30 June/1 July 2012: total 57, species 23 (Min 8.6C, Max 12.0C, clear, very windy with some cloud developing overnight). A much cooler night and very windy.... The full moon did not help either.

Large Twist (Large Fruit-tree Tortrix) 0977 Archips podana (1)
Variegated Golden Tortrix 0980 Archips xylosteana (1)
Hedge Shade 1014 Isotrias rectifasciana (1)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (3)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (9)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (1)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (6)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (1)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (5)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (3)
Spruce Carpet 1769 Thera britannica (1)
Green Pug 1860 Pasiphila rectangulata (2)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (2)
Mottled Beauty 1941 Alcis repandata repandata (1)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Buff Tip 1994 Phalera bucephala (1)
Heart & Club 2088 Agrotis clavis (3)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (6)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (3)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (3)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (1)
Silver Y 2441 Autographa gamma (1)

29/30 June 2012: total 57, species 24 (Min 13.6C, Max 14.1C, overcast, windy, showers). Last night we had a dinner party and I did not check the trap before I went to bed. Just look at the difference this made to the overall catch total compared with previous nights! This only reinforces my view about the large number of moths that are attracted to light, but which never, ever enter the trap. Over recent nights, I have spent upwards of an hour collecting such moths for evaluation the next morning and two nights ago, I reached a total of 70 moths in this way before going to bed.

Diamond-back Moth 0464 Plutella xylostella (1)
Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (3)
Large Ivy Twist 1002 Lozotaenia forsterana (1)
Red-barred Tortrix 1010 Ditula angustiorana (1)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (2)
Bramble-shoot Moth 1175 Epiblema uddmanniana (1)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (6)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (5)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (5)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (2)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata (2)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)
Green Pug 1860 Pasiphila rectangulata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Mottled Beauty 1941 Alcis repandata repandata (1)
Heart & Club 2088 Agrotis clavis (2)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (7)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (3)
Double Square-spot 2128 Xestia triangulum (1)
Shears 2147 Hada plebeja (1)
Dun-bar 2318 Cosmia trapezina (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (6)
Light Arches 2322 Apamea lithoxylaea (1)
Fan-foot 2489 Zanclognatha tarsipennalis (2)

28/29 June 2012: total 106, species 45 (Min 11.5C, Max 14.0C, clear skies, very breezy). A cooler night, but another ton up!

Diamond-back Moth 0464 Plutella xylostella (7)
Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (1)
Long-horned Flat-body 0658 Carcina quercana (1)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (2)
Orange Crest 0868 Helcystogramma rufescens (1)
Barred Twist 0970 Pandemis cerasana (1)
Large Ivy Twist 1002 Lozotaenia forsterana (2)
Green Oak Tortrix 1033 Tortrix viridana (1)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (5)
Bramble-shoot Moth 1175 Epiblema uddmanniana (3)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (2)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (5)
Common Grey 1334 Scoparia ambigualis (1)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (7)
Small Blood-vein 1690 Scopula imitaria (2)
Small Dusty Wave 1707 Idaea seriata (1)
Treble Brown Spot 1711 Idaea trigeminata (1)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (1)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (4)
Yellow Shell 1742 Camptogramma bilineata bilineata (4)
July Highflyer 1777 Hydriomena furcata (1)
Wormwood Pug 1830 Eupithecia absinthiata (3)
Green Pug 1860 Pasiphila rectangulata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (5)
Dingy Shell 1874 Euchoeca nebulata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (3)
Swallow-tailed 1922 Ourapteryx sambucaria (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (2)
Mottled Beauty 1941 Alcis repandata repandata (1)
Heart & Club 2088 Agrotis clavis (4)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (9)
Flame 2098 Axylia putris (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
True Lover's Knot 2118 Lycophotia purphyrea (1)
Double Square-spot 2128 Xestia triangulum (1)
Shears 2147 Hada plebeja (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (6)
Clouded-bordered Brindle 2326 Apamea crenata (1)
Common/Lesser Common Rustic 2343 Mesapamea secalis/didyma (1) 
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (1)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (1)
Straw Dot 2474 Rivula sericealis (1)
Snout 2477 Hypena proboscidalis (4)
Fan-foot 2489 Zanclognatha tarsipennalis (2)

27/28 June 2012: total 101, species 43 (Min 15.1C, Max 15.9C, zero stars, calm, some overnight rain). Weatherwise this should have been an absolutely great mothing night, but obviously there was some missing element. I have yet to figure out what.... On the other hand, it was good to get another new macro species for the list.

Diamond-back Moth 0464 Plutella xylostella (1)
Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (2)
Orange Crest 0868 Helcystogramma rufescens (1)
Four-spotted Obscure/Scarce Obscure 0870/0871 Oegoconia quadripuncta/deauratella (1)
Garden Cosmet 0892 Mompha subbistrigella (2)
Barred Twist 0970 Pandemis cerasana (2)
Variegated Golden Tortrix 0980 Archips xylosteana (1)
Privet Twist 0994 Clepsis consimilana (3)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (2)
Large Ivy Twist 1002 Lozotaenia forsterana (2)
Red-barred Tortrix 1010 Ditula angustiorana (1)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (3)
Bramble-shoot Moth 1175 Epiblema uddmanniana (1)
Common Rose Bell 1177 Epiblema rosaecolana (3)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (1)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (9)
Common Grey 1334 Scoparia ambigualis (5)
Pied Grey 1343 Eudonia delunella (1)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (11)
False Cacao Moth 1474 Ephestia parasitella unicolorella (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (1)
Small Dusty Wave 1707 Idaea seriata (5)
Treble Brown Spot 1711 Idaea trigeminata (3)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (2)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (4)
Wormwood Pug 1830 Eupithecia absinthiata (1)
Green Pug 1860 Pasiphila rectangulata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (1)
*New* Dingy Shell 1874 Euchoeca nebulata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (4)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Mottled Beauty 1941 Alcis repandata repandata (2)
Common Wave 1956 Cabera exanthemata (1)
Heart & Club 2088 Agrotis clavis (2)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (6)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (2)
Light Arches 2322 Apamea lithoxylaea (1)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (2)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (1)
Snout 2477 Hypena proboscidalis (4)
Small Fan-foot 2492 Herminia grisealis (1)

26/27 June 2012: total 129, species 51 (Min 14.8C, Max 15.5C, zero stars, breezy). These were almost the perfect mothing conditions: totally overcast with the merest hint of dampness in the air, but the breeze was just a little bit too much. I watched as a swarm of bees (moths) flighted into towards the light and have remarked how many species have turned up in pairs for the past couple of nights.

