Lots of wainscots

Brenda writes: “It was an exciting night in the moth trap and I was glad to have James on hand. He arrived late last night in preparation for today’s quartet rehearsal and we had a look in the trap before turning in. It was lovely to see two swallow-tailed moths and the micro garden pebble, evergestis forficalis. In addition to common wainscot we had our first shoulder-striped wainscot, a moth we saw a lot in Scotland.

common wainscot
shoulder-striped wainscot

James was very excited by a third – a shore wainscot, which the field guide says is¬†nationally scarce. Given that its habitat is coastal dunes it’s in the right place here!

A shore wainscot – wings blurred as it was revving up

I was gutted to discover that I was making a rookie error identifying brown-line bright-eye as white point.

brown-line bright-eye

I did know that the clay, which also has a white dot on its wing, was a new species for this year.


Amongst the other new species were archer’s dart and a very smart micro, variegated golden tortrix (archips xylosteana). In all, 11 new moths today.”

archer’s dart

New species for June 26th:
Moths: swallow-tailed moth, evergestis forficalis (garden pebble), archer’s dart, archips xylosteana (variegated golden tortrix), shore wainscot, yellow-tail, brown-line bright-eye, clay, uncertain, dwarf cream wave, agapeta hamana

Birds = 203
Moths = 142
Wildflowers = 215