Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Early Pale Brindled Beauty

Our Winter Moth Scheme garden trap last night produced this rather early Pale Brindled Beauty as well as the usual Winter Moths and a Mottled Umber.  We started this scheme last year trapping every week and our first Pale Brindled Beauty then was on the 13th of February.  Waring states that the usual flight period is January to March but occasionally they can be seen in late November and December.  Ours may be related to the abnormally mild climate for this time of year.  The minimum temperature last night was 6.1°C.

Carolyn & Evan

Friday, 18 December 2015

Garden moth trap 17th December

I checked the trap last night at 21:15 and found a Silver Y on the top of it.  This morning there was a worn Dark Sword-grass, an Angle Shades (fresher than the one last time) and a Light Brown Apple Moth.
Silver Y

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Winter Moths, Mottled Umbers and One December Moth

Well, our count of December Moth last night did not come up to LLawr Cwrt's numbers! I think the one had got lost!
In addition we only had two other species - 42 Winter Moths and 40 Mottled Umbers, no Scarce Umber or Northern Winter this time.
Of the total number 74 were in and around a 6w actinic bucket - see photos below - and only 9 around a 125w MV, none inside the trap.

Monday, 14 December 2015

December Moths Galore

This picture shows about half the 43 December Moths in the little actinic trap last night. There was a fair bit of milling around, but as far as I could see, there was only one female, She was very noticeably larger.  It was rather like spotting the queen bee in a hive. I don't think I'd seen one before. There were no other species present.   
Stop Press 15th December - Recovering the release box this morning, happy chance, these two were still in it.


Saturday, 12 December 2015

Feathered Thorn

Don't get excited!  I caught this on Oct 29th here at Plas Treflyn and going through some images it made me check again as its a slightly unusual colour and lacks almost completely the spots between the cross lines.  I caught 4 but only photographed this one so must have looked a bit different at the time.

Friday, 11 December 2015

Garden moth trap 10th December

Just 2 moths from last night - a Light Brown Apple Moth and a Chestnut.  Here's a comparative photo of the Chestnut and a recent Dark Chestnut...

Chestnut and Dark Chestnut

Monday, 7 December 2015

Garden moth trap 6th December

Still no December Moths here and I only managed 5 moths this week:
Light Brown Apple Moth; Winter Moth x 2; Dark Chestnut x 1; Yellow-line Quaker x 1.

Winter Moth

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Moths at Ynys-hir

A dry, mild but windy night did not produce the hoped for number of moths. A 6W actinic and a 125W MV produced 20 moths of 8 species. We had December moth (5), Mottled umber (5), Scarce umber (4), Yellow-line quaker (2), Winter moth, Feathered thorn, November moth agg. and Rusty-dot pearl.
Scarce umber
Tony, Ina & Pete Skinner

Friday, 27 November 2015

Garden moth trap 26th November

13 moths: 5 x Light Brown Apple Moth; Red-green Carpet; Common Marbled Carpet; November Moth agg.; 3 x Feathered Thorn; Dark Chestnut; Red-line Quaker.

Feathered Thorn - Male and Female

Friday, 20 November 2015

Pale Pinion and Scarce Umber

Just as I thought the season had tailed off, a couple of new moths in the trap last night. A Pale Pinion and a rather bruised Scarce Umber. Tony tells me that I recorded the Scarce Umber in 1989 and 1991 but the Pale Pinion is new to the site. I am trapping later than I did years ago so am in new territory. These spur me on to continue. It's new territory for the site as well so who knows what might turn up?

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Phyllonorycter nicelli?

I think this is a Hazel leaf and I think this is therefore a P. nicelli mine, found in the Llanbadarn road cemetery last weekend:
From below

From above

Garden moth trap 16th November

12 moths of 8 species: Ypsolopha ustella; Epiphyas postvittana x4; Red-green Carpet x2; November Moth agg.; Dark Sword-grass; Black Rustic; Angle Shades; Silver Y.

