Saturday, 29 November 2014

Ynys-hir woodland

A couple of actinic traps in mixed woodland last night gave us 31 moths of 8 species. The majority (20) were December moths, 3 Mottled umber, Winter moth, Northern winter moth, Yellow-line quaker, Red-green carpet, Chestnut, and November moth agg. (female).

Mottled umber

Mottled umbers

Northern winter moth
Tony & Ina

Monday, 24 November 2014

Garden moth trap 22nd Nov

Rusty-dot Pearl x 1; Light Brown Apple Moth x 1; Acleris sparsana x 1; Red-green Carpet x 2; Feathered Thorn x 2; Merveille du Jour x 1; Nov Moth Agg.; and a Common Marbled Carpet (no photo unfortunately as I spooked it when I went to pot it).  Is my A. sparsana too tatty to positively ID - it did look very similar to the one I had at this time last year (see blog posting).
Also, to show how mild it has been, a male Speckled Bush Cricket on my shed this morning.
Acleris sparsana?
Speckled Bush Cricket (male)

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Clouded-bordered Brindle

With only light rain and low winds last night, I decided to run the 125W MV bulb for a change.  No moths actually in the trap but hunting round the garden I found 11 moths of 6 species: Light Brown Apple Moth x 5; Rusty Dot Pearl x 1; Nov. Moth agg. x 1; Mottled Umber x 1; Merveille du Jour x 2; and this Clouded-bordered Brindle (!).

Clouded-bordered Brindle

Monday, 17 November 2014

Garden moth trap 16th Nov

Unfortunately the weather forecast was right and high winds and heavy rain started at 3 this morning.  I thought I was in for a nil return but I was surprised to find 2 female Feathered Thorns, an Angle Shades, a female Light Brown Apple Moth and my first November Moth agg. of the year.

November Moth agg.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Feathered Thorn & Chestnut

That's all folks!!
At least I won the bet, Tony said there would not be a moth in the trap this morning.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Drinker caterpillar and some butterflies

I found this Drinker caterpillar on the coastal path today.  In the sunshine there were also 2 butterflies flying (a Peacock and a Small Tortoiseshell).  So mild!

Drinker caterpillar

Monday, 10 November 2014

November moths

33 November moths (aggs) to be precise.
Two traps at Ynis-hir last night, the actinic capturing more moths of more species than the mv light.  They were in slightly different habitats, but I still have a theory that actinic is better at this time of year.
Mottled Umber, Feathered Thorn, Red-green Carpet, Chestnut, Green-brindled Crescent, December, one each of Grey Shoulder-knot and Satellite and a couple of micro species, Rusty-dot Pearls and Ypsolopha ustella.
December & Satellite

Grey Shoulder-knot
Not the best photos, sorry.  Out Feathered Thorns were the usual colour Sarah.


Sunday, 9 November 2014

Garden moth trap 8th November

Just 7 moths: Feathered Thorn x 4; Light Brown Apple Moth x 2 and Rusty-dot Pearl x1.  I liked the colouration of this moth, a bit darker than ones I've had before...

Feathered Thorn

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Stigmella aurella

The mines of this little moth should be almost everywhere.  Mostly on Bramble, but also on Geum (Avens), Fragaria (Wild Strawberry) and Agrimonia (Agrimony).

You can see by the red (2km) squares where they have been recorded.

I think it’s a little like sparrows in the birding world... they get overlooked.
You can see a photo of the mine on the British Leafmines web site.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Garden moth trap 4th November

Not particularly cold (11C down to 8C), wet or windy conditions last night but only 2 moths showed up - a Light Brown Apple Moth and an Angle Shades.  I haven't had such low moth numbers since February.