Thursday 27 October 2022

Oak Rustic

My first garden Oak Rustic. This species is dependent on Holm Oak, which there's no shortage of in Exmouth. Oak Rustic is a relatively recent colonist in the UK. My first (and last) was trapped by Nick, in Budleigh, on November 16th 2018. Also trapped over the last two nights - 3 Silver Y, 2 Pearly Underwings, 1 Dark Sword-grass, 6 Rush Veneers, 1 Vestal, 1 Olive-tree Pearl Palpitta vitrealis, 1 Turnip and a heap of Rusty Dot Pearls. Also of note - 9 Box-tree Moths, 2 Blair's Shoulder-knot, and a couple Red-green Carpets.

A trip up to see Maisie in Cardiff yesterday, and Lu's birthday today, has meant very little birding. On Tuesday (25/10) - Orcombe totals included 9 Swallows, 4 Redwings, just 1 Chiffchaff, c100 Meadow Pipits, c30 Chaffinches,  2 Firecrests, 1 Cirl Bunting, 2 Reed Buntings, c50 Jackdaws, 37 Stock Doves, 10 Stonechats, 2 Siskins, 3 Rooks, 2 Mute Swans, c75 Woodpigeons, 1 Coal Tit and 1 Curlew.

Scarce Bordered Straw. Five trapped over the last couple of nights. I photographed four of them (one escaped). Note the lack of variation in the first three. The fourth is more richly-coloured and reddish-tinged.


Presumed Agnopterix heracliana Common Flat-body.

Box-tree Moth - one of nine trapped over the last two nights but my first Exmouth dark form.

Olive-tree Pearl Palpita vitrealis.

One of two Pearly Underwings (the second pictured below). It has been a brilliant year for this species.

Blair's Shoulder-knot.

Turnip Moth.

Blastobasis lacticolella. London Dowd.

Rosy Tabby Endotricha flammealis.

A worn Brindled Green. No sign of dark tornal spots so presumably not Southern Brindled Green.

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