Monday 24 July 2023

Tree-lichen Beauty

Tree-lichen Beauty - a much-anticipated garden first.

Tree-lichen Beauty was possibly a migrant species. Also trapped - 21 Silver Y, 3 Rusty Dot Pearl and a 
Yponomeuta rorrella. Other species last night incuded Common Emerald, Maiden's Blush, Single-dotted Wave, Riband Wave, Ruddy Carpet, Common Carpet, Double-striped Pug, Clouded Border, Scorched Carpet, Brimstone, Swallow-tailed Moth, Willow Beauty, Barred Red, Poplar Hawkmoth, Elephant Hawkmoth, Brown-tail, Dingy Footman, Common Footman, Rosy Footman, Heart and Dart, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Flame Shoulder, Large Yellow Underwing, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Least Yellow Underwing, Double Square-spot, Square-spot Rustic, Bright-line Brown-eye, Lychnis, Knot Grass, Dark Arches, Cloaked Minor, Twin-spotted Wainscot, Uncertain, Nut-tree Tussock, Willow Ermine, Zelleria hepariella, Bryotropha terrella, Brown House Moth, Beautiful Plume, Common Plume, Crocidosema plebejana, Synaphe punctalis, Endotricha flammealisDioryctria abietellaAgriphila geniculeaAnania coronata and Box-tree Moth.
Not much bird news but a couple Arctic Skuas were off the seafront late morning, along with 8 Common Scoters.
Mudbank counts included 115 Mallard and 13 Shelducks (2 adults, 11 juveniles).
Yesterday there were three juvenile Peregrines play-fighting over the house.

Willow Ermine Yponomeuta rorrella.

Brown Ash Ermine zelleria hepariella.

Cinerous Neb Bryotropha terrella.

Least Yellow Underwing.

Maiden's Blush.

Twin-spotted Wainscot - another garden first.

Hummingbird Hawkmoth in the garden yesterday.


  1. Some lovely moths, Matt. Tree Lichen Beauty is well established here. We had 2 in our traps in a local woodland reserve earlier this week. Just over 50 species identified & about another dozen micros to be done later.

  2. Hi Neil - I'd been expecting Tree Lichen Beauty but was still thrilled to see it. Not too many records for Devon as yet. The one I'm really waiting for is Toadflax Brocade. Got Purple Toadflax in the garden ready...Good luck with those pesky micros! All the best. Matt.