Over in Odiham topping up I couldnt resist a check at the underpass and was rather surprised to see a Water Carpet on the 9th February when my first arrival last year was the 5th April. With the sun out as well it made me think of what's to come. There were two other moths which were a repeat of earlier sighting namely a Dotted Border and Winter Moth.
Wishing to keep everyone up to date with the latest species contributions,which once again come from Tim Norris, with much gratitude.
All have been taken in Spain and are either scarce species , or immigrants to this country.
They have now been added to the website, although as usual the write-ups have yet to be written,and I thought I was catching up.
In among this latest lists are a couple of Butterflies namely the Cleopatra and Monach which are very nice shots indeed.Thanks Tim.
A sample of the butterflies and moth recent additions shown below
Reported recently in the Entomologist Record J.Var. 128 (2016) is a new British moth collected in Abbey Wood,south east London on the 9 November 2015.
A visual cross between a Snout and a Vestral the moth is Hypena lividalis with a wingspan c19-26mm . With the genus name referring to Snout it has a long palps with upward curve at the tip.
The wings are straight with a cross line starting at the costa three quarters along and joining the dorsum at the middle. The basal side is light brown whereas the posterior end is white with black speckles. Hindwings are also white with black speckles. Forewing is slightly hooked.
The moth is present around the entire periphery of Iberia, including border with France, along the Mediterranean coastal band of France, the Islands of the Mediterranean, Italy, eastern side of Adriatic in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Albania, Greece and the Aegean Islands. Recently confirmed in Bulgaria.
The moth is recorded as a migrant as far north as Denmark where five have been recorded.
The moth is described as an Afro-tropical species with mainly circum–tropical distribution, the moth photo below being taken by Tim Norris - http://www.butterfliesofcuba.com/ in Cuba
In the report it is suggested the vernacular name be Chevron Snout and in the new British checklist (Agassiz,et al 2013) it should be inserted between Hypena obsitalis and before Bomolocha crassalis with the number being 72.0061
Further information on "Entomologist Record and journal of variation" website at http://www.entrecord.com/