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Friday, 29 June 2018

VC 63 Garden Moths 25h June 2018

Monday 25th June 2018

Weather : Still Warm Dry circa 18 -20 0

Other Entomology    Orange Ladybird, Hedgehog !! aside trap

Notes  Due to the large Volume of Recording Work . Images will be added later. and will be likely Micro Moths either TBC or for ID
Moth For ID means unknown for identification
Moth TBC means The embedded image contains a plausible ID TBC

MV125 W Robinson  Urban Garden

ABH  70.100  BF1776  Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria X1
ABH  73.342  BF2107  Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba   X3
ABH  70.226  BF1906  Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata  X15
ABH  70.252  BF1931  Peppered Moth Biston betularia  X3
ABH  72.003  BF2477  The Snout Hypena proboscidalis X4
ABH  63.025  BF1376  Small Magpie Anania hortulata  X4
ABH  73.113  BF2306  Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa  X1
ABH  70.054  BF1727  Silver-ground Carpet Xanthorhoe X1
ABH 49.039   BF998    Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana X3
ABH 72.045   BF2050  Common Footman Eilema lurideola  X2
ABH 70.016   BF1713  Riband Wave Idaea aversata
ABH 73.317   BF2089  Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis
ABH 72.024   BF2064  Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa
ABH 63.067   BF1338  Eudonia lacustrata X1
ABH 70.258   BF1937  Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria x2
ABH 72.031   BF2069  The Cinnabar Tyria jacobaeae x1
ABH 69.016   BF1991  Elephant Hawk-moth Deilephila elpenor x1 worn
ABH 73.162   BF2321  Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha
ABH 70.085   BF1765  Barred Yellow Cidaria fulvata
ABH 63.080   BF1293  Chrysoteuchia culmella
ABH 25.001   BF450    Hawthorn Moth Scythropia crataegella
ABH 73.017   BF2443  Plain Golden Y Autographa jota
ABH 63.067   BF1338  Eudonia lacustrata                       
ABH 73.274   BF2154   Cabbage Moth Mamestra brassicae TBC
ABH 73.173   BF2337  Marbled Minor Oligia strigilis
ABH 72.031   BF2069  The Cinnabar Tyria jacobaeae x1
ABH  70.037  BF1681  Clay Triple-lines Cyclophora linearia

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ABH 73.162   BF2321  Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha

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2477 The Snout Hypena proboscidalis.ABH 72.003

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ABH 73.017   BF2443  Plain Golden Y Autographa jota

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ABH 70.085 BF1765    Barred Yellow Cidaria fulvata

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1376  Small Magpie Anania hortulata ABH  63.025


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ABH  63.067 BF1338   Eudonia lacustrata

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ABH 25.001   BF450    Hawthorn Moth Scythropia crataegella TBC


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ABH 73.274 BF2154    Cabbage Moth Mamestra brassicae TBC

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The Presence of the Curved Spur on the  front Tibia Confirms this


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see  LINK

ABH  70.037  BF1681  Clay Triple-lines Cyclophora linearia

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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.

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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

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72.019 BF2061   Buff Ermine Spilosoma lutea


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73.328 BF1209   The Flame Axylia putris

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73.329 BF2102   Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta

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73.317 BF2089   Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis


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73.267 BF2160   Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea

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Dark / Common arpet Dysstroma citrata / truncuata

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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


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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


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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


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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


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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.


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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