Moth Sightings - 2006 Archive - Upper Thames Branch
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This is an archive of the UTB moth sightings for May to June 2006.

Photographs have been removed to save space.



~ Friday 30th June 2006 ~


Adam Bassett recorded 122 moths when he ran his Skinner trap in Marlow Bottom on June 24th:

Green Oak Tortrix, 1; Small Magpie, 13; Udea Olivalis, 20; Bee Moth, 2; Common Emerald, 1; Maiden's Blush, 1; Clay Triple-lines, 3; Dwarf Cream Wave, 1; Treble Brown Spot, 3; Riband Wave, 2; The Phoenix, 1; Barred Yellow, 1; Foxglove Pug, 2; Scorched Carpet, 2; Brimstone Moth, 2; Swallow-tailed Moth, 3; Peppered Moth, 2; Willow Beauty, 2; Mottled Beauty, 5; The Engrailed, 1; Common White Wave, 1; Clouded Silver, 1; Light Emerald, 7; Buff-tip, 2; Lobster Moth, 1; Maple Prominent, 1; Buff Ermine, 7; Heart & Club, 4; Heart & Dart, 13; Bright-line Brown-eye, 2; The Coronet, 1; Small Angle Shades, 2; Reddish Light Arches, 1; Large Nutmeg, 1; Treble Lines, 1; The Uncertain, 4; Mottled Rustic, 1; Beautiful Golden Y, 1; The Snout, 1; The Fan-foot, 2.


Susan Nicholls sent the following report of a moth trap she ran in her Caversham garden on 24th June: “I think this is probably my most varied list so far. The Eyed Hawk-moths were wonderful to see - the eyes certainly gave me a fright when they were displayed, especially as I thought I had two Poplar Hawk-moths!

Hoplodrina species; Snout; European Corn Borer; Small Magpie (Eurrhypara hortulata); Udea olivalis; Buff Arches; Figure of Eighty; Riband Wave; Phoenix; Small Seraphim; Swallow-tailed Moth; Clouded Silver; Eyed Hawk-moth; Elephant Hawk-moth; Common Footman; Buff Ermine; Cinnabar; Heart and Club; Heart and Dart; Shuttle-shaped Dart; Flame; Large Yellow Underwing; Small Square-spot - according to the book, this is quite late; Setaceous Hebrew Character; Shears; Bright-line Brown-eye; Common Wainscot; Shoulder-striped Wainscot; Pale Pinion - according to the book, this is quite late; Poplar Grey; Dark / Grey Dagger ; Angle Shades ; Dark Arches; Marbled Minor agg.; Middle-barred Minor; Vine's Rustic; Pale Mottled Willow; Burnished Brass; Spectacle; Straw Dot.”


David Redhead’s sixth garden moth trap of the year on Friday night, 23rd, was his most successful to date with nearly 200 individuals from 58 identified species: “An addition to my garden list was the Privet Hawk Moth - this has taken about 10 years to arrive in spite of having a somewhat overgrown privet hedge along one side of the garden. New additions to my 206 list were Angle Shades, Barred Straw, Beautiful Hook-tip, Blood-vein, Blotched Emerald, Buff Arches, Double Square-spot, Drinker, Elephant Hawkmoth, Gold Triangle, Heart & Club, Light Arches, Maiden's Blush, Mottled Beauty, Light emerald, Mottled Rustic, Peppered Moth, Round-winged Muslin, Small Angle Shades, Small Emerald, Small Seraphim, Spectacle and Bird-Cherry Ermine.

On Friday 23rd I was looking for butterflies near Weston-on-the-Green when I noticed a small carpet moth flying over the brambles in front of the blackthorn. I immediately became excited as I thought it was something I had been looking for for several years. I managed to "pot" it when my suspicions were proved correct - a Blue-bordered Carpet. Why had I been looking for this moth which is listed as common? Because we frequently find its eggs when we are looking for Brown Hairstreak eggs.

On Saturday 24th at the joint UTB/Woodstock Nats walk in Bernwood Forest Lyn Matthews spotted a female Orange Moth in the rideside vegetation which she managed to catch to show to the rest of the group. On release it inconveniently, for photography, flew up into the blackthorn.”


Tom Stevenson’s haul from his Benson moth trap on the night of 23/24 June was as follows:-

Common Footman, Water Carpet, Barred Straw, Emmelina Monodactyla, Uncertain, Dark Arches, Turnip Moth (3), Snout, Udea olivalis (pyralid), Heart and Club, Willow Beauty, Heart and Dart (4), Brimstone.


25/6 Alastair Driver reports that he set the trap again on Friday night (23rd) in his garden and caught 32 macro spp, including his first parish record of Coronet. Firsts for the year for Alastair were Barred Straw, Least Carpet and Dwarf Cream Wave.


~ Tuesday 27th June 2006 ~


23rd June – Jackie Tuckey sent this news: “I've seen the Hummingbird Hawk Moth twice this week in Worminghall, about 9pm on the Valarian (Centranthus) Brilliant!”


23/6 - Tom Stevenson caught the following species in his trap on the night of 19/20th June:

Green Pug; Treble Lines; Fan Foot; Garden Carpet; Burnished Brass; Buff Ermine; Common Wainscot; Common White Wave; Bright line Brown Eye; Rustic/Uncertain; Oligia strigilis agg; Currant Pug; Dark Arches; Pale Mottled Willow; Turnip Moth; Shears; Heart and Dart; Small Magpie; Brimstone.


23rd June – News from Danny Howard that the Scarlet Tigers at Long Hanborough station are starting to emerge now. He also reports seeing a Brown Hawker dragonfly walking along the pavement in Marsh Road (Temple Cowley) on 16th June!


Apologies to Adam Bassett for only posting part of his moth list from 18th June. Here is the other part:

Green Oak Tortrix, 5; Small Magpie, 17; Udea Olivalis, 8; Peach Blossom, 1; Blotched Emerald, 1; Maiden's Blush, 1; Treble Brown Spot, 13; Riband Wave, 1; Common Marbled Carpet, 3; Barred Yellow, 1; Green Carpet, 2; Pretty Chalk Carpet, 3; Fern, 1; Small Waved Umber, 1; Mottled Pug, 1; Green Pug, 6; Small Yellow Wave, 1; Scorched Carpet, 2; Peacock, 1; Brimstone Moth, 7; Lilac Beauty, 2; Peppered Moth, 1; Willow Beauty, 2; Mottled Beauty, 2; Pale Oak Beauty, 1; Engrailed, 1; White-pinion Spotted, 1; Clouded Silver, 3; Light Emerald, 5; Lime Hawk-moth, 1; Elephant Hawk-moth, 1; Buff-tip, 1; Lobster Moth, 2; Maple Prominent, 1; Orange Footman, 1; Common Footman, 1; Buff Ermine, 10; Heart & Club, 3; Heart & Dart, 19; Flame, 2; Double Square-spot, 1; Shears, 3; Bright-line Brown-eye, 3; Coronet, 2; Bird's Wing, 1; Brown Rustic, 1.


