Moth Sightings - 2006 Archive - Upper Thames Branch
(Berks, Bucks & Oxon)

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This is an archive of the UTB moth sightings for August to December 2006.

Photographs have been removed to save space.


Final Species Count for 2006 was 676



~ Sunday 31st December 2006 ~


This sighting came from Dave Maunder on Sunday 31st December: “Just when you thought you'd heard the last from me this year, I will make my final report for 2006 - a very late - or early (?) Double-striped Pug found resting on a fence along Fowler Road in Aylesbury! All the best for the new year.”


~ Thursday 28th December 2006 ~


Dave Wilton sent the following update today, 28th December: "During December my trap results at Westcott were as follows: 6th (nil), 8th (nil), 11th (Winter Moth x 3, Grey Shoulder-knot x 1, Dark Chestnut x 1), 16th (Chestnut x 1), 24th (nil) and 27th (December Moth x 1). I was beginning to think that I would miss out on December Moth this year until a pristine male turned up last night. Going back in time, several additional moth species from earlier in the year can now be added to my garden list thanks to the very generous help of Peter Hall and his microscope. Those which are also new to the UTB list comprise: Cochylimorpha alternana (31st August), Scythropia crataegella (12th September), Anacampsis populella (17th September), Paraswammerdamia lutarea (26th September) and Autumnal Moth (9th October).

Other moths which Peter confirmed for me included Treble-bar (25th August), November Moth (9th October), Pinion-streaked Snout (14th October) and Grey Pine Carpet (20th October), taking my garden macro total for this year alone up to 295. 2006 has been such an outstanding year for moths that I think I'll have great difficulty attempting to better that total in 2007. Happy New Year!"


On 24th December Dave Maunder reported a couple of moths seen in Aylesbury recently:Winter moth (7), Emmelina monodactyla (3), and tonight (Christmas Eve) I had a Parsnip moth fly into my kitchen at dusk.”


~ Thursday 21st December 2006 ~


Thanks to Les Finch for sending the following report on 21st December, which shows what can turn up in a small suburban garden: “I have an interest in macro moths and have been watching the UTB site for about three years without reporting too much. Generally, I run only an actinic light in a very small suburban garden in Maidenhead, Berks, and there aren’t too many highlights. On the basis that you’ll soon be considering targets for 2007, however, I’m noting a few ‘old’ records for this year that I think will have the effect of increasing this year’s total. This may prompt you to set an even harder target for next year!”

1962   Barred Red - 4 between 9 July and 14 July

1749   Dark Spinach - 1 on 13 August (see photo below)

1679   False or Birch Mocha (id not confirmed as at 05/01/07) - 1 on 19 October (see photo below)

1795   November Moth - 1 on 29 October (genitalia checked by David White)

2165   Small Ranunculus - 10 between 14 August and 7 September (see photo below).



~ Tuesday 19th December 2006 ~


The following news was received from Mark Calway on 17th December: “A Silver-striped Hawk-moth was spotted on a shop window in High Wycombe, Bucks, on 1st December. It was photographed by the lady who found it (photo to follow).”


Dave Wilton sent this unusual sighting on 10th December: “While out and about searching for Brown Hairstreak eggs west of Arncott, Oxon, on 9th December I came across this young lady, a wingless female Winter Moth, clinging to a blackthorn stem.”


Following on from Alastair Driver’s unusually late record (click here to go to the report) of a Small Dusty Wave at his light trap on 4th December, Peter Hall provided the following emergence chart of the Small Dusty Wave in Bucks (week 40 is early October):


~ Friday 08th December 2006 ~


Dave Maunder sent the following recent sightings on 6th December:Winter Moths (3), Emmelina monodactyla (5) and a Feathered Thorn on 29th November. Also I've found a good (?) colony of Harlequin Ladybirds on a fence in Fowler Road, Aylesbury, and a few more in Ardenham Lane up in the town centre, which were interesting to see - 7 larvae, 16 pupae and 38 adults, all on 25th November - the first I've come across in Aylesbury!”

[The Harlequin Ladybird arrived in Britain in 2004 and is being surveyed to see what impact this invasive Ladybird has on our native species. You can read all about it on the following website:]


Alastair Driver sent this email on 5th December from Sonning, Berks: “Took a Small Dusty Wave at light last night, 4th December. Not had one before at this time of year. Is this unusual, or are we getting extra broods of certain species this year due to mild weather?”

[Martin Harvey replies: “The latest record on the Berks database is 29 September (2004), so this is a very late record. There have been quite a lot of late appearances of various species this year, with what looks like second and third broods for some.” Peter Hall adds that there have been some late records and extra generations in Bucks as well.]


~ Sunday 26th November 2006 ~


On Friday morning, 24th November, Jan Haseler photographed a Scarce Umber on an exterior wall at Shinfield Park near Reading. “I've seen Feathered Thorn and Mottled Umber on the same wall over the last few weeks.”


~ Friday 17th November 2006 ~


14th November - Dave Maunder has recorded a few more moths around Aylesbury recently: Blair’s Shoulder-knot (1); Feathered Thorn (2); Emmelina monodactyla (4), and Chestnut Moth (1, on 14th).


14th November - Dave Wilton reports that he is still running his moth trap at Westcott on suitable nights: “The number of moths caught has now dwindled to almost nothing. On 7th November I did reasonably well, with Winter Moth (1), Sprawler (2), Satellite (3), Chestnut (1), Dark Chestnut (1), Red-line Quaker (1), Yellow-line Quaker (1) and micros Rusty-dot Pearl/Udea ferrugalis (2), Emmelina monodactyla (2), but on 11th November all I got were Sprawler (2) and Yellow-line Quaker (1). It was a similar story on 13th November - which was as good as it gets weather-wise with a low of 10 degrees Celsius, light winds and cloud cover all night - but the only moths brought in were Sprawler (3) and Chestnut (1).”


~ Tuesday 7th November 2006 ~


Martin Harvey reported a new moth for Bucks on 6th November: “On 31st October I opened my fridge and found a small moth sitting inside, and for once it wasn't one that I'd put there myself! It turned out to be a Leek Moth (Acrolepiopsis assectella). On the continent this is a pest of leeks and onions, but it is relatively scarce in the UK, and Martin Albertini tells me it is the first record for Bucks. Two more subsequently emerged, and I've also found an empty cocoon on the base of one of the organic onions in the fridge. Not certain where the onions originated from. I await to see whether the organic suppliers will start using this in their advertising – ‘Buy organic and you too could find a new moth!’”


~ Wednesday 1st November 2006 ~


Ched George recorded his first December Moth of the season last night, 31st October, in Radnage.


31st October - David Redhead ran a garden moth trap Sunday/Monday night with the following results:

“46 November/Pale November Moth, 2 Rush Veneer, 1 Red-line Quaker, 1 Yellow-line Quaker, I Large Wainscot, 1 Satellite, 1 Dark Sword-grass and, surprisingly, 1 Mother of Pearl. The Yellow-line Quaker was my first of the year and the Satellite was an addition to my garden list.”


Dave Maunder sent the following on 29th October: “Moths seen around Aylesbury since 22nd are: Large Wainscot (1); Green-brindled Crescent (1); Feathered Thorn (3); November Moth sp. (2); Emmelina monodactyla (3); and a Silver-Y larva (fully grown).”


On Sunday morning, 29th October, Tony Croft found a moth on his front door in Long Crendon, Bucks: “After much searching through the book we decided it was a Sprawler (see photo below).”


27th October - Dave Wilton reports that things are beginning to tail off on the moth front now: “27th October was overcast and a mild 13 degrees here at Westcott but the trap only brought in 25 moths from 16 species, one of them being my first Mottled Umber of the season - a sure sign that winter is nearly here! The full list comprised:

Epiphyas postvittana/Light Brown Apple Moth (1), Acleris variegana/Garden Rose Tortrix (1), Udea ferrugalis/Rusty-dot Pearl (1), Nomophila noctuella/Rush Veneer (1), Red-green Carpet (1), November Moth agg (4), Feathered Thorn (4), Mottled Umber (1), Large Yellow Underwing (1), Sprawler (1), Chestnut (1), Dark Chestnut (1), Red-line Quaker (2), Yellow-line Quaker (2), Barred Sallow (1) and Silver-Y (2).”


Adam Bassett sent the following sighting on 27th October: “I've just been watching a Hummingbird Hawk-moth feeding on Bizzie Lizzies in my garden in Marlow Bottom, Bucks, this afternoon, which is the first sighting I've had of this species for a few weeks. Also, I have some old micro records that have been confirmed by Peter Hall that do not appear to be on the UTB 2006 list:”

July 7th - Argyresthia albistria (probable)

July 15th - Dichomeris marginella

July 30th - Caloptilia semifascia.


~ Thursday 26th October 2006 ~


22nd October - Ched George recorded a Gem in his Radnage garden MV trap overnight on 21st October.


