Wednesday 26 February 2014

Ynys-hir 25th Feb

Another mothing session at Ynys-hir last night. 
We caught 9 species, the most numerous of which was Tortricodes alternella, 39 in and around the trap.


The others were Dotted Border, Spring Usher, Pale Brindled Beauty (both forms), Chestnut, Hebrew Character, Mottled Grey, Satellite and Early Grey.

Early Grey

Tuesday 18 February 2014

February Mothing

We set two traps two nights ago, one in our garden and the other in nearby mixed woodland with a total of eight moths - a fresh Mottled Grey, Oak Beauty, Spring Usher and 5 Chestnuts.

Carolyn & Evan

Mottled Grey

Oak Beauty

Spring Usher

Monday 10 February 2014

Spring Usher and T.alternella

Much colder this week for mothing at Ynys-hir, but we thought this could be the best night of the week.
A much lower count than last week too, only 15 Spring Usher, 1 Dotted Border and 1 Tortricodes alternella.

Spring Usher


Monday 3 February 2014

Acleris cristana

Despite the high winds last night we had a good catch from 2 heath traps in some oak woodland at Ynys-hir. There were 48 Spring usher, 8 Pale brindled beauty, 5 Dotted border, 4 Chestnut, 2 Mottled umber, 12 Tortricodes alternella, and this Acleris cristana.

According to the field guides this is an extremely variable moth with over 130 known forms and a rarely recorded moth in the county.