~ Saturday 24th June 2006 ~


Andy Reynolds went to Wytham Wood in Oxford on June 22nd and recorded a Hummingbird Hawkmoth.


Dave Wilton sent this news on 21st June: “A month or so ago I found a Vapourer Moth caterpillar on our garden Lime Tree and she has now hatched out (see photo below), although perhaps a little too early to find a mate. The adult males are frequently seen flying during the daytime, searching for these wingless females, and can easily be confused with the Brown Hairstreak. Also, The Lime Hawk-moth eggs which were laid on 9th June by a female trapped here at Westcott hatched on the 17th and I now have lots of these tiny green larvae with black tails!” (See photo below.)


Alastair Driver sent the following report on 20th June: “I had 3 great nights with the moth trap at home then Ali's Pond LNR last weekend. Details as follows:

15th - home - 28 macro species - Year records for me - Common Footman, Willow Beauty, Snout, Elephant Hawk-moth, Eyed Hawk-moth, Mottled Rustic, Riband Wave, Heart and Club, Treble Brown-spot, Bright-line brown-eye.

16th Ali's Pond LNR - 40 macro species - Parish record - Orange Footman; Site records - Pebble Prominent, Currant Pug, Small Fan-foot; Year records - Poplar Grey, Blood-vein, Light Arches, Fan-foot, Double Square-spot, Ingrailed Clay.

17th - Ali's Pond LNR - 47 macro-species - a personal best! - Parish Record - Peach Blossom; Site Record - Spinach, Uncertain; Year record - Miller, Straw Dot, Large Nutmeg, Poplar Hawk-moth.


Thanks to Martin Albertini for leading the moth trap evening at Bernwood on 2nd June. The following species were recorded:

Common Swift; Drinker; Pebble Hook-tip; Figure of Eighty; Poplar Lutestring; Clay Triple-lines; Cream Wave; Silver-ground Carpet; Common Marbled Carpet; Grey Pine Carpet; Broken-barred Carpet; Green Carpet; Sandy Carpet; Mottled Pug; Treble Bar; Lesser Treble-bar; Small White Wave; Clouded Border; Tawny-barred Angle; Scorched Wing; Brimstone Moth; Scalloped Hazel; Peppered Moth; Willow Beauty; Pale Oak Beauty; Brindled White-spot; Common White Wave; Lime Hawk-moth; Buff-tip; Lobster Moth; Iron Prominent; Pebble Prominent; Great Prominent; Coxcomb Prominent; Pale Prominent; Pale Tussock; Orange Footman; White Ermine; Heart and Dart; Flame Shoulder; Pale-shouldered Brocade; Small Quaker; Twin-spotted Quaker; Common Wainscot; Poplar Grey; Small Dotted Buff; Treble Lines; Green Silver-lines; Nut-tree Tussock. Micros were: Psyche casta; Monopis weaverella; Parectopa ononidis; Phyllonorycter lautella; Esperia sulphurella; Alabonia geoffrella; Teleiodes luculella; Agapeta hamana; Syndemis musculana; Celypha lacunana; Hedya pruniana; Lobesia reliquana; Epinotia subocellana; Epinotia tedella; Epiblema cynosbatella. Also a Common Cockchafer.


In Tom Stevenson’s greenhouse on 18th June, a Pyrausta aurata and a Red-belted Clearwing (see photo below).


~ Thursday 22nd June 2006 ~


For those of you who are unable to get to the Greenham Common moth trap on Friday 23rd June, Paul Bowyer will be leading a moth trapping event at Prestwood Picnic site (SU 866 991). It is being run by the Wycombe Wildlife Group.


Dave Wilton sent this report on 20th June: “On the night of Sunday 18th June my trap at Westcott brought in just short of 900 moths, although 390 of them were from a single species (Heart & Dart, inevitably). Notables so far as my garden is concerned were Drinker, Riband Wave, Yellow Shell, Willow Beauty, Mottled Beauty, Eyed Hawk-moth, Scarce Footman, Common Footman, Heart & Club, Broad-barred White, Light Arches, Small Mottled Willow, Bordered Straw, Plain Golden-Y, Beautiful Hook-tip and Fan-foot, of which Small Mottled Willow and Bordered Straw (both migrants) were first-timers. There was also a good selection of micros, including Plutella xylostella/Diamondback Moth, Agapeta hamana, Archips podana/Large Fruit-tree Tortrix, Celypha lacunana, Cnephasia incertana, Scoparia ambigualis, Phlyctaenia coronata, Opsibotys fuscalis, Orthopygia glaucinalis and Myelois circumvoluta/Thistle Ermine.


Adam Bassett sent the following report on 19th June: “Some moth records from my garden in Marlow Bottom on June 18th - a total of 177 moths:

Reddish Light Arches, 1; Clouded Brindle, 3; Large Nutmeg, 2; Treble Lines, 5; Uncertain, 1; Pale Mottled Willow, 1; Burnished Brass, 2; Beautiful Golden Y, 1; Straw Dot, 5; Snout, 6; Small Fan-foot, 3.”


18th June – Danny Howard reports that he had his most successful night’s mothing of the year in his garden in Temple Cowley on Saturday 17th: “One each of the following: Poplar, Lime, Elephant and Small Eelephant hawk-moths, Blotched Emerald, Figure of Eighty, 2 x Large Yellow Underwing, 3 x Small Magpie and 4 x Flame. Many others that i didn't get around to identifying.”


May Webber sent the following report today, 18th June: “I have been putting up my moth trap very often and so here is a list of the moths I have caught These records are all from around 3 or 4 weeks. There are a quite a lot more moths that I haven’t been able to identify:

Treble lines, Shears, The Flame, Eyed Hawk moth, Peppered moth, Flame Shoulder, White Ermine, Buff-tip, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Pale Tussock, Poplar Hawkmoth, Swallow Prominent, Muslin moth, Bright line Brown eye, Pebble Prominent, Spectacle, Silver y, Small Elephant Hawk-moth, Lime Hawk-moth, Scorched Wing, Common Marbled Carpet, Burnished Brass, Miller, Beautiful Golden y, Pale Oak Beauty, Buff Ermine, Large Nutmeg, Clouded Silver, Clouded Border, Small Magpie, Bird-Cherry Ermine, Golden Plusia, Pine Hawk-moth, Common Wainscot, Coronet, Beautiful Hook-tip, Pebble Hook-tip, Heart & Club, Common Footman, Cream-bordered Green Pea, Poplar Grey, Willow Beauty, Magpie.”


~ Saturday 17th June 2006 ~


Tom Stevenson caught the following in his moth trap overnight on 15th June: Willow Beauty, Small Magpie, Green Pug, Heart and Dart, Brimstone Moth, Buff Ermine, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Bordered Straw.


Ched George had a Bordered Straw and a Green Arches in his Radnage trap on the night of the 15th June.


