Tuesday, 19 August 2014

18 Aug 2014 - Kirkmichael, Perthshire

A wee holiday has finally arrived - another return to the out-laws in Perthshire. This evening I managed a couple of hours on the moors west of Kirkmichael (temperatures are low 7oC by 11.30pm...) - drizzle/rain and the fact that its been blowing a hooly since we arrived hasn't filled me with confidence. Total macro catch was only 21, but it did include: Pale Eggar (1), Minor Shoulder-knot(2), Haworth's Minor (3), Large Ear (2), Chevron (5), Autumnal Rustic (3), Dark Marbled Carpet (2), Large Yellow-underwing (1), Dark Arches (1) and a faded carpet that was so bad I released to enjoy its last moments on planet earth.

Pale Eggar
Pale Eggar
Minor Shoulder-knot
Haworth's Minor
Large Ear
Autumnal Rustic

Moorland micro - several of these beauties...
Dark Arches - nice that there was only one!

Monday, 11 August 2014

9 August 2014 - St Margaret's at Cliffe

Had a very short session at the coast - rain and equipment causing us to pack up so very much earlier than I'd wanted. Highlight was the big micro (almost enormous...) of which there were several caught.
Cochylimorpha alternana
Poplar Lutestring
Slender Pug (I think)
Marbled Green
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow-underwing (a red jobbie)
Blastobasis adustella

Friday, 8 August 2014

8 Aug 2014 - Dungeness, Kent

Enjoyed a couple of hours trapping at Dunge last night.

Pale Grass Eggar
Double Kidney 3+ caught
Rest-harrow - 2nd generation
Cynaeda dentalis - brilliant wee beastes
Celypha cespitana
Grass moff
Grass Emerald - nice fresh 2nd generation
White-lined Dart (Dunge version!)
Sharp-angled Peacock

Tawny Shears - several fresh looking jobbies

Thursday, 7 August 2014

5 Aug 2014 - Cliffe Marshes RSPB, Kent

Had a short but enjoyable trip to Cliffe Marshes last night - finally managing to get a Jersey Tiger to the trap. Then, like London buses, another one turns up a few moments later.

Jersey Tiger - the second of the two, the first having flown off before the camera shutter was pressed!
Barred Rivulet
Dark Spinach
Clay Triple-lines - 2nd generation
Common Wainscot
Tree-lichen Beauty (centre) with Marbled Beauty (left) and Marbled Green (right)

Cochylis hybridella

Catoptria falsella

Monday, 4 August 2014

Langmaid's Yellow Underwing

Just being having a look at a Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing-type moff from our visit to Cliffe Marshes RSPB on 25 July.

Now pretty confident it was a Langmaid's yellow Underwing...

Langmaid's Yellow Underwing (centre)

Langmaid's Yellow Underwing, 25/7/14, Cliffe Marshes RSPB
Images by John Clements - was is surprising as they're actually, nearly, almost, in focus.

Nails by, 'Nails aren't us'.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

1 August 2014 - Isle of Sheppey, Kent

Popped up to the sand dunes on Sheppey to see what might be lurking... Several beasties got me excited in the glow of the MV lights - I'm now of the opinion that I probably need to go back to find any potential goodies. The darts. in particular, have caused me a problem - especially this first example which I guess is also a White-lined. I think.

Dart spp - White-lined?

Dart spp - White-lined?

Dart spp (left) and White-lined Dart (right)

White-lined Dart

White-lined Dart

Lackey spp. Need to have a look at the hindwing on this moth as I certainly can't determine it from this view.

Cabbage Moth

Dog's Tooth

Dog's Tooth

small moff spp... Eucosma tripoliana????? help....

Endothenia quadrimaculana - I think...

Sunday, 27 July 2014

26 July 2014 - Cliffe Marshes RSPB

Had a fantastic catch at Cliffe Marshes RSPB with around 180+ species being recorded - a further 4x Starwort, adding to yesterday's 2. Pride of place, I think, goes to this slightly battered Oak Processionary Moth - hopefully just one of the several migrants caught.

Oak Processionary
Oak Processionary
Dog's Tooth
Dog's Tooth
Marbled Green
Marbled Beauty (left) and Marbled Green (right)

Small Dotted Buff (female)

Silky Wainscot

Bulrush Wainscot

Slender Pug