22/23 October 2017: total 75, species 19 (Min 10.3C, Max 10.7C, wind 5mph SSW, cloud 35%, humidity 87%, the storm has passed through and the strong winds have at last abated - for a while).

Actinic light at ST09126 01753

Yellow-spot Twist Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 49.091 (Br. 1011)
Rusty Dot Pearl Udea ferrugalis 63.031 (Br. 1395)
Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 70.095 (Br. 1760)
Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata 70.097 (Br. 1764)
November Moth Epirrita dilutata 70.107 (Br. 1795)
Snout Hypena proboscidalis 72.003 (Br. 2477)
Silver Y Autographa gamma 73.015 (Br. 2441)
Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis 73.186 (Br. 2267)
Red-line Quaker Agrochola lota 73.189 (Br. 2263)
Yellow-line Quaker Agrochola macilenta 73.190 (Br. 2264)
Satellite Eupsilia transversa 73.210 (Br. 2256)
Merveille du Jour Griposia aprilina 73.224 (Br. 2247)
Black Rustic Aporophyla nigra 73.233 (Br. 2232)
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 73.342 (Br. 2107)

MV light at ST09075 01782

Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana 49.039 (Br. 0998)
Vestal Rhodometra sacraria 70.038 (Br. 1716)
Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 70.095 (Br. 1760)
Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata 70.097 (Br. 1764)
November Moth Epirrita dilutata 70.107 (Br. 1795)
Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa 73.113 (Br. 2306)
Red-line Quaker Agrochola lota 73.189 (Br. 2263)
Dark Chestnut Conistra ligula 73.195 (Br. 2259)
Merveille du Jour Griposia aprilina 73.224 (Br. 2247)
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 73.342 (Br. 2107)
Setacious Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 73.359 (Br. 2126)

19/20 October 2017: total 16, species 9 (Min 10.1C, Max 11.5C, wind 16mph S, cloud 75%, humidity 87%, we are now bracing ourselves for Brian, yet another storm heading this way).

Actinic light at ST09126 01753

Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 70.095 (Br. 1760)
Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis 73.186 (Br. 2267)
Yellow-line Quaker Agrochola macilenta 73.190 (Br. 2264)
Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa 73.193 (Br. 2270)
Setacious Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 73.359 (Br. 2126)

MV light at ST09075 01782

November Moth Epirrita dilutata 70.107 (Br. 1795)
Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria 70.283 (Br. 1961)
Straw Dot Rivula sericealis 72.002 (Br. 2474)
Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa 73.113 (Br. 2306)
Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis 73.186 (Br. 2267)
Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa 73.193 (Br. 2270)

17/18 October 2017: total 23, species 15 (Min 9.6C, Max 9.9C, wind 2mph N, cloud 75%, humidity 93%, after a day off due to very high winds and rain the high pressure has moved on). The short, incredible spell of high pressure has left iin its wake a dust storm from the Sahara Desert, which turned the sun bright red in an otherwise grey sky. On the other hand, it brought with it my first ever sighting in this country of Palpita vitrealis, only seen once before on the island of Cyprus at the Natura Beach Hotel.

Actinic light at ST09126 01753

Ruddy Streak Tachystola acroxantha 28.024 (Br. 0656)
Common Flat-body Agonopterix heracliana 32.018 (Br. 0688)
Olive-tree Pearl Palpita vitrealis 63.048 (Br. 1408)
Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea 63.069 (Br. 1342)
Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 70.095 (Br. 1760)
Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata 70.097 (Br. 1764)
November Moth Epirrita dilutata 70.107 (Br. 1795)
Feathered Thorn Colotois pennaria 70.244 (Br. 1923)
Barred Sallow Tiliacea aurago 73.180 (Br. 2272)
Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis 73.186 (Br. 2267)
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 73.342 (Br. 2107)


MV light at ST09075 01782

November Mo

I mentioned the other day the great views we had at Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve in Lancshire and thought to share this image. Normally a very hard bird to actually see in the swaying reed beds, the grit tray is deliberate to help the birds digest the available food at this time of year.

