Friday, June 21, 2013

SP5595ish - 700+ and losing count

Can't believe almost two weeks have passed again since I last posted. Lots to update on, sorry for the photo overload but I need to get this lot out of my backlog before the next push. The 96 additions since my last post are mainly thanks to the garden light traps plus a couple of productive walks in the square. I'll break this up into chunks.

First up, five moths added from the garden traps on 9th and 13th including a garden-first Cydia ulicetana. I also added Red-barred Tortrix having reared through from larvae found on the garden lilac, plus four plants and a beetle on a quick evening walk on 13th. I also found a dead mole on this walk, plus managed to step in some dog muck. What is the problem with dog owners these days, why can't they all be considerate enough to bag it all up in non-degradeable plastic and throw it into the bushes for all to see ..........

Taxon Vernacular Date Added
612 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 09/06/2013
613 Isotrias rectifasciana (micromoth) 09/06/2013
614 Monopis laevigella Skin Moth 09/06/2013
615 Ditula angustiorana Red-barred Tortrix 11/06/2013
616 Carduus crispus Welted Thistle 13/06/2013
617 Cantharis rufa (beetle) 13/06/2013
618 Conium maculatum Hemlock 13/06/2013
619 Leucanthemum vulgare Oxeye Daisy 13/06/2013
620 Artemisia vulgaris Mugwort 13/06/2013
621 Electrophaes corylata Broken-barred Carpet 13/06/2013
622 Cydia ulicetana (micromoth) 13/06/2013

Cydia ulicetana


A few quiet days before I managed to grab some time in the afternoon on Sunday 16th a walk around part of my square. A very productive couple of hours adding 19 species including some nice new-for-me flies and sawflies. I also trod in some rather sloppy dog stuff - seems to be a new pan-species listing hazard in my square.

Taxon Vernacular Date Added
623 Xanthorhoe montanata Silver-ground Carpet 16/06/2013
624 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana (micromoth) 16/06/2013
625 Graphomya maculata (fly) 16/06/2013
626 Dioctria rufipes Common Red-legged Robberfly 16/06/2013
627 Dioctria atricapilla Violet Black-legged Robberfly 16/06/2013
628 Volucella bombylans (hoverfly) 16/06/2013
629 Arge ochropus (sawfly) 16/06/2013
630 Eurogaster mesomelas (sawfly) 16/06/2013
631 Eriocampa ovata (sawfly) 16/06/2013
632 Temuledo temula (sawfly) 16/06/2013
633 Thaumatomyia notata (fly) 16/06/2013
634 Episyrphus balteatus (hoverfly) 16/06/2013
635 Dicyphus pallicornis (bug) 16/06/2013
636 Andrena minutula (bee) 16/06/2013
637 Pammene aurana (micromoth) 16/06/2013
638 Eupteryx aurata Potato Leafhopper 16/06/2013
639 Volucella pellucens (hoverfly) 16/06/2013
640 Potentilla reptans Creeping Cinquefoil 16/06/2013
641 Geranium dissectum Cut-leaved Crane's-bill 16/06/2013

Temuledo temula (=Tenthredo temula)

 Eurogaster mesomelas (=Tenthredo mesomela)

Common Red-legged Robberfly (male top, female bottom)

Violet Black-legged Robberfly

Dicyphus pallicornis

Graphomya maculata

Monday 17th and I unexpectedly found myself with some time in the evening which I filled with a walk down the main lane into my square. More swept bits, a couple more plants and a few galls collected and dissected. I also noticed a Honey Bee and racked my brains - had I overlooked them thinking I'd already ticked it? I came to the conclusion that this was, unbelievably, the first I'd seen this year. Happily my walking boots remained free of dog crap on this walk as I'm sure you will be pleased to know.

Taxon Vernacular Date Added
642 Aceria macrochelus (gall mite) 17/06/2013
643 Magdalis armigera (beetle) 17/06/2013
644 Pontania bridgmanii Willow Bean Sawfly [larval] 17/06/2013
645 Mordellochroa abdominalis (beetle) 17/06/2013
646 Anaspis regimbarti (beetle) 17/06/2013
647 Stachys sylvatica Hedge Woundwort 17/06/2013
648 Rhinoncus pericarpius (beetle) 17/06/2013
649 Dasineura ulmaria (gall midge) [larval] 17/06/2013
650 Tropidia scita (hoverfly) 17/06/2013
651 Apis mellifera Honey Bee 17/06/2013
652 Crambus lathoniellus (micromoth) 17/06/2013
653 Centaurea nigra Common Knapweed 17/06/2013
654 Chloromyia formosa Broad Centurian 17/06/2013
655 Limonia nubeculosa (fly) 17/06/2013

Anaspis regimbarti (one I learnt from a PSL meet-up last year)

Magdalis armigera - swept from elm

Mordellochroa abdominalis

Willow Bean Sawfly - larva in the gall

The garden moths traps went out on Monday night as well, the first of a run of good nights. As I went into the garden to set them up before dusk I found a Scorched Wing (traps not run since 13th).

Taxon Vernacular Date Added
656 Plagodis dolabraria Scorched Wing 17/06/2013
657 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 17/06/2013
658 Diarsia mendica Ingrailed Clay 17/06/2013
659 Eupithecia intricata arceuthata Freyer's Pug 17/06/2013
660 Pasiphila rectangulata Green Pug 17/06/2013
661 Caradrina morpheus Mottled Rustic 17/06/2013

Scorched Wing

Tuesday 18th and the traps were much busier at long last, including some interesting additional bits. Gave me a chance to make good use of my recently acquired Trichoptera RES Handbook. Emmetia marginea found in the garden before dusk, the other 18 species were all in the traps (1 x125W MV and 1 x 22W/18W Synergetic/CFL combo).

