Wednesday, October 28, 2009







Some recent moths at the Lodge: Juniper Carpet (21st), Merveille du Jour (26th), Streak (28th).

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Rush Veneer

I used to catch a few of these when I lived in Norfolk but this is my first in my Eaton Ford garden. Probably something to do with the fact I've only trapped a few times in the autumn.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Leafmining in Holwell

Yes I agree Holwell is in Hertfordshire as far as the administrative boundaries are concerned but it is in the vice-county of Bedfordshire (VC30) and these are the old boundaries that we use for moth recording. Melissa and I spent 1 1/2 hours collecting mined leaves and then took them home to identify which species of micro-moth were feeding on them - 24 species were found in total.
The scan below is taken using transmitted light and is of a larva of Stigmella oxyacanthella feeding on Hawthorn - you can see the diagnostic coiled reddish frass and the green larva munching away!

Dark Chestnut, Eaton Ford

New for the garden.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Clay Triple-lines 2nd generation & Green-brindled Crescent

A couple of moths caught in Maulden Wood on 5th October. The Clay Triple-lines is one of the species in which the second generation in the year is different to the first. The Green-brindled Crescent was the first we had caught this autumn. Both photos by Andy Banthorpe.

Thursday, October 1, 2009