17/18 October 2017: total 23, species 15 (Min 9.6C, Max 9.9C, wind 2mph N, cloud 75%, humidity 93%, after a day off due to very high winds and rain the high pressure has moved on). The short, incredible spell of high pressure has left iin its wake a dust storm from the Sahara Desert, which turned the sun bright red in an otherwise grey sky. On the other hand, it brought with it my first ever sighting in this country of Palpita vitrealis, only seen once before on the island of Cyprus at the Natura Beach Hotel.

Actinic light at ST09126 01753

Ruddy Streak Tachystola acroxantha 28.024 (Br. 0656)
Common Flat-body Agonopterix heracliana 32.018 (Br. 0688)
Olive-tree Pearl Palpita vitrealis 63.048 (Br. 1408)
Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea 63.069 (Br. 1342)
Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 70.095 (Br. 1760)
Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata 70.097 (Br. 1764)
November Moth Epirrita dilutata 70.107 (Br. 1795)
Feathered Thorn Colotois pennaria 70.244 (Br. 1923)
Barred Sallow Tiliacea aurago 73.180 (Br. 2272)
Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis 73.186 (Br. 2267)
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 73.342 (Br. 2107)


MV light at ST09075 01782

November Moth Epirrita dilutata 70.107 (Br. 1795)
Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria 70.283 (Br. 1961)
Straw Dot Rivula sericealis 72.002 (Br. 2474)
Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis 73.186 (Br. 2267)
Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa 73.193 (Br. 2270)
Merveille du Jour Griposia aprilina 73.224 (Br. 2247)

15/16 October 2017: total 152, species 40 (Min 14.6C, Max 16.5C, wind 7mph SE, cloud 35%, humidity 93%, hurricane ophelia imminent).

Actinic light at ST09126 01753

White-shouldered House Moth Endrosis sarcitrella 28.009 (Br. 0648)
Ruddy Streak Tachystola acroxantha 28.024 (Br. 0656)
Privet Twist Clepsis consimilana 49.038 (Br. 0994)
Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana 49.039 (Br. 0998)
Dark-triangle Button agg. Acleris laterana agg. 49.066 (Br. 1038)
Rusty Oak agg. Acleris ferrugana agg. 49.083 (Br. 1044)
Rusty Dot Pearl Udea ferrugalis 63.031 (Br. 1395)
Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea 63.069 (Br. 1342)
Small Dusty Wave Idaea seriata 70.008 (Br. 1707)
Vestal Rhodometra sacraria 70.038 (Br. 1716)
Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata 70.049 (Br. 1728)
Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 70.095 (Br. 1760)
Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata 70.097 (Br. 1764)
November Moth Epirrita dilutata 70.107 (Br. 1795)
Brimstone Opisthograptis luteolata 70.226 (Br. 1906)
Feathered Thorn Colotois pennaria 70.244 (Br. 1923)
Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria 70.258 (Br. 1937)
Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria 70.283 (Br. 1961)
Straw Dot Rivula sericealis 72.002 (Br. 2474)
Silver Y Autographa gamma 73.015 (Br. 2441)
Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa 73.113 (Br. 2306)
Barred Sallow Tiliacea aurago 73.180 (Br. 2272)
Pink-barred Sallow Xanthia togata 73.181 (Br. 2273)
Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis 73.186 (Br. 2267)
Red-line Quaker Agrochola lota 73.189 (Br. 2263)
Yellow-line Quaker Agrochola macilenta 73.190 (Br. 2264)
Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa 73.193 (Br. 2270)
Blair's Shoulder-knot Lithophane leautieri 73.206 (Br. 2240)
Merveille du Jour Griposia aprilina 73.224 (Br. 2247)
Black Rustic Aporophyla nigra 73.233 (Br. 2232)
Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta 73.329 (Br. 2102)
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 73.342 (Br. 2107)
Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes 73.345 (Br. 2109)
Setacious Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 73.359 (Br. 2126)