15/6 - Susan Nicholls sent this list of moths from the trap she ran in her Caversham garden on 10th June: “It took me so long to deal with them all, I haven't been able to post my list before tonight! I ended up potting only those I needed to look at closely - those I know had to go straight away, there were so many. I also had numerous pugs too worn to identify and, of course, there were umpteen escapees as I tried to empty the trap.”

Common Swift (Hepialus lupulinus)  4  (3 were female, as they laid their eggs in my pots); Small Magpie (Eurrhypara hortulata)  7; Udea olivalis  6; Figure of Eighty (Tethea ocularis octogesimea)  3; Blood-vein (Timandra comae)  3; Treble Brown Spot (Idaea trigeminata)  1; Common Carpet (Epirrhoe alternata)  1; Common Marbled Carpet (Chloroclysta truncata)  9; Barred Yellow (Cidaria fulvata)  1; Mottled Pug (Eupithecia exiguata)  1; Common Pug (Eupithecia vulgata)  3; Green Pug (Pasiphila rectangulata)  1; Small Seraphim (Pterapherapteryx sexalata)  1; Scorched Wing (Plagodis dolabraria)  1; Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria)  1; Orange Footman (Eilema sororcula)  1; White Ermine (Spilosoma lubricipeda)  1; Buff Ermine (Spilosoma luteum)  1; Cinnabar (Tyria jacobaeae)  2; Turnip Moth (Agrotis segetum)  1; Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis)  13; Flame Shoulder (Ochropleura plecta)  3; Small Square-spot (Diarsia rubi)  3; Setaceous Hebrew Character (Xestia c-nigrum)  8; Shears (Hada plebeja)  1; Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa)  1; Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha)  1; Rustic Shoulder-knot (Apamea sordens)  1; Marbled Minor agg. (Oligia strigilis agg.)  5; Middle-barred Minor (Oligia fasciuncula)  12; Treble Lines (Charanyca trigrammica)  1; Vine's Rustic (Hoplodrina ambigua)  1; Pale Mottled Willow (Paradrina clavipalpis)  5; Spectacle (Abrostola tripartita)  1; Straw Dot (Rivula sericealis)  3.


Thursday 15th June Martin & Dee Raper saw a Hummingbird Hawk Moth in their garden this afternoon on Verbena flowers.


On 14th June Tim & Colleen Watts sent this report: “We had a Hummingbird Hawk-moth in our garden in Whitchurch today and also an Elephant Hawk-moth nectaring at night. Out of interest 3 Hummingbird Hawks together at a garden centre near Stewartby Beds, the other day.”


On 11th June Dave Maunder sent the following report: “Nothing exciting to report from Aylesbury, but it looks like it may be a good summer for Silver-Y moths after this recent hot spell. The Silver-Ys were nectaring on Comfrey at dusk last night - a nice sight! Some other moths seen over the last few weeks include: Pale Prominent, White Ermine, Common Swifts, Heart & Dart, Large Yellow Underwing, Burnet Companion, Peppered Moth, Garden Carpet, Brimstone Moth, Treble Brown Spot, Cinnabar, Chinese Character, Small Magpie, Pyraustra purpuralis, Carnation tortrix, Common Carpet and Brown Silver Lines (this last species seen in woods near Gt. Hampden).


~ Thursday 15th June 2006 ~


New reporter, Tom Stevenson, runs a small light trap with just a standard energy efficient 100w equivalent bulb under the car-port in his garden. “I only get a couple of moths each night, excepting micros. Still it is probably just as well as it is taking me an absolute age to identify what I am catching. The list, so far, for 4 nights in early June is:

Rustic Shoulder-knot; Chinese Character; 3 Common Swift; Mottled Pug; Green carpet; Heart and Dart; Silver Y; Nut Tree Tussock; Small Waved Umber; Light Brocade.”


On 12th June and again on 13th, Derek Brown recorded a single Treble Brown Spot attracted to lit windows at his home in Beenham.


On 13th June Dave Wilton sent another moth list: “At Westcott on 11th June a similar haul to 9th June saw Treble Brown Spot, Sloe Pug & Elophila nymphaeata/Brown China-mark as garden firsts and Pebble Hook-tip, Grass Rivulet, Mottled Beauty, Light Emerald, Small Dotted Buff, Beautiful Golden-Y & Beautiful Hook-tip as new sightings for 2006. My first Hummingbird Hawk-moth of the year appeared in the garden on 12th June.


Here are the latest records from Shirley and John Spencer, Riseley.

Garden Light Box:

June 4  White Ermine 4, Blood-vein 1, Treble Lines 5, Coxcomb Prominent 1

June 10 White Ermine 1, Buff-Tip 1, Treble Lines 3, Snout 1, Common Wainscot 1, Heart & Dart 5, Lobster Moth 1 (on nearby wall), Poplar Grey 1, Common Swift 1, Small Magpie 1, Garden Pebble 1 (this last identified by Martin Harvey).

Marshes Field:

June 4  Burnet Companion

June 11 Cinnabar 1, Pyrausta purpuralis.

”The Marshes field is part of The Marshes reserve which is very close to our house and we, along with a group of local residents, are actively involved in managing and monitoring it. It consists of a wet woodland area with pond and a large field which was planted with trees and shrubs about 18 months ago, but is at present mostly grassland. I am of course also recording butterflies there!”


13th June - Danny Howard reports seeing a colony of Mullein moth caterpillars on his way to work this morning at Blenheim Office Park, Long Hanborough.


On Tuesday morning, 13th June, David Redhead recorded a Brown China Mark at Otmoor.


Adam Bassett sent the following records from his moth trap in Marlow Bottom:

16th April - Acleris literana (1)

3rd June - Privet Hawk-moth (2), Mocha (1), Treble Brown Spot (1), Ingrailed Clay (1)

10th June - Mocha (3), Map-winged Swift (1), Clay Triple-lines (3), Treble Brown Spot (12), Green Pug (1), Ingrailed Clay (6), Small Fan-foot (2).


Alastair Driver set the Robinson trap at Ali's Pond on 10th June and had an excellent catch of 35 macro species: “New for the site were Clouded Silver, Green Pug and Spruce Carpet. Other new records for my yearlist were Light Emerald, Burnished Brass, Small Elephant Hawk-moth, Common Marbled Carpet, Flame, Pale Oak Beauty, Grey Pug, Common Carpet, Dark Arches, Clouded Brindle and Large Yellow Underwing. Also caught the micro Green Oak Tortrix.”


Danny Howard ran a UV light in his garden at Temple Cowley for a couple of hours Saturday 10th June: “I got my first (adult) Scarlet Tiger of the year, also a Buff Ermine, 5 Brimstone Moths and lots of micros I couldn't identify! Saw another Scarlet Tiger yesterday along the Iffley Road. Looking forward to an explosion of them at Long Hanborough station this week... “


On Friday 9th June Paul Bowyer identified the following moths in his garden in Flackwell Heath: Small Magpie, Common Marbled Carpet, Iron Prominent, Brimstone, Heart & Dart, Peppered Moth, Dot Moth, The Flame, Clouded Silver, Great Oak Beauty (subject to confirmation), Elephant Hawk, Silver Ground Carpet, Pale Tussock, Figure of Eighty, White Ermine, Foxglove Pug.


