Thursday, 25 July 2013

A mind blowing quartet

Still having to pinch myself that this set of moths were all nestled in my humble back garden moth trap...halcyon days indeed. Loxostege sticticalis
Loxostege sticticalis

Pempelia obductella
Pempelia obductella

Sciota adelphella
Sciota adelphella

Oncocera semirubella
Oncocera semirubella

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Going dotty

Been seeing all sorts of spots before my eyes of late both attracted to the garden trap and with rearing success: here are a few of the recent monochrome marvels...

Ethmia dodecea
Ethmia dodecea

Yponomeuta cagnagella reared ex larva on Spindle Yponomeuta cagnagella bred ex larva on Spindle

Bird-cherry Ermine (Yponomeuta evonymella) Yponomeuta evonymella

Yponomeuta plumbella reared ex larva on Spindle Yponomeuta plumbella bred ex larva on Spindle

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Feelin' hot hot hot...

Well yes the weather is fantastic but the mothing is also red hot or is it a purple patch, anyway here's a few of the highlights from recent days, including several new additions to the garden list, pushing it to the cusp of 700 species...
Evergestis limbata
Evergestis limbata

Schoenobius gigantella - female
Schoenobius gigantella

Lozotaeniodes formosanus
Lozotaeniodes formosanus

Ethmia dodecea
Ethmia dodecea

Yarrow Plume (Gillmeria (Platyptilia) pallidactyla)
Yarrow Plume

Thursday, 18 July 2013


Found the larval case of this moth - Psyche casta - a few weeks ago, potted it up hoping to rear through.

I was more than pleased when this beautiful female, who really is nothing more than a glorified egg-sac, duly emerged a couple of days ago, as my mind immediately turned to the possibility of assembling a male to her.

Psyche casta female

Psyche casta female

This also turned out to be a success, with just a single male coming to the female who had been placed in a net bag in the garden (the same net bag that is used for various synthetic Clearwing lures)

Psyche casta - male
Psyche casta - male. Assembled to newly emerged female (above)

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Mines by the dozen

Literally dozens of mines around now from a wide range of species and food plants...
Callisto denticulella mine on Malus
Callisto denticulella on Apple

Parornix anglicella leaf mine
Parornix anglicella on Hawthorn

Phyllonorycter coryli leaf mines Phyllonorycter coryli on Hazel

Parornix devoniella leaf mine and fold Parornix devoniella on Hazel

Leucospilapteryx omissella leaf mine Leucospilapteryx omissella on Mugwort

Monday, 8 July 2013

The Holy Grail: found....

The adults of this species have been turning up at the back garden trap every July for several years now, giving a strong indication of a breeding population close by. However, I have been searching for years to find the incontrovertible evidence of breeding - the larvae.

So it was that a few weeks ago, I stumbled across this solitary Yponomeuta larva, that looked that little bit different, it being alone also raised my expectations as this species gets all Greta Garbo as it matures, unlike many of its congeners.

Yponomeuta irrorella larva in spinning on Spindle

 A few days later, pupation and again, cross-referencing images on the Internet (the few I could find anyway) raised my expectations even further, until on Sunday 7th July, the adult emerged confirming my hopes and suspicions and ticking off one of my Holy Grails.
Yponomeuta irrorella bred ex larva on Spindle

Friday, 5 July 2013

New UK foodplant for miner

As tentatively reported back in May:

I found what appeared to be the mine of Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae on Pyracantha, 
which to that point was not recorded from this foodplant in the UK.

The adult has now emerged, confirming the ID, and as such a new foodplant.

Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae reared ex mine on Pyracantha