Firstly I wish to draw your attention to a few changes to forum sightings kindly monitored by Tim Norriss of Hants & IOW Butterfly Conservation who has been my mentor during what has been a first year of placing more emphasis on moths in part due to weather conditions this year and also the need to build the website database which is still at "ground level".
"Silchester Common" 28 July 2012
The unnamed micro moth is in fact Celypha lacunana
The unnamed beetle found at Gait Barrows is a Red-breasted Carrion Beetle Oiceoptoma thoracica-a sinister name for such a pretty beetle but certainly an important member of the food chain.
"3rd Time Unlucky" 19 August 2012
Lesser Common Rustic is in fact a Common Rustic although genatalia examination is required to confirm the difference between the two species.
Common Footman was in fact a Dingy Footman the latter having broader wings-so thank again to Tim for pointing out my indiscretions.
Repeat moths seen over the past few days include Willow Beauty(5),Yellow-barred Brindle(1)Riband Wave(3)& Double-striped Pug(3)
The first moth is the well marked and well name Marbled Beauty which is a small moth with a max. wingspan of 25mm and is very well camouflaged as I missed it when first checking for moths.
Before I saw it behind the lens it seemed to be a member of the Scoparia genus although the wing shape was clearly different.
How people could walk past this beautiful moth that was screaming beauty on the fence astounds me but such is the pace of life that so many look and see nothing.Cant say it enough "The best things in life are free" Thank goodness for like minded people.
I found two of these moths this week so very lucky for sure
Found this one in the garden so no prizes for guessing this is the Garden Carpet.
Brooded between April and September one is likely to find a pristine individual at any time and this one was no exception.
No apologies for another Yellow-barred Brindle either as I love them but still havn't found that pristine individual, but getting closer.
I have requested confirmation and will addendum this when I have the information. In the meantime I will just be in awe of such a gorgeous moth.What one cant see from this photo is the sheen coming from this moth was like that from a silk tie, it was so stunning.