Azalea Leaf Miner 0285 Caloptilia azaleella (1)
Diamond-back Moth 0464 Plutella xylostella (3)
Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (2)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (2)
Orange Crest 0868 Helcystogramma rufescens (1)
Four-spotted Obscure/Scarce Obscure 0870/0871 Oegoconia quadripuncta/deauratella (1)
Garden Cosmet 0892 Mompha subbistrigella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (7)
Large Ivy Twist 1002 Lozotaenia forsterana (1)
Yellow Oak Button 1032 Aleimma loeflingiana (1)
Green Oak Tortrix 1033 Tortrix viridana (1)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (5)
Triangle-marked Roller 1115 Ancylis achatana (1)
Common Rose Bell 1177 Epiblema rosaecolana (3)
Codling Moth 1261 Cydia pomonella (1)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (4)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (8)
Common Grey 1334 Scoparia ambigualis (3)
Pied Grey 1343 Eudonia delunella (1)
Olive Pearl 1392 Udea olivalis (1)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (10)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (1)
Small Dusty Wave 1707 Idaea seriata (1)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (1)
Flame Carpet 1722 Xanthorhoe designata (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (2)
Yellow Shell 1742 Camptogramma bilineata bilineata (2)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (2)
Freyer's Pug 1827 Eupithecia intricata sspp. arceuthata (1)
Wormwood Pug 1830 Eupithecia absinthiata (3)
Green Pug 1860 Pasiphila rectangulata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (3)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (2)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (3)
Mottled Beauty 1941 Alcis repandata repandata (3)
Common Wave 1956 Cabera exanthemata (1)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Pale Prominent 2011 Pterostoma palpina (1)
Heart & Club 2088 Agrotis clavis (6)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (10)
Flame 2098 Axylia putris (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (7)
Double Square-spot 2128 Xestia triangulum (1)
L-album Wainscot 2202 Mythimna l-album (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (8)
Marbled/Rufous/Tawny Minor, 2337 Oligia strigilis et al (1)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (1)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (1)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (1)
Fan-foot 2489 Zanclognatha tarsipennalis (2)
Small Fan-foot 2492 Herminia grisealis (2)

25/26 June 2012: total 97, species 46 (Min 11.2C, Max 13.8C, zero stars, scant breeze).

Azalea Leaf Miner 0285 Caloptilia azaleella (1)
Diamond-back Moth 0464 Plutella xylostella (1)
Bryotropha spp, possibly Dark Groundling 0779 affinis or Dull Red Groundling 0782 senectella (1)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (2)
Orange Crest 0868 Helcystogramma rufescens (1)
Straw Conch 0936 Cochylimorpha straminea (1)
Yarrow Conch 0947 Aethes smeathmanniana (1)
Variegated Golden Tortrix 0980 Archips xylosteana (2)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (3)
Red-barred Tortrix 1010 Ditula angustiorana (1)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (5)
Cock's-head Bell 1165 Zeiraphera isertana (2)
Bramble-shoot Moth 1175 Epiblema uddmanniana (1)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (1)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (3)
Common Grey 1334 Scoparia ambigualis (1)
Pied Grey 1343 Eudonia delunella (1)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (4)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (4)
Small Dusty Wave 1707 Idaea seriata (1)
Treble Brown Spot 1711 Idaea trigeminata (1)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (1)
Flame Carpet 1722 Xanthorhoe designata (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (2)
Common Carpet 1738 Epirrhoe alternata alternata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (5)
Wormwood Pug 1830 Eupithecia absinthiata (2)
Green Pug 1860 Pasiphila rectangulata (2)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (2)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (3)
Swallow-tailed 1922 Ourapteryx sambucaria (2)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (3)
Mottled Beauty 1941 Alcis repandata repandata (2)
Heart & Club 2088 Agrotis clavis (7)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (7)
Double Square-spot 2128 Xestia triangulum (2)
Shears 2147 Hada plebeja (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (6)
Light Arches 2322 Apamea lithoxylaea (1)
Clouded-bordered Brindle 2326 Apamea crenata (2)
Marbled/Rufous/Tawny Minor, 2337 Oligia strigilis et al (2)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (2)
Rustic 2382 Hoplodrina blanda (1)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (1)
Snout 2477 Hypena proboscidalis (1)

24/25 June 2012: total 66, species 37 (Min 8.9C, Max 13.0C, medium- stars, scant breeze).

Diamond-back Moth 0464 Plutella xylostella (2)
*New* Garden Lance-wing 0483 Epermenia chaerophyllella (1)
Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (2)
Long-horned Flat-body 0658 Carcina quercana (1)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (1)
Straw Conch 0936 Cochylimorpha straminea (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Yellow Oak Button 1032 Aleimma loeflingiana (2)
Green Oak Tortrix 1033 Tortrix viridana (1)
Cock's-head Bell 1165 Zeiraphera isertana (1)
Bramble-shoot Moth 1175 Epiblema uddmanniana (2)
Common Rose Bell 1177 Epiblema rosaecolana (1)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (2)
Common Grey 1334 Scoparia ambigualis (2)
Pied Grey 1343 Eudonia delunella (1)
Small Purple & Gold 1361 Pyrausta aurata (1)
Olive Pearl 1392 Udea olivalis (1)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (2)
Small Dusty Wave 1707 Idaea seriata (1)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (2)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)
Yellow Shell 1742 Camptogramma bilineata bilineata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (2)
Freyer's Pug 1827 Eupithecia intricata sspp. arceuthata (1)
Green Pug 1860 Pasiphila rectangulata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (4)
Mottled Beauty 1941 Alcis repandata repandata (1)
Heart & Club 2088 Agrotis clavis (2)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (11)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (2)
Double Square-spot 2128 Xestia triangulum (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (6)
Clouded-bordered Brindle 2326 Apamea crenata (1)
Marbled/Rufous/Tawny Minor, 2337 Oligia strigilis et al (1)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (1)

23/24 June 2012: total 63, species 38 (Min 10.3C, Max 12.6C, zero stars, starting calm but overnight strong winds returning with very heavy rain). It was good to see only the second Barred Yellow recorded in the garden, but where were all the clubs and darts of the previous evening?

