Saturday, 5 December 2015

Annual moth review. Part 2: July

Synaphe punctalis (2nd county record)

Blue bordered carpet (new for parish records 01.vii.15)
As is always the case, July represents the busiest time for lepidopterists, with large numbers visiting the garden light trap. On particularly warm, dark and still nights this can end up being an all nighter, with regular visits to the trap to pot and record all that roosting on or near the trap and then finally emptying the trap around 4am and spending a good portion of the morning identifying and recording. So it proved this year, with a garden record set on 10.vii.15 where 210 moths of 82 species were recorded.
Just to get into July, 9 new for parish records were made on the 1st. A blue bordered carpet was a good macro record along with Elasticha rufocinera, Nephopterix angustella (18th county record), Argyresthia cupressela,(2nd county record) Coleophora peribenanderi,(10th county record) Swammerdamia caesiella, (18th county record) Cochylis hybridella , Epinotia bilunana and Ancylis comptana (5th county record). Certainly a successful night.
This continued into the 2nd July with Argyresthia albistria being new as well as Endotricha flammealis being the 1000th moth of the year. The 4th of the month brought Monochroa palustrella (16th county record), Synaphe punctalis (2nd county record)and Eucosma obumbratana (15th county record), all good records, with S. punctalis being only the 2nd, following one taken in 1997.
The moths kept coming with a white pinion spotted being new for the macro list on the 7th, Borkhausenia fuscescens on the 9th and Paraswammerdamia nebulella and Luquetia lobella on the 10th, the latter being the 9th county record.
Argyresthia albistria

Argyresthia cupressella (2nd county record)
A dotted fan-foot got on to parish records on the 11th, along with Nemapogon cloacella and Blastodacna hellerella. The 12th July offered views of 4 new micros: Pammene fasciana, Spilonotia ocellana, Coleophora glaucicolella (classified as common/widespread but only 9th record from dissection) and Rhopobota naevana. 
A common fanfoot was the 2000th moth record of the year on the 13th, along with Rhodophia formosa, Grapholita funebrana and Bryotropha terralella.
A rare occurence on the 14th where I took, not 1, but 2 new for records macros, a peach blossom and a small scallop. Not sure why I have never had peach blossom before, plenty of bramble around the fields close to the garden.
rather worn peach blossom

Dotted fan-foot
Blastodacna hellerella
By the 18th July, things were gathering pace again after a few quieter nights. Oegonconia caradjai, Ephestia elutella and Eucosma hohenwartiana were all trapped that night with a dissection of Coleophora flavipennella and Cnephasia asseclana required the following day. On the 21st, new micros consisted of Aethes rubigana and Argyresthia pruniella.
On the 23rd July, myself, Graeme Smith and Steve Easby planned a multi trap night in Millennium Wood, found within the parish of Little Hadham. This was our first open moth night of the year and in total, we had 11 folk pop into the wood to see what we were finding. In total 401 moths were trapped of 86 species, with 12 being new for my parish records. The only macro was canary shouldered thorn but the micros were as follows: Archips rosana, Limnaecia phragmitella, Epiblema foenella, Metzneria metzneriella, Zeiraphera isertana, Choritneura hebenstreitella, Epagoge grotiana. Cnephasia genitalana, Eudemis profundana, Scoparia basistrigalis and Acrobasis consociella
The final new for parish record was taken on 28th, Agapeta zoegana. Good to finish the month on an easy to identify micro.
All these moth records meant that by the end of July the annual count had reached 167 micros and 170 macro species with records now standing at 3548 moths.
Agapeta zoegana

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This is me

This is me
At the end of another Norfolk Coastal footpath walk. 47 miles, 3 days 99 species of bird

Caley Wood view

Caley Wood view
sunshine through the canopy 29.05.08

A walk along the Warta Valley, Poznan, Poland. Feb 2007

A walk along the Warta Valley, Poznan, Poland. Feb 2007
Best birds on this walk: black and middle spotted woodpecker and short toed treecreeper

About Me

My photo
A primary school teacher for 30 years, I retired from teaching in July 2009 to set up my own science enhancement and communication company. The Primary Works offers science clubs, workshops and staged science shows nationwide. I have always been interested in bird watching since my early years. Apparently my first tick was after inquiring about a chaffinch and then receiving the Observer book of birds. By the age of 9 I had moved on to Tory Peterson's collins guide and was now involved on YOC birding holidays to Northumbria, Essex coast, Slimbridge and Yorkshire. My twitching rule is that I will willingly travel 1km for each gram the bird weighs. However, I have had many rarities just by being in the right place. I have travelled widely throughout Europe and also visited Australia and Sri Lanka. Further European destinations are planned and a bigger trip to The Crimea was planned for 2014 but now not possible. so 2014: Sri Lanka in January, Poland in April, Madeira in June and The Camargue in July. So far 2015 has been Sri Lanka in Jan, Poland in Feb, Sri Lanka in April and The Camargue coming up in 1st week of September.

