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Moth Sightings Archive - January to December 2011

Go to Current Moth Sightings Sightings Archive Species List 2011 (Archive)

This page will continue to be updated until the end of April 2012 as Peter Hall is still working hard to identify micros trapped earlier in the year. Wendy

MOTH SPECIES COUNT FOR 2011 AS AT 12/04/12 = 1,058

~ A roundup of the last moth reports for 2011 ~

On 2nd April Peter Hall sent the following additions to the 2011 Species List:
Cosmiotes freyerella Water Stratford April 21st
Cydia strobilella, Ocnerostoma friesei, Phyllonorycter cerasicolella (first adult) Dancersend April 23rd
Glyphipterix fuscoviridella Wendover May 20th
Parornix fagivora, Stigmella lapponica Hodgemoor Wood May 6th
Epinotia fraternana Hodgemoor wood June 14th.

27th Feb 2012 - Peter Hall sent this addition to the 2011 Species List:
Dichrorampha sedatana Turville Heath June 11th 2011 County first.

18th Feb 2012 - Another batch of moths new to the 2011 Species List, received from Peter Hall after inspection under his microscope:
Bohemannia auriciliella Hodgemoor Wood July 2nd 2011. 6th UK record and 1st Bucks record.
Depressaria douglasella Ivinghoe Hills July 3rd 2011
Eucosma fulvana Ivinghoe Hills July 3rd 2011
Sorhagenia lophyrella Ivinghoe Hills July 3rd 2011 County first
Depressaria pulcherrimella Ivinghoe Hills July 31st 2011
Pimpinel Pug Ivinghoe Hills July 31st 2011
Agonopterix conterminella Wendover Woods August 22nd 2011
Dichrorampha simpliciana Wendover Woods August 22nd 2011.

9th Jan 2012 - Andy King sent the following: "Peter Hall has just identified a moth that was caught in 2011: I found this one on the slopes of Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks on 14 May: a tiny nepticulid, called Stephensia brunnichella. Not only would it be new for your 2011 list but, rather pleasingly, also for the All-time UTB list. My thanks are due once again to Peter."

7th Jan 2012 - Adam Bassett reported the following: "Many thanks to Peter Hall for using his dissection skills to confirm another batch of moths from earlier in 2011. Due to the large number of species already recorded, only 1 of these was new for the year, which surprisingly is Merrifieldia baliodactyla on 25th July from my garden (Marlow Bottom, Bucks)."

7th Jan 2012 - Dave Wilton sent his final moth additions for 2011: "As of 5th January my "mothing account" for 2012 has yet to be opened, but Peter Hall recently completed the last dissections for me for 2011 so the following moth species from sites in Bucks can now be added to last year's list: Small Rufous (Greatmoor 28th July), Acrocercops brongniardella (Bernwood 8th Sept), Anacampsis populella (Bernwood 3rd Oct), Aroga velocella (Rammamere 24th Aug, county first), Bryotropha similis (Westcott 31st July), Bucculatrix cristatella (Rammamere 9th Sept), Caloptilia robustella (Bernwood 1st Aug), Caloptilia rufipennella (Westcott 31st July), Calybites phasianipennella (Doddershall 12th Oct, county first), Caryocolum tricolorella (Bernwood 1st Aug), Coleophora sternipennella (Westcott 31st July), Dioryctria abietella (Whitecross Green 12th Aug), Ectoedemia atrifrontella (Bernwood 10th Aug), Emmetia angusticollella (Whitecross Green 12th Aug), Eudonia truncicolella (Bernwood 17th Aug), Gelechia senticetella (Westcott 28th July), Gynnidomorpha alismana (Greatmoor 28th July, county first), Pammene populana (Westcott 23rd Aug), Ptocheuusa paupella (Calvert 3rd Sept, county first), Rhopobota stagnana (near Princes Risborough 2nd Aug), Scrobipalpa obsoletella (Greatmoor 28th July, county first) & Stigmella roborella (Bernwood 1st Aug). Thankyou Peter!"

3rd Jan 2012 - Chris Bottrell sent this December update: "Completing the year, my December round-up. 8 sessions in my Merton (Oxon) back garden: 03/12 - 5 moths of 3 species, 07/12 - 2 of 2, 10/12 - 1 of 1, 15/12 - 1 of 1, 18/12 - nothing, 21/12 - 6 of 3, 26/12 - 1 of 1 and 31/12 - nothing. A total of only 16 moths of 4 species: December Moth (5), Mottled Umber (2), Winter Moth (6), Dark Chestnut (3)."

2nd Jan 2012 - this roundup of moths for 2011 came from Nigel Partridge: "My last moth record for 2011 is not a new one for the list but an unusual one for the time of year. A Large Nutmeg was the only moth attracted to our outside lights in Loosley Row, Bucks on New Year's Eve. Given that it's normal flight-time is mid May to late July it caused a certain amount of head-scratching. Thanks to Peter Hall for confirming the ID."

~ Saturday 31st December 2011 ~

Ross Newham sent the following on 29th December: "Comparing my 2011 catch list for Didcot, Oxon with the 1000+ species caught by others, I note Buttoned Snout isn't on the UTB catch list. Caught on the 17th May, this specimen (see below) looked more than a little ragged around the edges...! Here's hoping that 2012 will continue in the run of 'record years'."

Buttoned Snout
Photo © Ross Newham

~ Monday 26th December 2011 ~

Dave Wilton sent this report: "The recent mild nights tempted me out with the trap and I got a "fix" of moths that will hopefully now last me into the New Year! In a few hours at Finemere Wood, Bucks on 21st December the Robinson caught Ypsolopha ustella (1), Acleris ferrugana/notana (1), December Moth (55, including 5 females), Winter Moth (55), Feathered Thorn (1), Mottled Umber (24) & Chestnut (5). The actinic in the garden at Westcott that night only produced five moths, comprising December Moth (2), Winter Moth (1), Satellite (1) & Dark Chestnut (1). Another outing with the Robinson, this time to Shabbington Wood in Bernwood Forest on 22nd December brought in Acleris ferrugana/notana (1), December Moth (37, all males), Red-green Carpet (1), Winter Moth (10), Pale Brindled Beauty (1), Feathered Thorn (1), Mottled Umber (31) & Chestnut (5). It was certainly nice to see so many December Moths over the two evenings although I was a little disappointed not to find any Northern Winters.
New moth species continue to filter through from earlier in the year, thanks to Peter Hall's microscope, and the following can now be added to the UTB total: Maple Pug (Bernwood Forest 19th July), Plain Pug (Westcott 25th July), Chionodes fumatella (Westcott 26th July, new to Bucks), Cnephasia pumicana (Water Stratford 26th July), Coleophora hemerobiella (Doddershall 20th July), Coleophora lineolea (Pilch Fields 27th July), Coleophora therinella (Westcott 26th July, new to Bucks), Elegia similella, Epinotia abbreviana, Monochroa cytisella (all Rammamere Heath 11th July), Nemapogon ruricolella (Stoke Common 15th July), Neofriseria singula (Rammamere Heath 11th July, new to Bucks), Scrobipalpa atriplicella (Pilch Fields 27th July) & Swammerdamia pyrella (Doddershall 20th July)."

Olly Bevan reported the following via Jim Asher: "So far I have set my moth trap twice through autumn. The first time I caught: 2 Yellow-line Quaker moths (both male), and a female Silver Y. This was on the 29th October in the village of Haddenham near Aylesbury, Bucks. The second time I caught: A female Large Wainscot and a male Silver Y. These were again in Haddenham on the 12th November."

Andy King sent the following: "I haven't been able to find anything that somebody else hasn't already sent you for ages, but here are two more for you. On 22nd October at Burnham Beeches, Bucks there was a vacated leaf-mine of Stigmella ruficapitella in an Oak leaf. Nothing much to look at, I'm afraid, but the accompanying photograph is of a blotch-mine with an oval hole beside which was made by Antispila treitschkiella. We know this because the hole was 4mm long. The material from the hole was used to make a case for the larva, which can also be seen in the photo. I think the larva is supposed to drop to the ground for the winter; I don't know why it hasn't. The Antispila was found on Dogwood on Bacombe Hill, Bucks on 9 November. Neither of these species appears to be on the UTB all-time list."

Antispila treitschkiella
Photo © Andy King

~ Sunday 11th December 2011 ~

Peter Hall has been checking some more micros under the microscope: "These were trapped earlier in the year and are new to this year's UTB list:
Vitula biviella Hodgemoor Wood August 3rd
Oegoconia deauratella, Coleophora saxicolella Ballinger Common August 12th
Depressaria sordidatella, Blastodacna atra Ballinger Common August 1st
Cnephasia genitalana Bernwood Forest August 10th
Coleophora spinella Wendover Woods August 2nd."

Dave Wilton reported the following: "During the second half of November my overnight catches in the garden at Westcott, Bucks fell away quickly to just a handful of moths from perhaps two or three species. The only noteworthy item was on 17th November when a rather late Lesser Yellow Underwing came to the trap. A session with one MV lamp in nearby Finemere Wood on 26th November was reasonably productive, though, bringing in Acleris ferrugana/notana (9), December Moth (18), Winter Moth (14), Feathered Thorn (16), Scarce Umber (8), Mottled Umber (2) & Brick (1). The temperature remained in double figures that evening and the interior of the wood was sheltered from the very strong SW wind. Whilst searching roadside hedgerows near the East Claydon electricity sub-station on 15th November I found a couple of vacated leafmines of Stigmella catharticella on buckthorn. The species appears to be a new addition to the all-time UTB list."

~ Saturday 3rd December 2011 ~

Chris Bottrell sent this report on 1st December: "Here is my November round up. 9 sessions in my Merton (Oxon) back garden: 02/11 - 9 moths of 7 species, 05/11 - 3 of 3, 09/11 - 5 of 3, 12/11 - 10 of 5, 16/11 - 1 of 1, 19/11 - 2 of 2, 23/11 - 0 of 0, 28/11 - 2 of 2 and 30/11 - 1 of 1. A total of 33 moths of 15 species: Rusty Dot Pearl (Udea ferrugalis)(3), December Moth (1), November Moth sp (2), Winter Moth (1), Feathered Thorn (3), Scarce Umber (3), The Vapourer (1), Turnip Moth (1), Sprawler (8), Blair's Shoulder-knot (2), Green-Brindled Crescent (1), Dark Chestnut (2), Yellow-line Quaker (3), Beaded Chestnut (1) and Dark Arches (1 on 28/11)."

December Moth
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Udea ferrugalis
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Scarce Umber
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Peter Hall reported the following on 27th November: "I've been looking at a few of the micros I trapped earlier in the year under the microscope. New to the UTB list are:
Stenolechia gemmella Hodgemoor Wood September 9th
Depressaria badiella Calvert Jubilee September 3rd
Parectopa ononidis Stoke Common September 2nd
Stigmella trimaculella (first adult) Stoke Common September 2nd
Acleris literana Hodgemoor Wood September 29th
Ectoedemia septembrella Hodgemoor Wood August 3rd
Caryocolum fraternella Ballinger Common August 1st."

Dave Maunder sent the following update of his recent moth sightings in Aylesbury: "Sprawler (1, 20th); December moth (1, 17th); Satellite moths (2, 22nd); Mottled Umber (1, 22nd); Scarce Umbers (2, 22nd); Feathered Thorns (9); Blair's Shoulder-knots (2, 16th); Red-line Quakers (3); Chestnut Moth (1); Green-brindled Crescent (1, 15th); Winter Moths (34). Also in my garden trap on 20th November:- Dark Chestnut (1); Chestnut moths (2) and Diamond-back moth (1). On 22nd November I had:- Chestnut moth (1), Scarce Umber (1) and Double-striped Pug (1)."

Mottled Umber
Photo © Dave Maunder

~ Wednesday 23rd November 2011 ~

Adam Bassett sent the following update: "Here’s one from the summer that I forgot to send over and appears to be missing from the year list: Nemapogon clematella trapped in my garden in Marlow Bottom, Bucks on 20th August."

~ Tuesday 15th November 2011 ~

Will Atkinson sent this report: "Here are my moth trappings from my garden in Culham, Oxon on Saturday night, 13th November: 1 Feathered Thorn, 1 Sprawler, 1 Red-line Quaker and 1 Dark Chestnut."

Feathered Thorn
Photo © Will Atkinson

Dave Wilton reported the following: "On 9th November a trapping visit to Homefield Wood, Bucks produced Plumed Prominent (2 males), along with Caloptilia semifascia, Blastobasis adustella, Acleris sparsana, Red-green Carpet, Spruce Carpet, November Moth, Pale November Moth, Feathered Thorn, Willow Beauty, Satellite, Brick & Yellow-line Quaker. On 10th November a visit with Martin Albertini to private woodland near Skirmett produced another five male Plumed Prominents. Now is the time to look for this nationally scarce species within areas of field maple in the Chilterns. Although reputed to fly from dusk, on these two occasions the moths didn't start to appear at the traps until between 6.30 and 7pm."

Plumed Prominent
Photo © Dave Wilton

~ Saturday 5th November 2011 ~

Dave Wilton sent the following update: "The garden trap here at Westcott, Bucks has been averaging about a dozen species each session over the past week. For example, on 3rd November I got Blastobasis lacticolella (1), Emmelina monodactyla (1), Red-green Carpet (4), V-Pug (1, a fresh female), Feathered Thorn (11), Dark Sword-grass (1), Black Rustic (1), Sprawler (4), Chestnut (3), Brick (1), Red-line Quaker (2), Yellow-line Quaker (2) & Beaded Chestnut (1). On 4th November there were exactly the same number of species but half had changed, the new ones being Acleris variegana (1), November Moth (1), Winter Moth (4), Scarce Umber (2), Green-brindled Crescent (1) & Blair's Shoulder-knot (1). Other species records so far this month at Westcott have included Agonopterix heracliana, Agonopterix arenella & Dark Chestnut (all 1st November) and Large Wainscot (2nd November, a fresh specimen dusted with dark scales). At Finemere Wood on 1st November were Diurnea lipsiella, Acleris emargana, Pale November Moth, Autumnal Moth, Figure of Eight, Merveille du Jour & Satellite, while at Homefield Wood on 4th November I saw my first December Moth of the season and found a leaf-mine of Stigmella aceris on field maple.

V-Pug
Photo © Dave Wilton
Large Wainscot
Photo © Dave Wilton

I have also had another batch of results from "The Great Lens of Ballinger", identifying some difficult moths caught in Bucks during June and July this year. New to the UTB list are: Dusky Brocade (Rammamere Heath 20th June), Grey Dagger (Rammamere Heath 20th June), Aethes cnicana (Finemere 10th July), Agonopterix angelicella (Greatmoor 3rd July), Agriphila inquinatella (Rammamere Heath 20th June), Amblyptilia punctidactyla (Bernwood 18th June), Batrachedra pinicolella (Rammamere Heath 20th June), Biselachista utonella (nr Stowe 26th June), Bryotropha senectella (Bernwood 4th July), Cnephasia longana (Gallowsbridge Farm 20th June), Coleophora deauratella (Bernwood 4th July), Coleophora ibipennella (Bernwood 9th July), Coleophora lutipennella (Greatmoor 3rd July), Coleophora paripennella (nr Stowe 26th June), Coleophora prunifoliae (nr Tingewick 28th June), Coleophora taeniipennella (Whitecross Green 7th July), Ectoedemia longicaudella (Bernwood 4th July), Elachista adscitella (nr Stowe 26th June), Elachista atricomella (Bernwood 9th July), Elachista luticomella (nr Stowe 26th June), Gelechia nigra (Finemere 10th July), Glyphipterix forsterella (Bernwood 9th July), Grapholita funebrana (Whitecross Green 7th July), Narycia duplicella (nr Tingewick 28th June), Piniphila bifasciana (nr Stowe 26th June), Platyptilia pallidactyla (Westcott 25th June), Rhyacionia pinicolana (Whitecross Green 7th July) & Syncopacma larseniella (Bernwood 4th July). Once again, many thanks to Peter Hall for all his hard work."

Chris Bottrell sent this update: "My October round up. 9 sessions in my Merton (Oxon) back garden: 01/10 - 203 moths of 18 species, 05/10 - 19 of 6, 08/10 - 37 of 16, 12/10 - 18 of 9, 15/10 - 8 of 5, 19/10 - 0 of 0, 22/10 - 11 of 8, 26/10 - 10 of 8, 29/10 - 7 of 6. Reflecting the warm start to the month and the cold mid-month spell. A total of 313 individuals comprising 37 species: Blastobasis lacticolella (1), Acleris sparsana (2), Rhomboid Tortrix (Acleris rhombana)(2), Garden Rose Tortrix (Acleris variegana) (1), Eudonia angustea (1), Mallow (4), Common Marbled Carpet (1), Grey Pine Carpet (2), Spruce Carpet (1), November Moth sp (2), Feathered Thorn (1), Willow Beauty (1), Turnip Moth (2), Shuttle-shaped Dart (7), Large Yellow Underwing (6), Lesser Yellow Underwing (8), Setaceous Hebrew Character (1), Square-spot Rustic (2), Common Wainscot (1), Sprawler (1), Deep-brown Dart (7), Black Rustic (14), Blair's Shoulder-knot (4), Green-brindled Crescent (1), Satellite (2), Dark Chestnut (1), Brick (1), Red-line Quaker (3), Yellow-line Quaker (3), Brown-spot Pinion (5), Beaded Chestnut (177), Lunar Underwing (31), Barred Sallow (3), Sallow (3), Large Wainscot (2), Pale Mottled Willow (8) and Oak Nycteoline (1). Out and about The Vapourer males in abundance along the centre bridleway at RSPB Otmoor (Oxon) 02/10 and an individual found at Stratfield Brake (Oxon) 12/10. Also during the cool mid-month period Twenty-plume Moth (Alucita hexadactyla)(1), Agonopterix heracliana (1), Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (1) and Emmelina monodactyla (2) in the cottage presumably thinking of over-wintering."

Ched George reported the following: "My first December moth of the year here in Radnage, Bucks on 30th October, plus 2 Sprawlers."

~ Saturday 29th October 2011 ~

Dave Wilton sent this update on 27th October: "The numbers of moths entering the garden actinic trap at Westcott, Bucks have continued to decline apart from on 21st October when I got a respectable 68 individuals of 20 species: Udea ferrugalis (1), Emmelina monodactyla (1), Red-green Carpet (1), November Moth sp (1 female), Feathered Thorn (1), Large Yellow Underwing (3), Black Rustic (2), Green-brindled Crescent (8), Merveille du Jour (2), Satellite (1), Chestnut (1), Dark Chestnut (2), Red-line Quaker (8), Yellow-line Quaker (10), Beaded Chestnut (15), Pink-barred Sallow (1), Sallow (7), Dusky-lemon Sallow (1), Rosy Rustic (1) & Large Wainscot (1). I ran the trap again the following night and in a much smaller catch of 33 individuals of 14 species got Blastobasis lacticolella, Figure of Eight, Sprawler, Brick & Angle Shades, so there is still a bit of variety out there. A visit to a private wood near Stowe, Bucks on 23rd October produced Autumnal Moth which is one of the few macros left to be added to this year's list. The Bucks Invertebrate Group held a very successful leaf-mining afternoon in Burnham Beeches on 22nd October. Amongst the species found were Ectoedemia atricollis (on hawthorn), Phyllonorycter cerasicolella (on cherry), Phyllonorycter esperella (on hornbeam), Stigmella hemargyrella (on beech) & Stigmella speciosa (on sycamore) which are still new to the UTB list. I spent an afternoon out "tetrad bashing" for leaf mines in the area around Kingswood and Ludgershall, Bucks on 25th October and amongst the 26 species found were Ectoedemia argyropeza (on aspen), Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae (on hawthorn), Phyllonorycter tristrigella (on elm), Stigmella anomalella (on dog rose), Stigmella crataegella (on hawthorn), Stigmella trimaculella (on black poplar) & Stigmella viscerella (on elm), while at a farm near Tingewick on 26th October I added Phyllonorycter geniculella (on sycamore)."

Ched George sent this report on 24th October: "I had my first two Feathered Thorns of 2011 here in Radnage, Bucks on 23rd October."

David Redhead sent the following reports: "A mild night on Saturday 22nd October resulted in the highest number of moths (24 macros & 1 micro) in my overnight garden moth trap in Littlemore, Oxon since 2nd October - 5 November moth spp, 4 Green-brindled Crescent, 4 Large Wainscot (now, for the first time, in my top 30 garden moths for the year), 4 Sallow (all very faded) and singletons of Blairs' Shoulder-knot, Brick (first of the year for my garden), Common Marbled Carpet, Large Yellow Underwing, Spruce Carpet, Vine's Rustic (so late I decided I had better check its underwings - this species has also had its best ever year in my garden) & Yellow-line Quaker, plus a late Acleris variegana (Garden Rose Tortrix).
Monday 24th October - Normally at this time of year I would leave it at least a week before running my garden moth trap again. However, the recent southerly winds prompted me to put it out again just two nights later in the hope of catching a migrant or two. I was disappointed to notice heavy rain at about 10.30pm but I don't think it lasted too long. I failed in my quest but was amazed to find 11 Large Wainscots inside the trap in the morning. This makes my cumulative total for this species 47 and makes it currently the 23rd most numerous moth in my garden in 2011. I suspect before it is finished it will make the top 20. Also present 4 November Moth spp, 3 Red-green Carpets, 2 Green-brindled Crescents and singletons of Red-line Quaker, Yellow-line Quaker and Sprawler (my first of the year)."

~ Sunday 23rd October 2011 ~

Dennis Dell sent the following sighting: "Yesterday, 22nd October, a Silver-Y moth appeared in my garden in Aylesbury, Bucks landing briefly to nectar, flying off and then returning a few minutes later."

Will Atkinson sent the following report on 22nd October: "Here are my moth trappings for the last two Fridays from my garden in Culham, Oxon:
Friday 15th October - Merveille du Jour 2, Black Rustic 3, Green-brindled Crescent 2 (1 pale, 1 melanic), November moth sp. 2, Common Wainscot 1, Large Wainscot 2, Chestnut 1, Shuttle-shaped Dart 1, Beaded Chestnut 2.
Friday 22nd October - November Moth sp. 9, Beaded Chestnut 7, Black Rustic 1, Merveille du Jour 1, Vine's Rustic 1, Lunar Underwing 1, Large Wainscot 1, Yellow Line Quaker 2, Chestnut 1, Blair's Shoulder-knot 2, Common Wainscot 1 and last, but not least, a Sprawler."

Sprawler
Photo © Will Atkinson

~ Wednesday 19th October 2011 ~

David Redhead sent this update on on 18th October: "My overnight garden moth trap in Littlemore, Oxon on 15th October amazingly to me, after 16 years of garden moth trapping, added the 13th addition during 2011 to my all-time macro-moth garden list with a Grey Shoulder-knot. Inspection of the recently published "Provisional Atlas of the UK's Larger Moths" indicates this could be a first record this century for this species in SP50 and the same goes for 8 of my other 12 garden firsts of the year. The trap also contained 4 Large Wainscots making my cumulative total 32, an even more record breaking total than previously reported (see reports for 7th October). The trap was completed by 6 Green-brindled Crescent, 3 November Moth spp and singletons of Blair's Shoulder-knot & Yellow-line Quaker."

Alastair Driver sent this news on 17th October: "I returned from a "busman's holiday" to Australia, to the news that lots of migrants were being recorded in the south, so set the trap at home in Sonning, Berks on 11th and 12th October. I caught my first Blair's Shoulder-knot of the year, but more interestingly for me were two resident species - the first ever Large Wainscot for my parish records and only my second Streak."

The Streak
Photo © Alastair Driver

~ Friday 14th October 2011 ~

Dave Wilton sent this update today: "Over the past week the number of species (and individual moths) has dropped dramatically here at Westcott, Bucks with the only additions to the garden year list being Barred Sallow (8th October), November Moth (9th October) & Pale November Moth (13th October). Elsewhere the situation has been much the same apart from a session in Bernwood Forest, Bucks on 11th October when 31 species were caught, including Diurnea lipsiella which may still be new to the UTB list (this is the epitome of a "boring brown job" - see photo below!). Despite the welcome number of species at Bernwood, most of them only came in ones and twos. However, one moth that does seem to be turning up in numbers in local woodland at the moment is Figure of Eight (for example, 36 caught in Finemere Wood on 13th October). I am continuing to find the occasional new micro species by searching for larval stages: on 7th October the garden at Westcott produced several active mines of Bedellia somnulentella on bindweed, while on 12th October during a visit to the disused railway line near Finemere Wood an active mine of Ectoedemia angulifasciella and an active larval case of Coleophora gryphipennella were found, both on dog rose."

Diurnea lipsiella
Photo © Dave Wilton
Bedellia somnulentella
Photo © Dave Wilton

~ Friday 7th October 2011 ~

David Redhead reported the following from Littlemore, Oxon: "On 8th October I ran my 15W actinic alongside the bank of ivy growing in my neighbour's small field on the other side of the lane from our house. The field also contains some common reed. It caught just 7 moths: 4 Large Wainscot, 1 Common Marbled Carpet, 1 Pearly Underwing and 1 Red-line Quaker."

Pearly Underwing
Photo © David Redhead

Will Atkinson sent the following report: "Bouyed by the news of an influx of exotic moths, I put out my moth trap at home in Culham, Oxon on 7th October expecting it to be heaving with Death's-head Hawkmoths in the morning. Sadly there wasn't even a Flame Brocade. What I got was Beaded Chestnut (17), Silver-Y (1), Blair's Shoulder-knot (1), Lunar Underwing (2), Large Yellow Underwing (1), Black Rustic (2), Dark Chestnut (1), Green-brindled Crescent (1)."

Green-brindled Crescent
Photo © Will Atkinson

~ Friday 7th October 2011 ~

Dave Wilton sent this report on 6th October: "Trapping has continued apace, both here at Westcott, Bucks as well as at various other sites in the county, but there has been little of interest to report. Additions to the garden year list have included Green-brindled Crescent & Large Wainscot (24th September), Figure of Eight, Blair's Shoulder-knot & Yellow-line Quaker (28th September), Merveille du Jour & Red-line Quaker (30th September), Vapourer & Herald (2nd October, both species I was beginning to think I wouldn't see this year) and Large Ranunculus (4th October). Elsewhere I had two very early Pale November Moths to light in a private wood near Stowe on 29th September and Acleris sparsana, Epinotia maculana & Ypsolopha sylvella all caught in Bernwood Forest on 3rd October. The southerly winds during our recent heatwave brought about an increase in sightings of Plutella xylostella/Diamond-back Moth, Udea ferrugalis/Rusty Dot Pearl and Dark Sword-grass in the garden at Westcott, but my only really interesting migrant so far has been a female Blair's Mocha found in Bernwood Forest on 4th October, a very lucky catch just as I was packing away the trap. Finally, Peter Hall has kindly confirmed another batch of difficult species for me from earlier in the year and they include Coleophora discordella, Exoteleia dodecella & Monochroa lutulentella (all Whitecross Green Wood 13th June), Coleophora laricella (Westcott 14th June), Coleophora flavipennella & Pammene albuginana (both Bernwood 14th June), Valerian Pug, Coleophora anatipennella, Epinotia nanana & Pseudatemelia flavifrontella (all Bernwood 15th June), Grapholita lobarzewskii & Zeiraphera ratzeburgiana (both Bernwood 1st July, the former a first for Bucks), Lesser Common Rustic (Westcott 3rd July) and Garden Dart & Coleophora versurella (both Greatmoor 3rd July)."

