Nice find on a misty night

There are several macro moth species that are quite widespread over most of Suffolk but are never recorded in my area of the Waveney Valley (the NE corner of Suffolk). Among these are Nut-tree Tussock, Great Prominent, Blotched Emerald and Cream-spot Tiger. These have all been on my list of ‘hopefuls to find in my area’ for years but without success until last Thursday 31st while recording at the nearby SWT reserve at Fen Barn, Lound. To my delight when opening one of the traps, inside was a pristine fresh Cream-spot Tiger. Hopefully it is breeding in the area or could be a wanderer from an established colony some distance away. Not on the same par as Matthew’s Scarce Merveille, but a ‘wow’ moth for me!
There were several migrants in the catch including Dark Sword Grass and large numbers of Silver Y and Diamond-back.
Cream-spot Tiger
Brian

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An unexpected capture of the Scarce Merveille du Jour

Writing this still in shock, I trapped a Scarce Merveille du Jour last night at Bawdsey Hall!  This becomes the 511th species of macro moth recorded at Bawdsey.

Never a species I would have predicted to be added to the site list. Water Carpet or Netted Pug possibly, but no, not this time!

Either a primary immigrant or an internal wanderer from one of the Kent sites who knows? This former Suffolk resident was last noted in the county 81 years ago in 1937.

Possibly it could spread back to Suffolk from Kent? Other species are on the march from Kent.

Scarce MDJ

 

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The Concolorous in Suffolk

I took an example of the Concolorous at light on the night of 28 May. This follows four records at Bawdsey in the last week of May 2017.

Whether or not these are strays from the continent, or from an undiscovered local colony, who knows! A record from Lydd-on-sea, Dungeness over last weekend would suggest immigration, as the moth’s known haunts are many miles from south-east Kent.

Wakely and Emmet recorded two examples of the Concolorous at Thorpeness in June 1966 with subsequent records from the same locality in 1974. Twenty-first century records have come from Orfordness and Woodbridge.

I would be interested to hear if any other recorders have picked this species up recently.

A photograph of one example from Bawdsey – taken in 2017 – is below.

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amethystinella reaches Woolpit

In his posting from May 2017 Neil drew attention to a sp’ that was on the move. He also suggested we keep an eye for … “any large metallic green Coleophora in our traps”.

Sunday just gone (27 May) was a relatively quiet night in the garden trap (haven’t they all been!) but at least I beat the Blackbirds this time and, in the half-light, potted up a moth that was just about to take its leave. Looking at it through a hand-lens later on I was surprised to see what appeared to be a patch of orange scales under the eye. A check of the books and exchange of text messages with Neil confirmed my suspicion that I had the latest addition to the garden list … Coleophora amethystinella. 

C. amethystinella (Woolpit 27 May 18)

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Meeting this weekend at Groton wood SWT reserve.

Been watching the weather for this meeting as it has been changing as the week has progressed. Looks like Saturday night is the better evening now with rain predicted for most of tomorrow meaning it will be a damp cool night.
So meet in the car park on Saturday at 9pm. I’ll be hoping to get to the site earlier for a look round for larvae and moths if anyone else wishes to join me. Was very productive last weekend!

Neil

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SMG first meeting for 2018 – Bradfield woods SWT reserve – 19th May 2018.

7 moth-ers turned up for this first meeting of the season. A cool night was forecast, coupled with a season running slightly late meant hopes were not high for seeing many moths but you never know unless you try.
A few of us met up earlier in the evening to have a wander round looking for larvae and flying moths. One of the main targets was to try and find larvae of Porrittia galactodactyla on Burdock, Bradfield being a known site for the species. Sadly we were unsuccessful. However, we found an interesting Incurvarid species that none of us recognized. Checking the books revealed that it was Incurvaria praelatella, a new moth for us all and probably the first Suffolk record for 100 years! The moth feeds on Water avens, a plant that is common in this wood. Must surely have been overlooked. So a great start to the event. Also found of note were some Cream wave, Gold swift (lekking males) and mines of Paracrania chrysolepidella on Hazel.
Onto the moth trap part of the event. 34sp noted from 7 traps, not too bad given the conditions. Of note were Grey birch (a few), Brindled white spot, White pinion-spotted, Cream wave and Small white wave. Packed up at midnight with the temperature around 8 degrees so the heaters were on in the cars on the way home!

Neil

Incurvaria praelatella

Incurvaria praelatella

Grey birch

Grey birch

Cream wave

Cream wave

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Bradfield woods SWT reserve this weekend.

Looking at the forecast for the end of this week, Saturday 19th is looking the better evening for recording so the meeting will take place then. I hope to get to the site early to have a look around if anyone else is interested in joining me.