~ Tuesday 13th June 2006 ~


Peter Hall ran his overnight moth trap in Ballinger Common on 11th June and recorded 43 macro species and 14 micros:

Brimstone Moth; Scalloped Hazel; Peppered; Clouded Silver; Orange Footman; Flame Shoulder; Treble Lines; Silver Y; Oak Hook-tip; Chinese Character; Silver-ground Carpet; Green Carpet; Foxglove Pug; Green Pug; Clouded Border; Peacock Moth; Pale Oak Beauty; Privet Hawk; Eyed Hawk; Elephant Hawk; Buff-tip; Lobster; Pale Tussock; White Ermine; Buff Ermine; Turnip; Heart & Dart; Large Yellow Underwing; Ingrailed Clay; Setaceous Hebrew Character; Shears; Pale-shouldered Brocade; Smoky Wainscot; Large Nutmeg; Marbled Minor; Tawny Marbled Minor; Middle-barred Minor; Pale Mottled Willow; Green Silver-lines; Beautiful Golden Y; Plain Golden Y; Spectacle; Straw Dot. Micros: Nemophora degeerella; Argyresthia bonnetella; Plutella xylostella (Diamond-back); Hofmannophila pseudospretella (Brown House); Epiphyas postvittana (Light Brown Apple); Celypha lacunana; Cydia pomonella (Codling); Cydia conicolana; Crambus pascuella; Crambus lathoniellus; Acentria ephemerella (Water Veneer); Scoparia ambigualis; Eurrhypara hortulata (Small Magpie); Udea olivalis.


David Redhead ran another moth trap last night, 10th June: “My most successful moth trap this year to date with 133 moths from 51 species including a new addition to my all time garden list - Small Yellow Wave. New for this year were Brown Silver-line, Clouded Border, Common Marbled Carpet, Dark Arches, Figure of Eighty, Green Oak Tortrix, Green Pug, Light Brocade, Lime-speck Pug, Lychnis, Sallow Kitten, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Shears, Small Fan-foot, Small Magpie, Rustic Shoulder-knot, Silver Y, Perinephela lancealis, Udea olivalis.


Dave Wilton found that normality had returned to his garden moth trap thanks to all the recent good weather: “My session at Westcott on 9th June attracted over 600 moths from about 70 species, including Grey Pug, Varied Coronet and White-point which were all completely new records for the garden. Further new species for this year included Green Pug, Willow Beauty, Pine Hawk-moth, Small Elephant Hawk-moth, Pale-shouldered Brocade, Common Wainscot, Middle-barred Minor, Mottled Rustic, Straw Dot and Snout. Amongst the micros were Eurrhypara hortulata (Small Magpie), Pleuroptya ruralis (Mother-of-Pearl), Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, Scoparia ambigualis & Tortrix viridana (Green Oak Tortrix). I've attached a photo of three Hawk-moth species having an egg-box summit meeting (see photo below). They were possibly discussing the Lime Hawk, a female which was at that moment in the process of leaving me 50+ eggs. Good job I've got a Lime tree in the garden!”


On 9th June David Redhead recorded the following: “I ran a moth trap on 9th - only did the macros – a bit disappointing with 82 moths from 31 species. Several appear new for UTB 2006 list:

Treble Lines 20, Heart and Dart 12, Buff Ermine 3, Common Pug 3, Straw Dot 3, Treble Brown Spot 3, White Ermine 3, Bright-line Brown-eye 2, Burnished Brass 2, Campion 2, Common Carpet 2, Flame 2, Middle-barred Minor 2, Poplar Grey 2, Poplar Hawk-moth 2, Small Square-spot 2, Snout 2, Swallow Prominent 2 and singletons of Brimstone Moth, Brown Rustic, Buff-tip, Cinnabar, Clouded Silver, Flame Shoulder, Large Yellow Underwing, Mottled Pug, Obscure Wainscot, Pale-shouldered Brocade, Scalloped Hazel. Silver-ground Carpet, Spruce Carpet.

Today, 10th June, amongst the scrub adjoining the grassland I saw a Scarlet Tiger Moth along with a Yellow Shell, two Straw Dot and a Mother Shipton. Also at Swyncombe Downs today Wendy and I saw 11 Silver-Y, 2 Silver-ground Carpet, 2 Burnet Companion, 2 Cinnabar, 1 Small Yellow Underwing, 1 Yellow Shell & 1 Mother Shipton. 


~ Saturday 10th June 2006 ~


Jan Haseler sent the following moth records on 7th June:

Tilehurst, 20/5 - Hedya pruniana (Plum Tortrix), Small Dusty Wave, Light Brocade, Campion

Spencers Wood 24/5 - Glyphipterix fuscoviridella

Swallowfield 25/5 - Glyphipterix simpliciella (Cocksfoot Moth)

Moor Copse 25/5 - Small Yellow Wave, Dingy Shell

Tilehurst 25/5 Nematopogon swammerdamella, Red-green Carpet, Miller

Homefield Wood 27/5 - Aethes tesserana

Lardon Chase 2/6 Straw Dot

The Holies 2/6 - Shaded Pug

Tilehurst 2/6 - Eulia ministrana, Garden Pebble, Grey Pug, Turnip Moth, Broad-barred White, Sycamore, Dark Arches

Greenham Common 4/6 - Yellow Belle.


Tim & Colleen Watts visited Bernwood Meadows on 7th June:  “We saw the Forester Moth (see photos below) - it looks even better in real life – and also the Green-winged Orchid.”


David Redhead sent the following report on 7th June: “Day flying moths seen today, 7th: early this morning whilst dog walking across marshland alongside the River Thames a Snout; this afternoon at Shotover a fresh Yellow Shell, a Straw Dot and half a dozen Brown Silver-line flying amongst their larval foodplant, bracken.”


On Tuesday 6th June Adrian Hickman went to Greenham Common. Along with the butterflies he recorded, he saw the following moths: “Treble-bar moths were frequently seen. Of the c30 I managed to check 3, of which 2 were Lesser Treble-bar. Other moths seen include Mother Shipton, Burnet Companion, Cinnabar and Yellow Shell.”


Alastair Driver had another session with the Robinson Trap at home on 5th June: “Making hay while the moon shines! Only 11 macro-species, as it was a bit nippy, but new for my year list were Smoky Wainscot, White Ermine, Turnip Moth and Shoulder-striped Wainscot. Also had the micros Garden Pebble (Evergestis forficalis) and Grey Tortrix (Cnephasia stephensiana).”


