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

Thursday, 28 August 2014

28 Aug 2014 - Findhorn Valley, Moray

Took a trip north to the Findhorn valley in the hope of Portland Moth and reports of thousands of moths swarming around the traps within seconds of the lights coming on (OK, a slight exaggeration - but it had sounded good!).

In theory the cloud should have been overhead by 11pm - but by 1am it still hadn't arrived and the stars were shining brightly. The total catch was probably 100 or so moths - not great for 4 traps in August, but at least the quality was there - two Portland Moths being the highlight.

Portland Moth
Portland Moths (the smaller one was potted before being ID'd, making it a pleasant surprise when checking the pots for photography!)
Anomalous - my second in two days. Easy Really...
Archers Dart
Archers Dart
Archers Dart
Archers Dart
Black Rustic
Coastal Dart
Coastal Dart
Coastal Dart
Coastal Dart
Coastl Dart (I think)
White-lined Dart
White-lined Dart - I think
White-lined Dart
White-lined Dart
White-lined Dart - I think
Grey Chi
Heath Rustic
Plain Clay
Flounced Rustic
Mottled Grasshopper