27/28 September: total 43, species 15, (Min 11.2C, Max 13.6C, zero stars, calm, dew). This late summer-early autumn has been quite remarkable for the almost total absence of any predatory wasps attacking moths in the trap. There were only three this morning, the first of the season.

Large Fruit-tree Tortrix 0977 Archips podana (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (5)
Small Purple & Gold 1361 Pyrausta aurata (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (4)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (6)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (3)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (7)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (3)
Beaded Chestnut 2267 Agrochola lychnidis (2)
Lunar Underwing, 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (3)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (2)
Straw Dot 2474 Rivula sericealis (3)
Snout 2477 Hypena proboscidalis (1)

26/27 September: total 52, species 19, (Min 11.5C, Max 14.7C, medium- stars, calm, dew).

Long-horned Flat-body 0658 Carcina quercana (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (9)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (3)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (2)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (5)
Grey Pine Carpet 1768 Thera obeliscata (1)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (2)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (5)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (5)
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2110 Noctua fimbriata (1)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (2)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (2)
Black Rustic 2232 Aporophyla nigra (1)
Beaded Chestnut 2267 Agrochola lychnidis (3)
Lunar Underwing, 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (5)
Barred Sallow 2272 Xanthia aurago (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (2)
Snout 2477 Hypena proboscidalis (1)

25/26 September: total 51, species 16, (Min 14.2C, Max 14.5C, zero stars, intermittent slight breeze). What a remarkable temperature swing!

Yellow-backed Clothes Moth 0229 Monopsis obviella (1)
Long-horned Flat-body 0658 Carcina quercana (1)
Privet Twist 0994 Clepsis consimilana (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (11)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (4)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (3)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (4)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (10)
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2110 Noctua fimbriata (2)
Small Square-spot 2123 Diarsia rubi (1)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (2)
Lunar Underwing, 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (4)
Copper Underwing 2297 Amphipyra pyramidea (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (3)
Snout 2477 Hypena proboscidalis (2)

24/25 September: total 11, species 5, (Min 5.5C, Max 10.0C, medium+ stars, slight breeze, dew). The downwards spiral continues....

Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (1)
Hebrew Character 2190 Orthosia gothica (1)
Beaded Chestnut 2267 Agrochola lychnidis (3)
Lunar Underwing, 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (5)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)

22/23 September: total 16, species 10, (Min 6.0C, Max 10.4C, medium stars, calm, dew). Beating even last night's low temperatures, autumn now seems to be well on the way....

Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (2)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (1)
Beaded Chestnut 2267 Agrochola lychnidis (2)
Lunar Underwing, 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (5)
Copper Underwing 2297 Amphipyra pyramidea (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)

21/22 September: total 27, species 9, (Min 6.9C, Max 11.1C, medium stars, calm, dew). The coldest night since spring and the moth count suffered accordingly. I have just been catching up with the weekend newspapers and read Matthew Oates' account of his first Clifden Nonpareil in The Times on Saturday. This immediately brought back my own wonderful encounters with this species and how I raised one from an egg, through to a four-inch caterpillar and then through to a beautiful, huge moth. Like Matthew, my experience was that, unlike other really large moths such as the hawk-moths and the like, which are quite happy to tolerate being handled by humans, Clifdens most certainly do not and take off fast immediately they get the opportunity to escape. For me, my two Clifden experiences this year are almost certainly the highlights of my entire mothing career, eclipsing even my very first encounters with Puss-moths and Hawk-moths.

As a matter of interest, Matthew seems to think that the Clifdens breed on aspen and only perhaps on poplar. Well, I can tell him that they do indeed breed well on poplar, particularly Lombardy Poplar. Should they return next year and I manage to get some more eggs, then I may well try some on aspen.

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (5)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (2)
Small Square-spot 2123 Diarsia rubi (1)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (2)
Lunar Underwing, 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (13)

Sussex bred Clifden Nonpareil Catocala fraxini 2014 photo image 

20/21 September: total 36, species 11, (Min 12.8C, Max 15.9C, medium-- stars, breezy).

Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (7)
Garden Rose Button 1048 Acleris variegana (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (2)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (2)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (9)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (4)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (1)
Large Ranunculus 2252 Polymixis flavicincta (1)
Lunar Underwing, 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (7) 

19/20 September: total 41, species 15, (Min 14.0C, Max 18.1C, medium- stars, calm, dew). A very warm night, indeed one of the warmest of the year. This is the latest I have ever recorded a Ruby Tiger, this one being very dark on the uppersides, with a great deat of dark on the underwings, as described in Colin's third book. I find it strange that in the description of this moth in the main id books, no mention is made of the very distinctive rows of black dots along the top and both sides of the abdomen and the fact that the antennae can be pure white and not as shown in the books, which are dark.

Privet Twist 0994 Clepsis consimilana (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (10)
Twenty-plume 1288 Alucita hexadactyla (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (1)
Small Blood-vein 1690 Scopula imitaria (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Ruby Tiger 2064 Phragmatobia fulginosa fulginosa (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (5)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (3)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (3)
Lunar Underwing, 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (10)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)
Straw Dot 2474 Rivula sericealis (1)

14/15 September: total 54, species 18, (Min 13.0C, Max 13.9C, medium-- stars, calm, dew). It has been quite a while since anything even remotely out of the ordinary came along, and so it was good to see a White Oak Midget. Nothing much wrong with my eyesight then, to pick up a nano-moth this size! This is only about my 9th record of this species and by far the latest in the year.

White Oak Midget 0315 Phyllonorycter harrisella (1)
White-shouldered House Moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (4)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (2)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (1)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (2)
Oak Hook-tip 1646 Watsonalla binaria (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (2)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (4)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (17)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (6)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (1)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (2)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (1)
Lunar Underwing, 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa  (6)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)

13/14 September: total 52, species 14, (Min 11.8C, Max 13.5C, medium-- stars, almost scant breeze, dew).

Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix 0969 Pandemis corylana (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (2)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (1)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
Small Blood-vein 1690 Scopula imitaria (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (3)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (3)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (14)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (11)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (1)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (3)
Lunar Underwing, 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (9) 

12/13 September: total 41, species 14, (Min 11.0C, Max 12.8C, medium- stars, calm, dew).

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (5)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (1)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (2)
Oak Hook-tip 1646 Watsonalla binaria (1)
Small Dusty Wave 1707 Idaea seriata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (2)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (11)
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2110 Noctua fimbriata (1)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (1)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (10)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (1)
Lunar Underwing, 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (3) 

11/12 September: total 33, species 10, (Min 10.2C, Max 12.9C, zero stars, no moon, calm, dew). No moon and no more moths!

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Small Blood-vein 1690 Scopula imitaria (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Light (6)
Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (3)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (11)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (2)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (1)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (3)
Lunar Underwing, 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (4)
Snout 2477 Hypena proboscidalis (1)

10/11 September: total 33, species 11, (Min 9.0C, Max 11.6C, medium stars, bright full moon, calm, dew). I find this such a depressing time of year: progressively cooler night time temperatures, falling numbers of moths and far fewer species.

White-shouldered House Moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (1)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (2)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (3)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (5)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (4)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (1)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (1)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (11)
Lunar Underwing, 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (3) 

8/9 September: total 29, species 13, (Min 10.1C, Max 12.8C, medium- stars, bright full moon, calm, dew). A combination of declining night temperatures and a very bright moon are not conducive to mothing, as can be seen quite clearly from the last few days.

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (2)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (1)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Early Thorn 1917 Selenia dentaria (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (9)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (1)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (1)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (1)
Six-striped Rustic 2133 Xestia sexstrigata (1)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (5)
Lunar Underwing, 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa  (3)
Snout 2477 Hypena proboscidalis (2)

7/8 September: total 45, species 13, (Min 10.2C, Max 13.9C, zero stars, full moon, calm, dew). Go away for a couple of days and just look at what happens - a crash in moth numbers!

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (4)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (2)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (3)
Early Thorn 1917 Selenia dentaria (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (10)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (4)
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2110 Noctua fimbriata (1)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (2)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (1)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (14)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg. (1)
Snout 2477 Hypena proboscidalis (1)

4/5 September: total 134, species 27, (Min 12.2C, Max 17.4C, zero+ stars, calm, very slight dew). Another night of same old, same old.... :) Excellent numbers of Brimstones though, possibly the largest total yet.

Azalea Leaf Miner 0285 Caloptilia azaleella (1)
Firethorn Leaf Miner 0332a Phyllonorycter leucographella (1)
Purple Argent 0422 Argyresthia albistria (1)
Diamond-back 0464 Plutella xylostella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (9)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (2)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (16)
Mother of Pearl 1405 Pleuroptya ruralis (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (2)
Small Dusty Wave 1707 Idaea seriata (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (2)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (14)
Dusky Thorn 1914 Ennomos fuscantaria (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (2)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (3)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (48)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (3)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (4)
Small Square-spot 2123 Diarsia rubi (1)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (1)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (13)
Lunar Underwing, 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (1)
Cloaked Minor 2341 Mesoligia furuncula (1)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg. (2)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (1)
Snout 2477 Hypena proboscidalis (1)

3/4 September: total 117, species 24, (Min 12.1C, Max 14.8C, medium- stars, calm, dew).

Apple Leaf Miner 0263 Lyonetia clerkella (1)
Diamond-back 0464 Plutella xylostella (1)
Four-spotted Obscure agg. 0870 Oegoconia quadripuncta agg. (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (6)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (5)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (13)
Rusty Dot Pearl 1395 Udea ferrugalis (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (1)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
Chinese Character 1651 Cilix glaucata (1)
Maidens Blush 1680 Cyclophora punctaria (1)
Small Dusty Wave 1707 Idaea seriata (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (5)
Dusky Thorn 1914 Ennomos fuscantaria (1)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (3)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (42)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (12)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (6)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (9)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg. (2)
Pinion-streaked Snout 2484 Schrankia costaesstrigalis (1)

2/3 September: total 132, species 19, (Min 11.9C, Max 14.1C, medium- stars, calm, dew). After the excitement of yesterday, this was a bit of a let down.

Firethorn Leaf Miner 0332a Phyllonorycter leucographella (1)
Diamond-back 0464 Plutella xylostella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (10)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (8)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (16)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (6)
Dusky Thorn 1914 Ennomos fuscantaria (1)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (55)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (7)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (1)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (4)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (15)
White-point 2194 Mythimna albipuncta (1)
Lunar Underwing, 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (1)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (1)

1/2 September: total 103, species 27, (Min 13.8C, Max 17.2C, zero stars, calm, steady light rain). My Clifden Nonpareil hatched out overnight, probably far too late to mate with the one which hatched on 11 August. It is such a beautiful moth. The upper-side is quite plain really, that is until it opens its wings and you get the full benefit of those incredible blue underwings. The undersides are no less beautiful - an incredibly furry, white abdomen and uniquely marked wings when seen from underneath.

This is probably one of the best travelled moths ever, since as a caterpillar it travelled up to Nunhead in South London, to Sutton Poyntz in Dorset and Kingsteignton in Devon. Then, as a pupa, it travelled to Upper Minety in Wiltshire, before returning "home" to Haywards Heath in Sussex. I feel incredibly privileged to have been associated with these moths this year. I managed a few shots indoors and just one when I released her outside, before she flew off strongly in the direction of some poplar trees in a nearby garden.

Diamond-back 0464 Plutella xylostella (1)
Orange Crest 0868 Helcystogramma rufescens (1)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (6)
Garden Rose Button 1048 Acleris variegana (1)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (4)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (9)
Garden Pebble 1356 Evergestis forficalis (1)
Mother of Pearl 1405 Pleuroptya ruralis (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)
Cypress Pug 1855 Eupithecia phoeniceata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (3)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (2)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (40)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (6)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (3)
Small Square-spot 2123 Diarsia rubi (1)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (1)
Six-striped Rustic 2133 Xestia sexstrigata (1)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (12)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (1)
Clifden Nonpareil 2451 Catocala fraxini (1)

31 August/1 September: total 96, species 23, (Min 10.3C, Max 13.5C, medium- stars, calm, dew). Having talked about the LBAMs yesterday, have you noticed the amazing difference between the two main forms? I am surprised that our moth scientists have not split these forms - they really are so different in size and form. Here in Mid-Sussex we also get many intermediate forms, again in both terms of size and colouration.