Dave Wilton sent the following report on 6th June: “The night of Sunday 4th June produced my best catch of the year so far at Westcott, with 50+ species and more than 250 individual moths:
Common Swift (16), Chinese Character (1), Figure of Eighty (6), Red/Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet (2), Silver-ground Carpet (2), Common Marbled Carpet (1), Broken-barred Carpet (2), Green Carpet (2), Grass Rivulet (1), Mottled Pug (10), Common Pug (6), Lesser Treble-bar (1), Clouded Border (1), Scorched Wing (2), Brimstone Moth (5), Scalloped Hazel (1), Peppered Moth (3), Common Wave (1), White-pinion Spotted (1), Clouded Silver (9), Elephant Hawkmoth (1), Iron Prominent (1), Pebble Prominent (1), Swallow Prominent (1), Pale Tussock (4), White Ermine (18), Buff Ermine (2), Cinnabar (1), Heart & Dart (18), The Flame (2), Flame Shoulder (7), Small Square-spot (3), Setaceous Hebrew Character (4), Shears (1), Bright-line Brown-eye (3), Shoulder-striped Wainscot (1), Poplar Grey (1), Brown Rustic (1), Dark Arches (1), Clouded-bordered Brindle (2), Dusky Brocade (1), Rustic Shoulder-knot (10), Marbled Minor sp. (29), Treble Lines (45), Burnished Brass (2) and Buttoned Snout (1). Micros included: Crambus lathionellus (2), Cataclysta lemnata/Small China-mark (1), Eurrhypara hortulata/Small Magpie (2), Udea olivalis (1) and more which have yet to be identified. Other new species seen in the garden since the beginning of the month include Orange Footman, Turnip, Large Nutmeg & Evergestis forficalis/Garden Pebble.

Bill Parker and I trapped (with permission) in Rushbeds Wood on 3rd June where species included Pebble Hook-tip, Poplar Lutestring, Cream Wave, Small White Wave, Willow Beauty, Pale Oak Beauty, Brindled White-spot, Common White Wave & Green Silver-lines.”


~ Tuesday 6th June 2006 ~


This afternoon, 6th June, at some meadows near Bicester David Redhead came across a Small Yellow Underwing. Later whilst walking his dog on the rough grassland near his house he put up a very fresh looking Straw Dot.

On 4th June David went to Whitecross Green Wood: “I saw numerous Grass Rivulets flying as I was leaving at about 4pm.and 3 Burnet Companion. I also ran a moth trap last night, 3rd June, which produced 73 macro-moths from 19 species which included a May Highflyer. Treble Lines was the most numerous with 30. This morning I had a quick look at the rough grassland near my house and for the first time in two decades of checking the site recorded a Mother Shipton moth.”


Dave Wilton did a butterfly count for BBOWT at Woodsides Meadow, Wendlebury and at the River Ray meadows alongside the A41 east of Bicester during the afternoon of 4th June: “Despite the excellent weather there were few butterflies to be seen, but I did record nearly 50 Grass Rivulet moths between the two locations. The find of the afternoon, though, was a Forester moth which was active in one of the River Ray meadows.”


On Saturday 3rd June Paul Bowyer identified the following in his garden in Flackwell Heath: Pale Tussock, Brimstone, Peppered Moth, Scorched Wing and Dot Moth.


Alastair Driver set the Robinson Trap at Ali's Pond LNR on Friday night 2nd June and trapped 16 species: “No new site records, but new for my year-list were Angle Shades, Vine's Rustic, Marbled Brown, Marbled Minor agg, Spectacle, Light Brocade, Broken-barred Carpet and Rustic Shoulder-knot. Photos of Rustic Shoulder-knot and Spectacle (head-on), are below.


Latest records from Shirley and John Spencer, Riseley, are as follows:

Garden light box on May 31st - Buff-Tip 1

The Marshes Field on May 31st - Mother Shipton 1 and June 2nd - Cinnabar 3, Burnet Companion 1, Silver Y 1.


On 3rd June David Redhead sent the following: “With reference to Alistair Driver's catch of a Sandy Carpet (see 26th May below), you do not need an MV trap to record this species. Last night at dusk there were half a dozen frenetically flying around the Red Campion (larval foodplant) in our garden. This is a regular occurrence although I have only ever once caught one in my garden MV trap. Mind you, you will need to net one to get a definite id or catch one in a pot and fridge it overnight as I did. This morning I attempted to delicately place it on top of a Red Campion flowerhead for a photo but it was off before I could say Red Campion (or something stronger) - obviously none the worse for a night in our fridge.”


Derek Brown had another couple of new moths in his Beenham garden on the 31st May - Chinese Character and Maple Prominent.


~ Saturday 3rd June 2006 ~


31/05/06 - Paul Bowyer sent the following report: “On Friday 26th May the Wycombe Wildlife Group met in a back garden in the Amersham Hill area of High Wycombe. The following moth species were recorded:- Shuttle Shaped Dart, Spruce Carpet, Green Carpet, Common Marbled Carpet, Pale Tussock, Treble Lines, Double Striped Pug and Brimstone.”


Alastair Driver set the trap at home in Sonning on Saturday evening 27th May and caught 17 macro species, including the first Ghost Moth for his parish records - see photo below. “New for my year list were Buff Ermine, Buff-tip, Common Wainscot, Figure of Eighty, Silver-Y, Rustic, Small Square-spot, Peppered Moth, Setaceous Hebrew Character and Heart & Dart. Also, my wife found this caterpillar (see photo below) crawling on the kitchen table, so it may be foreign as also on the table was a bunch of shop-bought flowers.”

[The caterpillar has since been identified by Martin Townsend as the Scarce Bordered Straw. They’re often imported with fruit, veg and flowers, etc and are extremely variable in appearance.]


~ Monday 29th May 2006 ~


At Holtspur Bottom on 28th May, Peter Hall recorded the following macro moths: Silver-Y and Mother Shipton and these micros: Epermenia falciformis; Chrysoteuchia culmella and Pyrausta aurata.


Derek Brown had a few new moths in the garden at Beenham on 27th:  Spectacle, Poplar Hawk Moth, Buff Ermine, Treble Lines, Buff Tip, White Ermine, Garden Carpet, Pale Tussock and an Eyed Hawk Moth. Then, on 28th May I had quite a few moths including a couple new to the UTB list - Oak Hook-tip and the Peacock Moth.”


Peter Hall ran his overnight moth trap at Ballinger Common on 26th May and recorded the following species:

Brimstone Moth; Nut-tree Tussock; Barred Hook-tip; Scorched Wing; Scalloped Hazel; Peppered; Clouded Silver; Lime Hawk; Poplar Hawk; Pebble Prominent; Lesser Swallow Prominent; Marbled Brown; Orange Footman; Least Black Arches; Flame Shoulder; Angle Shades; Treble Lines; Silver Y and one micro: Alucita hexadactyla (Twenty-plume).


