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Moth Sightings Archive - January to December 2010

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~ Friday 31st December 2010 ~

Final Moth Species Count for 2010 = 909 (449 Macro moths, 460 Micros)

The following is Dave Maunder's final moth report for 2010: "Moths seen around Aylesbury, Bucks in late December were:- Mottled Umbers (2), Winter moths (66); Pale Brindled Beauty (1 - in my garden trap on 29th December)."

Dave Wilton sent this final round-up of moths for 2010: "Apart from the occasional Winter Moth, the only species seen here at Westcott, Bucks between my last report and the end of the year was a single December Moth which came to the lights of our conservatory windows on 30th December. Having belatedly realised that my species tally for Oakley Wood in Bernwood Forest was stuck on 399 for the year and with a night above freezing in prospect, on 31st December I took the Robinson trap to the main Oakley Wood car park and ran it there from 4.30 until 6.30pm to try and add at least one more new species. This was more than achieved, with five species being recorded: December Moth (1), Winter Moth (45), Northern Winter Moth (2), Mottled Umber (8) and Chestnut (2). A torchlight search of nearby oak trunks produced a further 96 Winter Moths, including three pairs 'in cop' and two other solo females. Roughly 10% of the males had malformed wings, something that may perhaps have been a side effect of all the snow and unusually severe temperatures over the previous few weeks.

Winter Moth female
Photo © Dave Wilton

Peter Hall has continued to supply me with additional identifications of unknown micromoths trapped earlier in the year (thankfully, from his point of view, a task that has now been completed!). Moths new to the UTB list from here at Westcott were Phyllocnistis unipunctella (18th July), Phyllonorycter platanoidella (21st July), Opostega salaciella (1st August), Argyrotaenia ljungiana (7th August), Bryotropha affinis (11th August) & Phyllonorycter messaniella (23rd September), while from Bernwood Forest were Ectoedemia occultella, Stigmella sakhalinella (both 4th June), Ectoedemia subbimaculella (23rd June), Phyllonorycter ulmifoliella (1st July), Ectoedemia angulifasciella (7th July), Ectoedemia longicaudella (29th July), Coleophora saxicolella, Phyllonorycter quercifoliella, Stenoptilia bipunctidactyla (all 7th August), Ectoedemia atrifrontella, Phyllonorycter salicicolella, Phyllonorycter trifasciella, Stigmella roborella (all 16th August) & Epinotia trigonella, Stenolechia gemmella (both 24th August). Caught elsewhere in Bucks were Bucculatrix ulmella (31st July) & Ypsolopha sylvella (30th September) in Finemere Wood; Cochylis molliculana & Euleioptilus carphodactyla (both 22nd August) in Moulsoe Old Wood; Cosmiotes consortella, Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae & Dichrorampha simpliciana (all 8th August) at Pilch Fields; Ectoedemia intimella (27th June), Phyllonorycter corylifoliella (30th July) & Cnephasia genitalana, Dioryctria abietella, Oegoconia quadripuncta (all 30th July) in Whitecross Green Wood; Eucosma obumbratana (3rd August) in Whitfield Wood."

Alastair Driver sent this sighting from Sonning, Berks on 21st December: "I found this freshly emerged but very unseasonal Evergestis forficalis (Garden Pebble) in my kitchen on 6th December. I suspect it emerged from the soil in a Poinsettia plant pot I had bought from a local garden centre the previous day, probably sensing that my kitchen temperature was akin to that of an English garden in August!"

Evergestis forficalis
Photo © Alastair Driver

Adam Bassett reported the following on 20th December: "Thanks to Peter Hall for confirming a further batch of moths from the summer, all from my garden at Marlow Bottom, Bucks. There are a few that are new to the 2010 UTB list: Acrocercops brongniardella (9 July), Coleophora coracipennella (9 July), Tinea pellionella (15 July) and Phyllonorycter messaniella (1 November)."

~ Sunday 19th December 2010 ~

Ched George sent this report on 18th December: "Peter Hall has just checked a moth that I gave him to look at after the Bucks Invertebrate Group (BIG) meeting at Radnage, Bucks, on 20th August and he has identified it is a Dioryctria sylvestrella (male), a first for Bucks."

This update came from Dave Maunder on 17th December: "Plenty more moths to report from Aylesbury, Bucks over the last week, although not many species! Winter moths (71); Scarce Umber (1); Mottled Umbers (4); Grey Shoulder-knot (1). Also on 12th December I ran my garden m.v. trap and got December moth (1) and a Winter moth. The milder spell of last weekend helped boost my December count a lot! Below is a photo of two particularly nicely marked Motted Umbers."

Mottled Umbers
Photo © Dave Maunder

The following update came from Dave Wilton on 13th December: "The very brief improvement in the weather on Saturday 11th December, tempted me to run an actinic trap in the garden here at Westcott, Bucks. The lamp was lit from dusk until 11pm, after which the skies cleared and the temperature plummeted below freezing once more, but in that time I was pleased to get quite a reasonable catch: December Moth (4), Mottled Umber (2) and Winter Moth (28, the largest number I've ever seen in the garden). Peter Hall is still working his way through some of the more "difficult moths" that I trapped earlier in the year and he has now confirmed a number that were trapped during July, of which quite a few are new to the UTB list. From Westcott were Acleris kochiella, Coleophora sternipennella (both 8th July), Agonopterix conterminella, Coleophora hemerobiella, Gelechia senticetella (all 18th July), Acleris aspersana (21st July) & Coleophora versurella, Gelechia rhombella (both 26th July). Elsewhere in Bucks, from Bernwood Forest were Anacampsis blattariella, Carpatolechia alburnella (both 7th July), Coleophora spinella, Gelechia nigra, Syncopacma larseniella, Trachycera suavella (all 11th July), Zeiraphera ratzeburgiana (20th July) & Ypsolopha alpella (29th July), from Leaches Farm were Cnephasia longana, Cnephasia pasiuana & Gelechia sororculella (all 6th July), from Moulsoe were Anacampsis populella, Eana incanana, Eudonia mercurella, Ypsolopha horridella (all 19th July) and from Pilch Fields were Lesser Common Rustic, Coleophora taeniipennella, Grapholita janthinana, Lobesia abscisana, Monochroa lucidella (all 9th July)."

Dave Maunder reported a few more moths from Aylesbury, Bucks on 11th December: "I didn't think I'd be sending you any more sightings this year after all this sub-zero weather, but after last night's brief rise in temperature to a heady 6 centigrade, I took a cycle-ride to Hartwell and back from Aylesbury on 11th December and found a good selection of overnight road casualties, which consisted of:- Brick moths (6 - late specimens!); Scarce Umbers (2) and Winter moths (8). This was a method of finding moths I perfected in my youth before I was able to drive! More moths found around Aylesbury this morning (11th) were:- Scarce Umber (1) and Winter moths (12). Amazing what a slight rise in temps will produce! Incidentally, I put out my garden m.v. lamp last night, but didn't get one moth!"

On 11th December Tom Stevenson sent the following from Benson, Oxon: "With the recent freeze I had given up on moths for 2010 but a Winter Moth was attracted to the lit hallway last night, 10th, trying to gain access."

~ Sunday 28th November 2010 ~

This update came from Dave Wilton yesterday, 27th November: "The last reasonable trapping session in the garden here at Westcott, Bucks was on 12th November when I got Caloptilia stigmatella (1), Agonopterix arenella (1), Blastobasis lacticolella (1), Acleris ferrugana (1), Acleris schalleriana (1), December Moth (1), Red-green Carpet (2), Winter Moth (6), Feathered Thorn (1), Blair's Shoulder-knot (1) & Yellow-line Quaker (1). 13th November was a much chillier night and brought in only December Moth (1), Winter Moth (1), Scarce Umber (1) & Sprawler (1). I haven't run the trap since then and have seen only Mompha subbistrigella, an example found indoors on 18th November, plus Mottled Umber (18th November), December Moth (19th November) and Winter Moth (22nd November) all of which were singletons attracted to window lights after dark. However, Peter Hall has been busy identifying further moths for me from late June and early July and the following are new to the UTB list: from Westcott were Coleophora glaucicolella (26th June), Bryotropha senectella, Grapholita funebrana (both 28th June), Common Rustic, Eucosma conterminana (both 30th June), Satyr Pug, Coleophora ibipennella (both 4th July) and Coleophora prunifoliae, Ephestia parasitella (both 6th July); from Bernwood Forest were Valerian Pug & Carpatolechia notatella (both 1st July); recorded at Whitecross Green Wood were Coleophora discordella, Endothenia ustulana, Exoteleia dodecella & Piniphila bifasciana (all 27th June); seen at Whitfield Wood were Argyresthia glaucinella, Elachista adscitella, Epinotia signatana, Paraswammerdamia nebulella & Phtheochroa inopiana (all 2nd July). Valerian Pug is a notable species, for which there are only a handful of records from our three counties, while Argyresthia glaucinella was only the second county record for Bucks. There are also few Bucks records for Epinotia signatana, possibly because it is a fairly non-descript tortrix that could at first glance be confused with the more common Zeiraphera isertana."

Argyresthia glaucinella
Photo © Dave Wilton
Epinotia signatana
Photo © Dave Wilton

Dave Maunder reported the following on 22nd November: "A few more moths seen over the last week in Aylesbury, Bucks include:- Satellite moth (1); Yellow-line Quaker (1); Feathered Thorn (1); Winter moths (15 - most seen on 19th/20th); Emmelina monodactyla (1); Scarce Umber (1). Also on Saturday night, 20th November, I ran my garden m.v. lamp not expecting anything and got:- December moth (1), and a Scarce Umber - both firsts for my little suburban garden!"

From left: Scarce Umber & December Moth
Photo © Dave Maunder

~ Friday 12th November 2010 ~

Our target of 812 moth species for 2010 has just been exceeded, with the count at 12th November standing at 821, and with more micros still to be checked under Peter Hall's microscope. Thanks very much to everyone for sending in your sightings - please don't forget to send them to your County Moth Recorder (see above) for the central database.

Ian Stevenson reported the following on 8th November: "We have been accidentally using our porch light at the Warburg Nature Reserve, Oxon to do a spot of moth trapping and on 05/11/10 had 6 Plumed Prominents, a December moth, November moth spp, Mottled Umber and lots of Sprawlers including the interesting olive-brown coloured variation."

Plumed Prominent
Photo © Ian Stevenson
Photo © Ian Stevenson

Dave Wilton's latest updates are as follows: "My garden seems to have let me down for once! The night of 1st November here at Westcott, Bucks brought a massive fall of leaves from our garden lime and the sheet under the trap disappeared from view. The only moths caught were Blastobasis lacticolella (2), Acleris variegana (1), Feathered Thorn (3), Chestnut (1), Yellow-line Quaker (1), Beaded Chestnut (3) & Pale Mottled Willow (1), although there were loads of caddis, diptera and hymenoptera. I've yet to see December Moth in the garden this year; that and the slim possibility of Northern Winter are the only macros I'm likely to add now so the list here will probably be terminated at 275 for 2010. While that is one more than last year's total, making it the highest for four years, it is still not a patch on the 297 of 2006.
On 4th November a short visit to Kingswood, Bucks to search amongst fallen aspen leaves for mines of Ectoedemia argyropeza proved successful and four active larvae were brought home. It must be an under-recorded moth in the county because this was the first reported Bucks sighting since 1922! In addition, a single active larva of Stigmella atricapitella was found in a mine on a fallen oak leaf in the same area of Kingswood. It is believed that the larvae of these and some other leaf-mining micro-moth species use bacteria to fool a section of the decaying leaf into remaining photosynthetically active and thus continue to provide nourishment for them even after the leaf has fallen, hence the "green islands" visible in the photographs below.

Ectoedemia argyropeza mine
Photo © Dave Wilton
Stigmella atricapitella mine
Photo © Dave Wilton

Further ID confirmations have been received from Peter Hall of moths I sent to him for checking and several are new to the UTB list, taking us well past the target for 2010. Thanks to Peter, from my garden in Westcott, Bucks I can now add Phycitodes maritima (2nd June), Coleophora alcyonipennella (8th June), Nematopogon metaxella, Paraswammerdamia albicapitella (both 11th June), Sloe Pug (16th June), Cochylis hybridella (20th June) and Argyresthia pygmaeella, Coleophora anatipennella, Epinotia abbreviana (all 24th June). Trapped in nearby Finemere Wood were Epiblema cirsiana, Parornix betulae (both 5th June) and Argyresthia semifusca, Bactra furfurana, Cedestis subfasciella, Coleophora kuehnella, Gypsonoma sociana, Monochroa lutulentella, Tischeria ekebladella (all 21st June). Pilch Fields near Great Horwood produced Coleophora striatipennella (9th June), Bernwood Forest added Aethes cnicana, Coleophora flavipennella, Elachista gangabella, Epinotia fraternana (all 17th June) and Rufous Minor, Coleophora albidella, Coleophora lusciniaepennella, Coleophora orbitella, Coleophora serratella, Gypsonoma oppressana (all 23rd June), while Moulsoe brought Scoparia basistrigalis (25th June). Bernwood continues to deliver exciting discoveries in that Epinotia fraternana is another new species for Bucks while Elachista gangabella is only the second record for the county."

Elachista gangabella
Photo © Dave Wilton
Epinotia fraternana
Photo © Dave Wilton
Sloe Pug
Photo © Dave Wilton

David Redhead's first overnight garden moth trap of November (1st) in Littlemore, Oxon produced quite a good haul: "I had at least three additions to my 2010 garden list - three Yellow-line Quaker and singletons of December Moth & Grey Pine Carpet. This brings my 2010 macro-moth garden species list to 213 - an all-time record. Most numerous was Feathered Thorn with 13 and the also rans were Brick (3), Red-green Carpet (2), Spruce Carpet (2) and singletons of Large Wainscot & Red-line Quaker. There were also nine November Moth spp of which three males were microscopically examined - all turned out to be the November Moth. Two nights later (3rd November) the catch was much reduced but included my 214th macro-moth species of the year with two Scarce Umber. This morning, 12th November, I recorded the 215th macro-moth species for my garden in 2010 with a Sprawler sitting on our kitchen window. It was on the window most sheltered from the ferocious south-west wind during the night and was only the second time I have recorded it."

~ Tuesday 2nd November 2010 ~

02/11/10 - Dave Maunder reports that he's seen a few more moths over the last week or so in Aylesbury, Bucks: "They include:- Red Underwing (1, 20th October); Sallow moths (3); Brick moths (2); Grey Shoulder-knot (1); Blair's Shoulder-knots (3); Red-line Quakers (2); Green-brindled Crescent (1); Vapourer moth (1, 31st October); Large Yellow Underwing (1, 2nd November); Feathered Thorns (2); November moth sp. (6); Winter moth (1, 2nd); Brimstone moth (1, 20th); Emmelina monodactyla (1) and Light-brown apple moth (1)."

Dave Wilton sent this update on 31st October: "The last two weeks of trapping at Westcott, Bucks have produced only one new species for the year, Acleris sparsana on 27th October. Unusually for me, I ran the garden trap for five days in a row between 26th and 30th October. Only about a dozen different species appeared each night but by the end of those five sessions the combined total had reached a pleasing 27 species: Agonopterix heracliana, Agonopterix arenella, Scrobipalpa costella, Blastobasis lacticolella, Acleris sparsana, Acleris variegana, Acleris hastiana, Red-green Carpet, November Moth sp, Feathered Thorn, Figure of Eight, Turnip, Large Yellow Underwing, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Sprawler, Black Rustic, Blair's Shoulder-knot, Merveille du Jour, Satellite, Chestnut, Brick, Red-line Quaker, Yellow-line Quaker, Beaded Chestnut, Barred Sallow, Sallow & Pale Mottled Willow. Thanks to Peter Hall, another batch of moths caught by me during two visits to Bernwood Forest in early June has now been confirmed and they include some very interesting species: Coleophora peribenanderi, Platyptilia gonodactyla & Strophedra nitidana (all Shabbington Wood on 2nd June) and Dark Dagger, Ancylis upupana, Caloptilia alchimiella, Capua vulgana, Cydia indivisa, Epinotia subocellana, Eucosma hohenwartiana, Eucosmomorpha albersana, Pseudotelphusa scalella & Triaxomera fulvimitrella (all Oakley Wood on 4th June). There are less than half a dozen previous Bucks records each for Eucosmomorpha albersana, Pseudotelphusa scalella, Strophedra nitidana & Triaxomera fulvimitrella, while the only previous Bucks record for Ancylis upupana is an undated one from the Victoria County History. As for the tortrix Cydia indivisa, it was not only a first for the county but a first for the UK too. Discerning readers may notice the similarity in appearance between this moth and Grapholita internana (see report for 19th October below) but we can assure you they are completely different species with completely different larval foodplant requirements. Such are the delights of trying to identify micro-moths!"

Ancylis upupana
Photo © Dave Wilton
Cydia indivisa
Photo © Dave Wilton

~ Wednesday 20th October 2010 ~

[Moths Stats updated on 14/10/10 - see link at top of page.]

This came from Dave Wilton on 19th October: "There has been very little to report from mid-Bucks over the past week and in any case we're fast running out of possible new species now! On 9th October I had Pale November Moth confirmed at Pilch Fields near Great Horwood, followed on 13th October by an Autumnal Moth here at Westcott, while last night (18th October) my first Sprawler of the season joined 16 other species in the garden trap. Peter Hall has been hard at work over his microscope, though, so thanks to him I have some more micro-moths to add from late-May: Phyllonorycter coryli & Stigmella floslactella (both Moulsoe 23rd May), Cnephasia communana, Nematopogon schwarziellus & Rhyacionia pinivorana (all Whitecross Green 25th May), Epiblema costipunctana & Grapholita internana (both Greatmoor 28th May) and Epiblema scutulana (Doddershall wildflower meadows, Bucks, 30th May). Grapholita internana, which I found active during the daytime in some numbers on gorse, was a county first for Bucks."

Epiblema costipunctana
Photo © Dave Wilton
Grapholita internana
Photo © Dave Wilton

Dave Maunder reported the following sightings on 16th October: "More autumnal moths caught in my garden trap in Aylesbury, Bucks two nights running this week were:- Pink-barred Sallow (1); Barred Sallow (1); Chestnut (1); Beaded Chestnuts (2); Red-line Quakers (3); Yellow-line Quaker (1); Green-brindled Crescent (1); Blair's Shoulder-knots (13); Pale Mottled Willow (1); Burnished Brass (1); Large Yellow Underwings (6); Lesser Yellow Underwing (1); Feathered Thorn (1); November Moth sp. (1); and Light-brown Apple Moths (4). Other moths seen at lights in Aylesbury include :- Sallow Moths (5); Brick Moths (3); Blair's Shoulder-knots (3); Angle Shades (1); Lunar Underwing (1); Common Marbled Carpet (1); November Moth sp. (6); Mottled Umber (1, an early specimen on 13th); Willow Beauty (1); Feathered Thorn (1)."

~ Wednesday 13th October 2010 ~

Karen Roberts sent the following on 9th October: "I put the trap out last night here in Penn, Bucks and identified the following with help from Peter Hall (I sent him some photos). Barred Sallow (3), Blair's Shoulder Knot, Chestnut (2), Yellow-line Quaker and Spruce Carpet."

Dave Maunder reported these moth sightings on 9th October: "I've had a couple of good nights trapping in my small suburban Aylesbury, Bucks garden the last two nights, the results being:- Black Rustics (6); Beaded Chestnuts (2); Barred Sallow (1); Sallows (5); Pink-barred Sallow (1); Red-line Quakers (2); Yellow-line Quakers (3); Lunar Underwing (1); Green-brindled Crescent (1); Blair's Shoulder-knots (6); Setaceous Hebrew Characters (4); Lesser Yellow Underwings (2); Large Yellow Underwings (12); Pale Mottled Willow (1); Canary-shouldered Thorn (1); Feathered Thorns (4); Red-green Carpet (1); Common Marbled Carpet (1); Pine Carpet (1); Garden Carpet (1); Willow Beauty (2); Diamond-back Moths (2); Gold Triangle (1); Light-brown Apple Moths (10). Some other moths seen at local lights include:- Red Underwing (1); Brick Moths (6); Barred Sallow (1); Sallow Moths (4); Pink-barred Sallow (1); Green-brindled Crescent (1); Angle Shades (2); Lunar Underwing (1); Blair's Shoulder-knots (3); Vapourer Moths (2); Mallow Moth (1 - The first I've seen in Aylesbury since the 70's!); Feathered Thorn (1); and Brimstone moth (1)."

Black Rustics
Photo © Dave Maunder

Keith Mitchell sent this report on 9th October: "Last night (8th October) my garden trap in Stoke Goldington, Bucks revealed 2 Yellow-line Quaker, 49 Setaceous Hebrew Character, 4 Blair's Shoulder-knot, Barred Sallow, 10 Black Rustic, 7 Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Lesser Yellow Underwing, 4 Beaded Chestnut, Angle Shades, Vine's Rustic, Silver 'Y', Shuttle-shaped Dart and 2 Lunar Underwing."

Yellow-line Quaker
Photo © Keith Mitchell

Dave Wilton sent this update on 9th October: "Amongst the moths new to this year's garden list at Westcott, Bucks over the last week have been Yellow-line Quaker on 4th October followed by November Moth (id confirmed) and Feathered Thorn both on 5th October. Numbers have dropped off quite significantly now although there are still plenty of species out there on suitable nights. The full list for 7th October is fairly typical: Epiphyas postvittana (1), Acleris variegana (3), Hypsopygia costalis/Gold Triangle (1), Red-green Carpet (1), Common Marbled Carpet (4), Feathered Thorn (1), Turnip (2), Dark Sword-grass (1), Large Yellow Underwing (7), Lesser Yellow Underwing (2), Setaceous Hebrew Character (17), Square-spot Rustic (2), Common Wainscot (3), Black Rustic (1), Blair's Shoulder-knot (1), Green-brindled Crescent (1), Satellite (2), Red-line Quaker (2), Yellow-line Quaker (1), Brown-spot Pinion (1), Beaded Chestnut (14), Lunar Underwing (10), Barred Sallow (1), Pink-barred Sallow (4), Sallow (1), Dusky-lemon Sallow (1), Rosy Rustic (1), Pale Mottled Willow (1) & Burnished Brass (1). The Brown-spot Pinion is only the second example ever seen in the garden, which seems odd for a supposedly common moth, while the Dark Sword-grass was an aberrant individual. Both are illustrated below. I ran a couple of traps on a farm near Tingewick, Bucks that same night and different species caught there were Blastobasis lacticolella, Epinotia nisella, Acleris rhombana, Eudonia pallida, November Moth, Willow Beauty, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Deep-brown Dart, Merveille du Jour, Brick, Frosted Orange, Beautiful Hook-tip & Snout. Further species seen in the garden trap at Westcott on 8th October included Acleris emargana, Celypha lacunana, Figure of Eight, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Brindled Green & Silver Y."

Brown-spot Pinion
Photo © Dave Wilton
Dark Sword-grass
Photo © Dave Wilton

David Redhead sent the following report on 8th October: "The first night of Shotover Wildlife's (Oxon) October session on 7th October produced just 14 macro-moths from two 6W actinic traps - a surprisingly low total considering the mild night. The 12 species were Autumnal Rustic, Black Rustic, Chestnut, Common Marbled Carpet, Feathered Thorn, Green-brindled Crescent, Grey Pine Carpet, Grey Shoulder-knot, Lunar Underwing, Mottled Umber, Satellite & Snout."

