29th September 2015

Clear skies mean cold temperatures so not many moths in the trap. Pink-barred Sallow is always nice to see though.

Still a few Swallows over campus and several Siskins overhead too.

25th September 2015

The Buddleias outside the Library have proved very attractive to butterflies over the past week with up to 10 Red Admirals at one stage, plus Painted Lady and Small Tortoiseshell. A family of 5 Buzzards circled low over the Walled Garden while I was persuading a group of school kids about the beauty of moths - not easy when most in the trap were Large Yellow Underwings!
Red Admiral

Small Tortoiseshell

15th July 2015

A new Soldierfly Oxycera rara - in the moth trap of all places. Pretty little thing. Also Dioryctria abietella; both new to Keele and both local in distribution in the county. Other than that its very drab with Large Yellow Underwings, Dark Arches and Heart and Darts!

Dioryctria abietella

Oxycera rara

9th July 2015

A cold night so reduced numbers in the trap. There was a nice fresh Green Arches and Light Emerald though.

Green Arches

Light Emerald

2nd July 2015

Red-letter day today. Marasmarcha lunaedactyla the Crescent Plume-moth is a first for Staffordshire! It's a weird record as the species feeds on Rest Harrow which is a rare plant in North Staffs.

1st July 2015

Moth numbers at last starting to pick up but nothing "mega" yet. Still, it's nice to see those below.

Female Ghost Moth

The Miller

Peach Blossom

10th June 2015

Still very few moths in the trap - too cold at night. However one of the 3 last night was a new moth for Keele - the White-pinion Spotted. It's not uncommon in the county these days.