Saturday 29 November 2014

Ynys-hir woodland

A couple of actinic traps in mixed woodland last night gave us 31 moths of 8 species. The majority (20) were December moths, 3 Mottled umber, Winter moth, Northern winter moth, Yellow-line quaker, Red-green carpet, Chestnut, and November moth agg. (female).

Mottled umber

Mottled umbers

Northern winter moth
Tony & Ina

Saturday 15 November 2014

Feathered Thorn & Chestnut

That's all folks!!
At least I won the bet, Tony said there would not be a moth in the trap this morning.

Monday 10 November 2014

November moths

33 November moths (aggs) to be precise.
Two traps at Ynis-hir last night, the actinic capturing more moths of more species than the mv light.  They were in slightly different habitats, but I still have a theory that actinic is better at this time of year.
Mottled Umber, Feathered Thorn, Red-green Carpet, Chestnut, Green-brindled Crescent, December, one each of Grey Shoulder-knot and Satellite and a couple of micro species, Rusty-dot Pearls and Ypsolopha ustella.
December & Satellite

Grey Shoulder-knot
Not the best photos, sorry.  Out Feathered Thorns were the usual colour Sarah.


Thursday 6 November 2014

Stigmella aurella

The mines of this little moth should be almost everywhere.  Mostly on Bramble, but also on Geum (Avens), Fragaria (Wild Strawberry) and Agrimonia (Agrimony).

You can see by the red (2km) squares where they have been recorded.

I think it’s a little like sparrows in the birding world... they get overlooked.
You can see a photo of the mine on the British Leafmines web site.