Sunday, April 15, 2018

SP9326: 14/05/18 - New: Brindled Beauty

Tmin: 6.9°C; W: SE 0-3mph; P: 1mm;

A short, sharp shower drenched the trap an hour or so after dusk. The rain RADAR hinted that would be it for the night so the trap was left out. Fortuitously, daylight revealed a new moth for the garden - Brindled Beauty  Lycia hirtaria. A variable moth of which it is the male that comes to light.

VC30 Status: Common resident;

1927 Brindled Beauty

Sunday, August 30, 2015

SP9326: 29/08/15 - New: Toadflax Brocade

Tmin: 13.8°C; W: calm; P: 1.5 mm;

The full moon was hidden by cloud, but a parasol was deployed as there was moderate rainfall.

The usual suspects were accompanied by a garden first - Toadflax Brocade Calophasia lunula.
VC30 Status: rare vagrant / resident; Distribution: extremely local.
A second site record of Webb's Wainscot was notable following the first on 2nd August.

2223 Toadflax Brocade

2373 Webb's Wainscot
Stats ! -

First garden record of Toadflax Brocade (Calophasia lunula)

Second garden record of Webb's Wainscot (Archanara sparganii)

Highest garden count (28) of Flounced Rustic (Luperina testacea)


Date:29/08/15
Site:Leighton Buzzard: Garden
Trap:Skinner
Total: 18 species/102 moths
B/FTaxonVernacularQty
15Hepialus sylvinaOrange Swift8
873Blastobasis adustella(=lignea) Dingy Dowd1
998Epiphyas postvittanaLight Brown Apple Moth1
1304Agriphila straminellaPearl Veneer1
1305Agriphila tristellaCommon Grass-veneer12
1309Agriphila geniculeaElbow-stripe Grass-veneer6
1331Acentria ephemerellaWater Veneer2
1937Peribatodes rhomboidariaWillow Beauty1
2107Noctua pronubaLarge Yellow Underwing20
2126Xestia c-nigrumSetaceous Hebrew Character2
2134Xestia xanthographaSquare-spot Rustic7
2223Calophasia lunulaToadflax Brocade1
2293Cryphia domesticaMarbled Beauty6
2303Thalpophila maturaStraw Underwing1
2321Apamea monoglyphaDark Arches1
2353Luperina testaceaFlounced Rustic28
2373Archanara sparganiiWebb's Wainscot1
2384Hoplodrina ambiguaVine's Rustic3
First - for - year
First - for - garden

Friday, August 28, 2015

SP9326: 27/08/15 - Another Archer's Dart

Tmin: 8.8°C; W: SW 0-8 mph; P: 0 mm;

Second garden record of Archer's Dart (Agrotis vestigialis)

Highest garden count (27) of Flounced Rustic (Luperina testacea)

2085 Archer's Dart


Date:27/08/15
Site:Leighton Buzzard: Garden
Trap:Skinner
Total: 13 species/73 moths
B/FTaxonVernacularQty
15Hepialus sylvinaOrange Swift6
998Epiphyas postvittanaLight Brown Apple Moth1
1048Acleris varieganaGarden Rose Tortrix1
1305Agriphila tristellaCommon Grass-veneer11
1306Agriphila inquinatellaBarred Grass-veneer2
1309Agriphila geniculeaElbow-stripe Grass-veneer8
1742Camptogramma bilineataYellow Shell1
1937Peribatodes rhomboidariaWillow Beauty1
2085Agrotis vestigialisArcher's Dart1
2107Noctua pronubaLarge Yellow Underwing10
2126Xestia c-nigrumSetaceous Hebrew Character3
2293Cryphia domesticaMarbled Beauty1
2353Luperina testaceaFlounced Rustic27
First - for - year
First - for - garden

Thursday, August 27, 2015

SP9326: 26/08/15 - New: Carnation Tortrix

Tmin: 11.4°C; W: SW 3-8 mph; P: 0 mm;