22nd October - Dave Maunder reported some more moths seen in Aylesbury since Monday 16th October: Blair’s Shoulder-knot (4); Grey Shoulder-knot (1); Angle Shades (2); Merveille du Jour (1); Sallow (1); Large Ranunculus (1); November Moth agg. (4); Emmelima monodactyla (5); Ambyptilia acanthadactyla (1).


~ Thursday 19th October 2006 ~


Dave Wilton ran his moth trap at Westcott again on 17th & 18th October: “With a warm southerly airstream established over the UK, the nights of 17th and 18th October looked promising for interesting migrants. What did I get at Westcott?  None at all! A combined list for the two nights now follows: Lozotaeniodes formosanus (1), Emmelina monodactyla (3), Red-green Carpet (3), Common Marbled Carpet (1), November Moth agg. (6), Feathered Thorn (5), Figure of Eight (2), Setaceous Hebrew Character (1), Common Wainscot (1), The Sprawler (1), Black Rustic (5), Blair's Shoulder-knot (9), Green-brindled Crescent (13), Merveille du Jour (3), Satellite (4), Chestnut (1), Dark Chestnut (8), Dotted Chestnut (1), Brick (1), Red-line Quaker (9), Yellow-line Quaker (5), Beaded Chestnut (6), Lunar Underwing (1), Sallow (5), Angle Shades (3), Large Wainscot (1), Silver Y (3) & Beautiful Hook-tip (1). The best of the bunch was the single "Notable B list" Dotted Chestnut on the 18th, another new species for my garden.”


Keith Mitchell had a new micro in his Stoke Goldington garden last weekend, 14th/15th October: “I was initially confused over the name. The number is 874, but it is apparently known both as Blastobasis decolorella and Blastobasis lacticolella. I notice that both names are listed in the UTB species list for 2006. Does this mean that the 2006 list should actually be one less in number?”

[Keith is correct. Martin Harvey has confirmed that the Blastobasis moths have all swapped names fairly recently. The moth formerly known as Blastobasis decolorella (no. 874) is now B. lacticolella. The moth formerly known as Blastobasis lignea (no. 873) is now B. adustella. The UTB Species list for 2006 has been adjusted accordingly.]


Dave Maunder reported the following moths in Aylesbury on 15th October: “A few more sightings today were:- Blair’s Shoulder-knot (4), Lunar Underwing (1) and November moth agg. (3).”


~ Saturday 14th October 2006 ~


On 14th October Dave Maunder sent the following list of moths seen around Aylesbury recently:- Angle Shades (1); Rosy Rustic (1); Grey Shoulder-knot (1); Chestnut (1); Silver-Y (1); Large Yellow Underwing (1); Snout (1); Feathered Thorn (1); November moth agg. (2 - 1st on 13th); Many Plume moth (1); Emmelina monodactyla (6).


Tony Towner sent the following moth records through on 12th October:

National Moth Night 2006 – 23rd September, found in my garden trap at Tilehurst - Shuttle-shaped Dart (2), Common Marbled Carpet (1), Square Spot Rustic (3), Epiphyas Postvittana (8).

7th October, again in my garden trap - Black Rustic (1), Brindled Green (1), Nomophila Noctuella (1), Epiphyas Postvittana (2), Amblyptilia Acanthadactyla (1), Chestnut (1), Lunar Underwing (1).

I have also noted the Hummingbird Hawk-moth in the garden on the following dates: 28/07/06, 21/08/06, 26/08/06 and 19/09/06.”


On 7th October Dave Wilton’s garden trap at Westcott brought in around 30 moths of 12 species: “The Brick was the only addition to my list for the year. A bright "harvest moon" and the temperature dropping to 8 degrees conspired to make this a poor showing. Things were completely different on the 9th October, though, when a warm, wet night brought in the following species: Blood-vein, Red-green Carpet, Common Marbled Carpet, November Moth sp., Large Yellow Underwing, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Black Rustic, Blair's Shoulder-knot, Green-brindled Cresent, Brindled Green, Chestnut, Dark Chestnut, Brick, Red-line Quaker, Beaded Chestnut, Lunar Underwing, Barred Sallow, Pink-barred Sallow, Sallow, Oak Nycteoline, Burnished Brass, Silver Y, Beautiful Hook-tip & Straw Dot, while the micros included Acrolepia autumnitella (this moth is only 6mm from nose to tail), Agonopterix heracleana, Acleris variegana/Garden Rose Tortrix, Udea ferrugalis/Rusty-dot Pearl, Nomophila noctuella/Rush Veneer, Pleuroptya ruralis/Mother of Pearl (my first for over a month, so presumably another generation), Hypsopygia costalis/Gold Triangle and Emmelina monodactyla. The Oak Nycteoline (see photo below) was a new addition to my all-time garden list. Having released these moths about a mile away from the house I decided to run the trap again on the 10th October, which was another warm, wet night. It produced a similar quantity of species but a dozen of them were different to the previous night. The additions comprised Swallow-tailed Moth, Feathered Thorn, Hummingbird Hawk-moth, Merveille du Jour, Yellow-line Quaker, Dusky-lemon Sallow, Rosy Rustic, Large Wainscot, Snout and micros Plutella xylostella/Diamond-back Moth, Blastobasis lacticolella (formerly B.decolorella), Orthopygia glaucinalis. The Hummingbird Hawk-moth is, I believe, the first I've ever had to light although they've been making almost daily appearances in the garden since June.”


~ Saturday 7th October 2006 ~


7th October - A few sightings around Aylesbury by Dave Maunder last week included:- Hummingbird Hawk-moth (1, on 1st); Frosted Orange (1); Large Yellow Underwing (1); Lunar Underwings (3); Swallow-tailed moth (1 - an unusually late 2nd brood specimen on 4th!); Feathered Thorns (2); Sallow (1); Large Ranunculus (1); Grey Shoulder-knot (1).


30/9 - Thanks to Peter Hall for producing the following up-to-date graph of the UTB Cumulative Moth Species Total:


Dave Wilton has had another list of moth IDs confirmed by Peter Hall: “The list includes two more moths from my garden in Westcott which are additional to the UTB list - Deltaornix Torquillella (from 20th August) and the plume Ovendenia lienigianus (from 10th August - that'll teach me to look more closely at all brown plumes in my garden and not just assume they are E.monodactyla as I usually do!). There are some others on Peter's list which I've not heard of before and are certainly new for my garden, including Eudonia truncicolella, Cochylis atricapitana & Cochylimorpha straminea, but unfortunately someone else has already added them to the UTB web-site list!”


Dave Wilton also sent this report for 2nd October: “Even though the temperature dropped to 6°C overnight on Monday night, resulting in lower overall numbers, the trap at Westcott still brought in an interesting selection of moths. They included Feathered Thorn and Merveille du Jour, both new to my garden list this year, plus Bulrush Wainscot which is yet another completely new species for me. The full list comprised Garden Carpet (1), Red-green Carpet (2), Common Marbled Carpet (1),  Feathered Thorn (2), Turnip (1), Large Yellow Underwing (8), Lesser Yellow Underwing (2), Setaceous Hebrew Character (2), Common Wainscot (1), Deep-brown Dart (1), Black Rustic (8), Blair’s Shoulder-knot (3), Green-brindled Crescent (2), Merveille du Jour (1), Satellite (1), Dark Chestnut (1), Red-line Quaker (2), Yellow-line Quaker (1), Beaded Chestnut (9), Lunar Underwing (26), Barred Sallow (1), Pink-barred Sallow (2), Sallow (8), Dusky-lemon Sallow (1), Angle Shades (5), Bulrush Wainscot (1), Silver Y (1), Beautiful Hook-tip (3) & Snout (1).  Micros included Acleris variegana/Garden Rose Tortrix (3), Nomophila noctuella/Rush Veneer (2) & Udea ferrugalis/Rusty Dot Pearl (1).”


Peter Hall’s latest results from his garden moth trap in Ballinger on 28th September:

Angle Shades; Barred Sallow; Beaded Chestnut; Beautiful Hook-tip; Black Rustic; Blair's Shoulder-knot; Bright-line Brown-eye; Brindled Green; Buff Footman; Burnished Brass; Common Marbled Carpet; Common Wainscot; Deep-brown Dart; Dusky Thorn; Grey Pine Carpet; Large Ranunculus; Large Yellow Underwing; Lesser Yellow Underwing; Lunar Underwing; Orange Sallow; Pale Mottled Willow; Pearly Underwing; Red-green Carpet; Red-line Quaker; Setaceous Hebrew Character; Silver Y; Snout; Straw Dot; Turnip and Yellow-line Quaker. Micros were: Acleris sparsana; Acleris variegana; Carcina quercana; Epiphyas postvittana; Hypsopygia costalis & Nomophila noctuella.

Peter also had a rather late pristine Buff Footman on 29th September. The graph below shows peak emergence in Week 30, which is the first week of August:


The following news was received from David Redhead: “I have just received Beryl Hulbert's reports for the Shabbington Wood transects she walked this summer. Beryl reported that the 10th June was very disappointing, in spite of the temperature being in the upper 20's and the sun shining, with just 10 Speckled Wood and 1 Common Blue recorded. However, her day was brightened up by being able to add to her report one Hummingbird Hawk-moth - first ever seen in Bernwood Forest in 35 years of recording!"