Autumnal Rustic
Photo © David Redhead
Grey Shoulder-knot
Photo © David Redhead

~ Thursday 7th October 2010 ~

David Redhead sent the following report on 6th October: "Last night's overnight garden moth trap (5th October, Littlemore in Oxon) produced my best ever return for October with 54 macro-moths from 21 species including two additions to my 2010 garden list - a Brick and three Red-line Quaker. Others were Large Yellow Underwing (10), Sallow (8), Snout (7), Pink-barred Sallow (4), Black Rustic (2), Blair's Shoulder-knot (2), Burnished Brass (2), Lunar Underwing (2), Red-green Carpet (2), Setaceous Hebrew Character (2) and singletons of Angle Shades, Barred Sallow, Beaded Chestnut, Brown-spot Pinion, Bulrush Wainscot, Common Marbled Carpet, Frosted Orange, Satellite and Turnip. Frosted Orange seems to be having a good year as this is the eighth I have caught as opposed to my usual annual total of one or two. The Bulrush Wainscot was again a male (see photo) - until this year I had only ever caught females but both this year's garden specimens have been males as was the one I caught at Harcourt Arboretum."

Bulrush Wainscot m.
Photo © David Redhead

~ Sunday 3rd October 2010 ~

David Redhead sent this update on 1st October: "I have two double centuries to report. On the 15th September Marc Botham, Richard Comont and myself ran 3 MV lights at the Harcourt Arboretum, Oxon and added four macro-moth species to the site list to bring the macro-moth total to 200, accumulated from 8 sessions over the last year. The additions were Bulrush Wainscot, Centre-barred Sallow, Orange Sallow & Sallow. One of the Orange Sallows was attracted to one of Marc's wine ropes from which, after a prolonged stay, it eventually fell to the ground where it was observed walking round in circles. Three subsequent overnight moth traps in my garden have added ten macros to my garden year list bringing the current total to 205. The additions were: 17th September - Sallow; 26th September - Barred Sallow, Beaded Chestnut, Brown-spot Pinion, Lunar Underwing & Pink-barred Sallow; 30th September - Black Rustic, Blair's Shoulder-knot, Dark Chestnut & Large Wainscot. The Dark Chestnut is also an addition to my all-time garden list and is my tenth new species of the year."

Orange Sallow
Photo © David Redhead

Chris Bottrell reports that on 20th June in his garden at Merton, Oxon he trapped an unidentified crambid moth which has subsequently been confirmed by Martin Corley to be Sclerocona acutellus, a county first for Oxfordshire. It is an adventive species imported on reeds from central Europe. Chris has subsequently found out that a local thatcher stores material quite close by so this may well prove to be where the moth came from."

Sclerocona acutellus
Photo © Chris Bottrell

This catchup was received from Dave Wilton on 29th September: "I've still been getting quite good numbers of moths to the garden trap at Westcott, Bucks on those nights where the temperature has remained above 10C, even if it has rained. Between 20 and 30 species and usually more than 100 individuals has been the norm over the past ten days or so. Setaceous Hebrew Character continues to appear in good numbers and has now overtaken Heart and Dart to become the garden's best performer this year, although Large Yellow Underwing is having a late surge and will give them both a run for their money. Autumn species added to the garden list for 2010 over the period have included Satellite & Beaded Chestnut (both 20th September), Barred Sallow (21st), Red-line Quaker (23rd), Red-green Carpet & Grey Shoulder-knot (both 26th), Blair's Shoulder-knot & Brindled Green (both 27th) and Green-brindled Crescent (first adult) (28th). Second-brood examples of Common Marbled Carpet, Lilac Beauty, Willow Beauty & Beautiful Hook-tip are now visiting the trap and I had another Light Emerald on the 27th. A trapping session in the car-park at Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon on 28th September produced nearly all of the expected autumn species as well as 16 examples of Figure of Eight. A late Oak Hook-tip was the only surprise."

Keith Mitchell reported the following on 28th September: "I was astonished to find attracted to my front door lights in ideal mothing conditions in Stoke Goldington, Bucks on 25th September, a Webb's Wainscot. This is a Nationally Scarce B moth; I can only find one other record on the UTB website (Aug 2008: Berks), so it was a major surprise. Its larvae are reputed to feed internally on the stems of Yellow Iris, Reed-mace and other water plants. We do have a small stream (ditch) which goes through the garden, with Water Parsley and Water Figwort close by, so it could be a local breeder. Thanks to Peter Hall and Martin Albertini for confirming the id and providing these Bucks stats: 26 records in the database, but only 6 sites, most records from Milton Keynes area. Earliest is 1978, but the majority are 2004 to date."

Webb's Wainscot
Photo © Keith Mitchell
Webb's Wainscot
Photo © Keith Mitchell

Nigel Partridge sent this sighting on 26th September: Blair's Shoulder-knot, 24-09-10, Loosley Row, Bucks.

Helen Hyre sent the following from Bierton, Bucks on 26th September: "On 25th September I was mowing the lawn at 5.30pm and suddenly came upon an Elephant Hawkmoth larva. Fortunately it made itself very obvious and I avoided it. Later it decided to move off again. This is my first sighting of 2010, normally there would have been more by now."

Elephant Hawkmoth larva
Photo © Helen Hyre

This update came from Dave Wilton on 23rd September: "I've nothing new to report, but Peter Hall has kindly furnished me with some micro-moth confirmations from various sites in Bucks trapped earlier in the year. The following are new to this year's UTB list: Ancylis diminutana (Moulsoe 23rd May), Elachista apicipunctella (Westcott 5th May), Elachista canapennella (Westcott 28th April), Elachista humilis (Bernwood 18th May), Epinotia immundana (Finemere 19th May), Epinotia tedella (Bernwood 18th May), Epinotia tetraquetrana (Finemere 19th May), Eriocrania unimaculella (Rammamere Heath 24th April), Monopis weaverella (Westcott 20th May), Pammene regiana (Moulsoe 23rd May), Parornix anglicella (Bernwood 18th May), Parornix finitimella (Finemere 27th April), Phyllonorycter harrisella (Bernwood 18th May), Pseudococcyx posticana (Moulsoe 23rd May) and Swammerdamia caesiella (Bernwood 28th April)."

Eriocrania unimaculella
Photo © Dave Wilton
Pammene regiana
Photo © Dave Wilton

On 22nd September Dave Maunder reported a few more moths found in Aylesbury recently: Sallow moths (5); Frosted Orange (2); Bordered Beauty (1); Flounced Rustic (1); Common Wainscots (3). Also in my garden m.v. trap I've caught:- Old Lady moth (1); Frosted Orange (1); Sallow Moth (1); Large Ranunculus (2); Feathered Gothic (1); Pale Mottled Willow (1); Lunar Underwings (2); Square-spot Rustics (4); Vine's Rustic (1); Turnip Moths (3); Orange Swift (1); Garden Rose Tortrix (2); Light-brown Apple Moths (16) and Small Dusty Wave (1)."

Sallow moths
Photo © Dave Maunder
Frosted Orange
Photo © Dave Maunder

~ Monday 21st September 2010 ~

Nigel Partridge reported the following on 20th September: "A few more records from our garden in Loosley Row, Bucks. Some of these species are already on the list but these are my first sightings of the year.
17-09-10 - Large Ranunculus, Pale Mottled Willow, Deep-brown Dart.
18-09-10 - Beaded Chestnut, Caloptilia semifascia, Agonopterix purpurea. Thanks to Peter Hall for confirming the ID of the last two.
19-09-10 - Brick, Barred Sallow, Brown-spot Pinion."

This report came from Dave Wilton on 20th September: "After several days of low overnight temperatures, during which my garden catches at Westcott, Bucks showed a marked reduction in moth numbers, things improved on 18th September when more than 30 species came to the actinic trap. They included a healthy selection of micros for the time of year: Plutella xylostella/Diamond-back Moth (1), Aproaerema anthyllidella (1), Archips podana (1), Epiphyas postvittana (1), Acleris rhombana (1), Acleris ferrugana/notana (1), Celypha lacunana (1), Epinotia nisella (1), Grapholita funebrana (1, but will need microscopic examination to confirm), Eudonia angustea (1), Hypsopygia costalis/Gold Triangle (1), Emmelina monodactyla (1), Garden Carpet (1), Brimstone Moth (1), Light Emerald (1, the second year in a row that I've had a second-brood example here), Turnip (3), Dark Sword-grass (1, the 11th garden specimen since 19th August), Large Yellow Underwing (38), Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (1), Setaceous Hebrew Character (28), Square-spot Rustic (7), Common Wainscot (17), Deep-brown Dart (1), Black Rustic (3), Lunar Underwing (18), Pink-barred Sallow (1), Sallow (4), Dark Arches (1), Flounced Rustic (1), Pale Mottled Willow (1), Silver Y (1) and Snout (1). The night of 19th September was rather breezy so there were fewer micros to the trap, but the larger moths more than made up for it. Additional species comprised Mallow (1), Canary-shouldered Thorn (1), Lesser Yellow Underwing (4), Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (3), Bright-line Brown-eye (1), Large Ranunculus (1, a first-time visitor to the garden), Brick (1), Centre-barred Sallow (1), Dusky-lemon Sallow (1), Copper Underwing (1), Rosy Rustic (1), Frosted Orange (1) and Vine's Rustic (2)."

Large Ranunculus
Photo © Dave Wilton
Photo © Dave Wilton

Tim Watts reported the following: "We saw a Hummingbird Hawkmoth on 19/09/10 in a friend's garden in Waddesdon, Bucks."

Dave Maunder sent this update on 18th September: "A few more moths seen in Aylesbury, Bucks this week include:- Red Underwings (2); Frosted Orange (1); Sallow moths (2); Centre-barred Sallow (1); Lunar Underwings (5); Large Ranunculus (1); Vine's Rustic (1); Small Dusty Waves (2). Below is a photo of this year's pupae I've reared to teach my 8-year old son his moths - he's learning fast, and very interested! It includes 7 Privet Hawk-moth 2 Eyed Hawk-moth, 1 Poplar Hawk-moth, 1 Elephant Hawk-moth and 2 Striped Lychnis."

Moth pupae (see details above)
Photo © Dave Maunder

Mary Elford reported the following: "On 12th/13th and 18th/19th September there was a Large Rununculus in my garden trap here in Bampton, Oxon – definitely not the same one!"

Large Rununculus
Photo © Mary Elford

Ched George recorded his first Black Rustic and Sallow of 2010 at MV in Radnage, Bucks on September 9th.

~ Tuesday 14th September 2010 ~

Dave Wilton sent the following reports: "Having bemoaned the lack of migrant moths recently (see 6th September report), things improved on 9th September when my garden actinic trap at Westcott, Bucks was visited by a rather weary-looking Vestal. The same night produced my first Lunar Underwing of the season, while on 10th September Dusky-lemon Sallow was added to the list. Finally, on 12th September, another three "new" species came to the garden trap: Deep-brown Dart, Sallow and Large Wainscot."

Photo © Dave Wilton

This report came from David Redhead on 11th September: "To date September has produced the following local observations:
Sunday 5th - My overnight garden trap in Littlemore, Oxon produced the second highest total of macro-moths for this year with 250 individuals from 26 species. The most numerous was Large Yellow Underwing with 68 and 16 Centre-barred Sallows set an all-time record. Two additions to my 2010 garden list were Dark Sword-grass & Bulrush Wainscot. The latter had me puzzled for some time as it was the first male I had ever caught and for some reason I forgot to photograph it!
Thursday 9th - An unsuccessful visit to Otmoor to see a Brown Hairstreak did result in a Satellite crawling about in the grass - transferred to a nearby bramble bush for a photograph.
Friday 10th - The macro-moth numbers were disappointing in my overnight garden moth trap, considering the mildness of the night, with just 99. Still a general lack of autumnal moths although the 9 Centre-barred Sallows caught were all extremely faded. A second generation Small Fan-footed Wave was a surprise."

Photo © David Redhead

~ Thursday 9th September 2010 ~

Alastair Driver sent this report today: "Had trapping sessions at Ali's Pond LNR in Sonning, Berks on 3rd and 4th September - I caught 16 macro spp each night. New for my year list were Lesser Yellow Underwing and Centre-barred Sallow on the 3rd September and Rosy Rustic and a beautiful fresh Orange Sallow on the 4th September. I also note that Nymphula stagnata (Beautiful China-mark) is not on your year list yet and I trapped a single of that species at home in Sonning on 2nd September."

Adam Bassett sent the following from Marlow Bottom, Bucks: "A trap on September 3rd was full of Large Yellow Underwings and Square-spot Rustics. The only new moth for my year list was a single Brindled Green."

A further update from Dave Maunder, sent on 7th September: "A few more moths seen in Aylesbury since Saturday 4th September include:- Red Underwings (2); Small Ranunculus (1 - a late, possibly 2nd brood specimen, as it was in pristine condition); Chinese Character (1) and Centre-barred Sallow (1)."

Red Underwing
Photo © Dave Maunder
Small Ranunculus
Photo © Dave Maunder

Keith Mitchell reported as follows on 7th September: "At about 5 pm on 4th September, I was intrigued by a very small "Crane Fly" flitting around the Brunnera leaves in my garden (Stoke Goldington, Bucks). On a closer look the flight pattern was a bit more erratic and moth-like. The insect alighted on a leaf. It was obviously a plume, but with a wing-span of less than 2cm. As I had no hope of making a snap id, I rushed to get my camera and rattled off a couple of record shots before it took off never to be seen again. Having enlarged the image, and compared wing patterns from the UK Moths website, I realised that I could be looking at Amblyptilia punctidactyla, a species which has not been reported to the UTB website before. Care has to be taken over confusion with Amblyptilia acanthadactyla, a much commoner species, so I sent a photo to Martin Albertini who provisionally confirmed my initial id. The id was later confirmed by Colin Hart, the national plume recorder. It turned out to be only the second record for Bucks. Key identification features include a greyer base colour to the wing (as opposed to rufous) plus marked white speckling on the proximal end to the forewing leading edge; both of which can be seen in the photo. The moral of the story must be, 'Don't confine your mothing to the contents of your light trap.' I do have lots of Hedge Woundwort in my garden, the main larval foodplant of both punctidactyla and acanthadactyla. I trapped a classic Amblyptilia acanthadactyla a day later (5th Sept), so it appears that the two species can live side-by-side. Maybe punctidactyla is under-recorded in this region?"

Amblyptilia punctidactyla
Photo © Keith Mitchell

Dave Maunder sent this update on 7th September: "A few more moths from recent times here in Aylesbury, Bucks include:- from my garden trap on 2nd September - Old Lady moth (3); Centre-barred Sallow (2); Feathered Gothic (1); Dark Arches (2); Large Yellow Underwing (39); Lesser Yellow Underwing (13); Vine's Rustic (3); Silver Y (2); Square-spot Rustic (10); Flounced Rustic (4); Setaceous Hebrew Character (8); Turnip Moth (2); Dusky Thorn (1); Riband Wave (2); Small Dusty Wave (2); Brimstone Moth (3); Willow Beauty (5); Garden Carpet (2); Small Magpie (1); Mother of Pearl (1); Carnation Tortrix (2); Light-brown Apple Moth (10) and Marbled Beauty (2). A few other species found locally include:- Red Underwing (2); Centre-barred Sallow (1); Bulrush Wainscot (1); Poplar Hawkmoth larva (1); Eyed Hawkmoth larva (1 - both on same Sallow bush, side by side!); Swallow Prominent (1) and Treble-bar (1)."

Old Lady moths
Photo © Dave Maunder
Poplar (left) & Eyed Hawkmoth (right) larvae
Photo © Dave Maunder

Dave Wilton reported the following moths on 6th September: "Having been away for a week in north Wales enjoying glorious sunshine and, at night, several unfamiliar coastal moth species, I had hoped that a few more of the autumn moths might have emerged when I trapped back at Westcott, Bucks again on 3rd September. There was even hope of migrants on the south-easterly winds. However, it was not to be! The garden actinic brought in Agonopterix arenella (1), Blastobasis adustella (1), Acleris variegana (2), Epinotia nisella (1), Agriphila tristella (6), Chinese Character (1), Green Carpet (2), Currant Pug (1), Lesser Treble-bar (4), Magpie (1), Brimstone Moth (3), Buff Footman (1), Heart and Dart (1), Flame Shoulder (3), Large Yellow Underwing (73), Lesser Yellow Underwing (4), Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (1), Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (2), Setaceous Hebrew Character (42), Square-spot Rustic (63), Feathered Gothic (3), Common Wainscot (29), Centre-barred Sallow (10), Mouse Moth (1), Flounced Rustic (6), Rosy Rustic (1), Vine's Rustic (1), Burnished Brass (1), Silver Y (1) & Straw Dot (1). The same actinic trap was run over the following two nights as well, bringing in ever-increasing numbers of Large Yellow Underwing, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Square-spot Rustic and Common Wainscot but little else of note. Additional species on 4th September were Acleris emargana (1), Agriphila straminella (1), Agriphila geniculea (1), Pleuroptya ruralis/Mother of Pearl (1), Trachycera advenella (1), Pale Eggar (1), Purple Bar (1), Small Square-spot (2), Cabbage Moth (1), Dark Arches (1), Straw Underwing (1), Frosted Orange (3) & Spectacle (1), while 5th September brought Hypsopygia costalis/Gold Triangle (1), Small Dusty Wave (1), Common Marbled Carpet (2), Dark Sword-grass (1), Six-striped Rustic (1), Copper Underwing (1) & Old Lady (1). Pale Eggar doesn't appear to be all that widespread in Bucks but seems to like this area of the county. I get it regularly in the garden and I've had further sightings this year in Whitecross Green Wood and in Finemere Wood. A few hours spent with an MV trap at Pilch Fields near Great Horwood, Bucks on 5th September was noteworthy for the number of Feathered Gothics caught (61) and the unusual form of Centre-barred Sallow illustrated below, while Acleris rhombana may still be new to the UTB list."

Pale Eggar f.
Photo © Dave Wilton
Centre-barred Sallow
Photo © Dave Wilton

~ Sunday 5th September 2010 ~

Nigel Partridge reported the following: "I had Eudonia angustea on 03-09-10 in my garden in Loosley Row, Bucks."

Eudonia angustea
Photo © Nigel Partridge

Adam Bassett sent this update from Marlow Bottom, Bucks: "Nothing new for the UTB list, but some recent moths of interest from my garden include: 27/8 Dark Sword-grass (new for the garden); 28/8 Mocha, Feathered Gothic (1st of the year), White-point (2nd of the year) and a Hummingbird Hawk-moth has visited the garden buddleia on 25/8, 26/8 and 29/8 - whether they are the same one or different individuals is uncertain."

~ Tuesday 31st August 2010 ~

Derek Brown reported the following today: "A couple of moths from Beenham (Berks) that I've just realised don't seem to be on the UTB list. A Brown-veined Wainscot (7/8) and a Frosted Orange (27/8). Also two Hummingbird Hawkmoths today (31/8)."

Brown-veined Wainscot
Photo © Derek Brown
Frosted Orange
Photo © Derek Brown

Nigel Partridge sent this record on 30th August: "One more which I don't think is on the list yet - Feathered Gothic, 28-08-10, Loosley Row, Bucks."

Ched George reports that the Acleris logiana that showed up on his front door light on 24th March has been confirmed by Peter Hall (see Ched's report below dated 29th March).

~ Wednesday 25th August 2010 ~

Dave Wilton sent this report: "A trapping session on a farm north of Tingewick, Bucks on 20th August with Peter Hall and Andy McVeigh produced a reasonable selection of 70+ moth species even though it was a windy night. Possibly still new to the UTB list were Hedge Rustic and Centre-barred Sallow, while Pyrausta despicata, Dark Spinach & Dark Sword-grass also came to the lights. There has been little of note to the garden trap at Westcott of late, although a Gold Spot on 20th August was very welcome. The appearance of a Small Elephant Hawk-moth on 21st August was completely unexpected and we'll presumably never know if it was a late emergence, an attempt at a second brood (the species is bivoltine in France) or perhaps even a migrant. It was very nice to see nonetheless."

David Redhead sent this update: "My overnight garden moth trap on 21st August in Littlemore, Oxon, produced over 100 macro-moths for the first time for over a month - perhaps not surprising as the temperature only dropped to 15.5C. The 34 species contained 8 additions to my 2010 garden list - Six-striped Rustic (4), Canary-shouldered Thorn (3), Rosy Rustic (2), Angle Shades (1), Centre-barred Sallow (1), Flounced Rustic (1), Old Lady (1) & Svensson's Copper Underwing (1). Previous visitors were Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (23), Setaceous Hebrew Character (13), Large Yellow Underwing (12), Poplar Hawkmoth (6), Straw Dot (6), Common Carpet (5), Dun-bar (5), Flame Shoulder (5), Willow Beauty (5), Dingy Footman (4), Common Rustic agg (3), Pale Prominent (3), Turnip (3), Vine's Rustic (3), Brimstone (2), Common Wainscot (2), Common Wave (2), Flame Carpet (2) and singletons of Common Footman, Green Carpet, Riband Wave, Single-dotted Wave, Snout, Spectacle & Swallow Prominent. The most numerous moth was that overgrown micro-moth Mother of Pearl with ~75 but I am not sure it was the most numerous species as my trap was inundated by a Shield Bug, Pentatoma rufipes or the Forest Bug. On 23rd August in one of the interludes between the heavy showers, Wendy spotted a Hummingbird Hawkmoth nectaring on one of our garden buddleias. Meanwhile I was exploring our nearby patch of grassland for Lesser Treble-bars. This year we seem to be having a minor outbreak of this species locally as I have already caught one first brood and two second brood specimens in my garden moth trap and yesterday afternoon I put up 4 specimens, one of which I potted and identified as a male. Previous to this I have only ever recorded it once locally in 2007 and then it was a singleton. I also saw a pair of faded Shaded Broad-bars. Finally on the morning of 24th August there was a Red Underwing sitting on the outside of our landing window."

Keith Mitchell sent the following on 22nd August: "Recent garden firsts in Stoke Goldington, Bucks, were Ringed China-mark (Parapoynx stratiotata) (15th August) and Agriphila geniculea (22nd), both attracted to the front door light, and a very tatty Maiden's Blush (19th) in the Robinson Trap."

Ringed China-mark
Photo © Keith Mitchell

Peter Cuss sent this report on 22nd August: "Ran the garden trap (Caversham, Berks) on 21/08/10 and had one which I don't think has been recorded this season, a White-point. (Thanks to Martin Townsend for confiming the id.)"

Photo © Peter Cuss

Adam Bassett reported the following from Marlow Bottom, Bucks: "On August 20th, I ran my first garden trap for a month due to holidays. It included a White-point and a Square-spotted Clay, plus 2 Ringed China-marks, which were new for the garden."

~ Thursday 19th August 2010 ~

Dave Wilton sent this update on 17th August: "Oh dear, that's another season nearly over! Amongst a respectable 90+ species which came to a single MV trap in Bernwood Forest, Bucks on 16th August I got my first of the autumn Xanthia species, a rather early Pink-barred Sallow, along with Dusky Thorn and Bulrush Wainscot. An actinic trap run at Westcott the same night produced a healthy 61 species and they included the tortrix Clavigesta purdeyi which is a new addition to my garden list. Yellow Shell is a moth that I often disturb in the garden during the daytime but it rarely appears in the trap. A torchlight search of the garden while the actinic was running produced no less than ten of them feeding from a small clump of cat-mint and another on a buddleia bloom, all totally unconcerned by the light. Earlier in the day I'd potted a tiny micro-moth which was found flying around near the cat-mint and it turned out to be Chrysoesthia drurella, a species of waste ground which may be a first for Bucks. In Finemere Wood on 15th August another addition to the UTB list was Agonopterix liturosa."

