More recent moths

Here are a few more from this week on Sunday night when it was very mild resulting in 28 species of moth with one still to be identified which is as far as I can remember my best October species capture for one night.

Again any additional text courtesy of Hants Moths.

Blood-Vein (Timandra comae)

Blood-Vein (Timandra comae)

Barred Sallow (Tiliacea aurago)

Barred Sallow (Tiliacea aurago)

Blair’s Shoulder-knot (Lithophane leautieri)

Blair's Shoulder-knot (Lithophane leautieri)

Red-Green Carpet (Chloroclysta siterata)

Red-Green Carpet (Chloroclysta siterata)

Sallow (Cirrhia icteritia)

Sallow (Cirrhia icteritia)

Scarce Bordered Straw (Helicoverpa armigera) – A moderately frequent immigrant from southern Europe, north to Shetland. In Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight moderately common and widely distributed throughout in some years.

Scarce Bordered Straw (Helicoverpa armigera)

Green-brindled Crescent (Allophyes oxyacanthae) –  Common in broad-leaved woodland, scrub, hedgerows and gardens throughout the British Isles, a species of conservation concern under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. In Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight widely distributed, but not particularly common. Wingspan 38-48 mm. Occurs in two forms, and their intermediates, in any shade on a scale from green to brown.

Green-brindled Crescent (Allophyes oxyacanthae)

Large Wainscot (Rhizedra lutosa) –  Common in reed-beds throughout much of the British Isles, a species of conservation concern under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. In Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight widely distributed in the drier parts of reed-beds in all three vice-counties. Occasional wanderers, nearly always females, are taken at light some distant from known breeding colonies. Larva feeds on Common Reed, over-wintering as an egg.

Large Wainscot (Rhizedra lutosa)

Straw Dot (Rivula sericealis)

Straw Dot (Rivula sericealis)

Beaded Chestnut (Agrochola lychnidis)

Beaded Chestnut (Agrochola lychnidis)

Hypsopygia glaucinalis – Common around sheds and farm buildings, in gardens, hay-stacks, thatched roofs and bird nests throughout southern England. Wingspan 23-30 mm. Larva feeds on decaying vegetable matter such as hay, and on detritus in bird nests.

Hypsopygia glaucinalis



A few moths

Here a few moths from the last month a couple of migrants and the now resident Box-tree moth that originated in Asia a pest on Box hedging but a stunning moth non the less. Text accompanying pictures is taken from Hants Moths.

Frosted Orange (Gortyna flavago)

Frosted Orange (Gortyna flavago)

Autumnal Rustic (Eugnorisma glareosa)

Autumnal Rustic (Eugnorisma glareosa)

Tinea semifulvella – Larva feeds on detritus in bird nests and sheep’s wool.

Tinea semifulvella

Four-spotted Footman (Lithosia quadra)

Four-spotted Footman (Lithosia quadra)

Carcina quercana

Carcina quercana

Snout (Hypena proboscidalis)

Snout (Hypena proboscidalis)

Box-tree Moth Cydalima perspectalis – A native to Asia, and after an initial finding in Germany in 2007, it has been found elsewhere in Europe, thought that the species was originally introduced with imports from China. Since the first finding, larvae have been found in more locations across Germany, sometimes causing severe defoliation as they feed on box (Buxus sp.). By 2008, C. perspectalis had been reported from five countries in Western Europe. In England, it was first recorded in 2008, when adult moths were caught in light traps at Icklesham, East Sussex, and Weybridge, Surrey. In 2009 a nursery in Surrey found perspectalis larvae causing severe damage.

In 2013, a large infestation was discovered at Longstock Nursery in central Hampshire, from which a number of adults were bred. In the same year, a few individuals were caught in the wild, provenance unknown, and it was new for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in the same year. Wingspan 38-42 mm. Somewhat variable, but typical form unmistakable. Larva feeds on Box, causing sufficient damage to be a serious pest in some areas, and may become a horticultural pest in the UK.

Box-tree Moth Cydalima perspectalis

Pine Carpet (Pennithera firmata)

Pine Carpet (Pennithera firmata)

Dark Sword-grass (Agrotis ipsilon) – Common immigrant from mainland Europe, appearing throughout the British Isles, in some years arriving in sufficient numbers to breed in small numbers

Dark Sword-grass (Agrotis ipsilon)

Rusty-dot Pearl (Udea ferrugalis) – Common immigrant to the British Isles from mainland Europe, most frequent on waste ground by the coast where sometimes abundant

Rusty-dot Pearl (Udea ferrugalis)

Eudonia angustea

Eudonia angustea

More tomorrow

Ta  Andy

5th June Moth Update

Just catching up with things and here are a few from the last week or so with a couple new for garden there are a fair few here so stick with it, For the very small moths (micro) I have added their length in mm’s so the wingspan would be approx. twice that length. Oh and if anyone locally should want something identified take a photo as best you can and especially larvae found in your gardens as I would like to take them off of your hands (except for ones found on your brassica) and rear them through to adult if you were planning to kill them. So just write a comment on here and I will try to sort it.