~ Wednesday 4th October 2006 ~


[Please note: Peter Hall’s report for National Moth Night covered his garden moth trap and also one he ran at Homefield Wood. The report was incorrectly posted as a single moth trap list and this has now been corrected (click here to go to the reports).]


1st October - Peter Hall passed on a sighting by Justin Lewis who saw a Hummingbird Hawk-moth in Little London, near to Wendover, on the 7th September.


Tim Watts found a very worn and faded Red Underwing on a boat tarpaulin at the Calvert sailing lake on 29/09/06.


Despite the rain, another trapping session in Dave Wilton’s garden at Westcott on Thursday 28th September brought in more than 250 moths of 41 species: “Amongst them was one very special visitor, my first Convolvulus Hawk-moth. There was nothing new for the UTB list but I did manage three new garden species for the year out of the following:

Mallow (1), Red-green Carpet (2), Common Marbled Carpet (6), Dusky Thorn (1), Willow Beauty (3), Convolvulus Hawk-moth (1), Turnip (2), Large Yellow Underwing (8), Lesser Yellow Underwing (3), Setaceous Hebrew Character (10), Square-spot Rustic (5), Common Wainscot (2), Deep-brown Dart (3), Black Rustic (36), Blair's Shoulder-knot (7), Green-brindled Crescent (2), Brindled Green (1), Red-line Quaker (1), Yellow-line Quaker (2), Beaded Chestnut (10), Lunar Underwing (99), Barred Sallow (6), Pink-barred Sallow (1), Sallow (4), Dusky-lemon Sallow (1), Angle Shades (1), Small Wainscot (1), Rosy Rustic (1), Small Mottled Willow (1), Burnished Brass (1), Beautiful Hook-tip (7), Straw Dot (2) & Snout (6). Micros comprised: Carcina quercana (2), Acleris variegana/Garden Rose Tortrix (6), Nomophila noctuella/Rush Veneer (5), Hypsopygia costalis/Gold Triangle (2), Orthopygia glaucinalis (1) and three more species yet to be determined.”

Going back in time, and with very grateful thanks to Peter Hall and his microscope, the following micro-moths from my garden can now be added to the UTB list: Hypatima rhomboidella (20th July); Parornix devoniella (3rd August); Acleris aspersana, Eulamprotes atrella (both 18th August); Dichrorampha simpliciana, (20th August); Cydia nigricana (23rd August). Peter also confirmed Lesser Common Rustic from Westcott on 30th July as well as Scoparia basistrigalis from Rushbeds Wood on 21st July."

Dave also sent the following news: “On 26th September at Westcott I got Mallow, Green-brindled Crescent, Brindled Green and the tortrix Acleris sparsana as additions to my garden list for the year.”


~ Sunday 1st October 2006 ~


National Moth Night 2006 – Jan Haseler led the very well attended moth trap event at Dinton Pastures on 23rd September. Click here to see the full report. A list of the moths recorded is shown below:

Carcina quercana  7; Clepsis consimilana  1; Light Brown Apple Moth 8; Rhomboid Tortrix 2; Calamotropha paludella  2; Eudonia angustea 1; Rush Veneer 2; Gold Triangle 1; Emmelina monodactyla 1; Small Blood-vein 1; Small Fan-footed Wave 2; Riband Wave 2; Vestal 1; Garden Carpet 1; Red-green Carpet 2; Common Marbled Carpet 21; Pine Carpet 2; Brimstone Moth 2; Feathered Thorn 1; Willow Beauty 13; Light Emerald 1; Vapourer 2; Yellow-tail 1; Turnip Moth 5; Heart and Dart 2; Shuttle-shaped Dart 7; Large Yellow Underwing 50; Lesser Yellow Underwing 25; Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 6; Setaceous Hebrew Character 9; Square-spot Rustic 33; Common Wainscot 3; Deep-brown Dart 3; Black Rustic 7; Green-brindled Crescent 1 - dark form; Brindled Green 66; Satellite 3; Chestnut 1; Brick 1; Yellow-lined Quaker 1; Brown-spot Pinion 3; Centre-barred Sallow 1; Lunar Underwing 89; Orange Sallow 4; Barred Sallow 7; Pink-barred Sallow 1; The Sallow 11; Dark/Grey Dagger agg. 2; Copper Underwing 1; Angle Shades 3; Rosy Rustic 1; Pale Mottled Willow 2; Scarce Bordered Straw 2; Silver Y 4; Herald 1; Beautiful Hook-tip 23; Snout 16; Pinion-streaked Snout 1.


On 28th September Peter Hall sent the following update of the moth traps he’s run in his Ballinger Common garden during August and September and also his two reports for National Moth Night:

14/08/06 - 23 macros & 12 micros. New to the UTB Species List for 2006 was Evergestis pallidata.

28/08/06 - 48 macros & 18 micros. New to the UTB Species List for 2006 was Pinion-streaked Snout

05/09/06 - 19 macros & 9 micros.

18/09/06 - 46 macros & 13 micros. New to the UTB Species List for 2006 were Autumnal Rustic; Dark Marbled Carpet; Tinea semifulvella & Zeiraphera isertana.


23/09/06 – National Moth Night 2006 – Peter Hall ran a moth trap in Homefield Wood in Bucks, with the following results:

Beaded Chestnut; Beautiful Hook-tip; Brimstone Moth; Brindled Green; Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing; Common Marbled Carpet; Deep-brown Dart; Dusky Thorn; Feathered Thorn; Grey Pine Carpet; Large Yellow Underwing; Lesser Yellow Underwing; Lunar Underwing; Pretty Chalk Carpet; Setaceous Hebrew Character; Silver Y; Small Fan-footed Wave; Snout; Spruce Carpet; Square-spot Rustic; Straw Dot; Willow Beauty; Agonopterix arenella; Agriphila geniculea; Blastobasis adustella; Blastobasis lacticolella; Carcina quercana; Epinotia ramella; Hypsopygia costalis; Olindia schumacherana; Phlyctaenia coronata; Spilonota ocellana and Ypsolopha parenthesella. Also a Clouded Magpie larva.


23/09/06 – National Moth Night 2006 – Peter Hall ’s garden moth trap list was as follows:

Angle Shades; Barred Sallow; Beaded Chestnut; Black Rustic; Blood-vein; Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing; Brown-spot Pinion; Common Marbled Carpet; Common Wainscot; Copper Underwing; Deep-brown Dart; Delicate; Dusky Thorn; Large Yellow Underwing; Lunar Underwing; Mallow; Pale Mottled Willow; Sallow; Setaceous Hebrew Character; Silver Y; Spruce Carpet; Square-spot Rustic; Vestal; Willow Beauty; Acleris hastiana; Acleris variegana; Celypha lacunana; Epiphyas postvittana; Hypsopygia costalis and Nomophila noctuella.


~ Wednesday 27th September 2006 ~


27th September - Dave Maunder sent his latest list of moths seen around Aylesbury recently: Angle Shades (1); Large Ranunculus (2); Turnip moth (1); Lunar Underwing (2); Large Yellow Underwing (1); Vapourer moth (1), and Emmelina monodactyla (4).


National Moth Night 2006 – Paul Bowyer led the moth trapping event at Holtspur Bottom on 23rd: “A mixture of genuine autumn moths and those from the summer which were worn out. Species identified were: Large Yellow Underwing, The Snout, August Thorn, Black Rustic, Brimstone, Lesser yellow Underwing, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Barred Sallow, Green brindled Crescent, Beautiful Hook Tip, Common Marbled Carpet, Lunar Underwing.”


National Moth Night 2006 – David Redhead reports on his NMN evening, spent at the Otmoor RSPB Reserve and also his garden moth trap in Littlemore, Oxford: ”National Moth Night was a bit special for me. Having set my garden moth trap running I went over to the joint BENHS/UTB meeting at the Otmoor RSPB Reserve. Paul Waring, Richard Lewington and Mike Taylor were running 4 traps between them and by the time I left, at midnight, they had already attracted a good haul. Two of the target Large Wainscot had already arrived by then and I understand that the numbers increased considerably overnight. However, the really special ones for me were the two Figure of Eight as I had never seen the adult but have found the larvae in the past on the neighbouring MoD land. Although common a Brindled Green and a Deep-brown Dart were also additions to my UK list. Back home the next day my UK list increased by a further two when I identified a Brick and a Brown-spot Pinion in my garden catch. The remainder of the catch was: Snout 16, Lunar Underwing 12 (6 dark form, 6 light form), Large Yellow Underwing 8, Sallow 6 (5 dark form, 1 light form), Beautiful Hook-tip 5, Black Rustic 5, Lesser Yellow Underwing 4, Beaded Chestnut 3, Setaceous Hebrew Character 3, Square-spot Rustic 3, Angle Shades 2, Dusky Thorn 2 and singletons of Barred Sallow, Blair's Shoulder-knot, Blood-vein, Frosted Orange, Mother of Pearl, Pink-barred Sallow, Rosy Rustic, Rush Veneer, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Willow Beauty & Yellow-tail (plus a couple of unidentified micros)."


