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Moth Sightings Archive - January to April 2007

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~ Wednesday 2nd May 2007 ~

Les Finch sent the following exciting report today: "In company with my son and Bernard Clark, two MV lights were operated near to a small piece of local woodland (Maidenhead) on 1st May. Despite a near full moon and only partial protection from a gentle north-easterly breeze, part of the catch was quite amazing, the full log being: Oak Hook-tip 1, Chinese Character 1, Mocha 6, Maiden's Blush 1, Red/Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet 1, Small Phoenix 1, Pretty Chalk Carpet 1, Mottled Pug 2, Netted Pug 1, Brindled Pug 2, Double-striped Pug 1, Seraphim 1, Scorched Carpet 11, Brimstone Moth 9, Pale Oak Beauty 1, Engrailed 1, White-pinion Spotted 1, Lime Hawk-moth 2, Lobster Moth 1, Maple Prominent 1, Pale Tussock 3, Orange Footman 4, Least Black Arches 4, Shuttle-shaped Dart 3, Shears 1, Common Quaker 1, Clouded Drab 1, Treble Lines 2, Green Silver-lines 1, Oak Nycteoline 1, and Nut-tree Tussock 6. Pretty Chalk Carpet and Netted Pug are rather scarce in VC22, whilst the six Mochas probably indicate a previously unrecorded colony. I’ve also alerted Martin Harvey to the find and provided him with a bit more detail."

Mocha
Photo © Les Finch
Netted Pug
Photo © Les Finch
Pretty Chalk Carpet
Photo © Les Finch

Green Silver-lines
Photo © Les Finch
Orange Footman
Photo © Les Finch

Keith Mitchell reported the following today, 2nd May: "Of only four moths to be trapped overnight in Stoke Goldington on Friday 27th April, there was one Common Swift, my earliest and only April record."

1st May - Dave Maunder has seen a few more moths around Aylesbury over the last week: Pale Prominent (1), Pale Tussock (2 - 1 male, and a freshly emerged female found on a fence!); Hebrew Character (1); Brimstone moth (1); Pyrausta aurata (2); Many plume (1) and Carnation tortrix (1).

Newly emerged Pale Tussock
Photo © Dave Maunder

Susan Nicholls has run her moth trap in Caversham 5 times during April (18th, 20th, 24th, 27th and 30th): The catch has been interesting as the Common Pug and Muslin Moth are present in greater numbers than previous years and I have had the Nut-tree Tussock on two occasions - this was a new moth for the garden. Adela reaumurella, White-shouldered House Moth, Light Brown Apple Moth, Bramble Shoot Moth, Twenty-plume Moth, Common Pug, Brindled Pug, Double-striped Pug, Scorched Carpet, Brimstone Moth, Brindled Beauty, Muslin Moth, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Flame Shoulder, White-marked, Bright-line Brown-eye, Small Quaker, Powdered Quaker, Common Quaker, Clouded Drab, Hebrew Character, Early Grey, Treble Lines, Pale Mottled Willow, Nut-tree Tussock, Silver Y.

On 30th April Alastair Driver sent this belated summary from the trapping at Ali's Pond LNR: "On 15th April I caught 11 macro species, of which Pale Tussock, Nut-tree Tussock, Pale Mottled Willow and Scarce Tissue were all new for my yearlist.
I also set the trap in my Sonning garden on 25th April and caught my first ever Monopis obviella (many thanks to Peter Hall for the id) - see photo below - the beast is so tiny it's hard to get a focus with an average camera! Also caught my first Common Pug of the year. Still a very sparse catch though."

Monopis obviella
Photo © Alastair Driver

Les Finch sent this report on 30th April: "Visitors to the garden traps (Maidenhead) in the last few nights have been Grey Pine Carpet(1), Currant Pug(1), Brindled Pug(1), Double-striped Pug(3), Brimstone Moth(5), Brindled Beauty(1), Waved Umber(1), Poplar Hawk-moth(1), Coxcomb Prominent(1), Pale Tussock(1), Turnip Moth(1), Heart and Dart(3), Shuttle-shaped Dart(31), Clouded Drab(2), Hebrew Character(4), Dark/Grey Dagger(2), Angle Shades(2), Treble Lines(4), Pale Mottled Willow(14), and Silver Y(1)."

Poplar Hawk-moth
Photo © Les Finch

Nigel Partridge sent the following on 30th April: "Here is a Common Pug for the list. Caught at Loosley Row on 29-4-07."

Common Pug
Photo © Nigel Partridge

Wendy & Mick Campbell were looking for butterflies at Yoesden Bank on Monday 30th. They found a few moths while they were there, including Lesser Treble-bar, Pyrausta sp., Common Carpet, Burnet Companion (2), Adela Reaumurella (lots) and Mother Shipton (2).

On 28th April Wendy Wilson was out looking for butterflies and saw a Small Yellow Underwing (Panemeria tenebrata) resting, with its underwings showing, on a dead twig in a flowery bit of waste ground behind the churchyard in Denham village (TQ044 871). "It flew as I got my camera out. On returning home I found a Pyrausta aurata/purpuralis sunning itself on a forget-me-not in my garden in Gerrards Cross, where I've seen them in previous years."

~ Sunday 29th April 2007 ~

John parsons, Newbury sent this news today, 29th April: "Last summer I sent a picture of Emperor Moth caterpillars and late yesterday one emerged, a female. This evening I took it in a netted sandwich box back to Greenham Common and within 10 minutes a wild male had arrived and assembled with her, so there must be a good population on Greenham."

Derek Brown had several new moths for the year in his garden in Beenham on the 28th April: "Mullein, Foxglove Pug, Spectacle, Grey Pine Carpet, White Ermine, Pale Tussock and 1 that seems to be new for the UTB list - Treble Lines. The Mullein is the first I've ever had at Beenham and takes my year list to 39 and the garden list to 232 macros. (It's clear that the moths are following the butterflies in a pattern of early emergence.)"

Pale Tussock
Photo © Derek Brown
Treble Lines
Photo © Derek Brown

Richard Soulsby had a productive transect at Swyncombe Downs on Saturday afternoon, 28th April: Along with the butterflies recorded were a number of moths - Common Carpet, a Cinnabar and a “flock” of Adela reaumurella, plus Pyrausta nigrata and Pyrausta aurata.

Active day-flying moths seen by Dave Wilton in the railway cutting west of Westcott yesterday, 28th April included: Adela reaumurella (100+), Pammene rhediella (1), Grapholita jungiella (1), Pyrausta aurata (12), Lesser Treble-bar (1), Common Heath (3) and Cinnabar (2), while a Common Carpet was disturbed from the vegetation.