MV light at ST09075 01782

Ruddy Streak Tachystola acroxantha 28.024 (Br. 0656)
Common Flat-body Agonopterix heracliana 32.018 (Br. 0688)
Privet Twist Clepsis consimilana 49.038 (Br. 0994)
Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana 49.039 (Br. 0998)
Dark-triangle Button agg. Acleris laterana agg. 49.066 (Br. 1038)
Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea 63.069 (Br. 1342)
Vestal Rhodometra sacraria 70.038 (Br. 1716)
Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 70.095 (Br. 1760)
Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata 70.097 (Br. 1764)
November Moth Epirrita dilutata 70.107 (Br. 1795)
Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria 70.283 (Br. 1961)
Straw Dot Rivula sericealis 72.002 (Br. 2474)
Snout Hypena proboscidalis 72.003 (Br. 2477)
Silver Y Autographa gamma 73.015 (Br. 2441)
Green-brindled Crescent Allophyes oxyacanthae 73.068 (Br. 2245)
Large Wainscot Rhizedra lutosa 73.134 (Br. 2375)
Pink-barred Sallow Xanthia togata 73.181 (Br. 2273)
Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis 73.186 (Br. 2267)
Red-line Quaker Agrochola lota 73.189 (Br. 2263)
Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa 73.193 (Br. 2270)
Chestnut Conistra vaccinii 73.194 (Br. 2258)
Merveille du Jour Griposia aprilina 73.224 (Br. 2247)
Setacious Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 73.359 (Br. 2126)
Oak Nycteoline Nycteola revayana 74.009 (Br. 2423)

14/15 October 2017: total 120, species 35 (Min 13.8C, Max 13.9C, wind 9mph SSE, cloud 75%, humidity 93%).

Actinic light at ST09126 01753

Ruddy Streak Tachystola acroxantha 28.024 (Br. 0656)
Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana 49.039 (Br. 0998)
Yellow-spot Twist Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 49.091 (Br. 1011)
Rusty Dot Pearl Udea ferrugalis 63.031 (Br. 1395)
Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea 63.069 (Br. 1342)
Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata 70.049 (Br. 1728)
Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 70.095 (Br. 1760)
Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata 70.097 (Br. 1764)
November Moth Epirrita dilutata 70.107 (Br. 1795)
Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata 70.141 (Br. 1862)
Brimstone Opisthograptis luteolata 70.226 (Br. 1906)
Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria 70.283 (Br. 1961)
Straw Dot Rivula sericealis 72.002 (Br. 2474)
Silver Y Autographa gamma 73.015 (Br. 2441)
Green-brindled Crescent Allophyes oxyacanthae 73.068 (Br. 2245)
Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa 73.113 (Br. 2306)
Barred Sallow Tiliacea aurago 73.180 (Br. 2272)
Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis 73.186 (Br. 2267)
Red-line Quaker Agrochola lota 73.189 (Br. 2263)
Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa 73.193 (Br. 2270)
Chestnut Conistra vaccinii 73.194 (Br. 2258)
Dark Chestnut Conistra ligula 73.195 (Br. 2259)
Black Rustic Aporophyla nigra 73.233 (Br. 2232)
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 73.342 (Br. 2107)
Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes 73.345 (Br. 2109)
Setacious Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 73.359 (Br. 2126)