National Moth Night 2006 – Martin Harvey led the event at Wendover Woods on 23rd, with one MV light over sheet, plus wine-ropes.

Moths at MV light: Ypsolopha parenthesella  1; Dusky Thorn (Ennomos fuscantaria)  3; Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba)  1; Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes)  2; Square-spot Rustic (Xestia xanthographa)  1; Lunar Underwing (Omphaloscelis lunosa)  10; Orange Sallow (Xanthia citrago)  1; Barred Sallow (Xanthia aurago)  4; Snout (Hypena proboscidalis)  1. Moths at wine-rope: Spruce Carpet (Thera britannica)  3; Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba)  2; Deep-brown Dart (Aporophyla lutulenta)  1; Brindled Green (Dryobotodes eremita)  1; Copper Underwing (Amphipyra pyramidea)  1; Svensson's Copper Underwing (Amphipyra berbera)  1. Additional moths found on Martin’s windows at home in Great Kimble were: Parsnip Moth (Depressaria heraclei)  1; Large Ranunculus (Polymixis flavicincta)  1 and Lunar Underwing (Omphaloscelis lunosa)  10.


~ Monday 25th September 2006 ~


Tim Watts sent this interesting news from Whitchurch in Bucks today, Sunday 24th: “Archie Wright, aged 11, took me to see a resting moth in next door’s garden. I was amazed to see a huge moth on a decorative lantern. I’m pretty confident it’s a Convolvulus although it’s the first I’ve ever seen that’s for sure!”


On Sunday 24th at Eythrope, Dave Maunder found Angle Shades (1), and a Vapourer Moth while out looking for butterflies.


National Moth Night 2006 - Derek Brown ran the trap overnight (23rd) in Beenham and despite the rain that came in the morning managed the following.

Large Yellow Underwing 6; Black Rustic 7; Lunar Underwing 6; Square Spot Rustic 2; Setaceous Hebrew Character 4; Brimstone 1; Large Ranunculus 2; Small Blood Vein 1; Common Marbled Carpet 3; Burnished Brass 4; Mallow 2; Snout 1; Grey Pine Carpet 1; Angle Shades 1; Willow Beauty 1; Beaded Chestnut 1; Shuttle Shaped Dart 1.


National Moth Night 2006 - In ideal conditions Dave Wilton’s 125w MV trap at Westcott managed to draw in nearly 700 moths from over 40 species on 23rd September: “Well over half the total was from just one species, the Lunar Underwing! The full list of macros follows:

Blood-vein (3), Vestal (2), Common Marbled Carpet (1), Dusky Thorn (5), Willow Beauty (1), Short-cloaked Moth (1), Turnip Moth (1), Shuttle-shaped Dart (1), Large Yellow Underwing (22), Lesser Yellow Underwing (5), Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (3), Setaceous Hebrew Character (23), Square-spot Rustic (17), Common Wainscot (11), Deep-brown Dart (19), Black Rustic (56), Blair's Shoulder-knot (2), Red-line Quaker (1), Yellow-line Quaker (1), Beaded Chestnut (15), Lunar Underwing (434), Pink-barred Sallow (2), Sallow (2), Dusky-lemon Sallow (3), Copper Underwing (1), Angle Shades (6), Rosy Rustic (1), Frosted Orange (1), Vine's Rustic (1), Pale Mottled Willow (3), Burnished Brass (8), Silver Y (1), Beautiful Hook-tip (5), Straw Dot (2) & Snout (4). Micros confirmed so far include: Carcina quercana (1), Archips podana/Large Fruit-tree Tortrix (2), Acleris variegana/Garden Rose Tortrix (8), Nomophila noctuella/Rush Veneer (2), Hypsopygia costalis/Gold Triangle (2) & Orthopygia glaucinalis (1) with several more still to be identified. While the pair of Vestals was nice, perhaps the biggest surprise was the pristine Short-cloaked Moth, suggestive of yet another species having an unexpected additional generation this year.”


National Moth Night 2006 - saw the best ever Autumn catch for Keith Mitchell in Stoke Goldington on 23rd, despite the heavy rain in the morning, with 393 moths of 32 species. “Garden firsts included 2 magnificent Merveille du Jour, 2 Scarce Bordered Straw, Deep-brown Dart and the second Vestal in a week (different individual to the last week-end. Full list as follows:

Angle Shades (2); Barred Sallow; Beaded Chestnut; Beautiful Hook-tip (a very small fresh individual - is it late for this sp?); Black Rustic (54); Blair's Shoulder-knot (2); Brindled Green; Brown-spot Pinion; Burnished Brass (juncta); Common Wainscot (29); Deep-brown Dart; Dusky Thorn; Frosted Orange; Large Ranunculus (2); Large Yellow Underwing (31); Lesser Yellow Underwing; Light-brown Apple Moth; Lunar Undewrwing (207); Mallow; Merveille du Jour (2); Pale Mottled Willow; Pyrausta aurata; Rosy Rustic; Satellite; Scarce Bordered Straw (2); Setaceous Hebrew Character (15); Shuttle-shaped Dart; Small Wainscot; Snout; Square-spot Rustic; The Vestal and Vine's Rustic (10).


Keith Mitchell sent the following report on 22nd September: “I've finally managed to trap some moths in my garden in Stoke Goldington, having spent a lot of time working in Bristol. The following is a list of the moths trapped on 16th September, on a perfect night. Highlights included Vestal and Brown-spot Pinion. Full list follows:

Agapeta hamana (2); Angle Shades; Barred Sallow; Beaded Chestnut (4); Black Rustic (14); Brimstone Moth; Brindled Green (2); Brown-spot Pinion (2), Burnished Brass; Centre-barred Sallow; Common Wainscot (57); Flounced Rustic (1); Gold Triangle; Heart and Dart; Large Fruit-tree Tortrix (female); Large Yellow Underwing (19); Lesser Yellow Underwing (14); Light-brown Apple Moth; Lunar Underwing (121 - a garden record); Pale Mottled Willow; Rosy Rustic; Setaceous Hebrew Character (23); Small Blood-vein (2); The Spectacle; Square-spot Rustic (8); The Vestal; Vine's Rustic (5).”


Ched George says he had only 15 species in last night's trap (22nd September) but it included a typical Green Brindled Crescent, Turnip, Dark Sword-grass, Vestal, Large Ranunculus and 175 Lunar Underwings.


Derek Brown sent the photos below of Brindled Green and Oak Lutestring, both from his moth trap of 16th September (click here to go to the report). [Apologies to Derek for omitting to show the Brindled Green as a new UTB 2006 species in his earlier report.]


~ Wednesday 20th September 2006 ~


On 19th September Dave Maunder sent the following list of moths seen around Aylesbury recently:Orange Swift (1); Angle Shades (1); Dusky Thorn (1); Old Lady Moth (1, on 14th); Square-Spot Rustic (4); Flounced Rustic (1); Lunar Underwing (1 - my first of year on 16th); Marbled Beauty (1, On 14th); Large Yellow Underwing (2); Lesser Yellow Underwing (2); Small Dusty Wave (2); Small Blood-Vein (1); Snout (1); Vapourer Moth (4 - All On 17th); Silver Y (1); Common Wainscot (2), and Common Marbled Carpet (1).”


On 17th September Ched George had an unusual mix of moth species in his trap for the time of year: “Last night, 17th, I recorded at MV in Radnage, Bucks, a fresh Small Emerald, a Feathered Thorn, my first Beaded Chestnut of the year, Brown-spot Pinion and Large Ranunculus.”


Danny Howard ran the light trap in his garden in Cowley, Oxford, for a few hours on Saturday evening, 17th September: “I’ve just returned from two weeks holiday in the Auvergne where I saw lots of great butterflies and 100s of Hummmingbird Hawks! Interesting species in the light trap for me included a Frosted Orange, a Black Rustic and a Red Underwing (the first I have had come to light - used to see them all the time during the day on my dad's garden shed in Wiltshire). Also the usual Brimstones, Large and Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, Setaceous Hebrew Characters, a couple of September Thorns and dozens of crane flies... many of which started to mate once they had settled on the sheet! On Sunday 18th I saw my first UK Hummingbird Hawk of the year feeding on next door’s Buddleia.”


Derek Brown sent the following report on 17th September: “Last night (16th Sept) proved to be a somewhat better moth night than recently. Several new species seen including some that may be new for the UTB year list: Large Yellow Underwing, Spruce Carpet, Grey Pine Carpet, Centre-barred Sallow, Brown-spot Pinion, Oak Lutestring, Black Rustic, Burnished Brass, Lunar Underwing, Rosy Rustic, Copper Underwing, Feathered Gothic, Brindled Green, Beautiful Hook-Tip, Small Dusty Wave, Willow Beauty, Pale Mottled Willow, Brimstone, Common Marbled Carpet, Flounced Rustic, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Snout, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing. Also, Hummingbird Hawk-moths on 3rd and 17th September.