Silver Y
Ypsolopha ustella

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Recording Late Moths

Just to clarify, this does not mean dead ones!

Colin Plant (Entomologist's Record) has made the following request:

"Some people are already sending me short Notes on individual species, but it would be better if CMRs would consider compiling and sending a brief overall summary of "late" moths in their own county for publication, so that these odd reports are placed on permanent record for the benefit of future recorders."

In view of this should any recorder come across what they consider to be a late record please get in touch with your County Moth Recorder with the details as soon as possible.

Ina and Tony

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Climate change?

After several disappointing results from our garden trap, we set two traps in woodland at Ynys-hir last night. What a difference, over 100 moths with 22 macro species and 4 micros. The big surprise was a Dark arches, which is reported as having a partial second generation in the Autumn in the south. With this and the Small seraphim from a couple of weeks ago, could we be experiencing a warming climate? There were large numbers of "November" moths plus Red-green carpet, Grey pine carpet, Spruce carpet, Mottled umber, Green brindled crescent, 4 Merveille du jour (still hanging on), Feathered thorn, Chestnut, Northern winter moth, Silver Y, and a couple of December moths (for Ina). In the micros there was a Rusty-dot pearl, 3 Acleris ferrugana/notana, Crocidosema plebejana, and possibly Carpatolechia decorella which, if confirmed, will be a first for VC46.
Crocidosema plebejana

Dark arches
Tony & Ina

Sunday, 8 November 2015

December Moth

I have been looking back at the December 7th entry last year. This is for Ina, Lizsnell, Rosemary Royle and Sarah. It appeared in a newly acquired MV Skinner trap cunningly placed in the cowshed over a wet and windy night.  I rather like them too.

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Small Seraphim

A very mild night with cloud cover last night made us put traps in three different locations.
Epirrita species showed a vast difference between sites - 59 individuals in woodland, 5 in open wetland and 0 in the garden.  Feathered Thorn was absent from the woodland.
Even though some near-by large Leylandii were cut down last year we did manage one Blair's Shoulder-knot in the garden.
Two species of note were a late Narrow-winged Pug and a Small Seraphim much later than any previous record we know of.  Does anyone know of such a late record of the latter species?
Ina and Tony
Narrow-winged Pug

Small Seraphim

Blair's Shoulder-knot

Cameraria ohridella?

I think this is the leaf miner Cameraria ohridella and not Leaf blotch fungus (photo taken in Aberporth this week and the leaves are too high to reach).  Would anyone be able to confirm the ID?

Cameraria ohridella?

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Garden moth trap 27th October

Epiphyas postvittana x3; Eudonia angustea.
Red-green Carpet x2; Common Marbled Carpet x4; Feathered Thorn; Setaceous Hebrew Character x7; Square-spot Rustic; Green-brindled Crescent; Merveille du Jour; Feathered Ranunculus; Yellow-line Quaker x5; Brown-spot Pinion; Beaded Chestnut.

Feathered Thorn

More Micros

A quick search round Ynyslas this morning just after looking for birds at high tide.
A common leafmine on Bramble Coptotriche marginea.
Stigmella anomalella on Rosa priminellifolia - the Rose Leaf Miner.
Coleophora gryphipennella (cases) on Rosa priminellifolia - this is only the second record for vc46; but it feeds on all Rose species.

Coptotriche marginea

Stigmella anomalella
Coleophora gryphipennella

Monday, 26 October 2015

Ectoedemia subbimaculella

We collected a few leafmines yesterday at Black Covert and amongst them was this one on Oak.
Underside of leaf - showing slit.

Larva in situ - showing dark head

Thanks to Ben Smart for helping me out with confirmation of a new one for vc46.  I will be trying to breed this through but will have to wait until next June for it to emerge....fingers crossed.