Diamond-back Moth 0464 Plutella xylostella (3)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (2)
Barred Twist 0970 Pandemis cerasana (2)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (3)
Large Ivy Twist 1002 Lozotaenia forsterana (2)
Yellow Oak Button 1032 Aleimma loeflingiana (1)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (4)
Triangle-marked Roller 1115 Ancylis achatana (1)
Cock's-head Bell 1165 Zeiraphera isertana (1)
Bramble-shoot Moth 1175 Epiblema uddmanniana (2)
Common Rose Bell 1177 Epiblema rosaecolana (2)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (1)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (1)
*New* Pied Grey 1343 Eudonia delunella (1)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (2)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (4)
Common Emerald 1669 Hemithea aestivaria (1)
Small Dusty Wave 1707 Idaea seriata (1)
Treble Brown Spot 1711 Idaea trigeminata (1)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (1)
Barred Yellow 1765 Cidaria fulvata (1)
Freyer's Pug 1827 Eupithecia intricata sspp. Arceuthata (1)
Green Pug 1860 Pasiphila rectangulata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Mottled Beauty 1941 Alcis repandata repandata (1)
Common Wave 1956 Cabera exanthemata (2)
Alder Kitten 1996 Furcula bicuspis (1)
Heart & Club 2088 Agrotis clavis (2)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (4)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (3)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (1)
Double Square-spot 2128 Xestia triangulum (2)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (2)
Silver Y 2441 Autographa gamma (1)

22/23 June 2012: total 67, species 34 (Min 9.0C, Max 12.2C, medium stars, patchy thick cloud, very windy).

Sandy Long-horn 0141 Nematopogon schwarziellus (1)
Diamond-back Moth 0464 Plutella xylostella (3)
Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (1)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (2)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (3)
Yellow-faced Bell 1174 Epiblema cynosbatella (1)
Bud Moth 1205 Spilonota ocellana (1)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (1)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (1)
Olive Pearl 1392 Udea olivalis (1)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (2)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (1)
Common Emerald 1669 Hemithea aestivaria (1)
Small Emerald 1673 Hemistola chrysoprasaria (1)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (3)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (4)
Green Pug 1860 Pasiphila rectangulata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (2)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Mottled Beauty 1941 Alcis repandata repandata (1)
Alder Kitten 1996 Furcula bicuspis (1)
Heart & Club 2088 Agrotis clavis (9)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (11)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (2)
Bright-line Brown-eye 2160 Lacanobia oleracea (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (3)
Clouded-bordered Brindle 2326 Apamea crenata (1)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (1)
Rustic 2382 Hoplodrina blanda (1)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (1)

20/21 June 2012: total 69, species 42 (13.8C at 22.30, then rising: clouding right over, scant breeze, rain overnight).

*New* Ectoedemia ssp. (1)
Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (2)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (1)
Barred Twist 0970 Pandemis cerasana (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (2)
Hedge Shade 1014 Isotrias rectifasciana (1)
Green Oak Tortrix 1033 Tortrix viridana (1)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (3)
*New* Narrow-winged Marble 1095 Apotomis sororculana (1)
Triangle-marked Roller 1115 Ancylis achatana (1)
Nut Bud Moth 1139 Epinotia tenerana (1)
Bramble-shoot Moth 1175 Epiblema uddmanniana (1)
Common Rose Bell 1177 Epiblema rosaecolana (1)
Red Piercer 1219 Lathronympha strigana (1)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (1)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (1)
Hook-streak Grass-veneer 1301 Crambus lathoniellus (1)
Small Magpie 1376 Eurrhypara hortulata (1)
Olive Pearl 1392 Udea olivalis (2)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (6)
Small Dusty Wave 1707 Idaea seriata (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (2)
Yellow Shell 1742 Camptogramma bilineata bilineata (2)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (2)
Green Carpet 1776 Colostygia pectinataria (1)
Currant Pug 1832 Eupithecia assimilata (1)
Green Pug 1860 Pasiphila rectangulata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (2)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Mottled Beauty 1941 Alcis repandata repandata (2)
Heart & Club 2088 Agrotis clavis (1)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (8)
Flame 2098 Axylia putris (1)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
Purple Clay 2122 Diarsia brunnea (1)
Lychnis 2173 Hadena bicruris (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (2)
Light Arches 2322 Apamea lithoxylaea (1)
Marbled/Rufous/Tawny Minor, 2337 Oligia strigilis et al (5)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (1)

19/20 June 2012: total 26, species 18 (Min 8.0C, Max 11.1C, medium stars, calm).

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (3)
Large Ivy Twist 1002 Lozotaenia forsterana (1)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (2)
Common Grey 1334 Scoparia ambigualis (3)
Dusky Pearl 1390 Udea prunalis (1)
Olive Pearl 1392 Udea olivalis (1)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (1)
Treble Brown Spot 1711 Idaea trigeminata (1)
Phoenix 1754 Eulithis prunata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Heart & Club 2088 Agrotis clavis (1)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (4)
Flame 2098 Axylia putris (1)
Purple Clay 2122 Diarsia brunnea (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (1)
Marbled/Rufous/Tawny Minor, 2337 Oligia strigilis et al (1)

18/19 June 2012: total 25, species 18 (Min 5.6C, Max 10.8C, medium- stars, breezy). Nice to see a Clouded Brindle - rare in this garden.

Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (2)
Large Ivy Twist 1002 Lozotaenia forsterana (2)
Crescent Bell 1133 Epinotia bilunana (1)
Satin Grass-veneer 1302 Crambus perlella (1)
Olive Pearl 1392 Udea olivalis (1)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (1)
Small Dusty Wave 1707 Idaea seriata (2)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (2)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (2)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Heart & Club 2088 Agrotis clavis (2)
Ingrailed Clay 2120 Diarsia mendica mendica (1)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (1)
Clouded Brindle 2327 Apamea epomidion (1)
Snout 2477 Hypena proboscidalis (2)

17/18 June 2012: total 44, species 28 (Min 9.6C, Max 12.4C, zero stars, intermittent light rain). I find the ebb and flow of the local moths really interesting. To quote Chris packham, "There are a great number of species in the area, but there are not great numbers of individual species". This is not, of course, completely true, as for certain species there can be simply huge daily numbers, but you only have to look at the singletons, by far in the majority, to realise that what he said is largely true. I am bowled over by the sheer diversity.

Long-horned Flat-body 0658 Carcina quercana (1)
Firethorn Leaf Miner 0332a Phyllonorycter leucographella (1)
Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (1)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (2)
Orange Crest 0868 Helcystogramma rufescens (1)
Variegated Golden Tortrix 0980 Archips xylosteana (2)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (4)
Hedge Shade 1014 Isotrias rectifasciana (1)
Green Oak Tortrix 1033 Tortrix viridana (1)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (4)
Common Rose Bell 1177 Epiblema rosaecolana (1)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (1)
Maiden's Blush 1680 Cyclophora punctaria (1)
Yellow Shell 1742 Camptogramma bilineata bilineata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (1)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (2)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Mottled Beauty 1941 Alcis repandata repandata (1)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (4)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (2)
Ingrailed Clay 2120 Diarsia mendica mendica (2)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (2)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (1)
Marbled/Rufous/Tawny Minor, 2337 Oligia strigilis et al (1)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (1)
Spectacle 2450 Abrostola tripartita (1)
Snout 2477 Hypena proboscidalis (2)

16/17 June 2012: total 28, species 18 (Min 11.0C, Max 11.9C, zero stars, very windy, intermittent drizzle).

