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September/October 2016

Autumn was very quiet. In September Garden Rose Tortrix was a year first on the 9th.

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Garden Rose Tortrix-Acleris variegana

Brick was a new moth at the 12th.

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Brick-Agrochola circellaris

The 24th brought year firsts Barred Sallow and Beaded Chestnut.fullsizeoutput_1960

Barred Sallow-xanthia aurago

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Beaded Chestnut-Agrochola lychnidis

Finally on the 28th Blair’s Shoulder-knot, another year first.

fullsizeoutput_196cBlair’s Shoulder-knot-Lithophane leautieri hesperica  

In October the nights were mainly cold and but did warm up in the last few days and 26th brought the years first Acleris Sparsana.

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Acleris Sparsana 

Juniper Carpet was a year first on the 28th.

fullsizeoutput_1a51Juniper Carpet-Thera juniperata

Lastly Feathered Thorn was a year tick on the 31st.

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Feathered Thorn-Colotois pennaria

November is currently cold. May trap again if it gets milder again but otherwise this is the last post this year. Whether I continue next year I haven’t decided. From experience with my main blog insects in general don’t attract much interest. If I do I’ll try to be more current.

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August 2016

August

Agriphila tristella, Crambus perlella and Shuttle-shaped Dart were year firsts on the 7th.

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Shuttle-shaped Dart-Agrotis puta

Yellow Shell although common in the field isn’t to light being only my 4th record and 1st for 3 years.

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Yellow Shell-Camptogramma bulineata

Oegoconia agg., Canary-shouldered Thorn and Square-spot Rustic were firsts for the year on the 14th and Silver Y first to light.

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Oegoconia agg.

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Canary-shouldered Thorn-Ennomos alniaria

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Square-spot Rustic-Xestia xanthographa

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Silver Y-Autographa gamma

Borkhausenia fuscescens was a new moth on the 17th.

Dusky Thorn on the 21th was only my 2nd record, the previous in September 2015.

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Dusky Thorn-Ennomos fuscantaria

Lesser Yellow Underwing was a year and Mother of Pearl and Beautiful Plume were year firsts in the trap having seen the first at High Eske NR in July and the latter at KGV Rec in May.

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Lesser Yellow Underwing-Noctua comes

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Beautiful Plume-Amblyptilia acanthadactyla

Caloptilia robustella was a new moth on the 23th and Codling Moth, Double-striped Pug Flame Shoulder, Square-spot Rustic and Old Lady were year firsts.

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 Caloptilia robustella

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Codling Moth-Cydia pomonella

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Flame Shoulder-Ochropleura plecta

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Double-striped Pug-Gymnoscelis rufifasciata

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Old Lady-Mormo maura

Mouse Moth was a year first in the trap having seen one during the day at Tophill Low NR.

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Mouse Moth-Amphipyra tragopoginis

Honeysuckle Moth was a new moth on the 27th.

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Honeysuckle Moth-Ypsolopha dentella

Small Dotted Buff  was a new moth on the 30th.

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Small Dotted Buff-Photedes minima 

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July 2016

July

On the 3rd had Phoenix new for the year.DSCN1679

Phoenix-Eulithis prunata

Beautiful Hook-tip on the 6th was new for me and a good moth locally.

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Beautiful Hook-tip-Laspeyria flexula

Also new for me was Garden Pebble.

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Garden Pebble-Evergestis forficalis

Other year ticks were Swallow-tailed Moths, Dark Arches and Anania coronata.DSCN1475

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Dark Arches-Apamea monoglypha

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Anania coronata

 The 12th added Gothic,  Eudonia mercurella and Currant Pug.DSCN1588 

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Eudonia mercurella

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Currant Pug-Eupithecia assimilata

15th brought Small Blood-vein, Scalloped Oak, Cabbage Moth and Crassa unitella.

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Small Blood-vein-Scopula imitaria

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Scalloped Oak-Crocallis elinguaria

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Cabbage Moth-Mamestra brassicae

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Crassa unitella

The  19th added Mint Moth, 2nd generation Early Thorn and Small Dusty Wave.

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2nd generation Early Thorn-Selenia dentaria

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Small Dusty Wave-Idaea seriata

The 21th brought Clouded Border, Common Rustic agg, Blastobasis adustella, Bird-cherry Ermine, Small Fan-footed Wave, Clay and Acleris forsskaleana.

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Common Rustic agg-Mesapamea spp.

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Bird-cherry Ermine-Ypononomeuta evonymella

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Acleris forsskaleana

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Clay-Mythimna ferrago

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Small Fan-footed Wave-Idaea biselata

 On the 25th Argyresthia goedartella was a life and Endotricha flammealis a year tick .

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Argyresthia goedartella

The 28th brought Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Crambus pascuella, Burnished  Brass and Fan-foot.

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Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing-Noctua janthe

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Burnished  Brass- Diachrysia chrysitis aurea

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Fan-foot-Herminia tarsipennalis

Finally  31th added Carcina quercana, White Satin and Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix.

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Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix-Pandemis heparana

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Carcina quercana

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White Satin-Leucoma salicis

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June 2016

On the 4th added White Ermine to my life list.

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White Ermine-Spilosoma lubricipeda

Epiblema cynosbatella was the first since 2012.

