Thursday, 3 April 2014

1764 Chloroclysta truncata - Common Marbled Carpet




Two of the common variations this species has

Status: Common.

Habitat/Food plant: Occurring around many wide ranging habitats where the larvae feeding on a wide ranging variety of plants including Sallow, Birch, Bramble, Heather, Privet and Hawthorn.

Broods/flight period: Double brooded, flying in May and June then again from August till October.

1999 - 2018 garden records: Both generations have shown up in stable numbers here, especially so the larger autumn brood.

Earliest date: 5th May 2014.

Latest date: 22nd November 2014.

Peak count: 9 moths, one night in 2012.


1765 Cidaria fulvata - Barred Yellow



Status: Annual in small numbers.

Habitat/Food plant: Open broadleaved woodland, open calcareous grassland and hedgerows etc. The larval food plants are Dog-rose, Burnet Rose and probably other cultivated Rose.

Broods/flight period: Single brooded, flying in June and July.

1999 - 2018 garden records: Their numbers have remained fairly stable throughout.

The annual counts have been:

1999 = ?     2000 = 3.     2001 = 12.     2002 = 5.     2003 = 9.     2004 = 9.     2005 = 8.     2006 = 9.    2007 = 6.     2008 = 3.     2009 = 10.    2010 = 15.     2011 = 7.     2012 = 15.  

2013 = 10.  2014 = 7.    2015 = c.20.   2016 = 13.   2017 = 7.

Earliest date: 16th May 2012.

Latest date: 26th July 2013.

Peak count: 4 moths, on both 2010 and 2012.


1766 Plemyria rubiginata rubiginata - Blue-bordered Carpet

Status: Rare.

Habitat/Food plant: Damp woodland, flood meadows etc. The larval food plants are mainly Alder and Blackthorn.

Broods/flight period: Single brooded, flying from late June till August.

1999 - 2018 garden records: Only two records here, on 14th July 2000 and 12th June 2015.

Earliest date: n/a.

Latest date: n/a.

Peak count: n/a.


1767 Thera firmata - Pine Carpet



Status: Rare.

Habitat/Food plant: Coniferous woodland and plantations. The larval food plants are Scott's Pine and Corsican Pine.

Broods/flight period: Single brooded, flying from July till November.

1999 - 2018 garden records: One record here, taken on 28th October 2011.

Earliest date: n/a.

Latest date: n/a.

Peak count: n/a.


1768 Thera obelisciata - Grey Pine Carpet





Status: Unknown ... probably scarce?

Habitat/Food plant: They occur in coniferous woodland where the larvae feed upon various Pines, Spruce, Firs etc.

Broods/flight period: Double brooded, flying from may till July then September till November.

1999 - 2018 garden records: Unsure? I may have misidentified some among the Spruce Carpets in the past?

Earliest date: ?

Latest date: ?

Peak count: ?


1769 Thera britannica - Spruce Carpet



Status: Annual in small numbers.

Habitat/Food plant: A moth that occurs in coniferous woodland and other habitats such as parkland too. The larval food plants are various coniferous trees.

Broods/flight period: Double brooded, on the wing from May till July then September till November.

1999 - 2018 garden records:

The annual counts have been:

1999 = 0.    2000 = 0.    2001 = 1.    2002 = 0    2003 = 0.    2004 = 1.    2005 = 2.    2006 = 2.    2007 = 2.    2008 = 3.    2009 = 3.    2010 = 7.    2011 = 5.    2012 = 2.  

2013 = 2.    2014 = 2.    2015 = 1.    2016 = 1.   2017 = 1.

Earliest date: 9th May 2011.

Latest date: 12th November 2010.

Peak count: 2 moths on three dates.


1769a Thera vetustata - Fir Carpet


An insurance shot of a species that to be honest I didn't know even existed when I opened up the traps on that fateful day. A full year later I then spotted an awfully similar looking thing on the Portland Birds Ob's Website ... a rather hasty check of my previous years photos, hoping beyond hope that I hadn't deleted the images taken at the time, and hey presto there is was ... a third sighting for the UK at the time. Up till now [summer of 2018] I believe there's only been one other? 