Adela reaumurella
Photo © Dave Wilton
Common Carpet
Photo © Dave Wilton

Jan Haseler sent the following report yesterday, 28th April: "I have had some very early moth sightings over the last few weeks:
Tilehurst – 10 April
Pale Tussock and Eudonia angustea. The previous earliest record on the VC22 database for Pale Tussock is 20 Apr 2002. The previous earliest record for Eudonia angustea is 22 Apr 2002.
Finchampstead 16 April
Cydia succedana and Phyllonorycter ulmifoliella (in a gorse bush)
Bearwood – 20 April
Speckled Yellow (previous earliest record 15 May 1998)
Moor Copse Extension – 27 April
10 species of moth, including Seraphim, Scorched Carpet and Coronet. The previous earliest record for Coronet is 20 May 2004."

Dave Wilton had a three-hour stint with the Robinson MV at Finemere Wood on Thursday night, 25th April: "It proved to be quite interesting, with more than 20 species trapped. Most numerous was the Great Prominent (28 caught!), while others included Maiden's Blush, Pale Tussock, Seraphim, Tawny-barred Angle and the tortrix Syndemis musculana.

Great Prominent
Photo © Dave Wilton
Tawny-barred Angle
Photo © Dave Wilton
Pale Tussock
Photo © Dave Wilton

~ Wednesday 25th April 2007 ~

Peter Hall ran his overnight moth trap in his Ballinger Common (Bucks) garden on 23rd April with the following results: March Moth, Brindled Pug, Nut-tree Tussock, Double-striped Pug, Hebrew Character, Lesser Swallow Prominent, Pine Beauty, Purple Thorn, Pebble Hook-tip, Chinese Character, Water Carpet, Tawny-barred Angle, Flame Shoulder, Clouded Drab, Scalloped Hazel, Iron Prominent, Waved Umber, Brimstone Moth, Early Grey, Least Black Arches, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Swallow Prominent, White-spotted Pug, Early Tooth-striped, Alucita hexadactyla, Scrobipalpa costella and Eriocrania subpurpurella.
[The photos below show the diagnostic tornal (posterior corner) white wedge-shaped marking of the Lesser Swallow Prominent.]

Lesser Swallow Prominent
Photo © Peter Hall
Swallow Prominent
Photo © Peter Hall
Scalloped Hazel
Photo © Peter Hall

Les Finch says the night of 24th April proved to be his best of the year so far: "Especially in terms of numbers trapped. The trend of early emergence continued, with Spruce Carpet, Foxglove Pug, Currant Pug and Heart & Dart being taken in the garden traps in Maidenhead, Berks."

Shirley & John Spencer sent their latest moth records today, 25th: "April 23rd - Riseley, Great Prominent 1, Frosted Green 1, Hebrew Character 3."

Eddie Napper sent this sighting today, 25th: "One moth I noticed that wasn't on your year list was Lychnis. I had one on 23/04/07 in my garden in Wokingham, Berks."

Lychnis
Photo © Eddie Napper

This news was received from Dave Ferguson today, 25th April: "Deploying my moth trap in my garden (Beaconsfield, Bucks) last night (24th/25th April) for the first time this year gave the following result: Moths: 0, Cockchafers: 3. The suspiciously contented look of this trio of interlopers gave rise to the following question: do Cockchafers eat moths??"
[The answer to Dave's rhetorical question, for anyone who might be interested, is that Cockchafers are vegetarians, feeding on various plant material!]

~ Tuesday 24th April 2007 ~

24/04/07 - A few more moths seen in Aylesbury recently by Dave Maunder include:- " Small Dusty Wave (1 on 20th), Pale Pinion (1), Nut-tree Tussock (1), Double-striped Pug (1), Adela reaumurella (4, in woods near Chequers) and last night at my garden m.v. I managed Lime Hawk-moths (2) and Brimstone moth (1)."

The following report was received from Les Finch today, 24th April: "Bernard Clark, my son and I ran two MV lights at the BBOWT, Woolley Firs site on Monday 23rd April. The catch was Pebble Hook-tip(1), Chinese Character(1), Frosted Green(1), Red/Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet(1), Water Carpet(1), Red-green Carpet(1), Grey Pine Carpet(4), Green Carpet(7), Brindled Pug(19), Double-striped Pug(11), Scorched Carpet(5), Brimstone Moth(7), White-pinion Spotted(1), Lunar Marbled Brown(3), Least Black Arches(8), Shuttle-shaped Dart(8), Powdered Quaker(1), Common Quaker(5), Clouded Drab(3), Hebrew Character(7), Mullein(1), Angle Shades(2), and Nut-tree Tussock(2). In recent days, moths in the actinic traps at home in Maidenhead have included Pebble Hook-tip (22nd), Coxcomb Prominent (23rd), and Dark/Grey Dagger (23rd)."

Pebble Hook-tip
Photo © Les Finch

23rd April - Peter Hall sent the photos below, taken over the past week or so.

Iron Prominent
Photo © Peter Hall
Angle Shades
Photo © Peter Hall
Twin-spotted Quaker
Photo © Peter Hall

Juliet and Alan Gudge ran a trap in their garden in Frieth, Bucks, on 22nd April: "We had 14 species including both Lunar Marbled Brown and Marbled Brown. We haven't had them at the same time before so it was good to be able to compare them. We also had Flame Shoulder, a possible Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet (unconfirmed) and Common Marbled Carpet."

Nigel Partridge sent the following on 23rd April, all from his moth trap at Loosley Row:"Dark/Grey Dagger on 21-04-07; Spruce Carpet (I'm waiting for Martin to confirm this one) on 21-04-07 and Yellow-barred Brindle on 22-04-07."

Spruce Carpet (pending confirmation)
Photo © Nigel Partridge
Dark or Grey Dagger
Photo © Nigel Partridge
Yellow-barred Brindle
Photo © Nigel Partridge

~ Sunday 22nd April 2007 ~

Adam Bassett sent another set of moth records for his garden in Marlow Bottom, Bucks: "Quite a cold night on 21st April, so the catch was small, but Frosted Green and Pine Beauty were new to the garden list - Barred Hook-tip, Frosted Green, Streamer, Brimstone Moth, Brindled Beauty, Lunar Marbled Brown, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Cabbage Moth, Pine Beauty, Clouded Drab, Hebrew Character, Early Grey, Nut-tree Tussock and Spectacle. Also had my first Cockchafer of the season."

Wendy Wilson sent this note on 22nd April: "I've just been looking at the website and I see Dave Maunder saw a Many-plume moth (some books call it Twenty-plume moth) on 01/04/07. I thought you might like this photo of one I took on April 13th to illustrate his sighting as you don't have one. It landed by chance on my landing windowsill (in Bucks) which has a honeysuckle just outside, I let it out and the next day another slightly smaller and paler one came."

