Category Archives: Things to search for

Time to look out for Cydia inquinatana

This species is established and spreading in Suffolk. The larvae feed on the seeds of Acer keys. Presently these are falling if they have been eaten. I know they prefer Acer campestre but other Acer species may host them. If … Continue reading

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Another moth to watch out for – Jersey tiger.

Following on from Paul’s capture of a Jersey tiger recently, one has been noted today at the RSPB reserve at Minsmere. It was noted during the day on Hemp agrimony flowers. With large numbers being reported at it’s known sites … Continue reading

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Moths at Hollesley June 2018

Have eked out time from preventing the desertification of my garden to do a bit of mothing during June, though the weather has not been so good for that either. A few good moth nights had to be used to … Continue reading

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Orange underwing out now.

Orange underwing is now out on the wing, saw one last week and another at ground level yesterday. If the sun comes out again then a species worth looking out for anywhere there are Birch trees, especially heathland. Won’t be … Continue reading

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Cosmet Quest

The “Cosmets” – or to describe them more correctly, the Cosmopterigidae – are a small group of mostly black, red and silver marked micro moths. The other thing they have in common is that I’ve not seen many of them. … Continue reading

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Just about working …

.. and that includes me in this heat! The title of this post actually refers to my umpteen year old set of clearwing pheromones. Monday’s are reverting back to work at the Hadleigh office again so I took the opportunity … Continue reading

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Grass rivulet.

Last night (10th) I trapped not one but two Grass rivulets here at IGC. This is a new species for the site but I am wondering where they came from as the foodplant (Yellow rattle) isn’t present close by. I … Continue reading

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Moth of the moment – Convolvulus hawk.

There are good numbers of Convolvulus hawk being noted in the UK at the moment, with some Suffolk recorders getting lucky and seeing the species in their traps. So if you haven’t seen this moth yet at your sites then … Continue reading

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Bactra lacteana again

Just a quick note to say that a second female Bactra lacteana turned up in the specimens taken home from Abbey Farm on 5th August. This one showed extensive orange/brown scaling similar to the image in Lepiforum and may represent … Continue reading

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Toadflax brocade breeding in my garden.

Pleased to find a caterpillar of Toadflax brocade in my garden here on the edge of the golf course, the first breeding record for the site. Planted Common toadflax and Purple toadflax specifically for it but the larva wasn’t on … Continue reading

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