Status: Nationally rare migrant ... very few records, perhaps only four up until 2016?

Habitat/Food plant: Silver Fir on the Continent.

Broods/flight period: Double brooded, April - June then July - October.

1999 - 2018 garden records:

One taken on 12th June 2015 wasn't identified until July 2016 (from photos) after the capture of the third UK record in Dorset. The others occurred in Sussex in October 2011 and somewhere else ... hee hee ...

Earliest date: n/a

Latest date: n/a

Peak count: n/a


1771a Thera cupressata Cypress Carpet




Status: Rare.

Habitat/Food plant: Parkland and gardens where the food plant Cypress grow.

Broods/flight period: Two generations, flying in late June/July then again from October till November.

1999 - 2018 garden records: A recent addition to the Thanet insect scene, first showing up here on 2nd July 2015,

2015 = 2.   2016 = 8.   2017 = 8+.

Earliest date: 3rd June 2016.

Latest date: 6th November 2015.

Peak count: singles only.


1776 Colosstygia pectinataria - Green Carpet



The common green form


the less common brownish form

Status: Taken most years in very small numbers ... perhaps increasing here?

Habitat/Food plant: A moth that occurs in most habitats. The larval food plants are various Bedstraws and perhaps also Cleavers?

Broods/flight period: Double brooded, flying from May till July then again in August and September.

1999 - 2018 garden records:

The annual counts have been:

1999 = 0.    2000 = 0.    2001 = 0.    2002 = 1.    2003 = 1.    2004 = 2.    2005 = 1.    2006 = 1.    2007 = 3.    2008 = 0.    2009 = 0.   2010 = 1.    2011 = 2.    2012 = 6.  

2013 = 5.    2014 = 0.    2015 = 1.   2016 = 0.    2017 = 1.

Earliest date: 17th May 2007.

Latest date: 17th September 2003.

Peak count: Singles only.


1777 Hydriomena furcata - July Highflyer



Status: Almost annual, numbers vary greatly here from year to year.

Habitat/Food plant: Woodland and scrubby places. The larval food plants include Hazel, Sallow, Creeping Willow, Bilberry and Heather.

Broods/flight period: Single brooded, flying in July and August.

1999 - 2018 garden records: The year on year totals have increased somewhat here ...

The annual counts have been:

 1999 = 0.    2000 = 0.    2001 = 3.    2002 = 0.    2003 = 2.    2004 = 3.    2005 = 2.    2006 = 5.    2007 = 0.    2008 = 2.    2009 = 7.   2010 = 3.    2011 = 6.    2012 = 1.  

2013 = 10.   2014 = 1.   2015 = 10.   2016 = 3.    2017 = 1.

Earliest date: 21st June 2011.

Latest date: 3rd August 2013.

Peak count: 4 moths, taken on 10th July 2006.


1778 Hydriomena impluviata - May Highflyer



Status: Notable.

Habitat/Food plant: Damp places, woodland etc.

Broods/flight period: Single brooded, flying from may till early July.

1999 - 2018 garden records:

The annual counts have been:

1999 = 0.    2000 = 1.    2001 = 1.    2002 = 0.    2003 = 2.    2004 = 2.    2005 = 0.    2006 = 0.    2007 = .    2008 = 1.    2009 = 1.   2010 = 2.    2011 = 1.    2012 = 0.  

2013 = 1.    2014 = 2.    2015 = 4.    2016 = 0.    2017 = 3.

Earliest date: 15th May 2017.

Latest date: 6th July 2015.

Peak count: Singles only.


1781 Horisme vitalbata - Small Waved Umber



Status: Notable in recent years. They have declined in numbers here since 2009.

Habitat/Food plant: Open woodland, scrub and hedgerows. The larval food plant is Traveller's-joy.

Broods/flight period: Double brooded, flying in May and June then again in August.

1999 - 2018 garden records:

The annual counts have been:

1999 = 1.    2000 = 1.    2001 = 3.    2002 = 0.    2003 = 2.    2004 = 2.    2005 = 8.    2006 = 4.    2007 = 3.    2008 = 6.    2009 = 6.   2010 = 0.    2011 = 1.    2012 = 1.  