Firethorn Leaf Miner 0332a Phyllonorycter leucographella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (8)
Marbled Piercer 1260 Cydia splendana (1)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (4)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (9)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (2)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (5)
Scalloped Oak 1921 Crocallis elinguaria (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (34)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (7)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (3)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (1)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (10)
White-point 2194 Mythimna albipuncta (1)
Grey Dagger 2284 Acronicta psi (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (1)
Straw Dot 2474 Rivula sericealis (1)

30/31 August: total 128, species 26, (Min 10.9C, Max 15.4C, zero stars, scant breeze, no dew). I have not recorded Garden Rose Button on many occasions and this form was different from all the others. I get a lot of Light Brown Apple Moths here, and giving this moth a quick cursory glance one might be forgiven for thinking that it was merely an aberrant form of LBAM. On the other hand, a more detailed examination quite clearly showed that the white "cloak" was ultra white, nothing like a LBAM at all.

Diamond-back 0464 Plutella xylostella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (15)
Garden Rose Button 1048 Acleris variegana (1)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (1)
Straw Grass-veneer 1304 Agriphila straminella (1)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (9)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (13)
Rusty Dot Pearl 1395 Udea ferrugalis (2)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (1)
Small Dusty Wave 1707 Idaea seriata (2)
Flame Carpet 1722 Xanthorhoe designata (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)
Yellow Shell 1742 Camptogramma bilineata bilineata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (2)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (2)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (51)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (5)
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2110 Noctua fimbriata (1)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (4)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (1)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (8)
Grey Dagger 2284 Acronicta psi (1)
Straw Dot 2474 Rivula sericealis (1)
Snout 2477 Hypena proboscidalis (1)

29/30 August: total 179, species 33, (Min 16.0C, Max 16.2C, zero stars, very windy, later abating). The first "cricket score", or minor swarm of LYUs for the year. What was of particular note though, was my first record of the juncta form of Burnished Brass, my few other records for this species having been of the aurea form.

Firethorn Leaf Miner 0332a Phyllonorycter leucographella (1)
Diamond-back 0464 Plutella xylostella (1)
Common Groundling 0765 Teleiodes vulgella (1)
Square Spot Crest 0858 Hypatima rhomboidella (1)
Marsh Dowd 0875a Blastobasis rebeli (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (7)
Marbled Piercer 1260 Cydia splendana (1)
Straw Grass-veneer 1304 Agriphila straminella (1)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (14)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (7)
Rusty Dot Pearl 1395 Udea ferrugalis (2)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (2)
Brindled Plume 1498 Amblyptilia punctidactyla (1)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
Chinese Character 1651 Cilix glaucata (1)
Small Dusty Wave 1707 Idaea seriata (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (5)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (4)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (3)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (4)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (87)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (5)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (9)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (10)
White-point 2194 Mythimna albipuncta (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (1)
Burnished Brass 2434 Diachrysia chrysitis f. juncta (1)
Silver Y 2441 Autographa gamma (1)
Spectacle 2450 Abrostola tripartita (1)
Straw Dot 2474 Rivula sericealis (1)

28/29 August: total 79, species 19, (Min 11.0C, Max 13.3C, medium stars, scant breeze, heavy overnight rain). Not a nice night!

Azalea Leaf Miner 0285 Caloptilia azaleella (2)
Long-horned Flat-body 0658 Carcina quercana (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (6)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (3)
Straw Grass-veneer 1304 Agriphila straminella (1)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (4)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (7)
Chinese Character 1651 Cilix glaucata (1)
Maidens Blush 1680 Cyclophora punctaria (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (2)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (3)
Iron Prominent 2000 Notodonta dromedarius (1)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (28)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (2)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (3)
Six-striped Rustic 2133 Xestia sexstrigata (1)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (11)

27/28 August: total 85, species 28, (Min 16.1C, Max 16.4C, zero stars, calm, rain often quite heavy). Often, when I miss a couple of nights away, it takes a few days for numbers to build up again, but this was a reasonable tally given the circumstances.

Diamond-back 0464 Plutella xylostella (1)
Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix 0969 Pandemis corylana (2)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (3)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (1)
Straw Grass-veneer 1304 Agriphila straminella (3)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (11)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (6)
Garden Pebble 1356 Evergestis forficalis (1)
Mother of Pearl 1405 Pleuroptya ruralis (1)
Chinese Character 1651 Cilix glaucata (1)
Maidens Blush 1680 Cyclophora punctaria (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (2)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (26)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (5)
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2110 Noctua fimbriata (1)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (4)
Least Yellow Underwing 2112 Noctua interjecta (1)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (2)
Six-striped Rustic 2133 Xestia sexstrigata (1)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (3)
Cabbage Moth 2154 Mamestra brassicae (1)
Bright-line Brown-eye 2160 Lacanobia oleracea (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (2)
Silver Y 2441 Autographa gamma (1)

23/24 August: total 99, species 31, (Min 12.2C, Max 13.0C, zero stars, calm, no dew).

Firethorn Leaf Miner 0332a Phyllonorycter leucographella (1)
Diamond-back 0464 Plutella xylostella (1)
White-shouldered House Moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (1)
London Dowd 0874 Blastobasis lacticolella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (3)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (1)
Marbled Piercer 1260 Cydia splendana (1)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (15)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (11)
Rusty Dot Pearl 1395 Udea ferrugalis (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (1)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (2)
Chinese Character 1651 Cilix glaucata (1)
Maidens Blush 1680 Cyclophora punctaria (2)
Small Dusty Wave 1707 Idaea seriata (1)
Flame Carpet 1722 Xanthorhoe designata (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (2)
Yellow Shell 1742 Camptogramma bilineata bilineata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (2)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (26)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (2)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (8)
Small Square-spot 2123 Diarsia rubi (1)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (5)
White-point 2194 Mythimna albipuncta (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (1)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (2)
Spectacle 2450 Abrostola tripartita (1)

22/23 August: total 39, species 14, (Min 6.4C, Max 10.7C, medium stars, calm, dew by morning). We are seeing signs of an early autumn and a dramatic fall in moth numbers and species about on the wing.

Azalea Leaf Miner 0285 Caloptilia azaleella (1)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (1)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (4)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (7)
Maidens Blush 1680 Cyclophora punctaria (1)
Yellow Shell 1742 Camptogramma bilineata bilineata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (2)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (7)
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2110 Noctua fimbriata (1)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (7)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (2)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (2)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (2)

21/22 August: total 109, species 29, (Min 8.5C, Max 12.4C, medium- stars, breezy). My last hatchee was still hanging around exactly where I had left, but I suspect that this may be the last time I see him.

Long-horned Flat-body 0658 Carcina quercana (1)
Four-spotted Obscure agg. 0870 Oegoconia quadripuncta agg. (2)
London Dowd 0874 Blastobasis lacticolella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (5)
Marbled Piercer 1260 Cydia splendana (1)
Twenty-plume 1288 Alucita hexadactyla (1)
Straw Grass-veneer 1304 Agriphila straminella (3)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (19)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (14)
Rusty Dot Pearl 1395 Udea ferrugalis (1)
Mother of Pearl 1405 Pleuroptya ruralis (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (2)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
Maidens Blush 1680 Cyclophora punctaria (3)
Flame Carpet 1722 Xanthorhoe designata (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (3)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (3)
Scalloped Oak 1921 Crocallis elinguaria (1)
Common Wave 1956 Cabera exanthemata (1)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Poplar Hawkmoth 1981 Laothoe populi (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (10)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (1)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (23)
Small Square-spot 2123 Diarsia rubi (1)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (4)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg. (2)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (1)

20/21 August: total 135, species 35, (Min 10.8C, Max 13.3C, zero stars, breezy). My fourth, and final, Poplar Hawkmoth pupa has hatched out and has been released into the great unknown. In the meantime, another Poplar was resting inside the greenhouse. I like to think that it was one of his brothers, which had earlier hatched out, coming to greet him into the world.

It doesn't take much in terms of temperature for moth numbers to rebound, and indeed bring in some species not seen this year until now. Best of all was a Hummingbirds Hawkmoth, temporarily caught up in a spider's web, but released safely and unharmed.

Four-spotted Obscure agg. 0870 Oegoconia quadripuncta agg. (3)
London Dowd 0874 Blastobasis lacticolella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (8)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (3)
Marbled Piercer 1260 Cydia splendana (3)
Twenty-plume 1288 Alucita hexadactyla (2)
Straw Grass-veneer 1304 Agriphila straminella (3)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (19)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (14)
Pied Grey 1343 Eudonia delunella (1)
Rusty Dot Pearl 1395 Udea ferrugalis (1)
Bee Moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (2)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (4)
Maidens Blush 1680 Cyclophora punctaria (2)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)
Yellow Shell 1742 Camptogramma bilineata bilineata (2)
Sharp-angled Carpet 1794 Euphyia unangulata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (5)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (3)
Common Wave 1956 Cabera exanthemata (1)
Poplar Hawkmoth 1981 Laothoe populi (2)
Hummingbird Hawkmoth 1984 Macroglossum stellatarum (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (2)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (13)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (1)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (25)
Least Yellow Underwing 2112 Noctua interjecta (1)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (2)
Old Lady 2300 Mormo maura (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (1)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg. (2)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (2)

20/21 August: total 40, species 13, (Min 6.2C, Max 11.1C, medium- stars, calm, dew by morning). Another cold night for this time of the year and moth numbers have dropped right away. Can't say I blame them! For once I did not inspect the trap before I went to bed: I am suffering from something that feels like bronchitis, and it is very unpleasant. My coughing fits were enough to scare the moths away!

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (1)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (4)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (1)
Maidens Blush 1680 Cyclophora punctaria (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (2)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (3)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (2)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (19)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (2)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (2)

19/20 August: total 44, species 22, (Min 6.8C, Max 11.1C, medium- stars, slight breeze, dew). A nasty cold night such as not been seen for several months and no self-respecting moth should have been out and about! My two Poplar Hawkmoths were nowhere to be seen this morning and I can only wish them well.

London Dowd 0874 Blastobasis lacticolella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Straw Grass-veneer 1304 Agriphila straminella (2)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (8)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (1)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
Flame Carpet 1722 Xanthorhoe designata (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Scalloped Oak 1921 Crocallis elinguaria (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (4)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (1)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (10)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (2)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (2)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (1)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (1)

18/19 August: total 136, species 34, (Min 10.1C, Max 14.3C, medium stars, breezy, after rain). A nice surprise awaited me this morning - two more of the four Poplar Hawkmoth pupae hatched out overnight and were busy mating, with eggs deposited on the side of one of the containers from where they had emerged. These eggs are now going to be placed in the fridge until next spring.

Postscript: by noon the two were still joined and it was only then that I noticed that the female's wings had not formed properly. On the other hand, she had laid ten eggs, which is about the average from my limited experience this year, and I marvelled at how wonderful nature can be. It left me wondering if she would have mated in the wild. As it is, she now sits on a tree trunk in my garden and will take her chances from there. Oh, and the eggs are now in a container in my fridge and will not be brought out again until next spring.

Apropos my posting below about my recent experiences with TalkTalk, I had been promised a call back today from the manager with whom I spoke yesterday. I will not even bother to let you guess that no such call has been forthcoming.

Case-bearing Clothes Moth 0240 Tinea pellionella (1)
Azalea Leaf Miner 0285 Caloptilia azaleella (1)
Long-horned Flat-body 0658 Carcina quercana (1)
Common Flat-body 0688 Agonopterix heracliana (1)
House Groundling 0789 Bryotropha domestica (1)
Four-spotted Obscure agg. 0870 Oegoconia quadripuncta agg. (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (4)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (1)
Marbled Piercer 1260 Cydia splendana (4)
Straw Grass-veneer 1304 Agriphila straminella (4)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (17)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (8)
Garden Pebble 1356 Evergestis forficalis (1)
Rusty Dot Pearl 1395 Udea ferrugalis (2)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (2)
Maidens Blush 1680 Cyclophora punctaria (1)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (1)
Flame Carpet 1722 Xanthorhoe designata (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)
Yellow Shell 1742 Camptogramma bilineata bilineata (2)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (6)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (6)
Scalloped Oak 1921 Crocallis elinguaria (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (6)
Poplar Hawkmoth 1981 Laothoe populi (2)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (10)
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2110 Noctua fimbriata (1)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (30)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (5)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (3)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)
Common Rustic 2343 Mesapamea secalis (1)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg. (3)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (6)

17/18 August: total 90, species 29, (Min 9.1C, Max 13.0C, medium- stars, breezy). Micro moths can be such a challenge to identify and many simply do not bother. I find myself becoming more and more interested and feel quite a sense of deprivation when so few turn up.

