Friday 20 November 2015

Pale Pinion and Scarce Umber

Just as I thought the season had tailed off, a couple of new moths in the trap last night. A Pale Pinion and a rather bruised Scarce Umber. Tony tells me that I recorded the Scarce Umber in 1989 and 1991 but the Pale Pinion is new to the site. I am trapping later than I did years ago so am in new territory. These spur me on to continue. It's new territory for the site as well so who knows what might turn up?

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Phyllonorycter nicelli?

I think this is a Hazel leaf and I think this is therefore a P. nicelli mine, found in the Llanbadarn road cemetery last weekend:
From below

From above

Saturday 14 November 2015

Recording Late Moths

Just to clarify, this does not mean dead ones!

Colin Plant (Entomologist's Record) has made the following request:

"Some people are already sending me short Notes on individual species, but it would be better if CMRs would consider compiling and sending a brief overall summary of "late" moths in their own county for publication, so that these odd reports are placed on permanent record for the benefit of future recorders."

In view of this should any recorder come across what they consider to be a late record please get in touch with your County Moth Recorder with the details as soon as possible.

Ina and Tony

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Climate change?

After several disappointing results from our garden trap, we set two traps in woodland at Ynys-hir last night. What a difference, over 100 moths with 22 macro species and 4 micros. The big surprise was a Dark arches, which is reported as having a partial second generation in the Autumn in the south. With this and the Small seraphim from a couple of weeks ago, could we be experiencing a warming climate? There were large numbers of "November" moths plus Red-green carpet, Grey pine carpet, Spruce carpet, Mottled umber, Green brindled crescent, 4 Merveille du jour (still hanging on), Feathered thorn, Chestnut, Northern winter moth, Silver Y, and a couple of December moths (for Ina). In the micros there was a Rusty-dot pearl, 3 Acleris ferrugana/notana, Crocidosema plebejana, and possibly Carpatolechia decorella which, if confirmed, will be a first for VC46.
Crocidosema plebejana

Dark arches
Tony & Ina

Sunday 8 November 2015

December Moth

I have been looking back at the December 7th entry last year. This is for Ina, Lizsnell, Rosemary Royle and Sarah. It appeared in a newly acquired MV Skinner trap cunningly placed in the cowshed over a wet and windy night.  I rather like them too.