Saturday, 26 May 2018

Nebo/ Cross Inn

Still not masses of moths - I seemed to get one of everything!

Flame, Knot Grass, Fox, Hebrew Character, White Ermine, Coronet, Pepper, Brown Silver-lines.

I've ID'd the pug as a Foxglove Pug but I'm open to suggestions......

Friday, 25 May 2018

Micropterix aruncella

After looking at hundreds of hawthorn flowers yesterday, I found four of these little beauties just sitting among the herbage on a hedge bank in Talybont.
Millimeter rule for scale. My eyesight can't be that bad then, can it?
Ina and Tony

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Seraphim and Scalloped Hazel f. nigra

Highlights from the last few nights include this dark Scalloped Hazel in the garden trap on Monday:
and a Seraphim last night:
with FFY Elephant HM, Small Square-spot, Ingrailed Clay, Marbled Minor, Tawny Shears and Buff-tip.
These Capua vulganas (as well as the "standard" form) were on bilberry up above Penrhyncoch. Sterling and Parsons doesn't do justice to the range of colouring that they show:

Tuesday, 22 May 2018


Last night was more productive than so far this year, we even had 3 micros! plus 15 macro species. The Treble-bar was only the 4th record for the garden, the last was in 2014. Amongst the rest was a Marbled Brown, Treble Lines, Iron Prominent, Small Square-spot, Brindled, Foxglove, and Oak-tree Pug, Flame Shoulder, Clouded Drab. The little 'uns were Bactra lancealana, Epiblema scutulana, and Glyphipterix fuscoviridella.
Tony & Ina

Treble-bar (underside)

Treble Lines

Small Square-spot

Monday, 21 May 2018

Cwmtydu butterflies

On Saturday I visited Cwm Tydu. Walking up the coast path towards Craig Caerllan an unexpected male Brimstone butterfly flew past and the were many Speckled Yellow's around the gorse. Heading down the field below Pen-y-graig, better still two Dingy Skippers, one of which posed nicely. In the valley I saw about 6 Pearl-bordered Frits including a male and female together.

Talybont Woodland Moths

Not as good a catch as we were expecting last night but none the less for that.
The first Scoparia ambigualis I have seen this year and Epinotia immundana were the only micros.
Sixteen macro species; White-pinion Spotted, Brown Silver-line, Brindled Pug, Water Carpet, Scalloped Hazel, Brimstone, Flame Shoulder, Sandy Carpet, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Buff-tip, Clouded Silver, Bright-line Brown-eye, Least Black Arches, Pale Tussock and Muslin Moth.
Ina and Tony

Bright-line Brown-eye

Epinotia immundana

Least Black Arches - with Stigmella aurella mine

Lunar Thorn

Muslin Moth

Sandy Carpet

Shuttle-shaped Dart

ID puzzle for Monday morning.