MV light at ST09075 01782

White-shouldered House Moth Endrosis sarcitrella 28.009 (Br. 0648)
Ruddy Streak Tachystola acroxantha 28.024 (Br. 0656)
Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana 49.039 (Br. 0998)
Double-striped Tabby Hypsopygia glaucinalis 62.076 (Br. 1415)
Cypress Carpet Thera cupressata 70.083 (Br. 1771a)
Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata 70.097 (Br. 1764)
November Moth Epirrita dilutata 70.107 (Br. 1795)
Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria 70.258 (Br. 1937)
Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria 70.283 (Br. 1961)
Straw Dot Rivula sericealis 72.002 (Br. 2474)
Snout Hypena proboscidalis 72.003 (Br. 2477)
Four-spotted Footman Lithosia quadra 72.041 (Br. 2051)
Silver Y Autographa gamma 73.015 (Br. 2441)
Barred Sallow Tiliacea aurago 73.180 (Br. 2272)
Pink-barred Sallow Xanthia togata 73.181 (Br. 2273)
Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis 73.186 (Br. 2267)
Red-line Quaker Agrochola lota 73.189 (Br. 2263)
Yellow-line Quaker Agrochola macilenta 73.190 (Br. 2264)
Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa 73.193 (Br. 2270)
Merveille du Jour Griposia aprilina 73.224 (Br. 2247)
Setacious Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 73.359 (Br. 2126)

13/14 October 2017: total 168, species 38 (Min 14.5C, Max 14.9C, wind 12mph SSW, cloud 75%, humidity 93%). After a week "up north", it was amazing to return to such ideal mothing conditions. Whilst away, we visited RSPB Leighton Moss and achieved stonking great views of the Bearded Tits, a Purple Heron, Marsh Harriers and an otter.

Actinic light at ST09126 01753

Ruddy Streak Tachystola acroxantha 28.024 (Br. 0656)
Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana 49.039 (Br. 0998)
Cypress Carpet Thera cupressata 70.083 (Br. 1771a)
Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata 70.097 (Br. 1764)
November Moth Epirrita dilutata 70.107 (Br. 1795)
Brimstone Opisthograptis luteolata 70.226 (Br. 1906)
Feathered Thorn Colotois pennaria 70.244 (Br. 1923)
Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria 70.258 (Br. 1937)
Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria 70.283 (Br. 1961)
Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix 72.001 (Br. 2469)
Straw Dot Rivula sericealis 72.002 (Br. 2474)
Snout Hypena proboscidalis 72.003 (Br. 2477)
Silver Y Autographa gamma 73.015 (Br. 2441)
Barred Sallow Tiliacea aurago 73.180 (Br. 2272)
Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis 73.186 (Br. 2267)
Red-line Quaker Agrochola lota 73.189 (Br. 2263)
Yellow-line Quaker Agrochola macilenta 73.190 (Br. 2264)
Brick Agrochola circellaris 73.192 (Br. 2262)
Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa 73.193 (Br. 2270)
Merveille du Jour Griposia aprilina 73.224 (Br. 2247)
Black Rustic Aporophyla nigra 73.233 (Br. 2232)
Turnip Moth Agrotis segetum 73.319 (Br. 2087)
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 73.342 (Br. 2107)
Setacious Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 73.359 (Br. 2126)

MV light at ST09075 01782

Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella 18.001 (Br. 0464)
Ruddy Streak Tachystola acroxantha 28.024 (Br. 0656)
Common Flat-body Agonopterix heracliana 32.018 (Br. 0688)
Privet Twist Clepsis consimilana 49.038 (Br. 0994)
Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana 49.039 (Br. 0998)
Dark-triangle Button agg. Acleris laterana agg. 49.066 (Br. 1038)
Yellow-spot Twist Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 49.091 (Br. 1011)
Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea 63.069 (Br. 1342)
Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata 70.097 (Br. 1764)
November Moth Epirrita dilutata 70.107 (Br. 1795)
Brimstone Opisthograptis luteolata 70.226 (Br. 1906)
Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria 70.283 (Br. 1961)
Straw Dot Rivula sericealis 72.002 (Br. 2474)
Snout Hypena proboscidalis 72.003 (Br. 2477)
Silver Y Autographa gamma 73.015 (Br. 2441)
Barred Sallow Tiliacea aurago 73.180 (Br. 2272)
Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis 73.186 (Br. 2267)
Red-line Quaker Agrochola lota 73.189 (Br. 2263)
Yellow-line Quaker Agrochola macilenta 73.190 (Br. 2264)
Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa 73.193 (Br. 2270)
Chestnut Conistra vaccinii 73.194 (Br. 2258)
Merveille du Jour Griposia aprilina 73.224 (Br. 2247)
Black Rustic Aporophyla nigra 73.233 (Br. 2232)
Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon 73.327 (Br. 2091)
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 73.342 (Br. 2107)
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata 73.343 (Br. 2110)
Setacious Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 73.359 (Br. 2126)