Long-horned Flat-body 0658 Carcina quercana (1)
Bryotropha spp, possibly Dark Groundling 0779 affinis or Dull Red Groundling 0782 senectella (1)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (4)
Green Oak Tortrix 1033 Tortrix viridana (1)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (2)
Common Rose Bell 1177 Epiblema rosaecolana (1)
Olive Pearl 1392 Udea olivalis (1)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Peppered Moth 1931 Biston betularia (1)
Heart & Club 2088 Agrotis clavis (1)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (2)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
Ingrailed Clay 2120 Diarsia mendica mendica (4)
Shears 2147 Hada plebeja (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)
Silver Y 2441 Autographa gamma (3)

15/16 June 2012: total 27, species 19 (Min 10.9C, Max 12.3C, zero stars, windy, wet). I have added images of Jersey Emerald 1665a Pseudoterpna coronillata, taken last April when staying at Lageia in the Troodos Mountains on Cyprus.

Sandy Long-horn 0141 Nematopogon schwarziellus (2)
Long-horned Flat-body 0658 Carcina quercana (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (2)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (4)
Small Magpie 1376 Eurrhypara hortulata (1)
Olive Pearl 1392 Udea olivalis (1)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Peppered Moth 1931 Biston betularia (1)
Heart & Club 2088 Agrotis clavis (2)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (1)
Ingrailed Clay 2120 Diarsia mendica mendica (3)
Bright-line Brown-eye 2160 Lacanobia oleracea (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (1)
Marbled Minor 2337 Oligia strigilis (1)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (1)
Small Fan-foot 2492 Herminia grisealis (1)

14/15 June 2012: total 26, species 15 (Min 12.1C, Max 12.2C, zero stars, very heavy rain, at times torrential, clearing by morning). By 23.00 last night I had recorded a mere two moths and so it came as somewhat of a surprise when I checked the area out this morning. As usual, the majority were simply not in the trap at all.

Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (1)
Long-horned Flat-body 0658 Carcina quercana (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (5)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (2)
Codling Moth 1261 Cydia pomonella (1)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (1)
Small Magpie 1376 Eurrhypara hortulata (1)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (1)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (1)
Green Pug 1860 Pasiphila rectangulata (2)
Common Wave 1956 Cabera exanthemata (1)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (2)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
Ingrailed Clay 2120 Diarsia mendica mendica (4)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (2)

13/14 June 2012: total 17, species 12 (Min 5.0C, Max 7.5C, medium+ stars, calm, cold!). A horribly cold night for the time of the year. This time last year our strawberry crop was all but over. This year, it has barely started....

Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (1)
Large Ivy Twist 1002 Lozotaenia forsterana (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (4)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (2)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
Ingrailed Clay 2120 Diarsia mendica mendica (2)
Shears 2147 Hada plebeja (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)
Marbled Minor 2337 Oligia strigilis (1)
Snout 2477 Hypena proboscidalis (1)

12/13 June 2012: total 25, species 15 (Min 5.6C, Max 9.8C, zero stars, scant breeze, after yet another moist, very cold day). Awoke on Wednesday morning to quite an unaccustomed experience - the sun was actually shining and instead of outdoor dampness, it actually felt warm!

Skin Moth 0227 Monopis laevigella (1)
Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (2)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (3)
Yellow Shell 1742 Camptogramma bilineata bilineata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (1)
Grey Pine Carpet 1768 Thera obeliscata (1)
Broken-barred Carpet 1773 Electrophaes corylata (1)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (3)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (2)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (2)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (4)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
Marbled Minor 2337 Oligia strigilis (1)

11/12 June 2012: total 34, species 19 (Min 9.7C, Max 10.6C, zero stars, raining....still!). Considering the poor conditions, a remarkable number of moths were on the wing.

Skin Moth 0227 Monopis laevigella (1)
Firethorn Leaf Miner 0332a Phyllonorycter leucographella (2)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
*New* Common Rose Bell 1177 Epiblema rosaecolana (1)
Olive Pearl 1392 Udea olivalis (2)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (2)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (6)
Broken-barred Carpet 1773 Electrophaes corylata (2)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (2)
Heart & Club 2088 Agrotis clavis (1)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (4)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
Ingrailed Clay 2120 Diarsia mendica mendica (1)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (2)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (1)
Silver Y 2441 Autographa gamma (2)

10/11 June 2012: total 14, species 10 (Min 11.5C, Max 11.9C, heavy rain, easing by morning).

Skin Moth 0227 Monopis laevigella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Small Magpie 1376 Eurrhypara hortulata (1)
Olive Pearl 1392 Udea olivalis (1)
Common Swift 0017 Hepialus lupulinus (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (2)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (4)
Broken-barred Carpet 1773 Electrophaes corylata (1)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (1)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (1)

9/10 June 2012: total 52, species 28 (Min 5.1C, Max 10.0C, medium cloud, breezy). Despite a cold night, the winds are are last subsiding. Isn't it good when the Beauties turn up and in such good condition that it was easy to see the different wing markings, making id a doddle? I have at last caught up with adding nearly all the new moth species I have recorded to the photo galleries!

Large Long-horn 0140 Nematopogon swammerdamella (4)
Firethorn Leaf Miner 0332a Phyllonorycter leucographella (1)
*New* Cypress-tip Moth 0409b Argyresthia cupressella (1)
Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (1)
White-shouldered House-moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (2)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (4)
Large Ivy Twist 1002 Lozotaenia forsterana (1)
Olive Pearl 1392 Udea olivalis (1)
Small Dusty Wave 1707 Idaea seriata (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (3)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (3)
Grey Pine Carpet 1768 Thera obeliscata (2)
May Highflyer 1778 Hydriomena impluviata (2)
Wormwood Pug 1830 Eupithecia absinthiata (1)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (9)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Mottled Beauty 1941 Alcis repandata repandata (1)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Clouded Silver 1958 Lomographa temerata (1)
Heart & Club 2088 Agrotis clavis (1)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (2)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
Ingrailed Clay 2120 Diarsia mendica mendica (3)
Bright-line Brown-eye 2160 Lacanobia oleracea (1)
Treble Lines 2380 Charanyca trigrammica (1)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (1)
Snout 2477 Hypena proboscidalis (1)

8/9 June 2012: total 37, species 24 (Min 8.6C, Max 10.9C, zero cloud, very windy). Another night of high wind and although this put off the micros to a large extent, many more macros put in an appearance, including a beautiful Figure of Eighty, only the second to be recorded in the garden.

