Thursday 21 May 2020

Birch Conch

Birch Conch Cochylis nana - a new one for me but one I've been expecting.
A Red Kite west at 1150 and 50+ Black-headed Gull on the river were the only birds noted from the garden today.
Good numbers of moths in the trap this morning but very little evidence of any immigration. Totals included 1 Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, 4 Brimstone Moth, 1 Riband Wave, 1 Angle Shades, 14 Heart and Dart, 1 Common Quaker, 2 Lime-speck Pug, 1 Sandy Longhorn Nematopogon schwarzielus, 1 White-shouldered House Moth Endrosis sarcitrella, 2 Ruddy Streak Tachystola acroxantha, 2 Willow Beauty, 1 Mottled Rustic, 18 Vine's Rustic, 2 Common Pug, 1 Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana, 1 Green Pug, 1 Common Marbled Carpet, 1 Muslin Moth, 3 Cinnabar Moth, 1 Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea, 1 Cabbage Moth, 8 Bright-line Brown-eye, 6 Shuttle-shaped Dart, 1 Freyer's Pug, 1 Mullein, 1 Garden Carpet, 2 Buff-tip, 1 Yellow-faced Bell Notocelia cynosbatella, 1 Hebrew Character, 1 Purple Bar, 1 Setaceous Hebrew Character, 2 Flame Shoulder, 2 Marbled Minor agg, 1 Dark Arches, 1 Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis, 1 Clouded Silver, 1 V-Pug,  1 Thistle Ermine Myelois circumvoluta, 1 Small Seraphim, 1 Birch Conch Cochylis nana and 1 Grey Pug.

 Cocksfoot Moth Glyphipterix simpliciella.


Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet

Freyer's Pug

Common Marbled Carpet - a dark form.
Juvenile Long-tailed Tits.

Corizus hyoscyami

My first Meadow Brown of 2020.


  1. Haven't caught up with Meadow Brown yet but did find a local Corizus a couple of weeks ago. My second local one- it does seem to be increasing.

  2. Hi Neil - I think this is the first one I've seen. I know absolutely nothing about beetles but this one's pretty striking - hence the photo. I haven't seen another Meadow Brown since that one but hopefully the warm weather will bring plenty out soon. All the best. Matt