Many-plume moth
Photo © Wendy Wilson

Dave Wilton sent his latest moth report today, Sunday 22nd April: "The moth-trap continues to provide further additions to my Westcott garden list for this year each time it is switched on. New species over the past couple of days have included Muslin Moth, Flame Shoulder (both 19th April) and Lesser Swallow Prominent, White Ermine, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Pale Mottled Willow (all 20th April). A delightful little micro with hairy antennae, Incurvaria masculella, was present in the garden during the day-time on 20th April (see photo below). A trapping session with Bill Parker for BBOWT at Rushbeds Wood on 21st April produced over 20 species but there was little that hasn't already been recorded. Highlights included Water Carpet, Early Tooth-striped, Waved Umber, Purple Thorn and Coxcomb Prominent. The most numerous visitors to our traps were Frosted Green, Lunar Marbled Brown and Nut-tree Tussock (the latter including a couple of the brown form melanotica)."

Incurvaria masculella
Photo © Dave Wilton
Nut-tree Tussocks
Photo © Dave Wilton

Nigel Partridge reports another new moth for the 2007 species list: Loosley Row, 19-4-07 Coxcomb Prominent.

Nigel Partridge
Photo © Nigel Partridge

Les Finch, in company with Bernard Clark, operated two MV lights near to a small piece of local woodland on 19th April: "These attracted Frosted Green(11), March Moth(1), Common Carpet(1), Streamer(1), Brindled Pug(21), Oak-tree Pug(1), Double-striped Pug(1), Scorched Carpet(14), Brimstone Moth(4), Waved Umber(2), Engrailed(3), Lime Hawk-moth(1), Lunar Marbled Brown(1), Least Black Arches(1), Turnip Moth(1), Shuttle-shaped Dart(2), Small Quaker(10), Common Quaker(5), Hebrew Character(1), Satellite(2), and Nut-tree Tussock(8)." On 20th April Les ran his trap at home in Maidenhead and the catch included a Pebble Prominent.

Pebble Prominent.
Photo © Les Finch

Eddie Napper reports that on 28/03/07 on East Berks Golf Course, Crowthorne he found an Orange Underwing agg. on a footpath adjacent to the course.
[To differentiate the Orange Underwing from the scarcer Light Orange Underwing the outer band on the underside of the hindwings needs to be examined. The dark border on the underside of the hindwing of the Orange Underwing is less well defined (broken or notched). There are some excellent photos on the Suffolk Moths website, which shows the notching on the underside of the Orange Underwing - see the following links:
- Orange Underwing:
http://www.suffolkmoths.org.uk/cgi-bin/mos/account.cgi?code=1661
- Light Orange Underwing: http://www.suffolkmoths.org.uk/cgi-bin/mos/account.cgi?code=1662 ]

~ Thursday 19th April 2007 ~

Richard Soulsby went to Hartslock this afternoon, 19th April: In addition to recording good numbers of butterflies he saw several Pyrausta nigrata and one very fresh Mother Shipton.

Shirley & John Spencer sent some more moth records from Riseley on 18th April: "On Monday 16th April, Common Quaker 1, Small Quaker 3, Hebrew Character 1, Clouded Drab, Early Grey 3, Frosted Green 2, Nut-tree Tussock 1. The last two were new species for our garden. The year seems to have started rather well!"

Overnight in his Wokingham garden on 17/04/07, Eddie Napper trapped: a Cabbage Moth and on 15/04/07 a Sallow Kitten.

Cabbage Moth
Photo © Eddie Napper
Sallow Kitten
Photo © Eddie Napper

The cold nights affected the intake of David Redhead's second overnight garden moth trap of the year. It was just 4C when he switched it off on Wednesday morning, 18th April, to find only 6 moths inside : 3 Swallow Prominent, 2 Hebrew Character and 1 Nut-tree Tussock.

18th April - A few more moths seen around Aylesbury recently by Dave Maunder include: "Common quaker (4), Early Grey (1), Angle Shades (1 - freshly emerged on my fence), Grey/Dark dagger (1), Pyrausta aurata (2), Many Plume (1), Brimstone moth (3), Streamer (1), Purple Thorn (1 - my first seen in Aylesbury) and Double-striped Pug (1)."

Lime Hawk-moth
(moth trap 11/04/07)
Photo © Dave Maunder
Angle Shades
Photo © Dave Maunder
Purple Thorn
Photo © Dave Maunder

Wendy & Mick Campbell recorded a Small Purple-barred at Hartslock on Monday 16th April.

Keith Mitchell sent the following report on 15th April: "Not many moths trapped this weekend in Stoke Goldington, but amongst the usual species were 2 Muslin, 1 Shuttle-shaped Dart, 1 Lesser Swallow Prominent (photo below) and 1 Swallow Prominent - all firsts for me this year."

Lesser Swallow Prominent
Photo © Keith Mitchell

Peter Hall sent the following list of moths, from his Ballinger garden on 10th April: Common Quaker, Small Quaker, Clouded Drab, Hebrew Character, Brindled Pug, Twin Spotted Quaker, Chestnut, Nut-tree Tussock, Oak Beauty, Satellite, Dotted Chestnut, Iron Prominent, Engrailed, Muslin, Streamer, Alucita Hexadactyla, Early Grey, Red Chestnut.

~ Tuesday 17th April 2007 ~

Following on from Dave Wilton's Emperor Moth report of 13th April (click here), Tim Watts sent the following news on 17th April: "An Emperor Moth, found and photographed by Colleen in the grounds of Brookes University, Oxford, today, 17th April. It was on a busy path and would almost certainly have been squashed so Colleen moved it into shrubs. I'm really jealous - it's a moth I've always wanted to see and thought a trip to a heathland type site was needed!"

Emperor Moth
Photo © Colleen Watts

Les Finch reports from Maidenhead on his latest garden moth traps: "Worthy of note in the traps in the last few days have been Frosted Green (2 on 17th), Scorched Carpet (1 on 16th), and Ruby Tiger (2 on 17th)."

Frosted Green
Photo © Les Finch
Scorched Carpet
Photo © Les Finch
Ruby Tiger
Photo © Les Finch

Dave Wilton's report for 17th April follows: "As others have also noted, the diversity of moths in the trap has improved considerably over the past week. Further new species in my garden at Westcott have included Lime Hawk-moth, Iron Prominent and Agonopterix subpropinquella (all 15th April) plus Brindled Beauty, Pale Prominent, Least Black Arches and Spectacle (all 16th April). Some of the smallest micros have also started to arrive and will require expert identification under a microscope."

Whilst up at Swyncombe on Monday afternoon, 16th April, Tom Stevenson came across two moths: Pyrausta sp. (aurata or purpuralis) and Pyrausta nigrata.

Nigel Partridge ran his moth trap at Loosley Row on 16-4-07 and had a Waved Umber (see photo below).

Waved Umber
Photo © Nigel Partridge

Mick & Wendy Campbell ran a moth trap in their garden near Thame on Sunday 15th April and caught the following 10 species:Chinese Character, Brimstone, Small Phoenix, Early Grey, Hebrew Character, Common Quaker, Early Tooth-striped, Purple Thorn, Emmelina Monodactyla and Small Quaker. Also, on their house wall that morning was a fresh Streamer and later on during the day at Bradenham Bank a single longhorn moth, Adela reaumurella and at Lodge Hill their first Cinnabar moth of the year.

