Thursday, 23 February 2017

Brindled Beauties

Carolyn and Evan's post started me looking again at the state of these three species: Brindled Beauty, Pale Brindled Beauty and Small Brindled Beauty. They all have similar flight periods, habitat, larval foodplants and life cycle. They are all present in Ceredigion although their national status, according to Waring" is different, ie. Small Brindled Beauty is "Local S,(C)", Pale Brindled Beauty is "Common T", and Brindled Beauty is "Common S,C,(N)". The following maps show the distribution of the three species in Ceredigion.




The following graphs show the number of Ceredigion records per year for each species over the 50 years to 2015. There are separate lines on the graphs for: non-Rothamsted(RIS) records, RIS records from Ian's trap at Tregaron (which he has operated for the last 40 years), and all other RIS traps which have run in several different places for varying amounts of time.

Brindled Beauty


Pale Brindled Beauty


Small Brindled Beauty
I am not sure what, if any, conclusions can be drawn from this!

Tony

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Another Small Brindled Beauty

Thanks to Ina's recent blog we now realise that the rather small Brindled Beauty that we caught in our garden trap two nights ago was indeed a Small Brindled Beauty.  We discounted it after some discussion as we thought it was restricted to southern regions but with hindsight now it ticked all the boxes.  The rest of our catch included Dotted Border, Spring Usher, Pale Brindled Beauty and two slightly early moths - Early Grey and Mottled Grey, the latter unfortunately could only be photographed posthumously!   The only micro was Tortricodes alternella.

Carolyn & Evan

Small Brindled Beauty

Early Grey

Mottled Grey



Monday, 20 February 2017

Angle Shades

I ran my first trap of February last night and found 2 moths in the trap this morning - a Common Quaker and a Hebrew Character - plus this Angle Shades was outside the trap...

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Signs of spring in Aberystwyth

My garden trap managed six moths last night: Early Moth (1), Hebrew Character (2), Common Quaker (2) and Double-striped Pug (1):

Water Carpet at Coed Maidie

We ran two 6W Heath traps on this Wildlife Trust reserve last night. This morning we showed the moths to the volunteers who joined the work party to attack some of the encroaching bramble. We had only 25 moths of 7 species, 4 of which were firsts for us for the year. They were Early moth (3), Engrailed (2), Water carpet and Grey shoulder-knot. This was the second earliest county record for Water carpet, and the sixth earliest for Engrailed. The others were Dotted border (15), Chestnut (2), and Tortricodes alternella.
Water carpet

Dotted border

Early moth


Engrailed

Grey shoulder-knot
Thanks to Em and Julia for organising the work party and especially thanks to those who came along to help with this work which is vital for conserving the species diversity on the reserve.

Tony & Ina

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Dotted Border - Nebo, Cross Inn

I have trapped my first moth! Sorry about the poor photo but I put it down to the gusty wind...

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Ynys-hir Woodland

Seven macro moth species and four micro (147individuals) last night at Ynys-hir. The main highlight was two Small Brindled Beauty, this is only the thirteenth record from three sites in the county since 2000.
The first appearance for us of March moth and Oak Beauty, one of the Ooo moths!
The four micro species were one each of Agonopterix ocellana, Acleris hyemana, Acleris ferrugana/notana and 56 Tortricodes alternella...no shortage of that species!
Acleris hyemana

Agonopterix ocellana

March Moth

Small Brindled Beauty

Small Brindled Beauty



Spring Usher