Bulrush Wainscot
Photo © Dave Wilton
Chrysoesthia drurella
Photo © Dave Wilton
Pink-barred Sallow
Photo © Dave Wilton

Colin Williams reported the following on 17th August: "On the evening of Friday 13th August, a group of BBOWT staff and volunteers did a couple of hours mothing at Otmoor RSPB Reserve with a sheet and MV bulb. In breezy and cool conditions we recorded about 20 species with the highlight a Twin-spotted Wainscot in good condition."

This report was sent in by David Redhead on 16th August: "Last Friday night (13th August) Mary Elford & David Redhead ran an MV light and an actinic light in Brenda & Ken Betteridge's delightful garden at Stonefold for the West Oxfordshire Field Club plus another actinic light in the infilled quarry alongside their garden. 14 club members enjoyed the moths as they arrived and the lights were left running overnight. 7 members turned up the following morning to inspect the overnight arrivals which included a Tawny Speckled Pug from the quarry trap. In spite of the nearly continuous overnight rain the final macro-moth species count was 36 and a third of the over 150 individuals were Setaceous Hebrew Characters. Purple Bar (1), Lesser Treble-bar (3) & Orange Swift (5) were all species that Mary & David rarely see in their own garden traps."

Tawny Speckled Pug
Photo © Mary Elford
Tawny Speckled Pug
Photo © Brenda Betteridge

~ Monday 16th August 2010 ~

Nigel Partridge reported the following: "Dark Spinach, 15-08-10, Loosley Row, Bucks."

Dark Spinach
Photo © Nigel Partridge

~ Friday 13th August 2010 ~

Keith Mitchell reported the following today: "Hot on the heels of the fifth Bucks county record of Ebulea crocealis on 7th July (see report from Peter Hall & Dave Wilton below) was a specimen trapped in my garden in Stoke Goldington on 18th July (confirmed by Martin Albertini)."

Joy Fitzpatrick sent these photos on 12th August: "My daughter, Julia, took these photos for me in my house/garden in Wheatley, Oxon in the past few weeks, but we are unable to identify what they are. We presume the first is a moth, but we may be wrong. Can you possibly identify it for us? Also, the caterpillar? It's green with a red spot."
The moth is a Riband Wave and the caterpillar is a Brimstone Moth larva. Thanks to Martin Townsend for confirming the ids.

Riband Wave
Photo © Julia Fitzpatrick
Brimstone Moth caterpillar
Photo © Julia Fitzpatrick

Dave Wilton sent the following update: "There's not been much to report from mid-Bucks over the past week or two as many of the "new" species around have been second broods of those seen earlier in the year. Those that I have recorded which might still be new to the UTB list include:
Bernwood Forest 29th July - Aspilapteryx tringipennella;
Whitecross Green Wood 30th July Eucosma campoliliana, Chevron;
Finemere Wood 31st July Psoricoptera gibbosella, Aproaerema anthyllidella;
Westcott 7th August Lyonetia clerkella;
Bernwood Forest 7th August Orange Swift;
Pilch Fields 8th August Six-striped Rustic."
Just to prove that buddleias are useful for more than just their flowers, on 11th August I found this almost fully-grown Buff Ermine caterpillar munching away on a buddleia leaf in our Westcott garden."

Buff Ermine caterpillar
Photo © Dave Wilton

A few more moths from Dave Maunder in Aylesbury recently include: "In my garden trap on 25th July - Small Ranunculus (1); Gypsy Moth (1); Ear Moth sp. (1); Spectacle (2); Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (1) and from 1st August - Buff Footman (1); Knot Grass (1); from 8th August - Lesser Swallow Prominent (1); Magpie moth (1) and Lesser Treble-bar (1). A couple of other moths of interest were:- Hummingbird Hawkmoth (1) - on 26th July, in my garden for the third time this year!, also Poplar Hawkmoth (1) on the 2nd, and Small Ranunculus on 30th July."

Lesser Swallow Prominent
Photo © Dave Maunder

This report came from David Redhead: "Martin Townsend has just confirmed the Ear Moth species caught at Harcourt Arboretum on 6th August (see report below) as the Ear Moth (Amphipoea oculea). The first trap of the Shotover Moth Group's August session (8th August) caught an Orange Swift, a plume moth - Oidaematophorus lithodactyla - and another micro Apotomis betuletana (the latter two again identified by Martin). Martin also identified a pug caught in my garden moth trap (in Littlemore, Oxon) of the 7th August as a Maple Pug.

~ Sunday 8th August 2010 ~

David Redhead sent the following reports: "The moth trapping event at Oxford University's Harcourt Arboretum by Marc Botham, Richard Comont & David Redhead on Friday night, 6th August, produced some firsts for the UTB website. Firstly a pair of Small Rufous which appear to be an all-time first for the website. Secondly a pair of Antler Moth - only reported in two previous years and new for this year. Also a Straw Underwing & Flounced Rustic were caught.
My overnight garden moth trap last night, 7th August in Littlemore, Oxon, was found to contain a singleton Crescent."

~ Thursday 5th August 2010 ~

Eleanor Slade sent the following on 4th August: "On the morning of the 3rd August I foung a Red Underwing on the wall of the John Krebs Field Station in Wytham, Oxon. Also, we recorded Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings on the 17th, 19th, 21st July on the South side of Wytham woods (I noticed that it hadn't been reported until the 24th)."

David Redhead was out looking for butterflies on 3rd August: "I came across this moth in a damp area near the pond by Brasenose Allotments, Oxon at the end of my visit at about 4.30pm when the sun finally decided to make an appearance. I had difficulty identifying it as Endotricha flammealis for four reasons (a) its daytime appearance, (b) its resting posture - I usually see it in its more normal resting position with its wings spread and its abdomen pointing upwards, (c) the smoothness of the outer edge of the forewings which are usually indented (for want of a better term) - closer inspection of one of my other photos taken from a slightly different angle does show the outer edge as being more indented, and (d) the lack of white costal marks - re-examination of the photo however shows they are indeed present, albeit faintly. It was very happy on its water-mint flowerhead and my attempts to photograph it did not phase it one little bit! (When you click the photo below to enlarge the image, you will also see another moth bottom-right, which is a Pyrausta aurata.) Also, at home in Littlemore, Oxon, Wendy found a Red Underwing on the wall of our house today, 3rd August."

Endotricha flammealis
Photo © David Redhead

Dave Wilton reported the following: "A couple of recent daytime sightings around Westcott, Bucks have included a rather early Red Underwing on 19th July and a Vapourer on 30th July."

~ Monday 2nd August 2010 ~

Tim & Colleen Watts report a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in their Whitchurch (Bucks) garden on 28th, 30th, 31st July and 1st August."

David Redhead reported the following from Littlemore, Oxon: "My first overnight garden moth trap for nearly a fortnight on 29th July just failed to produce a century of macro-moths but did add four species to my 2010 garden list with two Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing & Scalloped Oak plus singletons of Black Arches & Campion. The others were Dun-bar 24, Dingy Footman 19, Swallow Prominent 5, Clouded Border 4, Yellow-tail 4, Common/Lesser Common Rustic 3, Smoky Wainscot 3, Flame Shoulder 2, Poplar Hawkmoth 2, Riband Wave 2, Small Fan-footed Wave 2, White Satin Moth 2 and singletons of Dark Umber, Double Square-spot, Double-striped Pug, July Highflyer, Large Yellow Underwing, Nut-tree Tussock, Ruby Tiger, Rustic/Uncertain, Silver Y, Single-dotted Wave, Small Fan-foot, Snout, Spectacle, Straw Dot, V Pug & Willow Beauty."

Adam Bassett sent this update from Marlow Bottom, Bucks: "A garden trap on July 24th gave me the following that were new for the year: Batrachedra praeangusta, Hypsopygia costalis (Gold Triangle), Lesser Yellow Underwing, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Marbled Beauty and Copper Underwing. On July 25th, I was surprised to find an unexpected garden tick in the form of a wandering Six-Spot Burnet moth. A garden trap on July 26th yielded the following new additions: Morophaga choragella and Galleria mellonella (Wax Moth). Finally, thanks to Peter Hall for confirming the following micros, currently new to the UTB year list: Caloptilia cuculipennella (2/7), Coleophora lutipennella (2/7), Coleophora alticolella (11/6), Borkhausenia fuscescens (22/6), Metzneria lappella (2/7), Bryotropha terrella (11/6), Batrachedra pinicolella (2/7), Cnephasia stephensiana (Grey Tortrix) (26/6) and Epiblema rosaecolana (20/6)."

Dave Wilton sent the following reports: "Time for a very quick update from me. The following moths from the northern half of Bucks, seen over the last few weeks, appear still to be new to the UTB list for this year: 8th July Westcott Oegoconia deauratella, Apotomis capreana; 9th July Pilch Fields Calamotropha paludella, Udea lutealis, Twin-spot Carpet; 11th July Bernwood Forest Ypsolopha nemorella, Spilonota ocellana, Small Black Arches; 13th July Whitfield Wood Epinotia cruciana, Cydia splendana, Latticed Heath; 17th July Finemere Wood Argyresthia albistria, Eulamprotes atrella, Small Wainscot; 19th July Moulsoe Old Wood Acleris emargana, Cnephasia stephensiana (the first time I've seen the very different-looking white form), Epinotia nisella; 20th July Bernwood Forest Pandemis corylana; 21st July Westcott Mompha propinquella, Straw Underwing. The trapping session in Bernwood Forest on 20th July was with Peter Hall and Triangle appeared in our traps once again. This time we each had one, so this rare moth (easily overlooked by those who don't "do" micros!!) is obviously well established there.

Cnephasia stephensiana
Photo © Dave Wilton
Epinotia cruciana
Photo © Dave Wilton
Mompha propinquella
Photo © Dave Wilton

Small Black Arches
Photo © Dave Wilton
Twin-spot Carpet
Photo © Dave Wilton

Then in my garden at Westcott on 27th July I got a rather odd catch in the Robinson. It was a decent night, so there was no particular reason why there should have been a shortage of moths. However, I got only 42 macro species, none of them in significant numbers (the highest total was Dingy Footman with 18 examples), and there was not a single Large Yellow Underwing! The only species new for the year were Magpie Moth and Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing. However, the micro-moths excelled themselves with more than 60 different species being recorded, including Bucculatrix nigricomella and Orthotelia sparganella which were both new for the garden list. The "grass moths" were present in significant numbers, including Agriphila straminella (103) and Agriphila tristella (29)."

Bucculatrix nigricomella
Photo © Dave Wilton
Orthotelia sparganella
Photo © Dave Wilton

~ Sunday 25th July 2010 ~

Nigel Partridge had another new moth for the year in his garden: Barred Rivulet, 24-07-10, Loosley Row, Bucks.

Dave Maunder sent this update on 24th July: "A few more moths caught in my garden trap in Aylesbury, Bucks on 20th July were - Elephant Hawkmoth (1); Swallow Prominent (1); Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (1); Gothic (2); Dun-bar (2); Early Thorn (1); Least Carpet (1); Dark Arches (150+) - a record amount from my small garden! I've also attached a picture of a Privet Hawkmoth larva I'm rearing at the moment - a lovely creature! Also on 18th & 22nd July I had a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in my garden - same one both times, perhaps?"

Privet Hawkmoth larva
Photo © Dave Maunder

Keith Mitchell reported the following from Stoke Goldington, Bucks on 22nd July: "I found a new micro for the garden and UTB 2010: Brachmia blandella, on a Camellia leaf. This has to be unusual, as there is no Gorse, its foodplant, for miles around. Also, on 9th July a Cnephasia asseclana was attracted to light."

Mary Elford reported the following on 22nd July: "Not sure if anyone has reported seeing an Oak Eggar this year. This beauty was in my actinic trap on 21st July in my garden in Bampton, Oxfordshire."

Oak Eggar
Photo © Mary Elford

Jan Haseler sent this news on 21st July: "New I think to the All-time Upper Thames moth list is Small Marbled, which turned up in my Tilehurst garden in Berks on 17th July."

Small Marbled
Photo © Jan Haseler

Nigel Partridge sent this report on 21st July: "Not a new species but an adult Striped Lychnis (first adult) was attracted to our house lights last night (20-07-10).

Striped Lychnis
Photo © Nigel Partridge

Adam Bassett says he had a fairly uneventful and small catch on July 17th: "The only moths new for my year list in Marlow Bottom, Bucks were Epinotia brunnichana (8) and a Toadflax Pug. On July 20th, a Waved Black (my third so far this year) flew in through the French windows. Then on 21st July I had a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in the front garden early afternoon and it or another was nectaring on patio plants in the back garden about 3 hours later."

Waved Black
Photo © Adam Bassett

Dave Maunder sent this sighting on 21st July: "Just thought you would be interested in a Hummingbird Hawkmoth I had here in my Aylesbury garden on the evening of 18th July - it spent a while feeding from our garden Valerian flowers before zooming off at high-speed!"

~ Monday 19th July 2010 ~

Peter Hall sent this news: "The 2010 Striped Lychnis major survey got under way yesterday (July 18th) and the main site near to High Wycombe was surveyed to kick the recording off. Larvae were seen, although numbers were dramatically down on the last survey conducted there in 2008."

Striped Lychnis larva
Photo © Peter Hall

Tom Stevenson ran his 25w blacklight blue trap overnight 18/19 July in his Benson, Oxon garden: "I had the following results: Large Yellow Underwing (1), Nut-tree Tussock (2), Common Footman (1), Dingy Footman (1), Small Square Spot (2), Burnished Brass (1), Scalloped Oak (1), Bright-line Brown Eye (1), Rustic (1), Large Nutmeg (12), Heart & Dart (2), Lychnis (1), Clay (1), Phlyctaenia coronata (1), Minor sp. (2)"

Nut-tree Tussock
Photo © Tom Stevenson
Phlyctaenia coronata
Photo © Tom Stevenson
Scalloped Oak
Photo © Tom Stevenson

Another update from Nigel Partridge today: "A few more records from our garden in Loosley Row, Bucks: Dusky Sallow 16-07-10; Acleris variegana 18-07-10; Small Scallop 18-07-10."

Eleanor Slade sent this news today: "Some more firsts for the list I think caught in the South side of Wytham, Oxon last night 18th July as part of the HSBC Earthwatch/WildCRU project: Mouse moth, Dusky Sallow and Rosy Rustic."

David Redhead sent the following on 19th July: "Starting at 9pm on Friday 16th July Marc Botham, Richard Comont & David Redhead ran three MV lights at the Harcourt Arboretum, Oxon for 4 hours and caught the following 87 species of macro-moth - Drinker, Oak Hook-tip, Pebble Hook-tip, Peach Blossom, Buff Arches, Common Emerald, Maiden's Blush, Small Blood-vein, Small Fan-footed Wave, Dwarf Cream Wave, Single-dotted Wave, Riband Wave, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Shaded Broad-Bar, Red-Green Carpet, Common Marbled Carpet, July Highflyer, Small Rivulet, Lime-speck Pug, Wormwood Pug, Grey Pug, V-Pug, Clouded Border, Brimstone Moth, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Early Thorn, Scalloped Oak, Swallow-tailed Moth, Peppered Moth, Willow Beauty, Mottled Beauty, Engrailed, Common Wave, Light Emerald, Barred Red, Poplar Hawk-moth, Elephant Hawk-moth, Buff-tip, Swallow Prominent, Coxcomb Prominent, Pale Prominent, Yellow-tail, Black Arches, Rosy Footman, Four-dotted Footman, Dingy Footman, Scarce Footman, Buff Footman, Common Footman, Heart & Dart, Flame, Flame Shoulder, Large Yellow Underwing, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Double Square-spot, Bright-line Brown-eye, Brown-line Bright Eye, Clay, Smoky Wainscot, Minor Shoulder-knot, Poplar Grey, Knot Grass, Coronet, Copper Underwing, Svensson's Copper Underwing, Dun-bar, Dark Arches, Light Arches, Slender Brindle, Marbled Minor agg, Cloaked Minor, Common Rustic agg, Dusky Sallow, Ear Moth agg, Uncertain, Rustic, Scarce Silver-lines, Nut-Tree Tussock, Burnished Brass, Silver Y, Blackneck, Beautiful Hook-tip, Straw Dot, Waved Black (notable) & Snout. (The micro-moths are still under evaluation.)"

Dave Maunder sent this report on 17th July: "A few more moths seen in Aylesbury, Bucks recently included:- Small Ranunculus (1, on 12th July on my garden Valerians); Old Lady moth (9th, flew in my kitchen!); Early Thorns (2, 10th+12th); Poplar Hawkmoth (1, 12th); Drinker moth (1, on 9th); Chocolate-tip (1, on 15th); and White Satin (1, 14th). Incidentally, I have at present 12 Privet Hawkmoth larvae feeding in captivity on cut Privet, some of which are young 5th instar - very impressive creatures!"

Nigel Partridge reported the following on 16th July: "A couple more from 12-07-10, Loosley Row, Bucks: Magpie and Platyptilia pallidactyla."

Ched George reported the following on 16th July: "Hummingbird Hawk-moth seen at Coombe Hill, Wendover on Wednesday 14th July."

Hummingbird Hawkmoth
Photo © Ched George

~ Thursday 15th July 2010 ~

Alastair Driver sent the following report: "Set the Robinson trap at Ali's Pond LNR, Berks on the 8th and 9th July and added Brown Scallop, Brown-tail and Coronet to the site list on the 8th, and Beautiful Hook-tip, Dingy Shears, V-pug and Yellow-tail to the site list on the 9th. Also caught a single Ruby Tiger, which isn't on the UTBC list as an adult as at the time of writing. Then trapped in a private property in Sonning for the first time on the 10th July and added Black Arches to my parish list."

Adam Bassett says he had another good trap on July 9th in his garden in Marlow Bottom, Bucks: "It gave me 4 new macros for the garden list: Ghost (female), Common Lutestring, Scallop Shell and V-Pug, whilst the following macros were new for the year: Large Emerald, Large Twin-spot Carpet, July Highflyer, Dark Umber, Small Rivulet, Haworth's Pug, August Thorn, Purple Thorn (1st 2nd generation), Yellow Tail, Black Arches, Ruby Tiger, Short-cloaked Moth, Square-spot Rustic, Clay, Slender Brindle, Cloaked Minor, Scarce Silver-lines and Waved Black. The following micros also appear to be new for the UTB year list: Zelleria hepariella and a probable Acrocercops brongniardella (pending confirmation by Peter Hall) - photo below."

Acrocercops brongniardella
Photo © Adam Bassett

Another update from Nigel Partridge: "A few more that are not on the list at present, all from 10th July, Loosley Row, Bucks: Royal Mantle, Agriphila tristella, Dingy Footman and Epinotia tenerana (thanks to Peter Hall for confirming the ID of this one)."

Eleanor Slade sent this update: "Claire Mclaughlan has been running traps along the northern and southern edges of Wytham Woods in Oxon as part of her MSc project, she has caught several species of interest:
4 July - Dingy Footman, Dark Umber
6 July - Yellow Shell
8 July - Garden Tiger
10 July - Early Thorn, Scalloped Oak, Purple Thorn, Ruby Tiger, Buff Footman."

Brenda Mobbs sent this report on 11th July: "I went on the walk at the Holtspur Valley Reserves, Bucks on Saturday 10th July and Nick Bowles asked me to send you a photo of the Six-spot Burnets. They were there in their thousands."

Six-spot Burnets
Photo © Brenda Mobbs

Ian Stevenson reported the following: "We have just moved into a BBOWT property on the Warburg nature reserve, Oxon. Whilst unpacking boxes on the 9th July, this Ruddy Carpet came in and flew around our hallway light."

Ruddy Carpet
Photo © Ian Stevenson

Peter Cuss ran the garden trap on 9th July in Caversham, Berks: "I can report the following: Lunar-Spotted Pinion, Miller, Flame Shoulder, Scarce Footman, Common Footman, Coronet, Flame, Common Carpet, Small Blood Vein, Phoenix, Elephant Hawk, Willow Beauty, Riband Wave, Dagger sp. and Dun-bar."

David Redhead sent these reports: "My last two garden moth traps in Littlemore, Oxon produced 12 additions to my 2010 garden list - 6th July: Buff Footman, Dingy Footman, Gothic, Green Arches, Green Silver-lines, White Satin Moth, Endotricha flammealis & Udea prunalis. 9th July: Dot Moth, Purple Clay, Ruby Tiger (first adult) & Water Veneer.
The Shotover Wildlife Moth Group's first traps of their July session on 8th July produced a Grass Emerald & a Marbled Beauty. The third night of their July session, on 10th July, resulted in 150 macro-moths from 37 species in two overnight 6W actinic traps run in Brasenose Woods - July Highflyer 20, Double Square-spot 18, Mottled Beauty 14, Smoky Wainscot 12, Heart and Dart 8, Yellow-tail 8, V-pug 7, Minor Shoulder-knot 6, Uncertain/Rustic 6, Black Arches 5, Engrailed 5, Dingy Footman 4, Dark Arches 3, Dun-bar 3, Small Fan-footed Wave 3, Buff-tip 2, Flame Shoulder 2, Light Emerald 2, Riband Wave 2, Scalloped Oak 2, Short-cloaked 2 and singletons of Barred Straw, Beautiful Hook-tip, Buff Arches, Common Footman, Copper Underwing, Drinker, Green Pug, Heart and Club, Large Yellow Underwing, Mottled Rustic, Nut-tree Tussock, Plain Golden Y, Poplar Hawk-moth, Purple Clay, September Thorn & Single-dotted Wave."

Nigel Partridge reported the following from Loosley Row, Bucks: "One more, found indoors during the day. Ectoedemia decentella, 09-07-10. Thanks to Peter Hall for confirming the ID."