On 15h April Dave Wilton went to the disused railway line to the west of Westcott village again looking for butterflies: "There was more interest amongst the day-flying moths there. I saw Common Heath (2, both male), Ruby Tiger (1), Pyrausta aurata (1)and Semioscopis steinkellneriana (2) flying in the brilliant sunshine.
Last night (14th) my garden trap at Westcott added Chinese Character, Swallow Prominent, Chocolate-tip, Bright-line Brown-eye and Pseudoswammerdamia combinella to my garden list for the year, as well as a tortrix (Dichrorampha sp.) which will require the attention of an expert."

Adam Bassett sent some more records from his garden in Marlow Bottom, Bucks, trapped on 14th April: Streamer, Brindled Pug, Double-striped Pug, Scalloped Hazel, Brindled Beauty, White-pinion Spotted, Lesser Swallow Prominent, Lunar Marbled Brown, Muslin Moth, Least Black Arches, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Common Quaker, Clouded Drab, Twin-spotted Quaker, Hebrew Character, Early Grey, Nut-tree Tussock and Herald. Also 2 Sexton Beetles in the box - nicrophorus humator.

Danny Howard sent this news on 15th April: "Not sure this counts but my first Puss Moth emerged last night (Cowley area) from some larvae I reared last year!"
[As this isn't a 'wild' moth it won't be added to the UTB 2007 Species List, but an interesting report nevertheless.]

Puss Moth
Photo © Danny Howard

~ Monday 16th April 2007 ~

Peter Hall sent an updated graph showing the UTB Cumulative Species Count to mid March. The previous best tally for moths to the end of April is 76 and we’re already on 87.

UTB Cumulative Moth Species Count to mid-March
(click chart to enlarge)
Chart courtesy of Peter Hall

A quick update on the moths at Beenham from Derek Brown: "The numbers and diversity are starting to pick up now with 14 sps over the last 2 nights including a Great Prominent on the 13th and a Pebble Prominent on the 14th. I also had my first Frosted Green, Nut-Tree Tussock, Streamer and Powdered Quakers of the year."

Great Prominent
Photo © Derek Brown
Pebble Prominent
Photo © Derek Brown
Streamer
Photo © Derek Brown

On the night of the 13th April Ched George had his first Radnage garden record of Great Prominent and on the 14th he had his 3rd garden record for Acleris literana.

The following was received from Les Finch on 14th April: "The recent spell of fine weather has no doubt been responsible for some of the earliest recorded flying dates in VC22. In the last few days, the following have been noted in the garden (Maidenhead) in addition to other species reported earlier this week - Garden Carpet (1 on 11th), Waved Umber (1 on 11th), and Muslin Moth (1 on 13th). A White-marked on 11th April was also a welcomed addition."

White-marked
Photo © Les Finch
Waved Umber
Photo © Les Finch
Muslin Moth
Photo © Les Finch

Dave Wilton sent this interesting report on 13th April: "I've had 15 Emperor Moth cocoons over-wintering in my garage in Westcott from some caterpillars found last year. A female emerged this morning so at lunchtime I placed her securely inside a roomy metal bird-feeder and suspended it from a branch of the Lime tree in our garden. Not really expecting anything to happen, I then went out for a couple of hours. When I came back at about 3pm I could see from the kitchen window what I thought was a Peacock bombing around the garden but it seemed to adopt some very strange behaviour - rummaging around in the garden vegetation. Venturing outside I could see that it was actually a male Emperor Moth! He kept flying around the garden searching for the female and took almost an hour to locate her even though as soon as I saw him I took the female out of the feeder and placed her in full view on the trunk of the tree. Mating took place immediately after he landed and lasted for about two hours. So, the male being a "wild" Bucks specimen, you can now add Emperor Moth to the UTB list. My trip out this afternoon took me back yet again to the disused railway line west of Westcott Airfield where I saw Pyrausta aurata (4) and managed to get a picture of a female Common Heath."

Emperor Moth
Photo © Dave Wilton
Common Heath
Photo © Dave Wilton

Alan Gudge sent the following report from Frieth, Bucks, on 13th April: "Just browsing the moth sightings page and noticed Pine Beauty was recorded on 8th April by Derek Brown. We also had a Pine Beauty in our garden trap last night (12th April). We also had two new species for our garden last night: White-marked and Early Tooth-striped plus 11 other species with a total of 33 moths, the best night for us this year so far."

~ Thursday 12th April 2007 ~

Just received from Nigel Partridge, a Least Black Arches trapped in his garden moth trap in Loosley Row on 12th April.

Least Black Arches
Photo © Nigel Partridge

Last night, 11th April, Dave Maunder ran his garden m.v. trap in Aylesbury for the first time this year: "I got an early Lime Hawk-moth, plus 3 Light Brown Apple Moths and a Many-plume moth."

Dave Wilton has been out and about running his moth traps recently: "For three hours on 10th April I ran a 15wt actinic bulb suspended over a white sheet beside a sallow at the turning circle in the centre of Finemere Wood. Moths seen were Frosted Green (5), Streamer (1), Water Carpet (1), Brindled Pug (1, of the melanic form hirschkei), Early Thorn (3), Engrailed (5), Red Chestnut (2), Small Quaker (2), Common Quaker (6), Clouded Drab (7), Twin-spotted Quaker (1), Hebrew Character (1), Satellite (2), Chestnut (1) and Diurnea fagella (1). The following night, 11th April, I tried the same 15wt arrangement along the disused railway line west of Westcott Airfield but this proved disappointing, mainly because my chosen site was in the cutting and the night-time down-slope breeze meant that it got quite cold very quickly. All that I got for my trouble were Shoulder Stripe (1), Engrailed (2), Red Chestnut (2), Powdered Quaker (1), Common Quaker (1), Clouded Drab (1) and Semiocopsis steinkellneriana (4). I had also been to the cutting during the daytime and saw a single Common Heath there. Back home at Westcott I've continued to add new species to my garden list for the year but most are already on the UTB list: Brimstone Moth, Agonopterix purpurea, Agonopterix arenella (all 8th April), Endrosis sarcitrella (9th April) and Tawny Pinion (10th April)."

Water Carpet
Photo © Dave Wilton
Frosted Green
Photo © Dave Wilton

David Redhead sent his first garden moth trap results from Littlemore, Oxford on 11th April: "Actually got my moth trap out at last on bank holiday Monday and recorded the following when I went through its contents the next morning (10th): Brindled Pug (2), Clouded Drab (9), Common Quaker (2), Early Thorn (1), Early Grey (1), Early Tooth-striped (1), Engrailed (1), Hebrew Character (15), Lead-coloured Drab (1), Oak Nycteoline (1), Pale Pinion (2), Small Quaker (12), Swallow Prominent (2), Twenty-plume Moth (2), Twin-spotted Quaker (1) making 15 species and 53 individuals. Not a bad start - I think Swallow Prominent may be a first for the UTB 2007 list. The Early Tooth-striped is a first for my garden list but only because I have not done too many pre-May moth traps before."

