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The Butterflies and other insects of the U.K.

By Dave Hatton

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2014 HIGHLIGHTS and SUMMARY

 

 

 

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Many species and moths and butterflies were low in number, especially in the spring, and early summer. I am sure this was down to the exceptionally wet and stormy winter of 2013/2014. Many larvae and pupae will have drowned in the excessively wet conditions. I was pleased to see several Mullein Moth emerge in April from larvae that I had reared. In my garden at home the return of the Clouded Drab was good news, it had been absent for three seasons. Two new micro's for my home trap were, Gracillaria syringella and Elachista apicipunctella. Shopping for garden plants produced a Lily Beetle at the local Homebase Store in Leeds. Hundreds of Marbled White were seen, and I took my first photograph of a Chimney Sweeper Moth at Brockadale, North Yorkshire.

   
 

Mullein Moth, from a larva found in Norfolk in 2013.

     

Marbled White female, Brockadale, Yorkshire, June 2014.

 
 

During 2014 we had two one week long holidays in Lincolnshire, as well as two long weekends. In May we saw our first Fourteen-spot Ladybirds and Micropterix calthella. Later in June at Chambers Farm Wood we saw our first Marsh Fritillary, an emerging Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly and a large number of Cardinal Beetles. We spotted Celypha cespitana at Ostler's Plantation. While visiting Rimac on the Theddlethorpe Dunes we noted Purple Bar, Pea Moth, Pammene aurana and Burnet Companion was very common. Later in August, again at Rimac we saw several Gold Spot and Apotomis capreana. In Southrey Wood we noted a Corizus hyoscyami bug, Nysius senecionis and Red Admiral butterflies were very numerous.

   

Also in August we saw one Clouded Yellow butterfly, in the BC 'Butterfly Garden', in Chambers Farm Wood. At Rimac we saw many Shaded Broad-bar, Common Blue, a couple of Essex Skippers, a single Straw Dot, and a Painted Lady. We had a bit of luck on the coast in September, a group of LWT & BC volunteers were searching for Marsh Moth larvae (a Red Data Book species), and they allowed us to photograph their captive specimens. On the coast there were still quite a few butterflies around, the Red Admiral, Small White and Common Blue being the most common. We also saw the Chevron moth and Vapourer during our September visit. Gibraltar Point produced two more Painted Lady, and back at our hotel I saw a very fresh looking Marbled Beauty

 
     

Marsh Fritillary, Little Scrubs Meadow, Lincolnshire, June 2014

     
   

Later in the summer my home trap caught my very first Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing. Also new to my garden were Buff Arches, Snout, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Acompsia cinerella, Bryotropha domestica, Honeysuckle Moth, Expate congelatella, Coleophora lutipennella, Grapholita tenebrosana, and Cydia splendana. Expate Congelatella, was only the second I have seen at home. My trap caught between seven and nine specimens of Tachystola acroxantha. This moth is gradually spreading north, and has only been seen twice before in Yorkshire, both times in 2012. The wet autumn this year meant there were very few nights in late October and November suitable for trapping, though I did catch a nice Red-green Carpet.

   
 

Clouded Silver, Gibraltar Point, Lincolnshire, June 2014

     

Lily Beetle, Homebase Store, Greengates, Leeds, May 2014

 
             
 

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