Peter Hall and Dave Wilton ran four traps in two different parts of Bernwood Forest on 7th July and got a bumper crop of moths, including some rareties: "The macro list comprised Triangle (Red Data Book species, first Bucks record for many years), Lackey, Drinker, Lappet, Pebble Hook-tip, Peach Blossom, Buff Arches, Poplar Lutestring, Common Lutestring, Large Emerald, Blotched Emerald, Common Emerald, Blood-vein, Small Blood-vein, Small Fan-footed Wave, Treble Brown Spot, Riband Wave, Large Twin-spot Carpet, Silver-ground Carpet, Yellow Shell, Beautiful Carpet, Barred Yellow, Grey Pine Carpet, Spruce Carpet, Broken-barred Carpet, July Highflyer, Scallop Shell, Brown Scallop, Small Rivulet, Haworth's Pug, Foxglove Pug, V-Pug, Green Pug, Clouded Border, Scorched Carpet, Tawny-barred Angle, Brimstone Moth, Lilac Beauty, Scalloped Oak, Swallow-tailed Moth, Orange Moth, Peppered Moth, Willow Beauty, Satin Beauty, Mottled Beauty, Engrailed, Common White Wave, Common Wave, Clouded Silver, Light Emerald, Pine Hawk-moth, Elephant Hawk-moth, Buff-tip, Lobster Moth, Iron Prominent, Pebble Prominent, Coxcomb Prominent, Yellow-tail, White Satin, Black Arches, Rosy Footman, Scarce Footman, Buff Footman, Common Footman, Buff Ermine, Short-cloaked Moth, Least Black Arches, Heart & Dart, Dark Sword-grass, Flame, Flame Shoulder, Large Yellow Underwing, Double Dart, Double Square-spot, Double Line (notable, first Bucks record for many years), Smoky Wainscot, Common Wainscot, Minor Shoulder-knot, Poplar Grey, Miller, Grey Dagger, Coronet, Brown Rustic, Dingy Shears, Dun-bar, Dark Arches, Light Arches, Clouded Brindle, Slender Brindle, Marbled Minor sp, Middle Barred Minor, Small Dotted Buff, Uncertain, Rustic, Marbled White Spot, Green Silver-lines, Scarce Silver-lines, Oak Nycteoline, Beautiful Golden Y, Plain Golden Y, Blackneck, Beautiful Hook-tip, Straw Dot, Waved Black (notable), Snout, Common Fan-foot (notable, UK BAP species), Fan-foot & Small Fan-foot.
The micro-moth list is still incomplete but included the following: Emmetia marginea, Morophaga choragella, Monopis obviella, Argyresthia brockeella, Argyresthia goedartella, Argyresthia retinella, Scythropia crataegella, Yponomeuta evonymella, Ypsolopha dentella, Ypsolopha parenthesella, Plutella xylostella, Coleophora deauratella, Batia lunaris, Batia unitella, Carcina quercana, Ethmia dodecea (first county record), Athrips mouffetella, Teleiodes luculella, Limnaecia phragmitella, Agapeta hamana, Agapeta zoegana, Aethes rubigana, Cochylis dubitana, Pandemis cerasana, Pandemis heparana, Archips podana, Archips crataegana, Archips xylosteana, Ptycholoma lecheana, Lozotaenia forsterana, Ditula angustiorana, Aleimma loeflingiana, Tortrix viridana, Spatalistis bifasciana (third county record), Celypha striana, Celypha lacunana, Hedya nubiferana, Hedya salicella, Pseudosciaphila branderiana, Apotomis turbidana, Eudemis profundana, Ancylis achatana, Epinotia demarniana, Zeiraphera isertana, Rhopobota naevana, Choristoneura hebenstreitella, Gypsonoma dealbana, Epiblema uddmanniana, Eucosma cana, Cydia pomonella, Alucita hexadactyla, Chrysoteuchia culmella, Crambus pascuella, Crambus perlella, Agriphila straminella, Catoptria pinella, Acentria ephemerella, Dipleurina lacustrata, Eurrhypara hortulata, Perinephela lancealis, Ebulea crocealis (fifth county record and first for 14 years), Udea olivalis, Pleuroptya ruralis, Orthopygia glaucinalis, Endotricha flammealis, Aphomia sociella, Cryptoblabes bistriga, Conobathra repandana, Phycita roborella, Euzophera pinguis & Pterophorus pentadactyla."

Double Line
Photo © Peter Hall
Photo © Dave Wilton

Ebulea crocealis
Photo © Dave Wilton
Ethmia dodecea
Photo © Peter Hall

Peter Cuss reported the following: "I have seen a couple of moths that I don’t think have been recorded yet this year. In my garden trap (Caversham, Berks) on 6/7/10 an August Thorn and resting on a wall, during the day on 7/7/10 an Old Lady moth."

~ Saturday 10th July 2010 ~

Adam Bassett sent this report from Marlow Bottom, Bucks: "July 2nd was my biggest catch of the year so far, with over 400 moths comprising 74 macro species and over 30 micros (those that I noted - under recorded as ever!). I don't think that anything was new for the UTB year list, but new for my garden were: Rhyacionia buoliana, Catoptria pinella, Brown Scallop, Clouded-bordered Brindle and Sycamore. New for the garden year list were: Leopard, Carcina quercana, Endotricha flammealis, Phycita roborella, Orthopygia glaucinalis, Peach Blossom, Small Blood-vein, Least Carpet, Single-dotted Wave, Shaded Broad-bar, Fern, Clouded Border, Swallow-tailed Moth, Early Thorn (1st second generation), Buff Footman, Common Footman, Brown-line Bright-eye, Smoky Wainscot, Dun-bar and Burnished Brass. I also had my second Oak Nycteoline of the year, form notata, following one of form ramosana in March, which was a new record for the garden. July 7th - a Slender Pug came to the kitchen window. I've attached a couple of photos of Lobster moth - most I get are of the nominate form, but I do get the occasional darker form obscura - a comparison of the two forms is shown here."

Lobster nominate
Photo © Adam Bassett
Lobster obscura
Photo © Adam Bassett

Keith Mitchell reported the following on 6th July: "Moths on Friday night, 2nd July, included garden firsts Rusty Dot Pearl (Udea ferrugalis), Phlyctaenia perlucidalis and Pine Hawk-moth. Year firsts: Leopard Moth, Green Oak Tortrix (Tortrix viridana), Large Fruit-tree Tortrix (Archips podana), Udea olivalis, Buff Arches, Barred Straw, Clay, Brown-line Bright-eye, Poplar Grey, Light Arches, Beautiful Hook-tip, Swallow-tailed Moth, Scalloped Oak and Snout."

Leopard Moth
Photo © Keith Mitchell
Udea ferrugalis
Photo © Keith Mitchell

Peter Hall sent this report on 5th July: "On the cool and breezy evening of 4th July, 18 people from BBOWT plus 3 from the Bucks Invertebrate Group ran 3 moth traps at Dancersend nature reserve in Bucks. Despite the cool conditions and lower numbers of moths than in recent days, 116 species were identified on the night bringing the reserve's species total to an impressive 605 species. The last of the group filtered away well after midnight disappointed at the lack of Hawk-moths and I promised if any should turn up, I would photograph them. Well the very last moth to arrive in the final throws of packing up, was a Poplar Hawk-moth, image below. The Blackneck moth was the first sighting of this species here for over 50 years. The full moth list was as follows:
Macros: Ghost, Drinker, Peach Blossom, Buff Arches, Common Lutestring, Large Emerald, Common Emerald, Small Fan-footed Wave, Riband Wave, Silver-ground Carpet, Purple Bar, Barred Yellow, Blue-bordered Carpet, Green Carpet, July Highflyer, Fern, Pretty Chalk Carpet, Scallop Shell, Brown Scallop, Dark Umber, Haworth's Pug, Green Pug, Small Yellow Wave, Clouded Border, Scorched Carpet, Tawny-barred Angle, Scorched Wing, Brimstone Moth, Peppered, Willow Beauty, Satin Beauty, Mottled Beauty, Engrailed, Common White Wave, Clouded Silver, Light Emerald, Poplar Hawk, Lobster, Pebble Prominent, Lesser Swallow Prominent, Maple Prominent, Scarce Footman, Common Footman, Heart & Club, Heart & Dart, Flame, Flame Shoulder, Ingrailed Clay, Purple Clay, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Double Square-spot, Green Arches, Grey Arches, Dot, Clay, Smoky Wainscot, Poplar Grey, Coronet, Brown Rustic, Small Angle Shades, Dingy Shears, Dun-bar, Dark Arches, Light Arches, Reddish Light Arches, Clouded Brindle, Dusky Brocade, Small Dotted Buff, Uncertain, Marbled White Spot, Green Silver-lines, Beautiful Golden Y, Plain Golden Y, Blackneck, Beautiful Hook-tip, Straw Dot, Snout, Fan-foot, Small Fan-foot.
Micros: Argyresthia brockeella, Ypsolopha parenthesella, Batia unitella, Blastobasis lacticolella, Agapeta hamana, Agapeta zoegana, Pandemis cinnamomeana, Pandemis heparana, Archips podana, Archips xylosteana, Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, Tortrix viridana, Celypha lacunana, Hedya nubiferana, Hedya ochroleucana, Hedya salicella, Apotomis turbidana, Ancylis achatana, Epinotia demarniana, Gypsonoma dealbana, Epiblema uddmanniana, Eucosma cana, Lathronympha strigana, Strophedra weirana, Cydia fagiglandana, Chrysoteuchia culmella, Crambus lathoniellus, Crambus perlella, Acentria ephemerella, Dipleurina lacustrata, Pyrausta aurata, Eurrhypara hortulata, Udea olivalis, Pempeliella dilutella, Merrifieldia baliodactylus, Pterophorus pentadactyla."

Poplar Hawkmoth
Photo © Peter Hall

Dave Wilton reported the following on 5th July: "The lack of reports from me during the second half of June was certainly not due to any lack of moths, simply a lack of time to sort out what I'd seen! Eventually I'll try and catch up with any species still missing from the UTB list. I ran a couple of lights in Bernwood Forest on 1st July and the catch included my first Privet Hawk-moth of the year, always nice to see. Other moths new for me for the year included macros Large Emerald, Beautiful Carpet, Scallop Shell, Bordered Beauty, Rosy Footman & Short-cloaked Moth, while amongst the micros were Yponomeuta evonymella, Epermenia falciformis, Carcina quercana, Zeiraphera isertana, Conobathra repandana & Acrobasis consociella. On 2nd July a couple of hours with two traps in Whitfield Wood near Biddlestone on the Bucks/Northants border (a site which Forest Enterprise currently have up for sale) produced a very interesting selection of more than 150 species. Amongst the macro-moths were Ghost Moth, Common Lutestring, Beautiful Carpet, Scallop Shell, Dingy Shell, Orange Moth, Barred Red, Purple Clay & Mere Wainscot, while the micro species included Eidophasia messingiella, Batrachedra praeangusta, Mompha ochraceella, Limnaecia phragmitella, Blastodacna hellerella, Lozotaeniodes formosanus & Epiblema foenella. On 4th July the garden trap at Westcott managed a typical current haul of in excess of 800 moths of 100 species, although the only items new for the year were Acleris holmiana, Scalloped Oak, Least Yellow Underwing, Shark, Gothic & Olive. The most numerous moth was Heart & Dart (184 individuals). Every year I seem to get one unexpected species that does particularly well. Last year it was Smoky Wainscot with over 1,000 individuals recorded during the season (way more than I usually get). This year it looks as though it might prove to be Dingy Shears, which seems to be around in exceedingly good numbers locally."

Beautiful Carpet
Photo © Dave Wilton
Dingy Shell
Photo © Dave Wilton

Eidophesia messingiella
Photo © Dave Wilton
Scallop Shell
Photo © Dave Wilton

Dave Maunder reported the following: "A few more moths seen around Aylesbury, Bucks recently were:- Small Ranunculus (1 in my garden on 2nd July, 2 at Dormer close on 6th July, 1 in garden on 6th); Leopard moths (6, all on 28th June); Drinker moth (1 on 2nd July; White Satin (1 on 1st July); Privet Hawkmoth (flying around my Buddleia bush in my torchlight on 6th!); Lackey moth (1 on 4th) and Common Footman (1 on 4th)."

Small Ranunculus
Photo © Dave Maunder

Peter Hall and Martin Albertini ran a moth trap at Stoke Common, Bucks on 30th June. The following were new to the UTB 2010 Species List: Macros: Beautiful Snout, Suspected and micros: Agriphila straminella, Argyresthia goedartella, Catoptria falsella, Cedestis gysseleniella, Conobathra repandana, Epagoge grotiana, Epinotia ramella, Lozotaeniodes formosanus, Pempelia palumbella, Recurvaria leucatella, Rhyacionia pinicolana.
Also, on 1st July, Peter ran his garden moth trap in Ballinger Common, Bucks. New for the year were 3 micros: Ptycholomoides aeriferanus, Rhopobota naevana and Udea prunalis and one macro: Small Rivulet.

Photo © Peter Hall

~ Tuesday 6th July 2010 ~

Jan Haseler sent this report on 5th July: "Moths recorded at BBOWT's Hartslock Reserve on 2nd July included Festoon, Dark Umber, Kent Black Arches, Wood Carpet, Ethmia dodecea and Mecyna flavalis."

Photo © Jan Haseler
Wood Carpet
Photo © Jan Haseler

Eleanor Slade reported the following on 5th July: "On the night of 1st July the Earthwatch/WildCRu project caught their first Red-necked Footman, Double Lobed and Dot Moth. Last night (4th July) we caught two Large Emeralds (the first we have caught in Wytham during our 3 years of trapping). Martin Harvey says that the Red-necked Footman is a noteworthy species which may now be resident in Berkshire although it would be nice to have some more evidence to back this up.

David Redhead sent this update on 4th July: "My last night's moth trap (3rd July) was a big disappointment after the one two nights before with only 45 macros species and 109 individuals - even so 5 additions to my 2010 garden list including the Short-cloaked Moth which may be a first for the UTB website in 2010. Amazing what a few degrees and some moon will do!"

Danny Howard sent this news: "A couple of sightings to report - all to our garden in Cowley, Oxon to UV against a white sheet:
Friday 25th June - Swallow-tailed, Scarlet Tiger, Fan Foot, Blue-bordered Carpet, Elephant Hawkmoth, Flame, Blood-vein, Dagger sp., Straw Dot, Common Emerald, Snout, Treble Brown Spot, Mottled Beauty, Riband Wave, Small Magpie, Heart and Dart, Dark Arches, Spectacle.
Friday 2nd July - Small Magpie, Swallow-tailed, Satellite, Large Yellow Underwing, Heart and Dart, Scarce Silver-lines, Buff Arches, Elephant Hawkmoth, Common Footman, Flame, Riband Wave, Pine Hawkmoth (a first ever for me!), Hebrew Character and Common Emerald."

David Redhead sent the following report on 2nd July: "My last night's overnight garden moth trap in Littlemore, Oxon set an all time record for my garden with 357 macro-moths (previous best 279 on 07/08/08) from 71 species (69 on 01/07/09) and this is not the final score as I have several in pots still awaiting identification. Actually I suspect there were over 400 individuals in it as it was impossible to stop some escaping before identification, especially the very flighty Mottled Beauties and Snouts. Not surprisingly there were 14 additions to my 2010 garden list - Brown Scallop, Clay, Common Emerald, Common Footman, Dark Umber, Double Lobed, Dun-bar, Elephant Hawkmoth, Ghost (female), Heart & Club, July Highflyer, Light Arches, Lime-speck Pug & Rosy Minor. Besides the Mottled Beauty & Snout, the following made double figures - Double Square-spot 30, Dingy Shears 29, Buff Arches 17, Coronet 16, Dark Arches 14, Scarlet Tiger 14, Small Fan-footed Wave 12, Mottled Rustic 10 & Poplar Grey 10. Also a micro which still appears to be new for the UTB 2010 list - the Gold Triangle (Hypsopygia costalis)."

Peter Hall ran his garden trap in Ballinger, Bucks and also trapped at a private chalk grassland near to Wendover, with these additions to the UTB 2010 Species list:
Ballinger Common 27th June: Buff Footman, Least Carpet, Short-cloaked, Spinach, Acleris forsskaleana, Batia unitella, Clepsis consimilana, Euzophera pinguis, Orthopygia glaucinalis.
Private site near Wendover 28th June: Haworth's Pug, Satin Beauty, Acompsia cinerella, Coleophora trifolii.

Green Arches
Photo © Peter Hall

Ian Stevenson sent the following: "Small Ranunculus seen on 1st July on the wall of BBOWT'S Berkshire office at Woolley Firs near Maidenhead."

Small Ranunculus
Photo © Ian Stevenson

~ Thursday 1st July 2010 ~

Tim Watts sent this interesting report on 30th June: "We did some moth luring with a mercury vapour large bulb on a white sheet on 25th June on our patio in Whitchurch, Bucks. We sat inside in loungers with a Baileys and watched from 10-1 a.m. Hundreds of moths came in, the pick of them were: 7 Elephant Hawk-moths at the same time (probably more if we could have trapped them). Also Green Silver-lines, Peppered moth, Swallow-tailed, Drinker, Buff Ermine, Barred Yellow, Snout, Brimstone, Small Magpie and Small Emerald. On 26th June we had a Hummingbird Hawk-moth feeding on Campanulas in our Whitchurch garden."

Eleanor Slade sent the following on 30th June: "The catch in 10 actinic traps set along the southern and northern edges of Wytham Woods, Oxon as part of the current Oxford University Wild CRU/Earthwatch project, included the following species:-
Monday 21st June: Gold Spot, Blotched Emerald.
Tuesday 22nd June: Coronet, Blue-bordered Carpet.
Wednesday 23rd June: Lackey, Barred Straw, Garden Tiger, Small Emerald, Privet Hawkmoth.
Thursday 24th June: Gold Spot, Heart and Club, Purple Clay, Shears, Slender Brindle.
Sunday 27th June: : Blackneck, Gothic, July Highflyer, Dun-bar.
Monday 28th June: Common Emerald, Common Footman, Lackey, Light Arches, Small Angle Shades, Garden Tiger, Yellow-tail, Gold Swift, Nut-tree Tussock, Pale Prominent, Clouded Brindle, Clouded-bordered Brindle, Dun-bar.
Tuesday 29th June: Swallow-tailed Moth, Brimstone, Miller, Poplar Grey, Lilac Beauty, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Angle Shades, Dun-bar, Green Silver-lines, Herald, Peppered Moth, Reddish Light Arches, Common Footman."
Wednesday 30th June: Clay.

Nigel Partridge sent this update on 30th June: "A few more from our garden in Loosley Row, Bucks: Dichrorampha alpinana (23-06-10), Argyresthia curvella (26-06-10). Thanks to Peter Hall for his help with these two. On 28-06-10 Marasmarcha lunaedactyla and on 29-06-10, Acleris bergmanniana, Ditula angustiorana, Lozotaenia forsterana."

Adam Bassett has found a few more species that are new for his year list: "On 28th June - a very fresh and fairly early Ypsolopha parenthesella appeared on the kitchen window in Marlow Bottom, Bucks and on 29th June I recorded Ypsolopha scabrella in Hurst, Berks. On 30th June I thought I would try my luck with pheromone lures to see whether I have any Clearwings in the vicinity. I attracted a male Currant Clearwing with a TIP lure, after failing in one position in the garden, this came within a few minutes to a second position."

Ypsolopha parenthesella
Photo © Adam Bassett
Currant Clearwing
Photo © Adam Bassett

Alastair Driver reported the following on 28th June: "I set the Robinson trap at Ali's Pond LNR in Sonning, Berks on Saturday 26th June and had a good session, catching 30 macro species in total and adding three species to the site list - Blue-bordered Carpet, Barred Straw and Brown Silver-line. Also caught this beautifully marked Small Blood-vein (see photo)."

Blue-bordered Carpet
Photo © Alastair Driver
Small Blood-vein
Photo © Alastair Driver

Adam Bassett sent this report on 28th June: "A few more moth records new for my garden (Marlow Bottom, Bucks) year list from June 26th: Archips xylosteana (Variegated Golden Tortrix), Lozotaenia forsterana, Ditula angustiorana (Red-barred Tortrix), Gypsonoma dealbana, Phlyctaenia coronata, Common Emerald, Phoenix, Heart and Club. A very fresh looking Small Emerald had found its way into my parents' lounge in Hurst, Berks on June 27th."

This interesting news came from David Redhead on 28th June: As already reported (see 10th June below) we were overun by moths at the Upper Thames Branch moth trapping event at Oxford University's Harcourt Arboretum on 4th June. Fortunately Marc Botham, whose trap was located by some Lime trees, kept a cool head and potted up five of about twenty Pugs which were outside his experience and he suspected were of special interest. Eventually these specimens were delivered to Martin Townsend, Oxon County Moth Recorder (CMR) who did the necessary detailed examination and declared them all to be Pauper Pug. The Pauper Pug was first recorded in the UK in 1962 but since then there have only been extremely limited records. When Martin transmitted this news to his fellow CMR's there was an instant reply from Martin Harvey, Berks CMR as Bernard Clarke, Les Finch & David White had already reported catching Pauper Pugs at Temple Golf Course, near Maidenhead. Bernard caught the first on 21st May, all three combined to record at least twenty there on 3rd June and a further three on 22nd June. Not only are these the first reports for this species to the UTB website but they also constitute the first ever record for VC23 and the second, third and fourth for VC22, the first being in June 2002 at Fernham. There was already a feeling this species was under-recorded as moth traps are rarely run by Lime trees (its larvae feed on the flowers of limes) - it looks like this may be the case! Please note the Pauper Pug is sometimes called Fletcher's Pug and its scientific name is Eupithecia egenaria."

Peter Hall has been busy running a number of moth traps recently: "The following are moths news to the UTB 2010 Species list from traps in my garden in Ballinger (21st june), Dancersend (22nd & 25th June) and College Lake (BBOWT meeting) 26th June - all the sites are in Bucks. Elachista subocellea is a particularly nice record as it's a county first.
Ballinger (21st june): Argyresthia bonnetella, Helcystogramma rufescens, Hypatima rhomboidella, Pandemis heparana (Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix), Teleiodes vulgella, Bordered Pug, Clay, Dot Moth, Rustic.
Dancersend (22nd June): Common Lutestring, Red-necked Footman, Elachista subocellea, Epiblema roborana, Morophaga choragella.
Dancersend (25th June): Aethes rubigana, Cryptoblabes bistriga, Ditula angustiorana (Red-barred Tortrix), Scallop Shell, Strophedra weirana.
College Lake (26th June): Large Twin-spot Carpet, Grey Dagger, Caloptilia stigmatella, Catoptria pinella, Cochylis atricapitana, Coleophora deauratella, Coleophora mayrella, Hedya salicella, Parapoynx stratiotata (Ringed China-mark), Pempeliella dilutella, Phycitodes binaevella, Scythropia crataegella (Hawthorn), Trachycera advenella."

Peach Blossom
Photo © Peter Hall
Red-necked Footman
Photo © Peter Hall

Nigel Partridge reported a couple more species from a very busy trapping session in his garden in Loosley Row, Bucks on 26-06-10: "Ypsolopha sequella and Phycita roborella (a new species for our garden)."

David Redhead sent the following report: "My overnight garden moth trap in Littlemore, Oxon on 26th June set a record for 2010 with 172 macro-moths from 61 species and two additions to my all-time garden list - a Clay Triple-lines and a Lesser Cream Wave. Also new for my garden for 2010 were the following 16 species - Blotched Emerald, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Common Wainscot, Dusky Brocade, Fan-foot, Flame, Grey Pug, Large Twin-spot Carpet, Silver Hook, Small Fan-foot, Small Yellow Wave, Spruce Carpet, Southern Wainscot, Small Fan-footed Wave, Swallow-tailed Moth and V Pug. The Silver Hook was especially pleasing as I last caught it in June 2004 and this appears to have been the only previous report of this species to the UTB website. With the help of Martin Townsend I managed to identify some interesting micro-moths, one of which is an all-time newcomer to the UTB website - Schoenobius gigantella and three of which appear to be new for this year - Donacaula forficella, Ostrinia nubilalis (The European Corn-borer) and Lozotaenia forsterana. Two nights later (28th June) the catch was only about three-quarters the size but it did include a further 5 additions to my 2010 garden list including Barred Straw & Phlyctaenia coronata."

~ Monday 28th June 2010 ~

Dave Maunder sent this report on 27th June: "On Friday evening (25th June) I went to the Bernard arms beer-garden in Gt. Kimble, Bucks and saw approx. 20-30 Scarlet Tiger moths flying around the garden - a lovely sight! They were also in the churchyard next door. Weekend moth trapping in my garden here in Aylesbury Friday/Saturday nights (26th/27th June) produced a total of 61 species, some of the better ones were:- Privet Hawk (1, a female, which gave me some eggs which hopefully I'll be able to rear to show my son!); Eyed Hawks (2); Lime Hawks (2); Elephant Hawks (3); Leopard moth (1); Lackey moth (first adult) (1); Buff-tip (1); Buff Arches (1); Figure of 80 (3); Coxcomb Prominent (1); Sycamore moth (1); Poplar Grey (1); Miller moth (1); Reddish Light Arches (1); Brown Rustic (1); Cinnabar moths (3); White Ermine (1); Swallow-tailed moths (7); Peppered moths (3); Blood-veins (3); Scorched Wing (1) and Blue-bordered Carpet (first adult) (1)."

