I haven't put the moth trap out in the garden since catching that Blossom Underwing
last Friday, but some afternoon netting has turned up more colourful goodies in the past few days- notably the first record of Pammene rhediella
for the garden, and a rather colourful Cydia strobilella
. The latter is described as 'uncommon and very local' in VC17, usually associated with established spruce plantations. In the immediate area, the species appears to be thriving well off a large spruce tree two gardens down, with 2014 being the 4th consecutive year of recording it.
Probably the best find of late was caught on Wednesday morning in the bathroom shower, of all places, in the form of the nationally scarce Desmestid beetle Megatoma undata
. Unlike other beetles in the same family, this is a non-introducted species usually found in dead-wood, well away from human habitation. This is clearly an interesting record of an insect keeping on top of personal hygiene...
Yesterday I went in search of Orange Underwing
) and Light Orange Underwing
) in a few of the south London parks, but failed miserably to locate anything other than an early Cryptoblabes bistriga
, a characteristic pyralid of oak woodland. A brief stop at Esher Common produced a small flock of Common Crossbill
feeding in pines along the A3, as well as some neat Green Tiger Beetles
and large swarms of the heather-feeding leaf beetle, Lochmaea suturalis
|Green Tiger Beetle|