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The Butterflies and other insects of the U.K.

By Dave Hatton

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Last year was a season of some very mixed weather conditions. Summer and winter conditions in April, and generally unsettled during the rest of the year. That combined with the previous two wet autumn and winters, made it a poor year for butterflies and moths. My wife and I saw very few new species during 2015, however there were a few worthy of note. In June Tachystola acroxantha appeared in my garden for the second year running. Lozotaenia forsterana appeared for only the second time, I also found the caterpillar of this species feeding on garden Primula. Again for only the second time in my garden, I captured a Single-dotted Wave in my light trap, and my first ever Barred Yellow moth, since I came to live in Yorkshire.

   
 

Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, July 2015.

     

Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, June 2015.

 
 

During June we spent a week in Lincolnshire, where to be honest we saw very little out of the usual this time. There were a few micro moths that I found interesting, including a quite rare on for Lincolnshire (Pammene populana). Some of the other micro's that we saw were, the Pea Moth, the Plum Tortrix and Phalonidia affinitana and Teleiodes vulgella. Although we were a bit late for the Marsh Fritillary at Chambers Farm Wood, we did see some Broad-bordered Bee Hawk moths again. Never having seen a Shaded Pug before, I was very pleased to capture and photograph one on the Theddlethorpe Dunes, at Rimac. Also captured on the same day in the dunes was a Satyr Pug, Quite common on Hawthorn Pseudargyrotoza conwagana.

   

Still on the holiday theme we went to Lincolnshire for a second week at the end of August. This second week was less noteworthy than the June visit. We did see our only second ever Purple Bar at Rimac, in the same spot as last year. also seen was a Purple Hairstreak at Ostler's Plantation, Woodall Spa, again only the second that we have seen in Lincolnshire. Although butterfly numbers appeared to be improving by the late summer, the moths at home were still low in number. in July I caught my first ever Sallow Kitten in my light trap. Another scarce visitor to the trap was a July Highflyer, with new species for my garden, Blastodacna hellerella and Pammene fasciana. The main highlight of the summer was a confirmed Rufous Minor.

 
     

Shaded Pug, Rimac, Theddlethorpe Dunes, Lincs, June 2015

     
   

Later summer and autumn wasn't any better, but a few rare visitors turned up in my garden trap. My first ever Poplar Hawk Moth since I came to lived in Yorkshire. In the autumn I caught my only second ever Old Lady moth, and also new to the trap were Mompha ochraceella, The Fan-foot, migrant, Rusty Dot Pearl, also a first ever for me. Some the other scarce, and interesting species at home were the Varied Coronet, Dusky Brocade, Scalloped Oak, The Gothic, Small Fan-foot and Ypsolopha scabrella. Now with three very wet, and cool autumn winter periods behind us, and again April weather conditions being very up and down, I am wondering what 2016 holds in store for us. Good luck for moth watching during 2016.

   
 

Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, July 2015

     

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