Scarlet Tigers
Photo © Dave Maunder

Peter Cuss ran his garden trap on 26th June in Caversham, Berks: "I was surprised to get a Scarlet Tiger, I always think of this as a species that has fairly distinct colonies, has anybody else seen it in this area? I also had Elephant Hawk, Green Silver-lines, Treble Brown Spot, Dark Arches, Light Emerald, Beautiful Hook Tip, Brimstone and Heart & Dart."

Tim Watts reported the following on 26th June: "Our best ever garden moth sighting!! Colleen and I were delighted and amazed to find a Scarlet Tiger resting on our front door in Whitchurch, Bucks this morning, 26th. This is a moth we've never seen before, anywhere and one we'd dreamed of seeing!! The door is glass so the picture is of its underside taken from inside our porch, guess a full view of underside is unusual? We couldn't get out to see the front so carefully opened the door. It flew instantly and its brilliant red wings showed well in flight, it landed in a roadside Oak."

Scarlet Tiger
Photo © Tim Watts

Tom Stevenson sent this report from Benson, Oxon on 26th June: "I put one of my 25w BB traps out overnight last night, 25th June, with the following results: Buff Ermine 1, Flame 1, Minor sp. 3, Heart & Dart 1, Clepsis spectrana (Cyclamen Tortrix) 1, Shoulder-striped Wainscot 3, Barred Straw 1, Agapeta hamana 1, Uncertain 1, Double Square-spot 2, Heart & Club 1, Common Carpet 1, Nemophora degeerella 1, Scoparia pyralella 1 and Straw Dot 1. Photos of some of the prettier ones attached (see below)."

Barred Straw
Photo © Tom Stevenson
Double Square-spot_s_TStevenson
Photo © Tom Stevenson
Nemophora degeerella
Photo © Tom Stevenson

Keith Mitchell sent this moth trap report on 26th June: "Interesting moths from my garden trap in Stoke Goldington, Bucks on 25th June included year firsts: Celypha striana, Blotched Emerald, Common Emerald, Small Dusty Wave, Barred Yellow, Privet Hawk-moth, Common Footman, Double Square-spot and Dot Moth."

Common Emerald
Photo © Keith Mitchell

Peter Hall reports Leucoptera laburnella leaf mines all over an old Laburnum tree in Great Missenden, Bucks on 24th June.

Paul Bowyer sent the following on 24th June: "I would like to report a moth seen in my house in Flackwell Heath, Bucks - Aglossa pinguinalis (Large Tabby). I was in 2 minds about this as the book informs me that its larvae feed on sheep dung!"

~ Thursday 24th June 2010 ~

David Redhead sent the following on 23rd June: "I was disappointed by the numbers in my third garden moth trap for June on the 22nd. Just 59 macro-moths but from 33 species of which one was an all-time addition to my garden list - an Oblique Carpet - plus 15 new for 2010 - Barred Yellow, Beautiful Golden Y, Beautiful Hook-tip, Buff Arches, Currant Pug, Dark Arches, Dingy Shears, Double Square-spot, Green Pug, Light Emerald, Riband Wave, Single-dotted Wave, Smoky Wainscot, Snout & Treble Brown Spot."

Dave Maunder sent these sightings on 22nd June: "Some moths found over the last few weeks in Aylesbury, Bucks were:- Scarlet Tiger (1, my first adult in Aylesbury - my son found it at Bearbrook school on 10th); Puss moth eggs (3, + 1 3rd instar larva on 20th); Pebble Prominent larva, also on 20th; Sallow Kittens (2, 7th); Maiden's Blush (1, on 9th - my first from Aylesbury). Also I've run my garden m.v. lamp a couple of times recently and some of the better results were:- Green Silver-lines (1); Buff Arches (1); Figure of 80 (1) - on 6th; Elephant Hawk (1) and Figure of 80 (2) - both on 12th; Poplar Hawk (1); Cinnabar (1); White Ermine (2); Buff Ermine (1); Clouded-bordered Brindle (1) and Pale Prominent (1) on 21st. Last night (21st June) at dusk I saw feeding on my garden Sweet william flowers: Varied Coronets (2); Broad-barred White (1); Silver Y (2), and Large Yellow Underwing (2). Still waiting to see if I'll get the Small Ranunculus like last year!"

Elephant Hawkmoth
Photo © Dave Maunder

Adam Bassett reported the following: "Thanks to Peter Hall for confirming a batch of records from my garden (in Marlow Bottom, Bucks) - the following are currently new for the UTB year list: 3 records of Acleris logiana, 2 from November 2009 and a 3rd from 20th March 2010 constitute the first records for Bucks. This species was previously only known in Scotland, but has been recorded in southern counties in recent years. Narrow-winged Pug (15/4), Caloptilia elongella (24/4), Parornix devoniella (24/4), Deltaornix torquillella (30/5). The only other recent moths new for the year from some poor sessions in the cold are: Cydia fagiglandana, Argyresthia pruniella (19/6) and Blastobasis adustella (20/6). Lastly, some moth records from 23/6: Argyresthia sorbiella - new for the garden, thanks again to Peter for identifying this, and new for the year: Parachronistis albiceps, Pandemis cinnamomeana, Archips podana, Mocha, Dwarf Cream Wave and Scarce Footman."

Acleris logiana
Photo © Adam Bassett

Nigel Partridge sent this record on 21st June: "Isotrias rectifasciana, 20-06-10, Loosley Row, Bucks. Thanks to Peter Hall for confirming the ID."

Anni Byard sent this report on 21st June: "Just thought I'd report my first ever sighting of a Scarlet Tiger Moth, in Long Wittenham, Oxon today, 21st. Unfortunately it had suffered severe damage to one of its wings, but this meant I could return home and get my camera; it hadn't really moved since I first spotted it."

Scarlet Tiger
Photo © Anni Byard

Peter Hall sent this update: "An addition to the report for Incombe hole on the 16th June for me and Dave Wilton - the daytime sighting of Merrifieldia leucodactyla."

David Redhead reports seeing a Hummingbird Hawkmoth at Otmoor, Oxon on Thursday 17th June.

Derek Brown reported the following: "We had a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in our garden at Beenham, Berks on 13th June."

~ Saturday 19th June 2010 ~

David Redhead sent the following today: "My overnight garden moth trap in Littlemore, Oxon on 18th June produced one of my lowest returns ever for June with just 22 macro-moths from 18 species. However, they did include my first Round-winged Muslin moths of the year, a pair."

Dave Wilton sent another report from mid-Bucks: "Trapped in my garden at Westcott on 8th June were Scrobipalpa costella and Nomophila noctuella (Rush Veneer). A night-time expedition to Pilch Fields near Great Horwood on 9th June produced nearly 80 species, including several Ghost Moths, a Maple Prominent and a Dark Sword-grass, while Metzneria metzneriella, Agapeta zoegana & Small Dotted Buff may still be new to the UTB list. Seen during the daytime at Finemere Wood on 11th June was Argyresthia spinosella, while at Westcott that night I added Dusky Brocade to my garden year list. Peter Hall and I visited the Ivinghoe area on 16th June and found two newly-emerged Six-spot Burnets on Pitstone Hill and several Chimney Sweepers at Incombe Hole and on the Beacon itself. Disturbed while mowing the lawn at Westcott later that day were Crambus pascuella and Pterophorus pentadactyla (White Plume). Peter and I trapped in Bernwood Forest on 17th June. Apart from an invasion of Tortrix viridana (Green Oak Tortrix), arrivals at the four lights seemed very slow as it was yet another cold night, so it came as some surprise to find that our combined lists totalled more than 100 species. Those which might still be new to the UTB list include Argyresthia glabratella, Argyresthia brockeella, Choristoneura hebenstreitella, Spatalistis bifasciana, Aleimma loeflingiana, Pseudosciaphila branderiana, Apotomis turbidana, Epiblema uddmanniana, Drinker (first adult), Blotched Emerald, Four-dotted Footman, Double Dart, Minor Shoulder-knot and Grey Arches. It was very pleasing to see several Orange Moths as well."

Orange Moth
Photo © Peter Hall
Four-dotted Footman
Photo © Peter Hall
Double Dart
Photo © Peter Hall

~ Thursday 17th June 2010 ~

Danny Howard sent the following yesterday: "Thought I would report my first sighting of two adult Scarlet Tiger Moths this morning (16th June) at the colony on Cowley Road, Oxon near the Plain roundabout."

This report came from Tom Stevenson: "A colleague, Alan Brampton, sent me a photo of a Red-belted Clearwing found in his house in Benson, Oxon on 13th June."

Red-belted Clearwing
Photo © Alan Brampton

Dave Wilton sent this report on 15th June: "A Bucks Invertebrate Group field meeting was held at BBOWT's River Ray Reserves on Saturday 12th June. Moths seen during the daytime at Gallowsbridge Farm included Glyphipterix thrasonella (in large numbers around juncus), Celypha lacunana, Crambus lathoniellus, Chrysoteuchia culmella, Opsibotys fuscalis, Pyrausta purpuralis, Lackey (a fully-grown caterpillar), Blood-vein, Yellow Shell, Grass Rivulet, Middle-barred Minor, Burnet Companion, Mother Shipton, Silver Y & Straw Dot, while Small Yellow Underwing was added to the list at Leaches Farm. Several traps were run at Leaches Farm that night but the temperature dropped quickly and only about 60 species were caught. The star item was Oblique Carpet (pictured below), while others included Elophila nymphaeata (BrownChina-mark), Brown Scallop & Light Arches which may still be new to the UTB list."

Oblique Carpet
Photo © Dave Wilton

Karen Roberts sent the following report on 15th June: "Wycombe Wildlife Group Moth Trap at Wren Davis Farm, Prestwood, Bucks on 11th June. The following moths were identified: Garden Pebble, Little Emerald, Straw Dot, Common Swift, Ghost Moth, Brimstone (2), Snout (2), Silver-ground Carpet, Flame Shoulder (2), Green Carpet, Heart & Dart (3), Common Marbled Carpet (2), Treble Lines, Buff Arches, Angle Shades, Setaceous Hebrew Character and Small Magpie."

David Redhead reported the following on 15th June: "Monday 14th June brought several moth firsts for me for 2010. The Shotover Moth Group are doing the second of their surveys of the year and emptying the two actinics traps set up on Sunday evening, 13th June, in the pouring rain brought my first Mottled Beauties of the year along with singletons of Double Square-spot, Udea Olivalis and Phlyctaenia perlucidalis (the latter identified by Martin Townsend). Then in the afternoon, whilst walking the dog round the setaside field at the top of our lane, I came across a pristine Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet Moth (first adult). This should not have surprised me as the previous day I found a cocoon with the pupal case hanging out in the grassland near my house but could not find the emergent moth. At the same time Wendy saw our first garden Scarlet Tiger Moth of the year (in Littlemore, Oxon) but this cannot claim to be a first sighting for the UTB area as whilst we were firing up the next set of moth traps at Shotover that evening Colin Williams told me there were five Scarlet Tiger Moths (first adult) flying around his garden, just off the Iffley Road in Oxford, last Saturday (12th June). When I sent the results of the Shotover moth trapping to Marc Botham he told me the prize catch to date in this session was a Beautiful Carpet which he found in one of the traps he set up in Brasenose Woods on Saturday evening (12th). The Beautiful Carpet appears to have been reported to the UTB Website only once before, in 2006."

Adam Bassett sent a few more recent records from his garden in Marlow Bottom, Bucks: "New for the year are:
June 10th: Nemapogon wolffiella, new for the garden and thanks to Peter Hall for confirmation, Udea olivalis.
June 11th: Purple Bar, Light Emerald, Lime Hawk-moth, Elephant Hawk-moth, Uncertain, Mottled Rustic, Snout. Also Cochylis nana, new for the garden and thanks to Peter Hall for confirmation.
June 12th: Triaxomera parasitella, Dipleurina lacustrata, Map-winged Swift (f. gallicus), Barred Yellow, Pebble Prominent, Large Yellow Underwing."

Map-winged Swift
Photo © Adam Bassett

Eleanor Slade reported the following: "The WildCRU/Earthwatch project caught a single Double Square-spot at our Robinson trap in Bean Wood, Oxon on the night of the 10th June."

~ Wednesday 16th June 2010 ~

Peter Hall reported on three Bucks moth traps in early June:
Peter's garden moth trap in Ballinger Common, Bucks on 2nd June produced the following highlights new to the UTB Species list: Pine Hawk-moth, Smoky Wainscot, Glyphipterix simpliciella.
A trapping session at Aston Clinton Ragpits on 4th June produced these new species: Barred Hook-tip, Dark Arches, Tawny Shears, Epinotia demarniana, Eupoecilia angustana and Lathronympha strigana.
The BIG (Bucks Invertebrate Group) moth trap at Turville Heath on 5th June, with 6 mv Lamps produced 127 moth species: Micropterix aruncella, Nemophora degeerella, Adela rufimitrella, Nemapogon cloacella, Caloptilia robustella, Ectoedemia albifasciella, Cameraria ohridella, *Cydia pactolana, Swammerdamia pyrella, Roeslerstammia erxlebella, Plutella xylostella, Coleophora albicosta, Coleophora caespititiella, Esperia sulphurella, Teleiodes luculella, Hysterophora maculosana, Agapeta hamana, Syndemis musculana, Ptycholoma lecheana, Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, Cnephasia incertana, Celypha lacunana, Hedya pruniana, Bactra lancealana, Epinotia rubiginosana, Epiblema trimaculana, Pammene albuginana, Chrysoteuchia culmella, Crambus lathoniellus, Acentria ephemerella, Scoparia ambigualis, Eudonia pallida, Evergestis forficalis, Udea olivalis, Aphomia sociella, Ghost, Common Swift, Map-winged Swift, Scalloped Hook-tip, Oak Hook-tip, Pebble Hook-tip, Peach Blossom, Maiden's Blush, Flame Carpet, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Silver-ground Carpet, Garden Carpet, Common Carpet, Water Carpet, Purple Bar, Small Phoenix, Red-green Carpet, Common Marbled Carpet, Grey Pine Carpet, Broken-barred Carpet, Green Carpet, May Highflyer, Pretty Chalk Carpet, Grass Rivulet, Foxglove Pug, Mottled Pug, Wormwood Pug, Common Pug, Grey Pug, Shaded Pug, Brindled Pug, Small Yellow Wave, Seraphim, Scorched Carpet, Tawny-barred Angle, Brown Silver-line, Scorched Wing, Brimstone Moth, Peppered, Pale Oak Beauty, Brindled White-spot, Common Wave, White-pinion Spotted, Clouded Silver, Privet Hawk, Pine Hawk, Lime Hawk, Poplar Hawk, Elephant Hawk, Buff-tip, Lobster, Iron Prominent, Great Prominent, Coxcomb Prominent, Pale Prominent, Marbled Brown, Pale Tussock, Orange Footman, White Ermine, Buff Ermine, Least Black Arches, Heart & Dart, Flame, Flame Shoulder, Ingrailed Clay, Small Square-spot, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Pale-shouldered Brocade, Common Wainscot, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Alder, Brown Rustic, Small Angle Shades, Angle Shades, Clouded-bordered Brindle, Clouded Brindle, Small Clouded Brindle, Large Nutmeg, Rustic Shoulder-knot, Marbled Minor, Tawny Marbled Minor, Middle-barred Minor, Treble Lines, Rosy Marbled, Marbled White Spot, Green Silver-lines, Nut-tree Tussock, Burnished Brass, Silver Y, Beautiful Golden Y, Plain Golden Y, Mother Shipton, Straw Dot and Small Fan-foot.
*Peter commented that Cydia pactolana is a particularly nice record as it is a county first. Previously only recorded in 6 vice-counties, all in southern England, this record makes Bucks the 7th.

~ Saturday 12th June 2010 ~

Keith Mitchell reported the following from Stoke Goldington, Bucks: "At home, moths recently included the first and only Large Yellow Underwing (disturbed during the day) on 5th June. Garden firsts: May Highflyer, Tawny-barred Angle, Treble-bar and White-pinion Spotted on 5th June, with the supporting cast Common Swift (27), Agapeta hamana (3), Epiphyas posvittana (Light-brown Apple Moth), Celypha lacunana (Dark Strawberry Tortrix) (6), Epiblema cynosbatella, Crambus lathoniellus (5), Aphomia sociella (2), Myelois circumvoluta (Thistle Ermine), Green Carpet (2), Small Waved Umber, Mottled Pug (4), Common Pug (6), Scorched Carpet (2), Scorched Wing (2), Brimstone (2), Peppered Moth, Pale Oak Beauty, Clouded Silver (3), Lime Hawk-moth, Eyed Hawk-moth (2), Elephant Hawk-moth, Buff-tip, Pale Tussock, White Ermine (9), Buff Ermine (6), Turnip, Heart and Dart (14), Shuttle-shaped dart (2), Flame Shoulder (3), Setaceous Hebrew Character (4), The Shears, Common Wainscot (8), Brown Rustic (8), Small Angle Shades, Clouded-bordered Brindle, Large Nutmeg (28), Rustic Shoulder-knot (28), Middle-barred Minor (14), Treble Lines (8), Straw Dot, Marbled Minor Agg (7).
Additional moths this weekend (12th June): Chrysoteuchia culmella, Scoparia ambigualis, Eurrhypara hortulata (Small Magpie), Common Wave, Pale Prominent, Flame, Cabbage Moth and Varied Coronet."

Cabbage Moth
Photo © Keith Mitchell
Varied Coronet
Photo © Keith Mitchell

~ Thursday 10th June 2010 ~

David Redhead sent these reports today, 10th June: "The Upper Thames Branch moth trapping evening at the Oxford University Harcourt Arboretum on Friday 4th June was a great success. In fact we were overrun by moths and we are still trying to work out exactly what we caught. The confirmed macro-moth list stands at 86 species (it will probably finally exceed 90) and includes Alder Moth, Angle Shades, Broad-barred White, Common Carpet, Coronet, Large Yellow Underwing, Rivulet, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Snout & Willow Beauty. We were unable to do the micro-moths justice but several Scoparia ambigualis were noted and Marc Botham retained some that took his fancy and has so far come up with the following identifications - Alabonia geoffrella, Assara terebrella & Blastobasis lacticolella. Thanks also go to Karl Lofthouse, Richard Comont & Eleanor Slade for helping to make the event a success.
The first 2010 Oxford University WildCRU/Earthwatch/HSBC moth project has just started, again under the management of Eleanor Slade. As a result two 125MV Robinson traps were run for 3 hours in the first scallop past the Chalet in Wytham Woods, Oxon on the evening of 3rd June. The first 30 moths captured were marked and subsequently took part in a trial controlled release experiment. During the three hours the two MV lights pulled in 36 macro-moth species of which the most notable were an Alder Moth, Flame & Willow Beauty.
The experiment proper stated on the evening of 7th June with the two Robinson traps being run overnight on the eastern edge of nearby Bean Wood and the marked moths being released the following evening. The following species of interest have been caught to date:
7th June Green Arches, Large Yellow Underwing & Light Emerald;
8th June Dark Sword-grass;
9th June Beautiful Hook-tip, Perinephela lancealis, Scarce Silver-lines & Tortrix viridana (Green Oak Tortix) - all singletons except the Green Oak Tortrix of which there were several in pristine condition.
In between all this I managed to run an overnight garden moth trap in Littlemore, Oxon on the 6th June and added 17 macro-moth species to my 2010 garden list including an Obscure Wainscot and the first of what will be many Large Yellow Underwings.
Submitting these three reports on the 10th June I am surprised to still be able to claim the first, second & third Large Yellow Underwings on 4th, 6th & 7th June at three different sites."

Richard Comont reported the following today: "I had Scarce Silver-Lines in my garden trap in Headington, Oxon on the 2nd June."

Adam Bassett wrote as follows on 10th June: "I forgot to mention that we had a Small Dusty Wave in our house at Marlow Bottom, Bucks on June 2nd."

Ian Stevenson sent this follow-up to his report of 7th June (see below): "The Small Chocolate-tip trapped at Wildmoor Heath, Berks, on 5th June has now been confirmed by Les Finch, which is good news!"

Nigel Partridge sent this sighting on 9th June: "This one was attracted to the house lights last night: Freyer's Pug, 08-06-10, Loosley Row, Bucks."

Freyer's Pug
Photo © Nigel Partridge

~ Tuesday 8th June 2010 ~

Dave Wilton sent the latest results for his recent moth trapping: "On 2nd June at Westcott, Bucks I added Small Clouded Brindle to my garden year list, while from two traps in Bernwood Forest, Bucks that night Hedya nubiferana (Marbled Orchard Tortrix) and Alder Moth might still be new to the UTB list. A visit to Seven Barrows, Berks on 3rd June produced single examples of Cistus Forester and Five-spot Burnet. The latter species I have assumed from flight time alone (more were seen at Hackpen Hill, Oxon later in the day) because Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet shouldn't be on the wing until the end of June. Further investigation will be required. On 4th June the garden trap at Westcott managed to bring in more than 70 species, including Aphelia paleana (Timothy Tortrix), Eucosma cana, Acentria ephemerella (Water Veneer), Pleuroptya ruralis (Mother of Pearl), Green Pug, Light Emerald, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Poplar Grey & Mottled Rustic. In Bernwood Forest that night I got my first Orange Moth of the year. Acting on a tip-off, on 5th June I went to BBOWT's rarely-visited reserve at Pilch Fields near Great Horwood, Bucks where a sizeable colony of Chimney Sweeper moths was found (24 counted). Other day-flying species seen there included Elachista argentella, Cochylimorpha straminea, Chrysoteuchia culmella, Crambus perlella, Crambus lathoniellus, Yellow Shell, Small Yellow Underwing, Burnet Companion, Silver Y & Straw Dot. I ran a single MV trap in Finemere Wood, Bucks that night and new for me for the year were Ptycholoma lecheana, Gold Swift, Small Seraphim & Beautiful Golden Y."

Chimney Sweeper
Photo © Dave Wilton

Adam Bassett sent this update from Marlow Bottom, Bucks today: "Some trapping results from the weekend - all records June 5th unless stated 4th. Despite this being my 7th year of trapping at this site, I had three new macro species for the garden list: Figure of Eighty (4th), Knot Grass and Miller and a pending pug. Other records new for the year were: Oak Hook-tip, Treble Brown Spot (4th), Silver-ground Carpet (4th), Common Carpet (4th), Spruce Carpet (4th), Green Pug, Small White Wave, Peacock, Brown Silver-line (4th), Scorched Wing (4th), Willow Beauty (4th), Pale Oak Beauty, Square Spot (4th), Common White Wave (4th), Clouded Silver, Lobster, Iron Prominent, Maple Prominent (4th), Marbled Brown, Flame Shoulder (4th), Ingrailed Clay, Setaceous Hebrew Character (4th), Bright-Line Brown-Eye (4th), Common Wainscot (4th), Shoulder-striped Wainscot (4th), Coronet, Bird's Wing, Brown Rustic (4th), Small Angle Shades, Angle Shades (4th), Clouded Brindle (4th), Middle-barred Minor, Vine's Rustic (4th), Beautiful Golden Y (4th), Straw Dot (4th), Fan-foot.
Micros new for the year list were: Teleiodes luculella, Agapeta hamana, Pandemis cerasana, Epinotia bilunana, Tinea semifulvella (4th), Hedya pruniana (4th), Monopis obviella, Epiphyas postvittana, Acentria ephemerella (Water Veneer, 4th).
Thanks to Peter Hall for his help in confirming some of these, all June 5th unless stated otherwise: Endothenia nigricostana (6th) - second record for Bucks, found flying in the garden during the afternoon; Nemophora degeerella, Celypha striana, Chrysoteuchia culmella, Scoparia pyralella and Eudonia pallida. Finally, I had day flying Hummingbird Hawkmoth and Silver Y on June 6th."