20.007  [BF 0409b] Cypress Tip Moth (Argyresthia cupressella) 4-5 mm

20.007 [BF 0409b] Cypress Tip Moth (Argyresthia cupressella) 4-5 mm

65.005  [BF 1648] Pebble Hook-tip (Drepana falcataria)

65.005 [BF 1648] Pebble Hook-tip (Drepana falcataria)

70.265  [BF 1941] Mottled Beauty (Alcis repandata)

70.265 [BF 1941] Mottled Beauty (Alcis repandata)

70.008  [BF 1707] Small Dusty Wave (Idaea seriata)

70.008 [BF 1707] Small Dusty Wave (Idaea seriata)

72.019  [BF 2061] Buff Ermine (Spilosoma lutea)

72.019 [BF 2061] Buff Ermine (Spilosoma lutea)72.019 [BF 2061] Buff Ermine (Spilosoma lutea)

70.079  [BF 1769] Spruce Carpet (Thera britannica)

70.079 [BF 1769] Spruce Carpet (Thera britannica)

70.144  [BF 1860] Green Pug (Pasiphila rectangulata)

70.144 [BF 1860] Green Pug (Pasiphila rectangulata)

73.012  [BF 2434] Burnished Brass (Diachrysia chrysitis)

73.012 [BF 2434] Burnished Brass (Diachrysia chrysitis)

70.200  [BF 1883] Yellow-barred Brindle (Acasis viretata)

70.200 [BF 1883] Yellow-barred Brindle (Acasis viretata)

16.014  [BF 0436] Pseudoswammerdamia combinella 7mm

16.014 [B&F 0436] Pseudoswammerdamia combinella16.014 [BF 0436] Pseudoswammerdamia combinella 7mm

72.002  [BF 2474] Straw Dot (Rivula sericealis)

72.002 [BF 2474] Straw Dot (Rivula sericealis)

49.166  [BF 1076] Celypha lacunana

49.166 [BF 1076] Celypha lacunana

49.254  [BF 1133] Epinotia bilunana

49.254 [BF 1133] Epinotia bilunana

62.010  [BF 1449] Elegia similella – Nationally scarce (Nb)

62.010 [BF 1449] Elegia similella - Nationally scarce (Nb)

70.257  [BF 1936] Waved Umber (Menophra abruptaria)

70.257 [BF 1936] Waved Umber (Menophra abruptaria)

07.014  [BF 0143] Nematopogon metaxella

07.014 [BF 0143] Nematopogon metaxella

07.012  [BF 0141] Nematopogon schwarziellus

07.012 [BF 0141] Nematopogon schwarziellus

73.114  [BF 2305] Small Angle Shades (Euplexia lucipara)

73.114 [BF 2305] Small Angle Shades (Euplexia lucipara)

20.018  [BF 0417] Argyresthia spinosella 5mm

20.018 [BF 0417] Argyresthia spinosella 5mm

73.095  [BF 2389] Pale Mottled Willow (Caradrina clavipalpis)

73.095 [BF 2389] Pale Mottled Willow (Caradrina clavipalpis)

63.037  [BF 1392] Udea olivalis63.037 [BF 1392] Udea olivalis

63.025  [BF 1376] Small Magpie (Anania hortulata)

63.025 [BF 1376] Small Magpie (Anania hortulata)

69.016  [BF 1991] Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor)

69.016 [BF 1991] Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor)



Moth Update

Hi, been a bit remiss on the moth front lately, anyway here are some examples from the last couple of weeks with a few very exciting finds and certainly new for garden. Trap was out on Friday and had 65 species a record for me for this time of year. I was also out with the moth group on Friday with 6 lamps we had 119 species of moth between us.

70.036  [BF 1680] Maiden’s Blush (Cyclophora punctaria) – Local

70.036 [BF 1680] Maiden's Blush (Cyclophora punctaria)

69.003  [BF 1981] Poplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi) First Hawk Moth species of the year I have also now had Eyed and lime pictures are rubbish so have not put on here

69.003 [BF 1981] Poplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi)

70.029  [BF 1682] Blood-Vein (Timandra comae)

70.029 [BF 1682] Blood-Vein (Timandra comae)

70.224  [BF 1904] Scorched Wing (Plagodis dolabraria) – Local

70.224 [BF 1904] Scorched Wing (Plagodis dolabraria)

73.052  [BF 2216] Shark (Cucullia umbratica)

73.052 [BF 2216] Shark (Cucullia umbratica)

65.013  [BF 1657] Common Lutestring (Ochropacha duplaris) – NFG

65.013 [BF 1657] Common Lutestring (Ochropacha duplaris)

73.039  [BF 2279] Sycamore (Acronicta aceris) – Local. The larvae which I have yet to find is an incredible looking caterpiller

73.039 [BF 2279] Sycamore (Acronicta aceris)

70.283  [BF 1961] Light Emerald (Campaea margaritaria)

70.283 [BF 1961] Light Emerald (Campaea margaritaria)

49.166  [BF 1076] Celypha lacunana

49.166 [BF 1076] Celypha lacunana

62.047  [BF 1461] Assara terebrella – NFG & Nationally Scarce (Na)

62.047 [BF 1461] Assara terebrella

10.001  [BF 0123] Tischeria ekebladella – NFG

10.001 [BF 0123] Tischeria ekebladella

70.114  [BF 1876] Small Yellow Wave (Hydrelia flammeolaria)

70.114 [BF 1876] Small Yellow Wave (Hydrelia flammeolaria)

70.050  [BF 1721] Balsam Carpet (Xanthorhoe biriviata) – NFG, uncommon and In Hampshire first reported at Wherwell in 1964 the larvae which feeds on Orange Balsam is an attractive but non native plant. If you know where there is any plant growing in Hampshire please let me know.

70.050 [BF 1721] Balsam Carpet (Xanthorhoe biriviata)

Trap will go out again tonight