This blog is on the verge of becoming a fossil. After a slight re-brand, it’s time to come out of blogging retirement with a summary of the moth trapping that has taken place in the back garden where I live in Nottingham city centre. Before that, a little bit on one of the people who got me going in all this natural history lark.
Peter Harrison was an elderly chap when I met him in April 2010. I knocked on his door for a garden nursery job (not advertised) which he gave me after I lied through my teeth about my experiences with horticulture. A long story short, before meeting him I didn’t really have a direction in life and didn’t really have much of a passion for a great deal other than music. After starting on his nursery and working there for a year or two on and off, I realised I like the outdoors and wanted some kind of job natural history/countryside management related. From working with Pete I also met JL, my go to man for anything insect related.
Sadly at the beginning of October, Peter passed away. He was a well-known man in South Lincolnshire with many people buying Xmas trees and plants from his nursery. I have many memories of the things he said and did in the short time I knew him, a tiny fraction compared to others that knew him for a lot longer. To finish off, here is a poem from his book of poems called ‘A Latter Day Arcady’ which was published earlier this year. Ta muchly Pete.
An April sky o’er violets blule,
Bright kingcups of a golden hue,
Shining beside a shady brook,
That murmurs though a mossy nook.
A hedge, pale green with budding may,
A willow wren, who is at play
Charms music from the joyful stream
to put to song a fairies dream.
A curlews cry at early down.
A blackbird on a dewy lawn.
The speckled jew’ls in thrush’s nest.
The fresh spring breeze blows from the west.
Now on to the moth trapping, Nottingham city centre….
The stats from 2014;
Traps – 11. Records – 132. Species – 77. Families – 15.
The stats from 2015;
Traps – 15. Records – 165. Species – 83. Families – 13.
Back Garden Totals
Records. – 297. Species – 116. Families – 17.
Now, it should be noted that included in the species totals are the moths found while NOT running the moth trap, the odd moth found at rest during the day for instance. The first thing that stands out to me is that I haven’t run the trap as often as I would have liked. This is partly down to work commitments and a lot of moth trapping back home in Lincolnshire with JL. Something to build on next year!
A few highlights jump out from the years trapping. I seemed to catch way more elephant, poplar and lime hawk moths along with multiple old ladies attracted to the light.
A few angle shades turned up.
Two species of beetle, the common cock chafer Melolontha melolontha and the summer chafer Amphimallon solstitiale also turned up this year, A. solstitale being a new tick for me and the garden.
I didn’t record a single diamond back this year compared to the double-digit figures I saw in 2014.
Hopefully it won’t be too long in between this and the next blog. A list of moths from the back garden follows,
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|Preferred name||Common name|
|Acentria ephemerella||Water Veneer|
|Acleris forsskaleana||Maple Button|
|Agapeta hamana||Common Yellow Conch|
|Agriphila geniculea||Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer|
|Agrotis exclamationis||Heart & Dart|
|Agrotis puta||Shuttle-shaped Dart|
|Alcis repandata||Mottled Beauty|
|Amphipyra pyramidea agg.||Copper Underwing agg.|
|Ancylis achatana||Triangle-marked Roller|
|Apamea epomidion||Clouded Brindle|
|Apamea lithoxylaea||Light Arches|
