Monday, 16 May 2022

Sunday, 8 May 2022

Talybont moths

 Surprisingly small catch last night with only 19 macros and 6 micros, but 9 May Bugs and a Ladybird. Of the 12 macro species, those below were firsts for the year:

Tony & Ina

Shuttle-shaped Dart

Oak Hook-tip

Puss Moth

Small Square-spot

Clouded-bordered Brindle



Sunday, 1 May 2022

Lunar Thorn

 A warmer, wet night produced 161 moths of 32 macro species from traps in the garden and oak woodland. Here are a few photos of some of the new species for this year.

Carolyn & Evan

Lunar Thorn

Purple Thorn

Lesser Swallow Prominent

Pale-shouldered Brocade


Spectacle- front

Tawny-barred Angle (melanistic)

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Brindled and other beauties

 Just noted Liz's post: I had 21 Brindled Beauties last night, but 41 on the 21st April, so definitely a good year here (Llangeitho): this with my home-made approx. 4 watt LED light.

Others that appealed to me from last night's catch included singles of:

Least Black Arches

Square Spot

May Highflyer


Red Twin-spot Carpet (I believe)

75 moths of 23 species in all.

Brindled Beauties

Is it a Brindled year?  I caught 35 at Rhos Pil Bach with only an 18w synergetic on 24th, a cold clear night! 

And a Frosted Green showing off this season's fur.

Friday, 22 April 2022

Yesterday's moths

 We ran a Robinson trap at Ynys-hir on Wednesday night and despite the very cold wind yesterday morning we recorded 23 species (only 2 of them micros). New to us this year were Brimstone Moth,  Red Sword-grass, Oak-tree Pug, plus those below.

Tony & Ina

Frosted Green

Purple Thorn

Scalloped Hazel

White-pinion Spotted

Small Phoenix

Clouded Silver

Golden-rod Pug

Monday, 18 April 2022

Rescue mission in the Rheidol Valley

Good numbers of Great Prominent (11) and Engrailed (12) came to light in woodland in the Rheidol Valley on Friday night. Singles of Frosted Green, Early and Purple Thorn, Water Carpet, Grey Birch, Brown Silver Lines, Shoulder Stripe and Least Black Arches, and two Lunar Marbled Brown. And perhaps a faded Early Tooth-striped, released from a spider's web, with an ant attached to its leg. Only micros were Esperia sulpherella.


Least Black Arches

Grey Birch

Frosted Green

Possibly Early Tooth-striped, now ant-less