Sunday 28 October 2012

28 October 2012 - The Lakes Larkfield

A Swallow over this house this afternoon - latest record so far this year...

Wednesday 24 October 2012

24 October 2012 - Queendown Warren KWT

A good couple of hours trapping at Queendown last night including a couple of migrant micros.

Grey Shoulder-knot

Grey Shoulder-knot (above) & Blairs Shoulder-knot (below)

Willow Beauty

Oak Nycteoline

Rusty Pearl Dot

Diamond-backed Moth

Thursday 18 October 2012

18 October 2012 - The Larches

Went to The larches this evening, a KWT reserve just near Detling. A relatively good catch, by recent standards, with Mallow, Pine Carpet, Frosted Orange and Merveille du Jour being teh highlights of the macros. Of the micros, only one actually gets named...

Acleris emergana
Dunno 1
Dunno 2

Tuesday 16 October 2012

16 October 2012 - Leyboune Lakes

Spent a short while searching some Ivy flowers in teh hope of finding moths during weather that doesn't allow a trap to go out... One of the first moths was this Dark Chestnut - at least, I'm pretty sure it's a Dark Chestnut - 's' shaped wing and all that, but now a few doubts have entered my wee mind. Any comments much appreciated.

Dark Chestnut

Sunday 16 September 2012

16 Sept 2012 - Cliffe Marshes RSPB

A fairly decent catch last night, with Marc Botham attending again to ensure a few more micros get named. Highlight was an L-album Wainscot - not new for me, but a much better specimen than a couple of weeks ago in Aylesford.

L-album Wainscot
Other interesting species included: Dusky Thorn, Whitepoint, Rush Veneer.

Rush Veneer

Frosted Orange
Dusky Thorn

Saturday 15 September 2012

15 Sept 12 - Kent

A interesting night out last night, with Marc Botham, starting with some checking of a Marsh Mallow clump I had located a wee while ago. After setting traps, we headed off in search of Hog's Fennel - mindful of keeping on the right side of the law for a protected species, we searched the plants from footpaths until finding our quarry species - Fisher's Estuarine Moth. This awesome female looked as fresh as a daisy as she rocked to and fro on her on her embellifer!
Fisher's Estaurine Moth

Returning to initial traps, a quick check produced several Square-spot Rustics and two Marsh Mallow Moths

Marsh Mallow Moth

Sunday 9 September 2012

Saturday 8 September 2012

8 Sept 12 - The Lakes, Larkfield

Buff Tip caterpillar - found in a flower pot!

Tuesday 4 September 2012

4 Sept 2012 - Cliffe Marshes RSPB

A producctive trap at Cliffe last night with 42 species in a couple of hours - a suspected Sandhill Rustic awaits further checking...!
Common Wainscot
Hedge Rustic

Flounced, Dark Arches (?) & Hedge Rustic

Hedge Rustic


Saturday 18 August 2012

18 August 2012 - Gamlingay, Cambs

A quick visit to Cambs enabled a quick outing forthe moth trap. Bulrush Wainscot was a surprise catch..

Bulrush Wainscot

Friday 17 August 2012

17 August 2012 - Holborough Marshes, KWT

Barred Rivulet

Barred Rivulet


Micro 1 - spp

Micro 2- spp

Sharp-angled Peacock

Webb's Wainscot

Webb's Wainscot
Sallow Kitten


Double-striped Pug

Wednesday 15 August 2012

15 August 2012 - East Malling Research, Kent

A meeting with a colleague in one of the apple orchards (as you do) at East Malling, provided a passing opportunity to look at some of the mini-beasts loafing the apple canopy.
Attention was quickly diverted on to something small on one of the outer branches - a fantastic Red-belted Clearwing!
After collecting the camera to get first shots, I then managed to get Adam Whitehouse and John Clements in one the discovery - see Adam's blog for his version of events and images of the 'Clearwing Twitch'!
Red-belted Clearwing

Friday 10 August 2012

10 August 2012 - Aylesford, Kent

A small catch last night did at least produce some quality: Small Clouded Brindle and Cypress Pug.

Common Rustic or Small Clouded  Brindle

Still not sure...!
Cypress Pug - smart!
Tawny Speckled Pug

Plain Pug

Micro spp

Micro spp

Small Fan-footed Wave

Wednesday 8 August 2012

8 August 2012 - Queendown Warren, Kent

A quiet night up at Queendown - but this Barred Rivulet (I don't think it's a Small Seraphim) was a nice highlight.

Barred Rivulet

Nut-tree Tussock
Purple Clay or Square-spotted Caly (can'e see why it's not the latter)
Scortched Carpet
Is this just a Riband Wave siting strangely..?

pug spp - small, large discal spot, dunno...