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (5)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (1)
Marbled Piercer 1260 Cydia splendana (1)
Straw Grass-veneer 1304 Agriphila straminella (4)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (15)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (5)
Garden Pebble 1356 Evergestis forficalis (1)
Rusty Dot Pearl 1395 Udea ferrugalis (1)
Mother of Pearl 1405 Pleuroptya ruralis (1)
Grey Knot-horn 1439 Trachycera advenella (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (1)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
Small Dusty Wave 1707 Idaea seriata (1)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (2)
Flame Carpet 1722 Xanthorhoe designata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (3)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Scalloped Oak 1921 Crocallis elinguaria (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (3)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (2)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (24)
Least Yellow Underwing 2112 Noctua interjecta (4)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (2)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (2)
Marbled Green 2295 Cryphia muralis muralis (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg. (1)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (2)
Straw Dot 2474 Rivula sericealis (2)

16/17 August: total 72, species 19, (Min 13.9C, Max 15.1C, zero stars, breezy). After spending five hours visiting many stands at the Bird Fair last Friday seeking inspiration for our next major trip abroad, the highlight of that day was a Garden Tiger moth, which flew into one of the entrances to Marquee 2. I potted it up, photographed it today and then, of course, should there be any doubts whatsoever regarding my intentions, I released it. We are now promised much colder weather for the coming week and so the marvellous run of moths this summer might possibly be coming to an end. I did manage to replace many of my moth pots at Rutland, as dozens of mine are in an absolutely disgusting state! My preference these days is for glass, as plastic degrades far too quickly. The only problem with glass tubes is that they are somewhat fragile, but they do allow a much clearer view of the moths.

Case-bearing Clothes Moth 0240 Tinea pellionella (1)
Ox-tongue Conch 0964a Cochylis molliculana (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (4)
Straw Grass-veneer 1304 Agriphila straminella (3)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (3)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (4)
Rusty Dot Pearl 1395 Udea ferrugalis (4)
Grey Knot-horn 1439 Trachycera advenella (2)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Scalloped Oak 1921 Crocallis elinguaria (2)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (2)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (3)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (6)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (25)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (1)
Six-striped Rustic 2133 Xestia sexstrigata (1)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg. (6)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (2)
Spectacle 2450 Abrostola tripartita (1)

13/14 August: total 138, species 37, (Min 12.6C, Max 15.2C, zero stars, slight breeze). This year's remarkable run of new species for the garden continues with a pristine Six-striped Rustic. I now have three nights off - a visit to the Bird Fair to replenish my moth pots, which are in a disgusting state, and a visit to my mother-in-law. Back on Saturday night, but late.

House Groundling 0789 Bryotropha domestica (1)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (1)
Marsh Dowd 0875a Blastobasis rebeli (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (9)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (1)
Straw Grass-veneer 1304 Agriphila straminella (10)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (10)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (7)
Garden Pebble 1356 Evergestis forficalis (1)
Rusty Dot Pearl 1395 Udea ferrugalis (3)
Grey Knot-horn 1439 Trachycera advenella (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (2)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (1)
Flame Carpet 1722 Xanthorhoe designata (1)
Yellow Shell 1742 Camptogramma bilineata bilineata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (5)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (16)
Scalloped Oak 1921 Crocallis elinguaria (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (3)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Poplar Hawkmoth 1981 Laothoe populi (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (5)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (25)
Least Yellow Underwing 2112 Noctua interjecta (1)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (1)
White-point 2194 Mythimna albipuncta (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)
Common Rustic 2343 Mesapamea secalis (1)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg. (15)
*New Species* Six-striped Rustic 2133 Xestia sexstrigata (1)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (1)
Oak Nycteoline 2423 Nycteola revayana (1)
Straw Dot 2474 Rivula sericealis (4)

12/13 August: total 115, species 32, (Min 9.7C, Max 12.8C, medium- stars, breezy, dew). The coldest night for a considerable time - shades of autumn are upon us! After such a stimulating summer, we seem to have entered a period of lull - the same old species are turning up and nothing excites the senses, other than the two splendid examples mentioned below, both having been raised from eggs.

White-legged case-bearer 0515 Coleophora albitarsella (1)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (1)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (4)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (4)
Straw Grass-veneer 1304 Agriphila straminella (8)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (15)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (1)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (1)
Garden Pebble 1356 Evergestis forficalis (1)
Small Purple & Gold 1361 Pyrausta aurata (1)
Rusty Dot Pearl 1395 Udea ferrugalis (1)
Mother of Pearl 1405 Pleuroptya ruralis (1)
Grey Knot-horn 1439 Trachycera advenella (1)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (3)
Flame Carpet 1722 Xanthorhoe designata (1)
Yellow Shell 1742 Camptogramma bilineata bilineata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (5)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (6)
Scalloped Oak 1921 Crocallis elinguaria (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (11)
Common Wave 1956 Cabera exanthemata (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (3)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (20)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (1)
Common Rustic 2343 Mesapamea secalis (1)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg. (11)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (1)
Straw Dot 2474 Rivula sericealis (5)

12 August 2014

The Clifden Nonpareil was released this evening alongside the first of my four Poplar Hawkmoth pupa, which hatched out sometime between midnight and early morning. I am feeling such a sense of loss.... On the other hand, I do feel a great sense of well-being in having nurtured two beautiful moths such as these to maturity. :) The emergence of the Poplar Hawkmoth was a surprise, as I had expected it to emerge next year. On the other hand, the books do say that there can be a second emergence in the same year, and this moth was a little under-sized.

11/12 August: total 63, species 21, (Min 10.8C, Max 13.0C, medium stars, slight breeze, intermittent very heavy rain).

Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (3)
Straw Grass-veneer 1304 Agriphila straminella (6)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (9)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (2)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (2)
Small Purple & Gold 1361 Pyrausta aurata (1)
Rusty Dot Pearl 1395 Udea ferrugalis (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (3)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (2)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (3)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (3)
Common Wave 1956 Cabera exanthemata (1)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (4)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (13)
Least Yellow Underwing 2112 Noctua interjecta (1)
White-point 2194 Mythimna albipuncta (1)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg. (4) 

11 August 2014

One of my Clifden Nonpareils hatched out today! It was raised from an egg by David Burrows and given to me as a pupa in the hope that it might provide a mate for my own pupa, once thery have both hatched. What a staggeringly beautiful moth this is.

10/11 August: total 114, species 32, (Min 11.1C, Max 15.2C, medium stars, quite a lashing from the tail of hurricane Bertha, and with that wind, not a good night for micros).

Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (1)
House Groundling 0789 Bryotropha domestica (1)
Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix 0969 Pandemis corylana (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (6)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (2)
Straw Grass-veneer 1304 Agriphila straminella (11)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (7)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (1)
Rusty Dot Pearl 1395 Udea ferrugalis (1)
Mother of Pearl 1405 Pleuroptya ruralis (1)
Rosy Tabby 1424 Endotricha flammealis (1)
Grey Knot-horn 1439 Trachycera advenella (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (3)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (4)
Maidens Blush 1680 Cyclophora punctaria (1)
Flame Carpet 1722 Xanthorhoe designata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (2)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (8)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (7)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (8)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (19)
Least Yellow Underwing 2112 Noctua interjecta (2)
Cabbage Moth 2154 Mamestra brassicae (1)
White-point 2194 Mythimna albipuncta (2)
Svensson's Copper Underwing 2298 Amphipyrra berbera ssp. svenssoni (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)
Common Rustic 2343 Mesapamea secalis (1)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg. (11)
Silver Y 2441 Autographa gamma (1)
Straw Dot 2474 Rivula sericealis (3)

9/10 August: total 134, species 41, (Min 14.6C, Max 16.9C, zero stars, calm, light showers turning to very heavy rain overnight).

Sycamore-seed Pigmy 0020 Ectoedemia decentella (1)
Apple Leaf Miner 0263 Lyonetia clerkella (1)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (3)
House Groundling 0789 Bryotropha domestica (1)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (2)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (5)
Rusty Oak agg. 1044 Acleris ferrugana agg. (1)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (1)
Straw Grass-veneer 1304 Agriphila straminella (22)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (11)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (2)
Rusty Dot Pearl 1395 Udea ferrugalis (2)
Mother of Pearl 1405 Pleuroptya ruralis (1)
Rosy Tabby 1424 Endotricha flammealis (2)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (6)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (2)
Maidens Blush 1680 Cyclophora punctaria (1)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (1)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata (2)
Yellow Shell 1742 Camptogramma bilineata bilineata (1)
V-Pug 1858 Chloroclystis v-ata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (4)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (5)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (11)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (2)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (18)
Least Yellow Underwing 2112 Noctua interjecta (2)
Small Square-spot 2123 Diarsia rubi (1)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (3)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (1)
Cabbage Moth 2154 Mamestra brassicae (1)
Svensson's Copper Underwing 2298 Amphipyrra berbera ssp. svenssoni (1)
Common Rustic 2343 Mesapamea secalis (1)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg. (4)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (2)
Silver Y 2441 Autographa gamma (1)
Straw Dot 2474 Rivula sericealis (4)
Snout 2477 Hypena proboscidalis (1)

8/9 August: total 112, species 33, (Min 13.9C, Max 17.7C, very heavy rain clearing by morning). All that can be said about last night is that I was utterly amazed at the total count considering just how hard it was raining. In the meantime my internet problems continue. I continually have to reboot the router and there are long periods when I just cannot get anything done at all.

Lime Bent-wing 0273 Bucculatrix thoracella (1)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (1)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (2)
Marsh Dowd 0875a Blastobasis rebeli (1)
Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix 0969 Pandemis corylana (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (3)
Codling Moth 1261 Cydia pomonella (2)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (2)
Straw Grass-veneer 1304 Agriphila straminella (15)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (7)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (2)
Pied Grey 1343 Eudonia delunella (1)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (2)
Rusty Dot Pearl 1395 Udea ferrugalis (2)
Mother of Pearl 1405 Pleuroptya ruralis (1)
Grey Knot-horn 1439 Trachycera advenella (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (2)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (3)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (3)
Dusky Thorn 1914 Ennomos fuscantaria (1)
Scalloped Oak 1921 Crocallis elinguaria (2)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (3)
Common Wave 1956 Cabera exanthemata (2)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (6)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (2)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (25)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (2)
Straw Underwing 2303 Thalpophila matura (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (1)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg. (3 )
Straw Dot 2474 Rivula sericealis (10)

7/8 August: total 157, species 46, (Min 15.2C, Max 17.1C, medium- stars, calm). After a night away in South London, where the highlight was a huge tally of 106 Jersey Tiger moths, in, on and around the trap, it is business as usual at home, with numbers climbing yet again. A new garden species in the form of a Little Slender 0296 Calybites phasianipennella. What a great year this is turning out to be for new species for my list!

Apple Leaf Miner 0263 Lyonetia clerkella (2)
*New Species*
Little Slender 0296 Calybites phasianipennella (1)
Purple Argent 0422 Argyresthia albistria (1)
Wainscot Smudge 0455 Ypsolopha scabrella (1)
Long-horned Flat-body 0658 Carcina quercana (1)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (3)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (2)
Marsh Dowd 0875a Blastobasis rebeli (1)
Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix 0969 Pandemis corylana (2)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (9)
Rusty Oak agg. 1044 Acleris ferrugana agg. (1)
Jumping-bean Moth 1262 Cydia amplana (1)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (4)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (2)
Straw Grass-veneer 1304 Agriphila straminella (19)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (10)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (3)
Marsh Grey 1336 Eudonia pallida (1)
Pied Grey 1343 Eudonia delunella (3)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (6)
Small Purple & Gold 1361 Pyrausta aurata (1)
Rusty Dot Pearl 1395 Udea ferrugalis (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (6)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (2)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (2)
Lime-speck Pug 1825 Eupithecia centaureata (1)
Cypress Pug 1855 Eupithecia phoeniceata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (15)
Scalloped Oak 1921 Crocallis elinguaria (2)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (8)
Common Wave 1956 Cabera exanthemata (1)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (2)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (4)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (2)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (6)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (4)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (3)
Common Rustic 2343 Mesapamea secalis (2)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg. (6)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (3)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (1)
Spectacle 2450 Abrostola tripartita (1)
Straw Dot 2474 Rivula sericealis (7)

6/7 August: total 209, species 53, (Min 13.9C, Max 18.4C, medium- stars, scant breeze, bright moon). After a night away in South London, where the highlight was a huge tally of 106 Jersey Tiger moths, in, on and around the trap, it is business as usual at home, with numbers climbing yet again.

