I am sure this is dirt common for a lot of you out there, but here in VC55 it is a scarce plant to say the least with records from less than 10 sites. So finding it within a couple of 100 meters from home was completely unexpected.
Small Yellow Underwing
Not an uncommon moth, but here in VC55 it's one you'd expect to find in nice open flowery meadows - not on a scruffy verge alongside a busy A road. Well pleased with this one.
I found this in the county last year, not too far away but at the time it was very rare and possibly just colonizing the county. So again, very pleased indeed to find this in my square.
And with a few more new for me ticks along the way, this challenge is turning out to be a brilliant for my PSL list. It's not all good though - the moth traps are dormant with cool overnight temps and the weather is turning again. I've recorded less than 100 moth species in the whole square so far, and even that includes larval records (including another one today). I should be well over 100 just from garden moth trapping by now.
Here's my latest additions, now up to 533:
|533||Aphelia paleana||Timothy Tortrix [larval]||27/05/2013|
|532||Oxalis corniculata||Procumbent Yellow-sorrel||26/05/2013|
|531||Sisymbrium officinale||Hedge Mustard||26/05/2013|
|530||Euproctis similis||Yellow-tail [larval]||26/05/2013|
|529||Allophyes oxyacanthae||Green-brindled Crescent [larval]||26/05/2013|
|524||Panemeria tenebrata||Small Yellow Underwing||26/05/2013|
|523||Puccinia punctiformis||Creeping Thistle Rust||26/05/2013|
|522||Pieris napi||Green-veined White||26/05/2013|
|517||Enallagma cyathigerum||Common Blue Damselfly||26/05/2013|
|515||Trifolium pratense||Red Clover||26/05/2013|
|514||Phragmatobia fuliginosa||Ruby Tiger||26/05/2013|
|512||Coreus marginatus||Dock Bug||26/05/2013|
|509||Medicago arabica||Spotted Medick||26/05/2013|
|508||Veronica arvensis||Wall Speedwell||26/05/2013|
|507||Hedya nubiferana||Marbled Orchard Tortrix||26/05/2013|
|506||Glyphipterix simpliciella||Cocksfoot Moth||25/05/2013|
|503||Pararge aegeria||Speckled Wood||25/05/2013|
By the way, when you are checking hawthorn blossom you might find something like this ...
Hawthorn hole mystery
In which case, look for something like this nearby or even underneath the flower ...
Hawthorn hole mystery solved