nightshade. This and White-legged Case-bearer were new 'micros' for me.

Female Beautiful Demoiselle - I was pleased to discover good numbers of this species utilising little sun traps beside the stream that runs alongside the Maer long stay carpark.

Male Beautiful Demoiselle - above and below.

Two potential confusion species - Clay on the left and the immigrant White Point on the right. Other immigrants trapped last night were half a dozen Silver Y and a single Dark Sword-grass.

Male Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

September Thorn

White-legged Case-bearer - Coleophora albitarsella
Barred Red

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Bordered Beauty, Smoky-barred Marble and Purple Hairstreak

Bordered Beauty - a truly stunning moth. Otherwise last night's catch was disappointing, though 12 Silver Ys was a good haul for me. Interestingly, although I don't catch too many of these, I caught one on exactly the same date last year. The larval foodplants are Grey Willow, Black Poplar, Alder and Hazel, according to 'Waring and Townsend'.
On the bird front - a Reed Warbler in full song from reeds opposite Lower Halsdon Farm, and right next to the railway line, was a real surprise.
A walk around Blackhill Quarry and Bystock produced massive numbers of butterflies with the highlight being Purple Hairstreak.

Smoky-barred Marble - Lobesia abscisana - only my second record of this species.


Silver-washed Fritillary

Painted Lady

White Admiral

Purple Hairstreak

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Sharp-angled Carpet

 A quick trip out to Saint Hill after work this afternoon, to have a look at my first Sharp-angled Carpet. Martin has trapped this species before but it's a localised species that doesn't turn up too often. Superficially similar to Common Carpet, it's a really handsome species - way better than I was expecting in fact. Thanks Martin.
Plain Golden Y - I couldn't resist photographing this and Garden Tiger whilst at Martin's. I trap Plain Golden Y occasionally in Exmouth but it has been well over a decade since I've trapped Garden Tiger, though I used to get loads of them out in Rockbeare. They've declined dramatically since then.
Garden Tiger - one of two in Martin's trap last night.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Dingy Shell and Dark Knapweed Conch

Dingy Shell - trapped at Saint Hill, near Kentisbeare - many thanks Martin. This species likes damp woodland and marshy areas, which doesn't best describe where Martin lives. In fact I'm arguably in a more suitable area, but I haven't scored with this little 'Geometrid' yet! The resting posture (shown above) is very distinctive for this species. Its wings are always closed in a butterfly-like fashion.
A decent selection of moths trapped in ideal conditions last night. They included at least half a dozen Silver Y, 1 Rusty Dot Pearl and a couple Diamond-back on the immigrant front, and firsts for 2018 included Cabbage Moth, Herald, Lobster Moth, Leopard Moth, Phoenix and Scallop Shell. Moth 'du jour' however was my first ever Dingy Shell, safely transported to Exmouth courtesy of Martin.
I normally like to photograph moths 'out of the pot' but we didn't want to risk losing this one, and it will be released safely back in Kentisbeare later this evening. Thanks again Martin.
Knapweed Conch - Agapeta zoegana - dark form. Knapweed Conch is my absolute favourite 'micro', so I was chuffed to see the dark form today - a first for me. Below is what they usually look like.
This one was photographed in Rockbeare a few years ago.

Presumed Brown Elm Bell Epinotia abbreviana - such a variable species.

Micro sp - a work in progress and just c4-5mm long.

Slender Pug - I'm catching more of these than Haworth's Pug at the moment.
Haworth's Pug

Nut-tree Tussock

Buff Footman


Leopard Moth

Lobster Moth


Gold Triangle

Ermine sp - I'm catching lots of these at the moment, but I'm no closer to identifying them. Having said that, the size, grey sheen on white and tiny black spots perhaps point to Willow Ermine.

Ermine sp

Rustic - a few of these starting to turn up now. Their confusion species - Uncertain are still around but looking less and less fresh.

Micro sp - another work in progress but possibly Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner?

Grey Knot-horn - Acrobasis advenella

 Scallop Shell - a truly gorgeous moth which would have been today's highlight were it not for the  Dingy Shell.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Silver Ys and Meds

Hundreds of Silver Ys on Orcombe Point this afternoon. The trap's going out tonight!

Juvenile Med - one of two off Mudbank at high tide. Also 3 adults and at least one first-summer.

Sunday, 8 July 2018


Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing - a female and my first this year.
A few more birds off the seafront than of late. Early this morning - 8 Mediterranean Gulls, 23 Common Scoter, 12 Sandwich Tern and 2 Common Tern. A Grey Wagtail flew over and small numbers of Swift and Swallow appeared to be on the move, out over the sea. Mediterranean Gulls were the order of the day with a further 7+ off Mudbank, including my second juvenile this year, following one off the seafront yesterday. Below, in order, are juvenile, First-summer, second-summer and adult summer Meds. I didn't get a read on the white-ringed Black-head.

Golden-brown Tubic - Crassa unitella

Square-spot Rustic - this and the Dun-bar below were firsts for this year. Also got my first Jersey Tiger of 2018 today.


Red Twin-spot Carpet. Don't think it's Dark-barred.


New Tawny Tubic - Batia lunaris
This fungus was pale yellow yesterday and today it's over twice the size and flushed light orange. I searched 'yellow fungi' online but couldn't find a match.