Sunday, 17 September 2017

Hall Green garden first.

Cypress Pug       Photo A. Prior
Alan Prior recorded Cypress Pug in his Hall Green garden for the first time last night, species number 715 for the site.

Patrick Clement

Saturday, 16 September 2017

White Valerian

Following a Hummingbird Hawk-moth sighting in early June my White Valerian is still flowering and attracted another on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. I have not grown it before, and it is also popular with butterflies. The garden trap was busier last night with 181 moths of 29 species.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Convolvulus Hawk-moth

Always a thrill to find one of these huge migrants amongst the catch. There were no other migrants present this morning.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

4th September at Warndon Villages

Ideal conditions here in Worcester too, produced some great results in the garden Robbo. After what looked like rather a worn one two weeks ago (and still TBC),  last night a fine Yposolpha horridella was recorded - not quite sure why I see most of these!

Another scarce species in VC37 was also taken in form of a presumed

Pammene spiniana

One migrant was a nice Rusty Dot Pearl - my third this year.

Other highlights were Lilac Beauty, Cloaked Minor, Mouse Moth, 2 Acleris emargana, Mompha propinquella, Ectoedemia louisella, 2 Argyresthia albistria and a presumed Stigmella samiatella.
18 species Macro and 24 species Micro - good for September! 

Bringsty Common September 4th

As it was going to be mild and humid I ran 2 mv traps in the garden last night to see what was about.  38 species of macro-moth and 15 micro-moth.  I have to say, nothing to get excited about.  2 Dark Sword-grass a Silver Y and 1 Plutella xylostella made up the migrants.  Lots of Thorns - Dusky, Canary-shouldered, Early, September and August all made an appearance.  A rather late Common Lutestring.  1 Pale Eggar.  Topping the bill was Large Yellow underwing (68) followed by Square-spot Rustic (65).  For micros Celypha lacunana was commonest with 14.  Most of my pots were "Ophion ichneumons" for Gavin Broad at the NHM, rather than moths.  Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: Dark Sword-grass

Bringsty Common: Feathered Gothic

Bringsty Common: Pale Eggar

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Sunny Sunday 27th

Last weekends weather got me into daytime micro-search mode and first stop was the Clerkenleap bridge viewpoint car park to search tree trunks and lower branches for Norway Maple feeders. A few spiders were spotted lurking in the crevices but no moths. A worn Phyllonorycter harrisella was a false alarm in an early sweep of overhanging leaves and then finally on the very last sweep,  one of the targets - a superb almost mint Ectoedemia sericopeza, one of the easier Neps to ID by eye.
Ectoedemia sericopeza

Malvern Hills

The annual Malvern Hills Trust moth meeting organised by Beck Baker, took place at upper Castlemorton Common - Lower Swinyard Hill last Friday 25th August. Migrants recorded were Silver Y, Dark Sword-grass and Rush Veneer. Despite ideal cloudy and mild conditions, micros were in short supply but included amongst the many grass-moths a late but fresh Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix and a Euzophera pinguis. My best moths in the rushy hollow below car park were Tawny Speckled Pug and a Small Wainscot. My single trap total was 26 species before midnight. 
Small Wainscot

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Dioryctria sylvestrella at Wolverley

Dioryctria sylvestrella   Photo S. Wright
Sue Wright trapped a Dioryctria sylvestrella in her Wolverley garden on the 17th August, the first record of this species in VC37. This conifer feeder is a migrant species and was taken at a time of migrant activity but it has been colonising some areas of the country so may be that conifer woodland at nearby Kingsford Country Park should receive some attention next year?

Patrick Clement

Hall Green

Wax Moth  Photo A. Prior
Alan Prior sent me this picture of a Wax Moth caught last night in his Hall Green garden, the first record there since 2011.
Alan added, "Have also had Phyllonorycter scopariella and Tuta absoluta recently, both new for the garden."

Patrick Clement

Side view of moth

Here is the side view.

Monday, 28 August 2017

More Migrants

I trapped three Small Mottled Willows over the weekend at Norchard, Worcs. Along with a Scarce Bordered Straw, 6 Rusty-dot Pearls, 2 Rush Veneer, a Diamond-back, Nephopterix angustella and my first garden Crescent this morning. The Crescent is also a possible migrant apparently. I had two Cypress Pugs on Saturday night which was unusual here. I am struggling with this small tortrix which looked do-able, any suggestions would be appreciated.

Spreading from the south

A nice surprise on Saturday morning (26th August) was a Cypress Pug on the outside of the trap - our first here in SE Worcestershire. This was followed on Sunday morning by quite a fresh, rufous form Scarce Bordered Straw - a species I'd been hoping for with multiple reports from surrounding Counties. The only other migrant of note was a Dark Sword-grass.