First garden record of Carnation Tortrix Cacoecimorpha pronubana

985 Cacoecimorpha pronubana

Date:26/08/15
Site:Leighton Buzzard: Garden
Trap:Skinner
Total: 13 species/76 moths
B/FTaxonVernacularQty
15Hepialus sylvinaOrange Swift5
985Cacoecimorpha pronubanaCarnation Tortrix1
1304Agriphila straminellaPearl Veneer1
1305Agriphila tristellaCommon Grass-veneer14
1309Agriphila geniculeaElbow-stripe Grass-veneer8
1742Camptogramma bilineataYellow Shell1
1906Opisthograptis luteolataBrimstone Moth1
2092Agrotis putaShuttle-shaped Dart1
2107Noctua pronubaLarge Yellow Underwing20
2134Xestia xanthographaSquare-spot Rustic3
2293Cryphia domesticaMarbled Beauty1
2303Thalpophila maturaStraw Underwing2
2353Luperina testaceaFlounced Rustic18
First - for - year
First - for - garden

SP9326: 25/08/15 - Less than average

Tmin: 13.6°C; W: SSW 3-13 mph; P: trace;

Moderate rainfall all afternoon which stopped at dusk. Parasol deployed, breezy though no further rain until dawn (then rather heavy).

The barren spell continues.


Date:25/08/15
Site:Leighton Buzzard: Garden
Trap:Skinner
Total: 15 species/70 moths
B/FTaxonVernacularQty
15Hepialus sylvinaOrange Swift3
1304Agriphila straminellaPearl Veneer1
1305Agriphila tristellaCommon Grass-veneer3
1309Agriphila geniculeaElbow-stripe Grass-veneer7
1742Camptogramma bilineataYellow Shell2
1906Opisthograptis luteolataBrimstone Moth2
1937Peribatodes rhomboidariaWillow Beauty1
2102Ochropleura plectaFlame Shoulder1
2107Noctua pronubaLarge Yellow Underwing23
2126Xestia c-nigrumSetaceous Hebrew Character1
2134Xestia xanthographaSquare-spot Rustic5
2293Cryphia domesticaMarbled Beauty4
2343xMesapamea secalis agg.Common Rustic agg1
2353Luperina testaceaFlounced Rustic14
2384Hoplodrina ambiguaVine's Rustic2
First - for - year
First - for - garden

SP9326: 24/08/15 - Most unremarkable

Tmin: 9.9°C; W: W v. SW 3-5 mph; P: 1 mm;

After a day of rain and a delayed start to the session, it was little wonder the catch was poor.



Date:24/08/15
Site:Leighton Buzzard: Garden
Trap:Skinner
Total: 9 species/31 moths
B/FTaxonVernacularQty
1063Celypha strianaBarred Marble1
1076Celypha lacunanaCommon Marble1
1305Agriphila tristellaCommon Grass-veneer4
1309Agriphila geniculeaElbow-stripe Grass-veneer1
1862Gymnoscelis rufifasciataDouble-striped Pug1
2107Noctua pronubaLarge Yellow Underwing16
2126Xestia c-nigrumSetaceous Hebrew Character1
2353Luperina testaceaFlounced Rustic5
2384Hoplodrina ambiguaVine's Rustic1
First - for - year
First - for - garden

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

SP9326: 23/08/15 - Pants

Tmin: 10.7°C; W: SSW 0-3 mph; P: trace;

Much cooler as temperatures dipped quickly after midnight, and, with predicted rain around dawn, the parasol was deployed.

870x Oegoconia sp.


Date:23/08/15
Site:Leighton Buzzard: Garden
Trap:Skinner
Total: 19 species/85 moths
B/FTaxonVernacularQty
15Hepialus sylvinaOrange Swift3
870xOegoconia sp.Oegoconia sp.1
998Epiphyas postvittanaLight Brown Apple Moth2
1293Chrysoteuchia culmellaGarden Grass-veneer2
1304Agriphila straminellaPearl Veneer5
1305Agriphila tristellaCommon Grass-veneer30
1306Agriphila inquinatellaBarred Grass-veneer5
1309Agriphila geniculeaElbow-stripe Grass-veneer8
1316Catoptria falsellaChequered Grass-veneer1
1524Emmelina monodactylaCommon Plume1
2064Phragmatobia fuliginosaRuby Tiger1
2092Agrotis putaShuttle-shaped Dart1
2107Noctua pronubaLarge Yellow Underwing8
2134Xestia xanthographaSquare-spot Rustic1
2293Cryphia domesticaMarbled Beauty3
2297xAmphipyra pyramidea agg.Copper Underwings1
2303Thalpophila maturaStraw Underwing3
2353Luperina testaceaFlounced Rustic8
2384Hoplodrina ambiguaVine's Rustic1
First - for - year
First - for - garden