Blair's Mocha
Photo © Dave Wilton
Epinotia maculana
Photo © Dave Wilton

The following report came from David Redhead: "Marc Botham and David Redhead ran 3 MV and 2 actinic lights at Oxford University's Harcourt Arboretum until nearly midnight on Monday 3rd October. The highlights were a Vestal and 7 pristine Merveille du Jour. The Vestal was a UK first for Marc and an Oxfordshire first for David (his previous UK sighting being on the Pembrokeshire coast path in 2006). Also caught were Chestnut (21), Lunar Underwing (19), Brindled Green (9), Spruce Carpet (9), Beaded Chestnut (6), Large Yellow Underwing (5), Square-spot Rustic (4), Brown-spot Pinion (3), Common Marbled Carpet (3), Rhomboid Tortrix (3), Barred Sallow (2), Lesser Yellow Underwing (3), Copper Underwing (2), Deep-brown Dart (2), Large Wainscot (2), Orange Sallow (2), Sallow (2), Yellow-line Quaker (2), Ypsolopha parenthesella (2) and singletons of Acleris emargana, Acleris sparsana, Black Rustic, Blastobasis lacticolella, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Feathered Thorn, Light Brown Apple Moth, Red-green Carpet & Rusty-dot Pearl. The lowlights were about 50 Hornets!
Meanwhile in David Redhead's Littlemore, Oxford garden, as predicted on 23rd September, Pink-barred Sallows have set a record with 23 caught since then. Last night's (6th October) overnight trap contained only 11 moths but 8 were Large Wainscots plus singletons of Frosted Orange, Red-green Carpet & Sallow. This brings this year's cumulative total of Large Wainscots to 23, already surpassing the previous record of 14 in 2007 when they were recorded into early November.
Finally, Marc Botham added that another moth worthy of mention was a Gem caught at the CEH Wallingford, Oxon Rothamsted trap on 4th October.

This report came via Dave Wilton: "Richard Ellis reports that he caught a Pinion-streaked Snout in his Chorleywood, Bucks garden trap on 28th September, followed on 2nd October by a male Blair's Mocha. Martin Albertini confirms the Blair's Mocha to be the second Bucks record of this rare migrant species (the first was 55 years ago!). The southerly winds during our recent heatwave seem to have brought quite a few to the UK, particularly along the south coast although there have also been records from several inland counties including Berkshire, Middlesex and Wiltshire."

Andy King sent the following on 4th October: "This small moth turned up in my garden trap in Chorleywood, Bucks over the weekend. I started photographing it but it made off in the general direction of the radiator - a mistake for a small moth as spiders lurk behind there! It was never seen again, so just this hastily taken photo of Tachystola acroxantha, originally an Australian moth, I believe.

Tachystola acroxantha
Photo © Andy King

"Also, a big 'thank you' to Peter Hall, who has just identified a large tranche of moths which I had gathered over the last few months and which I couldn't identify. A whole load of them were new to me and half a dozen have not appeared on the 2011 list yet - not because they are particularly rare, but because they are so difficult to separate from other species: Scoparia basistrigalis (23 July), Ear Moth, Common Rustic, Lesser Common Rustic (all 24 July), Parornix scoticella (30 July), (all from my Chorleywood, Bucks garden) and Epinotia tenerana (Drayton Beauchamp, 17 August). Having said that, I am within yards of Hertfordshire recording-territory and S. basistrigalis is regarded as a rare and local resident there and the few examples that have been found were in the extreme East of the county. I don't know what its status is in UTB-land. No picture of it, I'm afraid, but one of the Ear Moth is below."

Ear Moth
Photo © Andy King

~ Monday 3rd October 2011 ~

Tom Stevenson sent this news: "A Hummingbird Hawkmoth discovered, and released, from my Benson, Oxon conservatory today (3rd). They are not so spectacular at rest but much easier to photograph!"

Hummingbird Hawkmoth
Photo © Tom Stevenson

Tim & Colleen Watts reported the following: "A Hummingbird Hawkmoth in our Whitchurch, Bucks garden just as it was getting light early on Saturday morning 1/10/11."

Ched George reports that he had his first Merveille du Jour on 2nd October in his garden in Radnage, Bucks.

Nigel Partridge sent this report: "Another one from my garden (Loosley Row, Bucks): Nephopterix angustella, 30-09-11."

Dave Maunder sent the following news on 1st October: "Some more moths seen around Aylesbury, Bucks during this lovely hot week included my first ever Dusky-lemon Sallow (1); Barred Sallow (1); Pink-barred Sallow (1); Sallow (4); Large Ranunculus (3); Lunar Underwing (1); Hummingbird Hawkmoth (1). Also from my garden trap the last two nights were:- Cypress Pug (1, my first ever in Aylesbury); Barred Sallows (2); Sallow (1); Red-line Quaker (1); Beaded Chestnut (2); Blair's Shoulder-knot (1); Lunar Underwings (6); Square-spot Rustics (2); Flounced Rustic (1); Pale Mottled Willows (2); Common Marbled Carpet (1); Treble Brown-spot (1 - a second brood specimen) and Willow Beauties (2)."

Dusky-lemon Sallow
Photo © Dave Maunder
Pink-barred Sallow
Photo © Dave Maunder

~ Thursday 29th September 2011 ~

Ched George sent the following report: "Despite apparent absence of moths at sugar in Ruislip there is plenty of common stuff in Radnage, Bucks. At MV last night, 29th September: Black Rustic 10, Sallow 8, Beaded Chestnut 75, Barred Sallow 2, Yellow-line Quaker (first adult) 16, Red-line Quaker 2, Epiphyas postvittana 7, Square-spot Rustic 1, Large Ranunculus 1, Acleris variegana 2, Brimstone 1, Large Yellow Underwing 7, Grey Pine Carpet 2, Vine's Rustic 4, Pale Mottled Willow 1, Snout 2, Lunar Underwing 35, Setaceous Hebrew Character 7, Brown-spot Pinion 6, Udea ferrugalis 1, Brick 5, Burnished Brass 3, Common Marbled Carpet 1, Smoky/Common Wainscot 1, Blair's Shoulder-knot 5, Orange Sallow 2, Pink-barred Sallow 1, Lesser Yellow Underwing 2 and a typical Green-brindled Crescent."

Chris Bottrell sent these sightings: "Four more sessions from my Merton (Oxon) garden: 17/09 gave 42 moths of 9 species, 21/09 - 76 of 12, 24/09 - 101 of 11 and 28/09 – 199 of 21. A total of 418 moths of 27 species. Leading the table for this period Beaded Chestnut (144) and Lunar Underwing (110), with some way behind Deep-brown Dart (35), Black Rustic (32), Square-spot Rustic (22), Large Yellow Underwing (22) and Brown-spot Pinion (14). Last session (28/09) included my first catch for this year of Red-line Quaker (3), Mallow (2) and Small Wainscot (1)."

Red-line Quaker
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Mallow
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Dave Maunder reported the following moths found around Aylesbury, Bucks recently: "Large Wainscot (1, 25th); Red Underwings (3); Large Ranunculus (7); Sallow Moths (11); Lunar Underwings (5); Frosted Orange (1); Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings (2); Angle Shades (2); Blair's Shoulder-knot (1). In my garden trap on the 25th September I had:- Black Rustic (1); Large Ranunculus (2); Pink-barred Sallow (1); Lunar Underwings (11), and Pale Mottled Willow (1). Also on 25th I saw a Hummingbird Hawkmoth at Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire."

Large Wainscot
Photo © Dave Maunder

Nigel Partridge sent the following: "One more for the UTB Species List from our Loosley Row, Bucks garden: Orange Sallow 22-09-11."

Andy Hoskins sent this report: "On 24th September I visited the north side of Aston Rowant, Oxon and saw 2 large caterpillars which I believe to be Fox Moth larvae moving rapidly through the undergrowth at the top of the hill."

Fox Moth caterpillar
Photo © Andy Hoskins

~ Saturday 24th September 2011 ~

Dave Maunder ran his garden trap in Aylesbury, Bucks on Thursday night, 22nd September with these results: "Pink-barred Sallow (1); Rosy Rustic (1); Lunar Underwings (14); Large Ranunculus (1); Angle Shades (1); Setaceous Hebrew Character (1); Large Yellow Underwings (2); Lesser Yellow Underwing (1); Udea ferrugalis (1 - a first for my garden) and Light Brown Apple Moth (1). A few other moths seen around Aylesbury over the last week or so included:- Sallow moths (2, 15th); Hummingbird Hawkmoths (2, - 1 in garden on 19th, 1 at Wendover garden centre on 17th); Large Ranunculus (2, 19th); Frosted Orange (1, 21st); Angle Shades (2, 1 21st, 1 24th); Centre-barred Sallow (1, 21st); Vine's Rustic (1, 22nd) and Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (1,22nd). Below is a photo showing variations in colour of the Lunar Underwings caught in my trap recently."

Variations in colour of Lunar Underwings
Photo © Dave Maunder

Mary Elford sent this update on 23rd September: "This lovely Blair's Shoulder-knot was in my garden trap this morning in Bampton, West Oxfordshire."

Blair's Shoulder-knot
Photo © Mary Elford

David Redhead sent the following report on 23rd September: "A rather cold and moonlit night meant this morning (23rd September) my overnight moth trap contained only 17 macro-moths but 6 of them were new for my garden for the year, albeit the same species, namely Pink-barred Sallow. Until last year I was lucky to catch this moth but 2010 saw a noticeable increase to 9 with 4 on one occasion. So I expect this to be a record breaking year for the Pink-barred Sallow. They had some good company with my third Frosted Orange, third Lunar Underwing and second Large Wainscot of the year. Also in the catch were 5 Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Snout, a tatty Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing and a faded Small Square-spot."

A mix of moths
Photo © David Redhead

Nigel Partridge sent this report on 22nd September: "One more from Loosley Row, Bucks: Barred Sallow, 19-09-11."

Andy King reported the following on 21st September: "A caterpillar which I found serendipitously in Chorleywood, Bucks in early April has been successfully raised, feeding on Cherry leaves. Having hatched out it reveals itself to be a Yellow-line Quaker hopefully the first of quite a few this autumn. Before and after photos are shown below."

Yellow-line Quaker larva
Photo © Andy King
Yellow-line Quaker
Photo © Andy King

Roy Apps sent this follow-up report on 19th September: "This is to let you know that since my first report on 27th August (see below) we've found another two Death's-head Hawkmoth larvae on my friend's allotment in Pangbourne, Berks, this time on some potatoes. I've attached a couple of photos - one larva is held up against my hand to demonstrate how huge it is - a very handsome chap!"

Death's-head Hawkmoth larva
Photo © Roy Apps
Death's-head Hawkmoth larva
Photo © Roy Apps

~ Tuesday 20th September 2011 ~

Dave Wilton sent the following report today: "In the absence of anything exciting happening in the moth traps of late I've managed to identify a few more larval records from leaf mines. They have included Bucculatrix albedinella (on Elm), Phyllonorycter acerifoliella (on Field Maple), Phyllonorycter coryli (on Hazel), Phyllonorycter nicellii (on Hazel) and Stigmella sakhalinella (on Birch) all seen at Finemere Wood on 7th September followed by Phyllonorycter corylifoliella (on Wild Service Tree) and Stigmella floslactella (on Hazel) in Bernwood Forest on 8th September and Phyllonorycter rajella (on Alder) at Woodham on 10th September. Autumnal species added to the garden year list at Westcott, Bucks have included Pink-barred Sallow & Udea ferrugalis/Rusty Dot Pearl both on 8th September, Black Rustic, Lunar Underwing & Sallow all on 9th September, Deep-brown Dart on 14th September, Acleris rhombana & Beaded Chestnut on 15th September and Dusky-lemon Sallow on 19th September. During trapping sessions elsewhere in Bucks I've recorded Autumnal Rustic at Rammamere Heath on 9th September, Brick on the disused railway near Finemere Wood on 16th September and Feathered Thorn & Figure of Eight in Bernwood Forest on 19th September."

Dusky-lemon Sallow
Photo © Dave Wilton
Autumnal Rustic
Photo © Dave Wilton

Nigel Partridge sent this report on 19th September: "One more that looks as though it might be new to the list: Large Ranunculus, 14-09-11, Loosley Row, Bucks."

~ Saturday 17th September 2011 ~

David Redhead reported the following on 16th September: "Some firsts. My overnight garden moth trap of the 9th September produced Udea ferrugalis (Rusty Dot Pearl) - an all time first for my garden in Littlemore, Oxford. Later that day I was to see my first ever Ni Moth which Martin Townsend had caught in his overnight garden moth trap in his Cowley, Oxford garden. Not only was it a first for me but also for the UTB Website. My last night's (15th September) overnight garden moth trap produced two additions to my 2011 garden list - a Large Wainscot and an Angle Shades. The Large Wainscot is the earliest I have ever caught one by a day but I usually have to wait until early October, conversely the Angle Shades constitutes my longest ever wait for one. Other species caught last night were Large Yellow Underwing (10), Snout (8), Square-spot Rustic (5), Centre-barred Sallow (2), Green Carpet (2), Setaceous Hebrew Character (2), Small Square-spot (2), Frosted Orange (1), Lesser Treble-bar (1), Lesser Yellow Underwing (1), Rosy Rustic (1) & Lunar Underwing (1)."

Chris Bottrell sent this report on 16th September: "14/9 - The catch from my Merton (Oxon) garden included my first Beaded Chestnut for the year and a second brood Heart and Dart. Also White-shouldered House-moth (1); Water Veneer (1); Garden Carpet (1 worn); Large Yellow Underwing (8); Lesser Yellow Underwing (1); Small Square-spot (6); Setaceous Hebrew Character (9); Square-spot Rustic (16); Common Wainscot (3); Deep-brown Dart (2); Black Rustic (10); Brown-spot Pinion (1); Lunar Underwing (3); Frosted Orange (1); Vine's Rustic (1); Pale Mottled Willow (2). Total 68 moths of 18 species plus one tortrix I'm going to have to ask the experts about."

Beaded Chestnut
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Ben Sheldon reported the following on 13th September: "A summary of a few highlights from running a 15W Skinner trap in East Oxford garden since mid July (with a major break for much of August). On 29th July a Nut-tree Tussock; on 31st July a single Small Ranunculus [see picture below]. Red Underwing on 23rd August; Centre-barred Sallow (2) on 3rd Sept; Lesser Treble-bar on 7th Sept. Migrant-wise, following interesting species earlier in the summer, rather little, with the only Silver-Y of the year so far on 20th July and a single Udea ferrugalis (Rusty Dot Pearl) during the warm weather on 9th September [see photo]. Nevertheless, I'm quite encouraged by what has appeared in a small garden in central Oxford."

Small Ranunculus
Photo © Ben Sheldon
Udea ferrugalis (Rusty Dot Pearl)
Photo © Ben Sheldon

~ Monday 12th September 2011 ~

Dave Maunder sent this update on 10th September: "On Thursday 8th September I found my first Pale Eggar ever in Aylesbury at a porch lamp near my house. Also in my garden m.v. trap on Friday 9th September I had:- Red Underwing (2); Centre-barred Sallow (1); Silver Y (1); Common Wainscot (7); Willow Beauty (4); Green Carpet (4); Water Veneer (2) and the usual Square-spot Rustics and Yellow Underwing species."

Pale Eggar
Photo © Dave Maunder

Nigel Partridge sent the following: "A couple more from the garden (Loosley Row, Bucks). Pink-barred Sallow 09-09-11 and Brindled Green 10-09-11."

Chris Bottrell reported the following: "Five more sessions from my Merton (Oxon) garden: 27/08 gave 242 moths of 28 identified species, 31/08 - 171 of 26, 03/09 - 297 of 34, 07/09 - 86 of 21 and 10/09 - 55 of 17. A total of 841 moths of 58 species. Leading the table for this period Square-spot Rustic (258), Agriphila geniculea (108), Large Yellow Underwing (105) and Flounced Rustic (96) then a gap to Agriphila tristella (41), Small Square-spot (39), Setaceous Hebrew Character (33) and Vine's Rustic (26). Last session 10/09 gave my first catch this year of Sallow, Black Rustic and Lunar Underwing."

Sallow
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Black Rustic
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Lunar Underwing
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Dave Maunder sent this news on 7th September: "I thought you might like to see a few photos of my Hummingbird Hawkmoth I watched hatching on Sunday 4th - very interesting to see! Also, a few more moths seen around Aylesbury recently included:- Red Underwings (4) - all found over the last week at the Walton Court shops, also my first Centre-barred Sallow of the year at the same location. In my garden m.v. trap Friday night (2nd September) I got:- Red Underwing (1); Old Lady (1); Feathered Gothic (1); Rosy Rustic (1); Copper Underwing (1), plus the usual seasonal selection of Square-spot Rustics, Flounced Rustics and Yellow Underwing species!"

Newly emerged Hummingbird Hawkmoth
Photo © Dave Maunder

~ Tuesday 6th September 2011 ~

Alastair Driver sent the following report: "I set the Robinson trap in the garden at home in Sonning, Berks on 2nd September, catching 21 macro species. The undoubted highlight for me was a lovely specimen of Brown-spot Pinion (see photo below) - a first for my parish records."

Brown-spot Pinion
Photo © Alastair Driver

This report came from Mick A'Court on 4th September: "I haven't had anything too exciting throughout August but back on 26th July my Butlers Cross garden in Bucks produced a Square-spotted Clay and I found a female Oak Eggar at Gallows Bridge Farm on 2nd August. An interesting record came to light recently (excuse the pun) when Rodney Sims, a long time volunteer at College Lake, Bucks put out a dark lamp Heath trap on the rather cool night of August 5th and among the 10 species caught were 2 Annulets (new to the UTB All-time list)."

Square-spotted Clay
Photo © Mick A'Court
Annulet
Photo © Mick A'Court

Dave Wilton sent this update on 4th September: "A wander around the garden here at Westcott, Bucks on 29th August looking for leaf-mines produced evidence of the following micro-moth species: Bucculatrix thoracella (vacated) on Lime, Callisto denticulella (vacated) on Apple, Lyonetia clerkella (active and vacated) on Apple, Cherry, Hawthorn & Rowan, Parornix anglicella (vacated) on Hawthorn, Phyllonorycter blancardella (vacated) on Apple, Phyllonorycter leucographella (active and vacated) on Apple, Hawthorn & Pyracantha, Phyllonorycter platanoidella (vacated) on Norway Maple, Phyllonorycter salictella (active) on Sallow, Phyllonorycter schreberella (active) on Elm, Stigmella aurella (vacated) on Bramble, Stigmella lemniscella (vacated) on Elm, Stigmella microtheriella (vacated) on Hornbeam, Stigmella plagicolella (active) on blackthorn, Stigmella salicis (vacated) on Goat Willow & Stigmella ulmivora (vacated) on Elm. In the photograph of the Stigmella plagicolella mines below you can just about make out the shadowy forms of the two larvae with their dark heads. At the garden trap, further moths added to the year list over the past couple of weeks have included Dusky Thorn (27th August, a pleasant surprise as none appeared here last year), Centre-barred Sallow & Feathered Gothic (both 29th August) and Small Dusty Wave (31st August). A visit to Stoke Common, Bucks on 2nd September with Martin Albertini and Peter Hall added Neglected Rustic and Oak Lutestring to the UTB list.

Neglected Rustic
Photo © Dave Wilton
Oak Lutestring
Photo © Dave Wilton
Stigmella plagicolella
Photo © Dave Wilton

"Thanks again to Peter Hall and his microscope, a few more species from sites in Bucks earlier in the year have also now been confirmed: Coleophora alcyonipennella & Teleiopsis diffinis (Rammamere Heath 17th May); Marsh Pug (Bernwood Meadows 20th May); Nematopogon schwarziellus (Tingewick 21st May); Devon Carpet & Parornix devoniella (private woodland near Stowe 25th May); Elachista albifrontella (Bernwood Forest 27th May); Cnephasia incertana (Westcott 28th May); Deltaornix torquillella (Doddershall 29th May); Biselachista cinereopunctella & Cydia illutana (Bernwood Forest 1st June); Carpatolechia notatella, Coleophora peribenanderi, Cosmiotes stabilella, Cydia servillana, Eucosma hohenwartiana, Eulamprotes atrella & Phalonidia manniana (all Greatmoor 2nd June); Coleophora siccifolia & Taleporia tubulosa (Rammamere Heath 3rd June)."

~ Saturday 3rd September 2011 ~

Tim Watts sent this unusual sighting: "We were sitting in our Whitchurch, Bucks garden on the 2nd September when I turned round to talk to Colleen and there was a Red Underwing on her hat!! I didn't see it fly in but guess the colour of her hat looked like a good roost spot!"

Red Underwing
Photo © Tim Watts

Nigel Partridge reported the following: "A few more from my garden in Loosley Row, Bucks: Acleris rhombana 24-08-11, Agonopterix nervosa 29-08-11, Centre-barred Sallow 31-08-11."

~ Monday 29th August 2011 ~

Roy Apps sent this exciting report on 27th August: "I thought you might be interested to know that a friend of mine has found a Death's-head Hawkmoth caterpillar feeding on an aubergine plant in his polytunnel in Pangbourne, Berks! I'm not a member of UTB, but I do run a moth-trap in my garden every so often. I've seen loads of various hawk moths but never a Death's Head. I've wanted to see one all my life and this is the next best thing!" This is the second report of a Death's-head Hawkmoth sent to this website, the first was of an adult moth in 2007. The report and photo can be seen in the Sightings Archive - click here. Also, Martin Harvey, County Moth Recorder for Berks, commented as follows: "What a fantastic find! This is the first record of Death's-head Hawk in Berkshire since 2003 (and only the second record this century!). There is a scatter of 20th century records, but usually several years pass between each sighting."

Death's-head Hawkmoth caterpillar
Photo © Roy Apps
Death's-head Hawkmoth caterpillar
Photo © Roy Apps
Death's-head Hawkmoth caterpillar
Photo © Roy Apps

~ Sunday 28th August 2011 ~

[28/8 - Moth Stats updated - see link at the top of this page.]

This report came from Andy King on 26th August: "Some moths, especially some of the micros, are very difficult to identify. For that reason I am indebted to Peter Hall for the help he has given in identifying the first five of the following moths, none of which are currently on the UTB 2011 list: Dichrorampha vancouverana was found on 26 June at a layby on the A41 near Drayton Beauchamp in Bucks; it's about the fourth or fifth Dichrorampha species I've found there this year. Oegoconia quadripuncta visited my actinic trap at home in Chorleywood, Bucks (14 July), as did Caloptilia leucapennella on 22 June. The nice thing about C. leucapennella is that it is an all-time first for Bucks and the UTB list. Ancylis uncella and Acleris logiana were both caught at a public event on Stoke Common (Bucks) on 15 July. A. logiana is not at all common: until recently it was confined to Scotland in the British Isles, but in the last few years it seems to have broken away and is turning up in various places around England. It has been found in Bucks from 2009 on. Finally, and more recently, two Deep-brown Darts flew into my trap at Chorleywood, on 24 August."

Acleris logiana
Photo © Andy King
Caloptilia leucapennella
Photo © Andy King

Chris Bottrell sent this report: "Still plugging away in my back garden (Merton, Oxon). 5 sessions since my last posting: 10/8 gave 121 moths of 39 species, 13/8 - 162 of 23, 17/8 - 90 of 19, 20/8 - 324 of 36, 24/08 - 371 of 41. Most numerous macro during this period: Flounced Rustic (109), followed by Large Yellow Underwing (44), Square-spot Rustic (40), Setaceous Hebrew Character (38), Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (37), Common Rustic agg. (35) and Vine's Rustic (35). Middle order: Straw Underwing (18), Orange Swift (17) and Single-dotted Wave (14). Otherwise single figure counts of common species. The high catch numbers in the last two sessions were primarily a result of the abundant emergence of several species of 'Grass Moths', Agriphila sp. However at the time of writing the only addition I can offer to the UTB list is a singleton Pale Eggar caught 24/8."

Pale Eggar
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Nigel Partridge reported the following: "A couple more from the garden (Loosley Row, Bucks): Dusky Thorn 22-08-11 and Feathered Gothic 24-08-11."

Dave Wilton sent this update: "A much shorter report from mid-Bucks this time. On 11th August I had my first Frosted Orange of the year in the garden at Westcott (yet another species that has appeared far earlier than usual), while on 13th August a Pale Eggar came to light in Bernwood Forest. On 16th August a Marbled Green entered the garden trap at Westcott and proved to be the first record of this species for the county (it is spreading from the SW). The moth was noticeably larger than the rather similar Marbled Beauty which was also trapped that night. On 23rd August the garden catch at Westcott added Eudonia angustea & Lyonetia clerkella to my year list, while on 24th August another foray to Rammamere Heath produced a pleasing total of more than 70 species which included Antler Moth and Pine Carpet."

Marbled Green (left), Marbled Beauty (right)
Photo © Dave Wilton

~ Wednesday 24th August 2011 ~

Peter Hall sent this report: "Martin Albertini has been running a Malaise trap at Stoke Common, Bucks this year and it’s managed to collect quite a few interesting micros so far. Thanks to my microscope, the following can be added to the UTB list:
May 12th: Swammerdamia caesiella, Coleophora albidella, Phyllonorycter lautella.
May 24th: Pseudotelphusa paripunctella, Coleophora binderella, Psyche casta, Caloptilia alchimiella.
June 4th: Heliozela resplendella.
June 8th: Eucosma parvulana (County first), Coleophora lassella, Antispila metalella.
June 16th: Orthoteania undulana, Gelechia sororculella, Anarsia spartiella, Coleophora orbitella, Stigmella luteella, Stigmella betulicola.
June 23rd: Tischeria ekebladella, Coleophora glaucicolella, Ectoedemia intimella.
June 26th: Coleophora pyrrhulipennella, Scythris grandipennis, Tawny Marbled Minor, Browntail.
June 30th: Coleophora lusciniaepennella, Coleophora solitariella (County first), Cosmiotes consortella."

Alistair Driver reported the following on 21st August: "Trapped at Ali's Pond LNR Sonning on 19th August. Old Lady was new for my site records and Mouse Moth, Lesser Treble-bar, Least Yellow Underwing, White-point and Six-striped Rustic were all new for my year list."

Old Lady
Photo © Alistair Driver

Les Watson sent this sighting on 21st August: "I found this Brimstone Moth perched on the wall of our verandah in Bourne End, Bucks."

Brimstone Moth
Photo © Les Watson

~ Saturday 13th August 2011 ~

Nigel Partridge sent this update: "A couple more from the garden (Loosley Row,Bucks), both 12-08-11: Epinotia ramella and Six-striped Rustic."

Dave Maunder reported the following on 10th August: "I was lucky enough to find a mature Hummingbird Hawkmoth larva near the rifle-range at Grangelands, Bucks on the afternoon of 10th August - my first ever in the wild! Also seen up here were 6 Striped Lychnis larvae and 2 Treble-bar moths."

