Tuesday 30 August 2016

a smorgasbord of moths

Small Dusty Wave, Idaea seriata
Yesterday I upgraded the light bulb on our balcony from 60 to 100 Watt equivalent and the moths flocked in. I recorded 7 new species among the 17 seen around various lights:  Black-headed Conch, Brimstone Moth, Marbled Beauty, The Nutmeg, Brown House Moth, Cabbage Moth, Common Plume, Common Wainscot, Dark Spectacle, Flounced Rustic, Light Brown Apple Moth, Rosy Minor, Rush Veneer, Rusty Dot Pearl, Shuttle-Shaped Dart, Silver Y, Yellow-backed Clothes. This afternoon a Small Dusty Wave landed on the outside door.
Black-headed Conch, Cochylis atricapitana
Brimstone Moth, Opisthograptis luteolata
Brown House Moth, Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Cabbage Moth, Mamestra brassicae
Common Plume, Emmelina monodactyla
Common Wainscot, Mythimna pallens
Dark Spectacle, Abrostola triplasia
Dark Spectacle, Abrostola triplasia
Flounced Rustic, Luperina testacea
Marbled Beauty, Cryphia domestica
Rosy Minor, Mesoligia literosa
Rush Veneer, Nomophila noctuella
Rusty Dot Pearl, Udea ferrugalis
Shuttle-Shaped Dart, Agrotis puta
Shuttle-Shaped Dart
Silver Y, Autographa gamma
Small Dusty Wave underside, Idaea seriata
The Nutmeg, Anarta trifolii above Light Brown Apple Moth, Epiphyas postvittana
Yellow-backed Clothes, Monopis obviella

Monday 29 August 2016

Brimstone Moth and Marbled Green

Brimstone Moth, Opisthograptis luteolata
On Thursday Philip & Seppi arrived from Bavaria after an interesting and long drive. They rested up on Friday and we wandered along the beach front to the pier then ended up at the very agreeable Tap & Barrel, incorporating the Littlehampton Brewery. Excellent beers and ambience, including a choice of 4 non-alcoholic beers for Seppi. Highly recommended.
  I found several new moth species among the nine by the outside lights: Double-Striped Pug, Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer, Flounced Rustic, Light Brown Apple Moth, Marbled Green, Rush Veneer, Rusty Dot Pearl, Square-Spot Rustic, Willow Beauty.
 On arriving back from dinner at Jackie's on Saturday we found a beautiful Brimstone Moth in the hallway.
  My Mill Hill transect on Sunday morning yielded the following: Clouded Yellow, Small White 2, Common Blue 5, Chalk Hill Blue 1, Adonis Blue 49, Red Admiral 2, Meadow Brown 43, Small Heath 8, moths: Common Carpet, Straw-barred Pearl.
 Today (Monday), we saw three yachts out to sea, an uncommon sight. Last night the usual moths crowed round the balcony light plus a new one called The Clay.
with Philip
Flowering Tobacco, Nicotiana sylvestris
Littlehampton beach
The pier
Carabid beetle, Bradycellus verbasci
Willow Beauty, Peribatodes rhomboidaria
Square-Spot Rustic, Xestia xanthographa
Marbled Green, Cryphia muralis
Moth Fly, Psychodid species
Light Brown Apple Moth, Epiphyas postvittana
Rusty Dot Pearl, Udea ferrugalis
Rush Veneer, Nomophila noctuella
Flounced Rustic, Luperina testacea
Double-striped Pug, Gymnoscelis rufifasciata
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer, Agriphila geniculea
August 27th:
Brimstone Moth underside, Opisthograptis luteolata
underside of Rush Veneer, Nomophila noctuella
Mill Hill, August 28:
Adonis Blue, Polyommatus bellargus

Rush Veneer, Nomophila noctuella
The Clay, Mythimna ferrago

Thursday 25 August 2016

Kithurst meadow and moths

Common Purple and Gold, Pyrausta purpuralis
On July 30 I visited Kithurst meadow and saw plenty of moths including Red-fringed Conch and Ash-coloured Sober.
Last night by the garage I found a dead Brown-tail moth and by the balcony light I found several moths and a Harlequin Ladybird devouring the many midges. moths: Blastobasis vittata, Common Plume, Elbow-stripe Grass veneer, Ox-tongue Conch, Small Purple and Gold aka Mint Moth. I have only seen the Mint Moth on grassland previously.
Kithurst Meadow, July 30:
Ash-coloured Sober, Acompsia cinerella
Ash-coloured Sober
Cinnabar larva, Tyria jacobaeae
Cinnabar larva
Common Carpet, Epirrhoe alternata
Common Purple and Gold, Pyrausta purpuralis
Dark Strawberry Tortrix, Celypha lacunana
Diamond-back Moth, Plutella xylostella
fly with pollen
Gatekeeper, Pyronia tithonus
Peacock, Inachis io
Pearl Veneer, Agriphila straminella
Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta
Red Admiral
Red-fringed Conch, Falseuncaria ruficiliana
Ringlet, Aphantopus hyperantus
Rough Hawkbit, Leontodon hispidus
Satyr Pug larva, Eupithecia satyrata on Rough Hawkbit
galls on Rough Hawkbit
Spotted Longhorn Beetle, Rutpela maculata
Littlehampton, August 24:
Carabid beetle, Bradycellus verbasci
dead Brown-tail, Euproctis chrysorrhoea
Common Plume, Emmelina monodactyla
Common Rough Woodlouse, Porcellio scaber
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer, Agriphila geniculea
Harlequin Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis
Harlequin Ladybird
Harlequin Ladybird
Missing Sector Spider, Zygiella x-notata
Missing Sector Spider
Blastobasis vittata
Strangely, I saw the same species here exactly one year ago.
Ox-tongue Conch, Cochylis molliculana
Rove beetle, Gyrohypnus angustatus
Small Purple and Gold aka Mint Moth, Pyrausta aurata
tiny unidentified spider