Wednesday, 8 October 2014

5 October 2014 - Dungeness

Joined Marc at Dungeness for a spot of very cold, moon-lit moffin. The original decision to trap down there was based on a Friday afternoon waether forecast - alas, this changed (alot!) in the 48 hours between then and arrival on site...

A painfully slow session did at least produce half a dozen Feathered Brindle and a fun looking micro - which looked much better in the photographs than it did in the scale...

Feathered Brindle
Feathered Brindle

Thursday, 2 October 2014

1 Oct 2014 - Cliffe Marshes RSPB

Popped 'up norff' to Cliffe for a spot of moffin. The mix of moths was strange for October - but perhaps that's to be expected given the length of the season and the number of second generation species appearing.

Shoulder-striped Wainscot
Square-spot Rustic - I t hink (I had thought Six-striped....)
Buff Footman
Grey Pine Carpet - I think
Green-brindled Crescent
Barred Sallow
Red-green Carpet
Beaded Chestnut

Saturday, 27 September 2014

26 Sept 2014 - Holborough Marshes

Did a wee spot of actinic moffin last night. 23 spp was OK - ish.

Agriphila tristella
Deep-brown Dart
Large Wainscot
Green Brindled Crescent
Burnished Brass - just brilliant eh?
Eudonia pallida - I think...

Monday, 22 September 2014

Clifden Nonpareil

Took a few pictures of Friday's Ye Olde Blue Underwing when I took it back to Orlestone
Forest. I gave it a drop of red wine as a small token of my appreciation...

Clifden Nonpareil
Clifden Nonpareil
Clifden Nonpareil

Sunday, 21 September 2014

20 Sept 2014 - Holborough Marshes KWT

Put an actinic out whilst returning yesterday's moths to Orlestone - first Mottled Umber of the year being the er....highlight.
Mottled Umber

Saturday, 20 September 2014

19 Sept 2014 - Orlestone Forest, Kent

Visited Orlestone Forest last night for some early autumn trapping. With plenty of sugar out and then four lights, my hopes for an interesting night were lessened when looking at the amazing lightening display happening somewhere over the south-eastern horizon (later Bernard told me it was just east of Calais, so why was I worrying?!?).

At 11.50pm Bernard called a Clifden Nonpareil flapping gently down to the ground where the sugar container had been left near the trap - on a quick naff view I confess I thought we'd secured a Red Underwing...that was, until I saw the blue!!

After potting the underwing we returned to the trap 2 metres away, only to find a White-line Snout asking to be seen! Two new moths in two minutes!

And a soon as these two treasures had been found, it started spotting with rain - and then it poured! Moving sharpishly, we threw the unemptied traps in the car - only to spend the journey home being landed on by caddis flies and Oak Lutestrings. All in a night's miffin.

Particular thanks to Bernard for helping me out this night - very much appreciated.
Clifden Nonpareil - a slightly bald one...
Clifden Nonpareil underwing indeed.
White-line Snout
White-line Snout
Anania crocealis
Apotomis turbidana
Marbled White Spot

Beetle spp!

Monday, 15 September 2014

15 Sept 2014 - Cliffe Marshes RSPB, Kent

Had a few hours at Cliffe tonight - highlights included Peach Blossom, Old Lady, Burnished Brass, Pretty Chalk Carpet, Dark Spectacle and loads of L-album Wainscot.

And tiny wee micro...

Monday, 8 September 2014

4 Sept 2014 - Orlestone Forest, Kent

Had an interesting few hours trapping in less than ideal condition (clear skies). A few nice bits and bobs - Pale Eggar probably being most interesting from a Kent perspective (I think Orlestone is the stronghold for the species).

Dark Sword-grass and Red Underwing are always pleasant to catch. Oak Lutestring is a personal favourite of that group.

And then there's a few micros to attempt to name later...!

Can't decide which background I prefer: completely artificial or staged??

Pale Eggar
Pale Eggar
Dark Sword-grass
Red Underwing
The red underwing on a Red Underwing
Oak Lutestring
Oak Hooktip
Tawny-barred Angle
Grey Pine Carpet
Maiden's Blush
Dark(?) Marbled Carpet
Micro 1
Micro 2
Micro 3
Micro 4

Micro 5
Micro 6