Moth Logbook 2017

This page contains full reports of all the moths recorded within our garden near the town of Beverley in central East Yorkshire. The garden is located in a wooded and sheltered environment with dominant tree species including Beech, Lime, Horse Chestnut, Ash, Silver Birch, Sycamore, Holly, and Yew, whilst the garden and the surrounding area also host some ‘wild’ corners where nature is allowed to run rampant. Two moths traps are used, both being Skinner types, with one utilising a low powered 15W Actinic bulb and the other a very bright 125W Mercury Vapour bulb. The 15W is generally used in the winter months or during uncertain weather conditions, whilst the 125W MV is the trap of choice during the peak of the season from June through to September.

YEAR LIST & RECORDS
Below is a list of all the species recorded in our garden during 2017, with additional information as regards the first record, the number of records (ie. the number of nights in which each species was recorded), and the number of individuals recorded. Any species which are highlighted in red are new additions to the garden list.

28.009 White-shouldered House-moth (Endrosis sarcitrella)
First record of the year – 5th/6th April (26)
Number of records – 1
Number of individuals – 1

29.001 March Tubic (Diurnea fagella)
First record of the year – 13th/14th March (14)
Number of records – 3
Number of individuals – 4
Maximum count – 2

32.007 Red-letter Flat-body (Agonopterix ocellana)
First record of the year – 15th/16th March (18)
Number of records – 1
Number of individuals – 1

32.018 Common Flat-body (Agonopterix heracliana)
First record of the year – 2nd February (2)
Number of records – 2
Number of individuals – 2

45.010 Beautiful Plume (Amblyptilia acanthadactyla)
First record of the year – 8th/9th March (7)
Number of records – 1
Number of individuals – 1

45.044 Common Plume (Emmelina monodactyla)
First record of the year – 13th/14th March (15)
Number of records – 2
Number of individuals – 3
Maximum count – 2

49.039 Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana)
First record of the year – 7th/8th January (1)
Number of records – 3
Number of individuals – 5
Maximum count – 2

70.066 Shoulder Stripe (Earophila badiata)
First record of the year – 13th/14th March (13)
Number of records – 2
Number of individuals – 2

70.095 Red-green Carpet (Chloroclysta siterata)
First record of the year – 15th/16th March (16)
Number of records – 3
Number of individuals – 4
Maximum count – 2

70.141 Double-striped Pug (Gymnoscelis rufifasciata)
First record of the year – 30th/31st March (19)
Number of records – 1
Number of individuals – 2
Maximum count – 2

70.200 Yellow-barred Brindle (Acasis viretata)
First record of the year – 1st/2nd April (21)
Number of records – 2
Number of individuals – 2

70.237 Early Thorn (Selenia dentaria)
First record of the year – 4th/5th April (25)
Number of records – 1
Number of individuals – 1

70.245 March Moth (Alsophila aescularia)
First record of the year – 6th/7th March (5)
Number of records – 2
Number of individuals – 3
Maximum count – 2

70.247 Pale Brindled Beauty (Phigalia pilosaria)
First record of the year – 12th/13th March (11)
Number of records – 1
Number of individuals – 1

70.255 Dotted Border (Agriopis marginaria)
First record of the year – 19th February (3)
Number of records – 1
Number of individuals – 1

70.257 Waved Umber (Menophra abruptaria)
First record of the year – 3rd/4th April (24)
Number of records – 1
Number of individuals – 1

70.282 Early Moth (Theria primaria)
First record of the year – 13th/14th March (12)
Number of records – 1
Number of individuals – 1

72.001 The Herald (Scoliopteryx libatrix)
First record of the year – 1st/2nd April (20)
Number of records – 1
Number of individuals – 1

73.069 Early Grey (Xylocampa areola)
First record of the year – 11th/12th March (9)
Number of records – 12
Number of individuals – 37
Maximum count – 9

73.095 Pale Mottled Willow (Caradrina clavipalpis)
First record of the year – 11th/12th March (10)
Number of records – 1
Number of individuals – 1

