I am very sad to report that our Worcestershire County Moth Recorder, Tony Simpson, has recently suffered a close family bereavement. Naturally, he does not wish to be contacted for any reason at this difficult time so I would ask that all Worcestershire moth related queries be sent my way for the time being.
Saturday, 3 February 2018
The garden trap has been hopeless since Christmas, so I used the mild nights of January 23rd and 28th to 'air' the mobile Actinic Skinner in the tiny oak wood nature reserve near my house. Finishing before midnight there was great variation amongst 39 Spring Ushers recorded. Pleased to watch them coming in within minutes of lighting up. Quite a few settled on nearby tree trunks.
Both nights a single Pale Brindled Beauty came in early.
10 Chestnuts and a dozen Tortricodes alternella were par for course.
Three male Winter Moths were hanging on nearby twigs and on the side of the trap. Single Dotted Border and Early Moths were torched in the boundary hedge. The only rather 'brown' Mottled Umber was looking tired at the end of his long flight period.
|Pale Brindled Beauty|
Sunday, 28 January 2018
I dusted down the moth trap last night after returning from the Recorders Day in Birmingham. 5 species including my first Spring Usher for the garden (probably because I hardly ever get around to putting the trap out at this time of year). That's species number 713. Others were Pale Brinded Beauty (2), Chestnut (3), Dark Chestnut (1) and an Acleris notana/ferrugana. Quite a few Agonopterix heracliana at the house windows as well. Peter Hall
|Bringsty Common: Pale Brindled Beauty|
|Bringsty Common: Spring Usher|
|Bringsty Common: Chestnut|
Wednesday, 24 January 2018
Wednesday, 10 January 2018
I'm looking for a new cover page photo, now we have started a new year. Either micro or macro, but preferably a stunning image. Credit will be included on the cover page. Billy, you've been sending in lots of good images to the Moth Dissection website or what about you Oliver? Please mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. If I get more than one to use, I can always change part way through the year. Peter Hall
Friday, 22 December 2017
Wednesday, 20 December 2017
Am busy going through all of my unknown moths slowly identifying them all and mostly micro-moths. The microscopes are very busy! This one was in the latest batch. A macro! I've dissected it and it surprised me. Note the pink flush along the costa and the very pink underneath. Anyone like to guess? I'll name it in a few days. Peter Hall