Friday 28 December 2018


A change from December Moths, a Chestnut in the trap this morning.  Sarnau (SA44)

Thursday 27 December 2018

Boxing Day Woodland

In no particular order,  sorry, watched too much Strictly!
Winter Moth, Mottled Umber (including black form),Pale Brindled Beauty, Grey Shoulder-knot, Chestnut, Dotted Border, Scarce Umber (just one), N. Winter Moth, Mottled Grey, Dark Arches, Tortricodes Alternella and last - and also least - 1 Plutella xylostella!  10 Macro and 2 Micro species.
Ina and Tony


Dark Arches

Dotted Border

Grey Shoulder-knot

Mottled Grey

Mottled Umber
Mottled Umber - black form

Northern Winter Moth

Pale Brindled Beauty

Wednesday 26 December 2018

More December Moths

Male and Female December Moths in the trap this morning.  Sarnau (SA44)

Top, male and bottom, female.

Friday 14 December 2018

Winter Moth - female

This female Winter Moth emerged today from a larva collected at Ynyslas in May.
At the time it was a little 'green' thing hanging from a thread which I stuck in a pot with some leaves, Sallow I think. Winter Moth was my guess but it is very nice to prove it!
Now I had better get her outside somewhere... but she hasn't picked the best of the winter weather!

Thursday 13 December 2018

First Trapping since our move to Ceredigion.

Put the moth trap out for the first time since our move to Sarnau (SA44), and caught 4 December Moths, Poecilocampa populi, in our back garden.  10th December 2018

Looking forward to many more moth trapping evenings.

December Moth.

Monday 10 December 2018

Woodland in December

Just one trap in the woodland at Ynys-hir last night (the other one failed to come on!) but we recorded 68 moths of 5 species. Most numerous were Winter Moth (33), with Scarce Umber (19), Mottled Umber (13), December Moth (2), and Feathered Thorn (1).
Tony & Ina
Scarce Umber

Mottled Umber

Feathered Thorn

Friday 16 November 2018

Woodland in November - Pale Brindled Beauty

Good numbers of moths last night at Ynys-hir. Eighteen species, sixteen plus two micros including the odd surprise.
Here are the highlights but not a complete list.
Most numerous; still plenty of November aggs around, Mottled Umber and 61 December moths, love 'em!
The big surprise was a Pale Brindled Beauty, also a Merveille du Jour just visible on one of the photos, Pale Pinion, Yellow and Red-line Quakers looking a bit tatty, Common Marbled Carpet, Silver Y, Spruce Carpet and Grey Pine Carpet.  Micros; Carcina quercana and Acleris sparsana.
Ina and Tony
Northern Winter Moth

Pale Brindled Beauty

Mottled Umber


Grey Pine Carpet

Mostly December

Common Marbled Carpet

Pale Pinion

Winter Moth

Wednesday 7 November 2018

Tuesday 6 November 2018

Llanarth Garden

A very breezy night produced 34 moths of 11 species.
This included a well marked Satellite, a moth which I haven't recorded recently.
The other moths were - Chestnut, Yellow-line and Red-line Quaker, Red and Dark Sword-grass,
Merveille du Jour, Red-green Carpet, Feathered Thorn, November Moth agg. and a solitary micro Light Brown Apple Moth.

Feathered Thorn
Red Sword-grass

Saturday 3 November 2018

Second Generations at Wallog

17 or maybe 18 species (one carpet that may be Grey Pine) on a windy night on the coast.
The first record (in vc46) of a second generation of Dark Arches and also of Ditula angustiorana, Red-barred Tortrix.
Others; November Moth, December Moth, Green-brindled Crescent, Heart & Dart, Black Rustic, Red-green Carpet, Angle Shades, Common Marbled Carpet, Yellow-line Quaker, Red-line Quaker, Satellite, Chestnut, Spruce Carpet, Acleris sparsana, last and also the least (size-wise anyway) Phyllonorycter messaniella.

Ina and Tony

Dark Arches - 2nd generaton

Red-barred Tortrix - Ditula angustorana

Phyllonorycter messaniella

Sunday 21 October 2018

Autumn moths

We ran two traps at RSPB's Ynys-hir reserve last night and caught over 250 moths. Nearly 100 of them were Epirrita species (November Moth Agg.). Some of the 30 macro species were Merveille du Jour, Feathered Thorn, Satellite, Grey Pine Carpet, Spruce Carpet, Pine Carpet, Autumn Green Carpet, Large Wainscot, Grey Shoulder-knot, Pale Pinion, December Moth, Willow Beauty, Small Fan-footed Wave, Brick and 3 Vestal (see Sarah's post).
The 6 micros were Carcina quercana, Acleris Sparsana, Celypha lacunana, Hypsophygia costalis (Gold Triangle), Ypsolopha sequella, Calybites phasianipennella (smallest moth of the night, longest name!)
Tony & Ina

Calybites phasianipennella

Gold triangle

Merveille du Jour

Grey Pine Carpet


Large Wainscot

Pale Pinion

Thursday 11 October 2018

Brindled Green

In spite of a warm night we only had nine moths of five species in our garden trap this morning.  These included Brindled Green, Herald and Satellite together with Red Sword-grass and Chestnut.

Carolyn & Evan
Brindled Green (fl 15mm)

Cors Fochno - (Warm Southerly winds)

We were hoping for some migrants, eight Silver Ys was the best we could do.
Other moths of interest, a second generation Swallow-tailed Moth, the first December Moth of the season for us and a late Common Rustic agg. Thirty five Pink-barred Sallow topped the number charts, made a change from Black Rustics.  A late Heath Rustic managed to avoid the camera.
Canary-shouldered Thorn

Common Rustic agg

December Moth

Flounced Chestnut

Frosted Orange

Red Sword-grass

Swallow-tailed Moth