Large Long-horn 0140 Nematopogon swammerdamella (2)
Firethorn Leaf Miner 0332a Phyllonorycter leucographella (1)
White-shouldered House-moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (4)
Hook-streak Grass-veneer 1301 Crambus lathoniellus (1)
Small Magpie 1376 Eurrhypara hortulata (1)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (1)
Figure of Eighty 1654 Tethea ocularis (1)
Flame Carpet 1722 Xanthorhoe designata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (5)
Rivulet 1802 Perizoma affinitata (1)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (1)
Green Pug 1860 Pasiphila rectangulata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Clouded Silver 1958 Lomographa temerata (1)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (3)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (2)
Ingrailed Clay 2120 Diarsia mendica mendica (1)
Shears 2147 Hada plebeja (1)
Bright-line Brown-eye 2160 Lacanobia oleracea (1)
Marbled Minor 2337 Oligia strigilis (1)
Treble Lines 2380 Charanyca trigrammica (2)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (1)
Silver Y 2441 Autographa gamma (2)

7/8 June 2012: total 26, species 16 (Min 13.3C, Max 14.1C, partial thick cloud, gales, periodic heavy rain). What an absolutely foul night! The great surprise was just how many moths there were out and about in all that dreadful weather. It was such a change from Devon, where for once the moths greatly disappointed, with very few indeed out on the wing. It was true I was not using my usual twin 30W actinic Robinson trap, but the marine blue 15W light was the same one which brought in so many dozens of moths on Cyprus in early April.

Large Long-horn 0140 Nematopogon swammerdamella (2)
*New* Case-bearing Clothes Moth 0240 Tinea pellionella (2)
Firethorn Leaf Miner 0332a Phyllonorycter leucographella (4)
Diamond-back Moth 0464 Plutella xylostella (1)
Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (1)
Ruddy Streak 0656 Tachystola acroxantha (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (4)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (2)
May Highflyer 1778 Hydriomena impluviata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (1)
Ingrailed Clay 2120 Diarsia mendica mendica (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)
Treble Lines 2380 Charanyca trigrammica (2)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (1)

1/2 June 2012: total 78, species 30 (Min 14.1C, Max 15.8C, zero stars, breezy). In many ways it was an ideal mothing night in terms of the weather conditions, and the result did not disappoint, perticularly the black form of the Peppered Moth, a first for the garden list.

Diamond-back Moth 0464 Plutella xylostella (1)
Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (1)
White-shouldered House-moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (6)
Brindled Flat-body 0697 Agonopterix arenella (1)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (6)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (4)
Yellow-faced Bell 1174 Notocelia cynosbatella (1)
Codling Moth 1261 Cydia pomonella (1)
Olive Pearl 1392 Udea olivalis (1)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (7)
False Cacao Moth 1474 Ephestia parasitella unicolorella (1)
Maiden's Blush 1680 Cyclophora punctaria (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (5)
Yellow Shell 1742 Camptogramma bilineata bilineata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (8)
Green Carpet 1776 Colostygia pectinataria (1)
Rivulet 1802 Perizoma affinitata (1)
Currant Pug 1832 Eupithecia assimilata (3)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (10)
Brindled Pug 1852 Eupithecia abbreviata (1)
Yellow-barred Brindle 1883 Acasis viretata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (3)
*New* Peppered Moth 1931 Biston betularia f. carbonaria (1)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (3)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (2)
Shears 2147 Hada plebeja (1)
Marbled Minor 2337 Oligia strigilis (3)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (1)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (1)

31 May/1 June 2012: total 64, species 25 (Min 10.9C, Max 15.1C, zero stars, breezy).

Carrion Moth 0228 Monopis weaverella (1)
Yellow-backed Clothes Moth 0229 Monopis obviella (1)
Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (3)
White-shouldered House-moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (3)
Brindled Flat-body 0697 Agonopterix arenella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (8)
Red-barred Tortrix 1010 Ditula angustiorana (1)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (3)
Codling Moth 1261 Cydia pomonella (1)
Hook-streak Grass-veneer 1301 Crambus lathoniellus (1)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (5)
False Cacao Moth 1474 Ephestia parasitella unicolorella (1)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
Flame Carpet 1722 Xanthorhoe designata (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (3)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (10)
Green Carpet 1776 Colostygia pectinataria (2)
Currant Pug 1832 Eupithecia assimilata (3)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (6)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (3)
Clouded Silver 1958 Lomographa temerata (1)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (2)
Straw Dot 2474 Rivula sericealis (1)
Small Fan-foot 2492 Herminia grisealis (1)

30/31 May 2012: total 54, species 23 (Min 11.2C, Max 13.3C, zero stars, slight breeze, faint moon).

*New* Fern Smut 0200 Psychoides filicivora (2)
Carrion Moth 0228 Monopis weaverella (1)
Diamond-back Moth 0464 Plutella xylostella (1)
Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (1)
White-shouldered House-moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (6)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (3)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (3)
Hook-streak Grass-veneer 1301 Crambus lathoniellus (1)
Small Purple & Gold 1361 Pyrausta aurata (1)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (4)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
Maiden's Blush 1680 Cyclophora punctaria (1)
Silver-ground Carpet 1727 Xanthorhoe montanata montanata (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (2)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (14)
Rivulet 1802 Perizoma affinitata (1)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (3)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (3)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)
Treble Lines 2380 Charanyca trigrammica (1)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (1)

29/30 May 2012: total 53, species 22 (Min 12.6C, Max 14.4C, zero stars, intermittent breeze, misty by morning).

Yellow-backed Clothes Moth 0229 Monopis obviella (1)
Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (4)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (4)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (3)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (5)
Maiden's Blush 1680 Cyclophora punctaria (1)
Flame Carpet 1722 Xanthorhoe designata (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (3)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (13)
Grey Pine Carpet 1768 Thera obeliscata (1)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (3)
Yellow-barred Brindle 1883 Acasis viretata (2)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (2)
Common Wave 1956 Cabera exanthemata (1)
Orange Footman 2043 Eilema sororcula (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (2)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (1)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (1)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (1)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (1)
Silver Y 2441 Autographa gamma (1)

28/29 May 2012: total 53, species 19 (Min 11.9C, Max 16.2C, medium stars, breeze, half moon).

Large Long-horn 0140 Nematopogon swammerdamella (1)
Cork Moth 0216 Nemapogon cloacella (1)
Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner 0366a Cameraria ohridella (2)
White-shouldered House-moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (3)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (8)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (2)
Plum Tortrix 1082 Hedya pruniana (1)
Hook-streak Grass-veneer 1301 Crambus lathoniellus (1)
Small Purple & Gold 1361 Pyrausta aurata (1)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (5)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (2)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (13)
Broken-barred Carpet 1773 Electrophaes corylata (1)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (7)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Alder Moth 2281 Acronicta alni (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)
Treble Lines 2380 Charanyca trigrammica (1)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (1)

27/28 May 2012: total 60, species 25 (Min 10.1C, Max 13.3C, medium stars, calm, moon). After an exceptionally warm day and yet another disappointing butterfly transect, I was treated to two large moths, both with wow factor!

