Sunday, 4 February 2018

Worcestershire Moth queries

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.

Oliver Wadsworth


Saturday, 3 February 2018

Warndon Wood Actinics

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.
Spring Usher
Spring Usher
 Both nights a single Pale Brindled Beauty came in early.
Pale Brindled Beauty
10 Chestnuts and a dozen Tortricodes alternella were par for course.
Tortricodes alternella
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.
Mottled Umber

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Bringsty Common

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

Oak Beauty

This Oak Beauty came to the Robinson trap last night at Norchard, which must be quite an early date? Despite the wind, there was also a Common Quaker, Chestnut, and five Pale Brindled Beauty's.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

2018 Cover Page photo

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 If I get more than one to use,  I can always change part way through the year.  Peter Hall

Friday, 22 December 2017

Also in the Pink

Your moth reminded me of one from my garden at Norchard in 2005. This one is a Beaded Chestnut. I would take a punt at Flounced Rustic for yours. The milder weather has produced Spring Ushers, Pale Brindled Beauty's, and a Common Quaker here in the past few days.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

In the Pink

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