Susan Nicholls reports on the moths she trapped in Caversham overnight on 16th September: “Never have I come across such a noisy moth trap as mine at 5am this morning - it was bedlam! The cause was a "mob" of Yellow Underwings in all shapes and sizes (see list), who were so badly behaved, I couldn't pot them up. In the end, I gave up and had to guesstimate their numbers. I am so out of practice, it took me three goes to put the Vestal into a pot and most of the Willow Beauties escaped, only to land on me before being captured. I did think I had a caterpillar in the trap as well, but on closer examination, it turned out to be the body only of a Crane Fly! The final list was:

Orange Swift 1, Small Blood-vein 2, Vestal 1, Garden Carpet 1, Common Marbled Carpet 2, Brimstone Moth 1, Dusky Thorn 1, Willow Beauty 6, Large Yellow Underwing 25+, Lesser Yellow Underwing 25+, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1, Setaceous Hebrew Character 5, Square-spot Rustic 12, Centre-barred Sallow 1, Angle Shades 1, Vine's Rustic 5, Pale Mottled Willow 10, Snout 4.”


David Redhead found a Large Wainscot roosting on his landing on the morning of 14th September. Then on 16th September he ran his first moth trap for five weeks: “It produced 3 new macro species for my 2006 garden light trap list - Large Wainscot (2), Bulrush Wainscot (1) and Sallow (1). Also a good number of second generation - Snout (18), Burnished Brass (3), Turnip (3) and singletons of Common Marbled Carpet, Common Wainscot, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Small Blood-vein, Spectacle, Treble Brown Spot and Vine's Rustic. I presume a very fresh Angle Shades was also second generation rather than an immigrant and a fresh Brimstone was third generation. Other macros were Large Yellow Underwing (10), Dusky Thorn (5), Square-spot Rustic (5), Lesser Yellow Underwing (3), Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (2) and Copper Underwing (2) making 21 species and 68 individuals.

Also three pyralids - another 10 Mother of Pearl making my year's count for this species nearly 900 and I am sure if I had not missed the last few weeks the count would have been into 4 figures. Two "tired" looking Orthopygia glaucinalis (also a first for my garden this year) and three fresh looking Gold Triangle. The books say both these latter species are single-brooded and give the flight period as July & August. My previous seven Gold Triangle this year were actually caught in three consecutive traps between 24th June and 8th July with four subsequent traps producing a nil return - so this year was there an early first emergence and are we now experiencing an unusual second generation?”


~ Monday 18th September 2006 ~


Dave Wilton sent the following moth reports during the last week:

“16th September : One of our buddleias grows up through a large patch of honeysuckle. The few remaining blooms on it are best viewed from an upstairs bedroom window and while idly watching yet another Hummingbird Hawk-moth working its way around the flowers today I noticed another moth appear and join in. It turned out not to be a Silver Y as expected but my fourth Scarce Bordered Straw of recent weeks and the first male to be seen here at Westcott. It just goes to show that you don't have to have a light trap to see these migrant moths - keep watching those buddleias! Sorry it's not the best of pictures but I couldn't get any closer without falling out of the window!


14th September : Once I'd waded through the hordes of Crane-flies to find the moths, my next trapping session at Westcott on 14th September added Figure of Eight, Beaded Chestnut, Orange Sallow, Dusky-lemon Sallow and Dark Spectacle to my garden list for this year. Migrants that night comprised Scarce-bordered Straw (1, my third recent example), Nomophila noctuella/Rush Veneer (6) and Plutella xylostella/Diamond-back Moth (1).

The moth trap at Westcott on 12th September brought in 400+ moths including Vestal, Deep-brown Dart and Barred Sallow which were new for my garden this year. The full list comprised: Vestal (1), Small Blood-vein (4), Small Dusty Wave (3), Common Carpet (1), Common Marbled Carpet (2), Green Carpet (1), Brimstone Moth (5), Lilac Beauty (2), Canary-shouldered Thorn (1), Dusky Thorn (7), Turnip Moth (1), Heart & Dart (1), Flame Shoulder (1), Large Yellow Underwing (31), Lesser Yellow Underwing (8), Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (2), Setaceous Hebrew Character (33), Square-spot Rustic (185), Feathered Gothic (1), Common Wainscot (36), Deep-brown Dart (1), Black Rustic (9), Centre-barred Sallow (8), Lunar Underwing (13), Barred Sallow (1), Sallow (3), Copper Underwing (1), Angle Shades (2), Flounced Rustic (1), Frosted Orange (3), Vine’s Rustic (1), Mottled Rustic (1), Pale Mottled Willow (1), Burnished Brass (2), Silver-Y (1), Beautiful Hook-tip (1) & Snout (8). Micros included Acleris variegana/Garden Rose Tortrix (1), Catoptria falsella (1), Celypha lacunana (12), Emmelina monodactyla (1), Eudonia mercurella (3), Euzophera pinguis (1), Hypsopygia costalis/Gold Triangle (4), Nomophila noctuella/Rush Veneer (2), Udea ferrugalis/Rusty Dot Pearl (1) and several more still requiring identification. The Mottled Rustic and Beautiful Hook-tip were both in excellent condition and looked to be newly-emerged. The latter species is not mentioned in the text books as having an autumn brood and neither is the Single-dotted Wave, a single pristine example of which came to our kitchen window a few nights earlier.”


David Redhead recorded another Hummingbird Hawk-moth nectaring on a buddleia in his garden on 12th September.


12th September - Dave Maunder sent the following records of moths seen in the Aylesbury area recently:Hummingbird Hawk-moth (1, in my garden); Small Dusty Wave (8); Yellow Shell (1); Small Blood-Vein (1); Brimstone Moth (2); Garden Carpet (1); Buff-Tip larvae (30+); Dot Moth Larva (1); Square-Spot Rustic (6); Silver-Y (1); Orange Swift (1); Red Underwing (1); Large Yellow Underwing (4); Lesser Yellow Underwing (2); Willow Beauty (3); Centre-Barred Sallow (1); Flounced Rustic (1).


12th September - Shirley & John Spencer sent these recent moth records:

Sept. 4th - Light Box - September Thorn, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Large Yellow Underwing, Oak Hook-tip, Centre-barred Sallow, Common Wainscot, Flounced Rustic, Square-spot Rustic, Brimstone Moth, Garden Pebble, Grey Pine Carpet, Large Ranunculus.

Sept 7th  - Wine Roping - Old Lady, Snout, Common Wainscot. “Old Lady came to wine ropes last year, but never comes to the light box.”


Some early September moth trapping sessions by Dave Wilton in his garden at Westcott brought in the following new arrivals:Feathered Gothic & Frosted Orange (both 2nd September); Lunar Underwing & Rosy Rustic (both 4th September); Black Rustic, Old Lady & Pearly Underwing (all 6th September). The last two were both completely new to the garden, taking my macro species total past the 300 mark in just 17 months of trapping here. The micro-moths are trailing behind at a little under half that total so I'm obviously going to have to work harder on them in future.”


~ Sunday 10th September 2006 ~


On a very warm & sunny visit to Waterperry Gardens, Oxon, on 9th September, Dave Maunder saw another Hummingbird Hawk-moth.


After a long break for a holiday in Australia, Susan Nicholls set up her moth trap again on 8th September: “Rather than leaving it overnight as I usually do, I only ran it from 8pm to 11.30pm. There were only 9 species, but the Dusky Thorn was new for the garden.

Brimstone Moth 2, Dusky Thorn 2, Large Yellow Underwing 5, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2, Setaceous Hebrew Character 2, Square-spot Rustic 13, Old Lady 1, Vine's Rustic 1, Snout 3.”


4th September - Shirley & John Spencer sent their latest identified moths from Riseley, Berkshire:

Aug 22   Dusking - Marbled Beauty, Yellow Shell, Brimstone Moth

Aug 28   Light Box - Large Yellow Underwing, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Common Wainscot, Swallow Prominent, Rosy Rustic, Flounced Rustic, Centre-barred Sallow, Square-spot Rustic, Heart and Dart.

Aug 30   Dusking - Garden Pebble

Aug 31   Disturbed while hedge-cutting - Snout


Tim Watts reports a Red Underwing flying around his garden in Whitchurch on the afternoon of 3rd September. “Also, Hummingbird Hawk-moth sightings in our garden virtually daily, throughout summer. Colleen saw one at 6:15am today and again at dusk.”


Dave Maunder sent the following news on 4th September: “On Saturday 2nd I saw my eleventh Hummingbird Hawk-moth in my garden in Aylesbury, battling in high winds to attempt to feed on my Verbena flowers at 6.30pm! A couple more moths seen today were:- Dotted Rustic (1), Flounced Rustic (2); Square-Spot Rustic (2); Common Wainscot (1); Large Yellow Underwing (2); Brimstone Moth (1); Orange Swift (1).”