Saturday, 24 October 2015

Ypsolopha sequella

I found this dead micro moth this morning.  It was on the windowsill in the house, close to where I store my moth trap - maybe I missed it last time?  I think it is Ypsolopha sequella and I haven't recorded one here before.
Ypsolopha sequella - top view
Ypsolopha sequella - side view

Friday, 23 October 2015

Mottled Umber

A warmer night produced seven species in our garden trap including our first Mottled Umber of the season.  The most numerous were the November Moth agg, and Red-line Quaker.

Carolyn & Evan

Mottled Umber

Garden moth trap 21st October

Not much to report - just one new micro for the garden.  Here's the full list:
Light Brown Apple Moth x6; Acleris hastiana.
Common Marbled Carpet x6; Setaceous Hebrew Character x13; Square-spot Rustic x2; Black Rustic x7; Blair's Shoulder-knot x2; Merveille du Jour; Red-line Quaker; Brown-spot Pinion; Beaded Chestnut; Lunar Underwing; Angle Shades.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015


A better night weather-wise last night brought out a few of the autumn species. 98 moths in the MV Robinson and 82 moths in a small 6w actinic 'bucket'....it was a bit crowded in there!  These are minimum numbers as a few made a quick exit, especially from the bucket as people started to turn up and were interested in the moths.  So honours were about even.
19 macro species and 4 micros including;
15 Epirrita moths most of which seemed to be November and at least one Autumnal - the delay in blogging was caused by examining some of these.
Chestnut, Red-green Carpet, Spruce Carpet, Common Marbled Carpet, Green Carpet - one v worn & one quite fresh, Merveille du Jour, Yellow-line Quaker (24), Green-brindled Crescent, Snout (7), Black Rustic (just 1), Grey Pine Carpet, Satellite, Large Wainscot, Brick, Red-line Quaker, Sallow, Copper Underwing (h/w examined) and Autumn Green Carpet.
Micros; Udea ferrugalis (the only migrant), Notocelia uddmanniana, Acleris sparsana and Acleris rhombana.

Sorry, but when I do the blog you get the micros first!!!  ;-)
Ina & Tony

Monday, 19 October 2015

Cors Fochno

Nothing out of the ordinary for this time of year in two actinic traps on the bog last night.
The photo is of a Large Wainscot and a male Bulrush Wainscot, we should have included the Small Wainscot in the photo for comparison. I think we could have squeezed it in if we had thought of it!

Ina and Tony

Garden moth trap 17th October

Light Brown Apple Moth x2; Red-green Carpet x2; Common Marbled Carpet; Spruce Carpet; Dusky Thorn; Setaceous Hebrew Character x3; Black Rustic x4; Merveille du Jour x2; Feathered Ranunculus x9; Red-line Quaker; Yellow-line Quaker; Dark Arches; Silver Y.

Feathered Ranunculus x9

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Feathered Thorn

In spite of the minimum temperature of 0.7°C two traps produced 14 macro species last night.  The best of the new bunch was this Feathered Thorn.  Also included were a second generation Snout, Green-brindled Crescent, Satellite and some of our first Chestnuts for this season.

Carolyn & Evan

Feathered Thorn


Green-brindled Crescent

Monday, 12 October 2015

Large Ranunculus

A Large Ranunculus was in last Friday's trap.  I think this may be a county first, or possibly just one that hasn't been recorded for a while.

Large Ranunculus

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Stigmella nylandriella ...

One or two leafmines from the last few days.

Stigmella nylandriella on Rowan, found up Cwm Clettwr. This is a county first but there must be more out there.
Stigmella nylandriella

Stigmella tityrella on Beech.  The mine starts with the egg laid near the midrib.
Stigmella tityrella

Stigmella hemargyrella.  Vacated mine on Beech, the egg is laid away from the midrib.
Stigmella hemargyrella

Other mines/larvae found - Parornix betulae, Phyllonorycter corylii, Phyllonorycter nicellii, Parornix devoniella on Hazel, Cameraria ohridella, and the ubiquitous Stigmella aurella on Bramble and Avens.