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Sunday, 17 June 2018

VC63 Garden Moths 15 June 2018 Post Hectar

Weather: Rescinding breeze to Occ Light Breeze  / Still  Temp 17o aprox Air Warm Dry  Post Storm Hectar gale. Dawn.


MV125 Robinson

Moth For ID means unknown for identification
Moth TBC  means The embedded image contains a plausible ID TBC

Despite radical contrast in the winds it is now still this pm and there appears to be  a lot on the move. Annoyingly a cat strike early in the pm part emptied the trap on its side . A list species of Tree that light was reaching from this trap

Birch, Apple , Cherry , Leylandi, Various garden Conifers , Elder , Beech
The location would also be in easy reach of  JW where there is predominant Oak and Beech

The predominant Moth was the Heart and Dart with upward of 12 released. Buff Ermine also had a good Innings

72.019 BF2061   Buff Ermine Spilosoma lutea   x4
72.020 BF2060   White Ermine Spilosoma lubriciped  x1
63.018 BF1378   Elder Pearl   Anania coronata
63.025 BF1376   Small Magpie Anania hortulata  x4
73.333 BF2120   Ingrailed  Clay Diarsia mendica
73.264 BF2158   Pale-shouldered Brocade Lacanobia thalassina
70.226 BF1906   Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata
70.252 BF1931   Peppered Moth Biston betularia  x2
73.317 BF2089   Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis  x12
73.342 BF2107   Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba
70.280 BF1958   Clouded Silver Lomographa temerata x1
73.267 BF2160   Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea
73.328 BF1209   The Flame Axylia putris x2
73.329 BF2102   Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta

73.264 BF2158   Pale-shouldered Brocade Lacanobia thalassina


72.019 BF2061   Buff Ermine Spilosoma lutea




73.328 BF1209   The Flame Axylia putris



73.329 BF2102   Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta


73.317 BF2089   Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis



73.267 BF2160   Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea


Dark / Common arpet Dysstroma citrata / truncuata


Difficult to separate but more angular post medium line would point to Dark markable Carpet

Monday, 28 May 2018

0152 Cauchas rufimitrella ABH 7.010

Sun 27th May 2018

This small micro a Longhorn with rufous head was found nectarring on Garlic Mustard by the Calder . The larvae feed within the seed pods .

It shouldnt be confused with the smaller Micropterix calthella ( also with a red head but shorter antennae  ) usually found on buttercup which has mouth parts capable of taking pollen






Sunday, 1 October 2017

Small Tortoiseshell

A brief trip to Black Toft Sands confirms the Small Tortoiseshell still flying throughout Britain in the autumnal sunshine . ( Taken RSPB Gypsy Marsh) An ideal wetland and grassland habitat on Aster



Sunday, 2 July 2017

Swans in The Moss

Mute Swans - Cygnus olor and Cygnets in breeding Plumage amongst Reeds in Leighton Moss . Adults with red tinged breeding plumage and Cygnets still in down


The male and the female birds, the cob and pen, usually attempt to mate for life,  It is possible for an adult bird to find another mate.if a partner is lost


The nest is a large mound of material, normally dried grasses and assorted vegetation, sticks and rushes, constructed at the water's edge. The nest is built by the female, while the male supplies the materials.

The female lays up to seven eggs between late April and early May. Both sexes incubate the eggs, which hatch after 35-41 days. The young birds, or cygnets, sometimes ride on their parents' backs and remain with the adult birds for four or five months.

The young of some pairs are driven off the breeding territory as soon as their plumage is predominantly white (during late autumn or winter). Other broods often accompany their parents to the wintering area, and usually join a large flock in which they remain when the parents return to their breeding territory. Young birds will not generally breed for the first two years of adult life.


Friday, 23 June 2017

Walnut Tree Juglans regia and Walnut Leaf Gall Mite - Aceria erinea

Walnut Juglans regia

Walnut is a deciduous broadleaf tree native to south-east Europe to south-west China.

The walnut's botanical name, Juglans, originates in Roman mythology. According myth, Jupiter, who was also known as Jove, lived on walnuts when he lived on earth. Therefore Romans called walnuts Jovis glans, meaning 'the glans of Jupiter.' The botanical name of the English walnut, Juglans regia, means the 'royal nut of Jupiter'.

Description to 35m. They typically have a short trunk and broad crown, though can be narrower if grown in a woodland situation. The bark is smooth and olive-brown when young, developing fissures and fading to silver-grey with age. Twigs are stout, green and curving.

Leaves: shiny and pinnate (feather-like), with 5-9 paired oval leaflets and one 'terminal' leaflet at the end.

Flowers: male flowers are drooping yellow-green catkins 5–10 cm long, and the female flowers appear in clusters of 2-5.

Fruits: pollinated by wind, female flowers develop into a fruit with a green, fleshy husk and a brown, wrinkled walnut.

Aceria erinea is a mite that causes galls to form on the leaves of Walnut. Large yellowish blisters appear on the upper surface of the leaves with corresponding hollows on the underside which are lined with whitish or pale brown hairs among which the mites live and feed

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Garden Moths 17th June 2017

Weather - Warm 18o Light Breeze. Low Humidity ,

General Comments Lots of Small Magpies , and Peppered Moths which seemed to be local to the Pebble Dashing nearby and on shed . A flurry of Large Yellow Clunbsy things have also returned

Other Entomology  Birch Shieldbug

MV 120 W Robinson

73.317 BF2089    Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis
73.162 BF2321    Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha
73.176 BF2340    Middle-barred Minor Oligia fasciuncula
49.039 BF 998     Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana x12
63.025 BF1376    Small Magpie Anania hortulata  x4
73.173 BF2337    Marbled Minor Agg  Oligia strigilis
70.226 BF1906    Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata
70.252 BF1931    Peppered Moth Biston betularia  x3
70.061 BF1738    Common Carpet Epirrhoe alternata
63.018 BF1378    Elder Pearl Anania coronata
62.001 BF1428    Bee Moth Aphomia sociella 
73.329 BF2102    Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta x2
49.156 BF1083    Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana
72.003 BF2477    The Snout Hypena proboscidalis
70.097 BF1764    Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata
73.113 BF2306    Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa
73.342 BF2107   Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba

70.252 BF1931    Peppered Moth Biston betularia


73.317 BF2089    Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis


73.342 BF2107   Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba



73.162 BF2321     Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha


73.176 BF2340    Middle-barred Minor Oligia fasciuncula


1428 Bee Moth Aphomia sociella ABH 62.001  Female


73.329 BF2102    Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta

63.018 BF1378    Elder Pearl Anania coronata


72.003 BF2477    The Snout Hypena proboscidalis


73.113 BF2306    Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa



Pug  For Confirmation - ?????



73.175 BF2338 Rufous Minor Oligia versicolor

One of potentially 3 similars requiring Gen Det but based on superficial looks possibly a Rufous Minor NOTE Not an absolute ID for the reasons above