Sunday, 19 May 2019

Talybont garden

A much better night for the garden gave us 29 macro moth species and 3 micros. Firsts for this year were Brimstone Moth, Pale Tussock, Small Phoenix, Common Lutestring, Flame Carpet, White-spotted Pug, Foxglove Pug, Garden Carpet, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Marbled Coronet (first garden record since 2010), Sandy Carpet, and Ochreous Pug (2 of them, only other garden record in 2016). The micros were mostly LBAM, Diamond Back, and Cydia ulicetana.
Tony & Ina
Marbled Coronet

Ochreous Pug

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Aberystwyth Seraphim

Leaning out of the bedroom window with the net at full extension I retrieved this Seraphim (shouldn't just one of them be a Seraph?) from high up on the house wall:

Other macros attracted to the trap included White-spotted Pug and Grey Birch (garden first). Among the micros, Eudonia angustea, Argyresthia cupressella (2), Caloptilia azaleella and Aspilapteryx tringipennella.


Twenty four species last night, not including the ones that got away, and only three May Bugs! Hooray!!
Cinnabar moths attracted to the light, probably an under-estimate of 33.
Green Carpet flying off very easily so again there were probably more than the 17 we counted.
Singles of Rustic Shoulder-knot, Pebble Prominent, Eyed Hawkmoth, Shears, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Purple Bar, Common Marbled Carpet and a very worn Brindled Pug.
Other larger moths - Heart & Dart, Ruby Tiger, Common Wave, Treble Lines, Shuttle-shaped Dart, 3 late'ish Shoulder Stripe, Brown Rustic, Flame Shoulder and Common Pug.
Micros - Cochylis atricapitana, Crambus pratella, Agonopterix yeatiana, Scoparia pyralella and a Coleophora (that can be one of at least 8.)

Some very bad photos below, our so called Tough camera turned out to be not so though after all!
Ina and Tony

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Good night at Bontgoch

In sharp contrast to last weekend there were moth a'plenty at Bontgoch last night. 42 spp of macros including my first Small Elephant-hawk for some years and fresh specimens of Marbled Coronet and Treble bar.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Rustic Shoulder-knot

A rather quiet night down by the coast produced only 12 macro species. Good to see the Rustic Shoulder-knot, nationally common but scarce in Ceredigion. Others included Spectacle, Treble Lines, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Flame Shoulder, Common Pug and lots of Brown Silver-line.
Tony & Ina

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

A change from Hebrew Characters

Having had several nights more or less confined to Hebrew Characters, nice to have something else in the trap this morning. There was also the first Poplar Hawk of the year

Thursday, 9 May 2019

The Larger Moths of Ceredigion

I have updated this document to include all records received up to end of 2018. To access it you need to go to the "Documents" page on this Blog and follow the instructions there. This is a very large document so I suggest that you download it to make any future reference to it more straightforward and quicker.

Please let me know if you have any problems accessing the document.