|Apamea monoglypha||Dark Arches|
|Apamea remissa||Dusky Brocade|
|Aphomia sociella||Bee Moth|
|Autographa gamma||Silver Y|
|Batia lunaris||Lesser Tawny Tubic|
|Biston betularia||Peppered Moth|
|Blastobasis adustella||Furness Dowd|
|Borkhausenia fuscescens||Small Dingy Tubic|
|Cameraria ohridella||Horse-Chestnut Leaf-miner|
|Campaea margaritata||Light Emerald|
|Camptogramma bilineata||Yellow Shell|
|Celypha lacunana||Common Marble|
|Chloroclysta truncata||Common Marbled Carpet|
|Chrysoteuchia culmella||Garden Grass-veneer|
|Cidaria fulvata||Barred Yellow|
|Clepsis consimilana||Privet Twist|
|Cochylis atricapitana||Black-headed Conch|
|Colostygia pectinataria||Green Carpet|
|Crambus pascuella||Inlaid Grass-veneer|
|Crassa unitella||Golden-brown Tubic|
|Cryphia domestica||Marbled Beauty|
|Cydia pomonella||Codling Moth|
|Deilephila elpenor||Elephant Hawk-moth|
|Diachrysia chrysitis||Burnished Brass|
|Diloba caeruleocephala||Figure of Eight|
|Diurnea fagella||March Tubic|
|Ectoedemia decentella||Sycamore-seed Pigmy|
|Eilema lurideola||Common Footman|
|Endrosis sarcitrella||White-shouldered House-moth|
|Ennomos fuscantaria||Dusky Thorn|
|Epinotia bilunana||Crescent Bell|
|Epiphyas postvittana||Light Brown Apple Moth|
|Eudemis profundana||Diamond-back Marble|
|Eudonia lacustrata||Little Grey|
|Eupithecia abbreviata||Brindled Pug|
|Eupithecia indigata||Ochreous Pug|
|Eupithecia vulgata||Common Pug|
|Eurrhypara hortulata||Small Magpie|
|Euzophera pinguis||Ash-bark Knot-horn|
|Gymnoscelis rufifasciata||Double-striped Pug|
|Habrosyne pyritoides||Buff Arches|
|Hedya nubiferana||Marbled Orchard Tortrix|
|Hemithea aestivaria||Common Emerald|
|Herminia grisealis||Small Fan-foot|
|Hofmannophila pseudospretella||Brown House-moth|
|Hoplodrina ambigua||Vine’s Rustic|
|Idaea aversata||Riband Wave|
|Idaea aversata ab. remutata||Riband Wave (non-banded form)|
|Lacanobia oleracea||Bright-line Brown-eye|
|Laothoe populi||Poplar Hawk-moth|
|Leucoma salicis||White Satin Moth|
|Mamestra brassicae||Cabbage Moth|
|Mesapamea secalis agg.||Common Rustic agg.|
|Mesoligia furuncula||Cloaked Minor|
|Mimas tiliae||Lime Hawk-moth|
|Mompha epilobiella||Common Cosmet|
|Mormo maura||Old Lady|
|Mythimna conigera||Brown-line Bright-eye|
|Mythimna impura||Smoky Wainscot|
|Noctua comes||Lesser Yellow Underwing|
|Noctua fimbriata||Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing|
|Noctua janthe||Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing|
|Noctua pronuba||Large Yellow Underwing|
|Ochropleura plecta||Flame Shoulder|
|Odontopera bidentata||Scalloped Hazel|
|Oligia fasciuncula||Middle-barred Minor|
|Opisthograptis luteolata||Brimstone Moth|
|Orthosia cerasi||Common Quaker|
|Orthosia gothica||Hebrew Character|
|Ourapteryx sambucaria||Swallow-tailed Moth|
|Pammene fasciana||Acorn Piercer|
|Pandemis corylana||Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix|
|Paraswammerdamia lutarea||Hawthorn Ermel|
|Peribatodes rhomboidaria||Willow Beauty|
|Phlogophora meticulosa||Angle Shades|
|Phlyctaenia coronata||Spotted Magpie|
|Phragmatobia fuliginosa||Ruby Tiger|
|Pleuroptya ruralis||Mother of Pearl|
|Plutella xylostella||Diamond-back Moth|
|Pseudargyrotoza conwagana||Yellow-spot Twist|
|Pyrausta aurata||Small Purple & Gold|
|Rivula sericealis||Straw Dot|
|Scoparia ambigualis||Common Grey|
|Spilonota ocellana||Bud Moth|
|Spilosoma luteum||Buff Ermine|
|Trachycera advenella||Grey Knot-horn|
|Watsonalla binaria||Oak Hook-tip|
|Xanthorhoe designata||Flame Carpet|
|Xanthorhoe fluctuata||Garden Carpet|
|Xestia xanthographa||Square-spot Rustic|
|Xylocampa areola||Early Grey|
|Yponomeuta evonymella||Bird-cherry Ermine|