2013 = 0.    2014 = 1.    2015 = 4.    2016 = 0.    2017 = 1.

Earliest date: 27th May 2005.

Latest date: 1st September 2008.

Peak count: 2 moths, one night in 2007.


1782 Horisme tersata - Fern



Status: Once quite notable, now annual.

Habitat/Food plant: Open woodland, hedgerow and scrub. The larval food plant is Traveller's-joy.

Broods/flight period: Single brooded, flying from May till August.

1999 - 2018 garden records:

The annual counts have been:

1999 = 0.    2000 = 0.    2001 = 1.    2002 = 1.    2003 = 2.    2004 = 1.    2005 = 1.    2006 = 0.    2007 = 3.    2008 = 1.    2009 = 0.   2010 = 1.    2011 = 2.    2012 = 7.  

2013 =12.    2014 = 7.    2015 = 7.   2016 = 1.   2017 = 3.

Earliest date: 5th May 2014.

Latest date: 13th September 2005.

Peak count: Up to 2 moths in both 2012 and 2013.


1784 Melanthia procellata - Pretty Chalk Carpet



Status: Notable.

Habitat/Food plant: Woodland, scrub, hedgerows. The larval food plant is Traveller's-joy.

Broods/flight period: Single brooded, on the wing from June till late August/early September.

1999 - 2018 garden records: Taken here on ten occasions, once in 2002 then twice in 2006, twice in 2007, once in 2008, 2009 and 2010, twice in 2014 and 11th August 2017.

Earliest date: 18th May 2014.

Latest date: 16th September 2006.

Peak count: Singles only.


1786 Spargania luctuata - White-banded Carpet

Status: Rare.

Habitat/Food plant: Broad woodland rides etc. The larval food plants are Willowherbs, mainly Rosebay Willowherb.

Broods/flight period: Double brooded, flying in May and June then July and August.

1999 - 2018 garden records: Two records here, both single moths taken on 14th August 2000 and 25th June 2004.

Earliest date: n/a.

Latest date: n/a.

Peak count: n/a.


1789 Rheumaptera undulata - Scallop Shell



Status: Rare.

Habitat/Food plant: Damp woodland and Sallow scrub. The larval food plants are Sallow, Aspen and Bilberry.

Broods/flight period: One generation, flying in June and July.

1999 - 2018 garden records: Two records, taken on 14th July 2010 and 21st August 2016.

Earliest date: n/a.

Latest date: n/a.

Peak count: n/a.


1792 Philerme transversata - Dark Umber



Status: Rare.

Habitat/Food plant: Woodland, scrub and hedgerows. The larval food plant is Buckthorn.

Broods/flight period: Single brooded, flying in July and August.

1999 - 2018 garden records: Three records here, on 23rd July 2006, 26th July 2008 and 4th July 2018.

Earliest date: n/a.

Latest date: n/a.

Peak count: n/a.


1793 Euphyia biangulata - Cloaked Carpet



Status: Rare.

Habitat/Food plant: Damp mossy woodland, rocky ravines etc. The larval food plants are Stitchworts.

Broods/flight period: Single brooded, flying from late June till August.

1999 - 2018 garden records: One record here, taken on 9th July 2006.

Earliest date: n/a.

Latest date: n/a.

Peak count: n/a.

Epirrita


1795 Epirrita dilutata - November Moth



Status: Annual in small numbers.

Habitat/Food plant: Broadleaved woodland, scrub, hedgerows and gardens. The larval food plants are stated as 'most' broadleaved trees and shrubs.

Broods/flight period: Single brooded, flying in October and November.

1999 - 2018 garden records:

The annual counts have been:

1999 = 6.     2000 = 1.     2001 = 12.     2002 = 5.     2003 = 20.     2004 = 15.     2005 = 15.    2006 = 20.     2007 = 1.     2008 = 2.     2009 = 8.    2010 = 1.    2011 = 12.    2012 = 3.  

2013 =10.    2014 = 30.   2015 = 15.    2016 = 10.    2017 = 5.

