Tuesday 21 June 2016

Today's Moths

July Highflyer
The moth trap was stacked full of common species last night (assuming none of the unidentified micros were rare). The haul included masses of Heart and Dart, Heart and Club, Dark Sword-grass, Dark Arches, Buff Arches, Peach Blossom, Minor Agg, Flame, Flame Shoulder, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Bright -line Brown-eye, Vine's Rustic, Mottled Rustic, White Ermine, Purple Bar, Common Marbled Carpet, July Highflyer, Yellow-barred Brindle, Straw Dot, Green Pug, Double-striped Pug, Grey Pug, Willow Beauty, Small Magpie, Bramble Shoot Moth, Elephant Hawkmoth (3), Eyed Hawkmoth (2), Blood-vein, Small Blood-vein, Beautiful Hook-tip, Lunar Thorn, Single-dotted Wave, Small Dusty Wave, Small Fan-foot, Snout, Small Square-spot, Clouded Silver and Clouded Border.
A quick search of the hedgerows along Gore Lane this afternoon revealed my first ever Wood Carpets (2), a Silver Ground Carpet, 2 Ruddy Carpets, a couple Painted Ladies and a Red Admiral.
On the bird front there was a single Black-tailed Godwit off Mudbank early this morning, a dozen Bar-tailed Godwits this evening and yesterday evening I counted 28 Sandwich Terns off there - a notable increase.

Beautiful Hook-tip

Bramble Shoot Moth - one of the few micro species I can recognise.

Lunar Thorn

Brown Elm Bell - Epinotia abbreviana

A micro 'micro' - any help with identification would be greatly appreciated.

Minor Agg

If Carlsberg did moths...................Buff Arches

A member of the Depressariidae or 'Flat-body' family. Any ideas?
Edit - presumed Coastal Flat-body Agnopterix yeatiana - thanks Nick.

The gorgeous Peach Blossom

This Dark Sword-grass and a single Diamond-back were the only immigrants trapped last night.

Ruddy Carpet - Gore Lane - a beautiful and quite scarce species.

The first of 2 Wood Carpets

The second of 2 Wood Carpets found this afternoon. A brand new moth for me. Compare with the main confusion species - Common Carpet (below), photographed on June 2nd this year, also on Gore Lane.



  1. Hi Matt. Great catches! I think your first micro is Pine Bud Moth (Pseudococcyx turionella), described as local in Sterling and Parsons. Could also be P. posticana.

  2. And your 'Depressaria' I think might be Agonopterix yeatiana, but I'm not sure.

    1. Thanks Nick - I'm leaning towards grapholita janthinana (pale-bordered piercer)for the first one, albeit a pale one. Compare markings on the ukmoths site. Think you might be right with the 'flat-body' but seems early? Cheers. Matt