Monday, October 31, 2011

SP9326: 24-30/10/11 - Slim Pickings...

Emmelina monodactyla still hanging on.


List for SP9326: 24-30/10/11

1524    Emmelina monodactyla    1
1771    Blair's Shoulder-knot    2
2264    Yellow-line Quaker    1

Total: 3 species in 3 trap sessions

Monday, October 24, 2011

SP9326: 21-23/10/11 - Juniper Carpet


Moths are very few indeed, so, for the time being, updates will be weekly (if any) unless a real goody turns up - unlikely...

A year-first Green-brindled Crescent, and the third Juniper Carpet of the year.

1771 Juniper Carpet
2245 Green-brindled Crescent
2267 Beaded Chestnut
List for SP9326: 21-23/10/11

1524    Emmelina monodactyla    1
1771    Juniper Carpet    1
2245    Green-brindled Crescent    1
2264    Yellow-line Quaker    1
2267    Beaded Chestnut    1

Total: 5 species in 3 trap sessions

Friday, October 21, 2011

SP9326: 20/10/11 - Red-line Quaker

T.min was 3.5 Celsius, but from 01:00 the temperature rose quite quickly to 7.8 by first light.

Conspicuous by its absence so far, Red-line Quaker was new* for the garden. The Blair's was rescued from a spiders web, luckily it seemed too cold for the web owner to emerge.

2258 The Chestnut
2263* Red-line Quaker
List for SP9326: 20/10/11

2240    Blair's Shoulder-knot    1
2258    The Chestnut    1
2263*   Red-line Quaker    1

Total: 3 species

Monday, October 17, 2011

SP9326: 16/10/11 - Wonder of the Night

A milder night, with a T.min of 5.8 Celsius.

Recent successes were tempered by two consecutive blank score-sheets. Temperatures plummeted and the first (mild) frosts of the season arrived. However, two new* garden macros last night raised spirits as, at last, a fine Merveille du Jour appeared. A truly splendidly marked moth - it begs the question of why not 'Merveille du Nuit' ? Still, c'est la vie n'est-ce pas?
Oh - Large Wainscot was the other garden d├ębutante (two, in fact).

2247* Merveille du Jour
2375* Large Wainscot
List for SP9326: 16/10/11

  998    Light Brown Apple Moth    1
1524    Emmelina monodactyla    1
2092    Shuttle-shaped Dart    1
2247*   Merveille du Jour    1
2375*   Large Wainscot    2
2389    Pale Mottled Willow    1

Total: 6 species

Friday, October 14, 2011

SP9326: 13/10/11 - Magic Carpet !

T.min: 5.7 C with light airs.

Two more new* for the garden - Dark Chestnut and, quite unexpectedly, a Pine Carpet ! Suspicions as to its identity were confirmed after consulting the recorders. It's a rare resident with a local distribution. Jay Clarke has been getting them just up the road in Heath & Reach.

1767* Pine Carpet
2259* Dark Chestnut
List for SP9326: 13/10/11

1524    Emmelina monodactyla    2
1767*   Pine Carpet    1
1937    Willow Beauty    1
2240    Blair's Shoulder-knot    2
2259*   Dark Chestnut    1
2264    Yellow-line Quaker    1

Total: 6 species

Thursday, October 13, 2011

SP9326: 12/10/11 - Juniper Carpet & Dotted Chestnut

T.min was 11.6 Celsius with light airs and a trace of rain towards dawn.

A couple of new* macros after a pretty barren few weeks. A well marked Juniper Carpet was at the box late evening and continues this years theme of scarce carpets caught in the garden. It  was followed by a second individual on a wheelie-bin close to the trap this morning. A Dotted Chestnut was even better - these are spreading north, apparently. Both species are scarce/local. Year first Yellow-line Quaker.

1771* Juniper Carpet
1771* Juniper Carpet
2260* Dotted Chestnut
2264 Yellow-line Quaker
List for SP9326: 12/10/11

1413    Gold Triangle    1
1524    Emmelina monodactyla    1
1771*   Juniper Carpet    2
2092    Shuttle-shaped Dart    3
2109    Lesser Yellow Underwing    1
2240    Blair's Shoulder-knot    1
2260*   Dotted Chestnut    1
2264    Yellow-line Quaker    1

Total: 8 species

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

SP9326:11/10/11 - Brown-spot Pinion

This entry is being written in September 2012 (!). I knew i'd taken Brown-spot Pinion in the garden, but could I find it on the blog ? So here it is, nearly twelve months late...

2266* Brown-spot Pinion
List for SP9326: 11/10/11

0998    Epiphyas postvittana    1
2126    Setaceous Hebrew Character    1
2266*   Brown-spot Pinion    1

Total: 3 species

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

SP9326: 04/10/11 - Frosted Orange

Mild with T.min at 13.4 Celsius. Rather windy.

Another Frosted Orange - these, and the sallows, are some of my favourite macros.

2364 Frosted Orange
2389 Pale Mottled Willow
List for SP9326: 04/10/11

  998    Light Brown Apple Moth    1
1937    Willow Beauty    1
2092    Shuttle-shaped Dart    1
2232    Black Rustic    1
2364    Frosted Orange    1
2389    Pale Mottled Willow    1

Total: 6 species

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

SP9326: 03/10/11 - Blair's Shoulder-Knot


Tmin was 12.9 Celsius, but with an 8 mph SW wind.

After the previous nights' disappointment (conditions appeared near ideal, but just Large and Lesser Underwing appeared) it was a noticeable improvement, even though it was cooler with more wind.
Blair's Shoulder-knot (at last !) was new* for the garden, and three Sallow sp. to boot.

2240* Blair's Shoulder-knot
2271 Orange Sallow
2272 Barred Sallow
2274 The Sallow
List for SP9326: 03/10/11

1937    Willow Beauty    2
2087    Turnip Moth    1
2092    Shuttle-shaped Dart    1
2107    Large Yellow Underwing    1
2109    Lesser Yellow Underwing    1
2240*   Blair's Shoulder-knot    1
2267    Beaded Chestnut    1
2271    Orange Sallow    1
2272    Barred Sallow    1
2274    The Sallow    1

Total: 10 species

Saturday, October 1, 2011

SP9326: 30/09/11 - Unremarkable

Minimum temperature 12.8 Celsius. Unremarkable fare.

List for SP9326: 30/09/11

  998    Light Brown Apple Moth    2
1728    Garden Carpet    1
1906    Brimstone Moth    1
2107    Large Yellow Underwing    2
2126    Setaceous Hebrew Character    1
2267    Beaded Chestnut    1
2270    Lunar Underwing    1
2272    Barred Sallow    1
2361    Rosy Rustic    1

Total: 9 species