73.201 Pale Pinion (Lithophane socia)
First record of the year – 15th/16th March (17)
Number of records – 2
Number of individuals – 2

73.242 Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta)
First record of the year – 4th/5th March (4)
Number of records – 13
Number of individuals – 37
Maximum count – 10

73.244 Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi)
First record of the year – 7th March (6)
Number of records – 12
Number of individuals – 50
Maximum count – 11

73.245 Small Quaker (Orthosia cruda)
First record of the year – 1st/2nd April (22)
Number of records – 3
Number of individuals – 6
Maximum count – 3

73.247 Powdered Quaker (Orthosia gracilis)
First record of the year – 2nd/3rd April (23)
Number of records – 1
Number of individuals – 1

73.249 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica)
First record of the year – 9th/10th March (8)
Number of records – 12
Number of individuals – 29
Maximum count – 8

MOTH SPECIES RECORDED : 26
TOTAL NO. MOTHS RECORDED : 199
last updated : 6th April 2017


2017 LOGBOOK

5TH/6TH APRIL 2017 (No.23)
Time : 19:50-06:20
Trap Type : 15W Actinic Skinner
Weather : Clear spells with a touch of ground frost. Minimum 2.5 C.
Moths recorded : 5
Species recorded : 3
Comments : n/a

Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) x3
Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) x1
White-shouldered House-moth (Endrosis sarcitrella) x1 (NFY)


4TH/5TH APRIL 2017 (No.22)
Time : 20:00-06:10
Trap Type : 15W Actinic Skinner
Weather : Mostly clear and colder than recently. Minimum 3.0 C.
Moths recorded : 4
Species recorded : 4
Comments : n/a

Early Thorn (Selenia dentaria) x1 (NFY)
Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) x1
Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) x1
Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) x1


3RD/4TH APRIL 2017 (No.21)
Time : 19:50-06:00
Trap Type : 15W Actinic Skinner
Weather : Variable amounts of cloud with alternating cloudier and clearer spells.
Moths recorded : 13
Species recorded : 8
Comments : A Waved Umber (Menophra abruptaria) was found this morning, this being a rather early record for a species which usually occurs from late April and which peaks in May. Likewise another early Yellow-barred Brindle was also recorded, whilst the second Pale Pinion of the spring came as a surprise.

Waved Umber (Menophra abruptaria) x1 (NFY)
Pale Pinion (Lithophane socia) x1
Yellow-barred Brindle (Acasis viretata) x1
Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) x3
Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) x2
Small Quaker (Orthosia cruda) x2
Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) x2
Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) x1


2ND/3RD APRIL 2017 (No.20)
Time : 19:45-06:05
Trap Type : 125W MV Skinner & 15W Actinic Skinner
Weather : Clear at first but becoming murky and even foggy later. Damp.
Moths recorded : 24
Species recorded : 6
Comments : A good night for Small Quakers with three found in the trap this morning. This moth is uncommon here and indeed prior to tonight there have only been three previous records. A Powdered Quaker was also good to see, another uncommon species of Orthosia here at Woldgarth.

Powdered Quaker (Orthosia gracilis) x1 (NFY)
Small Quaker (Orthosia cruda) x3
Hebrew Character (Orthsia gothica) x8
Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) x4
Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) x3
Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) x5


1ST/2ND APRIL 2017 (No.19)
Time : 20:00-06:15
Trap Type : 15W Actinic Skinner
Weather : Variable amounts of cloud with some clearer spells. Breezy at first.
Moths recorded : 15
Species recorded : 7
Comments : The Herald and the Yellow-barred Brindle were found independently from the trap, the Herald on the garage door whilst I was actually setting up the trap, and the YB Brindle on the kitchen door when I was coming back in from feeding the animals. The Yellow-barred Brindle record is particularly notable from a phenological aspect, this species not usually appearing until late April or even May.

