Sunday 16 July 2017

Marbled Cosmet and Beautiful Snout

Marbled Cosmet - Mompha propinquella - a great little micro with tufts! Not seen this one before. According to UKMoths the larvae feed on various willowherbs.
Good to see Spencer this morning. He popped over help me do the moth trap. Decent numbers (54 macro species) included Buff Arches, Figure of Eighty, Common Emerald, Small Fan-footed Wave, Single-dotted Wave, Riband Wave, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Garden Carpet, Common Carpet, Yellow Shell, Cloaked Carpet, Slender Pug, Lime-speck Pug, V-Pug, Double-striped Pug, Clouded Border, Brimstone Moth, Early Thorn, Swallow-tailed Moth, Peppered Moth, Common White Wave, Elephant Hawkmoth, White Satin Moth, Rosy Footman, Dingy Footman, Common Footman, Four-spotted Footman, Buff Ermine, Kent Black Arches, Heart and Dart, Shuttle-shaped Dart, The Flame, Flame Shoulder, Large Yellow Underwing, True Lover's Knot, Double Square-spot, Square-spot Rustic, Bright-line Brown-eye, Clay, Striped Wainscot, Smoky Wainscot, Small Angle Shades, Dun-bar, Dark Arches, Light Arches, Common/Lesser Common Rustic, Uncertain, Rustic, Mottled Rustic, Nut-tree Tussock, Silver Y, Spectacle, Straw Dot and Snout.
Micros (at least 27 species) included a Swammerdamia sp, Ruddy Streak, Long-horned Flat-body, Gorse Crest, Marbled Cosmet, Dingy Dowd, Common Plume, Light Brown Apple Moth, Cnephasia sp, Yellow Oak Button, Hook-marked Straw Moth, Ox-tongue Conch, Bud Moth, Hoary Bell, Codling Moth, Gold Triangle, Rosy Tabby, Elder Pearl, Small Magpie, Rusty Dot Pearl, Mother of Pearl, Rush Veneer, Little Grey, Yellow Satin Veneer, Pearl Grass Veneer, Water Veneer and Ringed China-mark.
A quick look off the seafront this morning produced a Teal and 29 Common Scoter. Off Mudbank - 10 Whimbrel and at least 10 Mediterranean Gulls in with a big Black-headed Gull flock.
Late morning I met up with Martin and we searched a small stretch of Colaton Raleigh Common. On the bird front were 3 Dartford Warbler and on the moth front - Beautiful Yellow Underwing, Small Purple-barred, Horse Chestnut, Common Heath and Silver Y the highlights. A big thank you to Martin for trapping and potting up my very first Beautiful Snout.

Cloaked Carpet

Kent Black Arches

I think this is Common Burying Beetle (Nicrophorous vespillo). It wasn't burying much in the bottom of the moth trap.

Striped Wainscot - only the second one I've ever seen.

Micro sp - possibly Bud Moth?

I think this is possibly Small Dingy Tubic - Borkhausenia fuscescens?

Bud Moth - Spilonota ocellana

Micro sp - possibly Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner?

Dingy Dowd - Blastobasis adustella

Common White Wave

Slender Pug

Elephant Hawkmoth

White Satin

Beautiful Snout - a worn individual but a brand new species - thanks to Martin who trapped it in Saint Hill, near Kentisbeare, last night.

Grass-veneer - Crambus pascuella

Small Skipper


  1. Thanks so much for letting me help. Being a beginner at moths I have to say I found it very interesting. A little overwhelming if I'm honest but I'm sure I'll soon get the hang of it. Also amazing that there were some new ones and some you had only seen a few times. What was the name of the reference book again? I think I really have to invest in a copy!

  2. Hi Spencer - the macros book - 'Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland' by Paul Waring and Martin Townsend, illustrated by Richard Lewington. The third edition has just been published. Richard Lewington has also illustrated the 'Micros' book which is superb but which I've yet to purchase. Glad you enjoyed the 'mothing'. See you soon. Matt

  3. Hi Matt, sexton beetle is Nicrophorus vespillio - orange antennal club and curved hind tibia diagnostic, should also show have obvious golden hairs at front of pronotum - not visbible in photo. cheers, Tim