Large Long-horn 0140 Nematopogon swammerdamella (1)
Azalea Leaf Miner 0285 Caloptilia azaleella (2)
Firethorn Leaf Miner 0332a Phyllonorycter leucographella (2)
Triple-barred Argent 0409a Argyresthia trifasciata (1)
Diamond-back Moth 0464 Plutella xylostella (1)
Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (2)
White-shouldered House-moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (5)
Bryotropha ssp (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (9)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (1)
Twenty-plume moth 1288 Alucita hexadactyla (1)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (2)
Micro still to id (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (8)
Currant Pug 1832 Eupithecia assimilata (2)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (11)
Brindled Pug 1852 Eupithecia abbreviata (1)
Yellow-barred Brindle 1883 Acasis viretata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Scalloped Hazel 1920 Odontopera bidentata (1)
Poplar Hawk-moth 1981 Laothoe populi (1)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (2)

26/27 May 2012: total 46, species 17 (Min 11.9C, Max 15.8C, medium- stars, windy). Whar a brilliant night! At least two new species for the garden list, including a real little cracker in the form of an Ectoedemia decentella. This is such a tiny moth and is incredibly difficult to photograph.

Cork Moth 0216 Nemapogon cloacella (1)
Bird's Nest Moth 0247 Tinea trinotella (1)
Firethorn Leaf Miner 0332a Phyllonorycter leucographella (1)
Triple-barred Argent 0409a Argyresthia trifasciata (1)
Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (1)
White-shouldered House-moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (3)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (10)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (1)
Twenty-plume moth 1288 Alucita hexadactyla (2)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (3)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (2)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (7)
Currant Pug 1832 Eupithecia assimilata (2)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (8)
Brindled Pug 1852 Eupithecia abbreviata (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (1)

25/26 May 2012: total 47, species 16 (Min 11.9C, Max 15.8C, medium- stars, windy). Whar a brilliant night! At least two new species for the garden list, including a real little cracker in the form of an Ectoedemia decentella. This is such a tiny moth and is incredibly difficult to photograph.

*New* Sycamore-seed Pigmy 0020 Ectoedemia decentella (1)
*New* Meadow Long-horn 0152 Adela rufimitrella (1)
Yellow-backed Clothes Moth 0229 Monopis obviella (2)
Bird's Nest Moth 0247 Tinea trinotella (1)
Yellow-triangle/New Oak Slender 0286/0287 Caloptilia alchimiella/robustella (3)
White-shouldered House-moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (2)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (9)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (5)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (3)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (9)
Currant Pug 1832 Eupithecia assimilata (1)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (5)
Brindled Pug 1852 Eupithecia abbreviata (1)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (2)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (1)

24/25 May 2012: total 65, species 23 (Min 14.8C, Max 17.6C, medium- stars, calm).

Feathered Bright 0130 Incurvaria masculella (1)
Azalea Leaf Miner 0285 Caloptilia azaleella (1)
Yellow-triangle/New Oak Slender 0286/0287 Caloptilia alchimiella/robustella (2)
Firethorn Leaf Miner 0332a Phyllonorycter leucographella (1)
Triple-barred Argent 0409a Argyresthia trifasciata (3)
Diamond-back Moth 0464 Plutella xylostella (2)
Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (18)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (1)
Twenty-plume moth 1288 Alucita hexadactyla (1)
Small Purple & Gold, 1361 Pyrausta aurata (2)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (5)
Flame Carpet 1722 Xanthorhoe designata (1)
Silver-ground Carpet 1727 Xanthorhoe montanata montanata (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (4)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (7)
Grass Rivulet 1807 Perizoma albulata albulata (1)
Currant Pug 1832 Eupithecia assimilata (1)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (5)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (4)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Pale Prominent 2011 Pterostoma palpina (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)

23/24 May 2012: total 48, species 23 (Phew! It was 18.3C at 22.30 and then rose as the night went on! Zero- stars, calm). Not only was there a new species for the garden list, but yet another micro, which (so far) I have failed to id.

Large Long-horn 0140 Nematopogon swammerdamella (1)
Carrion Moth 0228 Monopis weaverella (1)
Firethorn Leaf Miner 0332a Phyllonorycter leucographella (1)
*New* Triple-barred Argent 0409a Argyresthia trifasciata (2)
Diamond-back Moth 0464 Plutella xylostella (1)
White-shouldered House-moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (6)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (8)
Small Purple & Gold, 1361 Pyrausta aurata (3)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (6)
Flame Carpet 1722 Xanthorhoe designata (1)
Garden carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (1)
Grey Pine Carpet 1768 Thera obeliscata (1)
Foxglove Pug 1817 Eupithecia pulchellata (1)
Currant Pug 1832 Eupithecia assimilata (3)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (1)
Brindled Pug 1852 Eupithecia abbreviata (1)
V-Pug 1858 Chloroclystis v-ata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (3)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Sallow Kitten 1997 Furcula furcula (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (2)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (1)

22/23 May 2012: total 39, species 18 (Min 13.3C, Max 16.5C, zero- stars, calm).

Bordered Carl 0125 Emmetia marginea (1)
Large Long-horn 0140 Nematopogon swammerdamella (1)
Carrion Moth 0228 Monopis weaverella (3)
Yellow-backed Clothes Moth 0229 Monopis obviella (1)
Yellow-triangle/New Oak Slender 0286/0287 Caloptilia alchimiella/robustella (1)
White-shouldered House-moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (2)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (10)
Twenty-plume moth 1288 Alucita hexadactyla (1)
Small Purple & Gold, 1361 Pyrausta aurata (2)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (1)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (2)
Garden carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (2)
Currant Pug 1832 Eupithecia assimilata (2)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (2)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (5)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)

21/22 May 2012: total 23, species 12 (Min 9.8C, Max 12.3C, zero- stars, windy).

Bird's Nest Moth 0247 Tinea trinotella (1)
White-shouldered House-moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (3)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (2)
Twenty-plume moth 1288 Alucita hexadactyla (1)
Small Purple & Gold, 1361 Pyrausta aurata (3)
Flame Carpet 1722 Xanthorhoe designata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (5)
Currant Pug 1832 Eupithecia assimilata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (2)
Lobster Moth 1999 Stauropus fagi (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (2)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (1)

20/21 May 2012: total 14, species 11 (Min 9.8C, Max 11.6C, zero stars, windy with a chill factor).