Hummingbird Hawkmoth larva
Photo © Dave Maunder
Striped Lychnis larva
Photo © Dave Maunder

Dave Wilton sent some more sighting reports from mid-Bucks: "Things have slowed down quite a lot over the past week or two, not only because of the weather but also because of the time of year. Many of the "new" moths now are second broods of species recorded earlier in 2011, but it can't be long before someone sees the first Centre-barred Sallow, heralding the arrival of autumn!
(23rd July) A Bucks Invertebrate Meeting in Wendover Woods, with traps run by Martin Albertini, Adam Bassett, Ched George, Peter Hall, Andy King and myself, produced few moths because it was a chilly night but there were a few interesting items, including Beech-green Carpet, Dotted Clay, Paratalanta hyalinalis & Yponomeuta plumbella.
(25th July) Results from a session trapping in a private wood near Stowe included Small Wainscot, Acleris emargana & Acleris laterana.
(26th July) My first examples of Canary-shouldered Thorn and Epinotia nisella for this year came to light at a site near Tingewick. The garden trap at Westcott brought in a couple of formerly common species which are now a rare sight here, comprising Cabbage Moth and >Garden Dart. The latter is now so unusual in Bucks that the specimen has been retained for final expert confirmation.
(28th July) The garden trap at Westcott added Cloaked Minor, Flounced Rustic, Orange Swift, Acleris aspersana, Argyrotaenia ljungiana & Donacaula forficella to my year list, while a fresh Buff Ermine suggested the possibility of an attempt at a second brood. A couple of lights run at Greatmoor that evening brought in over 120 species which included Barred Rivulet, Bulrush Wainscot, Chalk Carpet (again, see 17th July update), Lesser Cream Wave, Agonopterix liturosa, Clepsis spectrana, Lobesia abscisana & Sitochroa palealis.
(1st August) Bucculatrix thoracella & Clavigesta purdeyi were amongst the micro-moths trapped in Bernwood Forest this evening.
(2nd August) The small plume moth Merrifieldia leucodactyla was found during a successful search for Silver-spotted Skippers on private land near Princes Risborough. Another visit to Rammamere Heath that evening was well worth the effort even though I had to wait an hour after dusk for thundery rain to clear the area. Species added to the site list included Archer's Dart, Pinion-streaked Snout, Plain Wave, White-line Dart, Blastobasis adustella & Scrobipalpa costella.
(5th August) Success with the pheromone lure for Six-belted Clearwing at Aston Clinton Ragpits today took my tally of kilometre squares for this species into double figures for the year, so the moth would appear to be quite widespread in the northern half of Bucks. Trapping at Finemere Wood that evening added Psoricoptera gibbosella to the UTB list, while a fresh specimen of Clouded Silver came as something of a surprise as my last sighting of the species was a month ago.
(9th August) A tiny micro noticed wandering around on the outside of our conservatory windows at Westcott after dark was potted and proved to be Phyllocnistis saligna, only the fourth county record for Bucks."

Archer's Dart
Photo © Dave Wilton
Garden Dart (probable)
Photo © Dave Wilton
White-line Dart
Photo © Dave Wilton

~ Tuesday 9th August 2011 ~

Andy King sent this report: "Not much to report mothwise of late but, for adding to your 2011 list, a funny little moth that looked as if it might give itself backache turned up in my trap last night, 8th August, in Chorleywood, Bucks: Hypatima rhomboidella. Looking back through the lists, one that seemed to have slipped under the radar earlier last month: Stenoptilia pterodactyla, one of the plume moths (from Stoke Common, near Fulmer, Bucks), on 15th July."

Hypatima rhomboidella
Photo © Andy King

Chris Bottrell reported the following: "This week's trapping in my Merton (Oxon) back garden gave 212 moths of 54 identified species (23 micros, 31 macros) on Wednesday night (3rd August) and curiously only 63 moths of 33 (7 micros, 26 macros) on Saturday night (6th August). The later session however included singletons of Agriphila geniculea and Flounced Rustic."

Agriphila geniculea
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Flounced Rustic
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Dave Maunder sent this report on 6th August: "I've recently been rearing a number of Pine Hawkmoth larvae and thought you might like a couple of pictures - very attractive creatures! A couple of reasonable moths found in my garden trap in Aylesbury, Bucks last night, 5th August, included :- Dark Sword-grass (1), Small Ranunculus (1); Broad-barred Whites (2); Gypsy Moth (1); Magpie Moths (2)."

Pine Hawkmoth larvae
Photo © Dave Maunder
Pine Hawkmoth larvae
Photo © Dave Maunder

Chris Brown has been out looking for butterflies and reported seeing the following moths:
"Millennium Green, Berks on 30th July - Dusky Sallow;
Moore Copse BBOWT Reserve on 2nd Aug - Lesser Treble-Bar;
Lastly a Riband Wave which landed on me as I came through my side gate at home in Sonning Common, Berks."

Dusky Sallow
Photo © Chris Brown
Lesser Treble-bar
Photo © Chris Brown
Riband Wave
Photo © Chris Brown

~ Friday 5th August 2011 ~

Nigel Partridge reported the following: "One more from my garden in Loosley Row, Bucks: Acompsia schmidtiellus 01-08-11. Thanks to Peter Hall for confirming the ID."

Acompsia schmidtiellus
Photo © Nigel Partridge

Chris Bottrell sent this update: "My last two Merton (Oxon) garden sessions for July gave on the 26/7 252 moths of 68 identifiable species and on the 30/7 140 of 45. Some new for the year and others presumably second brooding. At the time of posting though the only new one for the UTB list is Galleria mellonella (Wax Moth)."

Galleria mellonella
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Alistair Driver sent the following report: "I've had several good trapping sessions in Sonning, Berks over the period 25th-30th July. I only added Brown-line Bright-eye to my parish list, but numerous additions to my year list, including Nymphula stagnata (Beautiful China-mark) and a couple of specimens of Square-spotted Clay. Then on 2nd August I trapped in a large garden in Sonning and caught 43 macro species. New for my yearlist were Tawny Speckled Pug, Orange Footman, Oak Nycteoline, Square-spot Rustic, Green Carpet, Black Arches (only second parish record), Spectacle, Straw Dot, Lesser-spotted Pinion and Orange Swift."

Nymphula stagnata (Beautiful China-mark)
Photo © Alistair Driver
Square-spotted Clays
Photo © Alistair Driver

~ Monday 1st August 2011 ~

Derek Brown sent this news: "I had my first ever Bordered Beauty in the garden at Beenham, Berks on the 30th July. On the same night I also had a Rosy Rustic which seems to be the only one new for the UTB list."

Bordered Beauty
Photo © Derek Brown

Nigel Partridge reported the following: "A few more from my garden in Loosley Row, Bucks: Ypsolopha nemorella 24-07-11, Grapholita janthinana 27/7, Orange Swift 29/7, Barred Rivulet 30/7 and Evergestis pallidata 30/7."

Dave Ferguson sent the following on 28th July: "I found this Lime Hawkmoth larva demolishing an aspen by Spade Oak gravel pit in Bucks."

Lime Hawkmoth larva
Photo © Dave Ferguson

Chris Bottrell reported the following: "Another couple of sessions in the back garden here in Merton (Oxon). 20/7: 201 moths of 57 identifiable species (22 micro/35 macro) and 22/7: a drop to 91 of 28 (8 micro/20 macro) but did include a single Elophila nymphaeata (Brown China-mark). Also on the 25/7 a solitary Udea lutealis in the lean-to."

Elophila nymphaeata (Brown China-mark)
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Udea lutealis
Photo © Chris Bottrell

~ Monday 25th July 2011 ~

Adam Bassett sent the following today: "Thanks to Peter Hall for using his dissection skills, a few more that are currently new to the UTB year list, all from my Marlow Bottom, Bucks garden: (25/6) Anacampsis blattariella, Coleophora kuehnella (first adult), (7/5) Phyllonorycter maestingella (first adult), (4/7) Cnephasia stephensiana, Coleophora coracipennella, Coleophora albitarsella and (9/7) Coleophora betulella, Carpatolechia fugitivella."

Mary Elford sent this sighting: "For the last 2 years this lovely moth - Marbled Green - has arrived in my garden trap in Bampton, West Oxfordshire during the 4th week of July. This year it first appeared on 23rd July - right on time."

Marbled Green
Photo © Mary Elford

David Brown found the following in his garden in Stanton Gt. Wood, Oxon: "Both seen on 20/7/11 on a warm evening about 8.30pm: Oak Eggar & Black Arches."

Oak Eggar
Photo © David Brown
Black Arches
Photo © David Brown

Dave Wilton sent another report for mid-Bucks: (17th July) A freshly-emerged male Red Underwing spent all day resting on one of the windows of our house at Westcott. Although by only two days, this is the earliest that I've ever recorded the moth.
(18th July) Little of note attended the garden actinic trap at Westcott, although Catoptria falsella was new for the year.
(19th July) Another visit to Bernwood Forest added Least Yellow Underwing, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing and micros Argyresthia bonnetella, Argyresthia goedartella, Athrips mouffetella, Brachmia blandella & Cydia splendana to the year list.
(20th July) Trapping on the disused railway at Doddershall was quite productive with more than 120 species recorded, including Double Lobed , Dusky Sallow & Ear sp (which will require dissection to confirm the exact species, although it is almost certain to be Ear Moth) and micros Agriphila tristella, Eucosma obumbratana, Orthotelia sparganella & Recurvaria leucatella. The garden actinic trap at Westcott was also more productive than it has been of late with 266 moths of 70 species, including my first Straw Underwing & Pandemis corylana of the year.
(21st July) It was very nice to see three Hummingbird Hawk-moths at the same time, actively feeding amongst all the Peacocks and Red Admirals on the buddleia here in the garden at Westcott.

Double Lobed
Photo © Dave Wilton
Red Underwing
Photo © Dave Wilton

Peter Hall has kindly supplied identities for another batch of moths from earlier in the year, all of which required closer examination. The following appear to be new to the UTB list: Bucculatrix bechsteinella, Coleophora caespititiella, Dichrorampha plumbagana & Epiblema costipunctana all on 12th May from the disused railway cutting west of Westcott; Argyresthia semifusca on 12th May from the garden here at Westcott; Rufous Minor, Ancylis diminutana, Cochylis nana, Coleophora milvipennis, Ectoedemia subbimaculella, Elachista humilis, Phyllonorycter quercifoliella & Phylloporia bistrigella all on 16th May from Bernwood Forest; Larch Pug, Pauper Pug, Cydia conicolana, Dioryctria simplicella, Ectoedemia albifasciella, Epinotia tetraquetrana & Stigmella sakhalinella all on 17th May from Rammamere Heath. The Pauper Pug is only the third Bucks record for this Red Data Book species and would appear to have been enticed across the county line from the adjacent King's Wood NNR in Bedfordshire where there are copious amounts of small-leaved lime, the larval foodplant. The closest limes are about 350 metres from where my trap was situated."

David Redhead sent this update on 23rd July: "Dave Wilton's recent report of Nemophora cupriacella reminded me I should make an effort to identify something very similar seen a few days earlier on a Field Scabious flower in the grassland near my house in Littlemore, Oxon. I refound it, at the second attempt, on 20th July, when its size (20mm wingspan) alone dictated it could not be cupriacella. The UK moths website led me to a female Nemophora metallica, subsequently confirmed by Martin Corley. If it had been a male its antennae would have twice as long! The photo shows it returned to its Scabious flower, after a nearly two day absence in a pot, when it hungrily began to nectar. My garden overnight moth trap of the 21st July produced about half the catch of the one two nights earlier but still included two additions to my 2011 garden list - two Dot Moths and a male Bulrush Wainscot."

Nemophora metallica
Photo © David Redhead
Bulrush Wainscot
Photo © David Redhead

Chris Bottrell reported the following: "Two more sessions in my Merton (Oxon) back garden: 12/7, 216 moths of 42 species, but nothing new for the list. 15/7, 190 of 52 species, with singletons of Ypsolopha scabrella and Ypsolopha horridella (thanks to Peter Hall for distinguishing). Also my first Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing for the year and a Mouse Moth which true to form ran off and disappeared into a hole in the lean-to brickwork before I could get a photo."

Ypsolopha horridella
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Ypsolopha scabrella
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Nigel Partridge sent this update: "A few more from the garden (Loosley Row, Bucks) that are new for the year:
13/7/11: Acleris variegana, Rhopobota naevana, Small Dotted Buff, Pyrausta purpuralis
14/7/11: Blastobasis adustella, Cochylis dubitana
15/7/11: Ypsolopha parenthesella, Clay
19/7/11: Ancylis achatana, Yellow-tail, Tinea semifulvella, Paraswammerdamia albicapitella, Shaded Broad-bar, Toadflax Pug."

Peter Hall says that on July 20th at Green Farm, High Wycombe in Bucks he disturbed a Sitochroa palealis.

Dave Wilton sent the following report: "On 15th July a Bucks Invertebrate Group trapping session on Stoke Common, Bucks by Martin Albertini, Adam Bassett, Peter Hall, Martin Harvey, Andy King & Dave Wilton resulted in an interesting collection of more than 130 moth species being caught, several of which were heathland specialists. The list included Birch Mocha, Bird's Wing, Grass Emerald, Kent Black Arches, Narrow-winged Pug, Small Chocolate-tip, Suspected & True Lover's Knot, along with micros Aristotelia ericinella, Assara terebrella, Carpatolechia alburnella, Diaphania perspectalis, Mompha propinquella, Pammene fasciana, Pempelia genistella, Ypsolopha alpella & Ypsolopha scabrella. In Bucks the Small Chocolate-tip is only known from Stoke Common and it was pleasing to see more than half a dozen individuals following the only previous record of a singleton there in 2009. The 'Boxworm' (Diaphania perspectalis) is a recent import from Asia which was first noted in Surrey in 2008. It feeds on box (Buxus) and seems to be spreading, this being the second Bucks record."

Diaphania perspectalis
Photo © Peter Hall
Small Chocolate-tip
Photo © Dave Wilton
Pempelia genistella
Photo © Dave Wilton

David Redhead sent this report on 20th July: "The light NW breeze must have helped two wetland species arrive in my garden moth trap (Littlemore, Oxon) from the nearby marshland with my first two Double Lobed of the year and an all-time first for the garden - Calamotropha paludella. Also new for the year were singletons of Bordered Beauty, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Gothic (so worn it was only just recognisable), Lychnis & Pine Hawkmoth plus a rare visitor, although it also likes damp places, Small Scallop. Other identified species - macros - Dun-bar (27), Double Square-spot (23), Clouded Border (11), Dingy Footman (9), Common Footman (8), Smoky Wainscot (8), Bright-line Brown-eye (6), Common Carpet (4), Mottled Rustic (4), Poplar Hawkmoth (4), White Satin (4), Buff Ermine (3), Dark Arches (3), Large Twin-spot Carpet (3), Riband Wave (3), Swallow Prominent (3), Willow Beauty (3), Buff Arches (2), Buff Footman (2), Campion (2), Elephant Hawkmoth (2), Heart and Dart (2), July Highflyer (2), Mottled Beauty (2), Small Phoenix (2), Vine's Rustic (2) and singletons of Buff-tip, Coronet, Double-striped Pug, Large Yellow Underwing, Light Emerald, Lime-speck Pug, Nut-tree Tussock, Scalloped Oak, Scarce Footman, Single-dotted Wave & Small Fan-footed Wave. Micros - Mother of Pearl (estimated 85), Small Magpie (6), Endotricha flammealis (2) and singletons of Perinephela lancealis, Udea prunalis & White Plume."

~ Sunday 17th July 2011 ~

Peter Hall sent this addition to the UTB 2011 list: "Seen today (16th July), was a single Striped Lychnis larva at the Holtspur reserve, Bucks."

David Redhead reported this sighting on 16th July: "This morning a Copper Underwing was crawling across our landing carpet in Littlemore, Oxon.

Dave Wilton sent this update on 15th July: "Further sightings from mid-Bucks over the past couple of weeks have included the following:
(28th June) One moth of interest amongst an uninspiring collection that came to light on a farm near Tingewick was the pretty tortrix Pammene aurana.
(30th June) A Scarlet Tiger in the garden during the daytime will not be newsworthy for some, but it was certainly a very unusual occurrence here at Westcott.
(1st July) A trapping session in Bernwood Forest that evening produced Small Black Arches, Agriphila straminella and Catoptria pinella which all seem to be new to this year's UTB list.
(3rd July) Amongst the moths trapped at Greatmoor that evening was a rather unexpected pristine female Chalk Carpet, some considerable distance from where one might normally expect to see this UK BAP species! Other highlights included Dotted Rustic, Mere Wainscot, Small Scallop, Cochylis hybridella, Ebulea crocealis & Eucosma campoliliana.
(4th July) New to the list from another trapping session in Bernwood Forest was Epinotia solandriana. Best moth of the evening, though, was a rather battered male Garden Tiger (first adult).
(5th July) Added to garden year list at Westcott this evening were Acleris holmiana & Aproaerema anthyllidella. The Heart and Dart total was a mere 291 individuals so their numbers are thankfully on the wane!
(7th July) A Magpie Moth at Whitecross Green Wood was a new species to me for the year.
(8th July) Peter Hall and I ran some traps for a public event on the Ashridge Estate, during which Dark Sword-grass and Eana incanana were added the UTB year list.
(9th July) Yet another trapping visit to Bernwood Forest produced Scarce Silver-lines & Acrobasis consociella amongst many others.
(11th July) I had success with the pheromone lure for Six-belted Clearwing today, with records obtained from three different kilometre squares surrounding the Calvert land-fill site. Another visit with traps to Rammamere Heath that evening produced in excess of 120 species, of which Barred Hook-tip & Suspected were new to me for the year.
(14th July) Six examples of the uncommon long-horn micro-moth Nemophora cupriacella were found on field scabious flowers growing along the disused railway at Doddershall. Martin Albertini tells me that this was the fourth record of the species for Bucks."

Chalk Carpet
Photo © Dave Wilton
Six-belted Clearwing
Photo © Dave Wilton
Nemophora cupriacella
Photo © Dave Wilton

Andy King sent the following on 14th July: "In a layby on the A41, near Drayton Beauchamp, Bucks I collected a web, with caterpillars in it, from a European Spindle bush. One of them has emerged, on 13 July, and, not altogether surpringly, it turns out to be a Spindle Ermine (Yponomeuta cagnagella). A photo is below. Similarly, on 4 May, I captured a small larva in a small, untidy spinning amongst the seed-heads of a Jack-by-the-Hedge plant. That, too, has emerged, on 15 June. The adult was small, brownish and obscure enough for me to have to ask Peter Hall for help in identifying it. Very kindly he has: Cnephasia asseclana, otherwise known as the Flax Tortrix."

Yponomeuta cagnagella
Photo © Andy King

Peter Hall sent this report on 14th July: "Moth trapping around Bucks sites in recent weeks, either by myself or with Dave Wilton or Martin Albertini have added the following to the 2011 moth list:
Turville Heath 11th June: Phyllonorycter hilarella, Micropterix aruncella, Eriocrania salopiella (vacated mine), Bohemannia pulverosella (vacated mine), Stigmella tityrella (vacated mine), Phyllonorycter messaniella (mine), Phyllonorycter maestingella (mine), Roeslerstammia erxlebella (vacated mine), Coleophora serratella, Coleophora kuehnella (case), Bryotropha terrella, Mompha raschkiella (mine), Stigmella hybnerella (vacated mine). Thanks to John Langmaid, Martin Albertini, Ched George, Neil Fletcher for their contributions.
Ballinger Common 13th June: Dark Sword-grass
Wendover Woods 21st June: Mompha conturbatella
Wendover Woods June 25th: Olindia schumacherana
Stoke Common June 26th: Bordered Beauty, Chevron, Pempelia palumbella, Pempelia genistella
Hodgemoor Wood July 2nd: Great Oak Beauty
Ivinghoe Hills July 3rd: Lesser Yellow Underwing, Hypochalcia ahenella, Coleophora mayrella, Eudemis profundana
Hodgemoor Wood July 11th: Pseudatemelia josephinae
Ballinger Common 12th July: Stigmella floslactella (leaf mine)."

Colin Williams reported the following on 12th July: "A moth-trapping session, led by Norman Hall, in Bowdown Woods BBOWT reserve in Berks on 7th July produced 101 species (with some others still to be determined). Highlights included Waved Black and Kent Black Arches."

~ Tuesday 13th July 2011 ~

Ben Sheldon sent this report today: "Recent records from an 11W actinic Skinner trap in an East Oxford garden (new to trapping from June this year) include: large numbers of Scarlet Tiger during very warm weather at the end of June, with 40 in, on and around trap on 26/6, 33 the following day. Peak numbers and diversity on 01/07 with 105 of 34 species, 02/07 with 85 of 37 species and 11/07 with 130 of 33 species; species of interest so far have included Beautiful Hook-tip (15/6), up to 3 Coronet (28/6), Peppered Moth (carbonaria) 22/6, Dingy Shears (1/7), Marbled Beauty (2/7). Species apparently as yet unrecorded in the region this year are Cloaked Minor (25 June), Ostrinia nubilalis (European Corn Borer) on 9/7, Old Lady - two outside trap on 11/7, and the highlight so far a Small Marbled also on the night of 11/7 (see photo)."

Small Marbled
Photo © Ben Sheldon

Nigel Partridge sent this update: "A few more from the garden (Loosley Row, Bucks): Brown-line Bright-eye 08-07-11, Spilonota ocellana 09-07-11, Small Rivulet 09-07-11, Aethes rubigana 10-07-11, Aglossa pinguinalis 10-07-11, Dichrorampha petiverella 11-07-11 (thanks to Petr Hall for confirming the ID)."

David Redhead's garden moth trap on 11th July produced three all-time additions to his garden list: "They were Bordered Sallow, Broad-barred White and a Shark Moth. Also new for the year were Dusky Sallow, Scalloped Oak, Slender Brindle, Yellow-tail & Ebulea crocealis."

Bordered Sallow
Photo © David Redhead
Shark
Photo © David Redhead

Adam Bassett added a few more to his garden year list in Marlow Bottom, Bucks on July 9th: "Ypsolopha dentella, Recurvaria nanella, Aethes rubigana, Zeiraphera isertana and Waved Black. Thanks to Peter Hall for his help. Also, a Hummingbird Hawkmoth was seen at Little Marlow GP on July 12th."

Peter Law sent the following news: "12th July: Having seen Hummingbird Hawkmoth in 4 locations at Aston Rowant NNR (N), Oxon two days ago, I came across 1 today in Nuneham Park (SE of Oxford) in the garden of a house that I was delivering to."

This report came from David Redhead: "On the 9th July I came across my first Shaded Broad-bar of the year on the grassland by my house in Littlemore, Oxon and my garden moth trap that evening produced a Crescent and a Lesser Cream Wave. On 11th July three Cistus Forester moths and a Humming-bird Hawkmoth were flying at Swyncombe Downs."

Crescent
Photo © David Redhead
Lesser Cream Wave
Photo © David Redhead

Andy King sent this report: "Bucks Moth Officer Peter Hall has kindly been helping by identifying a number of moths which were too tricky for me. A few of them are not yet on the UTB 2011 list: Ectoedemia occultella is a tiny moth, but not rare; one turned up in my light-trap in Philipshill Wood, in Bucks near Chorleywood, on 30th April this year. More fascinating, perhaps, is a layby on the A41 on 1st June in that bit of Bucks which reaches out towards Tring in Herts: Oxe-eye Daisies and Yarrow are abundant there, on a south-facing chalk bank. I found four species, which have these as foodplants, of the genus Dichrorampha; plus Lathronympha strigana, which looks much like one. Dichrorampha petiverella and Dichrorampha alpinana are not yet on the 2011 list. Neither are Dichrorampha sequana and Dichrorampha plumbana, but the last two are also not on the UTB all-time list. Colin Plant describes D. sequana as extinct in Herts (which is, of course, just down the road) and only one recent report (1998) for D. plumbana. This last should not be confused with D. plumbagana, a different species."

Chris Bottrell sent the following: "8/7 - A somewhat wet night in my Merton (Oxon) garden, but still 169 individuals of 37 species in the trap, with some new emergences for my year. Total catch: Agapeta hamana (3); Cnephasia sp. (7 of possibly 2 species); Celypha lacunana (2); Chrysoteuchia culmella (5); Crambus perlella (1); Acentria ephemerella (Water Veneer) (2); Scoparia pyralella (1); Dipleurina lacustrata (4); Nomophila noctuella (Rush Veneer) (1); Pleuroptya ruralis (Mother of Pearl) (3); Drinker (1); Red Twin-spot Carpet (1); Shaded Broad-bar (1); Clouded Border (1); Scalloped Oak (2); Elephant Hawkmoth (2); Buff-tip (1); Scarce Footman (3); Common Footman (12); Turnip Moth (3); Heart and Club (3); Heart and Dart (51); Shuttle-shaped Dart (1); Flame (1); Double Square-spot (3); Broad-barred White (1); Brown-line Bright-eye (1); Poplar Grey (1); Dun-bar (3); Dark Arches (9); Light Arches (1); Common Rustic agg. (2); Small Dotted Buff (2); Uncertain (18); The Rustic (14); Mottled Rustic (3)."

Broad-barred White
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Shaded Broad-bar
Photo © Chris Bottrell

~ Saturday 9th July 2011 ~

Mary Elford reported the following: "Despite a wet and windy night, there were some lovely moths in my garden trap here in West Oxfordshire this morning, 8th July, including this beautiful Black Arches which I've only previously seen on nature reserves."

Black Arches
Photo © Mary Elford

Adam Bassett sent this update from Marlow Bottom, Bucks: "A few more moths that are new to my garden year list from July 4th: Nemapogon cloacella, Batia lunaris, Small Emerald (2), Brown Scallop (4), Wormwood Pug and August Thorn (2)."

Derek Brown had a Cypress Carpet at Beenham Berks on 2nd July.

Cypress Carpet
Photo © Derek Brown

Dave Maunder sent this update on 6th July: "A few more moths found in Aylesbury, Bucks recently include:- Least Carpet (1); Eyed Hawkmoth (1); Varied Coronet (1); Scalloped Oak (1); Yellow-tail (1) and in my garden trap on 5th July:- Privet Hawkmoth (1, female); Poplar Hawks (3); Pale Prominent (1); Buff Arches (1); Buff Ermines (3); Burnished Brass (1); Silver y (1); Gothic (1); Double Square-spots (2); Small Dotted Buff (1). On 3rd July I got my 2nd ever Pine Hawkmoth in my trap, also Buff-tips (2); White Satin (1) and Buff Arches (1)."

Least Carpet
Photo © Dave Maunder

Andy King reported the following: "Two more moths for the UTB 2011 list. On 2nd July a Svensson's Copper Underwing turned up inside the house (Chorleywood, Bucks). This, and the Copper Underwing, often seem to do that - just turn up, as if from nowhere. On 3rd July my garden trap took a Marbled Beauty, the first for the year."

Chris Bottrell sent this report on 6th July:
3/7 - Another big catch for my Merton (Oxon) garden with 423 individuals of 61 species: Leopard Moth (2); Bird-cherry Ermine (3); other Yponomeuta.sp (2 poss malinellus?); Swammerdamia.sp (2 poss caesiella?); Brown House-moth (1); Agonopterix heracliana (1); Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix (3); Timothy Tortrix (1); Clepsis consimilana (3); Lozotaenia forsterana (1); Red-barred Tortrix (8); Cnephasia.sp (23, 2 species?); Acleris forsskaleana (1); Celypha lacunana (1); Cherry-bark Moth (2); Chrysoteuchia culmella (24); Crambus perlella (5); Water Veneer (29); Scoparia pyralella (6); Dipleurina lacustrata (14); Eudonia mercurella (1); Small Magpie (2); Mother of Pearl (8); Gold Triangle (1); Endotricha flammealis (3); Trachycera advenella (1); Dwarf Cream Wave (3); Small Dusty Wave (1); Single-dotted Wave (3); Riband Wave (11); Barred Straw (1); Foxglove Pug (1); V-Pug (1); Clouded Border (1); Scalloped Oak (1); Willow Beauty (1); Mottled Beauty (1); Elephant Hawkmoth (2); Scarce Footman (7); Common Footman (42); Turnip Moth (3); Heart and Club (15); Heart and Dart (57); Flame (3); Large Yellow Underwing (2); Double Square-spot (5); Dot Moth (1); Bright-line Brown-eye (1); Smoky Wainscot (3); Shoulder-striped Wainscot (3); Dun-bar (2); Dark Arches (21); Light Arches (3); Large Nutmeg (2); Uncertain/Rustic (61); Mottled Rustic (12); Burnished Brass (1); The Herald (1); Beautiful Hook-tip (1); The Fan-foot (2).
5/7 – Found on the kitchen wall in the morning and potted for id that evening a small rather non-descript moth which I was convinced was a worn micro. After being unsuccessful in identifying it myself Dave Wilton put me on the right track and provided me with a new species, and a macro! Muslin Footman (Nudaria mundane)."

