Saturday, 21 July 2018

Micro madness

It all starts getting rather abstract when you start staring at these things too long- the majority of humanity don't care enough about charismatic creatures like Orangutans, large mammals, cetaceans and birds. What hope have these things got-  tiny, grey, cyptic, in-distinctive micro-moths. Anyway good job people like me like them . Here's a few UFOs, works in progress and highlights from the Beddington farmlands trap this week.

I got a chance to put a second Heath Trap by the South Lake this week and got a couple of interesting moths Bright-line Brown Eye and Garden Tiger- neither of which I have recorded at the main obs trap this year. 

Also met up with Tomos in the week to have a look at the Barn Owls (saw two coming out of the usual area) and last night had a look for Hedgehogs- had at least five in the obs garden area- must be an important local population. Tomos is planning on setting up some feeding stations and camera traps. 

Recurvaria nanella- thanks Harry (Surrey moths) 
Bud moth Spilonota ocellana- one of our more regular micros 
Most of the 'scops' recently have been lacustrata. This one looks more like Eudonia mercurella.

Coleophora albitarsella? 

Bucculatrix sp.(thanks Martin, Surrey Moths) 
Parornix sp (thanks Martin, Surrey Moths) 
Caloptilia populetorum, probably this (thanks Harry, Surrey Moths) 
Swammerdamia sp Maybe S.pyrella (Little Ermine) 
Straw Grass Veneer Agriphila straminella 
Common Groundling Teleiodes vulgella (above and below) 

White Banded Grounding Recurvaria leucatella 
Ermine sp  probably a Willow Ermine
Blastobasis adustella (left) and Monopis obviella. A couple of our more common micros.
Bryotropha terella - another common micro. 
Acrobasis advenella- I think the broken sub-marginal line is an effect of wear?
Dotted Oak Knot-horn Phycita roborella 
Lesser Spotted Pinion (not a micro of course, same for flounced rustic and Scorched Carpet below) 
Flounced Rustic
Bulrush Veneer Calamotropha paludella- a  local scarcity (thanks Surrey moths for id). This is listed as a national status B moth (in 1995). There have been several records at Beddington Farmlands by Derek Coleman, Colin Plant and Graham Collins. 
Scorched carpet- another local scarcity 

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