~ Saturday 2nd September 2006 ~


On 2nd September Dave Maunder sent the following list of moths he’s seen recently in Aylesbury: Old Lady (1); Yellow tail (1); Flounced Rustic (1); Square-spot Rustic (1); Dusky Thorn (1); Buff-tip larvae (30+) - near Wilstone reservoir; Vapourer moth (1).


Dave Wilton says he was quite pleased with his moth trap results at Westcott overnight on 31st August, considering the time of year: “The Robinson brought in 440 moths of 56 species, with Sallow, Orange Sallow and the very strange pyralid Galleria mellonella/Wax Moth being new to my garden list this year. I also got several migrants, including Scarce Bordered Straw, Diamond-back Moth, Rusty Dot Pearl and Rush Veneer. I've sent a picture of the Scarce Bordered Straw (see below) because it looks quite different from the last one I got a couple of weeks ago. The full trap list was as follows:

Orange Swift (1), Pale Eggar (1), Chinese Character (1), Maiden's Blush (1), Blood-vein (3), Garden Carpet (1), Common Carpet (2), Yellow Shell (1), Common Marbled Carpet (1), Green Carpet (1), Brimstone Moth (6), Canary-shouldered Thorn (2), Dusky Thorn (3), Common Wave (2), Heart & Dart (4), Flame Shoulder (4), Large Yellow Underwing (102), Lesser Yellow Underwing (14), Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (5), Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (4), Small Square-spot (7), Setaceous Hebrew Character (53), Square-spot Rustic (60), Common Wainscot (58), Centre-barred Sallow (10), Orange Sallow (1), Sallow (1), Copper Underwing (1), Straw Underwing (1), Angle Shades (2), Dark Arches (1), Flounced Rustic (5), Vine's Rustic (17), Pale Mottled Willow (4), Scarce Bordered Straw (1), Burnished Brass (1), Silver-Y (3), Red Underwing (1), Straw Dot (2) & Snout (4). Micros comprised Plutella xylostella/Diamond-back Moth (1), Agonopterix arenella (1), Aethes smeathmanniana (1), Archips podana/Large Fruit-tree Tortrix (3), Acleris variegana/Garden Rose Tortrix (2), Celypha lacunana (6), Agriphila tristella (17), Catoptria falsella (4), Udea ferrugalis/Rusty Dot Pearl (5), Nomophila noctuella/Rush Veneer (1), Hypsopygia costalis/Gold Triangle (1), Galleria mellonella/Wax Moth (1) and a handful more still needing to be identified. As well as the usual selection of ichneumon wasps, flies and small beetles, this time I got a Red-legged Shieldbug (Pentatoma rufipes) and my second Lesser Stag Beetle (Dorcus parallelopipendus) of the year.”


Mike Collard has also been getting visits by Hummingbird Hawk-moths recently and sent this news on 30th August: “For the past three days we have had 2 Hummingbird Hawk-moths on our buddleia (see photo at top of page), together with Painted Lady and Red Admiral. Last night one of the Hummingbird Hawk-moths flew into our garage and decided to roost on my old ski bag hanging quite high up.”


On 30th August Gary Randall sent the photo below of the micro Carcina quercana, found in Warren Wood (SU792646), Finchampstead, Berks.


Chris Brown went to Crowsley Park Wood on 29th August looking for end of season butterflies: “I found two Hummingbird Hawk Moths still visiting the buddleia, arriving from the deciduous forest to the north. They feed for 10 minutes or so before flying off and generally returning to feed within a similar time. Makes one wonder how long a 'full tank' lasts. Unfortunately I could not study them for longer. I thought that a third had arrived before I realised that it was a large Hornet! It was rather angry and aggressive so I backed off to watch. When it encountered one of the Hummingbird Hawks it pounced on it repeatedly. The HBHM usually flew off but came back within five seconds, seemingly accepting an angry Hornet was not worth losing a meal over. On the way back down the track a third HBHM. It was inspecting plants & green leaves and looking closely at the forest floor before settling on a piece of shed bark off the conifer trees. Finally, a fourth HBHM feeding on the bedding geraniums when I arrived back at work. 4 in one day and 2 more last week at home feeding on buddleia, makes my grand total of 15 this year.”


Adam Bassett sent this report on 30th August: “I haven't run the moth trap for a while, but here are some records from the kitchen window, all new for the garden in Marlow Bottom, Bucks:

20 Aug:    Scarce Bordered Straw (confirmed by Martin Albertini)

29 Aug:    Bordered Straw

17 Aug:    Flame Carpet

22 Aug:    Toadflax Pug


Derek and Cathy Brown had a Hummingbird Hawk-moth in their garden in Beenham, Berks, on 19th August. “Moth-wise things have stuttered a bit during August due to other commitments, but I have managed to get up to 175 spp. for the year, of which 82 are new for the garden taking our list up to 218 Macros total.”


~ Monday 28th August 2006 ~


Dave Maunder sent this report from Aylesbury today, 28th: “This evening I found a Bordered Straw feeding on my Verbena flowers - a new species for me! Other recent sightings include a Pine Hawk-moth found dead at work last week in Aylesbury - first I've ever seen in town; also my 10th Hummingbird Hawk-moth of this year in my garden, Dusky Thorn (1); Small Dusty Wave (1); Yellow Shell (2); Brimstone (2); Square-Spot Rustic (4); Red Underwing (1); Large + Lesser Yellow Underwings; Silver-Y (4); Orange Swift (7); Vapourer Moth (1); Common Wainscot (10); Flounced Rustics (2); Willow Beauty (2).


Alastair Driver had a good session with the moth trap in his Sonning garden last night 27th August (before the rain arrived !): “I caught 24 macro species, including my first for the year of Centre-barred Sallow (see photo below), Six-striped Rustic and Mouse. Svensson's Copper Underwing was a new garden record.”


On 27th August Dave Ferguson saw a Hummingbird Hawk-moth on a buddleia at Nobles Farm in Bucks.


Tom Stevenson sent the following report on 27th August: “The Benson Environmental Survey Team coupled their annual picnic with a moth trapping session under the very skilled leadership of Mike Wilkins. The catch, mainly in a Skinner Trap (125W MV) but a few using an Actinic light in the Benson garden over the night of 15th/16th August was:

Orange Swift, Carcina quercana (3), Carnation Tortrix, Light Brown Apple Moth (4), Agriphila geniculea, Mother of Pearl, Bee Moth, Lime-speck Pug, Brimstone Moth, Poplar Hawk-moth (2), Ruby Tiger (1), Turnip Moth, Shuttle-shaped Dart (8), Flame Shoulder, Large Yellow Underwing (3), Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (20), Setaceous Hebrew Character (33), Cabbage Moth, Common Wainscot (14), Old Lady,Straw Underwing (4), Flounced Rustic (8), Vine's Rustic (8), Scarce Bordered Straw (1), Spectacle (3),Straw Dot, Common Rustic (2)


Mike Mobbs went for a walk on Bradenham Hillsides on 24th August and saw 3 Hummingbird Hawk-moths.


Dave Wilton ran his garden moth trap again at Westcott overnight on 23rd August: “It was warm(ish) with drizzle and that seems to make a good combination! Numbers were up, but that was mainly thanks to Large Yellow Underwing (109), Setaceous Hebrew Character (51) and Common Wainscot (49). There was nothing very exciting apart from the first sign of autumn (Centre-barred Sallow x 3). Second-brood Eyed Hawk-moth and Knot Grass plus another Red Underwing were the best of the rest.”


~ Sunday 27th August 2006 ~


Shirley and John Spencer have been running their moth trap during August. Here are the latest identified moths from their garden in Riseley:

Aug 7th Light Box - September Thorn, Dark Arches, Dot Moth, Flounced Rustic, Poplar Hawk Moth, Mother of Pearl, Willow Beauty, Scalloped Oak, Common Wainscot

Aug 14th - Hummingbird Hawk Moth on buddleia

Aug 14th Light Box - Common Wainscot, Willow Beauty, Bordered Beauty, Common Carpet, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Flounced Rustic, Uncertain, Large Yellow Underwing

Aug 19th - Hummingbird Hawk Moth on petunia.


On 23rd August Dave Wilton had another two Hummingbird Hawk-moths in his garden in Westcott, totally oblivious to the rain!


Chris Brown went to Crowsley Park Wood on 22nd August: “Much to my delight there were 3 Hummingbird Hawk-moths on the buddleia there and I have seen another 1 on 2 separate days at home too. I guess the same ones still hanging around but that makes 9 observations in total I have seen this year.”


John Parsons, Newbury, sent the following report: “These photos were taken on Sunday 20th August at Greenham Common. The Lesser Treble-bar moth is numerous on parts of the common by day. Also found was this wonderful Emperor moth caterpillar (only one found).”


On the evening of Friday 18th August 2006, 11 people attended a joint Berkshire Moth Group / Upper Thames Butterfly Conservation Moth-Trapping Event at Padworth Common (SU6164). Following a day of heavy showers, the rain had stopped (just) when the group gathered at 20:30. With clearing skies, the temperature dropped to about 15C. Around midnight, it clouded over and began to feel a little warmer - and the rate of arrival of moths increased. In all, 61 species of moth were identified, those new to the UTB 2006 list are shown below, taking us over our UTB target for the year of 601 species. Click here for the full report, including a complete list of moth species trapped and photos. Thanks to Jan Haseler for leading this very successful event.