Seeing Red

Returning from holidays, I ran the moth trap last night for the first time in August here on Bringsty Common.  Pale Eggar (2), Black Rustic, Flounced Rustic, Centre-barred Sallow (7) and the usual late Summer/early Autumn fayre with Large Yellow Underwing topping the bill with 53 individuals followed by Square-spot Rustic on 34.  Migrants represented by a single Udea ferrugalis. Not too bad for a coolish night.  31 macros and 11 micros.  Hearing about all the Clifden Nonpareils turning up in the UTB region, it reminded me to look around the house walls this morning for Red Underwing and there was one initially disturbed by my movement, then settling again against the brick work.  Now is the time to check your house walls in the morning.  Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: Red Underwing

Friday, 25 August 2017

Jersey Tiger and elm leaves

A quick look in through the Perspex hood of my garden Robinson Trap on Tuesday evening 21st, at 21:40 saw a moth flashing orange/black and white. No, not the long-awaited for Garden Tiger but a stripy Jersey Tiger - even better, a VC37 first ! It was on my radar - sort of, but thought I would be going well south in the county to see my first.
All the searching of elm leaves for leaf-mines at Tiddesley Wood NR during this summer months have paid off with a fine Phyllonorycter tristrigella emerging on the 27th July followed by a trio of the superb Phyllonorycter schreberella during the week of the 19th August. The photo below just does not do it any justice!

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Just chased a Hummingbird Hawkmoth around both front and back gardens (Malvern) trying to get a decent shot. Best we could manage is this slightly demonic looking pic!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Pammene spiniana

In a vain attempt to sweep some Phyllonoryters off a long stretch of roadside elm between Croome and Defford, I was lucky enough, despite the wind to catch one moth late afternoon yesterday. A tiny dark grey tortrix with conspicuous white dorsal blotch came running up the net wall and was almost at the lip when I managed to pot it!

 A superb fresh Pammene spiniana. Exactly two years after the last VC37 record at Dodford and the first for south Worcs. I wonder how many more are lurking in bits of blackthorn and hawthorn by the wayside in rural Worcs. Only one other grass-moth was seen in this session...

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Great Doward - 11/08/17


A couple from last night that I haven't got id's for yet. A pug, which is maybe Golden-rod? and a Depressaria sp. I think...
Great Doward 11/08. poss. Golden-rod Pug

Great Doward 11/08. poss.. Depressaria sp.
Thanks for any pointers. I've kept both in case they are of interest and need further examination.


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

White-point, Hall Green

White-point, Hall Green. Photo A. Prior
Alan Prior sent me this photograph of a White-point trapped in his Hall Green garden on the 7th August. Not a great specimen so it had to be dissected for a positive I.D.

Patrick Clement

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Alder Kitten

This Alder Kitten was in the Robinson trap at Norchard this morning. I usually see one or two in May, the 15th of May this year, but I have never seen one this late. Still a beautiful moth.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Feckenham Wylde Moor, Mon 31st July

I joined Steve Whitehouse and Oliver Wadsworth at Feckenham Wylde Moor last Monday for a last chance to trap before the meadows are cut and the cattle moved in.
Conditions were not great, cool with a slight breeze and intermittent light rain. My 3 traps recorded 63 species with another haul of Agriphila straminella estimated at 250 individuals and a handful of wetland moths such as Small Rufous, Silky Wainscot, Bulrush Wainscot and Gold Spot. Just two micros were photographed below.

Patrick Clement
Calybites phasianipennella

Aethes smeathmanniana

Urban Tiger

Another post on behalf of Alan Prior who has just recorded Garden Tiger for the first time in his Hall Green, Birmingham garden after running a trap there virtually every night for 15 years!
So if you are waiting for a particular moth to show in your own garden, never give up hope ........

Patrick Clement
Garden Tiger, Hall Green.    Photo A. Prior

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Bringsty Common

With the car awaiting a new turbo, I've been restricted to home trapping.  But it's been cool, wet and rather windy, so last night was the first night in just under a week that I put a trap out.  It was still cool, windy with showers! The late summer lull seems to be arriving and I've gone from 2 pages per night in my notebook, to fitting them all easily onto one page.  Migrants are the usual fare of Silver Y and Nomophila noctuella.  47 macro-moth species last night and 17 micro-moth species.  I've kept back some likely candidate Lesser CR "Common Rustic aggs" for dissection.  Dotted Clay and yet another Angle-striped Sallow last night.  Poplar Hawk-moth have been continuous this year so I presume the broods overlapped.  Commonest macro-moth was Flame Shoulder with 26 individuals, followed by Large Yellow Underwing with 18, Straw Dot (15) then Common Rustic (agg.) with 14.  Commonest micro-moth was Agriphila straminella with 63 individuals. Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: Dotted Clay