Leopard Moth
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Trachycera advenella
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Muslin Footman
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Peter Cuss has run his garden moth trap several times recently in Caversham, Berks: "New for my garden list was Maple Prominent (1/7/11), Privet Hawkmoth (2/7/11) and a Ruddy Carpet (4/7/11).

~ Friday 8th July 2011 ~

Chris Bottrell sent these moth trap results on 5th July:
26/6 - A very warm humid night produced a massive 477 moths of 77 species in my Merton (Oxon) garden trap: Bird-cherry Ermine (1); Blastobasis lacticolella (1); Stathmopoda pedella (1) (new to the UTB All-time List); Limnaecia phragmitella (1); Blastodacna hellerella (1); Agapeta hamana (7); Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix (1); Large Fruit-tree Tortrix (1); Clepsis consimilana (7); Ditula angustiorana (Red-barred Tortrix) (5); Cnephasia sp. (17 of possibly 2 species); Celypha lacunana (4); Marbled Orchard Tortrix (3); Ancylis achatana (2); Bramble Shoot Moth (2); Eucosma cana (1); Rhyacionia buoliana (Pine Shoot Moth) (1); Codling Moth (5); Dichrorampha sp. (poss alpinana) (2); Chrysoteuchia culmella (58); Crambus perlella (4); Scoparia pyralella (16); Scoparia ambigualis (4); Eudonia pallida (1); Dipleurina lacustrata (12); Pyrausta aurata (1); Small Magpie (1); Phlyctaenia perlucidalis (4); Udea prunalis (1); Udea olivalis (1); Mother of Pearl (6); Bee Moth (1M); Pempelia formosa (1); White Plume Moth (7); The Lackey (3); The Lappet (1); Dwarf Cream Wave (3); Single-dotted Wave (2); Riband Wave (12); Garden Carpet (1); Yellow Shell (3); Barred Straw (1); Mottled Pug (1); Common Pug (3); V-Pug (8); Peppered Moth (1); Willow Beauty (1); Common Wave (2); Elephant Hawkmoth (3); Small Elephant Hawk-moth (1); Buff-tip (2); Pebble Prominent (1); Scarce Footman (2); Common Footman (11); Turnip Moth (6); Heart and Club (12); Heart and Dart (94); Flame (3); Large Yellow Underwing (2); Double Square-spot (6); Dot Moth (1); Smoky Wainscot (9); Common Wainscot (3); Sycamore (1); The Coronet (3); Dingy Shears (6); Dun-bar (1); Lunar-spotted Pinion (1); Dark Arches (10); Large Nutmeg (2); Marbled Minor agg (2); Middle-barred Minor (1); Uncertain (42); Mottled Rustic (21); Beautiful Hook-tip (1); The Fan-foot (3).
30/6 – Cooler conditions resulted in only 120 individuals of 33 species in the garden trap: Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix (1); Cnephasia sp. (15 of 2 species?); Celypha striana (1); Scoparia pyralella (1); Dipleurina lacustrata (1); Phlyctaenia coronata (1); Dwarf Cream Wave (1); Riband Wave (1); V-Pug (1); Light Emerald (1); Buff-tip (1); White Satin Moth (1); Scarce Footman (4); Common Footman (8); Buff Ermine (1); Turnip Moth (1); Heart and Club (5); Heart and Dart (25); Shuttle Shaped Dart (1); Flame (1); Setaceous Hebrew Character (1 very worn); Double Square-spot (3); Bright-line Brown-eye (1); Smoky Wainscot (5); Common Wainscot (1); Dark/Grey Dagger (1); Dun-bar (2); Dark Arches (8); Light Arches (2); Large Nutmeg (1); Uncertain (12); Mottled Rustic (11)."

Stathmopoda pedella
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Lappet
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Nigel Partridge sent the following: "A couple more from the garden (Loosley Row, Bucks): Brown Scallop 01-07-11 and Small Emerald 03-07-11."

A few more that were new for Adam Bassett's garden year list in Marlow Bottom, Bucks from July 1st: "Argyresthia sorbiella, Helcystogramma rufescens, Epagoge grotiana, Conobathra repandana, Least Carpet and Buff Footman. I’ve attached a few of the Argyresthia species that I’ve trapped recently (see below)."

Argyresthia curvella
Photo © Adam Bassett
Argyresthia retinella
Photo © Adam Bassett
Argyresthia sorbiella
Photo © Adam Bassett

Dave Maunder reported the following: "I found my first Yellow-tail (first adult) moth of the year on 2nd July; also a few more of interest from Thursday night's garden trap (30th June) here in Aylesbury, Bucks were:- Elephant Hawkmoth (1); Buff Ermine (4); Pale Prominent (2); Poplar Grey (1); Double Square-spot (1); Broad-barred White (1); Swallow-tailed Moth (1) and Phlyctaenia perlucidalis (2)."

~ Saturday 2nd July 2011 ~

Adam Bassett reported the following from Marlow Bottom, Bucks on 1st July: "A few more records from last week that were new for the garden year list:
25th June – Caloptilia cuculipennella, Argyresthia retinella, Ypsolopha parenthesella, Parachronistis albiceps, Epinotia brunnichana, Rhopobota naevana, Homoeosoma sinuella, Small Blood-vein.
29th June – Borkhausenia fuscescens.
1st July – 2 Hummingbird Hawk-moths (the 5th or 6th this year)."

Andy King sent this report on 29th June: "On a visit to Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks on 21st May I collected a larva in a web on Hawthorn and looked after it. Yesterday 28th June, an adult moth emerged and could, with some care, be identified as Trachycera suavella, not yet on the UTB 2011 list. I kept it indoors so the emergence-time of the adult should not be regarded as normal. Hawthorn may not be its favoured foodplant, but it was found on a small, isolated bush and that, apparently, is normal. It wasn't much to look at as a caterpillar and its home looked like it needed a visit from Mollymaid, but I think the adult makes up for that."

Trachycera suavella larva
Photo © Andy King
Trachycera suavella
Photo © Andy King

Dave Wilton reported the following: "Here is another report from mid-Bucks:
(22nd June) Seen along the disused railway at Doddershall were Agapeta zoegana and Lunar-spotted Pinion.
(23rd June) The only excitement amongst a rather poor set of moths trapped at Pilch Fields on this chilly evening was Twin-spot Carpet.
(25th June) New for the year at Westcott were Acleris bergmanniana, Gypsonoma dealbana, Coronet, Dingy Footman, Dotted Rustic (a new moth for the garden list), Dun-bar, Lappet & Minor Shoulder-knot. The most significant event of the night, though, was an even bigger invasion of Heart and Dart than that seen on 20th June, with no less than 933 individuals recorded!
(26th June) During the heatwave I decided to spend the day in the garden at Westcott staring at pheromone lures and was very pleased to get Red-belted Clearwing (3) and Orange-tailed Clearwing (1). Amongst the moths trapped in a private wood near Stowe that evening were Acentria ephemerella, Acleris forsskaleana, Apotomis betuletana, Bactra lancealana, Batrachedra praeangusta, Eidophasia messingiella, Epermenia falciformis, Epiblema foenella, Epinotia cruciana, Lozotaeniodes formosanus, Morophaga choragella, Gold Swift and Large Emerald.
(28th June) Having been overwhelmed with moths on 25th June, I hesitated before running the garden trap again at Westcott but in the end decided to do it anyway. In the morning I came to regret that decision and one of the ten egg trays from the trap is illustrated below. Each side of each tray was crammed full of moths, so just identifying the various species was a nightmare, let alone trying to count them! I ended up with 70 confirmed macro and 34 micro species, although I'm sure more (especially micros) were lost amongst the very many escapees or in all the scale dust at the bottom of the trap. The highest counts were for Heart and Dart (1,210), Large Yellow Underwing (141), Uncertain/Rustic (129) and Dark Arches (65), although these figures will all have been lower than the actual numbers present. A count of more than a thousand for a single species is not something I particularly want to repeat! New for the garden list this year were Yponomeuta evonymella, Rhopobota naevana, Crambus pascuella, Acentria ephemerella, Hypsopygia costalis, Endotricha flammealis, Phycitodes binaevella, Scalloped Oak, Swallow-tailed Moth, White Satin, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Clay, Gothic, Olive & Blackneck. It was also nice to see no less than four Dotted Rustics after the first time visitor three days previously."

"One, two, three ..."
Photo © Dave Wilton
Red-belted Clearwing
Photo © Dave Wilton

Nigel Partridge sent this update: "A couple more, both from 26-06-11 (Loosley Row, Bucks): Ptycholomoides aeriferanus and Teleiodes vulgella."

~ Monday 27th June 2011 ~

David Redhead ran his garden moth trap in Littlemore, Oxon on 25th June: "I set a record for the year with 183 macro-moths from 46 species and, because the next night was forecast to be even warmer, I ran it again and caught 283 macro-moths from 60 species. In total 15 new species for the year:
25th June - Barred Straw, Common Emerald, Common Footman, Dark Umber, Drinker, Fan-foot, Ghost (2 females), Large Twin-spot Carpet, Light Arches, Single-dotted Wave, Small Fan-footed Wave.
26th June - Lackey (a very tired specimen and an all time first for my garden), Scarce Footman, White Satin & Yellow Shell. Amongst the micros I managed to identify was one that might be new for the year to the UTB website - Euzophera pinguis - caught both nights."

Tom Stevenson says he spotted a Hummingbird Hawkmoth early this morning, 27th June, whilst carrying out a bird survey at Battle Farm, Preston Crowmarsh, Oxon.

Danny Howard sent these sightings today: "I went for a walk up to the Folly in Faringdon, Oxon yesterday evening (Sunday 26th June) to watch the sunset - on descending we saw thousands of summer Chafer Beetles swarming - they appeared to be rising from the field to fly around the treetops at the edge of the field - many were falling back to the ground as 'couples' with a thud. Never seen anything like it in this country! This morning I saw a female Ghost Moth on a wall in the centre of Oxford."

This report came from Dave Maunder: "A few of the more interesting moths caught in my garden trap here in Aylesbury, Bucks last night, 25th June (apart from all the Heart and Darts/Dark Arches!) were:- Coronet moth (1 - my first ever Aylesbury specimen); Lackey moth (1); Small Ranunculus (1); Light Arches (4); Dot Moths (7); Swallow-tailed Moth (1) and Blood-vein (1). I've also attached a photo of some of the Privet Hawk-moths I've reared from last year's stock, lined up on my wall!"

Privet Hawkmoths
Photo © Dave Maunder

Nigel Partridge reported the following: "A couple more that are new to the 2011 garden list (Loosley Row, Bucks). Carcina quercana 21-06-11 and Ypsolopha sequella 22-06-11.

Kate Barker says she spotted a Scarlet Tiger moth on the pavement in Botley Road, Oxford on June 23rd.

Chris Bottrell sent this update: "22/6 - A reasonable catch in my Merton (Oxon) garden, including some new ones for my year list. 263 individiuals of 35 species: Large Fruit-tree Tortrix (2M); Clepsis consimilana (1); Cnephasia sp. (29 of possibly 3 species? One individual was infested with two red mites one of which it managed to dislodge whilst in the pot.); Celypha striana (1); Celypha lacunana (1); Chrysoteuchia culmella (7); Scoparia pyralella (10); Dipleurina lacustrata (2); Small Magpie (1); Mother of Pearl (1); Bee Moth (1M 2F); Phycita roborella (1); Buff Arches (1); Barred Straw (1); Light Emerald (1); Elephant Hawkmoth (2); Scarce Footman (1); Common Footman (1); Turnip Moth (2); Heart and Club (11); Heart and Dart (119); Large Yellow Underwing (1); Setaceous Hebrew Character (1); Double Square-spot (1); Smoky Wainscot (2); Dun-bar (1); Dark Arches (11); Light Arches (2); Large Nutmeg (7); Marbled Minor agg (3); Uncertain (28); Mottled Rustic (7); Snout (1)."

Cnephasia sp. plus mite
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Phycita roborella
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Scarce Footman
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Derek Brown sent this sighting on 23rd June: "I saw a male Vapourer moth today, 23rd June, in the garden at Beenham, Berks. First ever, but unfortunately no pictures."

Andy King reported the following on 23rd June: "On checking the 2011 moth list, the following may still be additions: a Dwarf Cream Wave was in my Chorleywood, Bucks (VC24) light-trap on 21 June. On the 14 May I found a caterpillar on Hawthorn near Tring. It emerged on the 20 June and is Paraswammerdamia nebulella, (was P. lutarea), no less. Also found as a larva on Hawthorn, at a private site in Higher Denham on 15 May, two Scythropia crataegella emerged on 3 June."

~ Saturday 25th June 2011 ~

Dave Wilton sent another update from mid-Bucks on 22nd June:
(9th June) Ancylis achatana and Argyresthia spinosella were new for the garden list here at Westcott.
(11th June) My first Six-spot Burnet of the year was recorded in some open-access wildflower meadows at Doddershall and eight Foresters were seen there too.
(13th June) Four-dotted Footman and Lilac Beauty were recorded at Whitecross Green Wood while another addition to the list at Westcott was Short-cloaked Moth.
(14th June) A very successful trapping session in Bernwood Forest with Marc Botham resulted in us recording in excess of 120 species, including Barred Red, Minor Shoulder-knot, Rosy Footman, Satin Beauty, Scallop Shell and micros Apotomis capreana, Blastodacna hellerella, Epiblema roborana, Homoeosoma sinuella, Metzneria metzneriella, Phtheochroa inopiana, Phycita roborella, Pseudotelphusa scalella & Scythropia crataegella.
(15th June) Seen in Bernwood Forest were Argyresthia glabratella, Batia unitella & Pandemis heparana.
(18th June) A joint Bucks Invertebrate Group/BENHS moth event was held in Bernwood Forest but the weather was barely suitable and it was very soggy underfoot. New to my traps were Beautiful Carpet, Grey Arches, Small Fan-footed Wave, Epiblema rosaecolana & Epinotia signatana.
(20th June) Seen during the daytime at Gallowsbridge Farm was Eucosma cana, while another visit to Rammamere Heath with my traps that evening, which was again rather damp, produced over 80 species of which Broom Moth & Scarce Footman were new for the year. Found during a brief torchlight search of one area of heather were larvae of Beautiful Yellow Underwing (two) and Emperor Moth (four). It is strange that I've taken a virgin female Emperor to Rammamere two years running to try "assembling" for males and had no success, yet the habitat is perfect and the moth is very obviously resident there! Back at Westcott the overnight trap was overwhelmed with Heart & Darts. Already this season I've had several counts in excess of 100 and one in excess of 300, but this night produced a massive total of 654. Good job it was an actinic trap and not an MV, or I'd still be counting them now! Other moths new for the year included Dot Moth, Sycamore, Cataclysta lemnata/Small China-mark & Pleuroptya ruralis/Mother of Pearl.

Broom Moth
Photo © Dave Wilton
Beautiful Yellow Underwing larva
Photo © Dave Wilton
Beautiful Carpet
Photo © Dave Wilton

Finally, Peter Hall has kindly identified another batch of difficult moths, mostly micros dating from late-April and early-May, of which the following appear to be new to this year's UTB list: Heliozela sericiella, Phyllonorycter ulmifoliella & Stigmella salicis (all from Finemere Wood on 20th April), Monopis laevigella (from near Tingewick on 21st April), Phyllonorycter acerifoliella & Stigmella confusella (from a private wood near Stowe on 22nd April), Monopis weaverella, Parornix betulae & Phyllonorycter dubitella (from Bernwood on 23rd April), Platyptilia gonodactyla (from Greatmoor on 24th April), Coleophora albicosta (from Bernwood on 29th April), Coleophora alticolella, Phyllonorycter coryli, Phyllonorycter salicicolella & Phyllonorycter tenerella (from Whitecross Green Wood on 5th May), Coleophora trifolii, Depressaria ultimella & Marbled Minor (from Doddershall on 6th May) and Stigmella atricapitella (from Westcott on 6th May)."

Tony Croft sent this update on 22nd June: "The only remaining visible Emperor moth larva in my garden in Easington, Bucks has just undergone another moult which I think makes this the final instar. It is a magnificent 60mm in length and is so obvious that I'm surprised it hasn't come to the attention of the birds. Having come this far I would be very disappointed if it didn't make it to the cocoon stage."

Emperor Moth larva - final instar
Photo © Tony Croft

Adam Bassett reported a couple of new species for his garden year list: "Small Fan-footed Wave was on the house wall in Marlow Bottom, Bucks on June 20th and Monopis laevigella was disturbed on June 21st."

Chris Bottrell reported the following on 20th June: 18/6 - 131 moths of 25 species in my Merton (Oxon) garden trap including a magnificent Privet Hawk-moth. Total catch: Ghost Moth (1M); Brown House-moth (1); Blastobasis lacticolella (1); Clepsis consimilana (2); Cnephasia sp (2 species? 7); Celypha lacunana (1); Chrysoteuchia culmella (2); Scoparia pyralella (5); Scoparia ambigualis (1); Small Magpie (1); Bee Moth (1M); Emmelina monodactyla (1); Light Emerald (1); Privet Hawk-moth (1); Elephant Hawkmoth (1); Buff Ermine (2); Heart and Club (5); Heart and Dart (61); Flame (3); Setaceous Hebrew Character (1); Double Square-spot (1); Smoky Wainscot (1); Dark Arches (8); Large Nutmeg (10); Marbled Minor agg (5); Uncertain (7). Also have eventually got around to identifying the beast I found tucking into a Muslin Moth inside the trap back in May and put in a jam jar. It is the Assassin Bug (Reduvius personatus) and it was still alive!"

Privet Hawkmoth
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Ghost Moth
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Assassin Bug
Photo © Chris Bottrell

On 17th June Dave Maunder sent the photo below of an Elephant Hawkmoth which he reared at home in Aylesbury, Bucks. "Also on 20th June I got an early Scalloped Oak in my garden trap plus an Eyed Hawkmoth and a Poplar Hawkmoth. On 21st June I saw my first Small Ranunculus on my garden Valerian flowers at dusk."

Elephant Hawkmoth
Photo © Dave Maunder

~ Monday 20th June 2011 ~

David Redhead had two additions to his 2011 garden list in Littlemore, Oxon on 19th June: Buff Arches and Swallow-tailed Moth.

Nigel Partridge sent a few more records from Loosley Row, Bucks: "13-06-11 - Crambus pascuella, Ephestia parasitella (thanks to Peter Hall and John Langmaid for their help with the ID) and 19-06-11 - Argyresthia albistria, Pretty Chalk Carpet, Udea prunalis."

Mark Calway sent this report: "Astrid Calway was shown a moth that had fallen from a doorway at the local school where she works. The staff initially thought it might be an Ermine. Astrid brought it home for me to identify - a Leopard Moth, the second one seen this year in Berkshire, the other one was reported a few weeks earlier at a meeting of the Berkshire Moth Group."

Chris Bottrell sent this update: "10/6 - My garden trap in Merton (Oxon) 116 moth of 19 species: Unidentified Yponomeutinae (Swammerdamia/Paraswammerdamia sp?) (1); Cnephasia sp (5 of 2 species?); Crambus lathoniellus (1); Scoparia pyralella (13); Small Dusty Wave (1); Garden Carpet (1); Green Carpet (1); Elephant Hawkmoth (1); Heart and Dart (66); Flame (1); Setaceous Hebrew Character (5); Common Wainscot (3); Shoulder-striped Wainscot (2); Dark Arches (1); Large Nutmeg (8); Marbled Minor agg (2); Treble Lines (1); Mottled Rustic (3).
11/6 - Whilst on Otmoor, Oxon doing a butterfly survey for the RSPB an Emperor Moth larva found on the bridleway-side brambles (SP 56773 12951). Luckily not the bit that had been strimmed back. And a Blackneck disturbed from the long grass on the final section across the field adjacent to the car park (SP 56949 12761).
14/6 - Exceptional catch of 295 moths of 48 species in my garden trap: Common Swift (1); Nematopogon metaxella (1); Blastobasis lacticolella (2); Clepsis consimilana (4); Isotrias rectifasciana (1); Cnephasia sp (21 of 2 species?); Neosphaleroptera nubilana (1); Green Oak Tortrix (1); Celypha lacunana (9); Marbled Orchard Tortrix (1); Epiblema trimaculana (1); Chrysoteuchia culmella (5); Crambus lathoniellus (1); Scoparia pyralella (8); Scoparia ambigualis (16); Dipleurina lacustrata (1); Small Magpie (2); Bee Moth (2F 3M); White Plume Moth (1); The Lackey (2); Riband Wave (3); Large Twin-spot Carpet (1); Garden Carpet (2); Barred Straw (1); Mottled Pug (3); Willow Beauty (1); Mottled Beauty (1); Elephant Hawkmoth (2); Small Elephant Hawkmoth (1); Pale Prominent (1); Common Footman (1); Turnip Moth (6); Heart and Dart (135); Large Yellow Underwing (2); Setaceous Hebrew Character (4); Smoky Wainscot (1); Common Wainscot (2); Shoulder-striped Wainscot (3); Dingy Shears (2); Dark Arches (6); Large Nutmeg (20); Marbled Minor agg (5); Middle-barred Minor (1); Treble Lines (2); Uncertain (1); Mottled Rustic (2); The Fan-foot (2). (Thanks to Peter Hall for confirming/correcting some of the identifications)."

Large Twin-spot Carpet
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Emperor Moth larva
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Dipleurina lacustrata
Photo © Chris Bottrell

~ Saturday 18th June 2011 ~

Mick A'Court ran two 40W Actinic traps at Leaches Farm, Bucks on 14th June: "I caught a reasonable selection including a Single-dotted Wave, a Blue Bordered Carpet, a Blackneck, 4 Large Yellow Underwings, 2 Smoky Wainscots, a Bordered Straw, 9 Lackeys (first adult), 1 Lappet, 5 Dingy Shears, a Beautiful Hook Tip, 3 Double Darts and a female Ghost Moth. On the same night my Butlers X, Bucks garden trap (125w MV) didn't do so well but had my first Common Footman of the year together with a Light Arches, Clouded Brindle, Shoulder Striped Wainscot, a Riband Wave and 5 Hypsopygia costalis (Gold Triangle) amongst the commoner stuff."

Vandana Lake, volunteer warden at RSPB Otmoor in Oxon sent the following sighting on 17th June: "In a hedge at Otmoor I found a Yellow Shell. Also, on 29th May I photographed this caterpillar (see below) which I am told is an Emperor Moth larva."

Emperor Moth larva
Photo © Vandana Lake

David Redhead says that his overnight garden moth trap on 15th June produced his second biggest catch of the year: "I had 128 macros from 43 species including four new for the year - Dun-bar, Elephant Hawkmoth, July Highflyer & Peach Blossom. Double Square-spot with 17 was the most prolific."

Adam Bassett sent this update from Marlow Bottom, Bucks on 16th June: "A few more from 13th June that were new for my garden year list: Argyresthia pruniella, Lozotaenia forsterana, Phoenix and Barred Yellow."

Chris Brown visited The Millennium Field in Sonning Common, Berks on Saturday 4th June and found Forester Moth (3).

Forester
Photo © Chris Brown

Malcolm Brownsword reported the following: "On the afternoon of 15th June I saw a mating pair of Scarlet Tiger moths in my garden at West Hagbourne, Oxon."

Scarlet Tiger moths
Photo © Malcolm Brownsword

Tim Watts sent this message: "Colleen and I saw our first Hummingbird Hawkmoth of the year on 14/6/11. It was nectaring from Valerian (red) in our Whitchurch, Bucks garden in the early evening."

Chris Bottrell reported the following on 14th June:
3/6 - My Merton (Oxon) garden trap bulging with 277 moths of 42 species. However at the time of posting the only new species for the UTB list: Pterophorus pentadactyla (White Plume Moth). Total catch: Brown House-moth (1); Agapeta hamana (1); Clepsis consimilana (4); Cnephasia sp. (2 species?) (6); Celypha lacunana (5); Codling Moth (1); Crambus lathoniellus (5); Scoparia pyralella (16); Scoparia ambigualis (6); Small Magpie (1); Bee Moth (3); White Plume Moth (2); Adaina microdactyla (1); Blood-vein (1); Small Dusty Wave (2); Mottled Pug (1); Lime-speck Pug (1); Grey Pug (6); Willow Beauty (2); Elephant Hawkmoth (1); Small Elephant Hawkmoth (1); Buff-tip (1); Common Footman (1); Buff Ermine (3); Turnip Moth (2); Heart and Dart (41); Flame (5); Flame Shoulder (3); Large Yellow Underwing (1); Setaceous Hebrew Character (7); Common Wainscot (8); Shoulder-striped Wainscot (4); Dark Arches (7); Large Nutmeg (65); Rustic Shoulder-knot (2); Marbled Minor agg (37); Middle-barred Minor (10); Treble Lines (5); Vine's Rustic (4); Mottled Rustic (3); Snout (1).
4/6 - Whilst filling the bird feeders at RSPB Otmoor, Oxon a Hedya salicella found mimicking the bird droppings underneath. Only noticed, because it moved.
7/6 - A mere 39 moths of 13 species in the garden trap. Predominantly Heart and Dart. Total catch: Common Swift (1); Clepsis consimilana (1); Scoparia pyralella (4); White Plume Moth (1); Foxglove Pug (1); Buff-tip (1); Turnip Moth (1); Heart and Dart (19); Shoulder-striped Wainscot (1); Large Nutmeg (4); Marbled Minor agg (1); Treble Lines (1); Vine's Rustic (3)."

Hedya salicella
Photo © Chris Bottrell

David Redhead walked the butterfly transect in the M40 Compensation Area on Saturday 11th June: "I came across a moth I have only seen a few times before - a Blackneck. Also seen were Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet (7), Burnet Companion (5), Cinnabar (3) and a Blood-vein."

Andy King sent the following: "Shuffling through my photos on 12th June, which seemed better than going out and getting rained-on, I came across a single photo of a moth I had not ID'd a month ago. It seems to be of Hysterophora maculosana and would have been light-trapped in Philipshill Wood, nr. Chorleywood, Bucks which has lots of Bluebells, the larval foodplant. It is not yet on the 2011 list and was caught on 08 May."

Hysterophora maculosana
Photo © Andy King

~ Sunday 12th June 2011 ~

Chris and Pat Dennis went to Bernwood Forest (Oakley wood) yesterday afternoon, 11th June: "It became too dull, windy and cloudy for many butterflies but we did find this Orange Moth."

Orange Moth
Photo © Chris Dennis

Nigel Partridge sent this update from Loosley Row, Bucks: "Amongst the catch in the trap last night, 11th June, was a Marbled Coronet. This is a new species for our garden."

Dave Maunder reported the following on 11th June: "After a week away in Cornwall, back to more inclement weather! However, I did manage to find a nice male Privet Hawk-moth below a lamp at the nearby Walton court shops in Aylesbury, Bucks on 11th June - a nice find! On the 5th June I also found 7 Peppered moths below the same lamp - 6 typical form, one melanistic (the first of these I've found in 5 years!). On 7th June I had a Plain Golden Y and a Silver-Y feeding on my garden Valerian flowers at dusk, also a Small Magpie on my Vipers bugloss. Today (11th) I also found a Burnet Companion, 2 Mother Shipton, 1 Yellow Shell, 1 Common Wave and 4 Puss Moth larvae in the field near my home."

Privet Hawk-moth
Photo © Dave Maunder
Peppered Moth
Photo © Dave Maunder

Adam Bassett sent this moth report: "A few more recent additions to my garden list in Marlow Bottom, Bucks: (May 29th) Cedestis gysseleniella, (May 30th) Opostega salaciella and Epinotia demarniana, (June 3rd) Nemapogon wolffiella, Argyresthia curvella, Orthopygia glaucinalis and Clay Triple-lines. Thanks to Peter Hall for his help."