Neil

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Suffolk Moth Group field meetings programme for 2018.

Here is the moth group’s meeting programme as it stands at the moment. More events may be added at a later date, details of which will be put up on this blog.


SUFFOLK MOTH GROUP MEETINGS PROGRAMME 2018 

Note that there are 2 dates for most meetings, this is so the best night weather-wise can be chosen near the date of the event. News on which day the event is taking place will be posted on the Suffolk Moth blog at least 1 day before the meeting.

18th/19th May. Bradfield woods SWT reserve (for general recording especially micros)
Meet in car park at TL935580 at 9pm.

25th/26th May. Groton wood SWT reserve (for possible Pauper pug and Mocha)
Meet in car park along road at TL976428 at 9pm.

8th June.     Gunton meadows SWT reserve (for general recording – new site)
Meet along road by reserve at TM538960 at 9pm.

15th/16th June. MOTH NIGHT 2018 – Bawdsey Hall. See Matthew’s moth blog post for more details.

22nd/23rd June. Knettishall heath SWT reserve (for breckland species and Alder kitten)
Meet in car park at TL951806 at 9pm.

29th/30th June. Redgrave fen SWT reserve (for wetland species possibly including Fen square-spot and Lempke’s gold spot)
Meet in main reserve car park at TM052802 at 9pm. We will then drive in convoy to        Redgrave fen.

13th/14th July. North cove SWT reserve (for wetland species possibly including White-mantled wainscot)
Meet in the car park at TM471905 at 9pm.

21st July.     Groton wood SWT reserve (daytime for leaf mines and larvae followed by night trapping)
Meet in car park along road at TL976428 at 2pm for daytime recording followed by         9pm for trapping.

27th/28th July. Carlton marshes SWT reserve (for wetland species possibly including White-mantled wainscot)
Meet in car park at TM508920 at 9pm.

10th Aug.     Orfordness NT reserve (for saltmarsh and coastal species including Ground lackey and Sandhill rustic)
Meet at Orford Quay TM425495 at 7pm. Ferry will meet us and take us to the             reserve. Overnight stay on the site so bring breakfast and a sleeping bag etc. Traps will be put out and checked in the morning. Moth morning event on 11th which members can help at. Will need a note of numbers for this meeting so let me know if you are coming.

14th/15th Sept. Hen reedbeds SWT reserve (for reedbed species)
Meet in car park TM471771 at 6.45pm

There will also be a leaf miner recording day in October, details will be posted at a later date for this event.

Neil Sherman (neilshermanmothman@hotmail.com)

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April mothing at Purdis.

With poor weather forecast for the last few days of the month its time to reflect on April mothing here. Start of the month ok, then a poor spell, followed by a brief blast of summer heat then ending on a damp cold last week with poor numbers of moths.
Best 2 nights for me were the 6th, with 22sp (290 moths) in 2 traps and 21st with 25sp in one trap running up in the woods.
Orthosia numbers around average here this year I would say. No lead-coloured drab this year but did get 4 records of Powdered quaker which is good for me. Brindled beauty had its best year here, with regular sightings. Also good for Diurnea fagella after a poor season in 2017. Dotted chestnut appeared 4 times (5 moths), again seemingly doing well. Other sightings of possible note: Pale pinion (6th), Agonopterix scopariella, Water carpet (regular from mid month), Shoulder stripe (21st, very rare at this site), Plutella xylostella (22nd, first for year) and Caloptilia hemidactylella (21st). The warm spell prompted big emergences of some species of moths, examples being Frosted green with 31 seen on the 19th (in one trap) along with 37 Lunar marbled brown the same night (my highest ever total). Some of the prominent moths started around this time too with Swallow, Lesser swallow and Great appearing so far. The late spring meant that some of the earlier species were still hanging on, with Yellow horned seen up until the 6th and Oak beauty seen until the 19th (my latest ever record).
Daytime observations were possibly of more interest. Had Pammene giganteana on the 4th, Early tooth-striped on the 8th (by security light). Found Heliozela sericiella and Acrolepia autumnitella on 20th, both in my greenhouse. On the 22nd, found a freshly emerged Mullein moth in one of my flowerbeds, close to some of the foodplant, not a moth I’ve seen too often here, although the larvae are obvious and seen in numbers every year. Then in the last week had an early Foxglove pug on 23rd and Pammene argyrana plus a Puss moth (at rest in long grass, freshy emerged) on the 27th.
Hopefully things will improve next month if it stops raining!

Neil

Pammene giganteana

Pammene giganteana

Water carpet

Water carpet

Powdered quaker

Powdered quaker

Caloptilia hemidactylella

Caloptilia hemidactylella

 

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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?

Thanks,

Steve

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