Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Monday, 3 February 2014
Saturday, 25 January 2014
On the left is Exidia thuretiana and can only be seen in this form after much rain.
On the right is Phellodon melaleucus in prime condition because it later turns dark and even black. Both were recorded from Netherton Green at Lion’s Den on Hall Lane.
This is Daldinia concentrica or Cramp ball and below is Sarcocypha coccinea or Scarlet elf cup. Both were seen at RSPB reserve at Middleton.
Friday, 24 January 2014
Friday, 17 January 2014
On the left is a garden carpet and on the right is a Blair’s shoulder knot. Nothing uncommon about these two moths, but both appeared on the morning of January 16th. The garden carpet is normally seen from April to September and the Blair’s shoulder knot in October and November. It is possible that both are late and somehow have survived the gales, rain and frost. Alternatively, they could have emerged from pupae early with the recent mild temperatures. Whatever has gone on has raised eyebrows of several expert “mothers”.
Monday, 13 January 2014
Friday, 3 January 2014
In 2012 this micro-moth was trapped and wrongly identified. It was thought to be new to the area and photographs were sent to the county recorder at Keele university. Re-examination by Dave Emley shows it is the Nationally scarce moth, Lampronia fuscatella.
It was 14mm long, it favours birch and was seen on 27th May. It is a first for the county and indeed is unknown in the Midlands and beyond. Most records are around the coast and along the Welsh border.
Clearly, the distinguishing feature is the orange-yellow tuft on the head and a slightly purplish sheen to the wings. It has a common name of “scarce bright”.
Monday, 19 August 2013
Cnephasia genitalana was seen on 13th August and again on 14th. It was verified by Mike Dale. This micro moth is known from southern and eastern counties of England and a few locations in south Wales. Why it turns up in Hammerwich is difficult to answer, but it could easily be overlooked or mis-identified by moth enthusiasts. There are three moths of very similar appearance. Its food plant is ragwort and buttercup and there is plenty in the parish. Another sort of treasure!
Cochylidia implicitana was trapped on August 10th, but it has taken a time to verify this moth. It is its first appearance in Staffordshire and is not known in the Midlands. Sightings have generally been near the south east coastal counties. It could well be a moth whose distribution is moving north and west.