Thursday, 4 June 2020

Two Geometers

Mothing can be addictive, maybe it should carry a health warning!
     We have noticed a lot of interest in moths during these last few weeks of virus lockdown.  I hope just a few will continue to record the moths in their gardens in the future.
It is also a fascinating hobby that can add some valuable information and statistics to the world of nature and particularly insect pollinators.
     At this time of year moth numbers are increasing and on a warm night the numbers can be overwhelming to the beginner.  If this is you please don't give up. In my experience more people give up at the busy time of year than any other, as what looks like a simple identification turns out to be nothing of the sort. You may have more time on your hands but spending half a day trying to see the difference in two moths can be disheartening.
So a quick pointer to two of the most common, larger geometridea. Just look underneath the wing-tip.
Ina and Tony.
Mottled Beauty - Outer edges of h/w wavy & scalloped
F/w length 19-26mm

Willow Beauty (top) has pale square at wing tip.
Mottled Beauty (bottom) uniformly mottled.

Willow Beauty - Two centre f/w crosslines converge at trailing edge
F/w length 17-24mm.

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Clay Triple-lines

Another good night's catch near a beech woodland in our valley included this Clay Triple-lines - a first for us.

Carolyn & Evan

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Small Clouded Brindle

Tony tells me that I recorded one of these at Llawrcwrt in 1992 and again in 2017. Even so it took me some time to find it in the book. It must be one of the Lepidoptrists equivalents to the Ornothologists "little brown job".

Nebo/ Cross Inn

Recently I've had a selection of Hawkmoths - Elephant, Small Elephant, Eyed, Poplar but for a photo you can't beat the Buff Tip (in my opinion!)

Saturday, 30 May 2020


Lots of moths in the garden trap, but 169 of them were Heart and Darts. Cydia fagiglandana and Neofaculta ericetella and a probable Nematopogon schwarziellus were new for the garden. Poplar Grey, Small Magpie, Agapeta zoegana and Cydia pomonella were new for the year.


Just a selection of the moths we caught after a very warm night.

Carolyn & Evan

Beautiful Snout

Clouded Buff

Four-dotted Footman

Green Silver-lines

Square Spot

My 200th

For a while I have been stuck on 199 species recorded at my house in Cross Inn.
Last night, as I was getting ready for bed I was delighted to find the 200th resting on the mirror. My first Angle Shades.