Saturday, 22 October 2016

First Autumnal Catch

With a minimum temperature of only 0.9°C we had had a total of 23 moths of six macro species.  These included several November agg Moths and our first Feathered Thorn and Mottled Umber.  Also in the trap was this Acleris hastiana (fl 10 mm) and as a bonus we found this larva of the large Yellow Underwing.

Carolyn & Evan

Woodland Moths 21st October

Thirty five moths of twelve species plus one aggregate last night, with a slight frost around dawn that was not a bad catch.
Merv, Spruce Carpet, Red-green Carpet, Grey Pine Carpet, Yellow-line Q, Chestnut, Large Wainscot, Common Marbled Carpet, Red-line Q, Green-brindled Crescent and seventeen Epirrita species fifteen of which were recorded as aggregates but looked more closely at two that were extreme in colouration, one was a November Moth (E.dilutata) and one Autumnal Moth (E.autumnata).

Large Wainscot

Green-brindled Crescent

November Moth

This Autumnal Moth has read Skinner - The shape of the post-median fascia with the dot well away from the line is as described.  Take care as this feature is not always reliable.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Different night, different moths

I rarely trap 2 nights in a row but I it was such a still, cloudy night that it was worth a go.  The results were: Red-green Carpet; Common Marbled Carpet x 7; November Moth agg. x 4; Square-spot Rustic; Black Rustic; Blair's Shoulder-knot; Merveille du Jour; Satellite (only my second ever record); Lunar Underwing x 3; Tachystola acroxantha x 3; and Epiphyas postvittana.

Merveille du Jour (looking odd due to faded black bands)

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Garden moth trap 19th October

Red-green Carpet; Common Marbled Carpet; Black Rustic x 3; Green-brindled Crescent; Feathered Ranunculus x 2; Pseudargyrotoza conwagana.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Microscopes (1970s) Free to a Good Home

An amateur naturalist who died earlier this year left two Russian microscopes (1970s), with box of slides and associated equipment. The equipment comprises:

BM-51-2. Binocular microscope with 0.7x objective and 12.5x eyepiece. In case, with booklet and certificate.
MBR-1E microscope with eyepieces 7x, 10x and 15x. In homemade case.
A. C. Lighting Unit (in box)
Box containing microscope lenses, mirror, etc.
Tin containing slides, coverslips, watch glasses, syringe, etc.
Stand (for electric light)
Box of "Microscopic Preparations" (histological, embryological, etc. slides)

The microscopes are free to a good home if anyone would find them useful, but are not to be sold.

 Anyone wanting the microscopes would have to collect them from Aberbanc.

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Monday, 17 October 2016

Garden moth trap 16th October

Large Yellow Underwing; Setaceous Hebrew Character x 2; Black Rustic; Merveille du Jour; Lunar Underwing; Copper Underwing; Plutella xylostella; Epiphyas postvittana x 2.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Green Carpet

From the garden moth trap last night: Common Marbled Carpet x 2; Green Carpet x 1 (later than its FS); Square-spot Rustic x 1; Black Rustic x 2; Green-brindled Crescent x 1; Merveille du Jour x 1; Red-line Quaker x 1; Lunar Underwing x 3; Epiphyas postvittana x 1; Eudonia angustea x 1.