Meeting this weekend at Groton wood SWT reserve.

Been watching the weather for this meeting as it has been changing as the week has progressed. Looks like Saturday night is the better evening now with rain predicted for most of tomorrow meaning it will be a damp cool night.
So meet in the car park on Saturday at 9pm. I’ll be hoping to get to the site earlier for a look round for larvae and moths if anyone else wishes to join me. Was very productive last weekend!

Neil

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SMG first meeting for 2018 – Bradfield woods SWT reserve – 19th May 2018.

7 moth-ers turned up for this first meeting of the season. A cool night was forecast, coupled with a season running slightly late meant hopes were not high for seeing many moths but you never know unless you try.
A few of us met up earlier in the evening to have a wander round looking for larvae and flying moths. One of the main targets was to try and find larvae of Porrittia galactodactyla on Burdock, Bradfield being a known site for the species. Sadly we were unsuccessful. However, we found an interesting Incurvarid species that none of us recognized. Checking the books revealed that it was Incurvaria praelatella, a new moth for us all and probably the first Suffolk record for 100 years! The moth feeds on Water avens, a plant that is common in this wood. Must surely have been overlooked. So a great start to the event. Also found of note were some Cream wave, Gold swift (lekking males) and mines of Paracrania chrysolepidella on Hazel.
Onto the moth trap part of the event. 34sp noted from 7 traps, not too bad given the conditions. Of note were Grey birch (a few), Brindled white spot, White pinion-spotted, Cream wave and Small white wave. Packed up at midnight with the temperature around 8 degrees so the heaters were on in the cars on the way home!

Neil

Incurvaria praelatella

Incurvaria praelatella

Grey birch

Grey birch

Cream wave

Cream wave

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Bradfield woods SWT reserve this weekend.

Looking at the forecast for the end of this week, Saturday 19th is looking the better evening for recording so the meeting will take place then. I hope to get to the site early to have a look around if anyone else is interested in joining me.

Neil

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Suffolk Moth Group field meetings programme for 2018.

Here is the moth group’s meeting programme as it stands at the moment. More events may be added at a later date, details of which will be put up on this blog.


SUFFOLK MOTH GROUP MEETINGS PROGRAMME 2018 

Note that there are 2 dates for most meetings, this is so the best night weather-wise can be chosen near the date of the event. News on which day the event is taking place will be posted on the Suffolk Moth blog at least 1 day before the meeting.

18th/19th May. Bradfield woods SWT reserve (for general recording especially micros)
Meet in car park at TL935580 at 9pm.

25th/26th May. Groton wood SWT reserve (for possible Pauper pug and Mocha)
Meet in car park along road at TL976428 at 9pm.

8th June.     Gunton meadows SWT reserve (for general recording – new site)
Meet along road by reserve at TM538960 at 9pm.

15th/16th June. MOTH NIGHT 2018 – Bawdsey Hall. See Matthew’s moth blog post for more details.

22nd/23rd June. Knettishall heath SWT reserve (for breckland species and Alder kitten)
Meet in car park at TL951806 at 9pm.

29th/30th June. Redgrave fen SWT reserve (for wetland species possibly including Fen square-spot and Lempke’s gold spot)
Meet in main reserve car park at TM052802 at 9pm. We will then drive in convoy to        Redgrave fen.

13th/14th July. North cove SWT reserve (for wetland species possibly including White-mantled wainscot)
Meet in the car park at TM471905 at 9pm.

21st July.     Groton wood SWT reserve (daytime for leaf mines and larvae followed by night trapping)
Meet in car park along road at TL976428 at 2pm for daytime recording followed by         9pm for trapping.

27th/28th July. Carlton marshes SWT reserve (for wetland species possibly including White-mantled wainscot)
Meet in car park at TM508920 at 9pm.

10th Aug.     Orfordness NT reserve (for saltmarsh and coastal species including Ground lackey and Sandhill rustic)
Meet at Orford Quay TM425495 at 7pm. Ferry will meet us and take us to the             reserve. Overnight stay on the site so bring breakfast and a sleeping bag etc. Traps will be put out and checked in the morning. Moth morning event on 11th which members can help at. Will need a note of numbers for this meeting so let me know if you are coming.

14th/15th Sept. Hen reedbeds SWT reserve (for reedbed species)
Meet in car park TM471771 at 6.45pm

There will also be a leaf miner recording day in October, details will be posted at a later date for this event.

Neil Sherman (neilshermanmothman@hotmail.com)

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April mothing at Purdis.

