Thursday, 27 October 2011

Autumn Green Carpet

My second Autumn Green Carpet of the year but first for the garden. 
This moth and its close relative the Red-green Carpet would make an interesting study. Both moths over-winter as the adult female and feed on a range of broad-leaved trees but whilst the Red-green first appeared in Derbyshire in the late 1980's and has become steadily commoner, expanding its range the Autumn Green has remained scarce in Derbyshire and is declining in southern Britain at least.
Autumn Green Carpet

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Red Sword-grass

Caught my first Red Sword-grass for the garden last night, I have previously caught it at Clough Wood in the spring and Simon Roddis has also caught it on three or four occasions in Darley Dale so present in very low numbers in the area, otherwise the catch was similar to last night.

Red Sword-grass

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

November Moths

The majority of Epirrita I catch are almost uniform grey with little sign of any banding and no discal spot, these are two well marked individuals by my standards both of which I think conform to November Moth with regard to the shape of the post-median fascia even though the discal spot is well clear of the fascia.
Another reasonable catch last night with 2 Barred Sallow, another Feathered Thorn, 9 November Moths, 4 Brick, Merveille du Jour, 4 Yellow-line Quaker, Red-line Quaker, 3 Satellite, 2 Juniper Carpet, Angle Shades, Chestnut and a Brown-spot Pinion.

November Moth

Monday, 24 October 2011

Acleris ferrugana/ notana - Clough Wood

Trapping in Clough Wood with Brian Statham we were unable to escape the wind but still managed 3 November Moths, 3 Red-green Carpet, Large Yellow Underwing, Green-brindled Crescent, Merveille du Jour, Barred Sallow, 5 Brick, Chestnut, 2 Acleris sparsana and Acleris ferrugana/ notana.
Acleris ferrugana / notana

Warm but windy

Trapping at home last night in mild but windy conditions I recorded 3 Feathered Thorn, Spruce Carpet, November Moth, Juniper Carpet, 2 Yellow-line Quaker and a Brick.

Acleris rhombana - Clough Wood 16/10/11

Didn't pay all that much attention to this micro when we caught it last week, it's not in very good condition but looking at the photo it is clearly Acleris rhombana which is probably fairly common in the area.
Acleris rhombana

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Last night's catch

Another mild evening with the minimum temperatures around 8 Centigrade again produced a reasonable catch; 9 November Moth, Spruce Carpet, 3 Juniper Carpet, 2 Red-green Carpet, 4 Yellow-line Quaker, 3 Brick, 3 Satellite, Blair's Shoulder-knot and a Silver Y.

Milder night 20th October

Overnight on the 20th the minimum temperature was around 8 Centigrade and a few moths took advantage of the warmer weather; 9 November Moth, 2 Juniper Carpet, Green-brindled Crescent, Yellow-line Quaker, Red-line Quaker and a Chestnut.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Too cold for moths

It's too cold for moths at the moment, just a couple of Juniper Carpet last night but came across this Ruby Tiger caterpillar enjoying the afternoon sun.
Ruby Tiger - caterpillar

Monday, 17 October 2011

Decent catch at home

Thirty-one moths of eleven species is not bad for mid-October. Thirteen November Moths (agg), 2 Satellite, 2 Barred Sallow, another Large Wainscott, 5 Juniper Carpet, 2 Red-green Carpet, Angle Shades, Large Yellow Underwing, Red-line Quaker, Yellow-line Quaker and a Chestnut.

Diurnea lipsiella - Clough Wood

This is the micro from last night, Diurnea lipsiella, a male, the female like fagella has under developed wings. Not sure of the status in Derbyshire but I would imagine it is fairly common in mature oak woodland.

Diurnea lipsiella

Sunday, 16 October 2011

The Streak - Clough Wood

With poor weather forecast I took the opportunity to trap again in Clough Wood this evening with Brian Statham and Simon Roddis. Despite falling temperatures, due to the cloudless sky, there were a few moths flying which included The Streak which was unexpected, although fairly widespread particularly as lavae on Broom the food plant.
Also recorded Red-green Carpet, 5 November Moth, 4 Green-brindled Crescent, The Brick, 3 Yellow-line Quaker, Barred Sallow, Lesser-yellow Underwing, 3 Chestnut and a micro still to id. 
The Streak makes it 300 macro moths for the year.
The Streak

Grey Shoulder-knot

Another Large Wainscott last night (fourth of the autumn) plus a fresh Grey Shoulder-knot which has a bit more colour than the over-wintered adult photographed in March. Single Juniper Carpet and three Green-brindled Crescent were the only other moths with the temperature falling to 4 Centigrade.
Grey Shoulder-knot

An autumn Juniper Carpet

Having posted a couple of unseasonal Juniper Carpet photos taken in July this is one from last night.
Juniper Carpet

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Winter thrush arrival

Saw my first Fieldfare and Redwing of the autumn this morning, apparently 20,000 were estimated passing over the Big Moor area yesterday. There were several hundred on Bent Lane and at least one 1W Ring Ousel still present. Also several Crossbill in the area, Goshawk over Flash Lane and male Peregrine on Beeley.


