Sunday, 31 March 2019

Ynys-hir

Nineteen macro and 4 micro species last night in woodland.  Early Tooth-striped hanging on in there, quite a few Frosted Green (25), Lunar Marbled Brown in both forms (see video) the paler one is not very common here, and a single Dotted Border among others.
Acleris cristana

Brindled Beauty

Brindled Pug

Clouded Drab

Common Quaker

Frosted Green

Pale Pinion

Red Sword-grass

Satellite

Square Spot

Streamer

Twin-spotted Quaker

Water Carpet
Not sure if this will work but a video of the LMBs should be HERE 

Semioscopis steinkellneriana

A new micro moth for my garden:

Semioscopis steinkellneriana

Friday, 29 March 2019

Blossom Underwing

We were excited to find this Blossom Underwing - a first for us - amongst 18 other macro species in our oak woodland trap this morning, all despite a minimum temperature of -0.1°C.

Carolyn & Evan


Reviews of 2018

I have finally completed the records for 2018. The 2018 macro and micro moth reports for Ceredigion can be viewed in the "Pages" "Documents" of this blog together with full species lists.
Tony & Ina

Clouded Drab

Last night I had 36 Hebrew Characters and 5 Clouded Drabs. This one had me puzzled for a while as all the others I have caught have been of the dark variety.

New to me was this Brindled Pug. If I have misidentified it, perhaps somebody can put me straight.

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Very Early Clouded Silver

A Clouded Silver was found yesterday, 27thMarch, near Henllan by Butterfly Conservation staff and volunteers while looking for Brown Hairstreak eggs.
This is a month earlier than the previous 'early' record which was on 27th April 2002 at Ynys-hir.
Also Adella cuprella flying around Sallow and a Garden Tiger larva.
Photos - George Tordoff.
Ina



Brindled Beauty - Llawrcwrt


Despite a rather cold night this smart moth was in the trap this morning together with 20 Hebrew Characters, a Common Quaker , a Clouded Drab and a March Moth.

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Powdered Quakers

It was very cold on Cors Fochno early this morning. The battery bags were covered in ice but our two small traps were sheltering nearly 200 moths, with 15 macro and 2 micro species. The most numerous were Clouded Drab, Early Grey, Early Tooth-striped, and Hebrew Character. New for us this year were 5 Powdered Quaker.
Tony and Ina
Powdered Quaker

Powdered Quaker

Common Quaker  (special Borth bog red colour!)

Clouded Drab convention

Early Tooth-striped

Saturday, 23 March 2019

April Moths

With the increased hours of daylight we set three traps in garden, woodland and a woodland ride and were rewarded with 21 macro species this morning.
The moths that reached double figures were Brindled & Double-striped Pugs, Clouded Drab, Hebrew Character and Twin-spotted Quaker.
The high spots for us included the first for the year of Lunar Marbled Brown and Frosted Green and this male Dark Sword-grass.

Carolyn and Evan

Lunar Marbled Brown
Frosted Green

Dark Sword-grass

Friday, 22 March 2019

Talybont Garden

A reasonably good night in the garden last night.  Twelve macro and one micro species.
Our first Streamer and like David the night before a first Shoulder Stripe of the year.
Early Grey

Common Plume - Emmelina monodactyla

Double-striped Pug

Shoulder Stripe

Streamer

Twin-spotted Quaker and Clouded Drab.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Llawrcwrt 20th March

First Shoulder Stripe of the year last night. I always feel that you are getting a lot for your money with these moths.


Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Wallog 19th March

Twenty one species on a much milder night on the coast.
Water Carpet, Pale Pinion, Early Thorn and Herald all new for the year. Red Sword-grass and Red-green Carpet (not very colourful) have not been seen since the warm weather in February.
Only two species of micro - A better photo of Diurnea fagella (5) and one Depressaria daucella.
Depressaria daucella

Diurnea fagella

Early Thorn

Herald

Pale Pinion

Red Sword-grass

Red-green Carpet

Water Carpet

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Ynys-hir 18th March

Nineteen species last night in the warm(ish) drizzle. I was hoping for a Shoulder Stripe or Grey Shoulder-knot but alas there were none, unless the Robin who had started without us had one!
Twenty five Pugs that after inspection turned up 23 Brindled and 2 Double-striped.  The first Early Tooth-striped of the year for us and a Dark Sword-grass, Diurnea fagella, Parsnip Moth and singles of Dotted Border and Oak Beauty.  Everything else was as expected.
Brindled Pug

Clouded Drab

Clouded Drab

Common Quaker

Dark Sword-grass

Diurnea fagella

Early Grey

Early Tooth-striped

Early Tooth-striped and Chestnut

Engrailed

Hebrew Character

Oak Beauty
Twin-spotted Quaker