Saturday 30 June 2018

Tigers at Talybont

Last nights garden trap produced 54 species including Scarlet and Garden Tiger. Some of the more interesting ones appear below.
Tony & Ina

Beautiful Carpet

Bordered White

Brown China-mark

Narrow-winged Pug (and friends)

Scarce Silver-lines

Scarlet Tiger

Yellow-tail (very scary!)

Thursday 28 June 2018


We trapped by the coast at Wallog last night, recording 350 moths, 55 macros and 19 micros.
Tony & Ina

Pod Lover

Grass Emerald

Large Emerald

Dingy Shell

Scarce Footman

Shoulder-striped Wainscot

Short-cloaked Moth

Red-necked Footman

Tuesday 26 June 2018

Cors Fochno

A fruitless search for Purple bordered Gold yesterday but one or two other species honoured us with their presence. Also among all the grass moths that were flying about everywhere was Crambus ulignosella but no photo I'm afraid.
 Ina and Tony

Catoptria margaritella

Celypha rivulana


Eyed Hawk-moth

Gold Spot

Ingrailed Clay


Map-winged Swift

Marsh Oblique-barred

Pebble Prominent

Striped Wainscot

True Lover's knot

Monday 25 June 2018

Moth eggs

I appear to have some eggs which have been laid on the side of my trap. Don't know what species - I have a sneaking suspicion it may be the female Ghost Moth that I had yesterday.

Any advice as to what to do with them? Are they best left where they are, or moved to some vegetation? If the latter, what's the best way to move them please???

Photo is very poor, sorry.....

Sunday 24 June 2018

Ynys-hir moths

For the event at the RSPB reserve we set 5 traps. Despite the temperature falling to 6 C overnight, we had 335 macro moths of 72 species. A Suspected and Rosy Wave were unexpected new species for the reserve. Other notables were Dog's Tooth, Double Dart, Round-winged Muslin, Muslin Footman, Striped, Smoky, Southern and Common Wainscot, Lilac Beauty, Minor Shoulder-knot, and Lackey.
Tony & Ina

Rosy Wave

Dog's Tooth

Minor Shoulder-knot

Night of the golden tortix

I left my little heath trap in mixed woodland in the Rheidol valley last night. Highlights were Lilac Beauty, Double Line and Northern Spinach. Also Satin Lutestring (2) and a second generation Engrailed. But it was really a night for tortrix species, with (abundant) Archips xylosteana (118), Green oak Tortrix (19), Aleimma loeflingiana (6), Hedya nubiferana (2), Pandemis cinnamoneana (1) and Archips podana (1).

Later on, I swung my net around the fields by the sewage works lower down the valley, and generated a new attempt to persuade Ina that there are bactra sp. other than lancealana in the county:
B. furfurana?

Confused with my Burnets

Is there any way I can easily tell if this is a five spot, or one of the narrow bordered variety?

Saturday 23 June 2018

Moths at Ynys-hir - 24th June 2018

We will be at Ynys-hir again on Sunday morning.
On the car park hopefully but if it is too sunny we may be hiding somewhere nearby in the shade!

Trap opening for the public between 9:00 and 11:00'ish

All welcome

Tony and Ina

Holly Tortrix

I collected this spinning from Bilberry between Llyn Pendam and Llyn Syfydrin on the 29th May.  I was hoping it may be a Bilberry Pug but after a couple of days I had a peep at the larva and realised it was not a Pug.  The adult emerged yesterday the 22nd June and is a Holly Tortrix, Rhopobota naevana.
As this sometimes puzzles people as just another LBJ I thought I would share it, note the crease from the middle of the wing to the apex.

Talybont Garden 19th June

This posting is a little late due to domestic other words a new kitchen.  Although we found time to put the trap out blogging was a step too far!
A couple of photos from the trap of 'first for the year, here' and a 2nd record of Epermenia falciformis, the first I found near Gwbert in 2013.  There's the gauntlet thrown down, there must be more between here and there!
Burnisher Brass

Small Seraphim
E.falciformis - side

E.falciformis - top

Sunday 17 June 2018

Double Line

We had 44 macro and 11 micro species from three traps last night set for one of the allocated National Moth Nights but sadly, for them, no Pyralids.  The most numerous was this Nat Scarce B species -- Double Line from our Rhos pasture.  Also of interest was the dark form of the Mottled Beauty and this unusually well marked White Ermine.

Carolyn & Evan
Double Line
Mottled Beauty

Mottled Beauty f conversaria
White Ermine