Thursday, 10 June 2021

Garden Moths

 I have had the moth trap out on a few occasions lately and while the quantity of moths caught have not been great the quality is ok. Some of the moths I can identify, others I don’t have a clue.

I have had two Poplar Hawk-moths in the trap recently.

Lesser Swallow Prominent

Pine Beauty

Common Swift

Pale Tussock

Scalloped Hazel

Clouded Brindle?

Pale Shouldered Brocade

Rustic Shoulder-knot

Another Rustic Shoulder-knot

Brown Rustic

Common Pug

Another Common Pug

Geometridae Sp of Pug

Heart and Dart

My wife caught this one in the house so I took a picture of it. It is a Brown House Moth.

Bee Moth

Spruce Carpet?

This Black Sexton Beetle was in the trap one night.

This bee landed right next to where I was taking the pictures of the moths I thought it would be rude not to take its picture.


  1. Hi Ron, have had a look at the moths you're not sure about. The one you have marked as Clouded Brindle is a Clouded Bordered Brindle, then after that as follows :
    Pale-shouldered Brocade
    Rustic Shoulder-knot
    Rustic Shoulder-knot
    Brown Rustic
    Common Pug
    Common Pug
    Pug too worn to ID
    Moth your wife found is Brown House Moth
    Bee Moth
    and you're right Spruce Carpet.

  2. Thanks Alan I had an inkling about some of them but not sure enough to name them. You have been getting some cracking Shieldbugs recently I’m still looking but have been unlucky so far. I’ll keep trying.

    1. Yes, am targeting them this year to get as many instar stages as possible. You may know all this already but we've been looking on sunny aspect oak leaves around head height for Forest Bug nymphs, seeding dandelion heads for Sloe bugs, gorse for gorse bugs (obv.) any patch of sunny aspect brambles might have anything, hawthorns have been poor (only 1 bug spotted so far) and about now look at south-facing silver birch (dangling head height branches) for Birch, Parent or Bronze bugs, could be mating pairs, eggs on underside of leaves, small nymphs feeding on catkins, Parent bug will also have the adult there. That's what we mainly look at and we've been lucky so far. If you're doing that already then its just a matter of time. Cheers.

  3. Thanks for the advice I have tried most of the the things you have mentioned (even today) but as yet no luck but as you said it’s just a question of time.