Thursday 26 October 2017


In the 14 species of moths caught on the bog last night was this Vestal.
Tony & Ina

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Talybont garden

Returns from the garden trap have been rather poor recently so we went all out with an MV light last night. The results were no better with 4 moths: Grey Shoulder-knot, Large Wainscot, Silver Y and Red-green Carpet.  More excitement came from the scuffling and tapping noises from a rain water down pipe not far from the trap. We managed to lift the pipe enough to release a Great tit, which flew off apparently unharmed.
Tony & Ina

Sunday 15 October 2017

Third National Moth Night (of 3)

Not a great deal of Ivy still flowering but traps close by Ivy in woodland produced 27 (minimum) macro species. These included the 6th record of Tawny Pinion in the county - 3 of these were last year. Most numerous - 94 Chestnut, 56 Red-green Carpet & 56 Yellow-line Quaker.
Six micro species including the second Diurnea lipsiella, the first was in the RIS trap at Tregaron.
Also at least 10 Hornets, not as placid as they usually are.  Ina & Tony
Amblyptilia punctidactyla

Diurnea lipsiella

Grey Shoulder-knot

Tawny Pinion

Sunday 8 October 2017

Streak at Llanon

The Streak, Chesias legatella, is a nationally common species which is quite uncommon in Ceredigion. Since 2000 there have been only 14 county records, and only 61 records in total. This may be due to lack of its foodplant, Broom, which is described as being "rather sparsely distributed" in the "Flora of Cardiganshire". This latest record comes from Matthew Cock at Llanon, where he had 2 records last year and 1 in 2012.

Wednesday 4 October 2017

Eglwys Fach

Twenty species on RSPB land last night, including Flounced Chestnut, Chestnut, Brindled Green, Merveille du Jour and Hypatima rhomboidella. Most numerous macro was Red-green Carpet and most numerous micro Epinotia ramella.

Brindled Green

Hypatima rhomboidella

Merveille du Jour

Red-line and Yellow-line Quakers getting cosy!

Sunday 1 October 2017

Cosmopolitan Aberystwyth

There was little actually in the garden trap last night, but the fence next to it was popular, attracting Cosmopolitan and Pearly Underwing:

A supporting cast of Rush Veneer and Silver Ys suggested a good night for migrants, and two Blair's Shoulder Knots were my first of the year.