Agriphila latistria, The Chevron, Dotted Clay, Eudonia truncicolella, Frosted Orange, Narrow-winged Pug, Neglected Rustic, Sharp-angled Carpet.


~ Tuesday 22nd August 2006 ~


Dave Wilton has been running his garden moth trap in Westcott: “It’s a little while since I sent in a trap report from Westcott but there hasn't been much happening over the past couple of weeks, with on average about 35 macro species per session. On 10th August there were no new macros for the year. On 13th August I had Flame Carpet, Square-spot Rustic & Svensson's Copper Underwing, while on 18th August I added Six-striped Rustic and was lucky enough to get a migrant Scarce Bordered Straw, but on 20th August there were again no new macros. The full list for the 20th comprised: Orange Swift (1), Blood-vein (1), Riband Wave (1), Common Carpet (1), Yellow Shell (1), Lesser Treble-bar (1), Magpie (1), Clouded Border (1), Brimstone Moth (4), Dusky Thorn (7), Scalloped Oak (1), Willow Beauty (1), Common Wave (3), Pebble Prominent (1), Swallow Prominent (3), Dark Sword-grass (1), Flame Shoulder (5), Large Yellow Underwing (27), Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (13), Small Square-spot (6), Setaceous Hebrew Character (58), Six-striped Rustic (9), Square-spot Rustic (3), Common Wainscot (32), Svensson's Copper Underwing (1), Straw Underwing (3), Angle Shades (1), Cloaked Minor (1), Common/Lesser Common Rustic (4), Flounced Rustic (16), Vine's Rustic (19), Gold Spot (1), Silver-Y (4), Spectacle (1) & Straw Dot (7), while micros included Acleris variegana/Garden Rose Tortrix (1), Agriphila tristella (19), Catoptria falsella (3), Celypha lacunana (2), Chrysoteuchia culmella (1), Cydia pomonella/Codling Moth (1), Dichrorampha acuminatana (1), Emmelina monodactyla (2), Eudonia mercurella (1), Nephopterix angustella (1), Nomophila noctuella/Rush Veneer (10), Paraswammerdamia albicapitella (1) & Pleuroptya ruralis/Mother of Pearl (3). Since seeing my first Dusky Thorn of the year on 25th July I've now had 31 of this species in the trap, so it is doing quite well around here despite the dramatic decline nationally. Further to my update (see report of 19th August below) on Hummingbird Hawk-moths, during the daytime on 20th August we had no less than three in the garden at the same time and I saw another pair here today (21st).

Going back to July, I can now add Slender Pug, Yarrow Pug and micros Aethes francillana, Calamotropha paludella, Caloptilia stigmatella, Epiblema foenella to the UTB list, so we must be getting very close to the magic 600.”


Adam Bassett sent this news yesterday, 21st August: “I'm still seeing Hummingbird Hawks on my garden buddleia many times a day and have been for at least a month. Different sizes confirm that different moths are involved, but I have still not seen more than two at any one time.”


Dave Maunder saw his ninth Hummingbird Hawk-moth fly over his garden at dusk last night, 19th, in the pouring rain! “Also another Hummingbird Hawk on the 15th. A few other moths seen in Aylesbury recently are:- Flounced Rustic (4); Double Square-spot (1); Orange Swift (7); Feathered Gothic (1); Dark/Grey dagger agg. (1); Blood-vein (1); Dusky Thorn (2); Yellow Shell (3); Brimstone Moth (3); Gold Triangle (1); Willow Beauty (6); Angle Shades (1); Lesser Broad-border Yellow Underwing (2); Silver-Y (2); Mother of Pearl (3); Green Carpet (1).”


On 19th August Dave Wilton reported that his first garden Hummingbird Hawk-moth sighting at Westcott was on 12th June and another followed on 23rd June. From the beginning of July onwards they've been in his garden practically every day, sometimes two at once. Also, a walk along the disused railway line west of Westcott Airfield on 19th produced another two.


A report of a Scarce Bordered Straw seen on 17th August has been received (pending verification).


~ Friday 18th August 2006 ~


Peter Hall had another Hummingbird Hawk-moth in his Ballinger Common garden today, 18th August.


Alastair Driver had another moth trapping session in his garden in Sonning on 14th August: “New for my parish list was September Thorn, while Dusky Thorn and Straw Underwing were new for my garden list. Also caught my first Hornet (the real thing as opposed to the moth !)”


Ally Jackson reports seeing a Hummingbird Hawk Moth flitting around the Passionflower bush on 16th August, in her garden in Totteridge, High Wycombe. “I recognised it from when we went to Minorca a few years back.”


Tim & Colleen Watts found a Red Underwing nectaring on Buddleia in their Whitchurch garden on 16th August and Colleen managed to get these photos:


Martin Townsend ran a moth trap for Shotover Wildlife at Shotover Country Park, Oxford from 9pm to midnight on Saturday night, 12th August. It produced 62 species which included three new micros for the UTB 2006 list – Epinotia ramella, Psoricoptera gibbosella, Trachycera suavella."


14th August - news from Peter Hall that 2 more Hummingbird Hawk-moths were reported by George Tomlin, sighted in his garden in Swan Bottom on the 9th.


Tim Watts reports that on 10th August his wife Colleen returned from her morning jog with an Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar which she had rescued from the middle of a busy road! As the caterpillar was fully grown they were able to release it in their garden in Whitchurch.


~ Saturday 12th August 2006 ~


On 12th August, Dave Maunder sent records of a few more moths he’s seen around Aylesbury recently:Red Underwing (1); Udea ferrugalis (1); Orange Swift (4); Silver-Y - still good numbers around; Yellow Shell (3); Common Carpet (2); Marbled Beauty (6); Garden Pebble (1); Willow Beauty (3); Dusky Thorn (1); Dingy Footman (1); Dark/Grey Dagger agg. (2); Nut-tree Tussock (1).”


David Redhead ran his moth on 10th August: “The count for my overnight moth trap, in my garden just south of the Oxford ring road, was considerably down on previous weeks, presumably owing to the cooler weather. Just 66 moths from 25 species. The most numerous was Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing at 16. Mother of Pearl now under control at just 6 (estimated 240 a week ago). An all time addition to my garden list was Scorched Carpet plus three new species for 2006 - Flame Carpet, Flounced Rustic and Square-spot Rustic. Also fresh second generation Poplar Hawk-moth and Snout. The second generation Snout is noticeably smaller and darker than the first. One of the Poplar Hawk-moths posed unusually showing the chestnut patches on its underwings as I tried to detach it from the eggbox - often a fraught business as their feet can grip very tight. The moth trap also contained one Elasmostethus intertinctus - the Green Birch Shieldbug - identified with my recently purchased and excellent "Guide to the Shieldbugs of the British Isles".


Peter Hall ran his garden moth trap in Ballinger Common, Bucks, on 6th August: “Of interest were 2 Great Brocades, but quite a lot of people are finding these turning up this year with the recent migrations. Also a Bordered Straw and a notable Square Spotted Clay. I’ve attached a distribution map of this last one for Bucks (see below).”


The full list of moths trapped by Peter was as follows. Micros: Monopis weaverella; Yponomeuta evonymella (Bird-cherry Ermine); Ypsolopha parenthesella; Plutella xylostella (Diamond-back); Carcina quercana; Blastobasis adustella; Cochylimorpha straminea; Pandemis corylana (Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix); Pandemis heparana (Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix); Ptycholomoides aeriferanus; Acleris laterana; Acleris variegana (Garden Rose Tortrix); Acleris emargana; Celypha lacunana; Apotomis betuletana; Epinotia nisella; Rhopobota naevana (Holly Tortrix); Cydia splendana; Cydia pomonella (Codling); Alucita hexadactyla (Twenty-plume); Agriphila straminella; Agriphila tristella; Agriphila geniculea; Catoptria falsella; Evergestis forficalis (Garden Pebble); Pyrausta aurata; Nomophila noctuella (Rush Veneer); Pleuroptya ruralis (Mother of Pearl); Trachycera advenella; Euzophera pinguis and macros: Oak Hook-tip; Pebble Hook-tip; Maiden's Blush; Blood-vein; Single-dotted Wave; Riband Wave; Flame Carpet; Red Twin-spot Carpet; Common Carpet; Yellow Shell; Purple Bar; Small Phoenix; Lime-speck Pug; Yellow-barred Brindle; Brimstone Moth; Dusky Thorn; Early Thorn; Purple Thorn; Scalloped Oak; Peppered; Willow Beauty; Common Wave; Elephant Hawk; Iron Prominent; Lesser Swallow Prominent; Black Arches; Dingy Footman; Ruby Tiger; Turnip; Heart & Dart; Shuttle-shaped Dart; Flame Shoulder; Large Yellow Underwing; Lesser Yellow Underwing; Lesser Broad-border; Small Square-spot; Setaceous Hebrew Character; Square-spotted Clay; Six-striped Rustic; Square-spot Rustic; Great Brocade; Lychnis; Common Wainscot; Grey Dagger; Knot Grass; Marbled Beauty; Copper Underwing; Straw Underwing; Dun-bar; Dark Arches; Cloaked Minor; Common Rustic; Flounced Rustic; Rustic; Vine's Rustic; Bordered Straw; Nut-tree Tussock; Silver Y; Spectacle; Straw Dot and a Vapourer (seen in daytime).


