Saturday, 22 September 2018

Talybont Garden

Not a lot of moths last night but at least they were not in the need of water-wings!
Two were new for the garden, Flounced Chestnut and Cedestis subfasciella.
We struggled for a while with a very worn Turnip Moth probably an immigrant along with a worn Silver Y.
Others; Large Y/u of course, Double-striped Pug, Black Rustic, Green-brindled Crescent and Square-spot Rustic. Micros apart from subfasciella were the ubiquitous Epiphyas postvittana and Eudonia angustea.
Tony and Ina

Cedestis subfasciella

Flounced Chestnut

Green-brindled Crescent

 Turnip Moth

Monday, 17 September 2018


A new moth for me from last night's garden trap...


Friday, 14 September 2018

Nebo/ Cross Inn

I'm advised that this is an early instar Drinker.

It obviously hasn't read that it's supposed to feed on grasses, as this specimen only started on the Blackthorn leaves when most of the bark had gone!

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Hummingbird Hawkmoth

One day earlier than last year and in the same garden location...

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Nebo/Cross Inn Larva ID

I'd purposefully left the Rosebay Willow Herb in place, resisting the temptation to dig it up even though it is a bit untidy. Today I found this pair, curiously on adjacent leaves.

Any ideas for an ID - green with white bands seems to be fairly common but I'm hoping someone might know the other one??

Monday, 3 September 2018

Coast traps - Black-banded

Three small heath traps last night averaged above 100 per trap.
Among them were eleven or a dozen Black-banded, we say this as there were 11 definite and one that was the right size and shape but had been through the wars a bit! So, eleven only recorded.

Now...find the moths!  Ina and Tony

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Scarce Bordered Straw

The perfect weather last night in Aberystwyth kept me out late watching the garden trap. My reward:
Scarce Bordered Straw
 Also my first Burnished Brass for four years:
Burnished Brass
Other macros included Cloaked Minor and Ruby Tiger, and plenty of Double-striped Pugs among the LYUs. Among the micros were Mint moth, Phyllonorycter ulmifoliella (probably), Argyresthia curvella and Common Clothes moth.
Phyllonorycter ulmifoliella

Pyrausta aurata

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Some Common Garden Moths

The common moths do seem to be overlooked on the blog so here are a few photos from last night.  Not the best examples but how often do we get perfect examples in a trap.  Also a couple we don't get very often.   Ina and Tony
Centre-barred Sallow

Common Marbled Carpet

Dusky Thorn

Epiphyas postvittana - LBAM

Flame Carpet

Flounced Rustic

Galium Carpet

Gold Spot

Hedge Rustic

Lesser Yellow Underwing

Pale Mottled Willow

Setaceous Hebrew Castle

Monday, 27 August 2018

Feathered Gothics

Both male and female Feathered Gothics in the trap this morning despite quite heavy rain overnight. They do appear here from time to time, but it the first time I have been able to  put them side by side.

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Psoricoptera gibbosella

We trapped at Ynys-hir last night and found a county first - Psoricoptera gibbosella, a Gelechiid which has been verified by Steve Palmer.
We also recorded the first Sharp-angled Peacock for the site.
Ina and Tony

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Late Summer Moths

A reasonable catch last night included three Hedge Rustic, five Centre-barred Sallow and this fresh Dark/Grey Dagger possibly a second generation.

Carolyn & Evan
Hedge Rustic
Centre-barred Sallow
Dark/Grey Dagger agg.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Bulrush Wainscot, Old Lady and Pebble Hook-Tip at Llawrcwrt

I caught this Bulrush Wainscot yesterday and I had moved the trap nearer to the pond where the Bulrushes grow. No more Wainscot but two more moths new to me this morning. Looking back I found an Old Lady on the blog from Carolyn and Evan. Oddly it had an identical piece missing from its starboard wing. (I'm not reading too much into that). There were also two Pebble Hook-Tips in the trap, one quite a lot darker than the other.  Exciting days.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Cross Inn/ Nebo

Nice to see some records of Sallow Kitten on the blog - I had three in my trap last night...

Monday, 13 August 2018

Hummingbird Hawk-moth

We came home this afternoon to find this well worn Hummingbird Hawk-moth resting in our conservatory.

Carolyn & Evan

Aberystwyth Garden

Angle Shades was my introduction to autumn this morning. Otherwise similar to Ina: half-a-dozen Heart and Darts, 25 Large Yellow Underwing, and a couple of Setaceous Hebrew Characters. A garden first was Caloptilia cuculipennella, and garden seconds were Lesser Wax Moth, Small Wainscot and a very tatty but probably sharp-angled Peacock. Also Matilella fusca and Mirificarma mulinella.

Talybont Garden

Autumn is on the way!  I know this because lots of our moths were sitting outside the trap...well that's my theory.
Of the twenty macro species the most numerous was, at last, Large Yellow Underwing (19) and Setaceous Hebrew Character (11). The first of the next generation of Heart and Dart was hiding under the windowsill being careful to avoid the resident spider.  Four Pugs, all Double-striped and the rest all singles unless otherwise stated. Orange Swift (First for the garden), Garden Carpet, Brimstone, Antler (4), Lesser Swallow Prominent, Scalloped Hook-tip, Common Carpet, Flame Shoulder, Spectacle, Flounced Rustic (2), L.B-b.Y/u, Rosy Rustic (3), Small Phoenix, Dark Arches, Ruby Tiger, Sallow Kitten (2)
As regards the nine micro species, Epiphyas postvittana has at last returned, 2m, 1f, I was beginning  to think the winter weather had wiped them out! The others - Agriphila tristella, Agriphila straminella, Phycita roborella, Eudonia mercurella, Apotomis betuletana,  Celypha striana, Blastobasis adustella and last but not least one to be confirmed but probably Phycitodes maritima.
Antler Moth

Lesser Swallow Prominent

Orange Swift

Sallow Kitten

Scalloped Hook-tip

Monday, 6 August 2018

Bordered Beauty

We were delighted to find this Bordered  Beauty in our field trap this morning - a first for us here for some time.

Carolyn & Evan

White spotted Sable

Anania funebris. Blurry record shot of this lovely little micro on the coastal path at Aberporth this morning.  There are so many more flowery heathy patches on this southern section of the Cardigan bay coast which are worth exploring. I know Sarah saw one of these in recent times but not sure if recorded further north?

Good moves at Llawrcwrt

Moving the trap about 20 yards from its usual position resulted in no fewer than five Sallow Kittens. These are the first I have recorded here.

A few days earlier a similar move in a different direction resulted in my first Shuttle-shaped Dart. Clearly no need to leave the farm, just move around a bit more.