On 11th April Derek Brown sent the following from Beenham: "I trapped a Blossom Underwing on the 7th April. I was bit unsure on this so had it checked out by the County Moth Recorders (see top of this page) and they agree on the ID. This may be either a local resident or a migrant. Interestingly I had a second, (not the same individual), on the next night and we do have large numbers of Oaks nearby."

Blossom Underwing
Photo © Derek Brown

Eddie Napper sent his latest update on 11th April: "Records from the last few days from my garden in Wokingham and what I believe are new for the list. Overnight on 10/04/07 I ran a 30w actinic and results are a Red-green Carpet and White Shouldered House Moth (Endrosis sarcitrella). Overnight on 09/04/07 I ran a 125w MV and caught a Grey Pine Carpet and Eriocrania subpurpurella."

Red-green Carpet
Photo © Eddie Napper

Nigel Partridge trapped another new species for the UTB 2007 Species list: "At Loosley Row on 10th April, a Water Carpet."

Water Carpet
Photo © Nigel Partridge

Tony Towner ran his garden trap in Tilehurst during the evening of 07/04/07 and all through the night: "Moths recorded were: Hebrew Character (5), Early Grey (1), Small Quaker (3), Common Quaker (3) and Shuttle-shaped Dart. It also attracted my first Caddis fly."

Shuttle-shaped Dart
Photo © Tony Towner
Shuttle-shaped Dart - showing the characteristic dark crest over the thorax that Darts have.
Photo © Tony Towner

Les Finch sent this moth report on 10th April: "Regular garden trapping (Maidenhead) between 25th March and 9th April yielded: March Moth(3), Double-striped Pug(15), Brindled Beauty(1), Oak Beauty(1), Shuttle-shaped Dart(1), Small Quaker(76), Lead-coloured Drab(2), Powdered Quaker(1), Common Quaker(75), Clouded Drab(9), Twin-spotted Quaker(2), Hebrew Character(46), Early Grey(19), Chestnut(2), Angle Shades(4), and Pale Mottled Willow(7). In company with Bernard Clark, two MV lights were operated near to a small piece of local woodland on 7th April. These attracted March Moth(11), Brimstone Moth(1), Early Thorn(2), Lunar Marbled Brown(1), Small Quaker(25), Powdered Quaker(1), Common Quaker(10), Clouded Drab(3), Hebrew Character(2), Satellite(4), Chestnut(4), and Nut-tree Tussock(3). Below is an image of the Powdered Quaker trapped on 7 April."

Powdered Quaker
Photo © Les Finch

~ Wednesday 11th April 2007 ~

Peter Holland ran his garden moth trap in Wallingford on 9th April and recorded single specimens of Early Thorn, Early Grey, Double Striped Pug and Chocolate-tip (plus two large burying beetles!).

Keith Mitchell sent this news from Stoke Goldington on 10th April: "In my Skinner trap this morning, along with the more usual Hebrew Character, Common and Small Quaker and Clouded Drab were two Blossom Underwing. This seemingly scarce moth has been annual here in April since 2004."

Blossom Underwing
Photo © Keith Mitchell

Shirley & John Spencer sent their latest records as follows: "7th April, Riseley, Early Grey 1, Hebrew Character 1, Oak Beauty 1. The Oak Beauty was a first for our garden and fortunately an easy moth to identify!"

Adam Bassett sent this report on 9th April: "I put my Skinner trap on for the first time this year on April 9th in my garden in Marlow Bottom and had the following records. Usual spring fare, but Buttoned Snout was new for the garden. This actually appeared on the lounge window as the box was put on: Semioscopis steinkellneriana, Streamer, Brindled Pug, Double-striped Pug, Early Thorn, Dotted Border, Engrailed, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Small Quaker, Common Quaker, Clouded Drab, Twin-spotted Quaker, Hebrew Character, Chestnut, Nut-tree Tussock, Buttoned Snout.

Buttoned Snout
Photo © Adam Bassett

Ched George sent the following report on 10th April: "Ypsolopha mucronella recorded at my Radnage garden trap on April 5th, whereas last night (9th) I had my first Double-striped Pug of the year. Also present were Hebrew Character (19) Common Quaker (16) Small Quaker (4), March Moth (4), Streamer (2), Clouded Drab (1), Brindled Beauty (1), Twin-spotted Quaker (2), Nut-tree Tussock (1) and Early Thorn (1). Not seen Shoulder-stripe yet."

Tom Stevenson ran his home made trap overnight on 9th April in Benson, Oxon: "Just 3 moths, an Emmelina monodactyla, Early Thorn and a Pale Mottled Willow."

Pale Mottled Willow
Photo © Tom Stevenson

~ Monday 9th April 2007 ~

Peter Hall ran his garden moth trap in Ballinger Common on 8th April and caught the following 12 species: Alucita hexadactyla (Twenty-plume), Emmelina monodactyla, March Moth, Early Thorn (see photo at top of page), Purple Thorn, Lunar Marbled Brown (see photo below), Small Quaker, Common Quaker, Clouded Drab, Twin-spotted Quaker, Hebrew Character and Nut-tree Tussock.

Lunar Marbled Brown
Photo © Peter Hall

Jan Haseler sent this report today, 9th April: "We had our first moth-trapping expedition to the new extension to BBOWT's Moor Copse Reserve on Sunday 8th April and recorded 13 species of moth, including Epinotia immundana, Early Tooth-striped, Purple Thorn, Powdered Quaker, Nut-tree Tussock and a very early Nutmeg."

Martin Townsend sent the following record today, 9th April: "Found in Littlemore, Oxon by a friend, Roy Baker, a very early female Lime Hawk-moth was brought to me last week, fatally injured at the roadside on the 5th April."

Derek Brown had a couple of Pine Beauty moths in his trap in Beenham last night, 8th April, which is new to the UTB 2007 species list (see photo at top of page).

Keith Mitchell sent this report from Stoke Goldington on 8th April: "A new Micro with a distinctive resting posture at my front door lights on 4th April turned out to be an uncommon Ypsolopha mucronella which hasn't been reported to the UTB website since 1st April 2004."

Dave Wilton's moth trap in Westcott on 5th April brought him a fresh Nut-tree Tussock, a new moth for his garden list, taking it to 450 species.

Nut-tree Tussock
Photo © Dave Wilton

~ Saturday 7th April 2007 ~

Nigel Partridge ran his garden moth trap in Loosley Row last night, 6th April: "I caught two species which are new for the species list - Dotted Chestnut and Tawny Pinion."

Dotted Chestnut
Photo © Nigel Partridge
Tawny Pinion
Photo © Nigel Partridge

Derek Brown had an early Lunar Marbled Brown on 2nd April and several Brindled Beauty moths over the last 2 nights (6th and 7th April) in his garden at Beenham.