6/7 October 2017: total 14, species 9 (Min 7.9C, Max 8.5C, wind 1mph N, cloud 0%, humidity 81%, harvest moon).

Actinic light at ST09126 01753

Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa 73.193 (Br. 2270)
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 73.342 (Br. 2107)

MV light at ST09075 01782

Ruddy Streak Tachystola acroxantha 28.024 (Br. 0656)
Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata 70.097 (Br. 1764)
November Moth Epirrita dilutata 70.107 (Br. 1795)
Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria 70.258 (Br. 1937)
Snout Hypena proboscidalis 72.003 (Br. 2477)
Silver Y Autographa gamma 73.015 (Br. 2441)
Barred Sallow Tiliacea aurago 73.180 (Br. 2272)
Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa 73.193 (Br. 2270)

3/4 October 2017: total 12, species 4 (Min 6.5C, Max 7.4C, wind 2mph SE, cloud 35%, humidity 87% ). Overnight temperatures have halved and the number of moths has almost fallen off the scale!

Actinic light at ST09126 01753

Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa 73.193 (Br. 2270)

MV light at ST09075 01782

Brimstone Opisthograptis luteolata 70.226 (Br. 1906)
Red-line Quaker Agrochola lota 73.189 (Br. 2263)
Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa 73.193 (Br. 2270)
Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa 73.357 (Br. 2134)

1/2 October 2017: total 80, species 23 (Min 12.4C, Max 14.4C, wind 12mph WSW, cloud 35%, humidity 82% ).

Actinic light at ST09126 01753

Ruddy Streak Tachystola acroxantha 28.024 (Br. 0656)
Privet Twist Clepsis consimilana 49.038 (Br. 0994)
Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana 49.039 (Br. 0998)
Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea 63.069 (Br. 1342)
Riband Wave Idaea aversata 70.016 (Br. 1713)
Spruce Carpet Thera britannica 70.079 (Br. 1769)
Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata 70.097 (Br. 1764)
Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria 70.100 (Br. 1776)
Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata 70.141 (Br. 1862)
Brimstone Opisthograptis luteolata 70.226 (Br. 1906)
Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria 70.283 (Br. 1961)
Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis 73.186 (Br. 2267)
Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa 73.193 (Br. 2270)
Black Rustic Aporophyla nigra 73.233 (Br. 2232)
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 73.342 (Br. 2107)
Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa 73.357 (Br. 2134)
Setacious Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 73.359 (Br. 2126)

MV light at ST09075 01782

Ruddy Streak Tachystola acroxantha 28.024 (Br. 0656)
Winter Groundling Scrobipulpa costella 35.123 (Br. 0819)
Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana 49.039 (Br. 0998)
Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata 70.097 (Br. 1764)
Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria 70.100 (Br. 1776)
Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata 70.141 (Br. 1862)
Brimstone Opisthograptis luteolata 70.226 (Br. 1906)
Dusky Thorn Ennomos fuscantaria 70.235 (Br. 1914)
Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria 70.283 (Br. 1961)
Snout Hypena proboscidalis 72.003 (Br. 2477)
Rosy Rustic Hydraecia micacea 73.123 (Br. 2361)
Barred Sallow Tiliacea aurago 73.180 (Br. 2272)
Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa 73.193 (Br. 2270)
Black Rustic Aporophyla nigra 73.233 (Br. 2232)
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 73.342 (Br. 2107)
Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes 73.345 (Br. 2109)
Setacious Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 73.359 (Br. 2126)

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