Ian Stevenson reported the following on 7th June: "This weekend I ran a moth event at Wildmoor Heath, Berks and also ran a couple of traps in other locations. This came to a total of over 90 Macro moth species!
At Ewelme Watercress beds on 4th/5th June, I found 34 species, including six species of Hawkmoth and the following which haven’t yet been reported on UTB : Burnished Brass, Poplar Grey, Reddish Light Arches, Shoulder-striped Wainscot.
At Warburg also on 4th/5th June I found 17 species, the highlights being: Coxcomb Prominent, Iron Prominent, Treble-bar, Lobster moth, Privet Hawkmoth.
At Wildmoor on 5th June we found 44 species with some great moths including: Barred Red, Bordered White, Common Carpet, Fox moth, Grass Wave, Riband Wave, Small Chocolate-tip (which is just awaiting final confirmation), Small Seraphim, Treble Brown Spot, True Lover's Knot and Willow Beauty. With thanks to Les Finch, Roy Dobson, Martin Woolner, John Warren and others for help with ID."

Nigel Partridge sent this report from Loosley Row, Bucks on 5th June: "Last night (04-06-10) was the busiest night of the year so far. Moths that don't look to be on this year's UTB list yet are: Mompha subbistrigella, Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, Agapeta hamana, Acentria ephemerella, Treble Brown Spot, Spectacle and Turnip."

~ Thursday 3rd June 2010 ~

Nigel Partridge reported the following on 3rd June: "A couple more from our garden in Loosley Row, Bucks, for the list: Treble-bar, 31-05-10 and Purple Bar, 02-06-10."

Another brief update from Dave Wilton on 2nd June: "A visit to BBOWT's Bernwood Meadows reserve adjacent to Bernwood Forest, Bucks this afternoon (2nd June) produced numerous examples of Opsibotys fuscalis, Grass Rivulet and Silver Y which were disturbed with every few steps through the grass. Also seen, and my main reason for the visit, were five Foresters, a UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority species."

Photo © Dave Wilton

Adam Bassett recorded the following in his garden in Marlow Bottom, Bucks: "A few more garden records new for the year from May 30th: Pebble Hook-tip, Blood-vein, Privet Hawkmoth, Poplar Hawkmoth, Buff-tip, Muslin, Large Nutmeg, Silver Y and Spectacle. The following micros were also new garden records, all May 24th - thanks to Peter Hall for confirming the ID: Monopis laevigella, Esperia sulphurella, Spuleria flavicaput, Syndemis musculana, Ancylis mitterbacheriana and Ancylis laetana."

On 1st June Dave Wilton sent the following report from mid-Bucks to round off the month of May: "I have forgotten to mention that a Sallow Kitten was trapped at Moulsoe on 23rd May. Recorded during the daytime on 28th May at Bernwood Meadows were Cochylimorpha straminea and Dichrorampha acuminatana, while that same afternoon a single Five-spot Burnet was seen at its only known site in our region close to the Calvert land-fill. The garden trap at Westcott on 28th May brought in Hedya pruniana (Plum Tortrix), Blood-vein, Purple Bar, Lime-speck Pug & Small Elephant Hawk-moth which were all new to my year list. On 31st May at Westcott I added Vine's Rustic and Small Fan-foot, while in Bernwood Forest that night three traps managed to attract around 70 species, including Tinea semifulvella, Glyphipterix forsterella, Lobesia reliquana, Bactra lancealana, Little Emerald, Small Angle Shades, Large Nutmeg, Straw Dot and the nationally scarce Common Fan-foot."

Common Fan-foot
Photo © Dave Wilton
Lobesia reliquana
Photo © Dave Wilton
Five-spot Burnet
Photo © Dave Wilton

David Redhead sent this update on 31st May: "Yesterday evening (30th May) Martin Townsend came round to examine my 'collapsed' Narrow-bordered Five Spot Burnet colony (see report below) in Littlemore, Oxon. He pointed out the presence of Yellow Meadow Vetchling, a foodplant, that I had overlooked in 2009 presumably because most of it had been eaten before it flowered by the hundreds of larvae present. So the final line of my previous report should perhaps point out that the foodplants are apparently more abundant although the immature stages of the moth are less abundant. Martin's more practised eyes also spotted the micro-moth Eucalybites auroguttella which has only been reported to the UTB website once before. In spite of this it is considered a common moth but vastly under-recorded, as many micro-moths are. Its larvae mine the leaves of St. John's-wort which is abundant on the site." (Thanks to Dave Wilton for the use of his photograph below. Wendy)

Eucalybites auroguttella
Photo © Dave Wilton

~ Sunday 30th May 2010 ~

Mark Calway sent this report today: "There was a beautiful, freshly emerged, female Hornet moth on the trunk of a Black Poplar in Reading, Berks yesterday morning, 29th May. I actually spotted the pupal case sticking out of the trunk before I saw the moth, which was a couple of feet above it. This is the earliest date I have recorded the Hornet moth in Berkshire. I was just checking some trees, during chilly light rain, on the off-chance of an early emerging male, in order to get an idea as to when they start to emerge."

Hornet Moth
Photo © Mark Calway
Hornet Moth
Photo © Mark Calway

David Redhead reported the following from Littlemore, Oxon today: "At the start of May last year I reported that the 0.5ha of grassland near my house was heaving with Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet moth caterpillars. On the 19th May 2009 I did an accurate count of half the site which indicated a total of 650 cocoons and 160 ascendant caterpillars and by the time I returned from holiday in Scotland at the start of June the adults had started to emerge. Since my return from holiday in Somerset this year, on the 22nd May I realised I had not noticed any larvae or cocoons in the same area. So last Thursday I searched the whole area carefully and repeated the exercise this morning, Sunday 30th. On Thursday 27th May I found just 5 cocoons and 3 fully grown Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet caterpillars and by today the total had risen to 20 cocoons but no caterpillars to be seen. Even allowing for most things being a fortnight late this year it appears the size of the colony has fallen by about 50 fold in one year - to my eye the habitat is unchanged and the foodplants are just as abundant as last year."

Keith Mitchell sent the following on 29th May: "Low numbers of moths in the trap last night in Stoke Goldington, Bucks, but it included the first Brown Rustic of the year."

Nigel Partridge sent this sighting on 29th May: "One more for the list: Brown Silver-line, 26-05-10, Loosley Row, Bucks."

~ Thursday 27th May 2010 ~

Dave Wilton reported the following today: "Time for another update from mid-Bucks. The trap here at Westcott on 20th May added Celypha lacunana, Figure of Eighty, Grass Rivulet, Lesser Treble-bar and Lychnis to my garden year list. At BBOWT's Leaches Farm Meadows on 22nd May I saw many examples of the pyralid moth Opsibotys fuscalis flying in the daytime alongside Grass Rivulets (they share the same foodplant, yellow rattle) and care needs to be taken to differentiate the two because they are similar in size. Both were seen again in some numbers at Asham Meads later in the day, accompanied by the much smaller micro Glyphipterix fuscoviridella. A trapping session in Bernwood Forest that night brought in another good selection, including Agonopterix subpropinquella, Peach Blossom, Poplar Lutestring, Cream Wave, Peppered Moth & Green Silver-lines. Amongst the moths trapped at Moulsoe on 23rd May were Caloptilia semifascia, Emmetia marginea & Ingrailed Clay. Disturbed from vegetation near Twyford (the one in north Bucks) on 24th May was a Silver-ground Carpet while the garden trap at Westcott that night added Eurrhypara hortulata (Small Magpie) & Small Square-spot. A daytime visitor to the garden at Westcott on 25th May was Anthophila fabriciana (Nettle-tap) and the trap contents at Whitecross Green Wood that night included Grey Pine Carpet, Elephant Hawk-moth & Middle-barred Minor. Finally, in the railway cutting adjacent to Salden Wood on 26th May I recorded two Chimney Sweeper moths."

Keith Mitchell writes from Stoke Goldington, Bucks: "Attracted to the light last night, 26th May, despite the rain was a Dwarf Pug confirmed by Martin Albertini (photo below). Around the garden on Marjoram were 8 confirmed Pyrausta aurata. A single Small Magpie and a Dark Strawberry Tortrix (Celypha lacunana) were also disturbed."

Dwarf Pug
Photo © Keith Mitchell

Dave Maunder sent this update today, 27th May: "Some more moths seen around Aylesbury, Bucks, over the last few days include:- Lime Hawk-moth (1, 25th); Silver-Y (1, 26th); Pale Tussocks (2); Pale Prominent (1); Swallow Prominent (1, 20th); Miller moth (2, 20th and 26th); White Ermine (1, 21st); Red-green Carpet (1, 25th - a late specimen!), and Cinnabar (23rd)."

Lime Hawk-moth
Photo © Dave Maunder
Red-green Carpet
Photo © Dave Maunder

Adam Bassett reported the following from Marlow Bottom, Bucks on 26th May: "A further trap from May 24th gave me the following garden year ticks: Celypha lacunana, Crambus lathoniellus, Evergestis forficalis (Garden Pebble), Eurrhypara hortulata (Small Magpie), Clay Triple-lines, Flame Carpet, Red Twin-spot Carpet agg, Common Marbled Carpet, Yellow-barred Brindle, Peppered Moth, Pale Tussock, Buff Ermine, Rustic Shoulder-knot, Green Silver-lines and Small Fan-foot. I also trapped another Buttoned Snout, which in contrast to the very fresh looking moth of the 22nd, was very worn and tatty."

Mike Flemming sent the following on 26th May: "Wood Tiger [Parasemia plantagenis plantagenis]. Seen flying in very hot bright sunshine at the BBOWT Seven Barrows Reserve, Berks on Monday 24th May."

Wood Tiger
Photo © Mike Flemming

Mark Calway sent the following on 25th May: "In Stanford Dingley, Berks on Saturday (22nd May 2010) this fine fellow was netted by Roy Dobson. It's Alabonia geoffrella."

Alabonia geoffrella
Photo © Mark Calway

David Redhead ran his moth trap on 24th May: "My overnight garden moth trap in Littlemore, Oxon added 18 macro-moth species to my 2010 garden list. Perhaps not surprising as it was the first MV light I had run for over a fortnight and most are now "old hat" but some still appear to be additions to the UTB 2010 list - Brimstone, Buttoned Snout, Clouded Brindle, Common Wave, Dingy Shell, Figure of Eighty, Orange Footman, Pale Oak Beauty, Pale Tussock, Rustic Shoulder-knot, Sandy Carpet, Scalloped Hazel, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Small Phoenix, Spectacle, Treble-lines, White Ermine & White-spotted Pug. The Buttoned Snout is also a first for the garden although I did have one flying in my study on the 1st February 2005. The White Ermines just failed to make double figures or first place, which was taken by the Poplar Hawk-moths with 11. A subsequent walk to the grassland near my house to count the Common Blues (5 males) also produced a Burnet Companion and several Silver-ground Carpets."

Ian Gamble sent this report on 24th May: "I visited Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks, on 23rd May and among the butterflies were several day flying moths: Burnet Companion 3, Cinnabar 6 and the local Small Purple-barred 2. At Pitstone moths included 20 Cinnabar and a single Burnet Companion."

Small Purple-barred
Photo © Ian Gamble

Tom Stevenson sent this report on 24th May: "Myself and son Ian ran two 25w Blacklight Blue traps overnight at Ewelme Watercress beds LNR, Oxon with the following results: Buff-tip (1), Muslin (6), Shuttle-shaped Dart (1), Common Swift (3), Setaceous Hebrew Character (1), White Ermine (3), Privet Hawk-moth (1), Treble lines (1), Rustic Shoulder-knot (1), Common Wainscot (1)."

Photo © Tom Stevenson
Privet Hawkmoth
Photo © Tom Stevenson

Alastair Driver reported the following on 24th May: "I trapped again in my Sonning (Berks) garden on Friday 20th May. Numbers and variety still really low despite the long-awaited warmer temperatures. However I did add Ochreous Pug to my parish records and Orange Footman to my garden list. New for the year were Peppered Moth, Treble Lines and Brimstone Moth. Also caught Aethes smeathmanniana, Tinea Trinotella, Tachystola acroxantha and Epiblema cynosbatella."

Epiblema cynosbatella
Photo © Alastair Driver

Keith Mitchell ran his garden trap in Stoke Goldington, Bucks on 20th May: "It produced Common Swift, Cacoecimorpha pronubana (Carnation Tortrix), Myelois circumvoluta (Thistle Ermine), Red Twin-spot Carpet agg, Spruce Carpet, Broken-barred Carpet, Brimstone, Waved Umber, Pebble Prominent, Lesser Swallow Prominent, Pale Prominent (2), Pale Tussock, White Ermine (3), Shuttle-shaped Dart, Flame Shoulder (2), Bright-line Brown-eye, Clouded Drab, Hebrew Character (3), Rustic Shoulder-knot (4), Treble Lines."

Carnation Tortrix
Photo © Keith Mitchell

~ Sunday 23rd May 2010 ~

Adam Bassett sent the following update today: "Having hung up my moth trap for a few weeks due to the weather, I had it out twice over the weekend. All dates 21/5/10 unless stated 22/5 - I had 1 new garden tick (Marlow Bottom, Bucks) in the form of a May Highflyer and not surprisingly, several new garden year ticks: Tinea trinotella, Caloptilia syringella, Endrosis sarcitrella (22/5), Agonopterix ocellana (22/5), Phtheochroa rugosana, Epiblema cynosbatella, Common Swift, Small Phoenix, Broken-barred Carpet, Green Carpet, Small Waved Umber, Foxglove Pug (22/5), Mottled Pug, Common Pug, White-spotted Pug, Double-striped Pug (22/5), Tawny-barred Angle, Scalloped Hazel, White-pinion Spotted, Eyed Hawkmoth (22/5), Coxcomb Prominent (22/5), Orange Footman, White Ermine (22/5), Cinnabar, Heart & Dart, Shears, Light Brocade, Campion, probable Tawny Marbled Minor (1 for P. Hall) (22/5), Treble Lines, Buttoned Snout (22/5)."

Mark Calway sent this report today: "Five members of the Berkshire Moth Group checked out some potential new sites for the Drab Looper on Saturday 22nd May. Searches were limited to light wooded areas in the vicinity of Stanford Dingley, Berks. Eleven Drab Loopers were found in 6 new locations."

This update came from Nigel Partridge on 23rd May: A few more from our garden that were not on the list when I last checked: Depressaria heraclei (Parsnip Moth - was D.pastinacella) 20-05-10, Scalloped Hazel 20-05-10, Aphomia sociella 21-05-10, Broken-barred Carpet 22-05-10, Foxglove Pug 22-05-10 and Treble Lines 22-05-10."

Peter Cuss ran his garden trap in Caversham, Berks on 20th May: "I caught Tawny-barred Angle, Pebble Hook Tip, Pale Prominent, Chinese Character, Least Black Arches and Shuttle-shaped Dart."

Dave Wilton sent this update on 20th May: "What a difference a warmer night makes! Three hours with three traps in Finemere Wood, Bucks on Wednesday 19th May produced well over 70 species, including Micropterix calthella, Incurvaria oehlmanniella, Adela reaumurella, Tinea trinotella, Pseudoswammerdamia combinella, Prays fraxinella, Esperia sulphurella, Agonopterix arenella, Agonopterix ocellana, Scrobipalpa acuminatella, Syndemis musculana, Acleris hastiana, Ancylis laetana (a new species for the site and for me, picture below), Ancylis badiana, Grapholita jungiella, Oak Hook-tip, Pebble Hook-tip, Chinese Character, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Streamer, Water Carpet, Broken-barred Carpet, Green Carpet, Mottled Pug, Common Pug, Brindled Pug, Oak-tree Pug, V-Pug, Small White Wave, Seraphim, Scorched Carpet, Scorched Wing, Brimstone Moth, Early Thorn, Purple Thorn, Scalloped Hazel, Waved Umber, Pale Oak Beauty, Brindled White-spot, Common White Wave, Common Wave, White-pinion Spotted, Clouded Silver, Iron Prominent, Pebble Prominent, Lesser Swallow Prominent, Coxcomb Prominent, Pale Prominent, Marbled Brown, Great Prominent, Pale Tussock, Orange Footman, White Ermine, Least Black Arches, Flame Shoulder, Pine Beauty, Small Quaker, Powdered Quaker, Common Quaker, Clouded Drab, Hebrew Character, Miller, Clouded-bordered Brindle, Marbled White Spot & Spectacle. A number of additional micro-moths have still to be confirmed. Other new species for the year for me over the last week or two have included Pammene rhediella at Westcott, Bucks on 6th May, Argyresthia trifasciata at Westcott on 18th May, Carpatolechia proximella, Maiden's Blush, Spruce Carpet & Puss Moth all seen in Bernwood Forest on 18th May and Elachista argentella & Crambus lathoniellus near Woodham, Bucks on 19th May."

Ancylis laetana
Photo © Dave Wilton

Nigel Partridge sent this on 20th May: "Another new one for the year - Netted Pug, 19-05-10, Loosley Row, Bucks."

Netted Pug
Photo © Nigel Partridge

Keith Mitchell sent these sightings on 20th May: "Cloud cover meant some moths at last from my garden in Stoke Goldington, Bucks: An early Fern (we have lots of Clematis), Poplar Kitten, Brindled Pug, Oak-tree Pug, V-Pug, Brimstone(5), Emmelina monodactyla, Purple Thorn, Pale Oak Beauty, Clouded Silver (2), White Ermine (2), Muslin, Flame Shoulder, Powdered Quaker, Hebrew Character (6), Spectacle. Some photos below."

Photo © Keith Mitchell
Poplar Kitten
Photo © Keith Mitchell
Photo © Keith Mitchell

On 20th May Adam Bassett sent this report: "I noticed a Plutella porrectella flying around the garden (Marlow Bottom, Bucks) today, May 20th. It was resting on Red Valerian, but we have plenty of Sweet Rocket nearby, which is the larval food plant. I also found a Cydia pomonella (Codling Moth) in my parent's conservatory in Hurst, Berks on May 18th, which seemed a little early."

Peter Cuss enjoyed a walk at Aston Upthorpe Downs in Oxon on 18th May: "There were lots of Cinnabar moths and a Mother Shipton."

Nigel Partridge sent this sighting on 19th May: "One more for the list: Caloptilia syringella, 18-05-10, Loosley Row, Bucks."

Caloptilia syringella
Photo © Nigel Partridge

Tony & Ro Rayner sent the following on 18th May: "Yesterday, May 17th, day-flying moths in our Cholsey (Oxon) meadow included Burnet Companions and Small Yellow Underwings."

Jan Haseler reported the following on 16th May: "Seen at Lardon Chase, Berks on 15th May: Crambus lathionellus, Thisanotia chrysonuchella. Other recent moth sightings: 9th May, Reading and District Natural History Society field trip to Hungerford Marsh: Micropterix calthella on the flowers of Marsh Marigold."

~ Monday 17th May 2010 ~

National Moth Night, 15th May - Jan Haseler sent this report: "The Berkshire Moth Group recorded 25 moth species at Bradfield College on National Moth Night, including Lime Hawkmoth, Chocolate-tip, Great Prominent, Pebble Prominent, Pale Prominent, Acleris literana, May Highflyer and Balsam Carpet. 3 lights were run in the college nature reserve next to the River Pang and 2 were run in the field next to the Science Block."

Balsam Carpet
Photo © Jan Haseler
May Highflyer
Photo © Jan Haseler
Acleris literana
Photo © Jan Haseler

National Moth Night, 15th May - Dave Wilton reported the following: "It should really have been called 'National Lack-of-Moths Night' unless you were deep inside some sheltered woodland. The garden trap at Westcott, Bucks brought in 20 individuals of 10 species, of which Rustic Shoulder-knot was the only new one for the year. I also helped out at a BBOWT event on Brill Common, Bucks where a similarly small total was eventually obtained from three lights, although for the first hour or more the 40-odd partipants had only a single Brimstone Moth to look at! Other species there eventually included Chinese Character, Coxcomb Prominent, Bright-line Brown-eye and Pale-shouldered Brocade."

National Moth Night, 15th May - Karen Roberts reported on the moth trap at Hughenden Valley, Bucks: "On a cold night, Paul Bowyer and I identified the following:- Brimstone (3), Scorched Carpet, Green Carpet, Hebrew Character (2) and Evergestis forficalis (Garden Pebble)."

National Moth Night, 15th May - Dave Maunder's trap produced the following on NMN: "My results for National Moth Night from my garden here in Aylesbury, Bucks, were pretty poor, I only caught:- Pale Tussock (1); Muslin Moth (1); Heart and Dart (1); Flame Shoulder (1); Clouded Drab (2); Red Twin-spot Carpet (1); Garden Carpet (1); and Brimstone (1). The previous night (14th) I had:- Chocolate-tip (1); Buff-tip (1); Powdered Quaker (1); Pale Tussock (1); Waved Umber (1), and Brimstone moth (1)."

Photo © Dave Maunder

National Moth Night, 15th May - Alastair Driver sent this report: "A very disappointing catch with the Robinson Trap at home in Sonning, Berks, last night 15th May - just 3 species: Shuttle-shaped Dart (5) Brindled Pug (1) and Lime Hawk-moth (1). I did catch the very attractive Phtheochroa rugosana the night before though, 14th (see photo)."

Phtheochroa rugosana
Photo © Alastair Driver

National Moth Night, 15th May - Keith Mitchell sent these results for his garden in Stoke Goldington, Bucks: "The Robinson Trap produced a ridiculous 4 moths: Hebrew Character (2), Common Quaker, Pale Prominent."

National Moth Night, 15th May - Nigel Partridge reported the following from Loosley Row in Bucks: "Given the improvement in the weather I was hoping for a few more for NMN: Clouded Silver, Rustic Shoulder-knot, Garden Carpet, Least Black Arches, Hebrew Character, Common Quaker, Pale Tussock, Nut-tree Tussock, Common Pug, Clouded Drab and 30+ Cockchafers! Also, the previous night, 14-05-10: Yellow-barred Brindle, White-spotted Pug."

