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Old Sunday 30th September 2018, 11:36   #26
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Wind is the determing factor here Aeshna, as you probably know, you don't get much if it's windy, add rain and low temp (10c day time max today) to that and it's not the best.

We're sat at 30.31413. longitude up here, what are you at?
Not sure about longitude but outer London. No wind or rain yesterday night, though former now picking up. In a small private nature reserve with oak woodland _ one of the traps in the meadow.
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Old Thursday 4th October 2018, 22:31   #27
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With the change to the new moon, the autumn moths are now appearing. I am getting increased numbers of Beaded Chestnut and now Feathered Thorn, Black Rustic and Pink-barred Sallow have appeared. But I have still not recorded Green-brindled Crescent, Merveille du Jour or even Sallow.

Occasional second (or even third) brood moths have appeared with Spectacle, Angle Shades, Shuttle-shaped Dart, etc.

A few pics attached - Plutella porrectella, Feathered Ranunculus, Large Ranunculus, Pink-barred Sallow and Black Rustic attached.

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Old Friday 5th October 2018, 08:37   #28
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Hi Paul,
in relation to your first shot, have you got a small pocket camera?

If you have, in the macro setting, select the icon with the Ladybird, known I think as 'stacking mode'. This will take a dozen, rapid fire shots at different focal lengths and stitch them together so that the final result will be that the whole moth is sharp, clever stuff.

Both Ranunculus species would be new for me.
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Old Friday 5th October 2018, 21:17   #29
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Cheers. Photo taken in horrible light.

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Old Saturday 6th October 2018, 17:00   #30
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A few from the last few nights, interestingly....Black Rustic and Barred Sallow I believe favour calcareous soils...and mines clay! Merveille du jour (I think my earliest) definitely in my top ten.

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Old Saturday 6th October 2018, 17:07   #31
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Probably a myth.
Didn't realised either of them mined clay
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Old Saturday 6th October 2018, 17:35   #32
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Probably a myth.
Didn't realised either of them mined clay
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Martin, I can only reference ''my bible''Lewingtons, and it does suggest that they both favour calcareous soil and grassland?

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Old Sunday 7th October 2018, 21:01   #33
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Very nice pics Ken.

Now Red-green Carpet, Blair's Shoulderknot, Chestnut, Green-brindled Crescent, Merveille du Jour, Chestnut, Red-line Quaker, etc this week so the colder weather appears to have finally triggered many autumn species.

(Still Clifden Nonpareils occurring locally but avoiding me.)

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Very nice pics Ken.

Now Red-green Carpet, Blair's Shoulderknot, Chestnut, Green-brindled Crescent, Merveille du Jour, Chestnut, Red-line Quaker, etc this week so the colder weather appears to have finally triggered many autumn species.

(Still Clifden Nonpareils occurring locally but avoiding me.)

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Must say Paul....the Green-brindled Crescent does look a "bit good".

As an aside, last night was the first night that I've trapped....and found a fat zero in the pot!...anybody else had that experience?

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Old Saturday 13th October 2018, 21:17   #35
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Still hoping for a biggie.... A few pics from the week - Sallow, Red-green Carpet & Rusty-dot Pearl.

A few odd things like emergences of Common Marbled Carpet, Swallowtail & Shuttle-shaped Darts. Also a Ringlet in the trap this week.

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Old Thursday 18th October 2018, 21:44   #36
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After an attempt with fingers & toes to catch up with numbers on various lists - Common Forest Looper from Cornwall (first attached pic) was my 809th British & Irish macro species & White-point (second pic attached) from a friend's garden was my 452nd patch macro species.

Also from the patch a few migrants being Delicate, Diamond-back & Scarce Bordered Straw.

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Old Monday 22nd October 2018, 20:37   #37
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No fancy moths here, but my fourth different patterned Yellow-line Quaker of the week. And a fantastic Autumn Mothing!


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Old Monday 22nd October 2018, 23:17   #38
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No pic till I've had time to process, but caught my first garden Merveille du Jour last night and was well chuffed. I don't often get round to running the trap in autumn twitching season, but various people mentioning their catches encouraged me. Only four moths in the trap: the aforementioned, a Large Yellow Underwing, a Turnip and a Shuttle-shaped Dart.

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Edit: here's the beastie. Cracking moth and for once I went to work with a smile.
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John - very nice.

Rob - no Yellow-line Quaker yet for me this year.
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Old Friday 26th October 2018, 22:25   #40
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Lots of gripping photos on here, lads. I've only just got round to seeing them after the usual intense 24/7 Scilly Season. I've a few interesting sightings to report from St Agnes and a few dodgy pics but I'll get round to it sometime soon when the clocks go back.
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Old Saturday 27th October 2018, 20:55   #41
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I've had a few migrants in the trap this autumn here at Titchfield Common, notably Pearly Underwing and an unexpected Oak Rustic, a first for the garden.

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I've been taking notice of insects for the past three/four summers but 2018 is the first time I've allowed this interest to extend into the autumn birding season. I'm glad I did. Long term Scilly moth-ers Dave Grundy and Robin Hemmings reported their best-ever season with several real rares in a British context. I saw the third Wedgling for UK (but it was too flighty for me to press for photos), a Dark Mottled Willow (less than 30 records, not photo'd cos it wasn't pretty enough) and some micro (20th for UK) with Zincsomething in its specific name (and two raised 'palps).

Waiting for me when I arrived on St Agnes in late September was a Marbled Beauty (photo one). Not having photo'd some of the common late autumn regulars before I then had fun with (in order) Feathered Ranunculus (Scilly form) Cypress Carpet and Black Rustic.
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Next, I was handed a Death's Head Caterpillar on the point of entering the chrysalis stage, a process it completed over the course of two or three days (photos one and two). Then we have a Clancy's Rustic, a male Gem (never did see a female) and a Red-line Quaker.
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And lastly, the best of the lot: a Silver-striped Hawkmoth caught on St Mary's that elicited a punch of the air from me next morning when I heard it was being shipped to St Agnes in exchange for a view of the Wedgling.
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Very nice selection. I must make an effort for a Wedgeling. A coloniser of Atlantic islands (I believe) so I am guessing that potential origin as with a number of our recent Monarchs.

Of course, photo one post 42 you mean Beautiful Marbled or Eublemma purpurina as it was known when Martin Cade identified it for the first time in Britain (August 2004). One of a few that I saw back then when they simply had a scientific name and one of a few that Martin identified only to be robbed of a first because someone identified an earlier one as a result of his identification.

My patch Silver-striped Hawkmoth from May 2011 attached attracted to a trap run overnight at the top of a quarry looking down the Severn Estuary in a southerly set in case of migrants. It was well away from anywhere allowing me to let out a celebratory bellow when I turned over the egg tray!

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I've had a few migrants in the trap this autumn here at Titchfield Common, notably Pearly Underwing and an unexpected Oak Rustic, a first for the garden.

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Oak Rustic has occurred a couple of times in Somerset this week including the first for the Bristol region. It is also appearing in East Anglia so generally expanding.

Personally not much of note though I finally got Yellow-line Quaker for the autumn so that attached together with a Red-line comparison and a Shoulder-knot comparison.

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Yes, Paul. I still get Beautiful Marbled and Marbled Beauty the wrong way round, both of them new for me this year. Thanks for providing some backstory to the first of the former for UK, didn't realise it was quite that recent. There were three on St Agnes this year over the course of three nights.
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