Thursday, 20 July 2017

Barred Rivulet and Mompha ochraceela

18th July garden moth trap - 174 moths, 44 macro species and 15 micro species.  There were 3 new garden moths: Barred Rivulet; Gypsonoma dealbana; and Mompha ochraceela.

Barred Rivulet 
Mompha ochraceela

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Endothenia quadrimaculana

Two County Records for this very large Tortrix;

26 June 1949 - E.C.Pelham-Clinton
26 June 1954 - G.G.E.Scudder

As the recorder I am in good company...but the moth is three weeks late!

Llawrcwrt Garden Trap 18th July

 A moth I haven't seen for several years, a Twin-spot Carpet, turned up in the trap yesterday.

                       Also present, a particularly severe looking spectacle (wearing a Bowler hat)

Monday, 17 July 2017

A spot of dusking

We spent an hour at Ynyslas last night, mainly looking for Rosy Wave.  How often is it that your target species doesn't turn up?  Well last night was an exception the first moth netted as we got out of the car was a Rosy Wave!
Also Small Blood-vein, Scarce and Dingy Footman, Single-dotted Wave, Smokey Wainscot, Agriphila straminella, Eucosma campoliliana....

Small Blood-vein

Rosy Wave

E. campoliliana

Smokey Wainscot

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Beautiful Carpet

Maybe I shouldn't complain about doing the school run: Beautiful Carpet outside the classroom yesterday.

Also Argyresthia dilectella.

Garden Moths 14thJuly

A few from the garden last night. 29 species in all including a few not pictured - Garden Tiger, Iron Prominent, Yellow-tail, Buff Arches, Common Carpet,Flame Shoulder, Double Square-spot, Burnished Brass, Peppered, Small Phoenix, Buff Ermine, Grey Dagger, Grey Arches and of course Large Yellow Underwing and Dark Arches.

Buff Footman


Crambus perlella

Dotted Clay

Green Pug

Poplar Grey

Yponomeuta padella/malinellus agg.

Cross Inn, Llanon

I'm putting this photo on because I think that this is a Cabbage Moth and it doesn't seem to be well recorded with photos on this blog.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Tuesday, 11 July 2017


Thanks to Tony's updated Moths of Ceredigion It is easy to find out more about the status of the moths that turn up in the trap. I see that the Gothic is uncommon so give it an airing here. I had originally thought it was a Feathered Gothic but checking indicated that it was rather early for that. Side by side I can just about spot the difference, but when they are crawling about on an egg box in isolation I find it tricky..


This moth appears to be having a good year. It is quite rare in Ceredigion with only 18 records since 2000 and only 71 in total. We had 3 at Ynyslas recently and another at a site near Bow Street, where it was last recorded in 1971. The distribution map shows several sites with old records (the black dots) so it is worth keeping an eye out for one of these in or around your traps.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Wave from last night

Thoughts on this one please, could it be Lesser Cream Wave ?

Mark C

Micro Moths at Ynys-hir

The previous post was Tony's record of macro moths on Saturday night/Sunday morning.
I can now add we recorded 33 species of micro moths including the two below, Agonopterix angelicella and Britain's smallest Plume, Adaina microdactyla. I'm sure you can work out which is which!
We must have lost a lot more as the moths were very lively I think due to the warmth and heavy rain shower just as we were collecting the traps, unfortunately we could not give them chance to settle as this was a public event for the RSPB. Well we all enjoyed the fly-past! 💨

Moths at Ynys-hir

Despite the deluge when we first arrived at the reserve it proved to be a very good night for moths. We recorded 83 species of macro moth and quite a few escaped (some with assistance from a Great Tit). Thanks to those who turned out to see and help.
Tony & Ina

Bordered Beauty

Brussels Lace

Common Emerald

Muslin Footman


Double Lobed

Slender Brindle

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Small Seraphim & Gold Swift

Trapping in our nearby mixed woodland two nights ago produced a good number of moths including two firsts for us.

Carolyn & Evan

Small Seraphim

Gold Swift (m)

Gold Swift (f)

Friday, 7 July 2017

Grey Arches

This beauty turned up in the trap this morning and is, I think, a first for Llawrcwrt. I certainly don't recall seeing one before. The total haul was 43 individuals of 23 species. The most number of species I've ever had was was 37 0n the 25th June.

Garden moth trap 6th July

61 moths - 35 species of macro and 8 micro.  New for the garden were Drinker (M), Scarce Footman and Helcystogramma rufescens.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Magical Moths at RSPB Ynys-hir

Sunday morning 9:00 until 11:00

We will be opening the traps from 9am in the usual place on the car park, weather permitting. Join us if you can.

Tony and Ina

Hedya salicella

Another 'new' one for the county - Hedya salicella.
Other micros C.culmella (obviously), Crambus pascuella (still not found silvella this year), Scoparia ambigualis, Donacaula forficella.


We ran a Skinner trap on Cors Fochno last night and got good numbers of Lackey, Straw Dot, True Lover's Knot, and Marsh Oblique-barred. We had four wainscot species, Striped, Smoky, Common and Southern.
Tony & Ina
Striped Wainscot
Smoky Wainscot
Southern wainscot

Southern Wainscot
Common Wainscot

Monday, 3 July 2017

Green Silver-lines

From garden moth trap 1st July - 30 species of macro and 4 of micro.  All usual for here for this time of year apart from one which was new for my garden, a Green Silver-lines:

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Small Mottled Willow

We ran two traps last night, one in the garden and one in an oak woodland not far away. The cool north-westerly wind kept temperature and moth numbers down a little bit, but the garden produced a Small Mottled Willow, rather worn but who knows how far it must have travelled to get here. This is only the eighth county record with the most recent ones being in 2010, 2000, and 1995.

The woodland gave us a lovely Cloaked Carpet, a nationally scarce moth which appears to be very much on the increase in Ceredigion in the last few years.

Tony & Ina