National Moth Night, 15th May - Peter Hall reported as follows: "2 MV traps were run at York’s Wood and 1 at Shabbington Wood in the Bernwood Forest complex in Bucks. The species list in the end was quite good considering how cold it was – 6 degrees by 11.30pm. Attendees were myself, Martin Albertini, Andy McVeigh and Julia Carey. The most numerous moth was the impressive Great Prominent at both sites.
Bernwood Forest: York's Wood - Great Prominent, Nut-tree Tussock, Hebrew Character, Lesser Swallow Prominent, Pale Tussock, Oak-tree Pug, Maiden's Blush, Birch Mocha, Pebble Prominent, Iron Prominent, Coxcomb Prominent, Grey Birch, Brimstone Moth, Brindled Pug, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Purple Thorn, Lunar Marbled Brown, Seraphim, Scalloped Hook-tip, Powdered Quaker, Frosted Green, Marbled Brown, Lobster Moth, Early Tooth-striped, Waved Umber, Common White Wave & Nematopogon swammerdamella.
Bernwood: Shabbington Wood - Great Prominent, Nut-tree Tussock, Hebrew Character, Orange Footman, Swallow Prominent, Pale Tussock, Oak-tree Pug, Maiden's Blush, Birch Mocha, Pebble Prominent, Marbled White Spot, Iron Prominent, Coxcomb Prominent, Grey Birch & Brimstone Moth.
Running a single moth trap overnight in my garden in Ballinger, Bucks, produced a less spectacular list: Brimstone, Lobster, Brindled Pug, Powdered Quaker and Clouded Drab – all singletons."

National Moth Night, 15th May - Tom Stevenson sent the following results: "Could they please choose a slightly warmer night for national moth night next year? Just 4 moths in my overnight garden trap in Benson, Oxon comprising Muslin (2), Shuttle-shaped Dart (1) and Early Grey (1). I suppose you shouldn't expect much more with the air temperature falling to just over 1°C!"

~ Saturday 15th May 2010 ~

Keith Mitchell sent this report from Stoke Goldington, Bucks, on 15th May: "Only four moths last night, 14th May, but Poplar Hawk-moth was the first for the year, with my second Chocolate-tip. Photo below of the Poplar Hawk-moth (not the usual angle). Hopefully moth night will be more productive."

Poplar Hawk-moth
Photo © Keith Mitchell

Dave Wilton sent this news on 14th May: "Pancalia leuwenhoekella might be a bit of a mouthful to say, but it is a pretty little micro-moth which it is worth keeping an eye out for at the moment, particularly in the Chilterns. It is a day-time flyer about 6mm in length. When the sun goes in the moth can be found resting on flowers and the example illustrated below was one of three seen on daisies today at the Calvert Jubilee BBOWT reserve, Bucks."

Pancalia leuwenhoekella
Photo © Dave Wilton
Pancalia leuwenhoekella
Photo © Dave Wilton

~ Thursday 13th May 2010 ~

David Redhead sent the following report on 9th May: "Emptying my moth trap (in Littlemore, Oxon) on Saturday morning, 8th May, was not a pleasant job, owing to the cold and drizzle, but fortunately it did not take take long - just 9 moths! 3 Swallow Prominent, 2 Chocolate-tip, 2 Hebrew Character, 1 Clouded Drab and the consolation prize - my first Poplar Hawk-moth of the year."

Poplar Hawk-moth
Photo © David Redhead

~ Saturday 8th May 2010 ~

David Redhead reports seeing his first Cinnabar of the year while carrying out a butterfly transect at Swyncombe, Oxon on 7th May.

Dave Wilton reported the following on 6th May: "When will this long run of cold nights end? At least on 5th May the forecast was correct for once in that it did remain cloudy overnight so ended up being "slightly less cold" here at Westcott, Bucks! This encouraged a reasonable selection of moths to visit the garden trap that night: Parornix sp (3), Ypsolopha mucronella (1), Elachista canapennella (7), Cosmiotes freyerella (2), Scrobipalpa acuminatella (1), Pebble Hook-tip (1), Red Twin-spot Carpet (2), Garden Carpet (1), Streamer (1), Common Pug (1), Brindled Pug (2), V-Pug (1), Double-striped Pug (1), Brimstone Moth (5), Common Wave (1), Pebble Prominent (2), Pale Prominent (1), Least Black Arches (1), Red Chestnut (1), Powdered Quaker (7), Clouded Drab (3), Hebrew Character (23) & Early Grey (1). The Parornix and the two Elachistid species will need confirming by Peter Hall in due course. The Orthosia species seem to be going on and on, particularly the Hebrew Character which has had a really good season here. The Clouded Drab doesn't seem to want to go away either and I have had some very fresh-looking examples in the last few days. The only other species that I've added to my garden list over the past week have been Plutella xylostella/Diamond-back Moth (30th April), Incurvaria masculella (during the daytime on 1st May), Clouded Border (1st May) and Shuttle-shaped Dart (4th May), while Seraphim was seen at Moulsoe, Bucks on 4th May."

Alastair Driver sent this update on 6th May: "Another miserly session with the Robinson Trap in the garden at home in Sonning, Berks, last night (5th May) - but firsts of the year for me were Iron Prominent, Plutella xylostella (Diamond-back Moth ) and Nematopogon swammerdamella."

Keith Mitchell sent this report from Stoke Goldington, Bucks, on 6th May: "No big numbers of moths again (4th May), but the first Diamond-back (Plutella xylostella), Swallow Prominent, Green Carpet, Brindled Beauty, Powdered Quaker (2) and Brimstone of the year made an appearance last night. Hebrew Character (16) still the most numerous."

Dave Maunder sent this report from Aylesbury, Bucks: "I ran my garden trap last night, 5th May, and got:- Mullein moth (1); Cinnabar moth (1); Powdered Quakers (3); Common Quaker (1); Hebrew Character (1); Flame Shoulder (1); Waved Umber (1); Brimstone moths (2); Red Twin-spot Carpet (1); Double-striped Pugs (3). Also over the last week I've had another 4 male Emperor moths `assemble` to females in my garden here in Aylesbury - nice results!"

Powdered Quakers (left), Cinnabar (centre) & Mullein (right)
Photo © Dave Maunder
Photo © Dave Maunder

Adam Bassett reported the following on 5th May: "A couple of micros from the garden/house (Marlow Bottom, Bucks) not currently on the list: Micropterix tunbergella (4 May) - thanks to Martin Albertini for confirming this pretty little moth that found its way into my kitchen; Nematopogon swammerdamella (23 April and another 4 May), their larger size should preclude schwarziellus. A Maiden's Blush on 30 April was also new for the year list."

Micropterix tunbergella
Photo © Adam Bassett

~ Friday 30th April 2010 ~

Another update was received from Dave Wilton on 29th April, mostly new micro-moths: "On 25th April I found an example of the diminutive Phyllonorycter schreberella, length about 3mm, indoors at Westcott, Bucks. On 27th April a trapping session at Finemere Wood, Bucks added Ypsolopha mucronella (a welcome first sighting for me of this species, with its strange resting posture), Syndemis musculana, Least Black Arches & Pebble Prominent to my year list. On 28th April new species caught in Bernwood Forest included Pseudoswammerdamia combinella, Pammene argyrana, Pale Prominent & Swallow Prominent, the most numerous moths that night being Great Prominent (36) and Nut-tree Tussock (42). Earlier in the day I had found several confirmed examples of Pyrausta purpuralis near Westcott, while in the garden that night the Robinson brought in a handful of micro species which included Tinea trinotella."

Phyllonorycter schreberella
Photo © Dave Wilton
Ypsolopha mucronella
Photo © Dave Wilton

On 29th April Nigel Partridge sent another couple of moth species which are new to this year's list: Small Phoenix and Pale Tussock, 28-04-10, Loosley Row, Bucks."

Peter Cuss reported the following on 29th April: "I had the garden trap out for the last couple of nights in Caversham, Berks. On 27/4 I caught: Brimstone Moth, Hebrew Character, Nut-tree Tussock, Common Quaker, Small Quaker, Early Grey. On 28/4 I had Lesser Swallow Prominent, Least Black Arches, Brimstone Moth."

David Redhead caught a Flame Carpet in his 125W MV Robinson trap in his Littlemore, Oxford garden on 27th April.

Mary Elford sent the following two reports: "In my garden trap in Bampton, West Oxfordshire on 27th April were: 1 Spectacle, 1 Pale Mottled Willow, 1 Muslin and the ever present Hebrew Character. Then on 28th April, a beautiful White Ermine moth came to the trap."

Photo © Mary Elford
White Ermine
Photo © Mary Elford

27th April - Alastair Driver set the Robinson trap in his garden in Sonning, Berks over the last couple of nights: "Catch numbers and variety really poor with just a few Hebrew Characters and Common Quakers and singletons of Double-striped Pug and Brindled Beauty. I did catch my first Muslin Moth of the year though last night (26th April)."

Adam Bassett ran his garden moth trap in Marlow Bottom, Bucks at the weekend: "A few garden year ticks: Purple Thorn (23/4), Shuttle-shaped Dart (24/4), Lesser Swallow Prominent (24/4), Scorched Carpet (24/4), Currant Pug (24/4) and Acleris cristana (24/4) along with my first May bugs, a Nicrophorus humator, a couple of caddis flies, a wasp and a bumble bee!"

Keith Mitchell sent this report from Stoke Goldington, Bucks, on 25th April: "Very few moths in the garden trap at the moment, but Chocolate Tip, Dotted Chestnut and Streamer made an appearance last night (24th)."

Another update from Nigel Partridge: Least Black Arches, 24-04-10, Loosley Row, Bucks.

Tom Stevenson reported the following on 25th April: "I put 2 x 25W blacklight blue moth traps out at Ewelme Watercress Beds LNR (Oxon) overnight 24th April with the following results: Muslin (2), Nut-tree Tussock (1), Streamer (1), Hebrew Character (13), Common Quaker (9), Powdered Quaker (2), Clouded Drab (4) and an un-identified pug. Photos of Muslin, Streamer and the pug (in case anyone wants to try an ID) are below."

Photo © Tom Stevenson
Photo © Tom Stevenson
Pug (unidentified)
Photo © Tom Stevenson

Dave Wilton sent the following report on 25th April: "I got my first Chocolate-tip of the year in the garden at Westcott, Bucks on 19th April, followed by my first Muslin Moth of the year on 23rd April. Half a dozen of the small tortrix moth Grapholita jungiella were disturbed from grass at the Blue Lagoon, Bletchley on 24th April, while a three-hour trapping session in Bernwood Forest that night added Pebble Hook-tip, V-Pug, Barred Umber, Brimstone Moth, Purple Thorn, Grey Birch, Scarce Prominent & Great Prominent to my year list. Going back in time to my update of 28th March, Peter Hall has confirmed that both of the Nemapogon spp moths illustrated from Westcott turned out to be Nemapogon cloacella. Peter has also confirmed my tentative identifications of two micro-moths caught in Bernwood Forest at the beginning of April. The first, on 5th April, was Acleris notana while the second, on 6th April, was Pammene giganteana. The latter was the first record of the species for Bucks."

Barred Umber
Photo © Dave Wilton
Scarce Prominent
Photo © Dave Wilton

Grey Birch
Photo © Dave Wilton
Pammene giganteana
Photo © Dave Wilton

Trevor Sawyer says he was travelling from Cambridge to Hampshire on 24th April: "I stopped off at Aston Upthorpe Downs in Oxfordshire hoping to see some butterflies. While I was there I also saw some moths: 1 Burnet Companion and a few Pyrausta nigrata."

David Redhead ran his moth trap in Littlemore, Oxon on 23rd April: "It produced my lowest overnight total during this April but did add four macros to my 2010 list - Chocolate-tip, Flame Shoulder, Pale Prominent & Swallow Prominent. All appear to be firsts for the UTB website this year. It is interesting to compare them with first reports in previous years in the "Moth Stats" - on average they are 15 days later than last year but 8 days earlier than 2006 - very similar to the Brown Hairstreak egg hatching - see my report of Thursday 22nd April on the Butterfly Sightings page."

Dave Maunder sent this news from Aylesbury, Bucks: "On 24th April I had a couple of female Emperor moths hatch that Dave Wilton had given me and in just over an hour of hatching I had a nice male fly into my garden here in Aylesbury and mate with one of them - good to see this species still in the Aylesbury area (first one I've seen here since the 70's!)."

Emperor Moths (m & f)
Photo © Dave Maunder
Emperor Moths pairing
Photo © Dave Maunder

Nigel Partridge reported the following: Purple Thorn, 23-04-10, Loosley Row, Bucks.

Purple Thorn
Photo © Nigel Partridge

~ Friday 23rd April 2010 ~

Pete Eeles reported the following on 23rd April: "I spent a couple of hours relaxing at the Hartslock reserve near Goring, Oxon today. On the moth front I saw 4 Burnet Companion, a single Mother Shipton, a single Pyrausta aurata and either Pyrausta cingulata or Pyrausta nigrata (unfortunately, I didn't manage to get a photo). All in all, a worthwhile trip for sure!"

Burnet Companion
Photo © Pete Eeles

David Redhead sent these two reports on 20th April: "On the evening of Saturday 17th April, Marc Botham and Samantha Amy ran a 125W MV light for 2 hours in the scrub at Slade Camp, Shotover, Oxford and in spite of the low temperature caught 8 Clouded Drab, 6 Small Quaker, 4 Common Quaker, 4 Hebrew Character, 3 Eriocrania subpurpurella, 2 Brindled Beauty, 2 Pebble Prominent and singletons of Brindled Pug, Early Grey, Frosted Green & Streamer.
Marc Botham, Martin Harvey, David Redhead, Martin Townsend & Mike Wilkins spent the evening of Sunday 18th April searching the wild privet at Aston Upthorpe, Oxon by torchlight for the rare Barred Tooth-striped. They failed to find the target species but Marc did manage to net a Tissue Moth much to the delight of David & Mike as it was an all-time first for both of them."

This update came from Dave Maunder on 20th April: "Some more moths found in Aylesbury, Bucks, over the last few days include:- Puss Moth (1, 20th); Twin-spot Quaker (1, 20th); Nut-tree Tussock (1, 19th); Early Greys (5); Clouded Drab (1, 15th); Early Thorn (1, 15th). Also on 19th April I ran my garden trap and got:- Powdered Quaker (1); Common Quakers (4); Early Greys (4); Pale Mottled Willow (1); Hebrew Characters (4); Double-striped Pug (2); Light-brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) (1) and Agonopterix alstromeriana (1). At Finemere Woods on 18th April I found 5 Orange Underwing sp. moths, a couple of which I got close enough to photograph as they drank moisture from marshy ground!"

Puss Moth
Photo © Dave Maunder
Orange Underwing sp.
Photo © Dave Maunder

Dave Wilton sent these Bucks sightings on 19th April: "My traps have provided very few new moth species over the past week. A three-hour session in Bernwood Forest, Bucks on 18th April added Eriocrania subpurpurella, Scalloped Hook-tip, Pine Beauty & Nut-tree Tussock to my year list but there was nothing else of note apart from two examples of the Great Diving Beetle (Dytiscus marginalis), a very large aquatic beetle, both of which flew into the trap. They made a change from the smelly Sexton Beetles and Cockchafers which will no doubt be invading the traps in the not too distant future! While the night-time sessions have been disappointing, I have managed to add a few day-flying moth species over the past two days. On 18th April I found Mompha epilobiella flying in our garden at Westcott, Bucks and half a dozen Cydia ulicetana were seen flying around gorse bushes on the southern edge of the Calvert land-fill. Today, 19th April, two male Common Heath moths were active in the disused railway cutting west of Westcott airfield. I also had a female Emperor Moth emerge, at last, from amongst the pupae which have been over-wintering in my garden shed. This allowed me to carry out some "assembling" for wild males this afternoon. She was taken to a couple of scrubby sites in the vicinity of Calvert and Edgcott, attracting two male Emperor Moths at the first and one at the second, both within 20 minutes. I then took her back to my garden where another pair of males arrived within five minutes. She was allowed to pair up with one of those, hopefully to provide me with further offspring for next year."

Jan Haseler sent this sighting on 19th April: "I netted a Pyrausta nigrata at The Holies, Berks, on Sat 17th April."

Tom Stevenson sent the following report on 19th April: "A slow start to the year's moth trapping in my Benson (Oxon) garden with 4 Emmelina monodactyla, 2 Small Quaker, 1 Hebrew Character and 1 Powdered Quaker."

Powdered Quaker
Photo © Tom Stevenson

Nigel Partridge reported the following from Loosley Row in Bucks: "Knot Grass, 17-04-10. This looks to be a fairly early record for this species. Also caught on the same night that were new for the year for our garden were Brindled Beauty and Lunar Marbled Brown. The previous night produced four Powdered Quakers. Having never seen one before, it was slightly surprising to get four on the same night."

Knot Grass
Photo © Nigel Partridge

~ Friday 16th April 2010 ~

Dave Maunder sent these sightings on 13th April: "Some more moths found in Aylesbury, Bucks recently were:- Brindled Beauty (1 - a good find for me, my last specimen seen in Aylesbury was back in 1985!); Early Thorn (1); Dotted Border (1) - all on 11th. Also Early Grey (3) and Emmelina monodactyla (6) on 12th. I ran my garden m.v. on 7th April and got:- Satellite (1); Small Quakers (4); Common Quakers (7); Clouded Drabs (2); Hebrew Characters (11), Early Greys (2); Double-striped Pug (1)."

Brindled Beauty
Photo © Dave Maunder

May Webber sent the following on 13th April: "I caught a Streamer yesterday. It was very beautiful."

Photo © May Webber

Nigel Partridge sent this update on 12th April: "A Nut-tree Tussock on 08-04-10 here at Loosley Row in Bucks."

Ched George reported the following on 12th April: "Mild temperatures finally reached the mountains of Radnage, Bucks, giving 35 moths at MV on April 7th. On April 10th over 200 arrived: Early Grey 1; Satellite 1; March Moth 1; Chestnut 2; Early Thorn 2; Pale Pinion 1; Brindled Pug 1; Twin-spotted Quaker 4; Clouded Drab 18; Small Quaker 22; Hebrew Character 71 and Common Quaker 77."

~ Tuesday 13th April 2010 ~

Adam Bassett ran his garden trap in Marlow Bottom, Bucks on April 10th: "It produced 177 moths of the usual Spring species. 2 each of Lunar Marbled Brown and Streamer were new for the year, whilst Common Quaker was the most numerous with 57."

Dave Wilton sent the following update on 11th April: "An Orange Underwing was confirmed at Whitecross Green Wood, Bucks on 8th April (both species may be present in the wood), while a Tawny Pinion attended my garden trap at Westcott, Bucks that night. Just over 500 moths of 26 species visited two MV traps at nearby Finemere Wood on 9th April, of which Frosted Green, Streamer, Waved Umber and Lunar Marbled Brown were new for the year. Then on 10th April at Westcott the Robinson brought in the largest garden catch of the year so far, even though there was nothing particularly exciting present: Diurnea fagella (4), Shoulder Stripe (2), Streamer (2), Brindled Beauty (1), Early Thorn (6), Engrailed (1), Red Chestnut (2), Small Quaker (19), Lead-coloured Drab (1), Powdered Quaker (42), Common Quaker (65), Clouded Drab (33), Twin-spotted Quaker (1) & Hebrew Character (59)."

Brindled Beauty
Photo © Dave Wilton
Frosted Green
Photo © Dave Wilton
Waved Umber
Photo © Dave Wilton

David Redhead sent this report on 11th April: "Last night's overnight garden trap (10th April) produced only just over half the number of moths my previous one did, five nights ago, but with slightly more diversity with 13 species of which 5 were additions to my 2010 list - Brindled Beauty (5), Nut-tree Tussock (2), Powdered Quaker (1), Satellite (1) & Streamer (1). Repeaters were Hebrew Character (18), Common Quaker (10), Clouded Drab (9), Small Quaker (3), Twin-spotted Quaker (3), Early Thorn (2), Lead-coloured Drab (2) & Herald (1) - not a micro-moth in sight."

Brindled Beauty
Photo © David Redhead
Nut-tree Tussock
Photo © David Redhead

Dave Maunder sent these sightings on 10th April: "A couple of species found today, 10th April, here in Aylesbury were:- Brimstone moth (1); Shoulder Stripe (1); Early Thorn (1); Diurnea fagella (1); Double-striped Pug (1) and at Egyptian Springs near Hartwell (Bucks) I found my first ever Scarlet Tiger larva on Comfrey - a nice find!"

Scarlet Tiger larva
Photo © Dave Maunder

~ Friday 9th April 2010 ~

The Moth Stats have been updated - see the link at the top of the page - with thanks to Peter Hall for compiling the stats.

May Webber sent this report on 9th April: "I ran my moth trap in Long Hanborough near Witney, Oxon last night (8th April) for the first time this year! I caught mainly Hebrew Characters and Quakers but I did catch two that might still be new to the Species list: Herald x1 and Powdered Quaker x1."

Dave Wilton sent this update on 7th April: "A Powdered Quaker came to my garden trap at Westcott, Bucks on 4th April but the only other new species at home has been Endrosis sarcitrella/White-shouldered House Moth found indoors on 7th April. A couple of recent trapping sessions in Bernwood Forest, Bucks, have produced good totals, though. Three hours with three traps in Oakley Wood on 5th April produced 784 moths of the following 29 species: Diurnea fagella, Semioscopis steinkellneriana, Agonopterix heracliana, Agonopterix ocellana, Tortricodes alternella, Acleris ferrugana/notana, Acleris cristana, Emmelina monodactyla, Yellow Horned, March Moth, Shoulder Stripe, Brindled Pug, Early Tooth-striped, Early Thorn, Oak Beauty, Dotted Border, Engrailed, Red Chestnut, Blossom Underwing, Small Quaker, Lead-coloured Drab, Common Quaker, Clouded Drab, Twin-spotted Quaker, Hebrew Character, Early Grey, Satellite, Chestnut and Dotted Chestnut. The same amount of effort in Shabbington Wood on 6th April produced 843 moths from 28 species, of which Ypsolopha ustella, Agonopterix arenella, Water Carpet, Red-green Carpet and Oak-tree Pug were different from the previous night. While the overall number of moths from those two sessions might seem very high, more than three-quarters of each catch was made up of Small and Common Quakers!"

Dotted Chestnut
Photo © Dave Wilton
Early Tooth-striped
Photo © Dave Wilton
Water Carpet
Photo © Dave Wilton

On 7th April Adam Bassett says he had a Brown House Moth (Hofmannophila pseudospretella) flying around his lounge in Marlow Bottom, Bucks on the evening of 6th April.

Thomas Merckx reported the following on 6th April: "MV-trap in my South Leigh (Oxon) garden on the night of the 5th April produced: Diurnea fagella: 1, Hebrew Character: 33, Small Quaker: 45, Chestnut: 1, Clouded Drab: 3, Common Quaker: 14, Lead-coloured Drab: 1 (kept for ID - will take picture, is small, has rounded wings, and has feathered antennae), Powdered Quaker: 11 (these might be new for this year's UTB list, and they were all very fresh!). Also, at outdoors lamp Tubney House, Tubney, Oxon on 5th April: Diurnea fagella: 1."

David Redhead ran his overnight moth trap in his garden in Littlemore, Oxon on 5th April: "My garden moth trap on the 5th April again broke the century and added four new species to my 2010 garden list, one of which appears to be new to the 2010 UTB list - Common Quaker (22), Clouded Drab (19), Lead-coloured Drab (17), Hebrew Character (16), Small Quaker (12), Twin-spotted Quaker (9), Early Grey (2), Oak Beauty (2) and singletons of Diurnea fagella, Early Thorn, Engrailed, Herald and Pale Pinion."

