Saturday 30 May 2020

Alder Kitten

Alder Kitten - the first I've ever trapped. My only previous one was trapped by Martin.
Maro species trapped in the last couple of mornings included Common Swift, Figure of Eighty, Treble Brown Spot, Garden Carpet, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Ruddy Carpet, Purple Bar, Broken-barred Carpet, Common Marbled Carpet, Sandy Carpet, Common Pug, Freyer's Pug, Grey Pug, Double-striped Pug, Clouded Border, Scalloped Hazel, Peppered Moth, Willow Beauty, Light Emerald, Eyed Hawkmoth, Poplar Hawkmoth, Elephant Hawkmoth, Alder Kitten, Sallow Kitten, Pale Tussock, Buff Ermine, Cinnabar, Heart and Dart, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Angle Shades, Flame Shoulder, Large Yellow Underwing, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Bright-line Brown-eye, Common Wainscot, Knot Grass, Dark Arches, Dusky Brocade, Marbled Minor agg, Treble Lines, Vine's Rustic, Mottled Rustic, Straw Dot and Snout.
Micros included Hawthorn Moth, Ruddy Streak, Brindled Plume, Light Brown Apple Moth, Barred Marble, Southern Bell, Red Piercer, Bee Moth, Thistle Ermine, Small Magpie, Rusty Dot Pearl, Meadow Grey, Little Grey and Narrow-winged Grey.

Sallow Kitten

Alder and Sallow Kitten.

Singing male Dartford Warbler.


Sand Martin


Bee Moth

Figure of Eighty

Dusky Brocade

Meadow Grey Scoparia pyralella

Southern Bell Crocidosema plebejana

Treble Brown Spot


  1. Wow ... Alder Kitten! Send it my way will you? Looks bloomin gorgeous!

    1. Hi Nick - yep a real beauty - I'm sorry I didn't hold on to it for you but not sure if moth 'twitchin' is back on yet? I guess it's ok to meet up now so will keep the next one. What do you think? All the best. Matt

  2. Great moths * nice comparison of kittens! Great Dartford Warbler shot. Was very sad earlier when I read of a huge fire at Thursley which is a wonderful oasis for these heathland specialities.

  3. Hi Neil - I'm sorry to hear that. Devastating for wildlife. Probably people breaking lockdown for a BBQ, but I guess everything has been so dry that it could have been started by something else. Hope it recovers quickly. Had a salutary lesson in the difficulty of Marsh/Blyth's Reed songs this pm - never knew they could be so problematic! All the best. Matt