Mick A'Court sent the following report: "On 3rd June my Butlers X, Bucks garden trap produced 34 species including amongst others, 4 Peppered Moths, 1 Privet Hawkmoth, 1 Brown Rustic, 2 Clouded Brindle, 1 Shoulder-striped Wainscot, 1 Poplar Grey, 1 Beautiful Hook-tip, 2 Fanfoot, 2 Lobster Moths, 11 Treble Lines, 2 Green Pugs, 1 Snout and 2 Shears.
On 9th June at Leaches Farm, Bucks I found a Commophila aeneana and, earlier in the week, 1 Forester Moth there and 2 at Gallows Bridge Farm."

Commophila aeneana
Photo © Mick A'Court

On 10th June Gemma Malaperiman and her family found a Scarlet Tiger moth at Kidmore End, Oxfordshire.

Tony Croft came across this beautiful Light Emerald moth in Lapland's Farm meadow, Bucks on 9th June.

Light Emerald
Photo © Tony Croft

Andy King reported the following: "Richard Ellis and I ran a light-trap in Philipshill Wood, Chorleywood, Bucks on Tuesday night (7th June). We caught 31+ species, 29 of which could be identified down to species. There were nice single specimens of Clouded Brindle, female Ghost Moth, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Brindled White-spot and Blotched Emerald."

Ghost Moth
Photo © Andy King
Blotched Emerald
Photo © Andy King

This report of a Nationally scarce moth came via David Redhead: Steve Woolliams spotted a pair of Currant Clearwing moths mating on June 4th in his garden in Oxford. "They were on a raspberry bush immediately adjacent to white currant bushes. I subsequently found an empty pupal case sticking out from a currant branch. I've never seen these before, I have old blackcurrant and gooseberry bushes and have planted white currant and red currant bushes in recent years."

~ Friday 10th June 2011 ~

This update came from Keith Mitchell on 6th June: "I've just had the id confirmed (Martin Albertini, per John Langmaid) of a scruffy, non-descript little Tortrix, which I suspected was Neosphaleroptera nubilana. The moth was trapped on the 29th May in my garden in Stoke Goldington, Bucks. It appears to be recorded infrequently in UTB. There is a poor record photo attached (see below)."

Neosphaleroptera nubilana
Photo © Keith Mitchell

Nigel Partridge sent a few more records from his garden in Loosley Row, Bucks: "These are all from 29-05-11. Thanks to Peter Hall for confirming the IDs: Shaded Pug, Bryotropha affinis and Phyllonorycter leucographella.

David Redhead had two additions to his 2011 garden list in his 8th June moth trap in Littlemore, Oxon: Round-winged Muslin and a Small Fan-foot.

Keith Mitchell sent this report on 6th June: "The 4th June saw the following moths new to my garden in Stoke Goldington, Bucks for this this year: Riband Wave (ab. remutata), Mottled Beauty, Privet Hawk-moth (showing belligerent threat display - I love the forward pointing antennae, almost like pincers), Elephant Hawk-moth, Common Footman (first adult), Broad-barred White (garden first), Varied Coronet, Smoky Wainscot, Angle Shades and Burnished Brass."

Privet Hawkmoth
Photo © Keith Mitchell

David Hastings recorded the following moths recently: "On Saturday 4th June I visited Lardon Chase and saw a Burnet Companion moth and on Sunday 5th June I found a newly-emerged Scarlet Tiger moth in my garden in Abingdon, Oxfordshire."

Scarlet Tiger
Photo © David Hastings

This came from Dave Wilton on 5th June: "Further sightings from here in mid-Bucks include the following:
(29th May) Missed from my last report was the fact that Commophila aeneana & Metzneria lappella were trapped on the disused railway at Doddershall that evening.
(1st June) The garden trap at Westcott added Barred Straw and Small Angle Shades to the year list, while a three-hour session in Bernwood Forest brought in, amongst others, Apotomis turbidana, Carpatolechia proximella, Epinotia demarniana, Pseudosciaphila branderiana, Ptycholoma lecheana, Blotched Emerald, Drinker (first adult), Slender Pug and Small Dotted Buff. It was also very pleasing to catch my first Privet Hawk-moth of the year there.
(2nd June) During the daytime in the disused railway cutting west of Westcott Venture Park I found the tortrix Celypha rosaceana. In the picture below it looks rather as if it has just returned from holiday having forgotten to take any sun lotion! This is only the fourth Bucks record for the species. Amongst the moths trapped at Greatmoor that evening were Ethmia dodecea (2nd Bucks record after last year's find by Peter Hall in Bernwood), Eudonia pallida, Mompha ochraceella, Lappet (always nice to see!), Small Seraphim & White Satin.
(3rd June) Another visit to Rammamere Heath that evening produced a reasonable selection of moths, including Rivulet which is new to this year's UTB list. Five Pine Hawk-moths came to one of the traps, the most I've ever seen at one time.
(4th June) Finding two freshly-emerged female Hornet Moths locally on black poplars was today's highlight, one near Doddershall and the other near Ludgershall. The first was resting 3ft up the trunk of the tree, while the other was fighting her way out of the vegetation at the base. That evening, despite the gale-force easterly winds, I decided to take a single MV trap to Finemere Wood which was long overdue a visit. I was pleasantly surprised to get nearly 80 moth species, including some of the tiniest Nepticulids which seemed quite able to brave the inclement conditions (the trap itself nearly became airborne once or twice!). Moths new for the year included Archips xylosteana, Blue-bordered Carpet (first adult) & Common Emerald."

Celypha rosaceana
Photo © Dave Wilton
Ethmia dodecea
Photo © Dave Wilton
Hornet Moth
Photo © Dave Wilton

David Redhead sent this report on 5th June: "My overnight garden moth trap on 4th June in Littlemore, Oxon was the most voluminous and varied to date for 2011 with 172 macro-moths from 50 species. These included two all-time additions to my garden list with a Marbled White Spot and a Small Dusty Wave. 15 species were also new for the year - Mottled Beauty (6), Light Emerald (5), Beautiful Hook-tip (3), Buff Ermine (3), Large Yellow Underwing, Dingy Shears (2) and singletons of Bright-line Brown-eye, Burnished Brass, Heart & Club, Purple Clay, Scorched Wing, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Smoky Wainscot, Spruce Carpet & Turnip. The returnees were Heart & Dart (35), Flame (15), Straw Dot (8), Clouded Silver (6), Obscure Wainscot (6), Treble Lines (6), Common Swift (4), Poplar Hawkmoth (4), Snout (4), Blood-vein (3), Double Square-spot (3), Middle-barred Minor (3), Silver-ground Carpet (3), Swallow Prominent (3), Vine's Rustic (3), White Ermine (3), Common Pug (2), Green Carpet (2), Grey Pug (2), Mottled Pug (2), Mottled Rustic (2) and singletons of Campion, Coronet, Dark Arches, Flame Shoulder, Ingrailed Clay, Large Nutmeg, Lesser Treble-bar, Peppered Moth, Rustic Shoulder-knot, Scarlet Tiger & Treble Brown Spot. Seven species of micro also identified - Small Magpie (10), Scoparia Ambigualis (6), Large Fruit-tree Tortrix (4), Udea Olivalis (3), Epiblema cynosbatella (2), Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix (2), Perinephela lancealis (1)."

Tom Stevenson says that he saw Scarlet Tigers in Benson, Oxon on 3rd June.

May Webber sent the following on 5th June: "I have attached a photo of a pair of Poplar Hawkmoths - interesting to see the difference within a species. I thought it would be good to add to the website."

Poplar Hawkmoths
Photo © May Webber

Andy King sent the following: "On 4th June I noticed that another of my captive pupae had hatched. This one was from a large private site in Higher Denham, Bucks on 15 May. It turns out to be Scythropia crataegella which, as its specific name suggests, was on Hawthorn. The moth generally emerges in July and should not be put on the 'first flight time' list since I had kept it indoors in a sunny room."

Scythropia crataegella
Photo © Andy King

David Redhead reported the following from Littlemore, Oxon on 3rd June: "Late afternoon on 3rd June, Wendy spotted a newly emerged Scarlet Tiger Moth (first adult) in our porch. On closer examination it took a short flight onto the edge of our drive where she managed to photograph it. Attempts to move it to a safer place put it into full flight and it disappeared across our garden displaying its beautiful scarlet hindwings as it went. Shortly afterwards I came across the first of the Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet Moths (first adult) to emerge from the over 200 cocoons to be found on the grasssland near our house. I returned in the early evening with my camera and luckily managed to refind it now settled down for the night."

Scarlet Tiger
Photo © Wendy Redhead
Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet
Photo © David Redhead

~ Saturday 4th June 2011 ~

Andy King sent the following: "During May, John Murray revealed (via Hertsmothgroup) that he had discovered a moth that appeared to be new to Hertfordshire - Psychoides filicivora. To cut a long story short, they are associated with ferns, including Hartstongue Ferns. He found his as an adult. I promptly checked my Hartstongue Fern at the back of my house in Chorleywood, Bucks and, first leaf I turned over, discovered evidence of larval activity. The larvae live in cases that they build out of pieces of sorus (sori are the structures that grow the spores and which in Hartstongue appear as two rows of brown, powdery strips in neat chevron-pattern rows). This is a very good camouflage, but they betray themselves by moving around, as they eat bits of leaf. Any 'sori' that appear to be 'misplaced' are worth checking. I 'captured' three or four and kept them in a variety of conditions to see what would hatch out. Over the weekend of 28th/29th May one small (5mm long) black moth emerged in its pot. However, this is not P. filicivora, but Psychoides verhuella, a very closely related species which apparently is more closely associated with Hartstongue Fern than P. filicivora, which uses other ferns. P. filicivora has a white spot on its 'back', P. verhuella doesn't and is plain almost-black. As far as I can see P. verhuella is not present in the UTB all-time list. Notwithstanding its plainness, the moth will shine with metallic lilac if tilted at the right angle to the sun.
28th May: In my garden, actinic, trap, (in Chorleywood), Argyresthia brockeella, Strophedra weirana and Caloptilia stigmatella. A lot of the Argyresthia are difficult to ID, but I don't think this one is, as the photo shows. Strophedra is a dull little moth and I've been catching it for a while before eventually working out what it is."

Psychoides verhuella
Photo © Andy King
Argyresthia brockeella
Photo © Andy King

Nigel Partridge sent a few more records from Loosley Row, Bucks: "These are all from 02-06-11: Clepsis consimilana, Fan-foot, Phlyctaenia coronata, Fern, Buff Arches, Chrysoteuchia culmella, Crambus perlella, Dotted Rustic."

Dotted Rustic
Photo © Nigel Partridge

Chris Bottrell sent this update on 3rd June: 29/5 - Whilst surveying at Finemere and Calvert Jubilee (Bucks) several groups of Nemophora degeerella 'dancing in the sunshine', what there was of it.
31/5 - A cool night in Merton (Oxon) only gave 39 moths of 13 species in the garden trap: Cnephasia sp (2); Scoparia pyralella (2); Buff-tip (1); Buff Ermine (1); Heart and Dart (9); Flame (1); Setaceous Hebrew Character (2); Dark Arches (1); Large Nutmeg (8); Rustic Shoulder-knot (1); Marbled Minor agg (2); Treble Lines (2); Vine's Rustic (7)."

Buff-tip
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Adam Bassett sent the following on 2nd June: "A trap on 29th May in Marlow Bottom, Bucks gave the following that at the time of writing are not on the current UTB year list: Monopis obviella, Aphelia paleana (Timothy Tortrix), Clepsis consimilana, Aleimma loeflingiana, Celypha striana, Tortrix viridana (Green Oak Tortrix), Parapoynx stratiotata (Ringed China-mark), Epiblema uddmanniana (Bramble Shoot Moth), Mocha, Haworth’s Pug, Currant Pug, Green Pug, Light Arches, Beautiful Hook-tip, Large Yellow Underwing."

Alastair Driver sent this report on 1st June: "I set the Robinson Trap in my garden in Sonning, Berks last night 31st May and although the catch was really poor in terms of quantity and variety, I did catch my first parish record of Freyer's Pug. The other species trapped were Dark Arches, Poplar Hawkmoth, Heart and Dart, Treble Lines, Willow Beauty and Archips crataegana (Brown Oak Tortrix). Earlier in the day I found the attached stunning specimen of Yellow Shell in the garden - I thought you may like the photo for the website."

Yellow Shell
Photo © Alastair Driver

~ Friday 3rd June 2011 ~

Keith Mitchell sent this report on 1st June: "Due to the overcast conditions, the night of 29th-30th May saw an increased catch in my garden in Stoke Goldington, Bucks: Pseudagyrotoza conwagana, Scalloped Hazel, Orange Footman, Small Clouded Brindle were all garden firsts, Common Swift (10), Large Fruit-tree Tortrix (Archips podana), Dark Strawberry Tortrix (Celypha lacunana)(7), Plum Tortrix (Hedya pruniana), Scoparia ambigualis, Pyrausta aurata, Small Magpie (Eurrhypara hortulata), Phlyctaenia coronata, Udea olivalis, Thistle Ermine (Myelois circumvoluta), Maiden's Blush, Silver-ground Carpet, Green Carpet, Common Pug, Clouded Silver, Elephant Hawk-moth, Buff Ermine, White Ermine, Heart and Dart (49), Shuttle-shaped Dart, Flame, Flame Shoulder, Setaceous Hebrew Character (5), Shoulder-striped Wainscot (3), Brown Rustic (5), Large Nutmeg (36), Rustic Shoulder-knot (7), Middle-barred Minor (7), Treble Lines (7), Vine's Rustic, Mottled Rustic, Spectacle, Marbled Minor Agg (8)."

Rob Hill reports that whilst walking along the disused railway near Salden Wood, Bucks on 31st May, he and his wife Lucy saw 2 Chimney Sweeper moths.

Mary Elford sent this report on 1st June: "This Varied Coronet was in my trap here in Bampton, West Oxfordshire on 28th May. There were lots of other moths but this was the only one not yet reported."

Varied Coronet
Photo © Mary Elford

David Redhead reported the following from Littlemore, Oxon: "My overnight garden moth trap on 31st May contained surprisingly low numbers with just 22 macro-moths from 12 species and a single micro-moth. Even with the low numbers there was still a nice surprise - a Fern which is an addition to my all-time garden list. Also three additions to my 2011 list with a Brown Rustic, Large Nutmeg & Uncertain. Returnees were Heart & Dart (10), Treble-lines (2) and singletons of Clouded-bordered Brindle, Common Pug, Common Swift, Green Carpet (extremely faded), Swallow Prominent & White Ermine. The micro was a Scoparia ambigualis - which may be a first report for the UTB website in 2011, if so I actually caught one in my last garden trap on 25th May but overlooked reporting it.
1st June: Against my usual practice I ran my garden moth trap on consecutive nights and it is noticeable the difference a few degrees makes. This time there were 83 macro-moths from 38 species. 12 additions to my 2011 list - Blood-vein (6), Mottled Rustic (2), Snout (2), Willow Beauty (2) and singletons of Buff-tip, Common Wainscot, Double Square-spot, Figure of Eighty, Flame Carpet, Middle-barred Minor, Pinion-streaked Snout & Plain Golden Y. Amongst the more recognisable micros were my first Small Magpies (4) and a Perinephela lancealis."

The Fern
Photo © David Redhead

A few more records from Nigel Partridge's garden in Loosley Row, Bucks: Green Pug 27/05/11, Pandemis cerasana 29/05/11, Haworth's Pug 29/05/11, Ditula angustiorana 29/05/11, Reddish Light Arches 31/05/11.

~ Thursday 2nd June 2011 ~

Dave Wilton sent another week's update from mid-Bucks: (24th May) A single newly-emerged Five-spot Burnet was seen flying at the only known site for the species in Bucks, on the edge of the Calvert land-fill.
(25th May) Enarmonia formosana, Beautiful Hook-tip & Double Square-spot appeared in the garden trap at Westcott. The first of these doesn't look anything special until you see it close up, when it proves to be a beautiful little tortrix! Amongst the moths caught at a private wood near Stowe the same night were Epinotia rubiginosana, Spatalistis bifasciana, Clouded Brindle, Common Lutestring & Peach Blossom. The same site also produced a couple of examples of what is likely to be Devon Carpet but they await closer examination by one of the experts.
(27th May) My first Large Yellow Underwing of the year was seen at Westcott. It was one of a number of moth species disturbed from vegetation while mowing the lawn, the others being Nematopogon metaxella, Emmetia marginea, Caloptilia syringella, Argyresthia trifasciata, Elachista argentella, Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, Hedya pruniana, Blood-vein & Yellow Shell. It pays to keep a couple of pots in your pocket at all times! Trapped in Bernwood Forest that night were Choristoneura hebenstreitella, Pandemis cerasana, Tortrix viridana, Light Emerald, Mottled Beauty & Orange Moth.
(28th May) Celypha striana and an early Shark were added to my year list from the garden trap at Westcott and it was nice to get a selection of larger moths that night too: Lime Hawk-moth (1), Elephant Hawk-moth (1) & Small Elephant Hawk-moth (4).
(29th May) A pleasing 269 moths of 63 species in the garden actinic trap at Westcott that night. Only Epiblema uddmanniana & Green Pug appear to be additions to the UTB list but Pandemis cerasana, Epinotia bilunana, Poplar Grey, Dark Arches, Clouded Brindle & Beautiful Hook-tip were new for the garden this year. Needless to say, the highest total was provided by Heart & Dart (54) but, unusually, Large Nutmeg seems to be giving it a run for its money this year with 36 individuals caught this time."

Enarmonia formosana
Photo © Dave Wilton

Tony Croft sent this update on 30th May: "I thought you might be interested in the progress of one of the Emperor moth larvae which has just undergone another instar change. The photos were taken over a 24 hour period. Most of the other larvae have disappeared now, probably eaten by birds or having gone deeper into the bushes, but I am able to monitor three on a regular basis."

Emperor Moth larva
about to moult
Photo © Tony Croft
Emperor Moth larva
with the old skin on the left
Photo © Tony Croft
Emperor Moth larva
after the moult
Photo © Tony Croft

Dave Ferguson reported the following on 29th May: "This Nematopogon metaxella was resting on our car (which explains the peculiar background) when we returned from a walk at Sheephouse Lane, Flackwell Heath, Bucks this morning (29th May). The antennae were blowing in the strong wind. While on the walk, a casual look at dark mullein leaves produced 3 Mullein Moth larvae."

Nematopogon metaxella
Photo © Dave Ferguson

David Redhead has now sorted out a couple of micros he caught on the 25th May (see report below): "They are: Pandemis cerasana (Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix) and Nematopogon metaxella. Thanks go to Martin Corley & Martin Townsend for confirming the latter."

~ Saturday 28th May 2011 ~

[28/5 - Moth Stats updated - see link at the top of this page.]

Chris Bottrell sent this report today: "27/5 - Despite an unfavourable overnight weather forecast I put the garden trap out here in Merton, Oxon and luckily just managed to get it into the conservatory for emptying the following morning as it started to rain. 128 moths of 22 species: Common Swift (1); Cnephasia sp (poss communana) (3); Crambus lathoniellus (1); Scoparia pyralella (1); Common Pug (1); Grey Pug (1); Brimstone Moth (1); Willow Beauty (1); White Ermine (2); Turnip Moth (3); Heart and Dart (34); Shuttle-shaped Dart (1); Flame (1); Common Wainscot (4); Angle Shades (1, long time since I have caught one); Large Nutmeg (37); Rustic Shoulder-knot (7); Marbled Minor agg (6); Middle-barred Minor (1); Treble Lines (13); Vine's Rustic (7); Burnished Brass (1, although not very brassy!)."

Burnished Brass
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Adam Bassett sent this sighting from Marlow Bottom, Bucks: "This Cydia fagiglandana was resting on my car on 23rd May, possibly sheltering from the wind."

Cydia fagiglandana
Photo © Adam Bassett

Andy King sent the following update: "Argyresthia conjugella and Pandemis cinnamomeana, both on 25 May at Philipshill Wood, near Chorleywood, Bucks (125W mv Robinson trap)."

David Redhead reported the following on 26th May: "Not having run a moth trap in my garden in Littlemore, Oxon for nearly a fortnight it is perhaps not surprising that last night's (25th May) effort added 14 macro-moth species to my 2011 garden list - Grey Pug (3), Obscure Wainscot (3), Straw Dot (3), Peppered Moth (2) and singletons of Beautiful Golden-Y, Common Wave, Dark Arches, Flame, Garden Carpet, Ingrailed Clay, Lesser Treble-bar, Riband Wave, Rustic Shoulder-knot & Treble Brown Spot. Returnees were Heart & Dart (24), Treble Lines (16), Poplar Grey (3), Clouded Silver (2), Flame Shoulder (2), Poplar Hawkmoth (2), Silver-ground Carpet (2) and singletons of Clouded-bordered Brindle, Common Swift, Green Carpet, May Highflyer, Mottled Pug, Pale Prominent, Small Phoenix, Vine's Rustic & White Ermine. Still struggling with the micros but two easily recognised additions to my 2011 garden list are Phlyctaenia perlucidalis & Udea Olivalis."

Nigel Partridge reported a Treble Brown Spot on 24-05-11 at Loosley Row, Bucks.

Chris Bottrell sent this update on 26th May: 20/5 - Moths disturbed whilst doing a Butterfly survey for BBOWT at Sydlings Copse (Oxon): Common Heath Moth (1); Silver-ground Carpet (1); Opsibotys fuscalis (3); Grass Rivulet (5); Straw Dot (1). That evening 78 moths of 16 species in my garden trap (Merton, Oxon): Common Swift (2); Cnephasia sp (prob communana) (4); Scoparia pyralella (6); Bee Moth (2); Elephant Hawkmoth (1); Buff Ermine (1); Turnip Moth (4); Heart and Dart (8); Shuttle-shaped Dart (5); Setaceous Hebrew Character (3); The Shears (1); Large Nutmeg (13); Rustic Shoulder-knot (3); Marbled Minor agg (6); Treble Lines (15); Vine's Rustic (4); and the obligatory May Bug (1).
24/5 - Suspect early morning (blackbird?) predation around the garden trap as the remnant of a carpet wing found outside it. Safely inside it though, 70 moths of 15 species: Isotrias rectifasciana (1, thanks to Peter Hall for identifying); Cnephasia sp (prob communana) (1); Crambus lathoniellus (1); Grey Pug (1); Buff Ermine (2); Heart and Dart (16); Flame Shoulder (1); Setaceous Hebrew Character (1); Common Wainscot (1); Large Nutmeg (23); Rustic Shoulder-knot (2); Marbled Minor agg (2); Middle-barred Minor (1); Treble Lines (9); Vine's Rustic (8);
25/5 - A Yellow Shell disturbed from the path side vegetation at Stratfield Brake (Oxon) during a lunchtime walk there. Also Mother Shipton (1); Burnet Companion (3); Straw Dot (1)."

Grass Rivulet
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Isotrias rectifasciana
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Opsibotys fuscalis
Photo © Chris Bottrell

~ Friday 27th May 2011 ~

Andy King reported the following: "Running a light-trap at home in Chorleywood, Bucks I have recently caught the following moths that may still be new to the 2011 list: Flame and Plutella porrectella, on 17 May, Ingrailed Clay on 18 May and Cydia fagiglandana and Epinotia bilunana, both on 21 May. On the afternoon of 21 May I visited Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks and found, out of the wind, Hedya pruniana and Adela fibulella. This last one is the smallest British 'Longhorn' and I saw several flying and resting around patches of Germander Speedwell, the foodplant."

Flame
Photo © Andy King
Adela fibulella
Photo © Andy King
Plutella porrectella
Photo © Andy King

Dave Wilton sent this update on 22nd May: "On 19th May I disturbed Epiblema sticticana from amongst Colt's-foot at Greatmoor, Bucks, while an hour-long late afternoon visit to just one of the five fields that make up BBOWT's recent Leaches Farm Meadows acquisition in the River Ray Reserves, Bucks produced a vast quantity of day-flying moths: Adela rufimitrella (1), Glyphipterix simpliciella (3), Glyphipterix thrasonella (1,000+, in swarms in the reedier areas), Cochylimorpha straminea (8), Celypha lacunana (2), Dichrorampha acuminatana (1), Crambus lathoniellus (3), Opsibotys fuscalis (50+), Forester (1), Grass Rivulet (500+), Small Yellow Underwing (2) & Burnet Companion (100+). That night I ran a couple of traps at Pilch Fields near Great Horwood, Bucks but the only new species was a nice big female Ghost Moth.
On 20th May I visited a couple more sites looking for Forester, finding eight of this UK BAP species at Bernwood Meadows and another four at Asham Meads. Grapholita compositella was also seen at the latter site.
On 21st May I trapped at a site near Tingewick, Bucks where Ingrailed Clay, Green Arches & Small Clouded Brindle were amongst the 50-odd species seen, not a bad total for such a windy night. The Green Arches was a nice fresh individual. They do seem to lose their green scales very quickly! That same night the garden trap at Westcott, Bucks produced my first Heart and Club of the year.

Green Arches
Photo © Dave Wilton

Peter Hall has found time to identify a batch of difficult micro-moths from March and April, so I have him to thank for the following which are new to the UTB list: Acleris ferrugana (12th March, Bernwood), Acleris kochiella (8th April, Doddershall), Acleris notana (15th April, Rammamere Heath), Acrolepia autumnitella (7th April, Westcott), Mompha bradleyi (13th April, Westcott) Mompha jurassicella (7th March, Westcott), Pammene giganteana (5th April, Bernwood), Parornix finitimella (8th April, Doddershall) and Phyllonorycter blancardella (6th April, Whitecross Green Wood)."

Wendy Wilson says that there's a delightful flower meadow at Crabtree Plantation, Ley Hill near Chesham, Bucks which is well worth a visit: "The ragged robin, ox-eye daisies, red campion and yellow rattle are in full bloom at the moment. This White Ermine feigned dead - very convincingly as you can see - as I removed her from the path, but she gripped the buttercup stalk I placed her on strongly and appeared fully recovered once out of harm's way. Other moths there were numerous Cinnabar and a Burnet Companion. I also recorded seven butterfly species including my first Large Skippers of the season."

White Ermine
Photo © Wendy Wilson
White Ermine
Photo © Wendy Wilson
Cinnabar
Photo © Wendy Wilson

Nigel Partridge sent the following: "A few more recent records from our garden in Loosley Row, Bucks: Small Dusty Wave 17-05-11, Middle-barred Minor 19-05-11, Ingrailed Clay 19-05-11, Netted Pug 20-05-11 and Udea olivalis 20-05-11."

~ Friday 20th May 2011 ~

Ian Shaw visited Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks on 19th May: "Weather – sunny intervals, no wind. Search for Duke of Burgundy butterfly to no avail, but compensated by good views of 2 Wood Tiger moths, males I believe, plus a Cinnabar."

Wood Tiger
Photo © Ian Shaw

Chris Bottrell sent this report today: "17/5 - An increase in numbers and a few new species in my Merton (Oxon) garden trap. 107 moths of 21 species: Common Swift (10); Elachista maculicerusella (1, thanks to Peter Hall for confirming id); Cochylimorpha straminea (1); Brown House-moth (Hofmannophila pseudospretella) (1); Cnephasia (poss communana) (3); Celypha lacunana (3); Epiblema trimaculana (2); Scoparia pyralella (3); Bee Moth (Aphomia sociella) (1F); Common Pug (4); Grey Pug (1); Clouded Silver (1); White Ermine (2); Heart and Dart (11); Shuttle-shaped Dart (1); Flame Shoulder (1); Large Nutmeg (10); Marbled Minor agg (32); Middle-barred Minor (1); Treble Lines (16); Vine's Rustic (2); plus 4 May Bugs."

