Tuesday 31 August 2010

31 August 2010 - Didcot, Oxon

Now I've eventually concluded that this was just an abberant Heart and Dart - but it had me going for a while...

And this pug spp is still having me scratch my head - poor image before it escaped!

Sunday 29 August 2010

29 August 2010 - Didcot, Oxon

Well, I don't know what this is! Flounced Rustic? It just didn't feel like one. Help appreciated (probably a Straw Underwing).

Mullein Wave - differnt markings on this one.

Bloodvein - after catching one in Cornwall it was nice to get one on home soil.

Saturday 28 August 2010

28 August 2010 - Mevagissey, Cornwall

Convolvulus Hawkmoth - a great big beast and a very welcome find in the trap on the morning of my departure from Cornwall.

Convolvulus Hawkmoth - I had seen these on Scilly and in Kent, but a self-caught was much appreciated.

This moth had me going for a while - I was hoping it was going to be something interesting, but now conclude it is just a Common Rustic.

Small Square-spot - again.

Friday 27 August 2010

27 August 2010, Mevagissey, Cornwall

Sharp-angled Peacock - and a pretty grotty speciment of a species I was looking forward to finding. Oh well.

Pug spp - I have no idea. Which probably means it's a Common Pug. Any help appreciated.

Small Fan-footed Wave - presumed...

Thursday 26 August 2010

26 August 2010, Mevagissey, Cornwall

Common Wave

July Highflyer


Small Square-spot (I think...)
Flounced Rustic - presumed
Flounced Rustic - presumed
Copper Underwing

Tuesday 24 August 2010

24 August 2010 - Mevagissey, Cornwall

Dark Sword-grass - a welcome find in my second Cornish catch. Though it perhaps doesn't look massively different from other Noctuids (if this is teh proper term) in these photos, in real life it was a large, elongated and altogether different beastie. Nice.

Dark Sword-grass - again.

Bloodvein - the first one I've caught since trapping (had seen a few before).

Possible Small White Wave - not 100% sure of the ID of these waves. This one was very well marked.

Flame Carpet - the first of many caught on this trip.

Misc Micro time...

Presumed Oak Bush Cricket - though I ought to look it up just to check

Small green thing - answers on a postcard please...!

Sunday 22 August 2010

22 August 2010 - Mevagissey, Cornwall

Four-spotted Footman - a big lump of a Footman and therefore even more Cockroach-like than your average Footman. Still, it was a welcome find on day one ofthis Cornish holiday.

Bordered Beauty - a little stunner!
Small Wainscott

Purple Bar

Dusky Thorn

Triple Clay Lines (fairly confident of ID - but only fairly!)

July Highflyer

Small Square-spot Rustic

Small Square-spot Rustic (again) - but a different individual

Pinion-streaked Snout - I assume.... though I'm probably goingto be told that this was actually a micro....!

Common Rustic - but I did think for a long time if this was actually a Creasent or something else before reluctantly accepting this 'Common' fate

Saturday 21 August 2010

21 August 2010 - Didcot, Oxon

Square-spot Rustic - a final trapping session before heading for Cornwall produced this new species for the garden.

Thursday 12 August 2010

12 August 2010 - Didcot, Oxon

Bulrush Wainscot - and to be honest I nearly threw this out thinking it was a really worn.... common thing. This beastie, a female according to the book, was only slightly smaller than a Shetland Pony. Nearest water is some distance away, but these things are often found away from foodplant as they rapidly colonise new habitat. A good town centre garden tick if you ask me.

Straw Underwing - I'm pretty sure....

Wednesday 11 August 2010

11 August 2010 - Didcot, Oxon

Yellow-barred Brindle - this little rascal had me foxed for a wee while on account of it being green. Still we got there in the end!

Wax Moth - a micro, but a sizable lump all the same

Tuesday 10 August 2010

10 August 2010 - Didcot, Oxon

Rosy Rustic - another of the, perhaps, expected species to appear as Autumn begins
Red Twin-spotted Carpet - and a different looking one from the 24 July specimen

Monday 9 August 2010

9 August 2010 - Didcot, Oxon

A Marbled Beauty/Green thing... Now I guess the powers that be (Marc & Richard) are going to declare this a small, dark, green moth a Marbled Beauty, cos perhaps that's what it is...

In comparison to a standard Marbled Beauty it was tiddly.

Orange Sift - presenting slightly less of a challenge

Presumed Heart & Dart - though the tattoo on his back looked slightly different from the norm.

And finally, a wainscot - and I'm guessing here that it's a Common Wainscot?