Moths: July 2015
Not the easiest of weekends, with gales and strong winds overnight on the 24th, though they relented on the 25th to allow a Star-wort to add itself to this year’s list.
Crescent and Chocolate-tip were new for the year last night.
Two new for the year last night; Rosy Rustic and, rather more noteworthy, only the second record for the Bay of Black Arches. The first was recorded by Badger in August 2013.
An update from the weekend, which included the second of SBBO’s 2015 moth nights and which was enlivened by a trapping session in the Whitehouse, as well as the usual traps at HQ. New for the year were Oak Eggar, Small Emerald, Pale Oak Beauty, Lime Hawk-moth, Marbled Green and Mere and Small Wainscots.
Last night’s goodies included Brown-veined Wainscot and the immigrant Scarce Bordered Straw.
Mouse Moth and Fen Wainscot were amongst last night’s notables, which also included 5 Small Mottled Willows, for which this has been a good month, and Pigmy Footman.
A Scallop Shell – only the fifth to have been recorded at the Bay – was in the trap last night.
Langmaid’s Yellow Underwing was recorded last night.
An update from the weekend: the 10th produced a first for the Bay in the shape of FLAME CARPET, along with the irregular Lunar-spotted Pinion and Small Fan-footed Wave. and Tree-lichen Beauty was recorded for the first time on the 11th. Last night produced 3 Splendid Brocades, Shore Wainscot, Ear Moth, neither of which are annual at the Bay, and Oak Nycteoline. Six-spot Burnet was found in the Whitehouse in daylight.
Some additional records from last weekend’s sessions have just come through. Notable additions to this year’s list on the 4th were Bordered White, a species associated with pine that is not annual in occurrence here, Barred Red, which is even less frequent, Buff Footman and Marbled White Spot.
Although things have taken a step backwards, 4 Small Mottled Willows were recorded last night, a good total for this irregular immigrant.
The 4th was something of a curate’s egg, bringing new macro species for the year in the shape of Dingy Shears, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing and Rustic, along with the Bay’s second ever Large Twin-spot Carpet and ORANGE MOTH, which has never been recorded here before. Sadly, the Orange Moth appears to have been collected by a visitor, a practice that is certainly not condoned by the Trust, and was consequently seen only by a couple of observers.
Last night was markedly fresher and numbers reduced as a consequence, but Olive, slightly more frequent these days than in the past, Scarce Footman, Double Lobed and the snappily-named Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing were all recorded for the first time this year.
The resurgence continued last night with nine more new for the year, the most notable of which were Peacock, Sycamore, Lesser Cream Wave, Kent Black Arches, Garden Tiger and Splendid Brocade.
Last night was quieter than the previous one, but still enticed 10 new macro species for the year to present themselves. They included Leopard, by no means annual in occurrence, Scalloped Oak, Least Carpet, Swallow-tail, Ruby Tiger, Clay Triple-lines and Matthew’s Wainscot.
Last night was excellent, producing 14 new macro species for the year, a significant haul of migrants and some species that are very scarce here. Best of the new macros were Sussex Emerald, which has been recorded only once before at the Bay, in 1992, Poplar Kitten, which is by no means annual and was last recorded in 2009 and Miller, while the supporting cast included Dun-bar, Silver-barred, Small Blood-vein, Marbled Beauty, Lychnis and Ruddy Carpet. There were also notable totals of 15 Cream-bordered Green Pea, 26 Diamond-backs and an outstanding 13 Bright Waves, usually only recorded at light in ones and twos. Micros included the very local sandhill and shingle species Nyctegretis lineana and Ethmia bipunctella.