With poor weather forecast for the last few days of the month its time to reflect on April mothing here. Start of the month ok, then a poor spell, followed by a brief blast of summer heat then ending on a damp cold last week with poor numbers of moths.
Best 2 nights for me were the 6th, with 22sp (290 moths) in 2 traps and 21st with 25sp in one trap running up in the woods.
Orthosia numbers around average here this year I would say. No lead-coloured drab this year but did get 4 records of Powdered quaker which is good for me. Brindled beauty had its best year here, with regular sightings. Also good for Diurnea fagella after a poor season in 2017. Dotted chestnut appeared 4 times (5 moths), again seemingly doing well. Other sightings of possible note: Pale pinion (6th), Agonopterix scopariella, Water carpet (regular from mid month), Shoulder stripe (21st, very rare at this site), Plutella xylostella (22nd, first for year) and Caloptilia hemidactylella (21st). The warm spell prompted big emergences of some species of moths, examples being Frosted green with 31 seen on the 19th (in one trap) along with 37 Lunar marbled brown the same night (my highest ever total). Some of the prominent moths started around this time too with Swallow, Lesser swallow and Great appearing so far. The late spring meant that some of the earlier species were still hanging on, with Yellow horned seen up until the 6th and Oak beauty seen until the 19th (my latest ever record).
Daytime observations were possibly of more interest. Had Pammene giganteana on the 4th, Early tooth-striped on the 8th (by security light). Found Heliozela sericiella and Acrolepia autumnitella on 20th, both in my greenhouse. On the 22nd, found a freshly emerged Mullein moth in one of my flowerbeds, close to some of the foodplant, not a moth I’ve seen too often here, although the larvae are obvious and seen in numbers every year. Then in the last week had an early Foxglove pug on 23rd and Pammene argyrana plus a Puss moth (at rest in long grass, freshy emerged) on the 27th.
Hopefully things will improve next month if it stops raining!

Neil

Pammene giganteana

Pammene giganteana

Water carpet

Water carpet

Powdered quaker

Powdered quaker

Caloptilia hemidactylella

Caloptilia hemidactylella

 

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Caloptilia hemidactylella

Hello all

I had what I’m as certain as I can be without gen.det. a C. hemidactylella but this is new for me. I see from the web-site that there’s apparently only one record mapped but several photos of different individuals. Can anyone tell me what the current status is of this micro is in the county?

Thanks,

Steve

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Moth Night 2018 at Bawdsey Hall

Moth Night 2018 is fast approaching (14 – 16 June) and now only eight weeks away! Bawdsey Hall is hosting an event and all interested recorders are invited on the evenings of Friday 15th & Saturday 16th June. I would appreciate as much support as possible, especially as Bawdsey Hall and I personally have put a lot of effort into this and I have been appointed East Anglia regional representative for Moth Night 2018.
This year the theme is Pyralid moths – Bawdsey is a good site for this group and hopefully some of the more local coastal species will be flying.
Arriving in the evening at around 7 – 8pm, a tour of the grounds will follow with deployment of moth traps. Please let me know how many traps you will be bringing?
Badger and Tawny Owl watching will once again be available together with the chance to see the nesting Little Owls and Common Swifts on CCTV.
A photography workshop is also planned with a set-up to photograph moths on the night and advice from leading wildlife photographer and Hall-owner David Hermon.
Please let me know if you are coming so that we can plan the event. Food and drink will be available and we would be grateful if you could bring some food to share.
Many thanks.
Matthew – matthewjdeans@yahoo.co.uk Telephone 07912 859747
Even though Bawdsey is a regularly trapped site there is still an opportunity to record new micro-lepidoptera for the site, as vast numbers of moths are trapped and many micros get missed amongst the masses.

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Orthosia opima now flying in Suffolk

The saltern form of Orthosia opima (Northern Drab) is now flying on the coast. I had my first of the season at Bawdsey Hall last night (18 April). This is one of my favourite spring moths at Bawdsey. The moth continues to fly well into the middle of May.

Of interest, a wanderer of this species was caught in a light trap the previous night, well inland at Stowupland by Ben Moyes.

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Adela cuprella

I found this species today at Warren Carr Blundeston. I have been out specially for the species before with no luck, but chanced upon it today because as it was so windy the moths were on and around Sallow catkins low down out of the breeze. Two males seen.

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A brace of Brindle

Hoping for a decent weather window to run the garden trap so far this year has been a bit like expecting to get prolonged close views of the American Bittern currently residing at SWT’s wonderful Carlton Marshes Reserve … highly unlikely! While I may still need to put in more hours on the Bittern (and, yes, I have seen it), the weather seems to have finally decided it’s about time we all enjoyed a bit of spring warmth. Trapping Fri and Sat night has delivered the usual assortment of Hebrew Character, Common & Small Quaker, and the odd Clouded Drab and Early Grey. However, the big surprise this morning was the sight of not one but two Brindled Beauty. Checking my records, these turn out to be my first here since April 2008, and only the second and third garden records to boot. A single Frosted Green was also in the trap last night. Fingers crossed, next weeks warmer weather will encourage a few more moths to appear.

Brindled Beauty - Woolpit 14 Apr 2018

Brindled Beauty – Woolpit 14 Apr 2018

 

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