Saturday 10 February 2024

A few more moths and winter Acleris

 The garden moth list is now up to 15 with a few expected new for years. Still no Acleris here. I used to get winter Acleris moths quite regularly when based at Beddington Farmlands during the winter but even at the Old Vicarage they were not regular in winter, so presumably a bit of a London heat anomaly thing. 

I had a look back at some photos of the ones I used to get at Beddington with a fresh eye since having Nick Asher's book and the latest version of the Micro-moths bible. A few notes below on winter Acleris that have been on this blog. 

Not much else has happened this week, I caused chaos on the M25 on Wednesday after the van drive shaft broke on the M25/A3 junction. It took me all day to get the van to the mechanics and get back to Wood Street. 

Off to Madeira tomorrow for a week family holiday (and some stealth WP twitching). Been far too long since I got off this maddening island so very much looking forward to a break.  

Oak Beauty- always a mile stone on the slow trudge to Spring 
A beautiful fresh Hebrew Character- the main late winter/very early Spring suspects are all beginning to fall now 
A rather plain and dark looking Pale Brindled Beauty - presumably 'monacharia'
Up to four Common Quakers a night now. What with the first crocus and daffodils out in the garden now and some of the Prunus trees about to bud I guess we are now officially in the very early Spring period
Acleris sp from last winter at the Old Vicarage. This could be an Elm Tortrix A.kochiella or possibly A.ferrungana/notana. The CMR team looked at this and concluded it was a gen dent job.
Acleris sp from Beddington, 02/20. Another possible Elm Tortrix candidate? They do winter as an adult and can get disturbed during the winter but the flight season is more lates summer/autumn. 
A winter beauty from November 2022 at the Old Vicarage. White Birch Tortrix, Acleris logiana- confirmed with gen dent by Peter Hall 
Another grey looking Acleris sp from 02/21 at Beddington. The most likely Acleris candidates in winter are Sallow Button, Acleris hastiana, Tufted Button Acleris cristana, Viburnum Button, Acleris schalleriana, Ashy Button, Acleris sparsana and the impossible Tawny Oak/Tawny Birch, Acleris ferrungana/notana. There's also the two pale species discussed above -Elm and White Birch Tortrix, Acleris kochiella/logiana which may also be present in the winter months. I guess Viburnum Button is the closest fit here. 
A January Acleris from Beddington. Maybe Ashy Button? If not maybe Sallow or Viburnum button which are the only other candidates I think. 
A rather tawny looking acleris from December at Beddington. Maybe Tawny Oak/Tawny Birch, Acleris ferrungana/notana. Any of these Tawny coloured jobs in winter are probably this species pair. In the autumn there is also Small Rufous A. aspersana and Fern  Tortrix A. shepherdana to consider and at other times of year even other Tortrix moths like Brown-barred, Rufous (Privet) and of course Light Brown Apple Moth in the winter too. 
A November tawny looking Acleris from Beddington. Maybe Tawny Oak/Tawny Birch, Acleris ferrungana/notana.
Tawny Oak/Tawny Birch, Acleris ferrungana/notana? Not even sure if this isn't a heavily marked Light Brown Apple moth? 
A couple of easier ones- Tufted Button (above) from Beddington and Sallow Button from the Old Vicarage last February (below). 

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