Apple Leaf Miner 0263 Lyonetia clerkella (1)
Horse-chestnut Leaf-miner 0366a Cameraria ohridella (1)
Golden Argent 0411 Argyresthia goedartella (2)
Diamond-back 0464 Plutella xylostella (1)
White-legged case-bearer 0515 Coleophora albitarsella (1)
Long-horned Flat-body 0658 Carcina quercana (1)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (2)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (13)
Marsh Dowd 0875a Blastobasis rebeli (4)
Ox-tongue Conch 0964a Cochylis molliculana (1)
Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix 0969 Pandemis corylana (1)
Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix 0972 Pandemis heparana (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (10)
Rusty Oak agg. 1044 Acleris ferrugana agg. (1)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (2)
Marbled Piercer 1260 Cydia splendana (2)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (15)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (3)
Straw Grass-veneer 1304 Agriphila straminella (21)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (11)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (3)
Marsh Grey 1336 Eudonia pallida (1)
Pied Grey 1343 Eudonia delunella (2)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (4)
Small Purple & Gold 1361 Pyrausta aurata (3)
Rusty Dot Pearl 1395 Udea ferrugalis (1)
Mother of Pearl 1405 Pleuroptya ruralis (1)
Rosy Tabby 1424 Endotricha flammealis (1)
False Cacao Moth 1474 Ephestia parasitella unicolorella (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (5)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (2)
Scalloped Hook-tip 1645 Falcaria lacertinaria (1)
Maidens Blush 1680 Cyclophora punctaria (1)
Single Dotted Wave 1708 Idaea dimidiata (3)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (1)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (2)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (14)
Scalloped Oak 1921 Crocallis elinguaria (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (7)
Common Wave 1956 Cabera exanthemata (2)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (3)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (8)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (6)
Least Yellow Underwing 2112 Noctua interjecta (1)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (3)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (1)
Bright-line Brown-eye 2160 Lacanobia oleracea (1)
Lychnis 2173 Hadena bicruris (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (3)
Common Rustic 2343 Mesapamea secalis (4)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg. (17)
Straw Dot 2474 Rivula sericealis (10)

4/5 August: total 73, species 32, (Min 10.6C, Max 15.3C, medium- stars, slight breeze, slight dew).

Case-bearing Clothes Moth 0240 Tinea pellionella (3)
Azalea Leaf Miner 0285 Caloptilia azaleella (1)
Hawthorn Slender agg. 0303 Parornix anglicella agg. ( )1
Apple Ermine 0426 Yponomeuta malinellus (1)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (2)
Marsh Dowd 0875a Blastobasis rebeli (2)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (2)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (1)
Acorn Piercer 1236 Pammene fasciana (1)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (7)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (2)
Straw Grass-veneer 1304 Agriphila straminella (8)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (5)
Meadow Grey 1333 Scoparia pyralella (1)
Pied Grey 1343 Eudonia delunella (1)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (1)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
Single Dotted Wave 1708 Idaea dimidiata (3)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (2)
Yellow Shell 1742 Camptogramma bilineata bilineata (1)
V-Pug 1858 Chloroclystis v-ata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (3)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (3)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (2)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (3)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg.  (4)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (3)
Silver Y 2441 Autographa gamma (2)
Straw Dot 2474 Rivula sericealis (3)

3/4 August: total 66, species 33, (Min 11.5C, Max 14.3C, medium- stars, breezy, bright early moon). I nearly forget to mention, but my Clifden Nonpareil caterpillar pupated on 26 July whilst we were in Devon. yes, of course I took it with me! There has been a definite change in the weather, with much lower night-time temperatures and the numbers of moths recorded reflects this change.

Diamond-back 0464 Plutella xylostella (1)
White-legged case-bearer 0515 Coleophora albitarsella (1)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (1)
Marsh Dowd 0875a Blastobasis rebeli (2)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (3)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (1)
Acorn Piercer 1236 Pammene fasciana (1)
Codling Moth 1261 Cydia pomonella (1)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (5)
Straw Grass-veneer 1304 Agriphila straminella (5)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (2)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (1)
Marsh Grey 1336 Eudonia pallida (2)
Pied Grey 1343 Eudonia delunella (1)
Rosy Tabby 1424 Endotricha flammealis (1)
Grey Knot-horn 1439 Trachycera advenella (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (2)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
Treble Brown Spot 1711 Idaea trigeminata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (1)
Scorched Carpet 1888 Ligdia adustata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (3)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (2)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (3)
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2110 Noctua fimbriata (1)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (8)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (1)
Marbled Beauty 2293 Cryphia domestica (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (1)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg. (4)
Common Rustic 2343 Mesapamea secalis (3)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (1)
Straw Dot 2474 Rivula sericealis (3)

24 July: we are off to Devon for a while via Sutton Poyntz in Dorset, where we have an overnight stay with the other founder members of the NUGS (The Nunhead Union of Grandparents).

In Dorset we picked up two moths new to us Brussels Lace 1945 Cleorodes lichenaria and Small Waved Umber 1781 Horisme vitalbata, Although there were two of the latter, I was unable to get any photos - far too clumsy and slow!

In Kingsteignton the moths were flooding in and we picked up another six new species: Apple Leaf Skeletoniser 0389 Choreutis pariana, Thistle Conch 0945 Aethes cnicana, Rosy Conch 0962 Cochylis roseana, Sharp-angled Peacock 1890 Macaria alternata, Devonshire Wainscot 2206 Mythimna putrescens (unfortunately a very worn specimen, as was the one that turned up the following night) and Purple Bar 1752 Cosmorhoe ocellata.

23/24 July: total 203, species 61, (Min 15.8C, Max 21.0C, medium stars, breezy later gusting stronger).

Sycamore-seed Pigmy 0020 Ectoedemia decentella (10
Apple Leaf Miner 0263 Lyonetia clerkella (1)
Oak bent-wing 0274 Bucculatrix ulmella (1)
Horse-chestnut Leaf-miner 0366a Cameraria ohridella (1)
Gold-ribbon Argent 0410 Argyresthia brockeella (1)
Diamond-back 0464 Plutella xylostella (4)
White-legged case-bearer 0515 Coleophora albitarsella (1)
Little Dwarf agg. 0607 Elachista canapenella agg. (1)
Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (1)
Long-horned Flat-body 0658 Carcina quercana (1)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (2)
House Groundling 0789 Bryotropha domestica (1)
Orange Crest 0868 Helcystogramma rufescens (1)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (11)
Marsh Dowd 0875a Blastobasis rebeli (6)
Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix 0969 Pandemis corylana (1)
Red-barred Tortrix 1010 Ditula angustiorana (2)
Acorn Piercer 1236 Pammene fasciana (5)
Marbled Piercer 1260 Cydia splendana (2)
Codling Moth 1261 Cydia pomonella (1)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (23)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (8)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (7)
Pied Grey 1343 Eudonia delunella (4)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (9)
Small Purple & Gold 1361 Pyrausta aurata (1)
Rosy Tabby 1424 Endotricha flammealis (11)
Bee Moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (4)
Buff Arches 1653 Habrosyne pyrritoides (1)
Small Fan-footed Wave 1702 Idaea biselata (14)
Small Dusty Wave 1707 Idaea seriata (1)
Single Dotted Wave 1708 Idaea dimidiata (3)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (9)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata (1)
Red twin-spot Carpet 1724 Xanthorhoe spadicearia (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)
Currant Pug 1832 Eupithecia assimilata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (4)
Scalloped Oak 1921 Crocallis elinguaria (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (3)
Yellow-tail 2030 Euproctis similis (1)
Rosy Footman 2037 Miltochrista miniata (3)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (3)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (3)
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2110 Noctua fimbriata (1)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (2)
Bright-line Brown-eye 2160 Lacanobia oleracea (2)
Marbled Beauty 2293 Cryphia domestica (1)
Dun-bar 2318 Cosmia trapezina (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (11)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg. (8 )
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (3)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (1)
Mottled Rustic 2387 Caradrina morpheus (1)
Nut-tree Tussock 2425 Colocasia coryli f. medionigra (2)
Straw Dot 2474 Rivula sericealis (3)
Fan-foot 2489 Zanclognatha tarsipennalis (1)

22/23 July: total 205 species 63, (Min 15.8C, Max 20.4C, medium stars, breezy).

Apple Leaf Miner 0263 Lyonetia clerkella (1)
Ribwort Slender 0294 Aspilapteryx tringipennella (1)
Diamond-back 0464 Plutella xylostella (6)
Long-horned Flat-body 0658 Carcina quercana (1)
Dark Groundling agg. 0779 Bryotropha affinis agg. (2)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (4)
House Groundling 0789 Bryotropha domestica (1)
Orange Crest 0868 Helcystogramma rufescens (4)
Four-spotted Obscure agg. 0870 Oegoconia quadripuncta agg. (2)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (13)
Marsh Dowd 0875a Blastobasis rebeli (5)
Privet Twist 0994 Clepsis consimilana (2)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (3)
Red-barred Tortrix 1010 Ditula angustiorana (2)
Rusty Oak agg. 1044 Acleris ferrugana agg. (1)
Common Roller 1126 Ancylis badiana (1)
Acorn Piercer 1236 Pammene fasciana (5)
Marbled Piercer 1260 Cydia splendana (2)
Codling Moth 1261 Cydia pomonella (1)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (14)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (9)
Satin Grass-veneer 1302 Crambus perlella (1)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (8)
Meadow Grey 1333 Scoparia pyralella (1)
Pied Grey 1343 Eudonia delunella (2)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (5)
Small Purple & Gold 1361 Pyrausta aurata (2)
Mother of Pearl 1405 Pleuroptya ruralis (1)
Rosy Tabby 1424 Endotricha flammealis (13)
Bee Moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (1)
Dotted Oak Knot-horn 1452 Phycita roborella (2)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (6)
Pebble Hook-tip 1648 Drepana falcataria falcataria f. pallida (1)
Buff Arches 1653 Habrosyne pyrritoides (1)
Small Fan-footed Wave 1702 Idaea biselata (5)
Single Dotted Wave 1708 Idaea dimidiata (4)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (12)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata (2)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Scalloped Oak 1921 Crocallis elinguaria (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (2)
Buff Tip 1994 Phalera bucephala (1)
Pale Prominent 2011 Pterostoma palpina (1)
Yellow-tail 2030 Euproctis similis (1)
Black Arches 2033 Lymantria monacha (1)
Rosy Footman 2037 Miltochrista miniata (3)
Dingy Footman 2044 Eilema griseola (1)
Buff Footman 2049 Eilema depressa (1)
Common Footman 2050 Eilema lurideola (2)
Ruby Tiger 2064 Phragmatobia fulginosa fulginosa (1)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (6)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (3)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (2)
Bright-line Brown-eye 2160 Lacanobia oleracea (1)
Dun-bar 2318 Cosmia trapezina (4)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (9)
Slender Brindle 2335 Apamea scolopacina (1)
Common Rustic 2343 Mesapamea secalis (1)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg. (5)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (4)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (3)
Nut-tree Tussock 2425 Colocasia coryli f. medionigra (2)
Straw Dot 2474 Rivula sericealis (1)

21/22 July: total 233 species 56, (Min 15.8C, Max 21.0C, zero stars, calm & still-an ideal mothing night). What a year this is turning out to be! Quite possibly the warmest nights since 1976, or so I am told.