Taxon Vernacular Date Added
662 Emmetia marginea (micromoth) 18/06/2013
663 Clepsis consimilana (micromoth) 18/06/2013
664 Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug 18/06/2013
665 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 18/06/2013
666 Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale Hawthorn Shieldbug 18/06/2013
667 Anthracus consputus (beetle) 18/06/2013
668 Aphodius fasciatus (beetle) 18/06/2013
669 Ilybius fuliginosus (beetle) 18/06/2013
670 Nephrotoma flavipalpis (fly) 18/06/2013
671 Mystacides longicornis (caddisfly) 18/06/2013
672 Parapoynx stratiotata Ringed China-mark 18/06/2013
673 Epiblema trimaculana (micromoth) 18/06/2013
674 Hypsopygia costalis Gold Triangle 18/06/2013
675 Ptycholoma lecheana (micromoth) 18/06/2013
676 Oligia strigilis Marbled Minor 18/06/2013
677 Udea olivalis (micromoth) 18/06/2013
678 Limnephilus affinis (caddisfly) 18/06/2013
679 Graphopsocus cruciatus (barkfly) 18/06/2013
680 Mystacides azurea (caddisfly) 18/06/2013

Stenolophus mixtus Anthracus consputus
Many thanks to Mark Telfer for correcting this one.

Also this Helophorus sp. pending ID

The garden traps came good again on Wednesday night. Really good, with 27 species added!

Taxon Vernacular Date Added
681 Tinea semifulvella (micromoth) 19/06/2013
682 Acronicta leporina Miller 19/06/2013
683 Epinotia bilunana (micromoth) 19/06/2013
684 Dipleurina lacustrata (micromoth) 19/06/2013
685 Smerinthus ocellata Eyed Hawk-moth 19/06/2013
686 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 19/06/2013
687 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 19/06/2013
688 Aplocera plagiata Treble-bar 19/06/2013
689 Cydia pomonella Codling Moth 19/06/2013
690 Hedya pruniana Plum Tortrix 19/06/2013
691 Blastodacna hellerella (micromoth) 19/06/2013
692 Celypha striana (micromoth) 19/06/2013
693 Acentria ephemerella Water Veneer 19/06/2013
694 Dorcus parallelipipedus Lesser Stag Beetle 19/06/2013
695 Ptinus sexpunctatus (beetle) 19/06/2013
696 Holocentropus dubius (caddisfly) 19/06/2013
697 Sigara dorsalis (bug) 19/06/2013
698 Agraylea multipunctata (caddisfly) 19/06/2013
699 Coleophora mayrella (micromoth) 19/06/2013
700 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 19/06/2013
701 Blastobasis lacticolella (micromoth) 19/06/2013
702 Oligia fasciuncula Middle-barred Minor 19/06/2013
703 Elachista argentella (micromoth) 19/06/2013
704 Adalia decempunctata 10-spot Ladybird 19/06/2013
705 Pandemis cerasana Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix 19/06/2013
706 Wesmaelius nervosus (lacewing) 19/06/2013
707 Bactra lancealana (micromoth) 19/06/2013

Ptinus sexpunctatus
Really pleased to see this one, just one of those species you sometimes see on the web or in a book and decide you want to see for yourself

Lesser Stag Beetle

(ex by the time I photographed it) Sigara dorsalis

No traps last night as it was torrential rain for most of the evening, but will put them out tonight though not expecting too much. It was only when I updated my spreadsheet properly this evening to start this post that I realised I'd corrupted the numbering. On 13th I'd started at 612 again for some reason so my total was actually four out and I'm actually now on 707 (with nothing added today).


  1. Superb photos Skev. Lots of depth of field and very well lit. Keep up the good work. Paul

  2. Thanks Paul - I'm finding my Lumux & Raynox macro clip-on is fine for most things but I really need to get my old CoolPix 4500 out for some proper moth shots.

  3. Temuledo temula needs revisiting

  4. Re-checked the sawfly again (albeit I'm using the old RES Vol 6b key published in 1952) and also cross-checked to numerous web images. Still can't see why this isn't temula, and can't see why it would be maculata - I must be missing something! Has there been a recent split or is there a revised/corrected key?

  5. Skev, that's not Stenolophus mixtus but something much rarer (though has also occurred in my garden light trap).

  6. Skev, that's not Stenolophus mixtus but something much rarer (though has also occurred in my garden light trap).

    1. Thanks Mark - are you teasing me by not declaring what it really is then? Probably just as well that I hung on to the one, though I've had another one or two since in the traps. Any hints on how I can resolve the Helophorus sp. (seems to be very common here whatever it is).

  7. sorry Skev, i just compared your photo with my specimens, all of which are labeled celtica. I see that this name is now synonomysed under temula, back to Benson nomenclature.

  8. It's Anthracus consputus but what use is a name if you don't know why? But if you do try to key it out yourself, that's the answer to aim for! Helophorus are best identified using the AIDGAP key by Friday. I could guess that yours are brevipalpis but can't see enough to be sure.

    1. Ah thanks Mark - that'll be the pronotum rear angle/shape that you noticed so quickly I guess. Will try to source a copy of that Aidgap key - mainly I'm trying to get by with older RES pdf keys but obviously lots of pitfalls.