Earliest date: 13th October 2013.

Latest date: 29th November 2014.

Peak count: 7 moths, one night in 2014.


Operophtera


1799 Operophtera brumata - Winter Moth



Status: Usually of note here.

Habitat/Food plant: 'Wherever there are trees away from high altitude' so states the book! The larval food plants include Birch, Alder, Beech, Apple, Cherry and Plum.

Broods/flight period: Single brooded, flying mainly between November and January.

1999 - 2018 garden records:

The annual counts have been:

1999 = 0.    2000 = 0.    2001 = 0.    2002 = 4.    2003 = 9.    2004 = 1.    2005 = 1.    2006 = 1.    2007 = 4.    2008 = 3.    2009 = 2.   2010 = 3.    2011 = 3.    2012 = 0.  

2013 = 0.    2014 = 1.    2015 = 1     2016 = 1.    2017 = 0.

Earliest date: 20th November 2009.

Latest date: 17th January 2006.

Peak count: 3 moths, on 25th December 2002.


1802 Perizoma affinata - Rivulet

Status: Rare.

Habitat/Food plant: Open woodland, hedgerows, roadside verges etc. The larval food plant is the flowers and seeds of Red Campion.

Broods/flight period: Two generations, flying from late May till July then again in August and September.

1999 - 2018 garden records: One record, taken on 7th June 2003.

Earliest date: n/a.

Latest date: n/a.

Peak count: n/a.


1803 Perizoma alchemillata - Small Rivulet




Status: Scarce.

Habitat/Food plant: Quiet varied, woodland, hedgerows, marshland etc. The larval food plants are Common Hemp-nettle and possibly Hedge Woundwort.

Broods/flight period: Single brooded, flying from early June till August.

1999 - 2018 garden records: Six records with three occurring in 2010 alone. The dates were: 3rd August 2004, 19th August 2005, 2nd August 2010, 11th August 2010, 25th August 2010 and 10th July 2015.

Earliest date: 10th July 2015.

Latest date: 25th August 2010.

Peak count: Single moths only.


1804 Perizoma bifasciata - Barred Rivulet



Status: Scarce.

Habitat/Food plant: Most numerous on chalk downland and other calcareous places with short turf. The larval food plants are the ripening seeds of Red Bartisia and Eyebright.

Broods/flight period: Single brooded, flying in July and August.

1999 - 2018 garden records: Six records here, taken on 1st August 2003, 18th August 2007, 8th August 2008, 30th July 2009, 31st July 2009 and 2nd August 2010.

Earliest date: 30th July 2009.

Latest date: 18th August 2007.

Peak count: Singles only.


1807 Perizoma albulata Grass Rivulet




Status: Rare.

Habitat/Food plant: Grasslands, usually on calcareous soils, dune slacks and coastal shingle.

Broods/flight period: Single brooded, on the wing from May till early July.

1999 - 2018 garden records: Three records, taken on 25th June 2015, 29th May 2017 and 15th June 2017.

Earliest date: n/a.

Latest date: n/a.

Peak count: n/a.

1807 Perizoma flavofasciata Sandy Carpet



My only sighting of Sandy Carpet here which flew off before I could set it up for a proper photo. All I have is this overly naff insurance shot.

Status: Rare.

Habitat/Food plant: Open woodland, mature hedgerows, calcareous grassland and sand dunes.

Broods/flight period: Single brooded, on the wing in June and July.

1999 - 2018 garden records: Two records, taken on 5th July 2018 and 16th July 2018.

Earliest date: n/a.

Latest date: n/a.

Peak count: n/a.


1809 Perizoma didymata didymata - Twin-spot Carpet



Status: Scarce.

Habitat/Food plant: Woodland and moorland. The larval food plants are varied including Heather, Sallow, Greater Stitchwort, Red Campion, Willowherbs and Cow Parsley.

Broods/flight period: Single brooded, flying in July and August.

1999 - 2018 garden records: Three records, taken on 10th August 2005, 11th August 2010 and 4th July 2012.

Earliest date: 4th July 2012.

Latest date: 11th August 2010.

Peak count: Singles only.