White-shouldered House-moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (2)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Flame Carpet 1722 Xanthorhoe designata (1)
Garden carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (2)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (2)
Green Carpet 1776 Colostygia pectinataria (1)
Yellow-barred Brindle 1883 Acasis viretata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Common Wave 1956 Cabera exanthemata (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)
Silver Y 2441 Autographa gamma (1)

19/20 May 2012: total 15, species 14 (Min 9.0C, Max 12.3C, zero stars, breezy, later windy). At last, another species new to the garden list!

White-shouldered House-moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (2)
*New* Winter Groundling 0819 Scrobipulpa costella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Bee moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (1)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
Garden carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)
Small Phoenix 1759 Ecliptopera silaceata f. insulata (1)
Currant Pug 1832 Eupithecia assimilata (1)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)
Cabbage 2154 Mamestra brassicae (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (1)

18/19 May 2012: total 12, species 9 (11.9C at 22.30 then rising, zero stars, breezy).

White-shouldered House-moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (1)
Twenty-plume moth 1288 Alucita hexadactyla (1)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
Garden carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)
Currant Pug 1832 Eupithecia assimilata (2)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (2)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (1)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (1)

17/18 May 2012: total 6, species 5 (Min 6.1C, Max 10.1C, zero stars, slight breeze). Yet more miserable, wettish days....

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (2)
V-Pug 1858 Chloroclystis v-ata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)

16/17 May 2012: total 9, species 6 (Min 4.1C, Max 9.0C, zero stars, slight breeze).

Bird's Nest Moth 0247 Tinea trinotella (1)
White-shouldered House-moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (2)
Currant Pug 1832 Eupithecia assimilata (3)
Yellow-barred Brindle 1883 Acasis viretata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)

15/16 May 2012: a big fat zero! (Min 2.5C, Max 4.5C, medium+ stars, calm, unpleasantly cold). On a brighter note, however, was a lone, freashly emerged Burnet Companion on our weekly butterfly transect amidst yet another week of dismally low sightings. What a really dreadful spring this has been for insects, and for that matter the birds. This morning, the 16th, with fleeting sunny periods, we clocked up a mere 5 butterflies!

14/15 May 2012: total 2, species 2 (Min 4.5C, Max 7.5C, medium stars, breezy).

White-shouldered House-moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (1)
Garden carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)

13/14 May 2012: total 4, species 4 (Min 4.5C, Max 7.5C, medium stars, breezy).

White-shouldered House-moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (1)
Small Phoenix 1759 Ecliptopera silaceata f. insulata (1)
Yellow-barred Brindle 1883 Acasis viretata (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)

12/13 May 2012: total 1, species 1 (Min 1.3C, Max 6.4C, medium stars, calm, feeling very cold).

White-shouldered House-moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (1)
Small Purple & Gold 1361 Pyrausta aurata (2)

11/12 May 2012: total 7, species 4 (Min 3.7C, Max 7.5C, medium stars, scant breeze, later wind chill).

Feathered Bright 0130 Incurvaria masculella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (2)
Small Purple & Gold 1361 Pyrausta aurata (3)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (1)

10/11 May 2012: total 2, species 2 (Min 13.0C, Max 16.5C, another lousy night with heavy rain & strong winds, but on the 11th the day improved and by the afternoon the sun had appeared together with the first Pyrausta auratas of the year).

White-shouldered House-moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (1)
Pale Prominent 2011 Pterostoma palpina (1)

9/10 May 2012: total 4, species 4 (Min 10.1C, no max recorded, heavy rain developing, stormy). Here we go again....

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (1)
Yellow-barred Brindle 1883 Acasis viretata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)

8/9 May 2012: total 18, species 12 (Min 10.1C, Max 10.9C, zero stars, calm, light rain). A late afternoon burst of sunshine brought an immediate influx of moths. Then it rained again!

Common Oak Purple 0006 Eriocrania subpurpurella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (2)
Twenty-plume moth 1288 Alucita hexadactyla (1)
Brindled Pug 1852 Eupithecia abbreviata (2)
Currant Pug 1832 Eupithecia assimilata (2)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (3)
Small Phoenix 1759 Ecliptopera silaceata f. insulata (1)
Yellow-barred Brindle 1883 Acasis viretata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (2)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)
Hebrew Character 2190 Orthosia gothica (1)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (1)

7/8 May 2012: total 3, species 3 (Min 10.5C, Max 10.9C, zero stars, rain, sometimes heavy). This spring is fast becoming a wash out, particularly for moths!

London Dowd 0874 Blastobasis lacticolella (1)
Currant Pug 1832 Eupithecia assimilata (1)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (1)

4/5 May 2012: total 3, species 2 (Min 7.9C, Max 10.1C, zero stars, breezy and (yet more) patchy rain).

White-shouldered House-moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (1)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (2)

6/7 May 2012: total 2, species 2 (Min 5.3C, Max 6.8C, zero stars, calm after yet another dreadfully dull & cold day). I haven't even had to water my plants in the greenhouse for nearly a week. Says it all really!

Common Oak Purple 0006 Eriocrania subpurpurella (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)

5/6 May 2012: total 1, species 1 (Min 5.7C, Max 7.5C, zero stars, scant breeze after yet another cold, dull, utterly dreary day with patchy rain). It is hardly surprising that no self respecting moth is hatching out in these conditions and those that are out either have their heads down, or are dead!

Currant Pug 1832 Eupithecia assimilata (1)

4/5 May 2012: total 3, species 2 (Min 7.9C, Max 10.1C, zero stars, breezy and (yet more) patchy rain).

White-shouldered House-moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (1)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (2)

3/4 May 2012: total 5, species 4 (Min 10.5C, Max 11.2C, zero stars, calm, drizzle, after a foul, cold day).

Garden carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (2)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Early Grey 2243 Xylocampa areola (1)

2/3 May 2012: total 5, species 4 (Min 9.8C, Max 10.1C, zero stars, slight breeze, rain).

Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (2)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (1)

1/2 May 2012: total 5, species 3 (Min 5.3C, Max 7.2C, medium stars, slight breeze, moon). The weather is so unsettled at the moment....

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (3)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)

30 April/1 May 2012: total 16, species 8 (Min 11.2C, Max 11.6C, zero stars, breezy, drizzle). At long last we are approaching half decent mothing conditions and after a nice warm day several more species put in an appearance.

