Saturday 13 August 2022

Lesser-spotted Pinion

Lesser-spotted Pinion. The larvae feed on Wych Elm. There's lots of that around here so it's perhaps a bit surprising I've not trapped this species before, although it's not a common species

The only morsels of bird news - a Garden Warbler on Orcombe yesterday, and the Yellow-legged Gull was on the Imperial rugby ground. Off Mudbank today, on a brief visit - 225+ Mallard, 28 Little Egrets, 33 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose. Thankfully the moths have again provided plenty of interest.

 White-speckled Clothes Moth Nemapogon koenigi.

Carrion Moth  Monopis weaverella.

Flame Carpet.

White-point. Two or three of these trapped over the last couple of nights. Additionally, half a dozen or so Turnip, a few  Rush Veneer, several Portland Ribbon Waves and 4 or 5 Dark Sword Grass were trapped. Also Oak Eggar, Pinion-streaked Snout, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Golden-rod Pug, Sharp-angled Peacock, Peppered Moth, Canary-shouldered Thorn, September Thorn, Flame Carpet, Cream-bordered Green Pea, Four-spotted Footman, Dun-bar, Lesser-spotted Pinion, Haworth's Pug, Small Rufous and Common Wainscot amongst many others.

Peppered Moth.

Grey Poplar Bell Epinotia nisella.

Golden Argent Argyresthia goedartella.


Common Purple-and-gold Pyrausta purpuralis.

Cream-bordered Green Pea.

Jersey Tiger aberration. Not seen this one before. Eleven JTs in the trap last night.


  1. Enjoying all your moth photos in recent posts. Jersey Tiger is now very common around London but haven't seen one like your aberration here. Some years var. lutescens is dominant, but this year I've seen few of these & mostly the typical form.

  2. Hi Neil - only the typical ones for me too but get lots so don't check them routinely. This one stood out though, for obvious reasons. Best wishes. Matt.