Sunday, 25 August 2019

Silver Ys

A bit of an influx of Silver Ys here - 81 on the house walls after running the trap overnight.
(Edit: In Aberporth garden.)

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Convolvulus Hawk-moth

This beautiful moth was spotted by a visitor to the New Quay area last week. This is only the 21st record for Ceredigion, and the first since 2016 when 9 individuals were discovered in a tiny back garden in Borth.
Thanks to Alexa Conder for the record and the photographs.

Monday, 19 August 2019

Two Second Generation Drepanidae

The catch from our garden trap this morning included these two second generation Drepanidae - a smaller Oak Hook-tip and a Chinese Character, a flush of Flounced Rustic and two other visitors - this burying beetle and there be dragons!

Carolyn & Evan

Oak Hook-tip

Chinese Character
Flounced Rustic

Nicrophorus investigator

Common Darter (f)

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Bordered Beauty

We discovered this attractive Bordered Beauty in our conservatory this morning.

Carolyn & Evan

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Blomer's Rivulet

We were delighted to see this Blomer's Rivulet from a trap in an Aberystwyth garden this morning.

Carolyn & Evan

Loxostege sticticalis

I ran two traps last night to capitalize on the weather. Amongst the Large Yellow Underwings (c150) was a Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, only my second Double-lobed, and a late Buff-tip. Rosy Rustic (first this year) and Brown China-mark in both traps. Micros included the gorse feeder Brachmia blandella, Scrobipalpa costella, Cedestis subfasciella, Azalea leaf-miner, Gold triangle and the migrant Loxostege sticticalis:

Migrants in the Garden

In the Talybont garden trap last night amongst 52 (minimum) species were 12 Diamond-backs, 2 Rush Veneer, 1 Silver Y and last but not least 2 Painted Lady.
Ina and Tony

Friday, 2 August 2019

Rosy Marsh Moth

We had 24 on Cors Fochno last night, outnumbered only by True Lover's Knot, Large Yellow Underwing, and Clouded Border.
Tony & Ina

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Aberystwyth on Monday

My garden trap held two surprises on Monday: my first Bulrush Wainscot (I read that they are prone to wandering) and Gypsonoma dealbana.

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Orange Swift

A bumper catch last night of 51 macro species from two traps included this attractive Orange Swift.

Carolyn & Evan

Saturday, 27 July 2019


Two traps on the coast on Thursday night produced over 1500 moths with many more escapees particularly the Crambidae family. The traps were heaving with Dark Arches (300+) and Large Yellow Underwing (100+). Hidden beneath all these was a moth which was new to both of us, a Brown-line Bright-eye. Apparently a "common" moth but this is only the 4th Ceredigion record since 1992, the first since 2014.
Tony & Ina
Brown-line Bright-eye

Marbled Coronet

Mullein Wave

Crescent Dart

Grass Emerald

Small Blood-vein

Rosy Minor

Small Yellow Wave

Galium Carpet

Agapeta Zoegana

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Round-winged Muslin

340 moths (95 species) from Tuesday's trap - 4 new micro moths for the garden and one new macro, a Round-winged Muslin...

Llawrcwrt - Size extremes

I moved the trap 40 yards down on to the wet grassland by a pond. Not nearly as many species but these two never appear up on the bank by the house.   A nice new Old Lady and what I think is a Small Dotted Buff. 

 Old Lady

Small Dotted Buff

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Barred Carpet

Monday night/Tuesday morning we recorded moths at Melindwr Farm near Eglwys Fach, as part of a WWBIC recording day. We had hundreds of moths resulting in 123 species, 92 macros and 31 micros. What a delight to catch a Barred Carpet, which may be a first for Ceredigion. There are no records in the county database, but Waring and Townsend says it was discovered in Cardiganshire in the 1980's. If anyone knows about this old record, please get in touch.
Tony & Ina
Barred Carpet

Northern Eggar

Grass Emerald

Small Seraphim

Six-striped Rustic

Double Kidney

Devon Carpet

Silky Wainscot
The larvae of the Silky Wainscot are unusual because they are omnivorous, feeding on living or dead invertebrates as well as Common Reed.

Monday, 22 July 2019

RSPB Ynys-hir - Cancelled

Please note we will not be doing the moth event at Ynys-hir on
Sunday 25th Aug 2019

Not sure if staff/volunteers will be running one so please check if you were thinking of coming along but to our knowledge it has not been advertised so far.

Sorry for any inconvenience
Tony and Ina

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Common Rustic Agg.

If there are any others like me who need a little helping hand now and again, here are 3 photos to illustrate some of the variation within a species.
Thank you to Tony for confirming my suspicions that they are all to be recorded as the same species - Common/Lesser Common Rustic  Agg.

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Felin Bedw moths

Despite the damp weather the moth event yesterday proved very successful with about 100 species in total (some micros still to be determined). Of the 67 macro species, 10 had not previously been recorded in that 10km square (SN35).
Tony & Ina
Waved Carpet

Sharp-angled Carpet

Double Dart

Dot Moth

Buff Arches

Large Emerald


Slender Brindle