White-shouldered House-moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (2)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
Currant Pug 1832 Eupithecia assimilata (1)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (4)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (3)
Muslin 2063 Diaphora mendica (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (3)
Knot Grass 2289 Acronicta rumicis (1)

29/30 April 2012: total 5, species 3 (Min 9.0C, Max 11.9C, medium stars, breezy, moon). One bad day follows a good one. Yesterday we suffered gale force winds and torrential rain - so much the the hose pipe ban! By last evening, the storm clouds had mostly cleared and the rain had stopped.

Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (2)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (1)
Silver Y 2441 Autographa gamma (2)

27/28 April 2012: total 12, species 8 (Min 9.0C, Max 9.8C, zero stars, faint moon, windless, feeling warm for the first time in weeks, rain overnight). After a warm day, the first for weeks, albeit blustery and cloudy at times, the moths were on the move again. Hurray!

Common Oak Purple 0006 Eriocrania subpurpurella (2)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Twenty-plume moth 1288 Alucita hexadactyla (3)
Red twin-spot Carpet 1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia (1)
Streamer 1747 Anticlea derivata (1)
Common Pug 1834 Eupithicea vulgata vulgata f. unicolor (1)
Lesser Swallow Prominent 2006 Pheosia gnoma (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (2)

26/27 April 2012: total 1, species 1 (Min 10.1C, Max 11.2C, medium- stars, moon, windy). At last! We have broken our duck and with a real cracker too! Then, on our butterfly transect we recorded our first Green Long-horns (0150 Adela reaumurella) for several years. The start to the butterfly season here in Mid-Sussex has been nothing short of disastrous, with only 6 butterflies recorded today, 5 Orange-tips and 1 Peacock, but at least it is warmer and it has stopped raining for the time being.

Lesser Swallow Prominent 2006 Pheosia gnoma (1)

24/24 April 2012: total Zero! Despite good overnight temperatures there have been no moths whatsoever for the past two nights, put off no doubt by the rain.

This time last week I was enjoying mothing in the foothills of the Troodos Mountains in Cyprus, where the geometrids came in by the score, plus beautiful hawkmoths, noctuids and huge numbers of micros and pugs. I ignored the latter two - there was simply not enough time to do anything with them. Since returning home the greatest problem has been trying to id the many moths that simply do not appear on the UK list, although there were notable UK rarities in the form of the Passenger moth, Purple Marbled and Portland Ribbon Wave. I knew I had a problem on my hands when I found that the large, beautiful geometrid moth Problepsis ocellata does not even have a common name! I also clocked up my first ever Striped Hawkmoth and all the UK rarities will in time feature in the main image galleries. In the meantime just enjoy the temporary links I have provided.

13/14 April 2012: total 1, species 1 (Min 2.1C, Max 4.1C, zero stars, scant breeze).

Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)

12/13 April 2012: total 2, species 2 (Min -0.4C, Max 4.1C, zero stars, calm after rain and a day of wildly fluctuating temperatures, fog by morning). The past several days have felt cold; surprising really as we have had south westerly winds, but there is no denying that the moths do not like it at all!

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Hebrew Character 2190 Orthosia gothica (1)

11/12 April 2012: total 2, species 2 (Min 0C, Max 6.1C, medium stars, calm, frost by morning).

Brindled Pug 1852 Eupithecia abbreviata (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)

10/11 April 2012: total 4, species 3 (Min -0.4C, Max 6.4C, zero stars, slight breeze, hint of rain).

Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (1)
Small Quaker 2182 Orthosia cruda (1)
Hebrew Character 2190 Orthosia gothica (2)

7/8 April 2012: total 11, species 5 (Min 3.3C, Max 3.7C, patchy cloud, calm, overnight rain).

Brindled Pug 1852 Eupithecia abbreviata (2)
Small Quaker 2182 Orthosia cruda (2)
Common Quaker 2187 Orthosia cerasi (4)
Hebrew Character 2190 Orthosia gothica (1)
Early Grey 2243 Xylocampa areola (2)

6/7 April 2012: total 12, species 5 (Min 7.5C, Max 7.9C, zero stars, scant breeze).

Brindled Pug 1852 Eupithecia abbreviata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (2)
Small Quaker 2182 Orthosia cruda (2)
Common Quaker 2187 Orthosia cerasi (4)
Hebrew Character 2190 Orthosia gothica (3)

5/6 April 2012: total 1, species 1 (Min -2.1C, Max 1.7C, medium stars, full moon, slight breeze). A horrible night with a heavy frost, augering badly for a decent fruit crop this year. The only surprise was that anything flew at all!

Hebrew Character 2190 Orthosia gothica (1)

4/5 April 2012: total 6, species 3 (Min 2.1C, Max 2.5C, thick patchy cloud, calm).

Brindled Pug 1852 Eupithecia abbreviata (2)
Hebrew Character 2190 Orthosia gothica (2)
Early Grey 2243 Xylocampa areola (2)

3/4 April 2012: total 6, species 6 (Min 2.9C, Max 7.2C, zero stars, very hazy moon, calm, light rain - the first for several weeks!).

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Brindled Pug 1852 Eupithecia abbreviata (1)
Small Quaker 2182 Orthosia cruda (1)
Common Quaker 2187 Orthosia cerasi (1)
Hebrew Character 2190 Orthosia gothica (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)

2/3 April 2012: total 3, species 3 (Min 0.5C, Max 4.5C, medium- stars, three quarter moon, scant breeze).

Small Quaker 2182 Orthosia cruda (1)
Common Quaker 2187 Orthosia cerasi (1)
Early Grey 2243 Xylocampa areola (1)

1/2 April 2012: total 5, species 4 (Min zero, Max 2.1C, medium+ stars, half+ moon, calm).

Small Quaker 2182 Orthosia cruda (2)
Clouded Drab 2188 Orthosia incerta (1)
Hebrew Character 2190 Orthosia gothica (1)
Early Grey 2243 Xylocampa areola (1)

31 March/1 April 2012: total 6, species 5 (Min -0.4C, Max 7.2C, zero stars later clearing, breezy). I am keeping my fingers crossed that there won't be any more hard frosts to ruin the early plum and cherry blossoms. That would spell disaster for this year's crop of fruit!

Our first butterfly transect of the new season produced the lowest ever number of butterflies - a mere three Orange Tips. Could the extremely dry early start to the year be a contributing factor? On the other hand, we saw more Bee Flies than ever before (almost swarm proportions for this species) and our first Orange Underwing 1661 Archiearis parthenias. At first, I had hoped that it might have been a Lesser Orange Underwing, but it proved not to be. It is, however, an important record for what is a declining species here in Mid-Sussex.

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Brindled Pug 1852 Eupithecia abbreviata (1)
Small Quaker 2182 Orthosia cruda (2)
Common Quaker 2187 Orthosia cerasi (1)
Chestnut 2258 Conistra vaccinii (1)