The Herald (Scoliopteryx libatrix) x1 (NFY)
Yellow-barred Brindle (Acasis viretata) x1 (NFY)
Small Quaker (Orthosia cruda) x1 (NFY)
Red-green Carpet (Chloroclysta siterata) x1
Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) x5
Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) x4
Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) x2


30TH/31ST MARCH 2017 (No.18)
Time : 19:45-06:00
Trap Type : 125W MV Skinner & 15W Actinic Skinner
Weather : Overcast and very mild with occasional light rain. Minimum 12.5 C.
Moths recorded : 39
Species recorded : 8
Comments : n/a

Double-striped Pug (Gymnoscelis rufifasciata) x2 (NFY)
Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) x11
Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) x9
Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) x7
Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) x4
Red-green Carpet (Chloroclysta siterata) x2
Common Plume (Emmelina monodactyla) x2
Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) x2


26TH/27TH MARCH 2017 (No.17)
Time : 19:30-06:30
Trap Type : 15W Actinic Skinner
Weather : Overcast. Minimum 2.6 C.
Moths recorded : 11
Species recorded : 4
Comments : n/a

Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) x3
Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) x3
Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) x3
Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) x2


16TH/17TH MARCH 2017 (No.16)
Time : 18:15-06:00
Trap Type : 15W Actinic Skinner
Weather : Colder than of late and breezy at times with variable amounts of cloud, the cloud thick enough to produce some rain in the evening. Minimum 3.5 C.
Moths recorded : 5
Species recorded : 3
Comments : n/a

Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) x3
Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) x1
March Tubic (Diurnea fagella) x1


15TH/16TH MARCH 2017 (No.15)
Time : 18:00-06:00
Trap Type : 125W MV Skinner
Weather : Mostly clear with a heavy dew. Minimum 4.7 C.
Moths recorded : 23
Species recorded : 7
Comments : A Pale Pinion was in the trap this morning, only the second ever Woldgarth record of this locally uncommon species (less than 100 records in VC61). Meanwhile a single Agonopterix ocellana was a new addition to the garden list, a species of micro-moth with less than 20 VC61 records and less than a 100 Yorkshire records.

Pale Pinion (Lithophane socia) x1 (NFY)
Red-green Carpet (Chloroclysta siterata) x1 (NFY)
Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) x10
Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) x5
Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) x3
Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) x2
Red-letter Flat-body (Agonopterix ocellana) x1 (NFG)


14TH/15TH MARCH 2017 (No.14)
Time : 17:50-06:00
Trap Type : 15W Actinic Skinner
Weather : Mostly cloudy but not without some clearer spells. Minimum 5.8 C.
Moths recorded : 16
Species recorded : 5
Comments : n/a

Shoulder Stripe (Earophila badiata) x1
Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) x9
Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) x2
Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) x2
March Tubic (Diurnea fagella) x2


13TH/14TH MARCH 2017 (No.13)
Time : 18:00-06:00
Trap Type : 15W Actinic Skinner
Weather : Mostly clear for the most part. Becoming breezy latterly. Minimum 5.7 C.
Moths recorded : 11
Species recorded : 8
Comments : Our first ever Early Moth was recorded last night, the moth in question being found on the outside of the trap when I went to inspect it at 9 pm. A lovely Shoulder Stripe was also found, only the 2nd Woldgarth record. Trapping at the new location around the front of the house is really proving an unbridled success.

Early Moth (Theria primaria) x1 (NFL & NFG)
Shoulder Stripe (Earophila badiata) x1 (NFY)
Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) x3
Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) x2
Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) x1
Common Plume (Emmelina monodactyla) x1 (NFY)
March Tubic (Diurnea fagella) x1 (NFY)
Common Flat-body (Agonopterix heracliana) x1


12TH/13TH MARCH 2017 (No.12)
Time : 17:30-06:15
Trap Type : 125W MV & 15W Actinic Skinner
Weather : Mostly cloudy at first but clearing later. Minimum 2.9 C.
Moths recorded : 12
Species recorded : 4
Comments : A single Pale Brindled Beauty was found in the 15W Actinic trap, a new moth for the garden list. I have only previously recorded this species up at Grosmont.