Photo © David Redhead

~ Sunday 4th April 2010 ~

David Redhead was pleased to report that the moth species just out-numbered the number of attendees at the first of the 2010 Upper Thames Branch moth trapping sessions: "It took place at the Oxford University Harcourt Arboretum, just south of Nuneham Courtenay, on the evening of Good Friday, 2nd April. On a cooler than ideal evening, 14 Branch members & guests inspected a good number of moths attracted to five 125MV and seven actinic lights and the following 16 species were identified, in order of abundance:- Small Quaker, Hebrew Character, Common Quaker, Clouded Drab, Lead-coloured Drab, Chestnut, Twin-spotted Quaker, Diurnia fagella, Water Carpet, Engrailed, March Moth, Brindled Pug, Dotted Border, Oak Beauty, Red Chestnut & White-marked. The White-marked was the highlight of the evening as it was a first for most of those present. Two Hares boxing entertained us while we waited for the first moth arrivals and during the evening a Minotaur Beetle was found crawling across one of the sheets - being an unusual dung beetle there was some discussion about its food source."

Moth trapping at Harcourt Arboretum
Photo © Jim Asher
Minotaur Beetle
Photo © Jim Asher

Adam Bassett reported as follows on 3rd April: "A trap in my Marlow Bottom, Bucks garden on April 2nd didn't yield any new year ticks for UTB, but 2 Dotted Chestnuts and 1 Early Thorn were new year ticks for me and the first time I have trapped multiple Dotted Chestnut. Otherwise just lots of Small Quakers (84), Hebrew Characters (26), Common Quaker (21), Clouded Drab (10), Twin-spotted Quaker (6), March Moth (3), Chestnut (2) and Satellite (1)."

Peter Cuss sent the following sightings: "I found this Ruby Tiger caterpillar on my garden seat in Caversham, Berks on 1/4/10. Then, during a walk at Hungerford Marsh, Berks, today 4/4/10 (os 174 SU 333687) a Drinker Moth caterpillar."

Ruby Tiger caterpillar
Photo © Peter Cuss
Drinker Moth caterpillar
Photo © Peter Cuss

~ Thursday 1st April 2010 ~

This came from Dave Maunder on 31st March: "A few more moths seen around Aylesbury, Bucks recently incude:- Engrailed moths (4); Shoulder Stripe (1); Dotted Borders (4); March Moths (3); Pale Brindled Beauty (1, 23rd); Grey Shoulder-knot (1); Common Quakers (2) and Agonopterix heracliana (1). Also on 28th March I ran my garden trap and got:- Dotted Border (1 - a melanised specimen); Common Quaker (1) and Hebrew Characters (4)."

Photo © Dave Maunder
Dotted Border
Photo © Dave Maunder

Ched George sent this record on 29th March: "Acleris logiana showed up on my front door light on 24/3. There is an alternative species so it will need dissecting, but it is highly likely to be correct."

On 29th March Dave Wilton sent this report: "A Light Orange Underwing was netted and confirmed at Kingswood, Bucks on 28th March, one of eight seen flying around aspen in the woods there. A couple of hours spent in nearby Finemere Wood that evening, prior to the onset of rain, produced a lot of moth activity. 510 individuals of 20 species were trapped, including Diurnea fagella, Semioscopis steinkellneriana & Blossom Underwing. Needless to say, the most numerous were Small Quaker (155) and Common Quaker (174). I thought the two pictures below might be of interest. The first shows the flightless female Diurnea fagella, looking at first glance more like a shield-bug than a micro-moth! I found this example as a caterpillar inside a rolled-up leaf of hornbeam at Chinkwell Wood near Brill, Bucks on 30th September last year and wondered what it was. Reared through indoors at home, the moth emerged in mid-January. The second picture shows a female March Moth which I found on a tree trunk at Finemere on 14th March."

Diurnea fagella f.
Photo © Dave Wilton
March Moth f.
Photo © Dave Wilton

Adam Bassett sent the following on 29th March: "The only new year additions from my trap in Marlow Bottom, Bucks on March 27th were Diurnea fagella and Pine Beauty."

Derek Brown reported the following on 28th March: "I had a couple of new moths for the year at Beenham (Berks) last night, 27th March, Clouded Drab and Early Thorn."

Early Thorn
Photo © Derek Brown

Dave Wilton sent this update on 28th March: "I've been trapping regularly, both in the garden and elsewhere locally, but there has been little new to report. As others have mentioned, the Quakers and Drabs are about in good numbers but few new species seem to have joined them yet. Perhaps that's as well because it looks as though the weather is set to deteriorate again. Indoors at Westcott, Bucks on 20th March I had a probable Nemapogon wolffiella, with another on 23rd March accompanied by two more that looked more like Nemapogon cloacella, but they'll have to be confirmed in due course by Peter Hall. They appear to have emerged from the same cherry logs beside the wood-burning stove in our living room that have already produced four Esperia sulphurella. That's the life, having the moths come to you while sat in a comfy chair watching the 10 o'clock news! The only other additions to the garden list for this year that may be worth mentioning have been Agonopterix ocellana (24th March) and Red Chestnut (25th March). A short trapping visit to Bernwood Forest on 27th March produced 171 moths of 16 species but the only noteworthy item was a single Brindled Pug. However, it was nice to see Dave Maunder's favourite, the Oak Beauty, appearing in good numbers: 55 counted and they were still arriving when I turned off the light."

Nemapogon cloacella (to be confirmed)
Photo © Dave Wilton
Nemapogon wolffiella (to be confirmed)
Photo © Dave Wilton
Brindled Pug
Photo © Dave Wilton

~ Friday 26th March 2010 ~

David Redhead reported the following from Littlemore, Oxon on 25th March: "In spite of last night's heavy rain my overnight garden trap on 24th March broke the century for the first time in 2010 - Hebrew Character 25, Lead-coloured Drab 21, Common Quaker 17, Clouded Drab 14, Small Quaker 13, Engrailed 12, Twin-spotted Quaker 3, March Moth 2, Pale Pinion 2, Chestnut 1, Oak Nycteoline 1 and Pale Brindled Beauty 1 = 12 macro moth species and 112 individuals. All the Lead-coloured Drabs were sexed and four were females."

~ Wednesday 24th March 2010 ~

Adam Bassett reported the following today from Marlow Bottom, Bucks: "A few garden year ticks: Engrailed (20/3), Pale Pinion (20/3), Alucita hexadactyla (Twenty Plume Moth) (24/3). Also what was probably an Orange Underwing flying around on 21/3 could not be seen well enough to identify."

Tony Croft sent this report today: "Unusually my first report to you of the season is a moth. At Whitecross Green Wood this afternoon, 24th March, I saw either an Orange Underwing or Light Orange Underwing. It was in a typical circling flight but clearly orange in colour."

Dave Maunder sent this update on 22nd March: "A few more moths found around Aylesbury, Bucks since the 11th March are:- Oak Beauty (2, 1 on 15th, 1 on 22nd); Dotted Borders (6); March Moths (4); Common Quaker (1); Emmelina monodactyla (1) and Agonopterix heracliana (1). Below is a photo of one of the Oak Beauties - probably my favourite spring species!"

Oak Beauty
Photo © Dave Maunder

David Redhead sent the following on 21st March: "A belated report of a new (for 2010) moth species for the website. At the Bernwood Meadows Brown Hairstreak egg count on Saturday 6th February, Karen Saxl and Phil Penson found a girdle of unhatched Lackey Moth eggs."

~ Saturday 20th March 2010 ~

David Redhead reported as follows on 19th March: "On 17th March a case of gross light pollution occurred when the surrounds of Heyford Hill Cottages in Littlemore, Oxon, were illuminated by the 125MV lights of 3 Robinson Traps. A 15W actinic Heath Trap was also placed in the middle of a neighbouring Black Poplar plantation. The total overnight haul for all this light power was identified by Martin Townsend who proclaimed a total of 223 moths. Macros = Common Quaker 76, Lead-coloured Drab 48, Clouded Drab 26, Hebrew Character 25, Twin-spotted Quaker 17, Oak Beauty 7, Dotted Border 7, Small Quaker 5, March Moth 3, Chestnut 2, Yellow Horned 1, Pale Brindled Beauty 1. Micros = Acleris notana/ferrugana 3, Acleris cristana 1, Tortricodes alternella 1. The Drabs were sexed and all 74 turned out to be males. The Yellow Horned and Acleris cristana are new species for this location. It is hoped to carry out a repeat exercise next week - it will be interesting to see what the sex ratio is by then."

Nigel Partridge had the following in his garden in Loosley Row, Bucks recently: Clouded Drab on 16-03-10 and Twin-spotted Quaker on 17-03-10.

Peter Hall sent the following results of two moth traps he ran on 17th March:
Ballinger Common garden, Bucks: March Moth 2, Oak Beauty 2, Small Quaker 3, Common Quaker 4, Hebrew Character 5 & Satellite 1.
Dancersend Reserve, Bucks: Agonopterix heracliana 1, Tortricodes alternella 2, Acleris hastiana 1, Yellow Horned 8, March Moth 76, Shoulder Stripe 1, Small Brindled Beauty 1, Oak Beauty 3, Dotted Border 4, Common Quaker 4, Clouded Drab 2, Twin-spotted Quaker 2, Hebrew Character 7, Satellite 18 & Chestnut 12.

Shoulder Stripe
Photo © Peter Hall
Small Quaker
Photo © Peter Hall

Twin-spotted Quaker
Photo © Peter Hall
Yellow Horned
Photo © Peter Hall

~ Thursday 18th March 2010 ~

Adam Bassett's garden moth trap in Marlow Bottom, Bucks on March 17th produced the following results: "Agonopterix heracliana (2), Tortricodes alternella (5), Acleris ferrugana/notana (3), Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (1), Emmelina monodactyla (1), Yellow Horned (1), March Moth (3), Small Brindled Beauty (1), Oak Beauty (2), Dotted Border (3), Early Moth (1), Small Quaker (40), Common Quaker (7), Clouded Drab (1), Twin-spotted Quaker (2), Hebrew Character (8), Satellite (4), Oak Nycteoline (1) - garden tick."

Oak Nycteoline
Photo © Adam Bassett
Small Brindled Beauty
Photo © Adam Bassett
Twin-spotted Quaker
Photo © Adam Bassett

Dave Wilton sent the following report on 18th March: "At Westcott on 16th March I got Pale Pinion to an actinic trap in the garden. At Westcott on 17th March I found Dotted Border (outside) and Esperia sulphurella (inside, my fourth of the year) resting on the glass of the same upstairs window, while Agonopterix heracliana, Agonopterix arenella, Emmelina monodactyla and Shoulder Stripe were disturbed from vegetation in the garden as the lawn was being given its first cut of the year. That night the garden MV trap brought in Agonopterix alstromeriana, Lead-coloured Drab & Clouded Drab, all new for me for this year, as well as March Moth, Oak Beauty, Small Quaker, Common Quaker, Hebrew Character, Grey Shoulder-knot, Satellite & Chestnut. I spent three hours trapping in Bernwood Forest that same evening and got 163 moths from 20 species, of which Acleris cristana & Twin-spotted Quaker may still be new to the UTB list."

David Redhead says his second overnight garden moth trap of the year proved much more successful than the first: "On 7th February I managed just 3 Pale Brindled Beauty but last night (16th March) it produced 10 macro-moth species with a total of 73 individuals - 30 Common Quaker, 14 Hebrew Character, 8 Clouded Drab, 8 Lead-coloured Drab, 4 Small Quaker, 3 March Moth, 2 Chestnut, 2 Twin-spotted Quaker, 1 Dotted Border & 1 Oak Beauty. This evening, 17th March, a half inch long Scarlet Tiger Moth caterpillar was climbing up our porch."

Lead-coloured Drab
Photo © David Redhead
Twin-spotted Quaker
Photo © David Redhead

Danny Howard reported his first sightings of the year: "A Hebrew Character to the outside light in the garden (Cowley, Oxford) on Saturday 13th March, and this morning (17th March) I walked to work and was pleased to see the usual colony of Scarlet Tiger caterpillars towards the plain end of the Cowley Road doing well."

~ Monday 15th March 2010 ~

Derek Brown sent the following on 14th March: "Some new moths to the MV light for a few hours in my garden at Beenham Berks on 14/03/10: Hebrew Character x1; Small Quaker x4; Common Quaker x1; Yellow Horned x1 and Early Grey x1."

Hebrew Character
Photo © Derek Brown
Early Grey
Photo © Derek Brown

Adam Bassett ran his first garden moth trap of the year on March 13th in Marlow Bottom, Bucks: "Nothing new for the list, but I had the following: Yellow Horned (1), March Moth (3), Small Brindled Beauty (3) - garden tick, Oak Beauty (9), Dotted Border (1), Small Quaker (3), Common Quaker (1), Satellite (4), Chestnut (2), Tortricodes alternella (5) and Acleris ferrugana/notana (3). Then last night (14th) a Shoulder Stripe appeared on my window."

~ Sunday 14th March 2010 ~

Dave Wilton reported the following today: "At last, some half-decent mothing weather in this part of Bucks! On 13th March at Westcott I got Tortricodes alternella (1), March Moth (3), Oak Beauty (1), Dotted Border (2), Grey Shoulder-knot (1) & Chestnut (1) to the Robinson in the garden. However, three hours spent in Bernwood Forest with a single Skinner trap that same evening produced a bumper crop of more than 350 moths: Tortricodes alternella (52, of which an unusually well-marked example is shown below), Acleris ferrugana (2), Yellow Horned (1), March Moth (60), Small Brindled Beauty (175), Pale Brindled Beauty (5), Oak Beauty (5), Spring Usher (4), Dotted Border (26, including two flightless females found on nearby tree trunks), Small Quaker (1), Satellite (4) & Chestnut (17)."

Tortricodes alternella
Photo © Dave Wilton
Dotted Border (female)
Photo © Dave Wilton

Ched George says that March 13th proved to be the first moth-friendly night for more than a week: "My garden MV in Radnage, Bucks attracted 10 March Moths, 2 Dotted Border, 1 Chestnut, 1 Satellite and 1 Pale Brindled Beauty."

This news came from Derek Brown yesterday: "Finally at Beenham, Berks on 13th March a Common Quaker and little else (1 x Satellite). Still not a single butterfly and I have been trying!"

Common Quaker
Photo © Derek Brown

~ Friday 12th March 2010 ~

Dave Maunder sent this update on 11th March: "A few more moths seen here in Aylesbury this week have been - Oak Beauty (1, on 10th); March Moth (1) and Dotted Border (1) - caught tonight at my garden m.v. before skies cleared to - 1.5 c. ! Below is a photo of the Oak Beauty found at Walton Court shopping centre."

Oak Beauty
Photo © Dave Maunder

~ Saturday 6th March 2010 ~

Dave Maunder ran his garden m.v. lamp in Aylesbury, Bucks on Tuesday 2nd March for the first time this year: "I only got Pale Brindled Beauty (1) and March Moth (1). The following day I found 3 March Moths and a Dotted Border at local security lights, so looks like March Moth is well and truly about now!"

Dotted Border
Photo © Dave Maunder

~ Tuesday 2nd March 2010 ~

Welcome to the website new contributor Karen Roberts who sent the following report on 28th February: "I have been moth trapping for three years with Wycombe Wildlife Group and UTB. I borrow a Skinner trap and send all my sightings and Wycombe Wildlife Group sightings to the County Moth Recorder, Martin Albertini. My garden is quite a good spot as it backs onto Common Wood in Penn, Bucks and I get a good range of moths throughout the year. I ran the trap in my garden on 27th February with the following results: March Moth (3), Satellite, Chestnut and Pale Brindled Beauty."

Nigel Partridge reported the following on 28th February: "One more new to my year list - Oak Beauty, 27-02-10, Loosley Row, Bucks."

Oak Beauty
Photo © Nigel Partridge

Dave Wilton sent this report on 28th February: "A Skinner MV trap was taken to Bernwood Forest on 27th February and run there for three hours, prior to the arrival of heavy rain, and it produced Tortricodes alternella (1), March Moth (2), Small Brindled Beauty (1), Pale Brindled Beauty (17), Spring Usher (27), Dotted Border (3) and Chestnut (3). Found flying around inside our lounge at Westcott, Bucks, on 28th February was an example of the micro-moth Esperia sulphurella. Their larvae feed on decaying wood so it had presumably emerged from the logs stored beside our wood-burning stove."

Esperia sulphurella
Photo © Dave Wilton

~ Saturday 27th February 2010 ~

This update came from Dave Maunder today, 27th February: "A few more moths seen recently in Aylesbury, Bucks include:- Oak Beauty (1, 27th); Pale Brindled Beauties (7), Dotted Border (1, 25th) and Indian Meal Moth (Plodia interpunctella) (1, 19th) - probably hatched out of our Guinea-pig grain! Incidentally, included in the Pale Brindled Beauties was a female, found yesterday alongside a male in a porch at Dormer Close flats - I think they both arrived in copulation when the male came to the light - first time I've ever found a female (apart from my pupa-digging days in the 70's)!"

Pale Brindled Beauties
Photo © Dave Maunder
Pale Brindled Beauty f.
Photo © Dave Maunder

Dave Wilton sent the following on 26th February: "With a warmish if rather damp night in prospect, I decided to run the Robinson MV trap overnight in our garden at Westcott, Bucks on 24th February and managed to get into double digits here for the first time this year: Agonopterix heracliana (3), March Moth (1), Pale Brindled Beauty (13), Spring Usher (1) & Satellite (1). Other activity around the trap when it was checked at midnight included an ichneumon wasp Ophion obscuratus in addition to numerous midges, while a Smooth Newt was found walking across the sheet and a House Mouse was busily eating up dropped seeds beneath the bird feeders."

Nigel Partridge reported the following on 25th February: "It was much milder last night (24-02-10) so in between the showers I managed a couple of hours with the trap. Amongst the few moths that were attracted was this Dotted Chestnut."

Dotted Chestnut
Photo © Nigel Partridge

Ched George sent this report on 25th February: "A milder last night (24th February) so I trapped some moths in my Radnage garden in Bucks - Pale Brindled Beauty 7, Satellite 1 and March Moth 1."

~ Friday 19th February 2010 ~

Dave Wilton reported the following on 18th February: "I took a single MV trap to Finemere Wood, Bucks, for a couple of hours last night, 17th February, because the forecast showed a minimum of 4 degrees and remaining overcast. I should have known better than to believe it, I suppose! As soon as I'd set up the trap the skies cleared and the temperature quickly fell to freezing but a handful of moths did put in an appearance: Pale Brindled Beauty (4), Spring Usher (5) and Dotted Border (2)."

A few more late-winter moths seen around Aylesbury by Dave Maunder recently include: Pale Brindled Beauty (4) and Early Moth (8). "I've included a photo of two Pale Brindled Beauties found together near the Fairford Leys shops, showing colour differences."

Pale Brindled Beauties
Photo © Dave Maunder

Adam Bassett, Marlow Bottom, Bucks sent the following on 18th February: "A Dotted Border appeared on the kitchen window last night (17th), just 3 days later than last year."

Derek Brown says he had a Dotted Border at a lighted window tonight, 17th February in Beenham, Berks.

Dotted Border
Photo © Derek Brown

~ Tuesday 9th February 2010 ~

Dave Wilton sent this update on 6th February: "I've nothing new to report but I thought I would share these two pictures of Spring Usher from Finemere Wood, Bucks on 4th February. Amongst the 57 individuals trapped there in three hours that evening, a couple were of the photogenic black & white form while five more were uniformly melanic. Other moths caught were Winter Moth (4, very late records), Pale Brindled Beauty (52) and Chestnut (1)."

Spring Usher
Photo © Dave Wilton
Spring Usher
Photo © Dave Wilton

~ Saturday 6th February 2010 ~

Dave Maunder reported the following recent sightings: "A couple more early sightings for Aylesbury, Bucks: on 4th February were my first Pale Brindled Beauty of the year and 3 Early Moths. Then on 5th February I found a Spring Usher on a house near mine - the first I've ever come across in town!"

Spring Usher
Photo © Dave Maunder

David Redhead sent this news on 3rd February: "Una Fenton found a Green-brindled Crescent egg at the Bullingdon Prison Brown Hairstreak egg hunt on Friday 29th January. Blue-bordered Carpet eggs were also found there as well as at Otmoor RSPB on New Year's Day and I found some at Astons Eyot in Oxford during January."

~ Saturday 30th January 2010 ~

Dave Wilton sent this news today, 30th January: "On 28th January, while searching for Brown Hairstreak eggs in Island Pond Wood at Launton (a Woodland Trust millennium planting near Bicester, Oxon), I found a hibernating Drinker caterpillar and several Blue-bordered Carpet eggs."

Paul Bowyer reported the following on 26th January: "On Monday January 25th I was called to our member Karen Roberts' house to identify a moth settled on the door of her microwave oven. It was a Double-striped Pug, location Hazlemere Road, Penn in Bucks, backing on to Common Wood."

~ Wednesday 20th January 2010 ~

Dave Maunder sent this report on 19th January: "As with a few others, I've recently seen my first batch of new-year moths, starting with an Early moth on the 18th January, then after last night's relatively mild cloudy night I found Winter moths (4) and Mottled Umbers (4), some of which were nicely marked. I suppose the three weeks or so of icy weather held back the hatching of these moths - nice to see some at last! All these moths have been found, as usual, by checking security lights locally in Aylesbury, Bucks, after suitable nights!"

Mottled Umber
Photo © Dave Maunder
Mottled Umber
Photo © Dave Maunder

Dave Wilton reported the following on 19th January: "It never ceases to amaze me how resilient our winter-flying moths are. We have snow and/or temperatures well below freezing for seemingly weeks on end and then as soon as the conditions show a marginal (and probably short-lived) improvement the moths are back, as active as ever. I trapped in Finemere Wood near Quainton, Bucks for a couple of hours on 18th January and got 273 individuals of nine species. Newly-emerged were Pale Brindled Beauty (4), Spring Usher (15) and Early Moth (2). However, the majority were species that will have been on the wing in suitable weather since late last year, comprising Acleris hastiana (1), December Moth (2), Winter Moth (129), Mottled Umber (109), Satellite (3) & Chestnut (8). This is the latest that I've ever trapped December Moth. Martin Albertini tells me that prior to this season there were only three Bucks records beyond the end of December, all from 2002."

Early Moth
Photo © Dave Wilton
Spring Usher
Photo © Dave Wilton

~ Sunday 17th January 2010 ~

Alastair Driver reported seeing these moths in Sonning, Berks on 17th January: "I was woken from hibernation with singles of Mottled Umber and Winter Moth on my porch window last night (16th January) - despite the pouring rain!"

Mottled Umber
Photo © Alastair Driver
Winter Moth
Photo © Alastair Driver

This came from Derek Brown on 17th January: "I managed to get the trap out for an hour last night, 16th January, at Beenham (Berks) for the first time this year. This pulled in Mottled Umber (1), Chestnut (2), Winter Moth (2) and Satellite (3)."

Mottled Umber
Photo © Derek Brown
Photo © Derek Brown

Nigel Partridge reported the following on 16th January: "Attracted to the house lights (Loosley Row, Bucks)) last night, 15th January, were a Chestnut and a Satellite."

~ Tuesday 12th January 2010 ~

Adam Bassett sent this report on 8th January: "My first records of the year are a rather hardy Winter Moth which came to our porch light in Marlow Bottom, Bucks, on January 2nd and Agonopterix heracliana which was flying around the lounge on January 6th and had presumably been disturbed and come in with a sack of firewood."

~ Friday 8th January 2010 ~

Dave Wilton starts off 2010 with the following moth report: "This uncommon little moth, Mompha jurassicella, has been found indoors here at Westcott, Bucks many times over the past three winters and for the second year running has proved to be my first moth sighting of the year. It was found flying inside our conservatory during the evening of 6th January, the night that RAF Benson recorded a low of minus 18 Celsius. Not exactly good mothing weather!"

Mompha jurassicella
Photo © Dave Wilton

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