13 April, 2017

Moth catch-up

The balmy weather of late has provided plenty of opportunities to get out into the field and search for some of the spring flying micro moths that don't readily come to light. The Caloptilia was knocked out of a dense Cypress trees at Stokes Field, whilst Incurvaria pectinea, Cydia ulicetana and Heliozela sericiella were all abundant on heathland at Fairmile Common last Friday. 

Caloptilia cuculipennella

 Incurvaria pectinea

 Cydia ulicetana

 Heliozela sericiella

Moth trapping in the garden during spring is typically a fruitless affair, and this year has been no different. Most sessions have resulted in an empty trap the next morning, so these two micros disturbed from the hawthorn were nice compensation. Pammene rhediella turns up every year and probably breeds in the garden, but none of the individuals I've come across have been as stunning as this one. Agonopterix scopariella is a bit of a local rarity, with this being the first record of the species in the garden for six years.

 Pammene rhediella

Agonopterix scopariella

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