Caloptilia hemidactylella

Hello all

I had what I’m as certain as I can be without gen.det. a C. hemidactylella but this is new for me. I see from the web-site that there’s apparently only one record mapped but several photos of different individuals. Can anyone tell me what the current status is of this micro is in the county?



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Moth Night 2018 at Bawdsey Hall

Moth Night 2018 is fast approaching (14 – 16 June) and now only eight weeks away! Bawdsey Hall is hosting an event and all interested recorders are invited on the evenings of Friday 15th & Saturday 16th June. I would appreciate as much support as possible, especially as Bawdsey Hall and I personally have put a lot of effort into this and I have been appointed East Anglia regional representative for Moth Night 2018.
This year the theme is Pyralid moths – Bawdsey is a good site for this group and hopefully some of the more local coastal species will be flying.
Arriving in the evening at around 7 – 8pm, a tour of the grounds will follow with deployment of moth traps. Please let me know how many traps you will be bringing?
Badger and Tawny Owl watching will once again be available together with the chance to see the nesting Little Owls and Common Swifts on CCTV.
A photography workshop is also planned with a set-up to photograph moths on the night and advice from leading wildlife photographer and Hall-owner David Hermon.
Please let me know if you are coming so that we can plan the event. Food and drink will be available and we would be grateful if you could bring some food to share.
Many thanks.
Matthew – Telephone 07912 859747
Even though Bawdsey is a regularly trapped site there is still an opportunity to record new micro-lepidoptera for the site, as vast numbers of moths are trapped and many micros get missed amongst the masses.

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Orthosia opima now flying in Suffolk

The saltern form of Orthosia opima (Northern Drab) is now flying on the coast. I had my first of the season at Bawdsey Hall last night (18 April). This is one of my favourite spring moths at Bawdsey. The moth continues to fly well into the middle of May.

Of interest, a wanderer of this species was caught in a light trap the previous night, well inland at Stowupland by Ben Moyes.


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Adela cuprella

I found this species today at Warren Carr Blundeston. I have been out specially for the species before with no luck, but chanced upon it today because as it was so windy the moths were on and around Sallow catkins low down out of the breeze. Two males seen.

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A brace of Brindle

Hoping for a decent weather window to run the garden trap so far this year has been a bit like expecting to get prolonged close views of the American Bittern currently residing at SWT’s wonderful Carlton Marshes Reserve … highly unlikely! While I may still need to put in more hours on the Bittern (and, yes, I have seen it), the weather seems to have finally decided it’s about time we all enjoyed a bit of spring warmth. Trapping Fri and Sat night has delivered the usual assortment of Hebrew Character, Common & Small Quaker, and the odd Clouded Drab and Early Grey. However, the big surprise this morning was the sight of not one but two Brindled Beauty. Checking my records, these turn out to be my first here since April 2008, and only the second and third garden records to boot. A single Frosted Green was also in the trap last night. Fingers crossed, next weeks warmer weather will encourage a few more moths to appear.

Brindled Beauty - Woolpit 14 Apr 2018

Brindled Beauty – Woolpit 14 Apr 2018


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Murky Spring et al.

It’s supposed to be getting better tomorrow, but the Spring so far has been slow and suppressed by easterlies. Even so, the last couple of nights have been good for the garden MV: numbers of red chestnut, early grey and engrailed are up and small quaker is having a bumper year. Nothing outstanding: A cristata, streamer and lead-coloured drab the pick of the bunch.

Bumblebee queens have been very busy foraging this week. What has become apparent is that numbers on my bee-friendly patch (the surrounding fields are a desert) are generally healthy – B. pratorum, lucorum, terrestris and hypnorum are all numerous. B pascuorum and hortorum always seem to be a couple of weeks later than the others. However, what is very clear is that B lapidarius, the large red-tailed, has had a catastrophic couple of years. It used to be the commonest of the early bees, but I haven’t seen one yet this year. Anyone else noticed an absence?

Incidentally, what is the general opinion about MV bulbs? Years ago I was taught that the moth catch decreases with the age of the bulb, but recently I spoke to an equipment dealer who was adamant that age makes no difference. Any thoughts?

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Monk’s Hole/Scale Marsh 7th April

Allan  joined Brian and I for my first moth trapping of the year. The habitat being good marshland/woodland both wet and dry with lots of birch pine and oak and lots of fallen timber. It so happens that in 2015 we trapped on the same date, then recording 20 species. I was expecting a bigger catch this time around. Then, as this night, we set up under the watchful eyes of a small herd of Red Deer out on the marsh. Allan brought along an experimental black light (40w). As the definition of black light seems to cover many things this was similar to a wem in appearance but was dark purple and suspended from a low branch on a tree over a ground sheet. Brian turned up late and was set up by 20.30 whilst my and Allan’s light on at 20.10 giving ten lights in total. A warm night, during the trapping session remaining above 11c, we decided to pack up at 22.30. Shortly after it started to rain which was very warm but steady, like rain in the height of Summer. 28 species  recorded. It was good to get some Red Chestnut, which Brian was on the look out for, six in total, all on or bordering the marshes. Nothing outstanding, no literana, but all were new for year for me. Plenty of Pine Beauty. Also seen; Double striped and Brindled Pugs, March Moth, Shoulder Stripe, Early Tooth Striped, Yellow Horned, Engrailed, Water Carpet. My 60w actinic was placed by the Monk’s Hole Pond especially for Great Silver Water Beetle, 2 recorded. (6 on 7/4/2015) along with a female Great Diving Beetle. It did very well for moths too. The black light attracted lots of D. fagella which was the most abundant moth on the night and as we had our torches on, scouring the sheet below, a few noctuids flew in.   Everyone left pretty satisfied.

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Surprise catch, Hollesley, 6th April

Following a miserable start to the year, moths have become quite numerous now the weather has warmed a little. Until last night, however there had been nothing unusual. The surprise last night was an Acleris literana. Very nice condition too and may have been a female. I have found this in the Butley valley, Rendlesham Forest and at Staverton Park. They are some distance away from my home and I certainly do not live in or near an oak woodland. So this is an interesting record. No generally accepted immigrant winds at the moment though there have been southerlies and the moth is found in Essex.

As for the rest of my catches recently; The Twin-spotted Quaker and Clouded Drab have been abundant amongst the common noctuids. Slightly less frequent species here that I have caught have included, Acleris schalleriana, Pale Pinion, Dotted Chestnut and Oak Nycteoline. Nice to see the lovely Pine Beauty is flying now. Oak Beauty and March Moth on the way down.Acleris literana 6-4-2018

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Light orange underwing out now.

Have heard today that Light orange underwing is out at Wolves wood, with a number seen along the usual good ride on the eastern side of the site.


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A Good Year for Small Quaker.

In yesterday evenings trapping session (lights on from 8 to 11.45pm) I counted over 250 Small Quaker, outnumbering Common by 2 to 1. Most of them were very fresh which possibly indicated a big emergence with the sudden rise in temperature yesterday.
The catch also produce first of the year for me – a few D fagella and Brindled Pug. The 19 species also included 9 Shoulder Stripe and 3 species of Agonopterix. Yellow Horned still going strong and even a few T alternella.
Nice to see the traps full with over 600 moths counted and in my area at least, it seems to be one of the better years for Small Quaker.


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