First Frosted Orange and Autumnal Rustic in the trap last night and a DUSKY Thorn! I did locate it near to big ash trees as I noticed that Duskies are well recorded in the County so I ought to have some.
The Autumnal was much more coloured than I have caught before and in mint condition.
Apologies for quality of pics, Sarah has set the pace in this department!
As promised, the stats for 5 traps on NT property at Monk's Cave 22nd Aug'13.
A total of 209 moths identified, though one or two more either escaped or were beyond guesswork, these were made up of 40 macro species and 5 micros.
The trap on the top of the ridge may well have produced more micros, but there was just the one intrepid Iron Prominent on the outside hanging on for all it was worth. As Liz said one of her traps was blown over, so the count could well have been higher.
Most numerous in order;
Flounced Rustic 25
Large Y.U. & Antler 21 each
Flame Shoulder 11
Hedge Rustic 9
Other species of interest; Orange Swift - Quote from A.P.Fowles "The 2 year development period of the larvae is reflected by the biennial appearance of this moth, very few specimens observed in even numbered years."
Six Oblique Carpet in the lower of the traps near wet pasture.
Two Devon Carpet an Nb species centred on mid Wales.
In the micros we had Cydia ulicetana, not surprisingly as it is a Gorse feeder.
I am operating a 160w MV lamp and white sheet at 7.30pm in the carpark at Longwood Community Woodland on 7th Sept and opening traps set around the wood next morning.
The evening event is on behalf of the Community Woodland committee and is being advertised around Lampeter district so I would be grateful if any fellow trappers could turn up to help out. Part of our brief is to raise awareness and we are anxious to do this in non-trapped parts of the County.
The morning session will start at 09.30am in the carpark. GR617521. Get to Llangybbi on the A485 between Tregaron and Lampeter and turn east in the middle of the village opposite the little shop signed LLanfair Clydogau. Follow lane keeping right and near top of hill is RIGHT turn into a small lane where the (large) carpark is on the right. Its an interesting wood and worth exploring if the weather is kind, a trail leads to a huge hillfort with excellent views.
Tony Ina and I put out 5 traps just up the coast from Sarah but ours were much higher up on the heathy top of the cliff and subject to a nasty cool breeze which blew over my 8w lamp.
Tony will post the stats to compare with Sarah's but in the meantime here is a pic of one of 6 Hedge rustics. They were certainly in the right habitat which is more than can be said of the Scalloped Oak we caught!
I ran my moth trap in some different conditions last night - fog, 15C, a bright and almost full moon but partly cloudy later. This morning there were 82 macro moths of 24 species including this Nutmeg:
Ina, these are Marc Botham's well manicured hands showing me what he confirmed as a Svensson's a couple of weeks ago.
Sorry not to put this in the Comments but don't know how to add a photo to comments.
These two moths were in my moth trap last night. I've provisionally identified them as a White-spotted Pug and a Square-spot Dart. They are both a bit worn but on the pug I can make out the white spots on the wings, thorax and can just about see the ones on the side of the abdomen. I can't see any black arrowheads on the dart so I didn't think it was a White-line Dart. Would someone be able to check my IDs please.
Last night was mild and damp which seems to suit our garden moths. There were 33 moth species in the trap this morning, mainly 47 Large yellow underwing, 16 Flounced rustic, and 9 Flame shoulder. Also two of my favourites, Canary-shouldered thorn and Burnished brass.
Well now NMN is over for another year.
How did you do?
We put out a garden trap for two of the three nights, the other night was taken up with the event at NT Llanerchaeron.
The garden produced 49 species over the two nights, although this year's target 'Tiger' moths were in short supply, we only had Ruby Tiger. The Garden Tigers were around in numbers a couple of weeks ago, but none this weekend.
Flounced Rustic and Agriphila tristella were the most numerous, our first Setaceous Hebrew Character and Dun-bar of the year in the garden and the surprise was a Rosy Marsh Moth which must have hitched a lift on our last trip to Cors Fochno, obviously we returned Rosy back where she belongs!
Photographs below of a couple of Pugs, Tawny Speckled and Lime-speck.
This nationally scarce moth was caught by Liz at Ynys Las on Tuesday night. There have been very few records for it in Ceredigion. According to Adrian Fowles "The moths of Ceredigion" , it was first recorded here at Ynys Las in 1938, and small numbers were trapped there up to 1984. It is great to know that it is still present, but its numbers must be very low.
It was another productive night on Cors Fochno with 58 species being identified. There were 15 Rosy marsh moths, 34 True lover's knot, 16 Drinker, 13 Garden tiger, also 4 of these very striking Endotricha flammealis:
This wainscot is the size of Large wainscot but lacks the cross line of fine dark dots and is a bit earlier than its normal flight period. Dorset moths web site also has a photo of a Large wainscot without the dots. Could it be anything else?