~ Wednesday 4th April 2007 ~

Nigel Partridge recorded Agonopterix arenella on 1st April, caught in Loosley Row, Bucks.

Agonopterix arenella
Photo © Nigel Partridge

2nd April - Dave Wilton says he's been getting reasonable numbers of moths in his trap at Westcott over the past couple of weeks but few new species: "The only additions to my garden list for this year have been Oak Nycteoline (25th March plus another, different, specimen on 1st April), Powdered Quaker (28th March), Angle Shades (28th March) and Diurnea fagella (27th March)."
Dave also reported the following on 3rd April: "the Vapourer eggs which I found near Marsh Gibbon, Bucks back in mid-February began to hatch today (3rd April) and I now have a large number of very hairy caterpillars barely 2mm in length!"

Vapourer Moth Caterpillars
Photo © Dave Wilton

On 1st April Dave Maunder sent these recent moth sightings from Aylesbury: Grey Shoulder-knot (1 - see photo), Small Quaker, March Moth (1), Early Grey (1), Dotted Border (1), Emmelina monodactyla (10), Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (1) and Alucita hexadactyla (Many-plume Moth) (1).

Grey Shoulder-knot
Photo © Dave Maunder

Keith Mitchell reported the following on 31st March: "Not much to shout about in terms of moths attracted to light, but an unseasonal Pyrausta aurata was observed flitting about in my conservatory in Stoke Goldington this morning, 31st March, in the sunshine. We have lots of these in the summer on the Sage and Marjoram. I doubt whether the adults would overwinter so the chances are it's newly hatched from an indoor pupa. Whatever the circumstance, still an interesting record."

~ Wednesday 28th March 2007 ~

Jan Haseler sent this report today, 28th March: "There's an Early Thorn on the wall at Shinfield Park this morning and yesterday, 27th, there was a Double-striped Pug (also on the wall)."

~ Tuesday 27th March 2007 ~

26th March - Shirley and John Spencer sent their latest records from Riseley in Berks: On 24th March - Hebrew Character 2, Common Quaker 4, Small Quaker 12, Clouded Drab 2.

25th March - Les Finch has been running regular moth traps in his Maidenhead (Berks) garden since his last report: "Since my last posting (to 11th March) my garden trap has yielded March Moth(2), Streamer(2), Double-striped Pug(1), Oak Beauty(2), Small Quaker(61), Common Quaker(39), Clouded Drab(4), Hebrew Character(26), Pale Pinion(1), Early Grey(3), and Chestnut(1)."

~ Monday 19th March 2007 ~

Jan Haseler reported the following on 18th March: "Laurie and I ran a moth trap close to sallow blossom at Moor Copse for a few hours on Friday 16th March and took 12 species of moth, including White-marked, Red Chestnut and Brindled Pug."

White-marked
Photo © Jan Haseler

Keith Mitchell sent the following report on 16th March: "I was pleasantly surprised to find a male Small Brindled Beauty (a first for me) on my doorstep in Stoke Goldington this morning, 16th, as records are few and far beween in North Bucks."

Small Brindled Beauty
Photo © Keith Mitchell

~ Thursday 15th March 2007 ~

Dave Wilton sent this update on 14th March: "Since my last report from Westcott I've added several new species to my garden list for the year, including Engrailed (10th), Early Grey (11th), Red Chestnut, Twin-spotted Quaker, Pale Pinion, Herald and Agonopterix ocellana (all 12th). These all came to the moth-trap apart from the Herald which was found flying around inside the garage."

Red Chestnut
Photo © Dave Wilton
Herald
Photo © Dave Wilton

Alastair Driver sent the following report on 13th March: "I had an amazingly productive night's trapping at Ali's Pond LNR Sonning, Berks, on Monday night, 12th March. Caught approximately 300 macros of 12 species, along with a single micro specimen - Diurnea fagella. New for my parish records were Pale Pinion, Powdered Quaker and Grey Shoulder-knot and new for the site were Pale Brindled Beauty and Oak Beauty."

Dave Maunder saw the following moths in Aylesbury recently: A Grey Shoulder-knot and Agonopterix Heracliana on 11th March and then Dotted Border (1) and Emmelina monodactyla (6), all seen resting on various fences while walking his children to school on 13th March.

At a Brown Hairstreak egg hunt in the Piddington area on 12th March, Wendy Campbell found an Oak Eggar caterpillar on blackthorn. Photos were taken by Wendy Wilson and sent to Martin Townsend who confirmed the species.

Oak Eggar caterpillar
Photo © Wendy Wilson
Oak Eggar caterpillar
Photo © Wendy Wilson

~ Monday 12th March 2007 ~

Sheila and Eric Dunford had a Hummingbird Hawk-moth in their garden in Marcham Oxon today (12th), nectaring on Aubretia.

~ Sunday 11th March 2007 ~

Dennis Dell recorded a Hummingbird Hawk-moth in his garden in Aylesbury, Bucks today (11th) at 5pm. It was nectaring on a Pulmonaria flower. The temperature was 11 degrees.

Nigel Partridge reported two new species for the sightings list today: Diurnea fagella (male) and Twin-spotted Quaker, both caught 11-3-07, Loosley Row.

Diurnea fagella
Photo © Nigel Partridge
Twin-spotted Quaker
Photo © Nigel Partridge

Les Finch ran an actinic light in his Maidenhead garden overnight on 11th March: "It attracted a Brimstone Moth. This is the earliest date that I’ve recorded this species and no doubt this is a reflection of the recent spell of mild weather. Daily trapping since my last report has yielded March Moth(1), Double-striped Pug(1), Dotted Border(1), Small Quaker(37), Lead-coloured Drab(1), Common Quaker(44), Hebrew Character(16), Early Grey(4), Chestnut(1) and Angle Shades(2)."

Brimstone Moth
Photo © Les Finch
March Moth
Photo © Les Finch

~ Saturday 10th March 2007 ~

[Please see the amendment note regarding the Figure of Eight photo under Dave Wilton's report of 1st March.]

Tony Towner found his first moth for 2007 sitting on the front door at his home in Tilehurst, Berks: "It was a Light Brown Apple Moth on 01/03/07. This was also my first species last year (15/02/06). I ran my garden trap for the 3rd time this year on 10th March and at last was successful. Previous attempts on 19/01/07 & 16/02/07 drew a blank. Moths recorded were: Early Grey (1) : Small Quaker (4) : Hebrew Character (1) : Common Quaker (1)."

Shirley & John Spencer sent this report on 9th March: "I have at last something to report from Riseley, Berks! Our first attempt with the lightbox in February failed to attract any moths, but on March 7th we caught the following: Dotted Border 1, Hebrew Character 1, Small Quaker 4."

Nigel Partridge sent the following report on 9th March: "Here are two for the sightings list. The first is a Shoulder-stripe, the other is a Pale Pinion. These both were caught 8-3-07, Loosley Row, Bucks."