Middle-barred Minor
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Elachista maculicerusella
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Mick A'Court reported the following: "Just a quick note to say that I found a Forester Moth at Leaches Farm (Upper Ray Meadows), Bucks on 19th May and one at Asham Meads (Murcott Meadows), Oxon on 18th May."

Tony Rayner sent this report on 19th May: "On 17th May I caught a Lychnis, a Shears and a Foxglove Pug all of which were new for the year in our Cholsey, Oxon garden. Also I see a recent report of the first Eyed Hawkmoth on the website - well just to say that I caught one in Cholsey on 21st April!"

Dave Wilton sent the following update: "On 15th May at Westcott, Bucks the garden trap added Lychnis, Miller & Snout to my year list.
On 16th May at Finemere Wood, Bucks I saw Endothenia nigricostana, Hedya nubiferana & Micropterix calthella while carrying out a butterfly transect. Chrysoesthia drurella & Udea olivalis were found flying in the garden at Westcott the same day, while that night's trap included Blastobasis lacticolella & Middle-barred Minor. I took a couple of MV lights to Bernwood Forest for a few hours as well and new items there for the year included Ancylis laetana, Cryptoblabes bistriga, Incurvaria oehlmanniella, Common Fan-foot, Little Emerald, Small White Wave & Straw Dot.
On 17th May I trapped at Rammamere Heath near Great Brickhill, Bucks and it proved to be my best night of the year to date, with nearly 100 species caught. They included Aspilapteryx tringipennella, Cedestis subfasciella, Dingy Shell, Map-winged Swift, Pine Hawk-moth, Rosy Marbled, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Small Yellow Wave & True Lover's Knot. Rosy Marbled came as quite a surprise. Martin Albertini tells me that most Bucks records for the species are from the Chilterns so this new site becomes the most northerly outpost for it in the county."

Map-winged Swift
Photo © Dave Wilton
Rosy Marbled
Photo © Dave Wilton
True Lover's Knot
Photo © Dave Wilton

Adam Bassett says that a Small Dusty Wave appeared on his bathroom window in Marlow Bottom, Bucks on the evening of 17th May.

Andy King sent the following on 16th May: "Wendy Wilson, Ched George and I took a party of folk around a large private site in Higher Denham, Bucks on Sunday 15th May. During our time there we came across the following moths: Crambus lathoniellus, Green Carpet, Speckled Yellow, Mother Shipton, Cinnabar, Cydia ulicetana, Alabonia geoffrella, Phyllonorycter harrisella and Yellow-tail Moth caterpillars. C. ulicetana is a ubiquitous little-brown-job around gorse bushes and has been out for a while, now. The last three are, I think, new for the year."

Alabonia geoffrella
Photo © Andy King
Phyllonorycter harrisella
Photo © Andy King
Yellow-tail caterpillar
Photo © Andy King

Dave Maunder ran his garden moth trap in Aylesbury, Bucks on 15th May: "Moths caught included:- Lime Hawk-moth (1); Dark Arches (1 - my earliest ever!); Treble Lines (3); Common Swift (1); Turnip moth (1); Shuttle-shaped Dart (1); Pale Mottled Willow (1); Large Nutmeg (7); Rustic Shoulder-knot (1); Heart and Dart (14); Bright-line Brown-eye (1); Marbled Minor sp. (1) and Green Carpet (1)."

Richard Ellis sent this report from Chorleywood, Bucks on 16th May: "Peter Hall has just identified some moths for me - these are the ones which appear to be new to your UTB all-time list and first sightings list for 2011:
All-time List: 0310 Callisto denticulella 22 Apr 2011.
2011 List: 0125 Emmetia marginea 19 Apr 2011, 0303 Parornix anglicella 17 Apr 2011, 0329 Phyllonorycter spinicolella 28 Apr 2011, 0449 Prays fraxinella 26 Apr 2011, 1018 Cnephasia communana 29 Apr 2011, 1044 Acleris ferrugana 09 Feb 2011 and 2283 Dark Dagger 26 Apr 2011."

Chris Bottrell sent the following on 16th May: 13/5 - Thankfully down to only 3 May Bugs in my garden trap (Merton, Oxon). 54 moths of 21 species: White-shouldered House-moth (2); Cnephasia sp (poss. communana) (2); Scoparia pyralella (2); Evergestis forficalis (Garden Pebble) (1); Red Twin-spot Carpet (1); Silver-ground Carpet (1); Common Carpet (1); Common Marbled Carpet (1); Common Pug (5); Poplar Hawkmoth (1); White Ermine (1); Heart and Dart (4); Shuttle-shaped Dart (3); Flame Shoulder (1); Cabbage Moth (1); Clouded Drab (1 very worn); Hebrew Character (1 very worn); Common Wainscot (1); Large Nutmeg (10); Marbled Minor agg (1); Treble Lines (13).
14/5 - Whilst tidying away the trap sitting on top of the choke box a Common Footman larva.
15/5 - 5 very lively Chimney Sweepers, being chased by Common Blue males, encountered at approx 0900 whilst finishing off a Breeding Birds Survey at Pilch Field (Bucks @ SP 74835 32196) for BBOWT. Plenty of Pignut around."

Scoparia pyralella
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Common Footman larva
Photo © Chris Bottrell

~ Sunday 15th May 2011 ~

Mark Calway sent this report: "Visiting a garden centre in Hare Hatch, Berkshire on Saturday morning (14/05/11) I found myself parked next to a large Poplar tree. Despite the early date, I couldn't resist checking for signs of Hornet moths. I was rewarded very quickly, when I spotted an adult male on the grass next to a partially exposed root. From its behaviour it appeared to have only recently emerged and expanded its wings."

Dave Wilton reported the following on 15th May: "The last week has been rather quieter in the trap here at Westcott, Bucks. On 8th May Cream Wave, Pale-shouldered Brocade, Vine's Rustic & Hedya pruniana/Plum Tortrix were added to the garden year list, followed on 9th May by Eyed Hawk-moth, on 10th May by Brown Rustic & Mottled Rustic, on 12th May by Small Square-spot, Elachista argentella & Tinea semifulvella, then on 13th May by Spectacle & Adela croesella. New species seen elsewhere have included Glyphipterix simpliciella & Lathronympha strigana at Woodham on 12th May. The tiny Cocksfoot Moth (Glyphipterix simpliciella) is flying now in large numbers so keep an eye out for them sitting inside your local buttercup flowers."

~ Friday 13th May 2011 ~

Chris Bottrell sent this update on 12th May: "10/5 Mid-week catch from my garden trap (Merton, Oxon), 37 moths of 20 species: Bucculatrix nigricomella (1); Cnephasia.sp (poss. communana) (3); Epiblema cynosbatella (1); Crambus lathoniellus (1); Eurrhypara hortulata (Small Magpie) (1); Silver-ground Carpet (1); Garden Carpet (1); Green Carpet (1); Mottled Pug (2); Common Pug (2); Muslin Moth (1M); Shuttle-shaped Dart (2); Clouded Drab (1); Heart and Dart (6); Hebrew Character (1); Common Wainscot (1); Large Nutmeg (4); Marbled Minor agg (1); Treble-lines (5); Vine's Rustic (1) and 16 May Bugs."

David Redhead sent this report on 11th May: "My overnight garden moth trap on 9th May in Littlemore, Oxon appears to add one species to the UTB 2011 list - a Light Brocade. Also my local colony of Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet moths has become noticeably active. First caterpillar noticed in the grass on Saturday 7th May. By Sunday evening there were 5 cocoons in place and on Tuesday morning I noticed one caterpillar ascending with another two spinning their cocoons and the completed coccon count had gone up to 14. By this evening the completed cocoon count was 27."

Light Brocade
Photo © David Redhead
Narrow-bordered Five-Spot Burnet
caterpillar
Photo © David Redhead
Narrow-bordered Five-Spot Burnet
cocoon
Photo © David Redhead

Chris Bottrell reported the following on 11th May:
06/5 Despite an overnight storm my garden trap in Merton (Oxon) held 74 moths of 29 species, in the dubious company of numerous ichneumons, caddis flies and 19 May Bugs: Common Swift (3); Tinea trinotella (1); White-shouldered House-moth (1); Cnephasia sp. (poss. communana) (8); Celypha lacunana (3); Crambus lathoniellus (1); Bee Moth (4 Female); Red Twin-spot Carpet (2); Common Carpet (2); Green Carpet (1); Foxglove Pug (1); Mottled Pug (4); Common Pug (7); Lime Hawkmoth (1); Pebble Prominent (1); Buff Ermine (1); Muslin Moth (1 Male); Shuttle Shaped Dart (17); Flame Shoulder (1); Bright-line Brown-eye (1); Powdered Quaker (1); Clouded Drab (2); Heart and Dart (1); Hebrew Character (1); Large Nutmeg (2); Marbled Minor agg. (1); Treble-lines (3); Vine's Rustic (1).
07/5 Common Heath Moth (6); Burnet Companion (1); Treble Bar (1); Crambus lathoniellus (2); Grass Rivulet (1); Mother Shipton (1), in 1hr 15mins (12:55-14:10) whilst doing a BBOWT Butterfly Survey at Sydlings Copse (Oxon).
08/5 26 Burnet Companion and 7 Common Heath Moth in 1hr (12:00-13:00) whilst doing a BBOWT Butterfly Survey in blustery conditions at Oxey Mead (Oxon)."

Large Nutmeg
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Crambus lathoniellus
Photo © Chris Bottrell

~ Tuesday 10th May 2011 ~

Nigel Partridge sent this update: "A few more records from our garden (Loosley Row, Bucks), all from 08-05-11: Lime-speck Pug, Turnip and Cochylimorpha straminea (thanks to Peter Hall for confirming the ID)."

Andy King reported the following: "I was trapping in woodland near Chorleywood, Bucks again on 8th May and took 22 species in less than two hours. Only one, as far as I can see, has not been marked up by somebody in UTB already - Marbled Brown (Drymonia dodonaea)."

Tony Rayner sent the following: "Three species I caught at Cholsey, Oxon on 6th May, which may not have been reported yet on your website. They are Common Wainscot, Brown Rustic and Buff Tip."

Dave Wilton sent this update on his week's mothing: "On 1st May along the disused railway cutting west of Westcott Venture Park, Bucks I disturbed the tortrix Aethes piercei from amongst devil's-bit scabious, while five Small Yellow Underwings were found at a regular site for the species elsewhere in the village. On 4th May a walk along the disused railway at Verney Junction, Bucks produced Pseudargyrotoza conwagana flying around young ash growing up between the sleepers. That night's garden trap at Westcott added White-spotted Pug and Lime-speck Pug to my year list. On 5th May at Whitecross Green Wood, Bucks I got Bucculatrix ulmella, Prays fraxinella, Rhyacionia pinivorana, Alder Moth, Clouded-bordered Brindle and Clouded Silver, while at Westcott that night I trapped my first Buff-tip of the year. On 6th May I ran a single MV light along the disused railway line southwest of Finemere Wood, Bucks and got in excess of 70 species, including Bucculatrix nigricomella, Incurvaria masculella, Nematopogon swammerdamella, Tinea trinotella, Pseudoswammerdamia combinella, Endrosis sarcitrella, Depressaria heraclei, Agonopterix heracliana, Scrobipalpa acuminatella, Spuleria flavicaput, Agapeta hamana, Syndemis musculana, Celypha lacunana, Ancylis badiana, Epiblema cynosbatella, Evergestis forficalis, Common Swift, Chinese Character, Blood-vein, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Purple Bar, Common Carpet, Garden Carpet, Broken-barred Carpet, Green Carpet, Grey Pine Carpet, Common Pug, Mottled Pug, Lime-speck Pug, Oak-tree Pug, Dwarf Pug, V-Pug, Scorched Carpet, Seraphim, Scorched Wing, Brimstone Moth, Scalloped Hazel, Waved Umber, Willow Beauty, Clouded Silver, Pebble Prominent, Swallow Prominent, Pale Prominent, Great Prominent, Pale Tussock, Orange Footman, White Ermine, Least Black Arches, Turnip, Heart & Dart, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Flame Shoulder, Clouded Drab, Powdered Quaker, Hebrew Character, Nutmeg, Poplar Grey, Alder Moth, Bright-line Brown-eye, Angle Shades, Clouded-bordered Brindle, Rustic Shoulder-knot, Marbled Minor sp and Treble Lines. That night's garden trap at Westcott was equally as good, with new items for the year being Argyresthia trifasciata, Cydia pomonella, Pseudococcyx posticana, Common Wainscot, Figure of Eighty, Grass Rivulet, Oak Hook-tip & Small Elephant Hawk-moth. Finally, on 7th May a rather foolhardy attempt to trap in Bernwood Forest, Bucks with Marc Botham and Peter Hall was aborted after little more than an hour due to increasingly heavy rain, but even in that short period of time we managed to get 30-odd species which included Lobesia reliquana, Nemophora degeerella, Strophedra nitidana & Brindled White-spot along with a rather interestingly-marked Green Silver-lines (see photo below)."

Aethes piercei
Photo © Dave Wilton
Grass Rivulet
Photo © Dave Wilton

Green Silver-lines
Photo © Dave Wilton
Spuleria flavicaput
Photo © Dave Wilton

Keith Mitchell sent the following: "The Robinson trap in my garden in Stoke Goldington, Bucks on the 6th May accounted for the following moths: Red Twin-spot Carpet, Clouded Silver(9), Pale Tussock, Brimstone(8), Silver-ground Carpet, Waved Umber, Small Waved Umber, Bordered White, Buff-tip, Muslin, Hebrew Character, Heart and Dart, Shuttled-shaped Dart, Rustic Shoulder-knot, Large Nutmeg, Common Swift, Brindled Pug(3), Oak-tree Pug, Mottled Pug(3) and the micros Phtheochroa rugosana and Aethes smeathmanniana (a garden first)."

Nigel Partridge reported these moths: "A few more from our garden (Loosley Row, Bucks), all from 06-05-11: Maple Prominent, Clouded Silver and Bucculatrix nigricomella (thanks to Peter Hall for confirming the ID)."

Peter Hall reported the following from Ballinger Common, Bucks on May 6th: "In between the heaps of Cockchafers crawling over everything, I managed to record the following in my garden this week. The female Emperor was the first to come to light in my garden: Alucita hexadactyla, Aphomia sociella, Brimstone Moth, Brown Silver-line, Capua vulgana, Celypha lacunana, Double-striped Pug, Emperor, Epiblema cynosbatella, Flame Carpet, Flame Shoulder, Foxglove Pug, Green Silver-lines, Hebrew Character, Least Black Arches, Lime Hawk, Lime-speck Pug, Lobster, May Highflyer, Mottled Pug, Nut-tree Tussock, Oak Hook-tip, Orange Footman, Pale Tussock, Peppered, Plutella xylostella, Privet Hawk, Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, Scalloped Hazel, Scorched Wing, Small Fan-foot, Small Phoenix, Treble Lines, Waved Umber, White Ermine and White-pinion Spotted."

Cockchafer
Photo © Peter Hall
Cockchafers
Photo © Peter Hall
Privet Hawk
Photo © Peter Hall

Michael & Gillian Taylor visited the Devil's Punchbowl/Hackpen Hill on 3rd May: A good selection of butterflies and day-flying moths, including Wood Tiger (first adult) (dozens) and Common Heath."

Wood Tiger
Photo © Michael Taylor

~ Saturday 7th May 2011 ~

This news came from Dave Maunder today: "A few more moths seen recently in Aylesbury, Bucks include:- my first ever Lobster moth here; Coxcomb Prominent (1); Pebble Prominent (1); Pale Tussocks (3); White Ermine (1); Cinnabar Moths (2); Grey Dagger Sp. (1); Common Marbled Carpet (1); and Bee moth (1)."

Lobster Moth
Photo © Dave Maunder

Danny Howard put the lamp out for a couple of hours last night, 6th May in Cowley, Oxon before the rain arrived: "I managed a Lime Hawkmoth, Brimstone, Peppered moth, Figure of Eighty, Bee Moth, Flame Shoulder and May Bug."

David Redhead's overnight garden moth trap on 5th May produced the highest diversity for his garden in Littlemore, Oxon for 2011 to date: "I had 26 species of macro-moth including 7 new for the year - Green Carpet (4), Knot Grass (2), Broken-barred Carpet (1), Coronet (1), Heart and Dart (1), Poplar Grey (1) & Vine's Rustic (1). Also present were Treble-lines (31), Poplar Hawkmoth (5), Flame Shoulder (4), Chocolate-tip (2), Cinnabar (2), Orange Footman (2), Pale Tussock (2), Seraphim (2), Swallow Prominent (2) and singletons of Brindled Pug, Clouded Drab, Common Pug, Hebrew Character, Muslin Moth, Nut-tree Tussock, Pale Prominent, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Small Phoenix & White Ermine. Only 3 micro-moths and all the same species - Epiblema cynosbatella. However the most numerous species was May Bug with 48!"

Mary Elford sent the following: "In my overnight trap on 5th May here in Bampton, West Oxfordshire, there was a Spectacle and a Treble Lines."

Nigel Partridge sent this update: "A couple more from our garden in Loosley Row, Bucks: Angle Shades on 03-05-11 and Epiblema cynosbatella on 04-05-11."

David Redhead sent this sighting: "On Wednesday 4th May the dog and I put up a Silver-ground Carpet on the banks of the River Thames a few hundred yards from our house in Littlemore, Oxon."

Chris Bottrell's recent moth trap produced the following: "03/5 - Near freezing overnight temperatures reduced numbers in my Merton (Oxon) garden trap to 6 individuals of 4 species: Muslin Moth (1); Shuttle-shaped Dart (3); Hebrew Character (1); Treble Lines (1) and a seasonal female May bug (Common Cockchafer, Melolontha melolontha)."

Treble Lines
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Dave Ferguson reported the following: "I encountered 6 Speckled Yellows in Strawberry Wood, Black Park, Bucks on the morning of 4th May."

Speckled Yellow
Photo © Dave Ferguson

Andy King sent the following: "I have had id confirmation of a Square Spot moth. In fact, I have caught two, both from the same place, a woodland just outside Chorleywood, Bucks one on 17th April and one on 30th April. Of course, I may be out of date, but I don't think anyone has reported one yet. I attach a photo, but they're not all that photogenic; on the other hand, I think the immaculate female Green Silver-lines is!"

Square Spot
Photo © Andy King
Green Silver-lines
Photo © Andy King

A couple more sightings from Nigel Partridge's garden in Loosley Row, Bucks: "Both on 02-05-11: Pale Oak Beauty and Treble Lines."

Andy King ran a moth trap in woodland near Chorleywood, Bucks on 30th April: "Water Carpet, 12 Orange Footman, Nematopogon swammerdamella, 5 Ancylis mitterbacheriana (small moths - big names), 10 Dwarf Pug, Pale Tussock, Nut-tree Tussock, Green Silver-lines, Epinotia subocellana, Capua vulgana."

Ancylis mitterbacheriana
Photo © Andy King
Epinotia subocellana
Photo © Andy King

On 2nd May Dave Maunder sent this report of moths he's seen around Aylesbury, Bucks recently: "Lackey moth larvae (30+, 30th); Pale Tussocks (2); Sallow Kitten (1); Waved Umber (1); Pebble Prominent (1); Eulia ministrana (1); Pyrausta aurata (2); also Lesser Swallow Prominent (1) and Swallow Prominent (1) from my garden trap on 30th April. Today, 2nd May, I visited the Calvert Jubilee Nature Reserve, Bucks where I found Blossom Underwing larvae (3) on Oak."

Lackey Moth larvae
Photo © Dave Maunder
Blossom Underwing larva (top)
& possible Dun-bar larva (bottom)
Photo © Dave Maunder

Danny Howard reported the following: "I went for a walk around the Blewbury Downs, South Oxon on May 2nd. For me the highlight of the walk was the Woolly Bear (Garden Tiger larva) we saw traversing the road. This is the first Garden Tiger I have seen since moving to Oxfordshire, in fact the first since I was first bitten by the lepidoptera bug in my early teens, so over 25 years ago!"

Garden Tiger larva
Photo © Danny Howard

Tony Croft sent this update to his Emperor Moth story (see report dated 25th April): "To complete the picture for the time being, here are some of the Emperor Moth caterpillars settled into their new home."

Emperor Moth caterpillars on blackthorn
Photo © Tony Croft

Chris Bottrell sent the following: "29/4 - Not a fantastic catch in my Merton (Oxon) garden trap. 17 moths of 11 species, but it did include my first Hawkmoth of the year. Total catch: Diurnea fagella (1); Red Twin-spot Carpet (1); Poplar Hawkmoth (1); Muslin Moth (1 male); Shuttle-shaped Dart (1); Flame Shoulder (1); Cabbage Moth (1); Bright-line Brown-eye (1); Powdered Quaker (1); Hebrew Character (7); Treble Lines (1)."

Poplar Hawkmoth
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Cabbage Moth
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Dave Wilton sent this report: "To bring you up-to-date to the end of the month, I can add Lesser Treble-bar seen at Westcott, Bucks on 28th April, Mullein seen at Westcott on 29th April, Cream Wave, Marbled White Spot, Peacock Moth, Scorched Wing and Nematopogon swammerdamella seen in Bernwood Forest, Bucks on 29th April, Clouded Border and Evergestis forficalis/Garden Pebble seen at Westcott on 30th April and Ancylis mitterbacheriana seen at Finemere Wood, Bucks on 30th April. More than 200 moths on the UTB list before the beginning of May is some achievement!"

The following report came from David Redhead: "My overnight garden moth trap on 29th April added four new species to my 2011 garden macro-moth list in Littlemore, Oxon - Red-green Carpet, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Treble Lines and White Ermine. In spite of being a fortnight earlier than I have ever caught one before the Treble-lines had already suffered some wing damage - possibly by being jostled by the two dozen May bugs sharing the trap. Later in the morning a visit to Chilswell Valley, Oxon produced my first Burnet Companion and Lesser Treble-bar (about half a dozen) of the year plus a Common Heath."

Treble Lines
Photo © David Redhead
White Ermine
Photo © David Redhead

Martin Mitchell reports seeing Speckled Yellow moths (4) while looking for butterflies at Crookham Common, near Thatcham, Berks on 30th April.

Speckled Yellow
Photo © Martin Mitchell

~ Sunday 1st May 2011 ~

Dave Ferguson saw a Treble-bar at Wapsey's Wood WDS, Bucks today, 1st May. "It doesn't appear on the year list of sightings yet. The site is just W of Gerrards X."

Tony Rayner sent this news today: "A moth to report this time, a Hummingbird Hawkmoth this morning, May 1st at Cholsey, Oxon. Also Cockchafers living up to their alternative name of Maybug - 64 in the moth trap this morning!"

Adam Bassett reported the following on 29th April: "A couple of recent visitors to our windows in Marlow Bottom, Bucks: Common Swift (April 28th), Esperia sulphurella (April 29th)."

David Redhead sent this news from Littlemore, Oxon: "On the afternoon of 28th April whilst following a female Orange-tip around the garden I came across the following moths - a Sandy Carpet, four Pyrausta aurata and an Adela rufimitrella sitting on the flowerhead of a garlic mustard plant. I now realise that I saw two A. rufimitrella on the 24th April sitting on garlic mustard flowerheads on the marshland near my house. Like the Orange-tip, garlic mustard and cuckooflower are its larval foodplants. All these moths are signs of the time. The Sandy Carpet does not usually appear until late May and is the 50th macro-moth to be recorded in my garden this year - my previous best by the end of April total is 34! Normally rufimitrella is not seen before May and I have to wait until high summer to have four aurata flying in my garden."

Peter Daltry caught a Chinese Character moth in his garden trap in Prestwood, nr Great Missenden, Bucks on 27th April.

Richard Comont sent this report: "A couple of nights actinic trapping in Shotover Wood, Oxon the highlights of which were Brown Silver-line in reasonable numbers on the 20th and 21st April, Nut-Tree Tussock and Muslin Moth on the 20th and Scalloped Hazel, Orange Footman and Pale Prominent on the 21st."

Chris Bottrell reported the following: "A couple of micros I'd been unable to identify from my garden trap (Merton, Oxon) on Friday 22/4 (thanks to Peter Hall for identifying): Depressaria heraclei (Parsnip Moth) (2); Esperia sulphurella (1).
24/4 RSPB Otmoor, Oxon: numerous clumps of Lackey caterpillars in the hedges.
26/4 - Low overnight temperatures and a little rain kept the catch in the garden trap down to just 18 individuals of 6 species: White-shouldered House-moth (1); Garden Carpet (1); Heart and Dart (2); Shuttle Shaped Dart (2); Powdered Quaker (1); Hebrew Character (11)."

Esperia sulphurella
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Lackey larvae
Photo © Chris Bottrell

David Redhead reported the following from Littlemore, Oxon: "My overnight garden moth trap on Sunday 24th April produced the second addition during 2011 to my all-time garden macro-moth list with a Grey Birch. Other additions to my 2011 list were Campion Moth, May Highflyer, Pale Tussock, Waved Umber, White-pinion Spotted and Ancylis badiana."

Grey Birch
Photo © David Redhead

Keith Mitchell reported the following from Stoke Goldington, Bucks: "Still not many moths, but included in the latest bunch on 24th April were Scarce Tissue, Poplar Kitten, Muslin, Waved Umber, Powdered Quaker, Bright-line Brown Eye, Brindled Pug, Oak-tree Pug and Mottled Pug."

Tony Croft sent the following news on 25th April: "Further to my report of an Emperor moth by the front door step on April 9, today I noticed two batches of hatched eggs near the same location with a stream of caterpillars marching along the house wall. As there is no suitable food plant in the immediate vicinity I cut some blackthorn twigs and put them in pots against the wall. Within a few minutes all the caterpillars had transferred themselves to the blackthorn twigs which I then laid back into the blackthorn bushes."

Emperor Moth eggs
Photo © Tony Croft
Emperor Moth larvae
Photo © Tony Croft

Dave Wilton sent this update on 25th April: "Now that the site has re-opened, my first trapping visit of the year to Finemere Wood, Bucks took place on 20th April and the moths obviously came out to celebrate because I got a bumper crop of 56 species. The macros comprised Pebble Hook-tip, Chinese Character, Frosted Green, Maiden's Blush, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Streamer, Water Carpet, Small Phoenix, Broken-barred Carpet, Mottled Pug, Brindled Pug, Oak-tree Pug, V-Pug, Scorched Carpet, Brimstone Moth, Early Thorn, Purple Thorn, Waved Umber, White-pinion Spotted, Pebble Prominent, Swallow Prominent, Great Prominent, Pale Prominent, Lunar Marbled Brown, Pale Tussock, Orange Footman, White Ermine, Least Black Arches, Pine Beauty, Small Quaker, Common Quaker, Clouded Drab, Powdered Quaker, Hebrew Character, Satellite, Chestnut, Early Grey and Nut-tree Tussock. Micro-moths included Eriocrania subpurpurella, Incurvaria masculella, Adela reaumurella, Eucalybites auroguttella, Pseudoswammerdamia combinella, Ypsolopha ustella, Plutella xylostella/Diamond-back Moth, Diurnea fagella, Agonopterix ocellana, Scrobipalpa acuminatella, Acleris hastiana, Epinotia immundana and Pammene argyrana, along with a few of the tinier species that will require closer examination. A walk around the wood again the following afternoon to savour the bluebells produced clouds of the long-horn moth Adela reaumurella high on the sunny side of almost every oak - there were many thousands of them and the species is obviously having a very good year. Subsequent moth sightings have included the following: with Peter Hall at Water Stratford, Bucks on 21st April Blood-vein, Buff Ermine, Flame Carpet, Green Carpet; at a private wood near Stowe, Bucks on 22nd April Common Wave, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Elachista apicipunctella, Schreckensteinia festaliella; in Bernwood Forest on 23rd April Barred Umber, Birch Mocha, Poplar Lutestring, Tawny-barred Angle, Willow Beauty, Capua vulgana, Epinotia tedella, Teleiodes luculella; a daytime sighting near Winslow, Bucks on 23rd April Pancalia leuwenhoekella; in our garden at Westcott, Bucks on 23rd April Heart and Dart, Elachista canapennella; at Greatmoor, Bucks on 24th April Knot Grass, Rustic Shoulder-knot."

