Friday, 16 November 2018

Woodland in November - Pale Brindled Beauty

Good numbers of moths last night at Ynys-hir. Eighteen species, sixteen plus two micros including the odd surprise.
Here are the highlights but not a complete list.
Most numerous; still plenty of November aggs around, Mottled Umber and 61 December moths, love 'em!
The big surprise was a Pale Brindled Beauty, also a Merveille du Jour just visible on one of the photos, Pale Pinion, Yellow and Red-line Quakers looking a bit tatty, Common Marbled Carpet, Silver Y, Spruce Carpet and Grey Pine Carpet.  Micros; Carcina quercana and Acleris sparsana.
Ina and Tony
Northern Winter Moth

Pale Brindled Beauty

Mottled Umber


Grey Pine Carpet

Mostly December

Common Marbled Carpet

Pale Pinion

Winter Moth

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Llanarth Garden

A very breezy night produced 34 moths of 11 species.
This included a well marked Satellite, a moth which I haven't recorded recently.
The other moths were - Chestnut, Yellow-line and Red-line Quaker, Red and Dark Sword-grass,
Merveille du Jour, Red-green Carpet, Feathered Thorn, November Moth agg. and a solitary micro Light Brown Apple Moth.

Feathered Thorn
Red Sword-grass

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Second Generations at Wallog

17 or maybe 18 species (one carpet that may be Grey Pine) on a windy night on the coast.
The first record (in vc46) of a second generation of Dark Arches and also of Ditula angustiorana, Red-barred Tortrix.
Others; November Moth, December Moth, Green-brindled Crescent, Heart & Dart, Black Rustic, Red-green Carpet, Angle Shades, Common Marbled Carpet, Yellow-line Quaker, Red-line Quaker, Satellite, Chestnut, Spruce Carpet, Acleris sparsana, last and also the least (size-wise anyway) Phyllonorycter messaniella.

Ina and Tony

Dark Arches - 2nd generaton

Red-barred Tortrix - Ditula angustorana

Phyllonorycter messaniella

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Autumn moths

We ran two traps at RSPB's Ynys-hir reserve last night and caught over 250 moths. Nearly 100 of them were Epirrita species (November Moth Agg.). Some of the 30 macro species were Merveille du Jour, Feathered Thorn, Satellite, Grey Pine Carpet, Spruce Carpet, Pine Carpet, Autumn Green Carpet, Large Wainscot, Grey Shoulder-knot, Pale Pinion, December Moth, Willow Beauty, Small Fan-footed Wave, Brick and 3 Vestal (see Sarah's post).
The 6 micros were Carcina quercana, Acleris Sparsana, Celypha lacunana, Hypsophygia costalis (Gold Triangle), Ypsolopha sequella, Calybites phasianipennella (smallest moth of the night, longest name!)
Tony & Ina

Calybites phasianipennella

Gold triangle

Merveille du Jour

Grey Pine Carpet


Large Wainscot

Pale Pinion


I had 14 macro moths from last night's garden trap which included this Vestal and another Brindled Ochre (a female this time).

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

L-album Wainscot and Brindled Ochre

From last night's garden trap:
Brindled Ochre (which I record here about once a year)
L-Album Wainscot (new for me)

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Brindled Green

In spite of a warm night we only had nine moths of five species in our garden trap this morning.  These included Brindled Green, Herald and Satellite together with Red Sword-grass and Chestnut.

Carolyn & Evan
Brindled Green (fl 15mm)

Cors Fochno - (Warm Southerly winds)

We were hoping for some migrants, eight Silver Ys was the best we could do.
Other moths of interest, a second generation Swallow-tailed Moth, the first December Moth of the season for us and a late Common Rustic agg. Thirty five Pink-barred Sallow topped the number charts, made a change from Black Rustics.  A late Heath Rustic managed to avoid the camera.
Canary-shouldered Thorn

Common Rustic agg

December Moth

Flounced Chestnut

Frosted Orange

Red Sword-grass

Swallow-tailed Moth

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Turnip Moth

We were surprised to find this mystery moth in our garden trap yesterday morning and initially thought it was a Pearly Underwing.    On closer inspection and a read of the books we focused on the telltale dart on the forewing and decided after all this was a Turnip Moth which was subsequently confirmed by Tony.

Carolyn & Evan


Nineteen macro and only three micro species on the coast last night.
26 Black Rustic was the most numerous, closely followed by 17 Feathered Ranunculus which is one of the advantages of trapping by the coast.
Dark Sword-grass and Rush Veneer were the two obvious migrants and the first record of a second generation Brussel's Lace for the county.
Ina and Tony
Acleris sparsana

Blair's Shoulder-knot

Brussel's Lace

Dark Chestnut

Dark Sword-grass

Feathered Ranunculus

Feathered Thorn

Green Brindled Crescent

Large Wainscot

Lunar Underwing

Red-green Carpet

Rush Veneer - top

Rush Veneer - underside - You've got to love that stripey tummy!

Ypsolopha sequella