Alastair Driver sent the following report on 26th May: “Had a quick blast with the Robinson Trap last night, 25th, at home in Sonning, in between the endless belts of rain. Pretty poor catch with only 8 species caught, but I did get my first Sandy Carpet of the year.”


Another trapping session at Dave Wilton’s home in Westcott on 25th May brought in 37 species: “Of the 37 species, Eyed Hawk-moth, Small Square-spot, Poplar Grey, Clouded-bordered Brindle, Marbled Minor sp., Nomophila noctuella/Rush Veneer and Argyresthia trifasciata don't seem to feature on the UTB list yet. In addition, Peter Hall has kindly confirmed Red Twin-spot Carpet for my garden from a couple of weeks back. I've also got a bunch of micros to add, all seen since the beginning of this month, most of which have been checked under a microscope by Peter: Caloptilia elongella, Cydia succedana, Depressaria pastinacella, Depressaria ultimella, Epiblema sticticana, Monopis laevigella, Parornix finitimella, Thisanotia chrysonuchella (at Lardon Chase), Tinea trinotella, Agonopterix arenella and Mompha epilobiella

I trapped again at Westcott on 27th May and got three more new species for the garden this year, comprising Heart & Dart, Small Clouded Brindle and Vine's Rustic, while on 28th May near Bicester I saw the long-horn Nemophora degeerella.”


~ Tuesday 23rd May 2006 ~


23/05/06 - Keith Mitchell has recorded the following macro moths in the last two weeks from his Skinner Trap in Stoke Goldington:

Bright-line Brown Eye, Brimstone, Brindled Pug, Chocolate-tip, Clouded Border, Clouded Drab, Common Swift, Early Thorn, Flame Shoulder, Green Carpet, Heart & Dart (2 on 14th), Hebrew Character, Iron Prominent, Knot Grass, Least Black Arches, Lesser Swallow Prominent, Lime Hawk-moth, Mullein, Muslin, Pale Mottled Willow, Pale Prominent, Peppered Moth, Poplar Hawk-moth, Twin-spot Carpet sp. Shuttle-shaped Dart, Silver 'Y', Small Waved Umber, White Ermine. In addition, the micro moth, Epiblema cynosbatella was recorded last night (20th), a garden first.


Dave Wilton reports that a brief lull in between the two low pressure systems meant that Saturday 20th was a good night for moth trapping: “although it did start to rain here at Westcott shortly after 4am when I got up to secure the catch from the local bird population. I managed to get 82 moths of 41 species, of which Common Swift, Maiden's Blush, Blood-vein, Broken-barred Carpet, Mottled Pug, Lesser Treble-bar, Buff-tip, Buff Ermine, Rustic Shoulder-knot, Treble Lines and the tortrix Syndemis musculana were new for my garden this year. Five micro species still await ID.”


~ Saturday 20th May 2006 ~


18/05/06 - Recent moth sightings from Jan Haseler are as follows:

10th May, Jan’s Tilehurst garden: Peppered Moth

15th May, Bearwood Churchyard, on ox-eye daisy: Dichrorampha acuminatana

16th May, Jan’s Tilehurst garden: Brown Silver-line, Small Elephant Hawk-moth, Yellow-barred Brindle


~ Wednesday 17th May 2006 ~


Dave Wilton sent the following report today, 17th: “Another quick trip along the disused railway line west of Westcott Airfield this morning, to check on the Dingy and Grizzled Skipper populations (both doing well) produced more moth species than butterflies. Seen there were Burnet Companion (1), Cinnabar (1), Common Carpet (3), Common Heath (5), Green Carpet (2), Lesser Treble-bar (3) and one of the Pyrausta sp. moths which disappeared before I could be sure of its identity.”


17/05/06 - A few more moths seen by Dave Maunder over the last few days in Aylesbury are:

Bee moth (1, on 12th), Brown House-moth (1), Emmelina monodactyla (1), Brindled Pug (1), Brimstone moths (4), Silver-Y (1), Swallow Prominent (2), and Common Swift (1, on 17th).


~ Tuesday 16th May 2006 ~


An addition to Dave Wilton’s Westcott trap list for 10th May is Poplar Kitten, the id of which has now been confirmed. “I ran the trap again last night (15th May) but the only new species was a fresh Angle Shades.”


David Redhead reports that the “Caterpillar Crawl” field meeting on 14th May met with some success:

“At the RSPB Otmoor Reserve just four searchers found 14 Brown Hairstreak third instar caterpillars of which the longest was just 4mm. Six of these were totally new finds and this increased the caterpillar inventory to 35. May Webber also spotted a Drinker moth caterpillar in the undergrowth and waited patiently for it to uncoil when it measured in at 60mm making it almost full grown.”


Alastair Driver had a good session at Ali's Pond LNR on Friday 12th May: “I caught 18 species, although I get the feeling that overall numbers are down on the last few years. New for my parish records was The Tissue (diagnostics on the underside of the wings checked) and new for the site were Foxglove Pug and Waved Umber. Other firsts of the year for me were Green Carpet, Seraphim, Shears, Dark/Grey Dagger agg., Pale Tussock, Treble Lines and Grey Pine Carpet.”


Whilst at Swyncombe Downs on 14th May, Tom Stevenson spotted a Barred-hook Tip.


On 13th May Derek Brown recorded a Tawny-barred Angle and a Marbled Brown in his garden in Beenham: “I've included a picture of an earlier Lunar Marbled Brown which you might like to post together to show the differences”:


~ Monday 15th May 2006 ~


Shirley & John Spencer sent in the following on 13th May: “Latest records from our garden in Riseley for 11th May:  Great Prominent 1, Chocolate-tip 1, Puss Moth 1. The Puss Moth was not in the light box, but must have been close by on the garage wall or some overhanging foliage. We brought in the box, covered it and put it in a cool place. Whilst having our breakfast I noticed a large furry grey moth perched on John's shoulder!”


Derek Brown had a Dagger in the trap on 12th May: “Unfortunately it's one of those that can only be distinguished for certain by dissection of the genitalia so it could be either a Dark Dagger or a Grey Dagger.”

[For those of you who want to get a positive identification of a Dark or Grey Dagger moth, please contact your County Moth Recorder or Peter Hall- see the introduction at the top of this page for contact details. However, if you prefer, then you can submit your record as “Dark/Grey Dagger agg.”]


Susan Nicholls set the trap up last night, 12th May, at the bottom of her garden in Caversham, in the hope of seeing the Buttoned Snout again: “I think I did, but couldn't catch it, so have not recorded it just in case. However, I did get a number of species I have not seen before. There were three pugs, too worn to be identified as well as one larger moth, which could have been anything. From its shape, it could have been a Prominent but there were no other distinguishing marks! I still have some micros to try and identify.”

Esperia sulphurella; Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana); Common Carpet; Green Carpet; Common Pug; Seraphim; Brimstone Moth; Sallow Kitten; Pale Prominent; Chocolate-tip; Pale Tussock; White Ermine; Muslin Moth; Ruby Tiger; Shuttle-shaped Dart; Bright-line Brown-eye; Clouded Drab; Hebrew Character; Knot Grass; Herald.


