Good numbers of moths continue with species new for the year including: Privet Hawk-moth, Ruby Tiger, Lesser Broad-bordered Underwing, Rush Veneer, Smoky Wainscot, Large Twin-spot Carpet Pine Carpet and Large Tabby. Best was a new micro for the garden: Lozotaeniodes formosana. In addition I heard about a site near Faversham where Hornet Moths had been seen. I had a look there Sunday afternoon and was lucky enough to see one-unfortunately I somehow forgot the camera so had to photograph it with the phone.
Another 144 moths of 54 species this am.........several
NFYs including: Small BV, Small Fan-foot, Small FF Wave, Yellow Shell, The Clay,
Plain Pug, Scop. subfusca, and my 2nd ever C. fagiglandana and my 3rd Plutella porrectella. Also a nice example of The Coronet.
The very hot weather has meant a busy time with the moth trap. This morning there were c160 moths of 57 species, which is probably my best ever catch. I've added 2 new micros to the garden list: Phtheochroa inopiana and Coleophora mayrella. Other species new for the year include: The Festoon, Common Emerald, and Cream Bordered Green Pea.
Moth trap very lively the last couple of days. Highlights were my 2nd ever Figure of Eighty, a worn Sandy Carpet, which was new for the garden, Buttoned Snout, Ghost Moth, The Festoon, S. gigantella and a new micro Sophronia semicostella. At Oare Marshes on Sunday the Spoonbill showed well.
After a few days away moth trapping resumed last night with 59 moths of 38 species this morning. There were several new species for the year including Dingy Shears, and Poplar Grey. However, best was a new pyralid for the garden list: Donacaula forficella. Garden list now 576.
Since my last post new species for the year in the trap include: Middle-barred Minor, Mottled Beauty, Marbled Orchard Tortrix, Brown Rustic and best of all, a Small Elephant Hawk-moth, which was new for the garden list, which now stands at 575.