In the afternoon a quick wander around the old homestead brought a number of bee species, including abundant numbers of Tree Bees (B. hypnorum), almost as numerous Carder Bees (B. pascuorum), and a few Early Bumblebees (B. pratorum) and Buff-tails (B. terrestris). As I looked for bugs amongst the herbaceous flowers I noted another species of Plasterer Bee, though unlike the yellow faced Hylaeus communis that I was seeing earlier in the month, these bees were white-faced. Unfortunately I didn't have a camera with me but a bit of study online suggests it was maybe H. hyalinatus, though as there are a number of white-faced species in this genus it is impossible to be certain.
|Varied Coronet (Hadena compta)|
Meanwhile, after enjoying an al fresco dinner on what was a warm and somewhat muggy evening, I came across a Varied Coronet moth (Hadena compta) hiding beneath one of the garden chairs. The specimen was lovely and fresh, the subtle colours and markings of this attractive moth species looking wonderful through the magnifying glass, and I had just enough time to grab a few photos before it flew away. This is only the third record of this species at Woldgarth, and the first since 2013, whilst the species status in Yorkshire is still considered scarce with just 102 previous records in VC61.
MOTHS (125W MV/Skinner, Woldgarth) - Warm and dry conditions meant it was a good night for the moths (at least by this years standards) with 67 of the little fellows being found in and around the home-made trap this morning, whilst the number of species represented was 25, by far and away the best night so far this year. Many of these species were new additions to the year list, though one of them was actually a new addition to my lifetime list, this coming in the shape and form of a Beautiful Golden Y (Autographa pulchrina), a species which had until now proved elusive here at Woldgarth. Interestingly Plain Golden Y is fairly common in comparison.
|Beautiful Golden Y (Autographa pulchrina)|
Other new additions included two of my favourite moths, with one each of Scorched Wing (Plagodis dolabraria) and a Green Silver-lines (Pseudoips prasinana), the latter being a bit of a Woldgarth specialist and usually recorded at least three or four times a year. A worn species of Apamea proved difficult to identify though in all likelihood was a Rustic-shoulder Knot (Apamea sordens), whilst other new additions to the macro year list included two Straw Dots (Rivula sericealis), and one each of Bright-line Brown-eye (Lacanobia oleracea), Clouded Silver (Lomographa temerata), Marbled Minor agg. (Oligia strigilis agg.), Ingrailed Clay (Diarsia mendica), Uncertain (Hoplodrina octogenaria) and Spectacle (Abrostola tripartita).
|Green Silver-lines (Pseudoips prasinana)|
In terms of numbers Heart & Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) dominated the trap with 19 of these always common moths being recorded, though Diamond-back Moths (Plutella xylostella) are also still proving to be fairly numerous with at least 11 of them in the trap. Pugs included three Mottled Pugs (Eupithecia exiguata) and two Common Pugs (Eupithecia vulgata), and other macro species recorded included five Scalloped Hazels (Odontopera bidentata), six Brimstones (Opisthograptis luteolata) and two Common Marbled Carpets (Dysstroma truncata). Finally micros otherwise not previously mentioned included a single Bee Moth (Aphomia sociella), two Light Brown Apple Moths (Epiphyas postvittana), and one each of Common Marble (Celypha lacunana), Brown House-moth (Hofmannophila pseudospretella), Brindled Flat-body (Agonopterix arenella) and Thistle Ermine (Myelois circumvoluta).
|Scorched Wing (Plagodis dolabraria)|
10.2 C to 22.6 C / 0.0 mm / 8.9 hours / SW 1-2
A warm and sunny day for the most part with temperatures climbing up into the low seventies (Fahrenheit), though in the afternoon the sunshine was somewhat more intermittent as cloud bubbled up. Feeling quite muggy as well with light winds and dew points in the mid-teens. Variable amounts of cloud in the evening and overnight.