On 13th May Dave Wilton reported: “An addition to my Westcott trap list for 2nd May is Common Pug, while further new species for the year on 10th May comprised Chinese Character, Currant Pug, Least Black Arches and Spectacle. Things improved even more last night (12th May) with Green Carpet, Clouded Border, Waved Umber (a new species for the garden), Common Wave, Clouded Silver, Poplar Hawk-moth, White Ermine, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Flame Shoulder, Lychnis & Knot Grass. At the Calvert drains Friday 12th I found a female Latticed Heath.”


Wendy & David Redhead carried out a transect at Swyncombe Downs on 11th May. They did well for day-flying moths with lots of Pyrausta purparalis on the wing, along with several Silver-ground Carpet and a Cinnabar, Mother Shipton & Silver-Y.


Chris Raper was working at the Hartslock Reserve on 11th May and saw: Cinnabar moth and Pyrausta nigrata.


Dave Ferguson called in to Turville Hill on 11th, where he saw the following moths: 3 Silver-Y, 1 Mother Shipton.


~ Saturday 13th May 2006 ~


Welcome to the website new contributor Peter Jones: “! found a female Emperor Moth at Blue Lagoon NR today (12th May) at 16:00hrs.”


12/05/06 - The photo below was taken by Chris Raper at Hartslock on 29th April. This pretty little moth has now been confirmed by Peter Hall as Pancalia leuwenhoekella, which is described as being common on chalk. The long white patch on the tip of the antenna is diagnostic. The larvae feed on violet.


Susan Nicholls sent the following report on 12th May: “Mark Calway and I spent last Saturday night, 6th, trapping moths in my garden. The full list is:

Diamond-back Moth (Plutella xylostella)  2; Cochylis atricapitana  1; Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana)  1; Foxglove Pug (Eupithecia pulchellata)  1; Currant Pug (Eupithecia assimilata)  1; Brindled Pug (Eupithecia abbreviata)  4; Oak-tree Pug (Eupithecia dodoneata)  1; Seraphim (Lobophora halterata)  4; Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata)  4; Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta)  3; Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi)  1; Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica)  2; Pale Mottled Willow (Paradrina clavipalpis)  1; Silver Y (Autographa gamma)  4; Buttoned Snout (Hypena rostralis)  2


As you can see, I have the Buttoned Snout in my garden in Caversham - we caught two specimens. My garden is approx. 480 sq.m. Between the garden and the meadow is a small stream, which feeds into the mill stream and from there into the Thames. In the garden, I have 3 semi-mature ash trees, rowan, hawthorn, spindle (europeus and alatus) hazel, silver birch, elder, honeysuckle, buddleia, ragwort, teasel, evening primrose, jasmine, rosa rugosa as well as a wide variety of perennials. The surrounding gardens are mainly wild and full of blackberries, apples, pears and plums. At the bottom of the garden, there is a lot of hop and ivy, which is presumably what has attracted this species.”


On 11th May Ched George recorded 2 Silver Y, Pyrausta nigrata and Pyrausta aurata on Lodge Hill. Then, on 12th May, he had his first Crambus lathoniellus of the season in Radnage.


[13/05/06 Correction: Three moth records have been removed from the Species List as the recorders decided the identification could not be confirmed, as follows:

- The Shark, recorded on 5th May: amended to a probable Chamomile Shark, which is on the wing earlier than The Shark.

- Red Twin-spot Carpet, recorded on 3rd May and Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet recorded on 5th May. It has recently been established that these two species cannot reliably be separated without being dissected. A study by Colin Plant, Herts Moth Group, can be seen at and click on "Projects".]


~ Thursday 11th May 2006 ~


Derek Brown had a couple of Scalloped Hook-Tips in the garden at Beenham tonight, (11th).


On 11th May Dave Maunder sent the following moth sightings, recorded in Aylesbury in the last few days:Pale Tussock (1), Brimstones (6), Green Carpets (5), Common Wave (1), Brindled Pugs (2), Twenty Plume (2), Hebrew Character (1), Swallow Prominent (1), and Emmelina monodactyla (1). I've also attached a photo (see top of this page) of a Pale Tussock I had hatch from a pupa found earlier this year.”


Ched George recorded a Scalloped Hazel in his garden trap last night, 10th May, a first of the year for the UTB species list.


~ Wednesday 10th May 2006 ~


Wendy & Mick Campbell were out looking for butterflies on Bradenham Bank today, 10th, and recorded Silver-Y Moth, Burnet Companion and Green Carpet.


Derek Brown set his moth trap off last night (9th) for an hour or so: “I had my first Beenham garden Lime Hawk-moth, (female I believe). Also had another Pale Prominent and a pair of Cockchafers. On 7th May we found a Green Carpet at Aston Rowant, which I believe is new to the UTB species list for this year.”


New to Jan Haseler’s Tilehurst garden on 3rd May were: Chamomile Shark; Pseudoswammerdamia combinella and Phyllonorycter blancardella. Other moths in the trap that night included: Incurvaria masculella; Swammerdamia pyrella; Epinotia immundana and Diamond-back Moth (8).


Keith Mitchell reports that in the rain on Monday night (8th) he trapped the following moths:

Green Carpet; Mullein (first adult seen in garden after many larvae in previous years); Pale Prominent; Early Thorn; Hebrew Character (4).


~ Monday 8th May 2006 ~


Tony Towner sent this report on 8th May: “Two new species arrived in my home-made garden trap at Tilehurst on 29th April Nut-tree Tussock and Lunar Marbled Brown.”


Alastair Driver paid a visit to the wetlands of the Thames Valley Park Nature Reserve near Sonning yesterday morning, 7th May: “I came across a couple of Common White Wave and several examples of that little gem of a moth with the unfeasibly long antennae Adela rufimitrella.”


Dave Wilton sent the following report: “On Friday night, 5th May, Bill Parker and I ran two MV traps at Rushbeds Wood (having been granted special permission to do so) which brought in about 80 moths from 30 species. New to the UTB list were Frosted Green, Seraphim, Scorched Carpet, Square Spot, Common Wave, Coxcomb Prominent and the tortrix Syndemis musculana. Last night (6th May) I ran my own trap in the garden at Westcott and despite the rain managed to get 70 moths of 20 species. These included a handful of immigrants, comprising Dark Sword-grass (1), Silver-Y (2) and Diamond-back Moth/Plutella xylostella (1). Although the Quakers have started to decline I'm still getting plenty of Hebrew Characters, some of which look remarkably fresh.”