Barred Umber
Photo © Dave Wilton
Schreckensteinia festaliella
Photo © Dave Wilton
Birch Mocha
Photo © Dave Wilton

Andy King visited the Devil's Punchbowl, near Wantage, Oxon on 20th April: "Whilst I was there I saw a number of small light-coloured micros flying over the rough grass: Grapholita jungiella. Also, at home in the light-trap, (Chorleywood, Bucks), I found Yponomeuta sedella."

Grapholita jungiella
Photo © Andy King
Yponomeuta sedella
Photo © Andy King

Adam Bassett sent this report from Marlow Bottom, Bucks on 24th April: "April 20th gave me a bit more variety in my garden trap, including a new macro Seraphim. New for the year were Micropterix tunbergella, Eriocrania subpurpurella, Caloptilia semifascia, Tinea trinotella, Zelleria hepariella, Incurvaria masculella (thanks Peter – new for the garden), Red-twin Spot carpet (agg), Scorched Carpet, Brimstone, Purple Thorn, Scalloped Hazel, Lobster, Pale Tussock, Orange Footman and Muslin. April 21st gave me Barred Hook-tip, Green Carpet, Lesser Swallow Prominent and Lime Hawkmoth."

Dave Ferguson went for a walk at Holtspur Bank NR, Bucks on the morning of 24th April: "The walk produced a single Silver-Y and several swarms of Adela reaumurella."

Peter Hall reported the following: "Surrounded by a thunderstorm on Easter Saturday, 23rd April, the trapping at Dancersend N/R, Bucks was warm and atmospheric but not so busy with moths. However, well over a hundred Cockchafers kept things buzzing so to speak!" Incurvaria masculella, Adela reaumurella, Plutella xylostella, Schreckensteinia festaliella, Syndemis musculana, Scalloped Hook-tip, Barred Hook-tip, Pebble Hook-tip, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Streamer, Water Carpet, Small Phoenix, Brindled Pug, Oak-tree Pug, Dwarf Pug, V-Pug, Tawny-barred Angle, Purple Thorn, Waved Umber, White-pinion Spotted, Lobster, Iron Prominent, Coxcomb Prominent, Lunar Marbled Brown, Pale Tussock, Orange Footman, Least Black Arches, Red Chestnut, Common Quaker, Clouded Drab, Green Silver-lines and Nut-tree Tussock

David Redhead's overnight garden moth trap on 22nd April in Littlemore Oxon produced almost identical results to the previous one two nights before in terms of the total number of individuals and species but there were several species new for his 2011 garden list - Brimstone Moth, Flame Shoulder, Great Prominent, Seraphim and Cochylis atricapitana. "The Great Prominent was especially pleasing as it was an all time addition to my garden list."

~ Sunday 24th April 2011 ~

Chris Bottrell sent these sightings on 23rd April:
20/4 - 18 Common Heath Moth in 1hr (11:30-12:30) whilst doing a BBOWT Butterfly Survey at Oxey Mead (Oxon SP 478 106).
22/4 - BBOWT Dancersend (Bucks). Adela reaumurella swarms found at several places around the 'Meadow Plots' and elsewhere in sunny areas. Pyrausta sp. (1) on 'Ant Hills'. Called in at Aston Clifton Ragpits on the way back (13:30-14:15): Pyrausta sp (5); as well as the day flying micro Grapholita jungiella. That night's catch from my garden trap (Merton, Oxon) - 34 individuals of 19 species: White-shouldered House-moth (1); Red Twin-spot Carpet (2); Common Carpet (1); Brindled Pug (3); Double-striped Pug (1); Scorched Carpet (1); Brindled Beauty (1); Iron Prominent (1); Pebble Prominent (1); Swallow Prominent (1) Pale Prominent (1); Chocolate-tip (1); Muslin Moth (2 male); Small Quaker (1); Powdered Quaker (2); Common Quaker (1); Clouded Drab (3); Hebrew Character (8); Early Grey (2).
23/4 - A female Muslin Moth disturbed in the garden in Merton, Oxon at 11:00. Later (11:35-13:20) during a BBOWT Butterfly Survey at Sydlings Copse (Oxon) 4 Common Heath Moth and more Adela reaumurella swarms found in the low trees/bushes. Finally (14:00-16:00) a walk around Whitecross Green Woods (Bucks/Oxon border): Common Heath Moth (1); Mother Shipton (1); Burnet Companion (1); Pyrausta sp (1); and again swarming Adela reaumurella."

Burnet Companion
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Grapholita jungiella
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Mother Shipton
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Danny Howard got the lamp out overnight on 22nd April for the first time this year in his garden in Cowley, Oxon: "Moths I could confidently id included a Lime Hawkmoth, Waved Umber, Brimstone, Twenty Plume moth and Pebble Hook Tip."

Peter Hall & Neil Fletcher reported the following: "Our first foray into the Forestry Commission Wendover Woods (Bucks) complex for some years on 22nd April produced quite a nice list of moths. 4 lamps were run in 2 areas: Tinea trinotella, Caloptilia syringella, Cameraria ohridella, Semioscopis steinkellneriana, Barred Hook-tip, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Streamer, Water Carpet, Small Phoenix, Red-green Carpet, Brindled Pug, V-Pug, Scorched Carpet, Brimstone Moth, Purple Thorn, Waved Umber, Engrailed, White-pinion Spotted, Lobster, Iron Prominent, Pebble Prominent, Lesser Swallow Prominent, Scarce Prominent, Lunar Marbled Brown, Pale Tussock, Orange Footman, Least Black Arches, Flame Shoulder, Red Chestnut, Pine Beauty, Small Quaker, Common Quaker, Clouded Drab, Hebrew Character, Satellite, Nut-tree Tussock. In addition, along a hedgerow near to Ballinger, Bucks there were leaf mines of Stigmella aurella on bramble."

Nigel Partridge sent these reports: "A few more moths from our garden in Loosley Row, Bucks: Pebble Prominent 19-04-11, Spruce Carpet 21-04-11. Then on 22-04-11 I caught a few more that may still be new to the list: Small Phoenix, Oak Hook-tip, Foxglove Pug and Dwarf Pug. The last one is a new species for our garden."

David Redhead found clouds of Cameraria ohridella (Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner moths) flying around the Horse Chestnut trees at the bottom of his garden in Littlemore, Oxon on the morning of 22nd April. "It's the first time I have noticed them this year. I really wish there were not so many of them as they portend a premature autumnal effect!"

On 20th April Alastair Driver says he dusted off the Robinson Trap after its long winter break at home in Sonning, Berks: "I ended up with a bit of Pugfest! Trapped Double-striped Pug, Mottled Pug, Brindled Pug, V-Pug and Ochreous Pug, as well as Garden Carpet, Brimstone Moth, Pale Mottled Willow, Lime Hawk-moth, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Common Quaker and Muslin Moth. Many of these were unsurprisingly, given the recent temperatures, my earliest ever records."

A couple more moths seen by Dave Maunder in Aylesbury on 21st April were: Sallow Kitten (1); Common White Wave (1) and two Brimstone moths.

Tom Stevenson says there was a pretty little day flying moth nectaring on a small white flower in Ewelme wild flower meadow in Oxon on 21st April which proved to be a Small Yellow Underwing."

Small Yellow Underwing
Photo © Tom Stevenson

Derek Brown sent the following report: "I had 3 new (for the year) species in the garden in Beenham, Berks on 20th April, namely Brimstone, Red/Dark Barred Twin-spot Carpet and a Sallow Kitten."

Sallow Kitten
Photo © Derek Brown

Peter Cuss sent this report on 21st April: "Ran the garden trap again last night (Caversham, Berks, 20/04/11) and had a couple of moths not yet recorded for 2011, a White-pinion Spotted and a very early Willow Beauty (the earliest I recorded this last year was 28th of May)."

Willow Beauty
Photo © Peter Cuss

This report came from David Redhead: "My overnight (20th April) garden moth trap in Littlemore, Oxon contained some early arrivals with a Common Carpet, Common Pug, Orange Footman and Small Phoenix, all of which I have never caught before May in the past. Two Poplar Hawkmoths also beat my previous garden record by two nights. The other identified 17 species were Swallow Prominent (6), Brindled Pug (4), Hebrew Character (4), Red Twin-spot Carpet (4), Clouded Drab (3), Common Quaker (2), Nut-tree Tussock (2), Powdered Quaker (2), V-pug (2) and singletons of Bee Moth, Chocolate-tip, Cinnabar, Double-striped Pug, Muslin Moth, Pale Prominent, Pebble Prominent & Ruby Tiger."

Dave Maunder ran his garden moth trap in Aylesbury, Bucks on 20th April: "Moths included:- Rustic Shoulder-knot (1); Vine's Rustic (1); Lunar Marbled Brown (1); Swallow Prominent (1); Lesser Swallow Prominent (1); Sallow Kitten (1); Bright-line Brown-eye (1); Pale Tussock (1); Ruby Tiger (1); Muslin Moth (1); Shuttle-shaped Dart (1); Nut-tree Tussock (1) and Yellow-barred Brindle (1). On 19th April I got a Pine Beauty, which is a first for me here. Also on the 20th April I found a Lime Hawk-moth and a Pebble Prominent at nearby shops, so a good haul recently in my area!"

Lime Hawk-moth
Photo © Dave Maunder
Pine Beauty
Photo © Dave Maunder
Yellow-barred Brindle
Photo © Dave Maunder

~ Friday 22nd April 2011 ~

Chris Bottrell sent this report: 19/4 - That evening I had a White-shouldered House-moth (Endrosis sarcitrella) in the cottage here in Merton, Oxon. Then overnight in the trap: Orthosia's still hanging on but good to see some new species: Chinese Character (1); Red Twin-spot Carpet (3); Brindled Pug (2); Double-striped Pug (1); Seraphim (1); Early Thorn (1); Poplar Kitten (1); Coxcomb Prominent (1); Chocolate-tip (1); White Ermine (1); Red Chestnut (1); Small Quaker (5); Common Quaker (5); Clouded Drab (2); Hebrew Character (17); Early Grey (1)."

Coxcomb Prominent
Photo © Chris Bottrell
White Ermine
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Seraphim
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Dave Wilton sent the following report: "Catching up on the last week's activities, my garden at Westcott, Bucks has produced Oak-tree Pug (14th April), Incurvaria masculella (18th April) and Garden Carpet (19th April, my earliest ever sighting). Elsewhere locally I've seen Pyrausta purpuralis (at Calvert on 13th April), Scalloped Hook-tip, Scalloped Hazel & Iron Prominent (all at Rammamere Heath on 15th April), Pebble Hook-tip, Common Pug, Lime Hawk-moth, Sallow Kitten, Pebble Prominent, Coxcomb Prominent & Flame Shoulder (all at Pilch Fields near Great Horwood on 19th April), Pammene rhediella (at Coombe Hill on 20th April) and Grapholita jungiella & Pyrausta aurata (both at Aston Clinton Ragpits on 20th April)."

Keith Mitchell reported the following: "Numbers of moths are still low due to frigid overnight temperatures in my frost hollow of a garden in Stoke Goldington, Bucks, but last night, 19th April, I attracted the first Lime Hawk-moth of the year, my earliest garden record by a good two weeks, together with my first ever Frosted Green."

Frosted Green
Photo © Keith Mitchell

Peter Hall and Martin Albertini ran a trap at Stoke Common on the 19th April with the following results: Diurnea fagella, Neofaculta ericetella, Scalloped Hook-tip, Pebble Hook-tip, Frosted Green, Birch Mocha, Red-green Carpet, Grey Pine Carpet, Narrow-winged Pug, Brindled Pug, V-Pug, Double-striped Pug, Seraphim, Purple Thorn, Brindled Beauty, Grey Birch, Sallow Kitten, Lobster Moth, Pebble Prominent, Great Prominent, Lesser Swallow Prominent, Lunar Marbled Brown, Least Black Arches, Red Chestnut, Pine Beauty, Common Quaker, Clouded Drab, Chestnut, Oak Nycteoline and Nut-tree Tussock.

Peter Cuss ran his garden trap in Caversham, Berks on 19th April: "I had two which I don't think are on this year's tally yet: Sallow Kitten and Shuttle-shaped Dart."

Francis Gomme saw a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in Princes Risborough on Saturday 16th April. "Presumably a hibernator?"

Wendy & Mick Campbell visited Hartslock NR on 19th April: "Along with all the butterflies, we saw Adela reaumurella (many), Pyrausta nigrata (1), Small Purple-barred (1)."

Nigel Partridge recorded the following at Loosley Row, Bucks: "A couple of new ones for the year: Yellow-barred Brindle 15-04-11 and Cameraria ohridella (Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner) 17-04-11."

~ Tuesday 19th April 2011 ~

Dave Ferguson reported these sightings today: "During a walk this morning (19th April) in the northern section of Black Park, Bucks I encountered about 6 swarms of Adela reaumurella which must have totalled 300 moths. In the afternoon I found 2 swarms at Little Marlow Gravel Pit, Bucks which totalled about 50 moths."

Adela reaumurella
Photo © Dave Ferguson
Adela reaumurella
Photo © Dave Ferguson

Mick A'Court reported the following today: "I've been through a quiet patch at my Butlers Cross, Bucks garden only catching a few Hebrew Characters and Common Quakers between 10-14th April. My first effort at the private wood near Quainton, Bucks on 15th April produced 2 Shoulder Stripes, 7 Streamers, 2 Great Prominents, 1 Purple Thorn, 1 Satellite, 1 Water Carpet and 1 Least Black Arches. 16th April at Butlers Cross produced 2 Muslin Moths, 1 Chinese Character and 3 Hebrew Characters. Tuesday 19th April was a hot day and I saw my first Burnet Companion of the year at Leaches Farm, Bucks."

Peter Hall and Martin Albertini sent the following results of a chilly evening's moth trapping at Hodgemoor, near to Seer Green in Bucks on 17th April: Diurnea fagella, Semioscopis steinkellneriana, Syndemis musculana, Frosted Green, Red-green Carpet, Brindled Pug, Early Tooth-striped, Purple Thorn, Engrailed, White-pinion Spotted, Lobster, Great Prominent, Scarce Prominent, Lunar Marbled Brown, Least Black Arches, Common Quaker, Early Grey, Satellite and Nut-tree Tussock.

Adam Bassett had a nice fresh green Yellow-barred Brindle on his kitchen window in Marlow Bottom, Bucks on April 17th.

During a visit to the Devil's Punchbowl near the Ridgeway in Oxon on 16th April, Mick & Wendy Campbell saw a Cinnabar moth and counted 144 almost full-grown Wood Tiger larvae on the slopes. They also found a Glowworm larva eating a snail.

Chris Bottrell carried out a BBOWT Butterfly Survey at Calvert Jubilee (Bucks) on 15th April: "During the survey I saw 2 probable Pyraustra purpuralis but a revisit will be needed to check the diagnostic wing markings more closely. Other sightings are as follows:
15/4 - From the garden trap here in Merton, Oxon 33 individuals of 12 species. Agonopterix heracliana (1); Emmelina monodactyla (1); Red Twin-spot Carpet (1); Grey Pine Carpet (1); Purple Thorn (1); Swallow Prominent (1); Least Black Arches (1); Small Quaker (2); Powdered Quaker (3); Common Quaker (7); Clouded Drab (3); Hebrew Character (11)."

Grey Pine Carpet
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Least Black Arches
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Purple Thorn
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Swallow Prominent
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Peter Cuss says that he put the garden trap out in Caversham, Berks on 16th April: "I only had a single moth, a Scorched Carpet."

Keith Mitchell reported the following from Stoke Goldington, Bucks on 15th April: "On the 3rd April I trapped an unusual form of Clouded Drab. I sent a photo to Martin Albertini, who forwarded it to Martin Honey at the Natural History Museum, who responded with the following: "It seems to be a fairly uncommon form (of Orthosia incerta) that was described by Cockayne in the Entomologist’s Record volume 64 p.37 and named ab. pluriguttata. The description reads 'ground colour very pale heavily sprinkled with dark striae'. There are a couple of specimens in the RCK (Rothschild Cockayne Kettlewell) collection that are similar to the type but yours, no doubt due to its ground colour, seems to be more distinctive." I have attached the image in the event that it may be of interest to UTB members (see below)."

Clouded Drab ab. pluriguttata
Photo © Keith Mitchell

Dave Maunder sent these updates recently: "On Monday 11th April I had two female Emperor moths hatch from stock reared last year and they brought in 4 males within an hour of hatching, which was quite exciting when they were all flying round my garden together! Today a third female hatched and she attracted one more male, so Emperors are doing ok in Aylesbury, Bucks this year! Other moths obtained in my garden trap recently include:- on the 10th April - Swallow Prominent (1); Muslin moth (first adult) (1); Small Quaker (1); Common Quaker (1); Hebrew Character (5); Early Grey (1); Early Thorn (1); Brimstone moth (1); Engrailed moth (1); and on 16th April - Nut-tree Tussock (1); Chestnut moth (1); Small Quaker (1); Clouded Drab (1); Hebrew Character (3); Waved Umber (1); Double-striped Pug (1) and Agonopterix heracliana (1). I also got one more male Emperor moth assembled to a female in my garden on the 15th."

Emperor moths
Photo © Dave Maunder
Waved Umber
Photo © Dave Maunder

Andy King sent this report on 14th April: "Whilst accompanying Wendy Wilson on a search for Green Hairstreaks at a private site in Higher Denham, Bucks on Tuesday 12 April, I came across large numbers of two micros, both of which fly in the sunshine: Adela reaumurella and Cydia ulicetana. Adela is one of the 'Longhorns' - the antennae of the females are very long and of the males incredibly long. They are 'metallic' - which presents all sorts of dazzling and variable colours, depending on the angles of the wings with the sunlight. C. ulicetana is often abundant around gorse and broom."

Adela reaumurella
Photo © Andy King

~ Wednesday 13th April 2011 ~

Karen Roberts sent the following on 12th April: "I put the trap out on Saturday 9 April here in Penn, Bucks. The evening started very slowly with 4 Common Quakers then the following arrived after midnight: Early Thorn, Lesser Swallow Prominent, Small Quaker and Early Grey."

David Redhead sent the following report on 11th April: "Whilst doing the butterfly transect at Swyncombe Downs on Saturday 9th April I came across a small day flying moth which if I had not known better I would have put down as a faded Pyrausta aurata. Consultation with the books, websites and colleagues revealed its true identity - an early Pyrausta despicata. The previous earliest report to the UTB website is 15th June 2007 and the books/websites say the first brood is about in May & June. However I am reliably informed it can be found in April and in 1997 Martin Harvey recorded one on the 5th April just the other side of the R Thames. Then on Sunday 10th April Wendy came across a half grown Scarlet Tiger Moth caterpillar in our vegetable garden (in Littlemore, Oxon) and this morning there were four crawling up our porch."

Latest news from Dave Wilton, received on 11th April: "New sightings for the year in my Westcott, Bucks garden over the past week have included Emperor Moth (7th April), Mompha epilobiella (9th April) and Red Twin-spot Carpet (9th April), while elsewhere locally I've had Least Black Arches (6th April) and Common Heath (10th April). The last three moths are between one and three weeks earlier than I've ever seen them before."

This report came from Andy King on 11th April: "Reading through your list of moth species reported so far this year, I believe I can add two more: Zelleria hepariella, there were two on 05 April and Brimstone (02 April). These were in my garden light trap in Chorleywood, Bucks."

Zelleria hepariella
Photo © Andy King

Chris Bottrell sent these moth trap results on 11th April:
8/4 - Catch from my garden trap (Merton, Oxon): Emmelina monodactyla (2); Streamer (1); Early Thorn (1); Powdered Quaker (3); Common Quaker (11); Clouded Drab (2); Hebrew Character (15). Only 35 moths of 7 species despite a pleasant evening. However a quick trip down the end of the garden at dusk revealed at least 3 Pips quartering the back lawn which may be influencing my numbers!
12/4 - Numbers plummeted to 4 moths of 2 species in my garden trap: Common Quaker (1); Hebrew Character (3)."

Streamer
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Tony Croft sent the following on 10th April: "This Emperor moth turned up just above our doorstep in Easington, Bucks, yesterday morning (9th April). It looked as though it had already been in the wars judging by the wing damage."

Emperor Moth
Photo © Tony Croft

Some more moths from Dave Maunder in Aylesbury: "From my garden trap - Oak Beauty (2); Early Thorn (1); Small Quaker (9); Common Quaker (11); Hebrew Character (18); Clouded Drab (7); Early Grey (5); Chestnut Moth (1); Grey Shoulder-knot (1); Many Plume (1); Agonopterix heracliana (4) and elsewhere at lights I've found:- Ruby Tiger (1, female, 9th); Brindled Beauty (1, 9th); Nut-tree Tussock (1, 9th); Early Thorn (1, 9th): Chestnut Moth (1, 21st/3rd); Satellite Moth (1, 23rd/3rd); Oak Beauty (1, 29th/3rd); Shoulder Stripe (7); Streamer (3); Engrailed (3); Dotted Border (2) and Double-striped Pug (1)."

Oak Beauties
Photo © Dave Maunder
Ruby Tiger
Photo © Dave Maunder

Nigel Partridge reported the following from Loosley Row, Bucks: "A couple more for the list: Waved Umber 07-04-11 and Tissue 08-04-11, (confirmed by checking the wing underside) a new species for our garden."

Tissue
Photo © Nigel Partridge

David Redhead sent this report from Littlemore, Oxon: "My first overnight garden moth trap of April (8th) produced only 26 macro-moths from just 8 species but perhaps not surprising as the temperature dropped to 5C. However it did add a new species to my 2011 list with a single Swallow Prominent. Others were Hebrew Character 10, Clouded Drab 7, Brindled Beauty 3, Common Quaker 2, Lead-coloured Drab 1, Nut-tree Tussock 1 & Powdered Quaker 1."

~ Wednesday 6th April 2011 ~

Chris Bottrell sent his latest moth trap reports:
01/4 - A dry overcast night produced exactly 100 moths of 11 species in the garden trap (Merton, Oxon): Diurnea fagella (1); Double-striped Pug (1); Oak Beauty (1, very worn); Red Chestnut (2); Small Quaker (10); Powdered Quaker (3); Common Quaker (62); Clouded Drab (5); Twin-spotted Quaker (1); Hebrew Character (11); Early Grey (3).
05/4 - On arrival at work in Kidlington, Oxon, sitting on MY computer monitor base in the GIS Office (SP 49845 13066), a male Bee Moth (Aphomia sociella). (Thanks to Martin Corley for confirming id and the following observation: ‘This species overwinters as a pupa, but in recent years adults have been appearing earlier and earlier.’).
That evening in the garden trap (Merton, Oxon) 54 moths of 5 species: Small Quaker (2); Powdered Quaker (3); Common Quaker (24); Clouded Drab (7); Hebrew Character (18)."

Double-striped Pug
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Aphomia sociella (Bee Moth)
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Ross Newham reports a quiet night in his Didcot, Oxon garden actinic on 5th April: with a tatty Oak Nycteoline being the highlight.

Oak Nycteoline
Photo © Ross Newham

Dave Wilton sent this update today: "The first sighting of one of the Prominents is normally my marker for the season being properly under way and this duly happened during another visit to Bernwood on 5th April. Great Prominent and Scarce Prominent came to light that night, as did Purple Thorn."

Great Prominent
Photo © Dave Wilton
Scarce Prominent
Photo © Dave Wilton

Richard Comont and Marc Botham had a good night’s trapping in Brasenose Wood, Oxon on 5th April: "The highlight was an early Ruby Tiger adult disturbed from Mullein plants."

Tom Stevenson sent the following on 4th April: "I put the 25w blacklight trap out at the Ewelme Watercress Beds, Oxon overnight on 2nd April but only caught 5 Moths, though the battery could have gone flat part way through. The catch included a Hebrew Character, 2 Clouded Drabs, a Powdered Quaker and a Nut-tree Tussock."

Nut-tree Tussock
Photo © Tom Stevenson

Adam Bassett sent this news from Marlow Bottom, Bucks on 4th April: "No trapping recently, but 2 moths found in the house were Mompha subbistrigella and Double-striped Pug both on April 2nd."

Peter Cuss ran his garden trap in Caversham, Berks on 2nd April: New for this year was a Lunar Marbled Brown.

Dave Wilton sent this report on 2nd April: "On 29th March the garden trap here at Westcott, Bucks brought in a single Oak Nycteoline amongst nearly 100 moths of 19 species. On 1st April another session trapping inside Bernwood Forest, this time with Marc Botham, proved reasonably productive. Species caught were Diurnea fagella, Semioscopis steinkellneriana, Tortricodes alternella, Acleris hastiana, Acleris ferrugana/notana, Frosted Green, Water Carpet, Shoulder Stripe, Streamer, Brindled Pug, V-Pug, Early Thorn, Oak Beauty, Dotted Border, Engrailed, Lunar Marbled Brown, Red Chestnut, Pine Beauty, Small Quaker, Blossom Underwing, Lead-coloured Drab, Common Quaker, Clouded Drab, Twin-spotted Quaker, Hebrew Character, Satellite, Chestnut, Early Grey & Nut-tree Tussock. Marc was particularly keen to see Blossom Underwing and the moth certainly obliged, with no less than 51 individuals being trapped."

~ Saturday 2nd April 2011 ~

Wendy Wilson reported the following on 30th March: "This Twenty-plume moth (Alucita hexadactyla) appeared on my landing wall last night (29th March), near a window outside which is a honeysuckle plant. It was still there today so I was able to photograph it (see below). I have been seeing them near there every year, usually in April, since 2007, but I was glad to see it again as I had to prune the honeysuckle drastically last autumn as the whole thing had collapsed onto my patio."

Alucita hexadactyla
Photo © Wendy Wilson

Mick A'Court sent this report on 29th March:
"25/3 Butlers Cross garden, Bucks (125W MV) 26 Hebrew Character, 14 Common Quaker, 15 Small Quaker, 10 Clouded Drab, 1 Engrailed, 1 Twin-spotted Quaker, 1 March Moth and 1 Early Thorn.
27/3 The Ragpits, Bucks (40W Actinic) 9 Hebrew Character, 6 Common Quaker, 5 Clouded Drab, 2 Twin-spotted Quaker, 2 Chestnut, 1 Shoulder Stripe, 6 Diurnea fagella and 1 Streamer.
29/3 Butlers Cross garden (125W MV) 18 Hebrew Character, 5 Common Quaker, 2 Small Quaker, 6 Clouded Drab, 1 Twin-spotted Quaker, 1 Chestnut, 2 Diurnea fagella and 1 White-marked.
I've also caught a few examples of the lighter coloured Clouded Drab which I haven't seen in previous years (see photo below)."

Early Thorn
Photo © Mick A'Court
Clouded Drab
Photo © Mick A'Court

Ross Newham sent the following reports: "Powdered Quaker x 1, Early Thorn x 1, Early Grey x 3 and Double-striped Pug amongst an otherwise average catch in the Didcot, Oxon actinic on 28th March. 1 x Frosted Green was the highlight of my 15w actinic catch at Fulscot Copse, Oxon on 31st March."