Grey heron

Grey heron
Over the allotment 28.09.08

Southern Hawker

Southern Hawker
Ridge footpath 27.08.08

Juvenile green woodpecker (17.08.08)

Juvenile green woodpecker (17.08.08)
Note the stripes, denoting a bird fledged this year.

common blue

common blue
Ash Valley G.C. 15.08.08

Indian balsam (impatiens glandulifera)

Indian balsam (impatiens glandulifera)
River Ash

azure damselfly

azure damselfly
River Ash 28.07.08

marbled white

marbled white
Discovered at Westland Green 22.07.08

ruddy darter

ruddy darter
Bush Wood 21.07.08

honeysuckle 19.07.08

honeysuckle 19.07.08
growing in hedgerow in Chapel Lane

cinnabar moth caterpillar

cinnabar moth caterpillar
Photographed on ragwort 19.07.08

Bittersweet

Bittersweet
Study of petals 11.06.08

male yellowhammer

male yellowhammer
08.06.08

common blue butterfly

common blue butterfly
06.06.08

River Ash

River Ash
looking south from the bridge at Hadham Ford

Common poppy (papaver rhoeas)

Common poppy (papaver rhoeas)
in rape field 29.05.08

Caley Wood sunshine

Caley Wood sunshine
29.05.08

Millenium Wood fox

Millenium Wood fox
24.05.08

common comfrey (symphytum officinale)

common comfrey (symphytum officinale)
06.05.08 banks of the River Ash

Garlic Mustard or Jack by the Hedge,(Alliara petiolata)

Garlic Mustard or Jack by the Hedge,(Alliara petiolata)
flowers, leaves and fruit edible . Good in salad and pesto

April showers

April showers
Double rainbow 30.04.08

Caley Wood bluebells

Caley Wood bluebells
22.04.08

Yellow Archangel

Yellow Archangel
Chapel Lane (20.04.08)

sunlight 16.04.08

sunlight 16.04.08
looking south west from Bush Wood

snowy buds

snowy buds
06.04.08 in Bush Wood

Looking north west

Looking north west
05.04.08 evening shower approaching

Back Garden

Back Garden
Easter Sunday (23.03.08)

Brick Kiln Hill

Brick Kiln Hill
Looking east (23.03.08)

No play today

No play today
The 2nd hole at Ash Valley golf course

Teasel head

Teasel head
Bush Wood (21.03.08)

Reflections

Reflections
daffodils at Bush Wood pond (21.03.08)

Swollen River Ash

Swollen River Ash
The river at the bottom of Winding Hill 16.03.08

Daybreak over the chapel

Daybreak over the chapel
Thursday 13th March

Wild daffodils (narcissus pseudonarcissus)

Wild daffodils (narcissus pseudonarcissus)
growing in Bush Wood

January snowdrops

January snowdrops
Banks of River Ash, north of Much Hadham

Good Moon

Good Moon
From garden 24.01.08

Village Green

Village Green
Looking east towards Acremore Street

Looking south before Hadham Ford

Looking south before Hadham Ford
rare January blue sky

Useful sites

The following are some useful websites that may interest readers of this blog.
Firstly, Bishop's Stortford Natural History Society http://bsnhs.webplus.net/

Fellow birder, Gary Whelan's blog. Gives reports from our trips out together plus reports from his trips abroad. http://hairybirders.blogspot.co.uk
http://www.hertsbirdclub.org.uk/ The official herts bird club website. Frequently updated, listing bird sightings around the county. Offers links to many other websites. Both of these sites also offer links to yahoo discussion groups.
http://www.birdforum.net/ An international site. You can enter as a guest but become a member( free) to post comments, bird sightings and just about anything to do with wild birds. Good news updates, classified section for binoculars, cameras etc.
http://www.guidedbirdwatching.com/ A new site set up where you can contact people worldwide who will help you find good birds in their country. UK section being set up presently.
http://www.britainsbirder.co.uk/
Fellow birders blog. Strtford resident, Graeme Smith regulary birds the area south of Stortford as well as around Spellbrook and the River Stort from Spellbrook to Twyford Locks. Some superb bird photography: Graeme uses a digital camera attached to his powerful telescope to get detailled images of the birds he sees. Well worth a browse.
Two local sites that may be of interest can be found at
http://www.thehadhams.com/ www.thepelhams.net/content/section/12/139/

South Easterly walk

South Easterly walk
black, normal, red extended walk

South Westerly route.

South Westerly route.
Black usual, red extended

North Easterly walk

North Easterly walk
black short, walk. Red, extended

North West Patch

North West Patch
black route regular. Red route the extended wander