Friday, 14 October 2011

More Large Wainscott

Another 2 Large Wainscott last night, some of the south coast sites are picking up large numbers with 30 at Pagham Harbour last night so this looks like a significant immigration, a couple of Juniper Carpet and another Feathered Thorn were the only other moths of note.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Migrant moths at last - The Vestal

At last migrant moths arrive in the Peak District, on the 11th I caught 2 Rusty-dot Pearl and a single Vestal. Amazing to think these have probably arrived from Southern Europe. Both species are scarce in Derbyshire although number vary. We had a power cut last night so limited trapping although it was very dark!

The Vestal

Rusty-dot Pearl

These two were taken on the night of the 11th.

Rusty-dot Pearl

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Nothing new

Reasonable variety over the last few days but nothing new and numbers decreasing;

8/10/11: November Moth 9, Angle Shades 2, Spruce Carpet, 3, Barred Sallow 2, Green-brindled Crescent 2, Black Rustic 1, Yellow-line Quaker 2, Red-line Quaker 1, Blair's Shoulder-knot 3, Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
09/10/11: Feathered Thorn 2, Pink-barred Sallow 1, Barred Sallow 3, Dark Arches 1, Juniper Carpet 1.

10/10/11: Yellow-line Quaker 2, Red-line Quaker 1, Red-green Carpet, Green-brindled Crescent 2, Pale Mottled Willow, Brown-spot Pinion.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Ring Ousel - Bent Lane, Beeley Moor

Last few days have been quiet but caught a second Large Wainscott on 4th October. This morning there was a pair of Ring Ousel on Bent Lane, the female may have been there for a couple of weeks based on earlier reports from Ken Smith. Only a record shot I'm afraid. There were at least 40 Crossbills around the Flash Lane Whitesprings area.
Ring Ousel - male

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Eudonia angustea - Sitches Plantation, Beeley Moor 28/09/11

Struggled a bit with the identification of this micro but having checked it against quite a few photos I'm happy to call it Eudonia angustea, it has a long and narrow winged appearance compared to the commoner Scopariinae.
Eudonia angustea

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Barred Sallow aberration - Matlock

Brian Statham took this Barred Sallow a couple of days ago with an unusual dark bar on the right wing. 
Barred sallow - aberration

Large Wainscott in the garden at last!

On the back of Brian Statham's record in Matlock and Simon Roddis's 5 in Darley Dale I have finally added Large Wainscott to the garden list.
Four Eppirita which I am recording as November Moth, all are poorly marked. Also 6 Blair's Shoulder-knot, 3 Green-brindled Crescent, 3 Angle Shades, 3 Spruce Carpet, and 3 Barred Sallow.

Large Wainscott

Monday, 3 October 2011

Firethorn Leaf Miner Phyllonorycter leucographella

Still catching plenty of moths at home but the number of new moths is unsurprisingly drying up. Howver, last night produced the Firethorn Leaf Miner Phyllonorycter leucographella - a nice looking moth but very small!
Twenty-one species in total with 4 November Moths, 2 Feathered Thorn, 2 Brick, Orange Sallow and another Pale-mottled Willow.
Phyllonorycter leucographella

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Deep-brown Dart - Hartington Quarry

Travelled to Hartington Quarry with Brian Statham and Simon Roddis and set up traps by the quarry entrance with the temperature at 18 Centigrade we were hoping for a decent number of moths with Brindled Ochre the main target. In all we caught 6 moths of 5 species in 2 hours, it difficult to explain such a poor catch in what appeared to be ideal conditions.
Fortunately for us one of the 6 was a female Deep-brown Dart a Derbyshire rarity. The status of this species and the Northern Deep-brown Dart is still somewhat unclear, so can't entirely rule this out although the habitat certainly favours the former.
The most recently reported Derbyshire records are attributed to the Northern Deep-brown Dart involving two individuals taken separately at Pleasley and Creswell in the NE of the county in 2006.

Deep-brown Dart

Signs of migration

Caught a second Dark Sword-grass last night along with 3 Silver Y which is an indication of some moth migration. Another Merveille du Jour, Snout, 3 Brick, 2 Pale-mottled Willow, Barred Sallow, Red-line Quaker, and Frosted Orange.
Dark Sword-grass

Large Wainscott, Matlock

Taken by Brian Statham on 28/09, his first Large Wainscott of the year but Simon Roddis has caught five in Darley Dale in the past 10 days which is exceptional.
Large Wainscott

High Tor, Matlock Bath 29/09

A good evening but nothing new to add to the year list. At least 20 Barred Sallow, 5 Orange Sallow, Brick, Merveille du Jour and the first Satellite for some time. I'm sure I've caught this micro before but can't immediately put a name to it - I'll add it later.
Finally found it - Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
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