~ Thursday 10th August 2006 ~


On 8th August Dave Ferguson went to Ashridge (Bucks section) and saw 2 Hummingbird Hawk-moths, one of which was feeding on a Bottlebrush Buckeye bush.


Shirley and John Spencer sent their latest records from their garden in Riseley:

“Aug. 3rd - Light Box - we identified the following: Willow Beauty (on wall adjacent to box), Spectacle, Poplar Kitten, Silver Y, Common Carpet, Lime-speck Pug, Ruby Tiger, Scalloped Oak, Uncertain.

Aug. 6th - Brimstone Moth - daytime observation.”


Adam Bassett ran moth traps in his garden in Marlow Bottom, Bucks, on 25th July, 30th July and 5th August. A total of 504 moths of 73 species. “Also, following on from the recent brief mail about a daily Hummingbird Hawk-moth in my garden (see report of 4th August), I thought you might be interested that I saw one on 5 separate occasions today feeding on the garden buddleia, so I am not sure if it is 1 local moth or whether as might be possible, several moths are involved, although I never see more than 1 at a time.”

Garden Pebble; Small Magpie; Mother of Pearl; Bee Moth; Oak Hook-tip; Barred Hook-tip; Pebble Hook-tip; Mocha; Maiden's Blush; Clay Triple-lines; Blood-vein; Small Fan-footed Wave; Single-dotted Wave; Riband Wave; Red Twin-spot Carpet; Garden Carpet; Shaded Broad-bar; Common Carpet; Yellow Shell; Small Phoenix; Small Waved Umber; Pretty Chalk Carpet; Currant Pug; White-spotted Pug; Tawny Speckled Pug; Double-striped Pug; Yellow-barred Brindle; Magpie; Scorched Carpet; Peacock; Brimstone Moth; August Thorn; Canary-shouldered Thorn; Dusky Thorn; Early Thorn; Purple Thorn; Scalloped Oak; Peppered Moth; Willow Beauty; Engrailed; Buff-tip; Iron Prominent; Lesser Swallow Prominent; Coxcomb Prominent; Maple Prominent; Yellow-tail; Black Arches; Dingy Footman; Scarce Footman; Buff Footman; Ruby Tiger; Shuttle-shaped Dart; Flame Shoulder; Large Yellow Underwing; Lesser Yellow Underwing; Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing; Setaceous Hebrew Character; Double Square-spot; Cabbage Moth; Clay; Marbled Beauty; Copper Underwing; Straw Underwing; Dun-bar; Dark Arches; Cloaked Minor; Common/Lesser Rustic agg; Ear Moth agg; Nut-tree Tussock; Silver Y; Spectacle; Straw Dot and Snout.


On Sunday 6th Dave Maunder saw a male Gypsy moth flying over a ring road near Aylesbury: “It’s the only male I've seen this year. Below is a photo of a female I found on a fence a few weeks ago.”


Peter Hall reports seeing another Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Waddesdon on Sunday 6th.


Jackie Tuckey sent this sighting on 6th August: “Tonight on my stone surround to the front door was a large moth which I have identified as being a Red Underwing.”


Dave Wilton says his garden trap at Westcott on 3rd August managed only 34 macro species (160 or so moths) because it was such a cold, clear night. “The only new species for this year's list was a Red Underwing. It was a different story on 5th August with 57 macro species (about 400 moths) and another good collection of immigrants. They comprised Small Mottled Willow (2), Rush Veneer/Nomophila noctuella (3), Rusty Dot Pearl/Udea ferrugalis and Diamondback Moth/Plutella xylostella (2) although the star of the show was a single female Great Brocade. Other new species for my garden list included Tawny-speckled Pug, Plain Pug, Yellow-barred Brindle, Gold Spot, Yponomeuta plumbella, Scoparia subfusca and Water Veneer/Acentria ephemerella.”


Peter Hall provided an update of the chart showing the monthly UTB moth species count for this year to the end of July, compared to the previous 2 years. We’re currently on schedule to reach this year’s target of 601 species in the UTB area:


~ Sunday 6th August 2006 ~


On 5th August Derek Brown sent the following report for his garden in Beenham (Berks): “I had Hummingbird Hawks on the 30th July and again on the 4th August. The former actually came into the conservatory. A new moth species for the garden last night, 4th, was a positively identified Copper Underwing.”


Alastair Driver had a good trapping session at Ali's Pond LNR in Sonning (Berks) on 5th August, catching 36 macro-species: “New for my parish records were Straw Underwing, Small Waved Umber and Dusky Thorn. Least Yellow Underwing was a new site record and new for my yearlist were Dark Sword-grass, Tawny-speckled Pug and Square-spot Rustic.”


Ched George sent this news: “I recorded a Great Brocade on the night of the 4th here in Radnage (Bucks). Quite a rarity in Bucks.”


David Redhead ran his garden moth trap in Oxford on 4th August: “It’s still catching high numbers of Mother of Pearl with an estimated 240 last night. There were also 130 macro-moths from 43 species. Bordered Beauty, Shaded Broad-bar and Yellow Shell were all new additions to my garden list. The last two are common day flying moths but infrequent visitors to moth traps. They are to be found on rough grassland near my house but I have never seen them in the garden before let alone in my moth trap. Additions to my 2006 list were Dark Sword-grass, Iron Prominent, Least Yellow Underwing, Red Underwing and Straw Underwing.”


On 4th August Jaci Beaven reports that she is noticing a large number of Silver-Y moths in her High Wycombe (Bucks) garden in the evenings on honeysuckle - difficult to count, but certainly upwards of twenty.


Adam Bassett reports that he has an almost daily appearance of a Hummingbird Hawk-moth, including one on his garden buddleia in Marlow, Bucks, on 4th August.


On Thursday 3rd August Tom Stevenson had a Hummingbird Hawk-moth in his Benson, Oxon, garden followed by two on 5th August.


~ Wednesday 2nd August 2006 ~


Dave Wilton’s last two trapping sessions at Westcott have seen moth numbers drop to more acceptable levels:On 25th July (74 macro species, 600+ moths) I added Small Phoenix, White-spotted Pug, Peacock Moth, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Dusky Thorn, Least Yellow Underwing & Straw Underwing to my garden list for the year. The most noteworthy thing that night was the number of Silver-Ys (78 counted, plus a few more escapees!). On 30th July (66 macro species, 500+ moths) I only added Flounced Rustic to my species list but it was a good night for immigrants with Dark Sword-grass (1), Small Mottled Willow (4), Silver-Y (17, including a f.gammina with a wing length of barely 12mm, the smallest I've ever seen), Plutella xylostella/Diamondback Moth (1) and Nomophila noctuella/Rush Veneer (5). Still no exotic hawk-moths here, though!”


On a visit to Coombe Hill near the monument on 30th July Dave Maunder recorded these moths: Hummingbird Hawk-moth (1); Silver-Y (5); Vapourer (3); Six-spot Burnet (30+); Pyrausta purpuralis (1).


Alastair Driver reports another good night moth trapping in his Sonning garden on Friday night (28th), catching 36 macro species. “New for my parish list was Vestal (see photo below), and firsts of the year for me were Single-dotted Wave and Chinese Character. For the last few weeks I have been catching literally thousands of these tiny micros (see photo), which Peter Hall has identified as Acentria ephemerella (Water Veneer).”


David Redhead ran two garden moth traps in the second half of July and they produced his highest two catches ever:On the 17th I caught an estimated 530 moths and 420 on the 29th but 350 and 220 respectively were one species - Mother of Pearl (Pleuroptya ruralis). Even after a night in the moth trap they are very flighty and it is impossible to count them accurately and my figures are almost certainly an under-estimate. Their larval foodplant is nettles and the large amount growing on waste land near to our garden accounts for their high numbers. You don't need a moth trap to see them as they are easily disturbed from vegetation in the day. Also examination of garden lavender, marjoram or buddleias with a torch will almost certainly lead to a sighting - they are large for a micro moth and have a slight purplish sheen reminiscent of mother of pearl. These two traps also produced three firsts for my garden list: Black Arches, Coronet and Wormwood Pug. This brings the additions to my garden list this year to 12 and takes my all time total of macros through the 250 barrier. New for my 2006 list were Canary-shouldered Thorn, Common Wave, Double Lobed, Dusky Thorn, Dwarf Cream Wave, Knot Grass, Pebble Prominent, Endrotricha flammealis, Euzophera pinguis and Pyrausta aurata.”



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