Saturday 25 April 2020

Pale Prominent, Tree Pipit and Sedgie

Pale Prominent

A quick whiz around Orcombe Point, early doors, produced very little but single Tree Pipit, Willow Warbler and Sedge Warbler were noted, along with 3 Whitethroat and about half a dozen Swallow.
Back home it was another non-eventful day with just 5 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Sandwich Tern, 8 Whimbrel, 1 or 2 House Martin and a fly-over Yellow Wagtail noted.
Mothing produced 6 Rusty Dot Pearl, 6 Brimstone Moth, 2 Garden Carpet, 1 Powdered Quaker, 1 Early Grey, 7 Muslin Moth, 3 Early Thorn, 1 Double-striped Pug, 3 Oak-tree Pug, 1 Swallow Prominent, 1 Knot Grass, 4 Light Brown Apple Moth, 1 Pale Prominent, 3 Common Pug, 2 Silver Y, 2 Bright-line Brown-eye, 1 Common Carpet, 1 Lunar Marbled Brown, 1 Narrow-winged Grey, 3 Least Black Arches, 2 Hebrew Character and 1 Nut-tree Tussock.
As the 'new for the year' moths appear I'm photographing them and sticking them on here. I never normally have the time to record all the moths I trap, never mind photograph them. The only new species for me so far this year is Lichen Button Acleris literana. The fifty-one recorded so far during this lockdown period are as follows:
Common Quaker
Small Quaker
Early Grey
Double-striped Pug
Brimstone Moth
Hebrew Character
Lunar Marbled Brown
Muslin Moth
Flame Shoulder
Powdered Quaker
Shuttle-shaped Dart
Narrow-winged Grey (Eeudonia angustea)
Brindled Pug
Early Thorn,
Brown-spot Flatbody (Agnopterix alstromeriana)
Clouded Drab
Pale Mottled Willow
Oak-tree Pug
Water Carpet
Swallow Prominent
Frosted Green
Angle Shades
Brindled Flat-body (Agnopterix arenella
Pine Beauty
Rusty Dot Pearl
Silver Y
Sulphur Tubic (Esperia sulphurella)
Lichen Button (Acleris literana)
Twenty-plume Moth (Alucita hexadactyla)
Lime-speck Pug
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Ruddy Streak (Acroxantha tachystola)
Nut-tree Tussock
Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana)
Least Black Arches
Brindled Beauty
Common Slender (Gracillaria syringella)
Iron Prominent
Knot Grass
Bird's-nest Moth (Tinea trinotella)
Bright-line Brown-eye
White-shouldered House Moth (Endrosis sarcitrella)
Common Marbled Carpet
Common Carpet
Garden Carpet
Pale Prominent
Common Pug

Common Pug above and a different individual below showing variation.

Garden Carpet


  1. An impressive haul, Matt. I do find a lot of the pugs tricky. Glad you included the scientific names for the micros because apart from the well established names I only know the scientific ones; not that I'm any expert on them, but enjoying the learning curve!

  2. Hello again Neil. I'm afraid I really struggle with the scientific names so I think I stand more chance with the common names. I still feel like a complete beginner with micros but, like you, really enjoy the learning. Having said that I haven't been tempted down the dissection route yet! Pugs are one of my favourite groups - really keen to see more and plenty still a realistic possibility I think. Was gutted to accidentally delete photos of a Bilberry Pug that my good mate Martin caught last year. All the very best. Matt