Bringsty Common: Angle-striped Sallow

Monday, 31 July 2017

Great Farley Wood July 25th

On my second visit to this site I recorded 89 species, well down on the 161 species recorded in June despite conditions being very good. No great surprises or rarities and spotting micros amongst an estimated 250 Blastobasis adustella and 200 Agriphila straminella was difficult.
Of note were 6 Angle-striped Sallows, there is quite a lot of birch present, and just two micros were photographed, Epinotia solandriana and Morophaga choragella.
The M. choragella kept twitching as I attempted to photograph it and I suspected a parasite, possibly a mite irritating it. As I looked through my viewfinder a worm-like creature, semi transparent and reminiscent of a tiny elver, emerged from under one wing, briefly waving around before retreating back out of sight onto or into it's host, nice!
Patrick Clement
Morophaga choragella

Epinotia solandriana

Unusual Acleris variegana

Acleris variegana
Dave Smith brought this dead specimen to the July Kinver meeting and it had us all fooled until dissection revealed it's true identity to be just an unusual form of Acleris variegana.
Patrick Clement

Tuesday, 25 July 2017


A visit to Monkwood on Saturday night produced this White-line Snout, which I think is a second Worcestershire record following Olivers, Blackhouse Wood discovery last year. Also seen were Barred Rivulets and second brood Devon Carpets.
At home at Norchard, the migrants Dark Sword-grass and a Rusty-dot Pearl put in a first appearance for the year.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Least Carpet

I recorded my first Least Carpet here at Norchard on Tuesday night. I see that at least four were recorded in 2014 when it first appeared in Worcestershire, but I don't know if any have been seen since then?

Monday, 17 July 2017

Barred Rivulet

This one had me flummoxed for a moment when it came into the trap at Haugh Wood on Saturday evening.
Haugh Wood north: Barred Rivulet
Peter Hall

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Migrants in Bewdley

Last night, in addition to a fine Angle-striped Sallow, we had migrants in the form of a Rush Veneer and a Ni Moth. The latter is our second garden record after one in August 2011. Seems like the early Summer bonanza is thinning out now with lesser numbers of Uncertain, Dot etc-and many worn specimens in the trap. Fewer micros  but did catch abietella.

Bringsty Common July 13-14th

Despite the nights being on the cool side, I decided to run 1 trap in the garden to see what arrives.  I've also been looking at the buddleia and ragwort at night to see what is nectaring on them.  Waved Black was the most notable.  The catch on the night of the 13th was better than last nights and it included 2 Angle-striped Sallow moths, Garden Tiger, Brown-line Bright-eye, Satin Beauty and Bordered Pug.  These last 3 are new to the garden so the total creeps ever closer to 700 species.  Indication that Summer is almost over increase with records of Canary-shouldered Thorn and Rosy Rustic.  Common Rustic (aggregates until to look more closely) increase in number every night.  Migrant interest is still low with singleton Nomophila nocutella each night. Excluding some that I have kept for closer analysis, I recorded 63 macros and 29 micros on the 13th and 61 species of macro and 23 micro last night.  The best news was only 8 Large Yellow Underwing last night! Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: Angle-striped Sallow

Bringsty Common: Brown-line Bright-eye

Bringsty Common: Bordered Pug

Bringsty Common: Agapeta zoegana

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Surprise in Colwall

A surprise in the garden trap in Colwall on Friday night - Brown-veined Wainscot, a first for me and for vc36. Have yet to find the nearest reedbed. Also a very dark form of Small Fan-footed wave which I haven't seen before. Good to see another Waved Black here  Phyl King
Brown-veined Wainscot

Small Fan-footed Wave

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Bringsty Common July 10th

I very nearly didn't put out a trap last night, and then when walking the dog just before midnight it was getting chilly with a bright moon, so I nearly switched it off.  However, this morning I was surprised at the number of species.  Not so many micros (13 species with about another 5 to add later) but 71 species of macro-moth.  Not too bad after all.  Included in the haul was my second Garden Tiger of the year, my second Suspected, my first Waved Black and first Oak Eggar of the year.  Rosy Footman and Muslin Footman put in appearances and I'm pleased to see Heart & Dart and Large Yellow Underwing numbers in decline.  Uncertain and Rustic numbers now on a par as Rustic builds up and Uncertain declines.  Commonest moth was the Common Footman (23 individuals) for macros and Chrysoteuchia culmella (also 23) for micros.  I shall go out this evening (as you do) and check my ragwort and buddleias for good migrants.  The trap recorded 2 Silver Y only last night. Peter Hall
Bringsty Common: Garden Tiger

Bringsty Common: Waved Black

Bringsty Common: Oak Eggar

Bringsty Common: Suspected

Small Marbled at Halesowen

Small Marbled
Andrew Barker was walking round his Halesowen garden by torchlight in the early hours of yesterday morning (as you do?), when he spotted a Small Marbled at rest on Ragwort.
I believe this is the 5th record for Worcestershire, with the previous records all from 2011.

Patrick Clement