Sunday, 20 June 2021

Silver Hook

 A warm midgy night produced 67 macro species from three traps, two of which were in our neighbour's woodland.  Our high spot was our very first Silver Hook from the woodland.  The Mottled Beauty was the first moth of this year to reach double figures.  Included below is a selection of some of the more attractive moths.

Carolyn & Evan

Silver Hook
Mottled Beauty

July Belle

Gold Swift

Clay Triple-lines

Beautiful Carpet

Saturday, 19 June 2021

100 up

 After last nights catch in the garden we have reached 104 macro species for the year. On this date last year we had 131 but in 2019 it was 151. I hope our reduced species is due to covid which has prevented us from trapping in the more interesting sites and not due to moth numbers. 

Tony & Ina


Ghost Moth (f)

Middle-barred Minor

Chrysoteuchia culmella

Celypha striana

Thursday, 17 June 2021


I managed to find two Thrift Clearwings at Tanybwlch (Aberystwyth) on Sunday (despite the crowds). Both were by the side of the track before the bend in the river. Also Lobesia littoralis, Homoeosoma sinuella, and my first Chrystoteuchia culmella (Garden Grass Veneers) of the year. 

Thrift Clearwing

Lobesia littoralis - colourful, but not as clearly marked as I expected.

Monday, 14 June 2021

A better night, at last

 I put my LED trap just into the wood last night and was rewarded with over 90 moths of, I think, 37 species. I hope my identifications are correct!

Edit 15 June: I had Cloaked Minor for the third one, but noticed flight season is wrong, so now think another Middle-barred Minor.


Coronet, f. coronula

Middle-barred Minor ?

Waved Carpet

Saturday, 12 June 2021

Clouded Buff

Our best night in the garden so far produced 31 macro species. Our favourite was the Clouded Buff.  Others included our first Large Yellow Underwing of the year, three different Hawk-moths (Poplar, Eyed and Elephant) and other firsts for the year shown below. 

 Carolyn & Evan
Clouded Buff

Scalloped Hook-tip

Peach Blossom

Middle-barred Minor (form pallida)

May Highflyer

Broken-barred Carpet

Friday, 11 June 2021

Talybont Garden and some lovely warm drizzle

 I often am asked what are the best conditions for moth trapping.  I always say warm drizzle is by far the best and last night proved the point.

Like lots of other moth-ers we have had a terrible start to the year.  In fact it was often an occasion for celebration to have one moth!

So although not an over-large catch 25 species was wonderful.  A few photos below, please excuse the quality as they were taken in a hurry.   Ina and Tony

Alder Moth

Anania hortulata

Common Marbled Carpet

Common Marbled Carpet - Underside

Dagger agg, probably Grey

Foxglove Pug

Rhyacionia pinivorana - Spotted Shoot Moth

Rhyacionia pinivorana - Spotted Shoot Moth

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Scarlet Tiger Moth



loads of these in my Cwmpadarn, Aberystwyth garden. Favourite food is Russian blue comfrey
Ian Finlay.