May Webber ran her moth trap again on Friday night, 5th, and caught the following moths:

2 Swallow Prominents; 1 Brimstone moth; 3 Hebrew Characters; 2 Lunar Marbled Browns; 1 Nut-tree Tussock.


On Friday 5th May a publicised meeting of Butterfly Conservation at Holtspur Bank and Bottom was led by Paul Bowyer and David Redhead: “An early start meant we could inspect most of the reserve where we found eggs of both Orange Tip and the Green-veined White. The temperature dipped alarmingly because of the clear skies and only 4 species of moth were caught. These were the Brindled Pug, Hebrew Character, Nut-tree Tussock and the Early Thorn. There were a number of Nut-tree Tussocks including a very dark one, which presumably was the melanic form.”


Ched George paid a visit to Yoesdon Bank on May 5th which produced: a day-flying Ruby Tiger, a Common Carpet and a Pyrausta purpuralis. His MV at home in Radnage on the 4th May produced singleton Diamond-back moth, a male Puss Moth and 2 male Lobster Moth.


On Saturday 29th April, UTB held a Field Meeting at Moor Copse: Along with 8 species of butterfly, they recorded the longhorn moth Adela reaumurella and moth larvae of the Scarlet Tiger, Yellow Tail and Drinker.


~ Saturday 6th May 2006 ~


A few more moths seen by Dave Maunder at lights in Aylesbury on 5th May were: Double-striped pug (1), Silver-Y (1), and a probable Chamomile Shark (1).


~ Friday 5th May 2006 ~


Alastair Driver had an aborted (by rain) session with the Robinson trap in his garden in Sonning on 3rd May with Red/Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Lesser Swallow Prominent and Brindled Pug, being the only captures.

“A better night on the 4th May though, with 17 macro species caught including my first of the year of Double-striped Pug, Swallow Prominent, Brimstone Moth, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Nut-tree Tussock, Lime Hawk-moth, Pale Mottled Willow, Pebble Prominent and Spruce Carpet.”


On 5th May Keith Mitchell, Stoke Goldington sent some more moths to add to the year list from a moth trap on 4th May:  Red/Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Common Carpet; Knot Grass; Pale Mottled Willow. Muslin, Oak Beauty, Lesser Swallow Prominent, Hebrew Character and Common Quaker made up the supporting cast.


David Redhead reported as follows on 5th May: “The southern winds of the last couple of days are having their effect as my sighting yesterday (4th) alongside the White Mark at Watlington Hill of a migrant Silver-Y shows. I think this is the earliest I have ever seen one in Oxfordshire. Also my moth trap this morning contained two migrant Diamond-back Moths (Plutella xylostella) - a first for my garden moth trap. Amongst the macros another first was a Dwarf Pug. Other macros were Pale Prominent (3), Swallow Prominent (3), Double-striped Pug (2), Oak-tree Pug (2) and singletons of Brimstone Moth, Brindled Beauty, Brindled Pug, Chestnut, Clouded Drab, Hebrew Character, Least Black Arches, Muslin Moth, Small Phoenix, Spruce Carpet & White-pinion Spotted. A Twenty Plume Moth (Alucita hexadactyla) completed the catch of 18 different species.”


Wendy & Mick Campbell ran their moth trap on 4th May and caught the following 8 species: Common Quaker, Brimstone (2), Hebrew Character (2), Waved Umber, Least Black Arches (3), Powdered Quaker, Nut-tree Tussock, Early Grey (2). There were also a number of Cockchafers and bats flying in the garden.


Derek Brown ran his trap for a couple of hours on 4th May: “I had a Pale Prominent which is new for the year to UTB. I did have it last year but 2nd generation. Also had a Streamer which is new for the garden and several carpets and pugs as yet unidentified. Lots of others but nothing new to UTB.” He also had a Least Black Arches confirmed by Martin on 5th.


Keith Mitchell, Stoke Goldington, sent the following report on 4th May: “In still, far from ideal mothing conditions on 3rd May, I caught my first Swallow Prominent and Silver-Y of the year, along with Red Chestnut, Hebrew Character (14), Clouded Drab (4) and Common Quaker. Other moths last week included 3 Powdered Quaker in one trap.”


Dave Wilton visited several sites on the Berkshire Downs on 3rd May looking for Duke of Burgundy butterflies: “None was seen, however, the only unexpected sighting was of five Silver-Y moths, probably brought in overnight on the southerly winds (it was apparently a good night for immigrants).”


~ Wednesday 3rd May 2006 ~


Wendy & Mick Campbell went to the disused railway line near Winslow on Wednesday 3rd looking for butterflies. They saw their first Burnet Companion of the year and a Ruby Tiger.


Dave Wilton ran his trap again last night (2nd May) and it brought in three new species for the year: Brindled Pug, Brimstone Moth and Lesser Swallow Prominent. “A pristine Garden Carpet was rescued from a spider's web near the back door this afternoon, taking me up to 40 macro species here at Westcott this year. By coincidence this is exactly the same total that I'd reached by 3rd May 2005.”


Derek Brown reported the following on 2nd May: ”At last some moths to report. I've been struggling to get some decent moth numbers in the garden recently - several complete ducks over the last few days: 1x Lunar Marbled Brown and a very dark Ruby Tiger - first of the year at Beenham.”


~ Tuesday 2nd May 2006 ~


May Webber has run her moth trap again and reported the following on 2nd May:

Brindled Beauty on 16th April; Nut-tree Tussock on 17th April; 2 Brimstone moths on 28th April and Muslin moth on 29th April.


2nd May - Shirley and John Spencer attracted the following to their light box at Riseley on April 29th:

Early Grey 2, Hebrew Character 4, Great Prominent 1. “I was not sure about the identification of the Great Prominent as it is a first for us, so I did as you suggested and sent a copy of our photo to Martin Harvey who identified it.”


On 2nd May Dave Wilton sent the following report: “Bringing you up-to-date with this year's sightings in my garden at Westcott, new species over the past few days have been Chocolate-tip, Caloptilia rufipennella and Pseudoswammerdamia combinella (all 28th April) and Muslin Moth (1st May).”


~ Monday 1st May 2006 ~


30/04/06 - Some recent sightings by Jan Haseler include:

20/4 Shinfield Park - Caloptilia rufipennella

26/4 Tilehurst - Oak-tree Pug

27/4 Calcot - Scarlet Tiger caterpillars

and indoors last week -  White-shouldered House Moth


In the afternoon of 28th April David Redhead carried out a transect in Shabbington Wood with sunshine most of the way: “In the ride running SW from the first intersection from the Oakley Wood car park I saw what at first sight I thought was a Small Copper flying a few inches above the centre of the ride. It settled for a few seconds and from the lack of features on the uppersides I identified it as the notable Light Orange Underwing.”

[The Light Orange Underwing spends most of its time in the top of Aspen trees so this was a lucky sighting. Strictly to differentiate the Light Orange Underwing from the more common Orange Underwing you need to examine the outer band on the underside of the hindwings, as David learnt on studying the field guides on his return home. However, as the Light Orange Underwing was definitely identified last year in a nearby ride the expert view is that this was probably a Light Orange Underwing. Our experts – see top of this page – will always be happy to assist in identifying moths which, at times, can be a fraught business.]






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