Case-bearing Clothes Moth 0240 Tinea pellionella (2)
Lime Bent-wing 0273 Bucculatrix thoracella (1)
Ribwort Slender 0294 Aspilapteryx tringipennella (2)
Horse-chestnut Leaf-miner 0366a Cameraria ohridella (5)
Golden Argent 0411 Argyresthia goedartella (1)
Bird-cherry Ermine 0424 Yponomeuta evonymella (1)
Diamond-back 0464 Plutella xylostella (3)
White-legged case-bearer 0515 Coleophora albitarsella (1)
Long-horned Flat-body 0658 Carcina quercana (2)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (3)
Four-spotted Obscure agg. 0870 Oegoconia quadripuncta agg. (2)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (15)
Marsh Dowd 0875a Blastobasis rebeli (6)
Privet Twist 0994 Clepsis consimilana (2)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (3)
Red-barred Tortrix 1010 Ditula angustiorana (1)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (1)
Sycamore Piercer 1233 Pammene aurita (2)
Acorn Piercer 1236 Pammene fasciana (7)
Marbled Piercer 1260 Cydia splendana (1)
Codling Moth 1261 Cydia pomonella (1)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (15)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (11)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (11)
Pied Grey 1343 Eudonia delunella (4)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (5)
Small Purple & Gold 1361 Pyrausta aurata (4)
Mother of Pearl 1405 Pleuroptya ruralis (3)
Rosy Tabby 1424 Endotricha flammealis (23)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (2)
Buff Arches 1653 Habrosyne pyrritoides (1)
Small Fan-footed Wave 1702 Idaea biselata (8)
Single Dotted Wave 1708 Idaea dimidiata (4)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (13)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata (6)
Clouded Border 1887 Lomaspilis marginata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (3)
Early Thorn 1917 Selenia dentaria (1)
Scalloped Oak 1921 Crocallis elinguaria (2)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (3)
Pale Prominent 2011 Pterostoma palpina (1)
Black Arches 2033 Lymantria monacha (1)
Rosy Footman 2037 Miltochrista miniata (2)
Buff Footman 2049 Eilema depressa (1)
Common Footman 2050 Eilema lurideola (2)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (2)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (4)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (9)
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2110 Noctua fimbriata (1)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (6)
Common Rustic 2343 Mesapamea secalis (1)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg. (7)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (10)
Nut-tree Tussock 2425 Colocasia coryli f. medionigra (2)

20/21 July: total 274 species 65, (Min 16.8C, Max 20.8C, zero stars, calm later becoming breezy after light shower). Yet more new species: what an amazing year this has been for me! What a hot night!

Case-bearing Clothes Moth 0240 Tinea pellionella (3)
Lime Bent-wing 0273 Bucculatrix thoracella (1)
Horse-chestnut Leaf-miner 0366a Cameraria ohridella (1)
Bird-cherry Ermine 0424 Yponomeuta evonymella (1)
*New Species* Copper Ermel 0447 Roeslerstammia erxlebella (2)
Diamond-back 0464 Plutella xylostella (6)
White-legged case-bearer 0515 Coleophora albitarsella (1)
White-shouldered House Moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (2)
Long-horned Flat-body 0658 Carcina quercana (1)
*New Species*
Burdock Neb 0724 Metzneria lappella (2)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (3)
Four-spotted Obscure agg. 0870 Oegoconia quadripuncta agg. (1)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (15)
Marsh Dowd 0875a Blastobasis rebeli (7)
Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix 0969 Pandemis corylana (2)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (2)
Dark-triangle Button 1038 Acleris laterana (1)
Nut Bud Moth 1139 Epinotia tenerana (2)
Acorn Piercer 1236 Pammene fasciana (6)
Codling Moth 1261 Cydia pomonella (1)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (17)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (11)
Satin Grass-veneer 1302 Crambus perlella (1)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (10)
Pied Grey 1343 Eudonia delunella (6)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (12)
Small Purple & Gold 1361 Pyrausta aurata (1)
Mother of Pearl 1405 Pleuroptya ruralis (1)
Gold Triangle 1413 Hypsopygia costalis (1)
Rosy Tabby 1424 Endotricha flammealis (18)
Oak Hook-tip 1646 Watsonalla binaria (1)
Small Fan-footed Wave 1702 Idaea biselata (7)
Single Dotted Wave 1708 Idaea dimidiata (6)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (26)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata (4)
Common Carpet 1738 Epirrhoe alternata alternata (1)
Yellow Shell 1742 Camptogramma bilineata bilineata (1)
Currant Pug 1832 Eupithecia assimilata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (2)
Early Thorn 1917 Selenia dentaria (2)
Scalloped Oak 1921 Crocallis elinguaria (1)
Swallow-tailed 1922 Ourapteryx sambucaria (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Common Wave 1956 Cabera exanthemata (1)
Poplar Hawkmoth 1981 Laothoe populi (2)
Pale Prominent 2011 Pterostoma palpina (2)
Black Arches 2033 Lymantria monacha (1)
Rosy Footman 2037 Miltochrista miniata (8)
Common Footman 2050 Eilema lurideola (2)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (4)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (8)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (8)
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2110 Noctua fimbriata (2)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (2)
Bright-line Brown-eye 2160 Lacanobia oleracea (2)
Common Wainscot 2199 Mythimna pallens (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (15)
Common Rustic 2343 Mesapamea secalis (2)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg. (10)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (6)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (1)
Mottled Rustic 2387 Caradrina morpheus (2)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (1)
Nut-tree Tussock 2425 Colocasia coryli f. medionigra (1)
Silver Y 2441 Autographa gamma (1)

19/20 July: total 273 species 64, (Min 17.4C, Max 19.1C, medium-- stars, merest zephyr, slight dew). The nights remain hot, hotter than I can remember in many years and for me this is a very high total moth count.

Lime Bent-wing 0273 Bucculatrix thoracella (1)
Diamond-back 0464 Plutella xylostella (3)
White-legged case-bearer 0515 Coleophora albitarsella (1)
Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (2)
Long-horned Flat-body 0658 Carcina quercana (2)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (4)
Orange Crest 0868 Helcystogramma rufescens (1)
Four-spotted Obscure agg. 0870 Oegoconia quadripuncta agg. (1)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (15)
Marsh Dowd 0875a Blastobasis rebeli (11)
Carnation Tortrix 0985 Cacoecimorpha pronubana (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Red-barred Tortrix 1010 Ditula angustiorana (1)
Sallow Button 1053 Acleris hastiana (1)
Common Rose Bell 1177 Notocelia rosaecolana (1)
Acorn Piercer 1236 Pammene fasciana (2)
Codling Moth 1261 Cydia pomonella (1)
Twenty-plume 1288 Alucita hexadactyla (1)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (27)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (15)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (1)
Marsh Grey 1336 Eudonia pallida (1)
Pied Grey 1343 Eudonia delunella (7)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (4)
Small Purple & Gold 1361 Pyrausta aurata (2)
Mother of Pearl 1405 Pleuroptya ruralis (2)
Rosy Tabby 1424 Endotricha flammealis (32)
Bee Moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (1)
Dotted Oak Knot-horn 1452 Phycita roborella (1)
*New Species* Scalloped Hook-tip 1645 Falcaria lacertinaria (1)
Buff Arches 1653 Habrosyne pyrritoides (1)
Small Blood-vein 1690 Scopula imitaria (1)
Small Fan-footed Wave 1702 Idaea biselata (7)
Single Dotted Wave 1708 Idaea dimidiata (1)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (27)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata (9)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)
Small Phoenix 1759 Ecliptopera silaceata (2)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (2)
Early Thorn 1917 Selenia dentaria (2)
Peppered Moth 1931 Biston betularia (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (5)
Common Wave 1956 Cabera exanthemata (1)
Poplar Hawkmoth 1981 Laothoe populi (1)
Buff Tip 1994 Phalera bucephala (1)
Pale Prominent 2011 Pterostoma palpina (1)
Rosy Footman 2037 Miltochrista miniata (2)
Dingy Footman 2044 Eilema griseola (1)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (2)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (6)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (3)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (1)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (1)
Bright-line Brown-eye 2160 Lacanobia oleracea (3)
Clay 2193 Mythimna ferrago (2)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (18)
Marbled Minor agg. 2337 Oligia strigilis agg. (1)
Common Rustic 2343 Mesapamea secalis (1)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg. (12)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (7)
Mottled Rustic 2387 Caradrina morpheus (1)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (1)
Oak Nycteoline 2423 Nycteola revayana (1)
Nut-tree Tussock 2425 Colocasia coryli f. medionigra (3)

18/19 July: total 147 species 53, (Min 18.4C, Max 19.6C, zero stars, calm, raining). The amazing new species count continues - I am unlikely to experience this rate again. After gathering another load of leaves from Nunhead Cemetery the final Poplar Hawkmoth pupated leaving just the Clifden Nonpareil - now a staggering 8cm long! What an incredibly beautiful caterpillar this is.

Case-bearing Clothes Moth 0240 Tinea pellionella (1)
Bird-cherry Ermine 0424 Yponomeuta evonymella (1)
Apple Ermine 0426 Yponomeuta malinellus (1)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (1)
Orange Crest 0868 Helcystogramma rufescens (2)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (2)
Marsh Dowd 0875a Blastobasis rebeli (7)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Red-barred Tortrix 1010 Ditula angustiorana (1)
*New Species* Ginger Button 1043 Acleris aspersana (1)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (1)
Acorn Piercer 1236 Pammene fasciana (1)
Marbled Piercer 1260 Cydia splendana (4)
*New Species* Common Drill 1273 Dichrorampha petiverella (1)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (15)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (9)
Common Grey 1334 Scoparia ambigualis (1)
Pied Grey 1343 Eudonia delunella (3)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (3)
Dusky Pearl 1390 Udea prunalis (1)
Rusty Dot Pearl 1395 Udea ferrugalis (1)
Mother of Pearl 1405 Pleuroptya ruralis (3)
Meal Moth 1417 Pyralis farinalis (1)
Rosy Tabby 1424 Endotricha flammealis (5)
False Cacao Moth 1474 Ephestia parasitella unicolorella (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (2)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (19)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata (3)
Yellow Shell 1742 Camptogramma bilineata bilineata (1)
Small Phoenix 1759 Ecliptopera silaceata (1)
Currant Pug 1832 Eupithecia assimilata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Early Thorn 1917 Selenia dentaria (1)
Swallow-tailed 1922 Ourapteryx sambucaria (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (2)
Rosy Footman 2037 Miltochrista miniata (8)
Common Footman 2050 Eilema lurideola (1)
Dot Moth 2155 Melanchra perscariae (1)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (2)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (1)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (1)
Bright-line Brown-eye 2160 Lacanobia oleracea (2)
Common Wainscot 2199 Mythimna pallens (1)
Grey Dagger 2284 Acronicta psi (1)
Dun-bar 2318 Cosmia trapezina (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (6)
Marbled Minor agg. 2337 Oligia strigilis agg. (2)
Common Rustic 2343 Mesapamea secalis (2)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg. (8)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (6)
Mottled Rustic 2387 Caradrina morpheus (2)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (1)
Nut-tree Tussock 2425 Colocasia coryli f. medionigra (1)

16/17 July: total 159 species 50, (Min 15.1C, Max 18.6C, medium- stars, calm & still, heavy dew by morning). Within hours of gathering a load more poplar leaves and twigs two Poplar Hawkmoth caterpillars pupated and disappeared under the soil I had provided in their containers, soon followed by a third.

Sycamore-seed Pigmy 0020 Ectoedemia decentella (1)
Case-bearing Clothes Moth 0240 Tinea pellionella (2)
Long-horned Flat-body 0658 Carcina quercana (3)
Dark Groundling agg. 0779 Bryotropha affinis agg. (1)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (2)
White-strap Sober agg. 0844 Syncopacma larseniella agg. (3)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (1)
Marsh Dowd 0875a Blastobasis rebeli (3)
Barred Twist 0970 Pandemis cerasana (1)
Privet Twist 0994 Clepsis consimilana (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Nut Bud Moth 1139 Epinotia tenerana (1)
Common Rose Bell 1177 Notocelia rosaecolana (1)
Acorn Piercer 1236 Pammene fasciana (1)
Codling Moth 1261 Cydia pomonella (2)
Twenty-plume 1288 Alucita hexadactyla (1)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (42)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (14)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (4)
Pied Grey 1343 Eudonia delunella (3)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (4)
Small Purple & Gold 1361 Pyrausta aurata (2)
Elder Pearl 1378 Phlyctaenia coronata (1)
Dusky Pearl 1390 Udea prunalis (1)
Rosy Tabby 1424 Endotricha flammealis (4)
Bee Moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (1)
Small Fan-footed Wave 1702 Idaea biselata (8)
Single Dotted Wave 1708 Idaea dimidiata (1)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (6)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata (4)
V-Pug 1858 Chloroclystis v-ata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (1)
Early Thorn 1917 Selenia dentaria (2)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (3)
Poplar Hawkmoth 1981 Laothoe populi (1)
Black Arches 2033 Lymantria monacha (1)
Rosy Footman 2037 Miltochrista miniata (1)
Dingy Footman 2044 Eilema griseola (3)
Scarce Footman 2047 Eilema complana (2)
Common Footman 2050 Eilema lurideola (2)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (2)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (1)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (1)
Bright-line Brown-eye 2160 Lacanobia oleracea (1)
Dun-bar 2318 Cosmia trapezina (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (6)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (6)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg. (2)
Nut-tree Tussock 2425 Colocasia coryli f. medionigra (1)

15/16 July: total 153 species 55, (Min 12.5C, Max 17.1C, medium- stars, slight breeze, heavy dew & moon by morning). I was forced to go scavenging today, as the poplar leaves had run out and the caterpillars were still looking ravenous! They are costing me a great deal in pretrol money!

