Saturday, 30 November 2013

Light Brown Apple Moth

Although our garden trap last night yielded only two December Moths and one November Moth agg we found what we believe to be a male Light Brown Apple Moth in the house.

Carolyn & Evan

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Moth trap 26th November

No moths in the trap last night but 5 up the wall - 2  X Feathered Thorn, Dark Chestnut, December Moth and Acleris sparsana (I think...)

Sunday, 24 November 2013


Last night from a trap in an Aberystwyth garden the highlights were this attractive Brick and large numbers of Yellow-line Quakers.

Carolyn & Evan.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Just 2

Following on from our high winds on Wednesday (gusting to 66mph), we had our first cold(ish) night of the Autumn, with temperatures falling to 3.5C under a clear sky.  So, I was surprised to find 2 moths on the back of my moth trap this morning - a Feathered Thorn and a November Moth agg..  I also found a wasp investigating our shed at lunchtime today.

Feathered Thorn

Sunday, 17 November 2013

More Late Autumn Moths

We also put our garden trap out last night in the north of the county where the temperature dipped to 2.6°C.   We caught four December Moths, two Feathered Thorns and a November Moth agg (Epirrita sp) which unfortunately Peter we haven't kept for dissection!

Carolyn & Evan

Feathered Thorn
Epirrita sp

December Moths

19 moths in and around the trap this morning - 2 December Moths, a Chestnut, a tatty Dark Sword-grass, 7  X Feathered Thorn, 6 X Red-green Carpet, a Common Marbled Carpet and a November Moth Agg..  Plus a wasp.  No Micros.

December Moth

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Common plume: Emmelina monodactyla

No moths in the trap this morning (not surprising considering the wind and rain last night) but there was this plume sheltering inside.

Thank you for your comment Peter. I decided to try to photograph the tibial spurs. Not a great photo but hopefully you can see the evidence.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Tachystola acroxantha

With temperatures staying above 10C, light winds and occasional light rain, it seemed a good night to put the moth trap out.  The result this morning was 47 moths, mostly up the house walls, including this Tachystola acroxantha.

Tachystola acroxantha

Friday, 8 November 2013

Yesterday I found an Angle Shades loitering in the ladies' toilets at the university, and the day before a 20 Plume moth in my bedroom.  Is anyone else seeing more moths coming indoors?

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Moths Count newsletter

For anyone who has not seen this information click on the following link Latest moths count newsletter from Butterfly Conservation. It gives a summary of the mothing year and gives details of the next moth recorders meeting.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Five-spot Burnets

Can anyone help me with identifying whether these are Zygaena trifolii or Zygaena lonicerae, or is it just not possible?  They were all photographed in the same area of Aberporth.  The top 3 were recorded together on 5th July 2012 and the other 2 were on 26th June (showing unmerged 3rd and 4th spots) and 17th July this year.

Five-spot Burnets

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Brindled Ochre Distribution Map


Another good record.  You must have some Hogweed or Wild Angelica growing in the area. 


Friday, 1 November 2013

Brindled Ochre

An interesting trap from last night with this Brindled Ochre being the highlight.  There were also 2 Dark Sword-grass and a Silver Y in amongst the other moths.

Brindled Ochre