Saturday, July 6, 2013

TQ6410: 750 up .....

Just a handful of new species to get me past the 750 mark. A long way to go but quietly confident now that 1000 is attainable although I don't plan on giving up if and when I finally get there. The moths have helped no end and eventually (and it's taken a while), I'm very slowly getting into micros! Lots more (of everything) to look forward to .... well, apart from birds maybe. Still no Barn Owl or Spotted Flycatcher ....

741 - Light Arches Apamea lithoxylaea caught via the hand-net outside the workshop door earlier this week  ....

Moth trap: 3rd July
742 - Mottled Rustic Caradrina morpheus
743 - Small Fan-foot Herminia grisealis
744 - Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata
745 - Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria
746 - Udea olivalis (micro moth)
747 - Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana (micro moth)
748 - Green Oak Tortix Tortrix viridana (micro moth)
749 - Large Marsh Horsefly Tabanus autumnalis

Plot: 4th July
750 - Yellow Shell Camptogramma bilineata flying around the parking area on a cool, grey early evening

Plot: 5th July
751 - Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus  along the upper meadow's recently strimmed bramble and nettle 'ride' ....


The Heath Robinson moth-trap behind the barn ..... home-made by some old boy who passed it on to a customer of mine who then bequeathed it to me quite a few years ago now. It's held together with horticultural sticky tape and will probably collapse in a heap one night soon
Small Fan-foot Herminia grisealis

Having said I'm slowly and belatedly getting into micros ..... I haven't got into this one just yet. It looks an easy ID but can't find it in the MMGBI field guide. Anyone put me out of my misery?

But no such probs with Yellow Shell Camptogramma bilineata (found during daylight hours) ....

Hoverfly Volucella bombylans (bumblebee mimic). Ticked last week but this one hung around for a photo or two ....

ditto for this Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata on Lesser Knapweed in the lower meadow yesterday 5/7

A first Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus of the year for me here at the plot yesterday morning ....

Chamber of horrors:

A rather tatty Large Marsh Horsefly Tabanus autumnalis .... which fortunately came to the moth-trap rather than my arm or leg.

Doesn't look much like Shelled Slug Testacella scutulum to me but what else could have that strange rear end? It crawled up this old roof sheet near the moth-trap the other night

All I can tell you about this is that it's possibly a Saw-fly of some sort, it's on Stinging Nettle .... and it's well dead!

Three-quarters of the way there now on 751 species


  1. Your micro moth is Epiblema uddmanniana (Bramble Shoot Moth)

    1. Thanks Martin - it doesn't look too difficult to spot once you go straight to the right page! Slowly getting the hang of the recent MMGB&I Field Guide .....