Golden Argent 0411 Argyresthia goedartella (1)
Diamond-back 0464 Plutella xylostella (2)
White-legged case-bearer 0515 Coleophora albitarsella (1)
Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (1)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (1)
Orange Crest 0868 Helcystogramma rufescens (1)
Four-spotted Obscure agg. 0870 Oegoconia quadripuncta agg (3)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (4)
Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix 0972 Pandemis heparana (1)
Great Grey Shade agg. 1020 Cnephasia stephensiana agg. (1)
Dark-triangle Button 1038 Acleris laterana (1)
Broad-blotch Drill 1274 Dichrorampha alpinana (1)
Twenty-plume 1288 Alucita hexadactyla (2)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (25)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (11)
Satin Grass-veneer 1302 Crambus perlella (1)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (1)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (1)
Pied Grey 1343 Eudonia delunella (6)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (11)
Ringed China Mark 1348 Parapoynx stratiotata (2)
Small Purple & Gold 1361 Pyrausta aurata (1)
Small Magpie 1376 Eurrhypara hortulata (2)
Dusky Pearl 1390 Udea prunalis (1)
Rosy Tabby 1424 Endotricha flammealis (8)
Small Fan-footed Wave 1702 Idaea biselata (2)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (15)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata (3)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)
Small Phoenix 1759 Ecliptopera silaceata (1)
Grass Rivulet 1807 Perizoma albulata albulata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (1)
Early Thorn 1917 Selenia dentaria (3)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Poplar Hawkmoth 1981 Laothoe populi (1)
Yellow-tail 2030 Euproctis similis (1)
Black Arches 2033 Lymantria monacha (1)
Rosy Footman 2037 Miltochrista miniata (1)
Common Footman 2050 Eilema lurideola (3)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (2)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (1)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (1)
True Lover's Knot 2118 Lycophotia purphyrea (1)
Clay 2193 Mythimna ferrago (1)
Dun-bar 2318 Cosmia trapezina (2)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (6)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg.  (1)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (5)
Mottled Rustic 2387 Caradrina morpheus (2)
Nut-tree Tussock 2425 Colocasia coryli f. medionigra (1)
Straw Dot 2474 Rivula sericealis (1)
Snout 2477 Hypena proboscidalis (1)
Fan-foot 2489 Zanclognatha tarsipennalis (1)
Small Fan-foot 2492 Herminia grisealis (1)

14/15 July: total 189 species 57, (Min 17.1C, Max 17.3C, zero stars, windy, light rain during the night). Things had been quite quiet before I went to bed, but the rain brought on a lot of extra humidity, which coupled with the high night-time temperatures brought in a whole lot of moths. Of note was an always welcome Evergestis limbata, a Ringed China-mark and even an Ochrous Pearl.

Diamond-back 0464 Plutella xylostella (3)
Little Dwarf agg. 0607 Elachista canapenella agg. (2)
Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (1)
Long-horned Flat-body 0658 Carcina quercana (1)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (1)
Winter Groundling 0819 Scrobipulpa costella (1)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (2)
Marsh Dowd 0875a Blastobasis rebeli (2)
Privet Twist 0994 Clepsis consimilana (1)
Red-barred Tortrix 1010 Ditula angustiorana (1)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (1)
Codling Moth 1261 Cydia pomonella (1)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (31)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (14)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (2)
Pied Grey 1343 Eudonia delunella (3)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (12)
Ringed China Mark 1348 Parapoynx stratiotata (1)
Dark-bordered Pearl 1356a Evergestis limbata (1)
Small Magpie 1376 Eurrhypara hortulata (1)
Ochreous Pearl 1385 Anania crocealis (1)
Dusky Pearl 1390 Udea prunalis (1)
Mother of Pearl 1405 Pleuroptya ruralis (4)
Rosy Tabby 1424 Endotricha flammealis (11)
Bee Moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (2)
China Character 1651 Cilix glaucata (1)
Small Fan-footed Wave 1702 Idaea biselata (7)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (12)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata (4)
Yellow Shell 1742 Camptogramma bilineata bilineata (2)
Small Phoenix 1759 Ecliptopera silaceata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (1)
Clouded Border 1887 Lomaspilis marginata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (3)
Early Thorn 1917 Selenia dentaria (2)
Scalloped Oak 1921 Crocallis elinguaria (4)
Swallow-tailed 1922 Ourapteryx sambucaria (1)
Peppered Moth 1931 Biston betularia (melanic form) (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (2)
Elephant Hawkmoth 1991 Deilephila elpenor (1)
Lobster Moth 1999 Stauropus fagi (1)
Dingy Footman 2044 Eilema griseola (2)
Scarce Footman 2047 Eilema complana (1)
Common Footman 2050 Eilema lurideola (2)
Heart & Club 2088 Agrotis clavis (1)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (2)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (4)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (1)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (1)
Bright-line Brown-eye 2160 Lacanobia oleracea (7)
Dun-bar 2318 Cosmia trapezina (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (12)
Marbled Minor agg. 2337 Oligia strigilis agg. (2)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (4)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (2)
Nut-tree Tussock 2425 Colocasia coryli f. medionigra (female) (1)
Fan-foot 2489 Zanclognatha tarsipennalis (1)

13/14 July: total 131 species 48, (Min 11.3C, Max 16.9C, medium- stars, slight breeze). It's that time of year - along comes something out of the ordinary during the day that I simply have to attend to, which knocks my mothing routine for six and I am then left in catch-up mode for several days, hence the lale posting of these records. Still, there was yet another garden first, but unfortunately one of those wretched confusion species. I have heard from my daughter in South London that the Jersey Tigers are out and about again for another year and so am looking forwards to seeing them again soon. In the meantime, my Poplar Hawkmoth caterpillars are fast eating through my stock of poplar leaves. They are gaining so much in size you can almost see them grow during the day, and as for the amount of poo they put out.... :)

Case-bearing Clothes Moth 0240 Tinea pellionella (3)
Fulvous Clothes Moth 0246 Tinea semifulvella (1)
Diamond-back 0464 Plutella xylostella (1)
*New Species* Little Dwarf agg. 0607 Elachista canapenella agg. (1)
Long-horned Flat-body 0658 Carcina quercana (2)
Dark Groundling agg. 0779 Bryotropha affinis agg. (2)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (2)
Orange Crest 0868 Helcystogramma rufescens (1)
Four-spotted Obscure agg. 0870 Oegoconia quadripuncta agg. (2)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (5)
Marsh Dowd 0875a Blastobasis rebeli (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (2)
Codling Moth 1261 Cydia pomonella (1)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (13)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (5)
Pied Grey 1343 Eudonia delunella (4)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (5)
Dusky Pearl 1390 Udea prunalis (1)
Mother of Pearl 1405 Pleuroptya ruralis (1)
Rosy Tabby 1424 Endotricha flammealis (10)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (1)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
Buff Arches 1653 Habrosyne pyrritoides (2)
Small Fan-footed Wave 1702 Idaea biselata (8)
Single Dotted Wave 1708 Idaea dimidiata (1)
Treble Brown Spot 1711 Idaea trigeminata (1)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (13)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata (3)
Yellow Shell 1742 Camptogramma bilineata bilineata (2)
Clouded Border 1887 Lomaspilis marginata (2)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (2)
Scalloped Oak 1921 Crocallis elinguaria (1)
Yellow-tail 2030 Euproctis similis (1)
Common Footman 2050 Eilema lurideola (1)
Heart & Club 2088 Agrotis clavis (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2111 Noctua janthe (1)
Bright-line Brown-eye 2160 Lacanobia oleracea (4)
Common Wainscot 2199 Mythimna pallens (1)
Grey Dagger 2284 Acronicta psi (2)
Dun-bar 2318 Cosmia trapezina (2)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (5)
Light Arches 2322 Apamea lithoxylaea (1)
Marbled Minor agg. 2337 Oligia strigilis agg. (2)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (6)
Mottled Rustic 2387 Caradrina morpheus (1)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (1)
Fan-foot 2489 Zanclognatha tarsipennalis (1)

12/13 July: total 239 species 66, (Min 17.2C, Max 18.1C, zero stars, slight breeze, humid). Phew! A ton and more of micros and, for me, a high total count, which took quite some sorting out, but I got there in record time - finished by 10.00. My 3-year old grandson can now recognise and name with ease an Elephant Hawkmoth (he could name Jersey Tiger-moths at the age of 2!). I have also taught him to say camouflage, which word he understands in relation to Buff-tips (he likes to call them twig moths).

Gold-ribbon Argent 0410 Argyresthia brockeella (1)
Bird-cherry Ermine 0424 Yponomeuta evonymella (1)
Diamond-back 0464 Plutella xylostella (6)
White-legged case-bearer 0515 Coleophora albitarsella (2)
Long-horned Flat-body 0658 Carcina quercana (1)
Dark Groundling agg. 0779 Bryotropha affinis agg. (2)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (2)
Orange Crest 0868 Helcystogramma rufescens (2)
Four-spotted Obscure agg. 0870 Oegoconia quadripuncta agg. (1)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (2)
Marsh Dowd 0875a Blastobasis rebeli (5)
Marbled Cosmet 0888 Mompha propinquella (1)
Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix 0972 Pandemis heparana (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Great Grey Shade agg. 1020 Cnephasia stephensiana agg. (1)
Dark-triangle Button 1038 Acleris laterana (1)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (3)
Codling Moth 1261 Cydia pomonella (3)
Broad-blotch Drill 1274 Dichrorampha alpinana (1)
Twenty-plume 1288 Alucita hexadactyla (1)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (45)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (34)
Straw Grass-veneer 1304 Agriphila straminella (1)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (1)
Small Water Veneer 1331 Acentria ephemerella (2)
Common Grey 1334 Scoparia ambigualis (1)
Pied Grey 1343 Eudonia delunella (4)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (8)
Elder Pearl 1378 Phlyctaenia coronata (1)
Dusky Pearl 1390 Udea prunalis (3)
Mother of Pearl 1405 Pleuroptya ruralis (2)
Rosy Tabby 1424 Endotricha flammealis (16)
Bee Moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (2)
Dotted Oak Knot-horn 1452 Phycita roborella (1)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (2)
Small Blood-vein 1690 Scopula imitaria (3)
Small Fan-footed Wave 1702 Idaea biselata (1)
Single Dotted Wave 1708 Idaea dimidiata (3)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (17)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata (6)
V-Pug 1858 Chloroclystis v-ata (3)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (2)
Clouded Border 1887 Lomaspilis marginata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (3)
Early Thorn 1917 Selenia dentaria (1)
Scalloped Oak 1921 Crocallis elinguaria (2)
Swallow-tailed 1922 Ourapteryx sambucaria (2)
Common Wave 1956 Cabera exanthemata (1)
Elephant Hawkmoth 1991 Deilephila elpenor (1)
Yellow-tail 2030 Euproctis similis (2)
Scarce Footman 2047 Eilema complana (1)
Common Footman 2050 Eilema lurideola (1)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (3)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (2)
Square-spot Rustic 2134 Xestia xanthographa (2)
Bright-line Brown-eye 2160 Lacanobia oleracea (2)
Common Wainscot 2199 Mythimna pallens (2)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (3)
Marbled Minor agg. 2337 Oligia strigilis agg. (1)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg. (3)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (2)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (1)
Mottled Rustic 2387 Caradrina morpheus (3)
Nut-tree Tussock 2425 Colocasia coryli f. medionigra (1)
Snout 2477 Hypena proboscidalis (1)
Fan-foot 2489 Zanclognatha tarsipennalis (2)

11/12 July: total 114 species 45, (Min 15.6C, Max 17.4C, zero stars, still & calm, everywhere still wet after another rainy day). Almost perfect mothing conditions, except for the wet after another rainy day, but a beautiful Chinese Character graced us with its presence, yet another garden first, in what has become a good mothing year - so far. In fact, we have seen a hat-trick over the past three nights!

