Sunday, 19 May 2019

Talybont garden

A much better night for the garden gave us 29 macro moth species and 3 micros. Firsts for this year were Brimstone Moth, Pale Tussock, Small Phoenix, Common Lutestring, Flame Carpet, White-spotted Pug, Foxglove Pug, Garden Carpet, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Marbled Coronet (first garden record since 2010), Sandy Carpet, and Ochreous Pug (2 of them, only other garden record in 2016). The micros were mostly LBAM, Diamond Back, and Cydia ulicetana.
Tony & Ina
Marbled Coronet

Ochreous Pug

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Aberystwyth Seraphim

Leaning out of the bedroom window with the net at full extension I retrieved this Seraphim (shouldn't just one of them be a Seraph?) from high up on the house wall:

Other macros attracted to the trap included White-spotted Pug and Grey Birch (garden first). Among the micros, Eudonia angustea, Argyresthia cupressella (2), Caloptilia azaleella and Aspilapteryx tringipennella.


Twenty four species last night, not including the ones that got away, and only three May Bugs! Hooray!!
Cinnabar moths attracted to the light, probably an under-estimate of 33.
Green Carpet flying off very easily so again there were probably more than the 17 we counted.
Singles of Rustic Shoulder-knot, Pebble Prominent, Eyed Hawkmoth, Shears, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Purple Bar, Common Marbled Carpet and a very worn Brindled Pug.
Other larger moths - Heart & Dart, Ruby Tiger, Common Wave, Treble Lines, Shuttle-shaped Dart, 3 late'ish Shoulder Stripe, Brown Rustic, Flame Shoulder and Common Pug.
Micros - Cochylis atricapitana, Crambus pratella, Agonopterix yeatiana, Scoparia pyralella and a Coleophora (that can be one of at least 8.)

Some very bad photos below, our so called Tough camera turned out to be not so though after all!
Ina and Tony

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Good night at Bontgoch

In sharp contrast to last weekend there were moth a'plenty at Bontgoch last night. 42 spp of macros including my first Small Elephant-hawk for some years and fresh specimens of Marbled Coronet and Treble bar.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Rustic Shoulder-knot

A rather quiet night down by the coast produced only 12 macro species. Good to see the Rustic Shoulder-knot, nationally common but scarce in Ceredigion. Others included Spectacle, Treble Lines, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Flame Shoulder, Common Pug and lots of Brown Silver-line.
Tony & Ina

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

A change from Hebrew Characters

Having had several nights more or less confined to Hebrew Characters, nice to have something else in the trap this morning. There was also the first Poplar Hawk of the year

Thursday, 9 May 2019

The Larger Moths of Ceredigion

I have updated this document to include all records received up to end of 2018. To access it you need to go to the "Documents" page on this Blog and follow the instructions there. This is a very large document so I suggest that you download it to make any future reference to it more straightforward and quicker.

Please let me know if you have any problems accessing the document.


Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Ashworth's Rustic Hunt

Four of us set off up Foel Fawr this afternoon in search of Ashworth's Rustic larvae.  Despite the sun being out for a while we did not manage to find any this time but there are a couple of weeks left to continue the search.
We did however see some moths on the wing, most of which were too far away to see properly.
The tally; 2 Emperor Moths adult (m) and one early instar larva, 2 Brown Silver-line (possibly more disappearing into the distance), 3 psyche casta (only one examined was larval), 2 Neofaculta ericetella and some Oak Eggar cocoons. The latter may have been parasitized as the hole is small and very clean around the edges, not looking broken, but we are not experts at this sort of thing.
Also added some more small larvae to the 'nursery'.
Emperor Moth larva

Neofaculta ericetella

Eggar cocoons

Psyche casta

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Capua vulgana

Today proved warmer than promised by the weather people, so a stroll up Cwm Cletwr was called for.
Plenty of things flying, mostly flies, a few wasps, bees and butterflies.
I have come home with some moth larvae to look after for a while mostly from Bilberry - time will tell what they are so long as the parasites have not got at them first.
Three species of micro; Adela reaumurella, Cydia ulicetana and the main reason for this post, Capua vulgana, found among the Bilberry which is one of it's food plants.  At 7-9mm it is one of the smaller 'flat' Torts and as we have only 22 records for the county I am sure we should be finding more.  The one from today is a male, (top photo) the female (bottom photo) does not have a costal fold and is unicolorous.
So one to look out for now.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Glaucous Shears etc

I also had lots of Brindled pugs and a few Oak-tree pugs in my UV trap at Bontgoch on Tuesday night. Amongst the 26 species were 12 Great Prominents, Red and Dark Swordgrass, Streamer and a Glaucous Shears (a first for me).

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Cydia Strobilella and lots of Pugs

I had 107 moths from last night's actinic trap - 96 macros (26 species) and 11 micros (9 species).  The house wall was covered with Brindled Pugs (26) and Oak-tree Pugs (20).  Amongst the micros was a Cydia strobilella (thanks to Ina, Sam B and Dave S for help with identification) and a Diamond-back Moth.

Cydia strobilella

Monday, 22 April 2019

Mullein, Tawny Shears, Digitivalva pulicariae and Esperia sulphurella

Mullein, Tawny Shears and Digitivalva pulicariae from last night's garden trap and Esperia sulphurella new for the garden from a few days ago:

Tawny Shears
Digitivalva pulicariae
Esperia sulphurella

Cors Fochno

Not a great number of moths in the traps this morning, 16 species in total, but what a lovely Spring morning. Willow Warblers, Blackcap and Chiffchaff were all singing with Grasshopper Warbler and Cuckoo too. Highlights of the moths were Ruddy Highflyer, Scalloped Hazel and Grey Birch, all firsts for this year. Also Powdered Quaker, Purple Thorn, Muslin Moth, Early Tooth-striped, Red Sword-grass, Engrailed and Brown Silver-line.
Tony & Ina
Ruddy Highflyer

Powdered Quaker

Powdered Quaker

Muslin Moth

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Emperor Moth - females

A good night down by the coast last night.  Not so much quantity but some quality for sure.
Two female Emperors in one trap both having laid eggs which we left in the brambles.
A couple of fresh looking Brindled Beauty and Shuttle-shaped Dart.  Brown Silver-line and Muslin Moth just starting to appear here and our first Red Twin-spot Carpet of the year.
Tony potted up a little 'un for me from the grass...turned out to be an Oak Nycleoline (that'll teach him to wear his glasses, lol ) one of Tony's favourites.
Two genuine micros - Depressaria radiella (Parsnip moth) and Alucita hexadactyla (Many plumed).
Eighteen species in total, most numerous was Hebrew Character as to be expected.
Ina (and Tony)

Emperor Moth - females

Brindled Beauty

Brown Silver-line

Depressaria radiella

Muslin Moth

Oak Nycleoline - very worn

Red Twin-spot Carpet

Shuttle-shaped Dart

Shuttle-shaped Dart