Sunday, 24 March 2019

Powdered Quakers

It was very cold on Cors Fochno early this morning. The battery bags were covered in ice but our two small traps were sheltering nearly 200 moths, with 15 macro and 2 micro species. The most numerous were Clouded Drab, Early Grey, Early Tooth-striped, and Hebrew Character. New for us this year were 5 Powdered Quaker.
Tony and Ina
Powdered Quaker

Powdered Quaker

Common Quaker  (special Borth bog red colour!)

Clouded Drab convention

Early Tooth-striped

Saturday, 23 March 2019

April Moths

With the increased hours of daylight we set three traps in garden, woodland and a woodland ride and were rewarded with 21 macro species this morning.
The moths that reached double figures were Brindled & Double-striped Pugs, Clouded Drab, Hebrew Character and Twin-spotted Quaker.
The high spots for us included the first for the year of Lunar Marbled Brown and Frosted Green and this male Dark Sword-grass.

Carolyn and Evan

Lunar Marbled Brown
Frosted Green

Dark Sword-grass

Friday, 22 March 2019

Talybont Garden

A reasonably good night in the garden last night.  Twelve macro and one micro species.
Our first Streamer and like David the night before a first Shoulder Stripe of the year.
Early Grey

Common Plume - Emmelina monodactyla

Double-striped Pug

Shoulder Stripe


Twin-spotted Quaker and Clouded Drab.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Llawrcwrt 20th March

First Shoulder Stripe of the year last night. I always feel that you are getting a lot for your money with these moths.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Wallog 19th March

Twenty one species on a much milder night on the coast.
Water Carpet, Pale Pinion, Early Thorn and Herald all new for the year. Red Sword-grass and Red-green Carpet (not very colourful) have not been seen since the warm weather in February.
Only two species of micro - A better photo of Diurnea fagella (5) and one Depressaria daucella.
Depressaria daucella

Diurnea fagella

Early Thorn


Pale Pinion

Red Sword-grass

Red-green Carpet

Water Carpet

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Ynys-hir 18th March

Nineteen species last night in the warm(ish) drizzle. I was hoping for a Shoulder Stripe or Grey Shoulder-knot but alas there were none, unless the Robin who had started without us had one!
Twenty five Pugs that after inspection turned up 23 Brindled and 2 Double-striped.  The first Early Tooth-striped of the year for us and a Dark Sword-grass, Diurnea fagella, Parsnip Moth and singles of Dotted Border and Oak Beauty.  Everything else was as expected.
Brindled Pug

Clouded Drab

Clouded Drab

Common Quaker

Dark Sword-grass

Diurnea fagella

Early Grey

Early Tooth-striped

Early Tooth-striped and Chestnut


Hebrew Character

Oak Beauty
Twin-spotted Quaker

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Ynys-hir - 26th Feb

Well the overnight temperature last night was supposed to be 6C, wasn't far off that in Talybont but at Ynys-hir it was 1C but felt like -1C.
Never-the-less we intrepid moth-ers gave it a go... the result...
Twenty two species, 20 macro and 2 micro, the little ones have more sense in that temperature!


Twin-spotted Quaker, Dotted Border, Early Grey, Engrailed, Chestnut, Pale Brindled Beauty,     Satellite, Small Quaker, Brindled Pug, Mottled Grey, Clouded Drab, Oak Beauty, March Moth,
Hebrew Character, Yellow Horned, Common Quaker, Red Sword-grass, Oak Nycteoline,
Red Chestnut, Small Brindled Beauty, Tortricodes alternella, Ypsolopha ustella.