Case-bearing Clothes Moth 0240 Tinea pellionella (1)
Diamond-back 0464 Plutella xylostella (1)
Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (1)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (4)
Marsh Dowd 0875a Blastobasis rebeli (1)
Barred Twist 0970 Pandemis cerasana (2)
Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix 0972 Pandemis heparana (1)
Triangle-marked Roller 1115 Ancylis achatana (1)
Codling Moth 1261 Cydia pomonella (1)
Twenty-plume 1288 Alucita hexadactyla (7)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (20)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (15)
Satin Grass-veneer 1302 Crambus perlella (1)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (4)
Rosy Tabby 1424 Endotricha flammealis (3)
Bee Moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (1)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
*New Species*
China Character 1651 Cilix glaucata (1)
Common Emerald 1669 Hemithea aestivaria (1)
Small Blood-vein 1690 Scopula imitaria (1)
Small Fan-footed Wave 1702 Idaea biselata (3)
Single Dotted Wave 1708 Idaea dimidiata (1)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (5)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata (2)
Yellow Shell 1742 Camptogramma bilineata bilineata (1)
Clouded Border 1887 Lomaspilis marginata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Early Thorn 1917 Selenia dentaria (1)
Scalloped Oak 1921 Crocallis elinguaria (2)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Elephant Hawkmoth 1991 Deilephila elpenor (1)
Buff Tip 1994 Phalera bucephala (1)
Rosy Footman 2037 Miltochrista miniata (1)
Scarce Footman 2047 Eilema complana (1)
Common Footman 2050 Eilema lurideola (1)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (3)
Bright-line Brown-eye 2160 Lacanobia oleracea (2)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (5)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg.  (4)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (3)
Mottled Rustic 2387 Caradrina morpheus (2)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (1)
Nut-tree Tussock 2425 Colocasia coryli f. medionigra (1)
Straw Dot 2474 Rivula sericealis (1)
Small Fan-foot 2492 Herminia grisealis (1)

10/11 July: total 60 species 29, (Min 12.0C, Max 15.7C, zero stars, calm, bright moon, everywhere still wet after a rainy day). A really disappointing night, but there was a surprise new garden species! Mothing can have huge highs and lows. Now, in this case, would anyone have believed me had I not managed to get an image of this moth? It would have been too easy to have dismissed it as just another Grass-veneer, which appear in their dozens at this time of year and indeed I did not realise what I had caught until late afternoon. Luckily, these days, it is my practice to pot up every moth for id purposes.

*New Species* White-shouldered Sober 0841 Sophronia semicostella (1)
Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix 0972 Pandemis heparana (1)
Twenty-plume 1288 Alucita hexadactyla (1)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (13)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (3)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (3)
Dusky Pearl 1390 Udea prunalis (1)
Rosy Tabby 1424 Endotricha flammealis (1)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (4)
Buff Arches 1653 Habrosyne pyrritoides (1)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (5)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata (2)
Small Phoenix 1759 Ecliptopera silaceata (1)
Clouded Border 1887 Lomaspilis marginata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Swallow-tailed 1922 Ourapteryx sambucaria (1)
Common Wave 1956 Cabera exanthemata (1)
Buff Tip 1994 Phalera bucephala (1)
Rosy Footman 2037 Miltochrista miniata (1)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
Bright-line Brown-eye 2160 Lacanobia oleracea (3)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (3)
Marbled Minor agg. 2337 Oligia strigilis agg. (1)
Common Rustic 2343 Mesapamea secalis (1)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (4)
Mottled Rustic 2387 Caradrina morpheus (1)
Oak Nycteoline 2423 Nycteola revayana (1)
Fan-foot 2489 Zanclognatha tarsipennalis (1)

9/10 July: total 142 species 47, (Min 14.2C, Max 17.6C, medium-- stars, calm with occasional breezes, no dew, bright moon). A lot of micros, including a new garden species.

Case-bearing Clothes Moth 0240 Tinea pellionella (1)
Oak bent-wing 0274 Bucculatrix ulmella (1)
Diamond-back 0464 Plutella xylostella (1)
*New Species* Wood Groundling 0756 Parachronistis albiceps (1)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (1)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (7)
Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix 0972 Pandemis heparana (2)
Timothy Tortrix 0989 Aphelia paleana (1)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (1)
Bramble-shoot Moth 1175 Epiblema uddmanniana (3)
Twenty-plume 1288 Alucita hexadactyla (4)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (23)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (13)
Straw Grass-veneer 1304 Agriphila straminella (2)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (10)
Mother of Pearl 1405 Pleuroptya ruralis (1)
Dusky Pearl 1390 Udea prunalis (2)
Rosy Tabby 1424 Endotricha flammealis (2)
Bee Moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (1)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (4)
Buff Arches 1653 Habrosyne pyrritoides (1)
Small Fan-footed Wave 1702 Idaea biselata (4)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (4)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata (1)
Yellow Shell 1742 Camptogramma bilineata bilineata (2)
Small Phoenix 1759 Ecliptopera silaceata (1)
Green Pug 1860 Pasiphila rectangulata (1)
Clouded Border 1887 Lomaspilis marginata (3)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (3)
Early Thorn 1917 Selenia dentaria (1)
Dingy Footman 2044 Eilema griseola (1)
Buff Footman 2049 Eilema depressa (1)
Common Footman 2050 Eilema lurideola (1)
Heart & Club 2088 Agrotis clavis (1)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (4)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (3)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (1)
Double Square-spot 2128 Xestia triangulum (1)
Bright-line Brown-eye 2160 Lacanobia oleracea (5)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (13)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg.  (1)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (2)
Mottled Rustic 2387 Caradrina morpheus (1)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (1)
Blackneck 2466 Lygephila pastinum (1)
Fan-foot 2489 Zanclognatha tarsipennalis (2)

8/9 July: total 83 species 41, (Min 12.4C, Max 13.2C, zero stars, scant breeze, showery). It is good to know that the Poplar Hawkmoths are still around, and that my captive caterpillars are still doing well - at least, judging from their growth rate and the amount of poo I have to clear out every day :) The head is the non-spikey end.

Case-bearing Clothes Moth 0240 Tinea pellionella (2)
Small Red Slender 0284 Caloptilia rufipennella (1)
White-headed Ermel 0440 Paraswammerdamia albicapitella (1)
White-legged case-bearer 0515 Coleophora albitarsella (2)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (1)
Four-spotted Obscure agg. 0870 Oegoconia quadripuncta agg. (1)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (1)
Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix 0972 Pandemis heparana (1)
Triangle-marked Roller 1115 Ancylis achatana (2)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (8)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (5)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (2)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (1)
Mother of Pearl 1405 Pleuroptya ruralis (1)
Rosy Tabby 1424 Endotricha flammealis (3)
Bee Moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (2)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (1)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (2)
Buff Arches 1653 Habrosyne pyrritoides (1)
Small Fan-footed Wave 1702 Idaea biselata (2)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (2)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata (2)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Early Thorn 1917 Selenia dentaria (3)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Poplar Hawkmoth 1981 Laothoe populi (1)
Rosy Footman 2037 Miltochrista miniata (2)
Heart & Club 2088 Agrotis clavis (2)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (7)
The Flame 2098 Axylia putris (1)
Bright-line Brown-eye 2160 Lacanobia oleracea (1)
Sycamore 2279 Acronicta aceris (1)
Grey Dagger 2284 Acronicta psi (1)
Dun-bar 2318 Cosmia trapezina (2)
Lunar-spotted Pinion 2319 Cosmia pyralina  (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (10)
Light Arches 2322 Apamea lithoxylaea (1)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg.  (1)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (1)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (1)
Fan-foot 2489 Zanclognatha tarsipennalis (1)

7/8 July: total 66 species 29, (Min 11.1C, Max 14.6C, medium-- stars, scant breeze, dew, watery moon). Another slow, disappointing night. On the other hand, the sole remaining Clifden Nonpareil caterpillar is still doing well.

Case-bearing Clothes Moth 0240 Tinea pellionella (1)
Dark Groundling agg. 0779 Bryotropha affinis agg. (1)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (4)
Triangle-marked Roller 1115 Ancylis achatana (1)
Twenty-plume 1288 Alucita hexadactyla (2)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (12)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (5)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (2)
Rosy Tabby 1424 Endotricha flammealis (4)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (1)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
Small Dusty Wave 1707 Idaea seriata (1)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (2)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata (3)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Early Thorn 1917 Selenia dentaria (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Common Wave 1956 Cabera exanthemata (1)
Poplar Hawkmoth 1981 Laothoe populi (2)
Elephant Hawkmoth 1991 Deilephila elpenor (1)
Yellow-tail 2030 Euproctis similis (1)
Scarce Footman 2047 Eilema complana (1)
Common Footman 2050 Eilema lurideola (1)
Heart & Club 2088 Agrotis clavis (1)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (4)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (8)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (1)
Nut-tree Tussock 2425 Colocasia coryli f. medionigra (1)

6/7 July: total 65 species 30, (Min 9.6C, Max 14.2C, medium-- stars, slight breeze, no dew, bright half moon). The moon is out again and another downward spiral has kicked in.

Apple Ermine 0426 Yponomeuta malinellus (3)
Diamond-back 0464 Plutella xylostella (1)
Common Groundling 0765 Teleiodes vulgella (1)
Orange Crest 0868 Helcystogramma rufescens (1)
Marsh Dowd 0875a Blastobasis rebeli (1)
Barred Twist 0970 Pandemis cerasana (1)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (1)
Triangle-marked Roller 1115 Ancylis achatana (3)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (8)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (4)
Common Grey 1334 Scoparia ambigualis (1)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (2)
Bee Moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (2)
Buff Arches 1653 Habrosyne pyrritoides (1)
Small Dusty Wave 1707 Idaea seriata (2)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (1)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata (1)
Yellow Shell 1742 Camptogramma bilineata bilineata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (1)
Early Thorn 1917 Selenia dentaria (1)
Common Footman 2050 Eilema lurideola (1)
Heart & Club 2088 Agrotis clavis (8)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
Purple Clay 2122 Diarsia brunnea (11)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (1)
Light Arches 2322 Apamea lithoxylaea (2)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (1)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (1)

5/6 July: total 146 species 55, (Min 15.6C, Max 17.1C, zero stars, calm, drizzle later turning to heavy rain). Despite the heavy rain, it just shows how little moths care when temperatures remain this high throughout the night. Yet another garden first, a Lackey, although it was in a somewhat bedraggled state.

Cherry-fruit Moth 0420 Argyresthia pruniella (1)
Apple Ermine 0426 Yponomeuta malinellus (1)
White-headed Ermel 0440 Paraswammerdamia albicapitella (2)
White-legged case-bearer 0515 Coleophora albitarsella (1)
Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (1)
Common Groundling 0765 Teleiodes vulgella (1)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (1)
Red-barred Tortrix 1010 Ditula angustiorana (1)
Yellow-spot Twist 1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana (2)
Barred Marble 1063 Celypha striana (2)
Triangle-marked Roller 1115 Ancylis achatana (3)
Marbled Bell 1197 Eucosma campoliliana (1)
Twenty-plume 1288 Alucita hexadactyla (6)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (22)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (10)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (2)
Common Grey 1334 Scoparia ambigualis (2)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (6)
Dusky Pearl 1390 Udea prunalis (1)
Bee Moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (2)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
*New Species* Lackey 1634 Malacosoma neustria (1)
Blood-vein 1682 Timandra comae (1)
Small Fan-footed Wave 1702 Idaea biselata (1)
Small Dusty Wave 1707 Idaea seriata (2)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (6)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata (5)
Yellow Shell 1742 Camptogramma bilineata bilineata (1)
Lime-speck Pug 1825 Eupithecia centaureata (1)
V-Pug 1858 Chloroclystis v-ata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Early Thorn 1917 Selenia dentaria (1)
Swallow-tailed 1922 Ourapteryx sambucaria (2)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Mottled Beauty 1941 Alcis repandata repandata (1)
Engrailed 1947 Ectropis bistortata (1)
Buff Tip 1994 Phalera bucephala (1)
Common Footman 2050 Eilema lurideola (1)
Buff Ermine 2061 Spilosoma luteum (1)
Heart & Club 2088 Agrotis clavis (2)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (9)
Flame Shoulder 2102 Ochropleura plecta (2)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (3)
Bright-line Brown-eye 2160 Lacanobia oleracea (1)
Clay 2193 Mythimna ferrago (1)
Dun-bar 2318 Cosmia trapezina (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (17)
Marbled Minor agg. 2337 Oligia strigilis agg. (1)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg.  (1)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (2)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (3)
Mottled Rustic 2387 Caradrina morpheus (1)
Dark Spectacle 2449 Abrostola triplasia (1)
Straw Dot 2474 Rivula sericealis (1)
Fan-foot 2489 Zanclognatha tarsipennalis (2)

4/5 July: total 197 species 67, (Min 16.3C, Max 18.1C ,zero stars, slight breeze, mizzle developing into steady rain overnight. What a night! Only missing out on the double ton by a whisker, there were two more new garden species, a Small Elephant Hawkmoth and a stunning Bird's Wing. As an Elephant Hawkmoth also turned up (at exactly the same time as the Small), it was good to get a photo of them together.

