Monday, 7 January 2019

Spring Ushers

A wet and dark morning produced about 200 moths in and around 2 small Heath traps in woodland at Ynys-hir. Most surprising was the number of Spring Ushers, 55, normally their numbers peak in February. Other macros were: Mottled Umber (47), Winter Moth (59), Chestnut (13), Dark Chestnut (1), Dotted Border (2), Northern Winter Moth (2), Mottled Grey (2), Pale Brindled Beauty (3). The micros were: Tortricodes alternella (10), Acleris literana (1) and Diamond-back (1).
Tony & Ina
Mottled Grey

Mottled Umber

Pale Brindled Beauty

Spring Usher

Spring Usher

Spring Usher

Friday, 28 December 2018


A change from December Moths, a Chestnut in the trap this morning.  Sarnau (SA44)

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Boxing Day Woodland

In no particular order,  sorry, watched too much Strictly!
Winter Moth, Mottled Umber (including black form),Pale Brindled Beauty, Grey Shoulder-knot, Chestnut, Dotted Border, Scarce Umber (just one), N. Winter Moth, Mottled Grey, Dark Arches, Tortricodes Alternella and last - and also least - 1 Plutella xylostella!  10 Macro and 2 Micro species.
Ina and Tony


Dark Arches

Dotted Border

Grey Shoulder-knot

Mottled Grey

Mottled Umber
Mottled Umber - black form

Northern Winter Moth

Pale Brindled Beauty

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

More December Moths

Male and Female December Moths in the trap this morning.  Sarnau (SA44)

Top, male and bottom, female.

Friday, 14 December 2018

Winter Moth - female

This female Winter Moth emerged today from a larva collected at Ynyslas in May.
At the time it was a little 'green' thing hanging from a thread which I stuck in a pot with some leaves, Sallow I think. Winter Moth was my guess but it is very nice to prove it!
Now I had better get her outside somewhere... but she hasn't picked the best of the winter weather!

Thursday, 13 December 2018

First Trapping since our move to Ceredigion.

Put the moth trap out for the first time since our move to Sarnau (SA44), and caught 4 December Moths, Poecilocampa populi, in our back garden.  10th December 2018

Looking forward to many more moth trapping evenings.

December Moth.

Monday, 10 December 2018

Woodland in December

Just one trap in the woodland at Ynys-hir last night (the other one failed to come on!) but we recorded 68 moths of 5 species. Most numerous were Winter Moth (33), with Scarce Umber (19), Mottled Umber (13), December Moth (2), and Feathered Thorn (1).
Tony & Ina
Scarce Umber

Mottled Umber

Feathered Thorn