Friday 17 July 2009

A Day Late

Yesterday morning I sifted through another moth catch. Caught about 91 moths of 34 species.

Firsts for the garden included...

Iron Prominent - what a gorgeous insect!

July Highflyer - there were two of these

Double Square Spot

Beautiful Hook-tip

Lesser Yellow Underwing

Cabbage Moth


Small Fan-footed Wave

An Ear Moth sp.

The rest of the catch were made up off: 18 Common Footman, 9 Dark Arches, 7 Buff Ermines, 6 Scalloped Oaks, 6 Bright-line Brown-eyes, 5 Riband Waves, 5 Small Emeralds, 4 Buff Arches, 3 Willow Beauties, 3 Heart and Darts, 3 Uncertains, 2 Coronets, 2 Sycamores, 2 Early Thorns, 2 Buff-tips, 2 Rosy Footmans (lovely!), 2 Grey Daggers, 2 Poplar Hawkmoths, 2 Flame Shoulders, and singles of: Fern, Brimestone, Small Square-spot, Elephant Hawkmoth, Spectacle, Peppered Moth, Snout, Double-stripped Pug and a Common/Lesser Rustic.

Another Small Magpie and this gorgeous thing was the highlight of the micros...

Lozotaeniodes formosanus... not that I know that! Thanks Matt : )

After I sorted through this lot I joined the Axe Estuary Ringing Group at Colyford Common. It was a success with 23 birds ringed including: 2 Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler, House Martin, 2 Reed Buntings, 12 Reed Warblers and a Sedge Warbler. Got to ring a good deal of these... all counts as I'm still on the quest for my C permit!


  1. Well done Steve,great sellection.
    I most try and get some Mothing done soon.

  2. Yes you must John, never know what you may catch!?

    Saying that, not exactly the weather to do it is it!?