Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Good Housekeeping III

It's Good Housekeeping time again, as I sweep out the nooks and crannies of the blog, coil up the wire and clean out the dusty bowl of the trap. Eggboxes are good for lighting the bonfire too (once I've made sure that no moths are slumbering in the cones). Plus the annual audit. In spite of the very poor weather, this has been a good year for species new to the garden here in Leeds: 26 moths and 27 micros which have not visited since I started trapping five years ago. Here's my full list over that time with this year's newcomers in bold:


Alder, Angle Shades, Angle-striped Sallow, Antler, Autumnal Rustic, Barred Red, Barred Straw, Barred Yellow,Beautiful Golden Y, Black Rustic, Blackneck, Blair’s Shoulder Knot, Bloodvein, Bordered White, Bright-line Brown-eye, Brimstone, Brindled Green, Brindled Green, Brown China Mark, Brown Silver-line, Buff Arches, Buff Ermine, Buff Footman, Buff Tip, Burnished Brass, Campion, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Centre-barred Sallow, Chestnut, Chimney Sweeper, Cinnabar, Clouded Border,Clouded-bordered Brindle (plus ab Combusta), Clouded Drab, Clouded Brindle, Clouded Silver, Common Carpet, Common Emerald, Common Footman, Common Marbled Carpet, Common Quaker, Common Rustic, Common Swift, Common Wainscot, Common Wave, Common White Wave, Common Yellow Underwing, Copper Underwing and/or Svensson’s C.U. (impossible to distinguish without expert help), Coxcomb Prominent, Cream Wave, Crescent, Dark Arches, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Dark Brocade, Dark Dagger

Dark Marbled Carpet, Dark Spectacle, Dark Swordgrass, December Moth, Dot, Dotted Border, Double-lobed, Double-striped Pug, Dun-bar, Dusky Brocade, Dusky Thorn, Dwarf Pug, Early Grey, Early Thorn, Elephant Hawk, Engrailed, Fan-foot, Feathered Thorn, Figure of 80, Flame, Flame Carpet, Flame Shoulder, Flounced Rustic, Foxglove Pug, Freyer's Pug, Frosted Orange, Garden Carpet, Ghost, Gold Spangle, Gold Spot, Golden-rod Pug, Gothic, Green Arches, Green-brindled Crescent, Green Carpet, Green Pug, Green Silver Lines, Grey Arches, Grey Birch, Grey Chi, Grey Dagger, Grey Pine Carpet, Grey Pug, Grey Scalloped Bar, Heart and Dart,Hebrew Character, Herald, Ingrailed Clay, Iron Prominent, July Highflyer, Knot Grass, Large Emerald, Large Yellow Underwing, Lead-coloured Drab, Lempke’s Gold Spot  Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Lesser Common Rustic, Lesser Swallow Prominent, Light Arches, Light Emerald, Lime Hawk including Var Brunnea, Lunar Underwing, Lunar Marbled Brown, Lychnis, Marbled Beauty, Marbled Minor, March Moth, May Highflyer, Middle-barred Minor, Miller, Mottled Beauty, Mottled Rustic, Mottled Umber, Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet, November moth, Oak Beauty, Oak Hooktip, Ochreous Pug, Old Lady, Orange Sallow, Orange Swift, Orange Underwing, Pale Brindled Beauty, Pale Mottled Willow, Pale Pinion, Pale Prominent, Pale-shouldered Brocade, Pale Tussock (including dark variety), Peach Blossom, Pebble Hook Tip, Pebble Prominent, Peppered (including melanistic variety), Phoenix, Pink-barred Sallow, Plain Golden Y, Poplar Hawk, Powdered Quaker, Purple Bar

