Thursday, 30 June 2011


Coleophora deauratella
Coleophora deauratella gen plate
Coleophora serratella

A little quiet in the trap last night so some dissection news of 2 Coleophora's caught in the garden and on the Mendips the night of 25th June. Initially ID'd as Coleophora frischella/alcyonipennella/deauratella the first moth turned out to be deauratella. The other trapped on the same night on the Mendips was determined as serratella.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

More migrants

Small Marbled

I was so close to missing this one. Kicking out the moths last night, this little chap was sat on the top of the trap having gone undetected by me and the sparrows all day. It took some time to ID it as I spent most of my time looking through books on Pyralids. Very easy to be overlooked as a micro.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Migrant moths

Ostrinia nubilalis aka European Corn Borer

A few migrant moths around with the spread of the fine weather. The most common immigrant was Small Mottled Willow with small numbers reaching South Somerset so far. Locally, Silver Y, Plutella xylostella and Ostrinia nubilalis were the only migrants to be found.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Mendip mothing

Tinea semifulvella
Lesser Cream Wave
Common Lutestring

A good selection of moths from the West Mendip Way on Saturday night. Some species still to be determined but highlights included: Purple Clay, Blomer's Rivulet, Mocha, Common Lutestring, Green Arches, Lesser Cream Wave, Tinea semifulvella, Cryptoblabes bistriga, Eana incanana and the target moth Salebriopsis albicilla.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

23rd June

Orache Moth
Olive Crescent
The Many-lined

Still quiet on the bird front and the moths not much better. Here are a few of my recent catches, shame they weren't from the Garden trap.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

16th June

Eidophasia messingiella
Gypsonoma sociana
Myelois circumvoluta

Garden moth trap: A bit quiet in the trap for year ticks. Aphomia sociella is doing well this year with small numbers each night. Gypsonoma sociana was new for the garden yesterday.

Monday, 13 June 2011

13th June

Coleophora adjunctella Male Genitalia plate
Coleophora adjunctella

12th June:
Weston STW: 1 Wigeon and 1 Pochard on UV pools

Weston: A Siskin north over Bushacre Business Park during the evening.

13th June:
Garden Moth trap: Eidophasia messingiella (4th county record) the highlight of last nights trap along with NFY's Elephant Hawk, Dot Moth, Blue-bordered Carpet.

News from 2nd/3rd June. The Coleophora thought to be discordella has been determined as C.adjunctella. There appear to be no previous records of this species in the Bristol District.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

11th June

Epinotia abbreviana

Sand Bay: 1 Whimbrel and <10 Swallow through

Thursday, 9 June 2011

9th June

Rannoch Looper
Glyphipterix simpliciella

Garden moth trap: Rannoch Looper

Sand Point: A westerly passage of Common Swift. Glyphipterix simpliciella nectaring on Oxeye Daisy

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

8th June

Sand Point: 3 Pomarine Skuas together flying down channel at 7pm

Monday, 6 June 2011

6th June

Choreutis pariana
Endothenia nigricostana

Garden moth trap: Endothenia nigricostana on friday night. Reared from a Crab Apple tree near Bushacre Bus Park Apple-leaf Skeletonizer Choreutis pariana

Sunday, 5 June 2011

5th June

Phyllonorycter trifasciella
Ancylis achatana
Glyphypterix thrasonella

Garden moth trap: This weekend NFY's Ancylis achatana, Phyllonorycter trifasciella, Glyphypterix thrasonella, Endothenia nigricostana, Barred Yellow

Friday, 3 June 2011

3rd June

Garden moth trap: ID'd so far Larch Pug NFG, Cydia pomonella, Coleophora discordella TBC, Dichrorampha sp. TBC, Elachista atricomella TBC, Caloptilia semifascia NFG, Nephopterix angustella. Yesterday The Magpie NFY