Pale Brindled Beauty (Phigalia pilosaria) x1 (NFG)
Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) x8
Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) x2
Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) x1


11TH/12TH MARCH 2017 (No.11)
Time : 18:30-06:30
Trap Type : 15W Actinic Skinner
Weather : Overcast with occasional drizzle &/or rain. Minimum 8.8 C.
Moths recorded : 4
Species recorded : 4
Comments : The trap was placed outside the front of Woldgarth last night in the hope of perhaps attracting a few different species, especially from the nearby woods.

Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) x1 (NFY)
Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) x1
Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) x1
Pale Mottled Willow (Caradrina clavipalpis) x1 (NFY)


10TH/11TH MARCH 2017 (No.10)
Time : 18:00-07:00
Trap Type : 15W Actinic Skinner
Weather : Overcast with threat of drizzle. Mild with a low of 7.8 C.
Moths recorded : 2
Species recorded : 2
Comments : n/a

Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) x1
Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) x1


9TH/10TH MARCH 2017 (No.9)
Time : 18:00-06:30
Trap Type : 125W MV Skinner
Weather : Mostly cloudy. Minimum 3.7 C.
Moths recorded : 3
Species recorded : 2
Comments : n/a

Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) x1 (NFY)
Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) x2


8TH/9TH MARCH 2017 (No.8)
Time : 18:00-06:30
Trap Type : 125W MV Skinner
Weather : Clear at first but cloudier later. Breezy by dawn. Minimum 4.4 C.
Moths recorded : 2
Species recorded : 2
Comments : n/a

Beautiful Plume (Amblyptilia acanthadactyla) x1 (NFY)
Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) x1


7TH MARCH 2017 (No.7)
Time : 17:45-21:00
Trap Type : 125 MV Skinner
Weather : Mostly cloudy. Minimum 5.6 C.
Moths recorded : 2
Species recorded : 2
Comments : Just a few hours mothing during the evening as heavy overnight rain was forecast (which did indeed arrive).

Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) x1 (NFY)
March Moth (Alsophila aescularia) x1


6TH/7TH MARCH 2017 (No.6)
Time : 18:45-07:00
Trap Type : 15W Actinic Skinner
Weather – Partly cloudy with a short shower around 9 pm. Minimum 2.7 C.
Moths recorded : 2
Species recorded : 1
Comments : n/a

March Moth (Alsophila aescularia) x2 (NFY) 📷


4TH/5TH MARCH 2017 (No.5)
Time : 18:45-07:00
Trap Type : 125W MV Skinner
Weather – Partly cloudy. Minimum 3.9 C.
Moths recorded : 1
Species recorded : 1
Comments : n/a

Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) x1 (NFY) 📷


2ND/3RD FEBRUARY 2017 (No.4)
Time : 19:00-07:30
Trap Type : 125W MV Skinner
Weather : Cloudy and mild but windy. Minimum 6.0 C.
Moths recorded : 1
Species recorded : 1
Comments : The trap blew open at some point during the night, the fresh southerly wind lifting off one of the panels.

Common Flat-body (Agonopterix heracliana) x1 (NFY) 📷


18TH/19TH JANUARY 2017 (No.3)
Time : 18:00-07:15
Trap Type : 15W Actinic Skinner
Weather : Overcast and murky with some light drizzle in the air. Minimum 5.8 C.
Moths recorded : 1
Species recorded : 1
Comments : n/a

Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) x1


8TH/9TH JANUARY 2017 (No.2)
Time : 17:00-07:30
Trap Type : 15W Actinic Skinner
Weather : Cloudy and very mild for the time of year, but it did become increasingly breezy as the night wore on. Minimum 5.8 C.
Moths recorded : 0
Species recorded : 0
Comments : Zilch in the trap this morning.


7TH/8TH JANUARY 2017 (No.1)
Time : 20:00-07:00
Trap Type : 15W Actinic Skinner
Weather : Cloudy for the most part but it did become clearer for a time around 3 am. Minimum 4.0 C.
Moths recorded : 2
Species recorded : 1
Comments : First mothing session of 2017 with 2 LBAM’s to kick off the new season. Here’s hoping for a better start to the mothing year compared to last year’s extremely slow start to the season!

Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) x2 (NFY) 📷