Shoulder-stripe
Photo © Nigel Partridge
Pale Pinion
Photo © Nigel Partridge

Dave Wilton sent his latest report on 8th March: "On 6th March my 125wt MV Robinson was left on all night in the garden at Westcott and it brought in March Moth (1), Shoulder Stripe (1), Dotted Border (3), Small Quaker (4), Common Quaker (5), Clouded Drab (2), Hebrew Character (1) and Emmelina monodactyla (1). Having released them all at the other end of the village I tried the Robinson again on 7th March, this time using a twin 30wt actinic set-up. By 10.30pm, when I switched it off because the temperature had fallen almost to zero, it had brought in Oak Beauty (1), Dotted Border (3), Small Quaker (3), Lead-coloured Drab (1), Common Quaker (2), Clouded Drab (1) and Hebrew Character (2). The two Drabs are illustrated below, the slightly smaller Lead-coloured Drab on the left and the Clouded Drab on the right. The easiest way to tell the males apart is by their antennae, the Lead-coloured's being visibly feathered even to the naked eye while those on the Clouded are not, although they do have rows of small stumps when viewed with a hand lens. I ran the actinic trap again tonight, 8th March, for a couple of hours and managed to add Early Thorn (2) and Satellite (1) to my species list for the year so it looks as if the season is officially under way!

Lead-coloured Drab (left) & Clouded Drab (right)
Photo © Dave Wilton

~ Wednesday 7th March 2007 ~

7th March - A few moths seen recently in Aylesbury by Dave Maunder: Dotted Border (2, on 27th Feb.), Pale Brindled Beauty (1 on 4th March), Shoulder-stripe (1 on 7th March) and Emmelina monodactyla (1 also on 7th).

The following report was received from Brian Clews on 6th March: "I saw a Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Sheepdrove Farm, Lambourn, Berks this afternoon."

~ Monday 5th March 2007 ~

On 4th March Dave Wilton sent this report: "Last night in my garden at Westcott I managed to get into double-figures for the first time this year, with Common Quaker (6), Hebrew Character (4) and Agonopterix heracliana (1). Three of the Quakers and two of the Hebrew Characters were found by torchlight, nectaring on the flowers of Mahonia. When newly emerged the Hebrew Character is a bit more than "just another brown job" and has some quite intricate patterns on its wings, as can be seen on the photo below."

Hebrew Character
Photo © Dave Wilton

As a result of the decision to include all moth life stages in the species list, David Redhead and Dave Wilton reported the following on 1st March: "A Brown Hairstreak egg hunt at Bullingdon Prison, Oxon, on 26th January produced 17 Blue-bordered Carpet eggs, 2 *Figure of Eight eggs and a "ring" of about 200 Lackey eggs, all on blackthorn, as well as plenty of the target species. Eggs of all three moths have been seen elsewhere in Bucks and Oxon this winter but this may be the only occasion they've been recorded together in one place. Photos of Blue-bordered Carpet eggs (taken at a site near Bicester, Oxon, in January) and *Figure of Eight egg (from Finemere Wood, Bucks, in February) are shown below."
[*Note: The 'Figure of Eight' egg photo (below right) has sparked debate as to its correct identity but it is unlikely to be Figure of Eight. There is a possibility that it may be Green-brindled Crescent but in order to be sure we will have to wait until more are found (probably next season now) and then breed them on in captivity. The Species List count has been reduced by 1 accordingly, 10/03/07.]

Blue-bordered Carpet Eggs
Photo © Dave Wilton
Unknown Egg
Photo © Dave Wilton

On the adult moth front Dave Wilton also reported the following on 1st March: "The only item of note recently in my garden trap at Westcott has been an early Clouded Drab on 24th February. I've been getting Common Quakers regularly since 20th February but otherwise it has just been the usual suspects (Dotted Border, Pale Brindled Beauty, Chestnut and Agonopterix heracliana)."

~ Tuesday 27th February 2007 ~

Les Finch ran a 15w actinic trap in his Maidenhead garden on 25th February: "The catch included a Small Quaker, whilst two hours last night, 26th, with a 125w MV at the local BBOWT reserve produced 1 Small Brindled Beauty, 1 Pale Brindled Beauty, 2 Engrailed, 2 Small Quakers, 1 Common Quaker and 1 Chestnut."

This report was sent by Mark Calway on 26th February: "At this time of year my trapping location at work can be particularly good - certainly far better than my garden even though they are only 2 miles apart. Later in the year the situation reverses with the garden producing more moths and more species. I ran the trap at work in Shinfield Park, Berks, on Sunday night 25th February and got a bumper catch, 43 moths of 13 species, as follows:
Taxa
1025 Tortricodes alternella 17
1054 Acleris cristana 1
1061 Acleris literana 1 *
1663 March Moth (Alsophila aescularia) 1
1926 Pale Brindled Beauty (Phigalia pilosaria) 3
1930 Oak Beauty (Biston strataria) 1
1932 Spring Usher (Agriopis leucophaearia) 2
1934 Dotted Border (Agriopis marginaria) 3
2182 Small Quaker (Orthosia cruda) 3
2187 Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) 6
2190 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) 3
2258 Chestnut (Conistra vaccinii) 1
2259 Dark Chestnut (Conistra ligula) 1 *
*1st for this Shinfield Park site

On 24th February in his garden in Beenham, Berks, Derek Brown trapped: 1x Common Quaker and 1x Small Quaker.

Small Quaker
Photo © Derek Brown

Mark Calway sent the following report on 24th February: "Below is a photo of a Double-striped Pug that I found this morning (24th Feb 2007) in Earley, Berkshire. It's very fresh with the wing fringes intact. This is a particularly early record. It flew into my face as I went into the greenhouse in my garden, so I imagine that it delevoped on one of the plants in the greenhouse."

Double-striped Pug
Photo © Mark Calway

24th February: A few more moths seen by Dave Maunder around Aylesbury this week were: Pale Brindled Beauty (2) and Emmelina monodactyla (2).

On 23rd February, Les Finch reported that the recent spell of mild weather seems to have been recognised by moths: "My garden moth trap in Maidenhead, Berks, proffered 3 Common Quakers on 19th, whilst Spring Usher, Pale Brindled Beauty, Chestnut, Hebrew Character and Dotted Border have all been represented within the last few days. Last night (22nd) I took an Early Grey (see photograph below) which possibly constitutes the earliest recorded date in VC22 in recent times."

Early Grey
Photo © Les Finch

Thanks to Peter Hall for producing the following chart which shows the UTB Cumulative Moth Species to the end of January 2007 compared to the last 3 years:

UTB Cumulative Moth Species (click chart for larger image)
Chart courtesy of Peter Hall

~ Tuesday 20th February 2007 ~

Derek Brown finally managed some moths in the trap in his garden at Beenham last night, 19th February: 1 x Grey Shoulder-knot; 1 x Chestnut; and 1 x Common Quaker.

