Thursday 29 August 2013

29 August 2013 - Holborough Marshes KWT

A nice catch at Holborough Marshes for the Kent Wildlife Trust - including four species new for the site.

Buttoned Snout

Chalk Carpet

Gold Spot

Burnished Brass

Mullein Wave

Tuesday 27 August 2013

27 August 2013 - More Hawk-moths at work

A colleague recently found several superb Eyed Hawk-moth caterpillars on young apple plants - thankfully some of them delayed pupation long enough to allow others to get the cameras out. Nice!

Sunday 25 August 2013

25 August 2013 - Cliffe Marshes RSPB

Visited Cliffe Marshes RSPB for some moth surveying - a nice selection including a fine Dark Sword-grass. The ear moth has to go down as a spp - hopefully I'll get in to gen det in due course to get these things sorted correctly.
Dark Sword-grass

ear moth spp

Old Lady

Micro 1

Micro 2

Saturday 24 August 2013

24 August 2013 - Convulvulous Hawk-moth at work (East Malling)

The Company Secretary found this superb Convulvulous Hawk-moth whist he was passing the smokers shed at work. A quick telephone call later and we had ourselves a mini moth twitch!

Thursday 22 August 2013

22 August 2013 - A924 in Perthshire

Took an evening drive out to the moors along the A924 - a couple of hours running the light in the mist/drizzle, along the side of the road, produced an interesting catch.

Heathe Rustic
Neglected Rustic
Grey Mountain carpet
Scarce Silver-Y 1

Scarce Silver-Y 2
Scarce Silver-Y 3
Northern Deep-brown Dart
Northern Deep-brown Dart
Northern Spinach
Micro Spp - looked really distinctive - but I can't see it in the book...

Micro spp (again)

Minor Shoulder-knot

Minor Shoulder-knot - 2nd individual of the night

Possible Barred Chestnut - but I'm really not happy with ID -  all help/guidance is much appreciated.

Big, worn, interesting and best left unidentified...?
Dark Arches - dark version!

Wednesday 14 August 2013

14 August 2013 - Cairngorms, Aberdeenshire

Last night I went up to some upland/moorland for some roadside moffing. The Northern Rustic was the highlight of the moth front - but a presumed Scottish Wild Cat stole the show on the way home at 1.30am.
Northern Rustic - A wonderful shiny lump of a moth
Northern Rustic - The undoubted highlight of an evening out.

Grey Mountain Carpet - 20+ of these very variable large carpets
Chevron - 30+ of these beautiful, often purple-coloured, moths. Superb!

Autumnal Rustic - first of the year.
presumed Ingrailed Clay (though at high altitude I did suspect this was a Northern Dart for a while - but in the cold light of day, I'm not really sure why I quite so excited...)

Tuesday 13 August 2013

13 August 2013 - Drimmie Woods, Perthshire

Took the wee lad out for a short walk this lunchtime - loads of Twin-spot Carpets flying around everywhere.

Twin-spot Carpet - One of 20+ seen in a 20 minute walk.

Monday 12 August 2013

12 August 2013 - Blairgowrie, Perthshire

A few bits in the garden trap - the Gray Chi being a personal favourite

Barred Chestnut
Grey Chi - white form of this lovely moth

Brown-line Bright-eye - A new spp for the garden

Canary-shouldered Thorn - Another new spp for the garden

Dotted Clay

Dotted Clay

Micro spp

Grasshopper spp

poss Juniper pug, poss something else...!

Lesser Yellow Underwing


Tawny-speckled Pug

Zieraphera isertana - I assume