Using the information in Jim Porters excellent guide caterpillars, (“Look for the telltale round holes on the honeysuckle foodplant“) Neil has found evidence of Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth larvae in various locations around Tunstall Forest. Once this characteristic feeding sign is recognised then a brief search of the plant can lead to larvae and adults. Keep a look out for this under-recorded species this year.
Location : Ipswich. Recorder : Neil Sherman. June 1998.
Another under-recorded group are the Clearwings and Neil found 8 pupal cases of the Red-belted Clearwing on an old apple tree in Rushmere road. On a return visit Neil found a freshly emerged adult on the same tree.
Location : Various sites in Suffolk. Recorder : Mike Hall. 1998.
Mike reports that 1998 was not the greatest of years for recording moths but there have been one or two highlights. Mike goes on “The first is perhaps both the most interesting and at the same time the most disappointing. On the 19th August, at Redgrave Fen, we took a small Tortrix which was identified as the Breckland speciality Falseuncaria degreyana.. It was only some time later that I realised it is designated RDB 2 and by that time it was far too late to retain the specimen, so will probably have to wait and hope it is still around next year.
Species like Round-winged Muslin, Dog’s Tooth, Small Dotted Buff and Cream-bordered Green Pea (all inhabitants of damp meadows and fens) from a garden in Mettingham, albeit right on the grazing marshes of the Waveney Valley, is a nice indicator of how species can hang on when the major part of their habitat is gone.
The Poplar Kitten at Thornham is a nice record and another site for the Lunar Yellow Underwing, Wortham. (A moth that has spread considerably this year. Ed). The two pRDB 3 species at Nowton Park were also very nice, namely Acrolepiopsis assectella and Ancylis upupana.”
Location : Eye. Recorder : Paul Kitchener. September-October.
The following are some of the garden notables that Paul found in his garden in the latter part of the season. Barred Sallow, Brindled Green, Bordered Straw, Centre-barred Sallow, Dark Sword-grass, Frosted Orange, Large Thorn, Mallow, Merveille du Jour, Pink-barred Sallow, Red Underwing, Sallow and Yellow-line Quaker. Paul also reports Large Ranunculus, Dark Sword-grass, Deep-brown Dart and Black Rustic from Landguard in September.
Location : Lawshall Green. Recorder : Stan Dumican. August 1998.
Stan had a call from a friend who showed him a larvae of the Death’s Head Hawk-moth that they had found in their garden feeding on potato leaves. They reported having seen the adults earlier in the year, though at first they had mistaken them for bats!
Location : Monks Eleigh. Recorder : Arthur Watchman. Oct-Dec 1998.
moth at light on 1st October was a Red Underwing, the last of five recorded
this year. The first Barred Sallow and Green-brindled Crescent were noted
on the 9th. It was pleasing to see Beaded Chestnuts (total 5) again after
a few years absence. Only two each of the Sallow and Frosted Orange were
recorded. The Red-line Quaker was well down on its relative abundance of
the last few years and this also applied to the December moth.