Common Quaker
Photo © Derek Brown
Chestnut
Photo © Derek Brown

Grey Shoulder-knot
Photo © Derek Brown

Ched George sent this update yesterday, 19th February: "Although I have not spent many hours trapping away from my respective gardens at this time of year, a first for me on the night of February 17th was recording all the following 4 species on one night - Early Moth, Spring Usher, Pale Brindled Beauty and March Moth. Acleris cristana, Satellite, Chestnut and Emmelina monodactyla were also present. On the 18th February I had a male Oak Beauty. All records from my Radnage garden in Bucks."

Dave Maunder, Aylesbury, said there hasn't been much to report recently: "Just one Agonopterix ocellana at my kitchen window tonight, 18th February."

Keith Mitchell, Stoke Goldington, Bucks, sent the following unusual photos of the wingless female Pale Brindled Beauty, taken on 26th January:

Pale Brindled Beauty f.
Photo © Keith Mitchell
Pale Brindled Beauty f.
Photo © Keith Mitchell

~ Friday 16th February 2007 ~

Les Finch has recorded the following moths in his garden in Maidenhead, Berks, since 3rd February: Light Brown Apple Moth 1 on 15th; Pale Brindled Beauty 1m on 4th, 3m on 13th, 1m on 15th; Dotted Border 1 on 15th, 1 on 16th (not the same as 15th); Chestnut 1 on 12th, 1 on 13th.

Keith Mitchell sent the following report today, 16th February: "Five Pale Brindled Beauty (inculding one dark f.monacharia) were attracted to my front door lights in Stoke Goldington, Bucks, on Thursday February 15th."

Following two weeks of unsuitable weather Dave Wilton ran the MV trap again at Westcott on 11th February: "It brought in four moths: Pale Brindled Beauty (1), Early Moth (1) and Dark Chestnut (2).
Also, while searching for Brown Hairstreak eggs near Marsh Gibbon, Bucks, on 13th February I found some Vapourer Moth eggs and a Drinker Moth caterpillar. The wingless female Vapourer lays her eggs on the outside of the cocoon from which she hatched and this is the second one of these egg batches I've found on blackthorn this year. The male is a bit of a nuisance during August and September when his erratic flight in search of the sedentary female, often conducted in daylight, can cause confusion with the Brown Hairstreak! The Drinker caterpillar was about 2cm in length and they are encountered regularly on sunny days during the winter months."

Vapourer Moth eggs
Photo © Dave Wilton
Drinker caterpillar
Photo © Dave Wilton

~ Monday 5th February 2007 ~

Jan Haseler sent in the following moth sightings today: "On 30th January, a wall next to an external light at Shinfield Park had 1 Early Moth, 1 Spring Usher, 2 Tortricodes alternella and 1 Pale Brindled Beauty."

~ Sunday 4th February 2007 ~

Welcome to the website new contributor Jane Muir who lives in Wingrave near Aylesbury, Bucks. Jane sent the following report on 3rd February: "As it had been a warm day I ran my garden trap on 31st January - 1 Hebrew Character."

On 3rd February Les Finch sent this update from Maidenhead, Berks: "Nightly trapping sessions in the garden over the last two weeks have produced no more than Light Brown Apple Moth - 4, Pale Brindled Beauty - 4, Spring Usher - 2, Chestnut - 1, and Dark Chestnut - 2."

3rd February - Dave Maunder's latest news from Aylesbury, Bucks: "A few more recent moths seen on fences and in porches in Aylesbury were:- Early moths (3), and Emmelina monodactyla (3)."

~ Thursday 1st February 2007 ~

Dave Wilton reported the following on 30th January: "I've had no further luck with my garden moth trap at Westcott, despite having run it on several occasions during January when the weather seemed suitable. However, a sign of an improvement in my fortunes came last night (29th) with the appearance of an Agonopterix heracliana at our kitchen window."
Then on 31st January Dave managed to get three moths in his garden trap: Pale Brindled Beauty and two Early Moths.

~ Monday 29th January 2007 ~

Jan Haseler found a White-shouldered House Moth in one of her kitchen cupboards on 26th January.

~ Friday 19th January 2007 ~

Les Finch sent the following update on his garden moth traps in Maidenhead, Berks: "I’ve run at least one trap every night during the past two weeks, the only visitors being Dark Chestnut (16th and 17th Jan), a Spring Usher (17th Jan), a Pale Brindled Beauty (19th Jan), plus a Red Admiral butterfly (16th Jan - inside the trap!)"

The following report was received from Dave Maunder on 18th January: Only two more moths seen recently in Aylesbury - Early moth (1, on 17th), and Emmelina monodactyla (1, on 14th). I've recently repaired my old moth trap and choke, so if we get any decent weather this year I may be able to run it! I'll still keep my normal `around town` sightings coming in as well.

Mark Calway sent the following report from Earley, Reading on 15th January: "I had a Spring Usher on the wall at work in Shinfield Park, Berkshire, today, 15th January 2007. Other moths so far this year: Winter moths on 8 days, Mottled Umbers on 9 days.

Alastair Driver kicked off his mothing year on Sunday evening, 14th January with a Dotted Border which came to his porch light in Sonning, Berks.

~ Thursday 11th January 2007 ~

7th January - Les Finch sent the following records for his garden moth traps in Maidenhead during the first week of January: Spring Usher - 1 on 5th January, Mottled Umber - 2 on 2nd January; Grey Shoulder-knot - 1 on 3rd January and Silver-Y (quite fresh) - 1 on 4th January.

Spring Usher
Photo © Les Finch

Jan Haseler sent some 2007 moth sightings for Berkshire on 7th January:
- Tue 2nd January, Shinfield Park - 3 Mottled Umber, 1 Winter Moth, 1 Emmelina monodactyla
- Fri 5th January, Tilehurst - 1 Chestnut, 1 Light Brown Apple Moth.

~ Saturday 6th January 2007 ~

Peter Hall starts his season off at Ballinger Common, Bucks, with Winter Moth and Chestnut on 6th January 2007.

Martin Harvey managed to run his moth light on Friday 5th January at Great Kimble, Bucks for half an hour or so before rain stopped play: “It was long enough to attract my first moth of the year, a Silver-Y. First time I've seen this in January.”

Dave Maunder sent the following report from Aylesbury, Bucks, on 6th January: “My only two moth sightings for the start of this year are: Winter Moth (1 on 3rd January) and Emmelina monodactyla (1 on 5th January). Let's hope the weather improves and a few more moths appear!”

Dave Wilton started off the New Year with the following: “A single Dark Chestnut came to my trap at Westcott, Bucks on 3rd January. Better than nothing (just!).”

Les Finch says there’s not been much to report from his garden trap in Maidenhead, Berks, so far this year: “Indeed the only records are of two Mottled Umber (2nd January) and one Grey Shoulder-knot (3rd January).



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