Powdered Quaker
Photo © Ross Newham
Early Thorn
Photo © Ross Newham
Frosted Green
Photo © Ross Newham

Ched George sent the following report on 29th March: "Last night's (28th March) colder weather reduced the numbers of Quakers attracted to the trap from the nearby large male sallow in my garden in Radnage, Bucks. However, I recorded my first Dotted Chestnut of the year. The rest were Chestnut (1), Engrailed (1), Common Quaker (62), Small Quaker (19), Clouded Drab (21), Twin-spotted Quaker (2), Hebrew Character (43), Early Grey (2) and Diurnea fagella (2). I find that the Twin-spotted Quaker catch declines much more than the other Quakers on the colder nights. Oak Beauties are supposedly having a good season but I have only recorded 1 this year so far, the worst performance for years!"

Andy King sent this exciting report on 28th March: "Below are a couple of pictures of a moth which I found sitting on top of my trap in Chorleywood on 15th March. It has taken a time to send this in because I ran my id past a couple of respected recorders first. The moth is Semioscopis avellanella, (B&F 666) which is not on the 'All-Time UTB Moth Species List' (see the Moth Stats link at the top of this page) as shown on the UTB website. Since I live in VC24 (Bucks), but a matter of yards from VC20 (Herts) it is also relevent to note it is described as 'extinct' in Colin Plant's 'The Moths of Hertfordshire'".
The key feature is the black 'shoulder-stripe' (basal streak) which separates it from Semioscopis steinkellneriana (B&F 667), which is otherwise very similar. Diurnea fagella has a passing resemblance as well. (Thanks to Martin Albertini for confirming the id.)

Semioscopis avellanella
Photo © Andy King
Semioscopis avellanella
Photo © Andy King

An overnight moth trap in David Redhead's Littlemore, Oxon garden on 26th March produced: 48 Common Quaker, 19 Hebrew Character, 17 Clouded Drab, 4 Lead-coloured Drab, 4 Small Quaker, 3 Twin-spotted Quaker, 2 Powdered Quaker, 1 Chestnut, 1 Early Thorn, 1 Pale Pinion, 1 Satellite and 1 Diurnea fagella.

Recent catches from Chris Bottrell's garden trap in Merton (Oxon) are:
25/3 - After a warm day the still overcast night pushed numbers up - 70 moths of 7 species: Shoulder Stripe (2); Small Quaker (11); Powdered Quaker (1); Common Quaker (36); Clouded Drab (9); Hebrew Character (10); Early Grey (1).
26/3 - Cooler and a bit windy but still put the trap out - 87 moths of 10 species: Shoulder Stripe (5); Red Chestnut (1); Small Quaker (9); Blossom Underwing (1); Lead-coloured Drab (1); Powdered Quaker (1); Common Quaker (38); Clouded Drab (14); Hebrew Character (13); Early Grey (4)."

Powdered Quaker
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Blossom Underwing
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Dave Wilton reported the following on 27th March: "On 24th March the garden trap at Westcott brought in my first Powdered Quaker of the year. The following day, 25th March, was a landmark day for me in that I finally managed to locate the supposedly common day-flying Orange Underwing in this part of Bucks! Having previously caught and confirmed individuals from five different woods between Bernwood and the Claydon Estate, all of which proved to be the rarer Light Orange Underwing, a visit to Round Wood near Tingewick (Woodland Trust) brought a male specimen of Orange Underwing into my net when it descended from the tops of birch in the central part of the wood. It is likely that both species are present there because others were seen patrolling the tops of aspen on the wood's southern edge. The safest way to tell males apart is by their antennae (see photos below). A couple of hours trapping in private woodland near Stowe in the far NW of Bucks that evening produced a single White-marked amongst 486 moths of 21 species. Back home at Westcott I found Agonopterix subpropinquella (of the easily-recognised form rhodochrella) flying around in my garden shed."

Agonopterix subpropinquella
Photo © Dave Wilton
Orange Underwing
Photo © Dave Wilton

Light Orange Underwing antennae (top) and
Orange Underwing antennae (bottom)
Photo © Dave Wilton

~ Thursday 24th March 2011 ~

Dave Wilton reported the following: "A couple of hours spent in Bernwood Forest, Bucks on 22nd March provided plenty of moth activity, with 682 individuals of 25 species recorded: Diurnea fagella (4), Acleris ferrugana/notana (3), Tortricodes alternella (57), Yellow Horned (2), March Moth (6), Shoulder Stripe (3), Red-green Carpet (2), Brindled Pug (3), Early Tooth-striped (7), Early Thorn (1), Small Brindled Beauty (7), Pale Brindled Beauty (1), Oak Beauty (26), Engrailed (11), Red Chestnut (3), Pine Beauty (2), Small Quaker (207), Blossom Underwing (1), Common Quaker (272), Clouded Drab (18), Twin-spotted Quaker (15), Hebrew Character (13), Satellite (12), Chestnut (5) & Dotted Chestnut (1)."

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

David Redhead ran his garden moth trap in Littlemore, Oxon on Monday night (21st) with good results again: "Numbers down on last time but slightly more variety - Common Quaker 31, Hebrew Character 22, Clouded Drab 17, Lead-coloured Drab 10, Small Quaker 8, March Moth 3, Oak Beauty 3, Early Grey 1, Engrailed 1, Nut-tree Tussock 1, Shoulder Stripe 1 & Twin-spotted Quaker 1."

Mick A'Court's garden trap in Butlers Cross, Bucks on Sunday evening 20th March produced the following: "A White-marked along with the more usual Common Quaker, Small Quaker, Hebrew Character, Clouded Drab, Engrailed and March Moth. The wall next to the front door of the visitors' centre at College Lake, Bucks hosted an Oak Beauty which remained more or less in the same place for the whole of last week. Also there on Monday 21st were March Moth, Engrailed and a Shoulder Stripe."

White-marked
Photo © Mick A'Court

On 20th March Tom Stevenson put his moth trap out in his garden in Benson, Oxon for the first time in 2011: "The trap is a home made skinner type using a 25w blacklight blue bulb. Just 4 moths in the trap, a Hebrew Character, 2 Common Quakers and an Early Grey."

Early Grey
Photo © Tom Stevenson

Chris Bottrell says that the recent sub-zero overnight temperatures reduced his garden catches in Merton (Oxon):
"16/3 - 32 moths of 6 species: Shoulder-stripe (1); Dotted Border (1); Small Quaker (1); Common Quaker (23); Clouded Drab (3); Hebrew Character (3).
18/3 - Nothing.
19/3 - 18 moths of 5 species: Pine Beauty (1); Small Quaker (3); Common Quaker (9); Clouded Drab (3); Hebrew Character (2).
However 22/3 was a nice evening so I thought I'd put the trap out in the garden again. Two new species for the garden this year but not for the list. 54 moths of 7 species: Diurnea fagella (1); Agonopterix heracliana (1); Engrailed (1); Small Quaker (8); Common Quaker (29, two of which were mating!); Clouded Drab (5); Hebrew Character (9)."

Engrailed
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Pine Beauty
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Shoulder Stripe
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Ross Newham reported the following on 20th March: "A relatively poor catch last night, 19th March in Long Wittenham Wood (VC22) with the highlight being 1 x White-marked along with 3 x Hebrew Characters, 1 x Small Quaker, 1 x Clouded Drab. Then last night, 23rd, two more White-marked in Long Wittenham Wood (exactly the same spot as the one on the night of 19 March), 6 Brindled Beauty being the other highlight amongst a catch of 131 moths of 14 speces."

White-marked
Photo © Ross Newham

Dave Maunder sent the following: "As with Dave Wilton (see report below), not many new species to report from Aylesbury, Bucks over the last week; on 15th I got Common Quakers (12); Clouded Drabs (3); Hebrew Characters (4) and Early Greys (2) in my garden trap and elsewhere I found Oak Beauty (1); Dotted Border (4); March moths (2) and Small Quaker (1)."

~ Saturday 19th March 2011 ~

Dave Wilton sent this update on 18th March: "While I've been getting plenty of moths to my trap at Westcott, Bucks over the past week, there have been few additions to the garden list for the year. Diurnea fagella and Early Grey (both on 15th March) have been the only new species."

Diurnea fagella
Photo © Dave Wilton

~ Thursday 17th March 2011 ~

'Moth Stats' updated - see link at the top of this page.

Mary Elford reported the following: "This lovely Pine Beauty was in my garden trap in Bampton, Oxon on 15th March."

Pine Beauty
Photo © Mary Elford

David Redhead sent this report from Littlemore in Oxon on 14th March: "I ran my garden moth trap overnight on Saturday 12th March with record results for a March moth trap in my garden - 173 moths from 11 species - 51 Small Quaker, 48 Common Quaker, 21 Hebrew Character, 17 Twin-spotted Quaker, 15 Clouded Drab, 9 Oak Beauty, 7 Lead-coloured Drab, 2 Engrailed, 1 March Moth, 1 Alucita hexadactyla and 1 Tortricodes alternella."

~ Sunday 13th March 2011 ~

Chris Bottrell says that numbers are picking up in Merton (Oxon):
"11/3 - 49 moths of 9 species: Agonopterix heracliana (1); Emmelina monodactyla (1); Oak Beauty (1); Red Chestnut (1); Small Quaker (6); Common Quaker (30); Clouded Drab (7); Twin-spotted Quaker (1); Hebrew Character (1).
12/3 - 79 moths of 6 species: Agonopterix heracliana (2); Small Quaker (16); Common Quaker (49); Clouded Drab (6); Twin-spotted Quaker (2); Hebrew Character (4);
13/3 - A Twenty-plume Moth in the kitchen, relocated at dusk to the Honeysuckle hiding the oil tank."

Twenty-plume Moth
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Jan Haseler reported the following today: "A Water Carpet was disturbed from the leaf litter at BBOWT's Moor Copse work party in Berks on Sun 13th March."

Dave Wilton sent the following today: "After several days of searching, yesterday (12th March) I had my first success of the year in looking for the Orange Underwing species of moth with Light Orange Underwing (2) found active above aspen in the early afternoon sunshine at Kingswood, Bucks. The woods have virtually no birch at all (the foodplant of the very similar Orange Underwing) and I've netted examples there in the past to confirm the identity. Unfortunately nearly every other nearby wood with Orange Underwing sightings (including Finemere, Grendon & Doddershall, Rushbeds, Whitecross Green & Bernwood Forest) has copious amounts of both foodplant so moths do have to be examined closely to be sure of the correct species. A couple of hours with a single MV trap in Bernwood Forest after dark brought in 17 species, comprising Ypsolopha ustella, Agonopterix alstromeriana, Acleris ferrugana/notana, Tortricodes alternella, Yellow Horned, March Moth, Shoulder Stripe, Small Brindled Beauty, Oak Beauty, Dotted Border, Small Quaker, Lead-coloured Drab, Common Quaker, Clouded Drab, Twin-spotted Quaker, Satellite and Chestnut. When I got back home to Westcott I found Agonopterix heracliana and Engrailed by the outside light. Going back a few days, I had Agonopterix arenella to the outside light on 9th March."

Peter Cuss ran these traps in his garden in Caversham, Berks: "On 11.03.11 I had Small Quaker, Common Quaker and Oak Beauty and on 12.03.11 I caught Small Quaker, Common Quaker, Twin-spotted Quaker and March Moth."

Twin-spotted Quaker
Photo © Peter Cuss

Ross Newham sent the following reports on 10th March: "A few more recent catches, all with 15W actinic. Lead-coloured Drab looks new for VC22 this year. Thanks to Marc Botham for helping to confirm the ID of this one.
8 March 2011 - Long Wittenham Wood (SU550920), 49 individuals of 6 spp: 23 Hebrew Characters, 16 Small Quakers, 5 March Moths, 3 Dotted Borders, 1 Satellite and 1 Twin-spotted Quaker.
9 March 2011 - Fulscot Copse (SU543899). A fairly decent catch last night of 79 macros of 7 spp + 2 x Tortricodes alternella. 69 x Small Quaker, 3 x Hebrew Character, 2 x Dotted Border, 1 x Common Quaker, 1 x Clouded Drab, 1 x Lead-coloured Drab, 1 x Chestnut, 1 x Oak Beauty.

Lead-coloured Drab (left) with
Clouded Drab (right)
Photo © Ross Newham
Oak Beauty
Photo © Ross Newham

Chris Bottrell ran the following traps in his garden in Merton (Oxon):
"Fri 04/03: A solitary Common Quaker;
Sat 05/03: Agonopterix heracliana (1), March Moth (1), Dotted Border (1), Small Quaker (4), Common Quaker (4), Hebrew Character (2), Clouded Drab (3).
Wed 09/03: Despite being a windy night I caught 16 moths: Small Quaker (2); Common Quaker (8); Clouded Drab (4); Twin-spotted Quaker (1) and Hebrew Character (1)."

Agonopterix heracliana
Photo © Chris Bottrell
March Moth
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Twin-spotted Quaker
Photo © Chris Bottrell

~ Tuesday 8th March 2011 ~

Dave Maunder sent this update today: "A few more moths seen here in Aylesbury, Bucks recently were:- Dotted Borders (4, including a nice melanistic specimen found today (see photo) - after a night at -6.8C!); Early moth (1); March moth (1) and Hebrew Character (1). Just got to hope night-time temps improve soon!"

Dotted Border
Photo © Dave Maunder

Adam Bassett reported the following from Marlow Bottom, Bucks yesterday: "A Shoulder Stripe appeared on the kitchen window tonight, 7th March – my first of the year."

~ Tuesday 1st March 2011 ~

Chris Bottrell sent this report from Merton, Oxon on 1st March: "A significant increase in the garden trap from the previous weekend’s single Dotted Border. This weekend 25/02: Red Chestnut (1 worn), Small Quaker (1), Common Quaker (2), Clouded Drab (1). 26/02: Small Quaker (1), Common Quaker (4), Hebrew Character (1), Satellite (1 damaged)."

Clouded Drab
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Hebrew Character
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Small Quaker
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Andy King sent the following report on 27th February: "Running my eye down the reports of UTB moths sighted so far this year, I think I can add some more, from my actinic light trap in Chorleywood West, which is just in the vice-county of Bucks, (although modern-day politicians have magicked it into Herts): Acleris ferrugana/notana, first date 07/02; Alucita hexadactyla (Twenty-plume Moth), 10/02 (inside the house); Acleris cristana (f. cristalana), 13/02; Small Quaker, 24/02; Hebrew Character, 25/02 (X2); Yellow Horned, 25/02."

Acleris cristana
Photo © Andy King

Nigel Partridge trapped on 24th February in his garden in Loosley Row, Bucks: "I caught the following species (thanks to Peter Hall for confirming the ID of the Ypsolopha mucronella): Amblyptilia acanthadactyla, Agonopterix heracliana, Ypsolopha mucronella, Chestnut, Common Quaker, Clouded Drab, Early Moth, Hebrew Character."

Peter Cuss ran his garden trap in Caversham, Berks on 24th February: "I caught Early Grey (2), Common Quaker (2) and Twin-spotted Quaker (1)."

Derek Brown sent this update on 25th February: "On the 24th February at Beenham, Berks: 1x March Moth; 7x Small Quaker; 1x Common Quaker; 1x Oak Beauty and 1x Clouded Drab."

Clouded Drab
Photo © Derek Brown

Dave Wilton sent this report on 24th February: "The season seems to be well under way now. A new arrival to the garden trap at Westcott, Bucks on 22nd February was Clouded Drab, while on 23rd February I got my first garden examples of Small Quaker, Common Quaker and Hebrew Character. I spent a couple of hours with a single MV light in Bernwood Forest on 23rd February and got 257 moths of 13 species, comprising Ypsolopha ustella (1), Acleris ferrugana/notana (1), Tortricodes alternella (101), Yellow Horned (1), March Moth (60), Small Brindled Beauty (53), Pale Brindled Beauty (5), Oak Beauty (4), Spring Usher (23), Dotted Border (2 males to the trap, one female found on a nearby tree trunk), Satellite (2), Chestnut (2) & Common Quaker (1)."

Ypsolopha ustella
Photo © Dave Wilton
Dotted Border f.
Photo © Dave Wilton
Yellow Horned
Photo © Dave Wilton

Adam Bassett ran his trap for the first time this year on February 23rd at Marlow Bottom, Bucks: "The results were fairly typical: Tortricodes alternella (17), Acleris ferrugana/notana (2), Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (1), March Moth (21), Small Brindled Beauty (1), Pale Brindled Beauty (2), Oak Beauty (1), Dotted Border (3), Small Quaker (7), Common Quaker (2), Chestnut (2)."

Mick A'Court sent this report on 24th February: "Finally caught some moths in my Butlers Cross, Bucks garden trap on 23rd February including a Satellite, 4 Common Quakers, 2 Clouded Drabs, 2 Dotted Borders, 1 Hebrew Character and a Herald on the fence next to the trap."

Derek Brown reported the following on 23rd February: "A few hours trapping on 23rd February produced the following at Beenham, Berkshire. 1x Small Brindled Beauty; 1x Common Quaker; 2x Small Quaker; 1x Hebrew Character and 1x Grey Shoulder-knot (the latter is the first in the garden for four years)."

Grey Shoulder-knot
Photo © Derek Brown

Ross Newham sent in these results of recent moth catches: "All in a small wood on the outskirts of Didcot, Oxon:
Night of 19/20 Feb: Small Quaker, Pale Brindled Beauty, Acleris ferrugana/notana, Tortricodes alternella x 2.
Previous Saturday night (12/13 Feb): Catch of 106 moths: Tortricodes alternella x 93!!! Pale Brindled Beauty x 6, Spring Usher x 5, Dotted Border x 2."

Tortricodes alternella
Photo © Ross Newham
Small Quaker
Photo © Ross Newham

~ Saturday 19th February 2011 ~

Dave Maunder sent these sightings today: "A few more moths from Aylesbury, Bucks over the last week are:- Satellite moth (1, in my garden trap on 16th); Dotted Borders (12); Early moths (4); Pale Brindled Beauty (1); Agonopterix heracliana (1) and Emmelina monodactyla (1, 18th)."

Nigel Partridge added another moth to the 2011 species list: "Oak Beauty, 13-02-11, Loosley Row, Bucks. This beats my earliest record for this species by 2 weeks."

Oak Beauty
Photo © Nigel Partridge

Chris Bottrell sent the following report: "Last weekend here in Merton, Oxon, two rather wet overnight sessions in the back garden. 11th Feb: a strongly marked Pale Brindled Beauty (2) along with surprisingly early Red Chestnut (2) and Common Quaker (1); 12th Feb: Dotted Border (1). (Thanks to Dave Wilton and Peter Hall for confirming id's.)

Pale Brindled Beauty
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Red Chestnut
Photo © Chris Bottrell
Common Quaker
Photo © Chris Bottrell

Some more moths found by Dave Maunder in Aylesbury, Bucks recently were: "Pale Brindled Beauties (5); Spring Ushers (2 - one in my garden m.v. on 11th February); Dotted Border (1, 12th); Early moths (5); Agonopterix heracliana (2); Acleris schalleriana (1, 9th February) and a Muslin moth larva on 10th February."

Acleris schalleriana
Photo © Dave Maunder
Spring Usher
Photo © Dave Maunder

Ched George's MV catch in Radnage, Bucks overnight on 11th February was: Common Quaker 1, March Moth 1, Chestnut 1, Pale Brindled Beauty 1, Dotted Border 5, Spring Usher 1, Engrailed 1.

~ Thursday 10th February 2011 ~

Dave Wilton sent this report today, 10th February: "Two hours with a single MV light in Bernwood Forest, Bucks on 9th February produced a fairly typical result for the time of year: Tortricodes alternella (5), March Moth (2), Winter Moth (1, my latest record), Pale Brindled Beauty (8), Spring Usher (106), Dotted Border (1) & Chestnut (1)."

Derek Brown put his trap out for a few hours on 9th February in Beenham, Berks: "I got the following moths: Pale Brindled Beauty (2); Spring Usher (4); March Moth (1) and new for the garden a Small Brindled Beauty (1)."

March Moth
Photo © Derek Brown
Small Brindled Beauty
Photo © Derek Brown

David Redhead ran his third overnight garden trap (125MV Robinson) of the year on Sunday evening 6th February in Littlemore, Oxon: "I caught 3 macro-moths - 2 Pale Brindled Beauties of which one was the dark form (f.monacharia) and a Small Brindled Beauty. The latter only caught once before in my garden in 2008 - perhaps not surprising as oak trees are thin on the ground in the vicinity of my garden."

Chris Bottrell reported the following: "6th February: My first moth in 4 weeks of trapping at the weekend in my back garden down here at Merton on the edge of Otmoor (Oxon), a Dotted Border."

Dotted Border
Photo © Chris Bottrell

~ Sunday 7th February 2011 ~

Mick A'Court sent the following on 4th February: "The front door at the College Lake visitor centre (Bucks) seems quite popular with moths this week as I found an Early Moth there first thing on Monday 31st Jan and then first thing on Thursday 3rd Feb were two Pale Brindled Beauties on the glass and a Spring Usher on the door jamb."

This report came from Dave Maunder on 2nd February: "A few more moths seen in Aylesbury, Bucks last week were:- Pale Brindled Beauties (3, on 26th); Mottled Umber (1, on 24th); Winter moth (1, on 25th) and Early moths (4, on 26th). Nothing so far this week - just a nice flock of Waxwings near my house to keep me happy!"

Ross Newham sent the following reports:
15/01/11 Small wood on outskirts of Didcot, Oxon: Pale Brindled Beauty 2, Mottled Umber 4, Early Moth 1, Winter Moth 5.
27/01/11 Small wood on outskirts of Didcot, Oxon: Tortricodes alternella 1, Pale Brindled Beauty 2, Mottled Umber 2, Early Moth 1, Winter Moth 3.
04/02/11 In a small wood just outside Didcot, my 15w actinic trapped 35 moths of six species including Satellite (1), Dotted Border (1), Chestnut (3), Pale Brindled Beauty (7), Spring Usher (9) and Tortricodes alternella (14). Not bad considering the wind!"
[Photos available on Ross's website: http://baldbirder.blogspot.com/.]

Tom Stevenson found this moth flying around his kitchen in Benson, Oxon on 25th January: "It was a Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana). Thanks to Peter Hall for confirming the id."

Epiphyas postvittana
Photo © Tom Stevenson

~ Sunday 30th January 2011 ~

This interesting report came from Dave Wilton: "On 25th January, while carrying out some searching for butterfly eggs at a site NE of Kingswood, Bucks, I picked seven dead teasel heads and took them home to see what they might contain. On opening them up I found that six of the seven each held a single active larva of the tortrix Endothenia gentianaeana which I see is new to the 'All-time' UTB list (see 'Moth Stats' link at the top of this page). The teasel heads have been closed again and I hope to see the adult moths emerge later in the year. That evening was a bit on the damp side but it was quite warm and another good collection of moths came to the conservatory windows here at Westcott, attracted by an actinic light run indoors. They comprised Emmelina monodactyla (1), Winter Moth (1), Pale Brindled Beauty (2), Early Moth (7) and Chestnut (1). This is the first time that I've managed a double-digit moth count in the garden during January."

Endothenia gentianaeana
Photo © Dave Wilton

Nigel Partridge reported the following from Loosley Row, Bucks: "One more for the list: Endrosis sarcitrella, 24-01-11, found flying around indoors."

On Sunday evening 23rd January, Marc Botham put out two actinic traps in Brasenose Woods, Oxford and caught 51 individuals from 7 species: Spring Usher (3), Mottled Umber (8), Winter Moth (1), Pale Brindled Beauty (3), Early Moth (32; by far the most numerous and 2 wingless females also in moth the traps!!), Chestnut (3) and Dotted Border (1). Had the females been carried into the trap by a male whilst in cop?"

Dave Maunder sent this update on 21st January: "A few more moths seen around Aylesbury during the last few weeks were:- Pale Brindled Beauty (1, 17th); Early moths (9, 18th), Winter moths (2, 18th), Chestnut moth (1,13th) and Agonopterix heracliana (1, 14th.)."

Pale Brindled Beauty
Photo © Dave Maunder

David Redhead ran his garden moth trap in Littlemore, Oxon on 15th January: "It was nice and mild but rather windy. On Sunday morning there were three Pale Brindled Beauties sitting on the outside of the trap but all I found inside was a single Hawthorn Shield Bug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale). This surprised me rather as I don't remember them being a winter visitor to my moth trap before but consultation with the books/websites shows they overwinter as the hibernating adult. There was also an Early Moth in our front porch on the opposite side of the house from the moth trap."

~ Sunday 16th January 2011 ~

Keith Mitchell sent this report on 15th January: "Whilst pruning the Clematis in my Stoke Goldington (Bucks) garden this afternoon I disturbed my first Emmelina monodactyla of the year."

Derek Brown reported the following on 15th January: "So far I've had a Winter moth on 5/1 and a Pale Brindled Beauty and Spring Usher on 14/1 at Beenham, Berks."

This came from Dave Wilton on 14th January: "I've become a little lazy here at Westcott, Bucks over the past three or four days. Instead of putting the trap out I've been running a twin-30wt actinic light inside the conservatory from dusk until late evening and seeing what comes to the windows. On 11th January I got a single Mottled Umber just as I was about to turn the light off at 11pm. On 13th January a Pale Brindled Beauty and an Early Moth appeared soon after dusk. This is the earliest, by about a week, that I've had either of those two species here in the garden."

Pale Brindled Beauty
Photo © Dave Wilton
Early Moth
Photo © Dave Wilton

Nigel Partridge sent this report on 11th January: "My first addition to the 2011 list is a Chestnut, 07-01-11, Loosley Row, Bucks."

David Redhead reported the following moth species, recorded during a Brown Hairstreak egg hunt on 3rd January: "At the RSPB Otmoor egg hunt, we found Lackey Moth eggs, Blue-bordered Carpet eggs and a Drinker larva."

Drinker Moth larva
Photo © Jim Asher

~ Sunday 9th January 2011 ~

Dave Maunder's second report of the year arrived on 8th January: "Some more moths seen in Aylesbury over the last week were:- December moth (1, on 2nd); Winter moths (23) and Mottled Umber (1, on 6th).

Winter Moths pairing
Photo © Dave Maunder
December Moth
Photo © Dave Maunder

Tom Stevenson's first record of the year was a Winter moth which he picked up from the soggy grass at Ewelme Local Nature Reserve, Oxon on the morning of 7th January.

Winter Moth
Photo © Tom Stevenson

Chris Bottrell sent his first report to the website on 5th January: "My New Year’s Resolution (well one of them) is to submit my moth records to BC UTB. I trap on a weekly basis in my back garden in Merton, Oxon (SP 57526 17625) using a 2 x 30W Actinic Skinner, and elsewhere using a variety of other equipment. I also do survey work for BBOWT and the RSPB (mainly Butterflies and Birds) and whilst doing them record any day-fliers and other moths disturbed. My first trapping session of the year on the 2nd January using a 2 x 30W Actinic Skinner caught just 2 male Winter Moth and then on the same evening I potted an Agonopterix heracliana in the cottage."

David Redhead sent his first report of the year on 2nd January: "Thought I would get off to an early start this year and ran my garden trap in Littlemore, Oxon last night (1st January) with the following results - 10 Winter Moth, 2 Mottled Umber & 1 December Moth."

Dave Maunder started his season with the following: "Moths seen on the first day of 2011 were:- Mottled Umbers (2); Winter moths (67 - most road casualties found while cycling to Stone and back!) and Agonopterix heracliana (1). I start my new-year's mothing early!"

Peter Hall kicks off the 2011 season: "Timed at 1 second past midnight on 1st January ... Ballinger Common, Bucks, 1 Winter moth at the kitchen window! Also flying around the house just after midnight was a male Tinea pellionella."



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