Apple Leaf Miner 0263 Lyonetia clerkella (1)
White-headed Ermel 0440 Paraswammerdamia albicapitella (1)
Diamond-back 0464 Plutella xylostella (3)
Cinerous Groundling 0787 Bryotropha terrella (1)
Four-spotted Obscure 0870 Oegoconia quadripuncta (1)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (3)
Privet Twist 0994 Clepsis consimilana (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (3)
Red-barred Tortrix 1010 Ditula angustiorana (1)
Barred Marble 1063 Celypha striana (1)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (1)
Triangle-marked Roller 1115 Ancylis achatana (1)
Codling Moth 1261 Cydia pomonella (4)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (33)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (10)
Straw Grass-veneer 1304 Agriphila straminella (1)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (3)
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer 1309 Agriphila geniculea (1)
Meadow Grey 1333 Scoparia pyralella (3)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (4)
Small Magpie 1376 Eurrhypara hortulata (2)
Rosy Tabby 1424 Endotricha flammealis (1)
Bee Moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (4)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
Buff Arches 1653 Habrosyne pyrritoides (3)
Common Emerald 1669 Hemithea aestivaria (1)
Little Emerald 1674 Jodis lactearia (2)
Small Blood-vein 1690 Scopula imitaria (1)
Small Fan-footed Wave 1702 Idaea biselata (1)
Single Dotted Wave 1708 Idaea dimidiata (1)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (7)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (2)
Yellow Shell 1742 Camptogramma bilineata bilineata (1)
July Highflyer 1777 Hydriomena furcata (1)
Green Pug 1860 Pasiphila rectangulata (2)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (1)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (2)
Scalloped Oak 1921 Crocallis elinguaria (2)
Swallow-tailed 1922 Ourapteryx sambucaria (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Mottled Beauty 1941 Alcis repandata repandata (3)
Engrailed 1947 Ectropis bistortata (1)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Poplar Hawkmoth 1981 Laothoe populi (1)
Elephant Hawkmoth 1991 Deilephila elpenor (1)
*New Species* Small Elephant Hawkmoth 1992 Deilephila porcellus (1)
Buff Tip 1994 Phalera bucephala (1)
Rosy Footman 2037 Miltochrista miniata (1)
Common Footman 2050 Eilema lurideola (1)
Heart & Club 2088 Agrotis clavis (2)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (13)
The Flame 2098 Axylia putris (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (5)
Bright-line Brown-eye 2160 Lacanobia oleracea (4)
Dark Dagger agg. 2283 Acronicta tridens agg. (1)
*New Species* Bird's Wing 2301 Dypterygia scabriuscula (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (30)
Marbled Minor agg. 2337 Oligia strigilis agg. (1)
Common Rustic 2343 Mesapamea secalis (2)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (2)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (1)
Mottled Rustic 2387 Caradrina morpheus (1)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (2)
Spectacle 2450 Abrostola tripartita (1)
Beautiful Hook-tip 2473 Laspeyria flexula (1)
Fan-foot 2489 Zanclognatha tarsipennalis (3)
Small Fan-foot 2492 Herminia grisealis (1)

3/4 July: total 124 species 48, (Min 12.5C, Max 15.5C ,medium-- stars, intermittent slight breeze, dew developing, quarter moon). I have been really up against it for the past couple of days, what with family commitments, butterfly transects taking nearly twice as long as usual and lots of moths, including a new garden species, the rather lovely micro, Twin-barred Knot-horn 1481 Homoeosoma sinuella. I had one of these a few years ago, but the record was disallowed for some reason by our micro experts, who did not like the photo :) There is no doubting this one though. I thoroughly enjoyed a stunningly beautiful White Plume, only my second record for this micro.

Id'ing micros is never an easy task and when they come in such numbers at this time of year, it takes a heck of a lot of time to process them.

Apple Leaf Miner 0263 Lyonetia clerkella (1)
White-headed Ermel 0440 Paraswammerdamia albicapitella (1)
Orange Crest 0868 Helcystogramma rufescens (1)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (1)
Privet Twist 0994 Clepsis consimilana (1)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (2)
Triangle-marked Roller 1115 Ancylis achatana (1)
Broad-blotch Drill 1274 Dichrorampha alpinana (1)
Twenty-plume 1288 Alucita hexadactyla (2)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (22)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (9)
Straw Grass-veneer 1304 Agriphila straminella (1)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (1)
Meadow Grey 1333 Scoparia pyralella (3)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (3)
Small Magpie 1376 Eurrhypara hortulata (1)
Dusky Pearl 1390 Udea prunalis (1)
Bee Moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (2)
False Cacao Moth 1474 Ephestia parasitella unicolorella (1)
*New Species* Twin-barred Knot-horn 1481 Homoeosoma sinuella (1)
White Plume 1513 Pterophorus pentadactyla (1)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (2)
Buff Arches 1653 Habrosyne pyrritoides (2)
Small Dusty Wave 1707 Idaea seriata (1)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (5)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (4)
Clouded Border 1887 Lomaspilis marginata (2)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (1)
Scalloped Oak 1921 Crocallis elinguaria (1)
Swallow-tailed 1922 Ourapteryx sambucaria (1)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Mottled Beauty 1941 Alcis repandata repandata (1)
Common Wave 1956 Cabera exanthemata (1)
Elephant Hawkmoth 1991 Deilephila elpenor (1)
Buff Tip 1994 Phalera bucephala (2)
Heart & Club 2088 Agrotis clavis (2)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (12)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (2)
Bright-line Brown-eye 2160 Lacanobia oleracea (1)
Alder Moth 2281 Acronicta alni (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (13)
Light Arches 2322 Apamea lithoxylaea (1)
Common Rustic agg. 2343 Mesapamea secalis agg.  (1)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (3)
Mottled Rustic 2387 Caradrina morpheus (1)
Pale Mottled Willow 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis (2)
Snout 2477 Hypena proboscidalis (1)
Fan-foot 2489 Zanclognatha tarsipennalis (2)

2/3 July: total 147 species 53, (Min 10.8C, Max 15.8C , zero stars, scant breeze, no dew until morning). At last we seem to have emerged from a period in the mothing doldrums! The moment I saw that there was no dew I knew that it was going to be a good night for the micros, which certainly out-numbered the macros.

Case-bearing Clothes Moth 0240 Tinea pellionella (1)
White-headed Ermel 0440 Paraswammerdamia albicapitella (1)
Common Groundling 0765 Teleiodes vulgella (1)
Four-spotted Obscure 0870 Oegoconia quadripuncta (3)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (1)
Yellow-spot Twist 1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana (1)
Great Grey Shade agg. 1020 Cnephasia stephensiana agg. (1)
Barred Marble 1063 Celypha striana (1)
Triangle-marked Roller 1115 Ancylis achatana (2)
Cock's-head Bell 1165 Zeiraphera isertana (1)
Acorn Piercer 1236 Pammene fasciana (1)
Twenty-plume 1288 Alucita hexadactyla (8)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (18)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (4)
Straw Grass-veneer 1304 Agriphila straminella (2)
Common Grass-veneer 1305 Agriphila tristella (4)
Ground-moss Grey 1340 Eudonia truncicolella (2)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (2)
Elder Pearl 1378 Phlyctaenia coronata (1)
Dusky Pearl 1390 Udea prunalis (1)
Rosy Tabby 1424 Endotricha flammealis (1)
Bee Moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (7)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthodactylus (1)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
Common Emerald 1669 Hemithea aestivaria (1)
Little Emerald 1674 Jodis lactearia (1)
Small Blood-vein 1690 Scopula imitaria (1)
Least Carpet 1699 Idaea rusticata (1)
Small Fan-footed Wave 1702 Idaea biselata (1)
Single Dotted Wave 1708 Idaea dimidiata (1)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (7)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata (2)
Yellow Shell 1742 Camptogramma bilineata bilineata (1)
V-Pug 1858 Chloroclystis v-ata (1)
Green Pug 1860 Pasiphila rectangulata (2)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (3)
Brimstone 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata (4)
Scalloped Oak 1921 Crocallis elinguaria (1)
Swallow-tailed 1922 Ourapteryx sambucaria (2)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Heart & Club 2088 Agrotis clavis (11)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (9)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
True Lover's Knot 2118 Lycophotia purphyrea (1)
Bright-line Brown-eye 2160 Lacanobia oleracea (3)
Clay 2193 Mythimna ferrago (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (14)
Marbled Minor agg. 2337 Oligia strigilis agg. (2)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (3)
Vines Rustic 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua (1)
Snout 2477 Hypena proboscidalis (1)
Fan-foot 2489 Zanclognatha tarsipennalis (3)

1/2 July: total 85 species 35, (Min 9.4C, Max 14.5C , medium-- stars, calm, dew developing overnight). A really good day yesterday - no less than three Purple Emperors all in the air at the same time, one attacking a bird, a second attacking a Red Admiral, whilst the third did several low level circuits twenty feet or so above my head. All these in the Millennium Wood near Haywards Heath, but how long the habitat will remain suitable is in doubt. benign neglect is fast having an adverse impact.

In the meantime, my one remaining Clifden Nonpareil caterpillar continues to prosper on a diet of poplar leaves, harvested from Nunhead Cemetery in South London. I also have four very greedy Poplar Hawkmoth caterpillars doing well on the same diet: the amount of moth poo is prodigious!

Last night had all the makings for a good micro night, but I was doomed to disappointment. On the other hand, a new garden species in the form of a Four-dotted Footman made an appearance.

Garden Lance-wing 0483 Epermenia chaerophyllella (1)
Long-horned Flat-body 0658 Carcina quercana (1)
Dingy Dowd 0873 Blastobasis adustella (1)
Common Marble 1076 Celypha lacunana (1)
Plum Tortrix 1082 Hedya pruniana (1)
Triangle-marked Roller 1115 Ancylis achatana (2)
Twenty-plume 1288 Alucita hexadactyla (1)
Garden Grass-veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella (14)
Inlaid Grass-veneer 1294 Crambus pascuella (3)
Small Grey 1344 Eudonia mercurella (6)
Rosy Tabby 1424 Endotricha flammealis (1)
Bee Moth 1428 Aphomia sociella (2)
Buff Arches 1653 Habrosyne pyrritoides (1)
Least Carpet 1699 Idaea rusticata (1)
Small Fan-footed Wave 1702 Idaea biselata (1)
Single Dotted Wave 1708 Idaea dimidiata (1)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata f. remutata (4)
Riband Wave 1713 Idaea aversata (2)
V-Pug 1858 Chloroclystis v-ata (1)
Double-striped Pug 1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (2)
Clouded Border 1887 Lomaspilis marginata (1)
Swallow-tailed 1922 Ourapteryx sambucaria (2)
Peppered Moth 1931 Biston betularia (1)
Common Wave 1956 Cabera exanthemata (1)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
*New Species* Four-dotted Footman 2040 Cybosia mesomella (1)
Buff Footman 2049 Eilema depressa (1)
Common Footman 2050 Eilema lurideola (1)
Heart & Club 2088 Agrotis clavis (3)
Heart & Dart 2089 Agrotis exclamationis (8)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
Dark Arches 2321 Apamea monoglypha (13)
Uncertain 2381 Hoplodrina alsines (2)
Mottled Rustic 2387 Caradrina morpheus (1)
Snout 2477 Hypena proboscidalis (1)

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