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Epiblema cynosbatella

Green Carpet was a year tick.DSCN1135

Green Carpet-Colostygia olivata

The 7th added to the  year list Brimstone Moth, Heart and Dart, Chrysoteuchia culmella and Mottled Pug.

DSCN0941Brimstone Moth-Opisthograptis luteolata

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Heart and Dart-Agrotis exclamationis

DSCN1123Garden Grass-veneer-Chrysoteuchia culmella

The 10th added Elephant Hawkmoth and Small Magpie.

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Elephant Hawkmoth-Deilephilia elpenor

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Small Magpie-Eurrhypara hortulata

The 14th brought Willow Beauty, Poplar Hawkmoth and Ghost Moth.

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Poplar Hawkmoth-Laothoe populi

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Ghost Moth-Hepialus humili humili

On the 21st Small Rivulet was only my second record and first for the garden, the previous at Tophill Low NR in June 2012. DSCN1289

Small Rivulet-Perizona alchemillata

Year firsts were Straw Dot, Common Marbled Carpet, Peppered Moth, Marbled Beauty,  Uncertain and Freyer’s Pug.DSCN1288

Straw Dot-Rivala sericealis

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Peppered Moth-Biston betularia

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Common Marbled Carpet-Chloroclysta truncata

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Marbled Beauty-Cryphia domestica

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Uncertain-Hoplodrina alsines

24th added Riband Wave,  Light Emerald, Celypha lacunana,  Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix,

Marbled Orchard Tortrix, Barred Yellow and The Flame.

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Riband Wave-Idaea aversata

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Light Emerald-Campaea margaritata

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Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix-Pandemis cerasana 

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Barred Yellow-Cidaria fulvata

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The Flame-Axylia putris

27th brought Garden Carpet, Common Footman, Large Yellow Underwing and

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Common Footman-Eilema lurideola

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April/May 2016

April was slow starting with Hebrew Character on the 2nd.

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Hebrew Character-Orthosis gothica

The 4th was more interesting with several Common Plume at work and an Early Thorn found on Travis road, my first 1st generation.

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Common Plume-Emmelina monadactyla

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1st generation Early Thorn-Selenia dentaria 

The 7th brough the first of many Bee Moth in the house.

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Bee Moth-Aphomia sociella

The 17th I caught the first of many Light Brown Apple Moths.

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Light Brown Apple Moth- Epiphyas prostvittana

In May things got better

The 2nd brought only my 3rd Herald.

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Herald-Scoliopteryx libatrix

Also Yellow-barred Brindle.

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Yellow-barred Brindle-Acasis viretata

On the 7th year firsts were Twenty-plumed Moth on Travis Road and  Early Grey and Eudonia angustea in the trap.

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Twenty-plumed Moth-Alucita hexadactyla

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Eudonia angustea

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Early Grey-Xylocampa areola

I then waited another 8 days for the next year tick with Scalloped Hazel on the 15th and then on the 16th Beautiful Plume in KGV rec.

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Scalloped Hazel-Odontopera bidentata

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Beautiful Plume-Amblyptilia acanthadactyla

The 17th brough the years first Common Pug.

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Common Pug-Eupithecia vulgata 

The 20th added Campion  and White-shouldered Moth to the year list.

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Campion-Hadena rivularis

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Also the years first Cockchafer

The last trapping of the month on the 26th added Buff Ermine, Flame Carpet, Bright-line Brown-eye and Angle Shades.

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Buff Ermine-Spilosoma luteum

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Flame Carpet-Xanthorhoe designata

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Angle Shades-Phlogophora meticulosa

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Bright-line Brown-Eye-Lacanobia oleracea

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2016-Early Moth[s]

First moth of 2016 was an Early Moth found on 6th of February. Aptly it was not only a new moth for me but, excepting a hiberating Common Plume, my earliest.

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Early Moth Theria primaria

The next was a Common Quaker on the 23th on Rydal Grove then the next day a Dotted Border which as with my previous records was on South Street.

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Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi

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Dotted Border Agriopis marginaria

Early in the year the council replaced the dull and often malfunctioning Sodium light with a modern LED one.

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This now floodlights the back garden. Had a few blank nights since but only occasionally trap in winter and have yet to trap anything before March. The only moth trapped so far was a Common Quaker on the 25th of March.

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Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi

To add insult to injury tree surgeons butchered the Holly providing some screening.

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Next month, April, can be variable sometime with good number but also with nothing in 2012, and from my experience only summer proper guarantees good number so may be several week before the true effect of the light can be seen.

 

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November 2015

On the 1st found a Feathered Thorn on South Street. My 4th record.

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Feathered Thorn

This was my last new moth for the year. However the continuing warmer weather brought several latest records:-

Blair’s Shoulder-knot trapped on the 8th

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Blair’s Shoulder-knot

Light Brown Apple Moth on South Street on the 9th.

Red-green Carpet and Silver Y trapped on the 16th.

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Red-green Carpet

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Silver Y

Acleris  sparsana on South Street on the 18th.

Common Plume on South Street on 19th stayed until the 28th [when I poked it to check it was alive].

December

A November moth agg on South Street on the 3th was my latest moth [so far?] ever.

The night of the 19th was likely the warmest December night on record locally but trap was empty.

However had a Beautiful Plume on South on the 29th which made me regret not having a go over the Christmas break. Had this moth overwintering at home before.

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