Thursday 31 March 2016

Finally ! Garden Moths 31st March 16

I have finally had moths in my Bont garden. On moving to Wales I treated myself to a brand new Robinson Trap. Four attempts with no moths and I'm already on my second bulb (No, I didn't leave it out in the rain, just unlucky I guess). So you can imagine my delight two nights ago to find a Common Quacker, a Hebrew Character and a Twin-spotted Quaker. Last night just two Common Quakers. Thanks to Liz, Tony, Ina and Ian for there help so far. let's hope the future brings something interesting.

Moths at Ynys-hir

We will be opening moth traps at Ynys-hir from 9 to 11am on Sunday 3rd April. All welcome.
Tony & Ina.

Thursday 24 March 2016

Bontgoch last night

In the garden at Troedrhiw Seiri last night, first night with more than one species (Oak Beauty) so far in 2016, I had: One each of Common Quaker, Early thorn, Brindled pug, Twin spot Quaker, Chestnut, 2 Pale Brindled Beauty, 2 Red Chestnut, 5 Oak Beauty and 7 Small Quaker.

Wednesday 23 March 2016

Brindled Pug

We don't seem to do Pugs at Llawrcwrt. This is only the third I've seen, last in 1989, and it's the first Brindled Pug.  Anyway as it is a nice fresh one I thought I might share it, in case others are as under-pugged as I am.

Cors Fochno and garden moths

We trapped on Cors Fochno and our garden last night and were delighted to more than double our total moths for the garden this year with 14 moths, including 10 of the most common species for this time of year. On the bog we recorded 26 moths of 8 species: Yellow horned (13), Dotted border (3), Early grey (3), Chestnut (2), Double-striped pug, and micros Diurnea fagella, Agonopterix ocellana, and Caloptilia stigmatella.
Caloptilia stigmatella

Distribution map for Yellow horned
 Yellow horned is quite a common moth whose foodplant is both Silver and Downy birch, but there is a surprising absence of records for the south western side of the county.

Tony & Ina

Sunday 20 March 2016

Red Chestnut and Dotted Border

  It's nice to have it a bit dryer and less windy, though it's still pretty cold. This didn't deter a few moths from venturing into the trap over the last few nights. Hebrew character, Chestnut, March Moth, Twin Spot Quaker and these two. I had to seek help from Tony identifying the Red Chestnut, though he tells me that I recorded them in 1989,1990 and 1991. I expect that back then it was Ian Tillotson telling me what they were.

Wednesday 16 March 2016

Oak nycteoline

I dream of catching Oak nycteoline every time we trap in oak woodland but I have never caught one. This one was recorded last night by Pete Skinner, along with Twin-spotted quaker, Early grey and Brindled pug.

There are only 20 county records for Oak nycteoline, 11 of them since 2000, and most recently at Aberporth in 2014. It over-winters as an adult reappearing in early Spring but only occasionally comes to light. The moth is very variable in appearance but this one is very similar to the one caught on 9th March 2014 (see photo on the blog for that date).

Monday 14 March 2016

Common Plume

A photo of one of yesterday's Common Plumes that hung around all day on the compost bin.

Sunday 13 March 2016

Acleris cristana

The milder weather tempted me to put out the trap for the first time this year: singles of Herald, Early Grey, Common Quaker, and three Double-striped Pugs among the macros, and a Common Plume and this Acleris Cristana (??) among the micros.


Yellow Horned and friends

Traps on the bog and in the garden last night...making full use of the milder nights.
Yellow Horned and Clouded Drab were the first of the year for us.  A Common Plume sitting under the kitchen window this morning was lucky to avoid the local birdlife.
Agonopterix ocellana in willow carr with Yellow Horned, Chestnut, Satellite, Oak Beauty, Early Grey, Grey Shoulder-knot and Double-striped Pug.

Saturday 12 March 2016

Double-striped Pug

Our garden trap last night yielded a more modest catch of six singleton macro moths - Dotted Border, Oak Beauty, Chestnut, Early Moth, Hebrew Character and our first Double-striped Pug for this year.

Carolyn & Evan

Woodland Moths

A reasonable catch last night just one micro species, Diurnea fagella and thirteen macros as follows; March Moth, Pale Brindled Beauty, Hebrew Character, Early Thorn, Oak Beauty, Brindled Pug (9), Satellite, Early Grey, Common Quaker, Chestnut, Dotted Border. Grey Shoulder-knot and Small Quaker.
The first two photos are a light and dark Diurnea fagella for comparison.
Ina and Tony


Small Quaker
Grey Shoulder-knot

Oak Beauty
Early Grey

Hebrew Character

Early Thorn

Wednesday 2 March 2016

NMRS Micro Moth Records

Information on the new micro moth recording scheme will be available shortly on the Mothscount website.
For the Latest News page click HERE

The latest Guidelines, Evidence and Information on micro moths in NMRS can be found by clicking on the Documents page above.  Please note these are national guidelines and regional variations will occur.


Tuesday 1 March 2016