Purple Thorn, Red Underwing, Red-green Carpet, Red-lined Quaker, Riband Wave, Rivulet, Rosy Rustic, Ruby Tiger, Rufous Minor, Sallow,Sallow Kitten, Satin Beauty, Satellite, Scalloped Hazel (including var nigra), Scalloped Hook-tip, Scalloped Oak, Scarce Silver Lines, Scorched Wing, September Thorn, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Shaded Broad-bar, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Silver Y, Single-dotted Wave, Slender Brindle, Small Angle Shades, Small Fanfoot, Small Fan-footed Wave, Small Magpie, Small Phoenix, Small Quaker, Smoky Wainscot, Snout, Spectacle, Spruce Carpet, Square-spot Rustic, Straw Dot, Streamer, Swallow Prominent, Swallowtailed, Tawny-barred Angle, Treble Bar, True Lover’s Knot, Twin-spotted Quaker, V-pug, White Ermine, Willow Beauty, Winter moth, Wormwood Pug, Yellow-barred Brindle, Yellow-line Quaker, Yellow Shell


Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix (Pandemis ceranasa), Bird-cherry Ermine, Brown Grey (Scoparia ambigualis), Catopria margaritella, Diurnia fagella, Dipleurina lacustrata, Emmelina monodactyla, Garden Rose Tortrix, Green Oak Roller (Tortrix viridiana), Mother of Pearl, Plume (Stenophilia sp.), Pyrausta aurata,Spindle Ermine, 20-plume, Ypsolopha Sequella, Brown Grey Moth, Garden Pebble, Acleris shalleriana, Light Brown Apple Moth, Eudonia mercurella, Meal Moth, Marbled Orchard Tortrix, Cypress Tip, Acleris forsskaleana, Phyllonorycter geniculella, Eudonia mercurella, Brown House Moth, Bramble-shoot Moth, Anania coronata, Green Oak Roller, Carnation Tortrix, Tinea trinotella, White-shouldered House Moth, Argyresthia trifasciata, Epiblema cynosbatella, Eriocranaria subpurpurella, Ancylis badiana, Blastobasis lacticolella.

I haven't had time to put the micros in alphabetical order or give them their Linnean names but I will get round to doing that. As you can see, there are many more of them, thanks to my snazzy new Micro moth Bible. I'll do an overall count too, when I'm a little less tired, to compare with 200 on 18 June last year and 158 on 1 August 2009

My moth of the year is the Mottled Umber and I have stuck in a few recent pictures of some to relieve the listy nature of this post. Byeee, with a final picture of an underwing looking like a loveheart. Aaaaaah.


petoskystone said...

So many descriptive names, so many lovely creatures!

MartinWainwright said...

Hi there - sorry for delay in replying.

The names are wonderful, aren't they? A lot of thought has gone into many of them, especially the Linneaen versions which I keep trying to translate, not always very efficiently.

Just cleaning up the trap this morning after a night of heavy rain. Wouldn't want to be a moth in Leeds in late November...

All v best


staff said...

Martin, Hi. Enjoyed your R4 programme of several months ago. Can you tell me the title and author of the poem you used?

Banished To A Pompous Land said...

Pretty much wound down here too Martin, though really not that very cold yet. Not a trace of frost. But switching Banished's Bugs back into winter music mode until the real cold sets in and the interesting birds come back to my yard and pond.

Glad you had such a productive year despite what looked from here like an awful summer. My own summer was blighted by computer issues that kept me from posting as I should have.

Enjoy your winter and keep warm. By the way, Mrs. B has taken to reading your Guardian blog in a big way. The American is keeping the Brit up to speed with Northern news these days.

MartinWainwright said...

Hi Banished - MANY apologies. I have been sleeping on the blog... Only Winter Moths here now, but I've just Photoshopped a dead one I found, for Christmas.

Sorry for your computer probs but look forward to much more next year (and I retire in March so will be less busy). And maybe more mothy...

Respect to Mrs B!

Merriest Christmas, Martin

Staff, v sorry too - have temporarily answered your query on later post, but not yet fully, which I will soon