Sunday 30 June 2019

Galium Carpet & July Belle

A very warm night produced 49 macro species from three separate traps.  The highlights for us were this Galium Carpet  and this time we think a July Belle ( timing of flight period , dot-like black central spot nearer second cross-line than third and very faint outermost cross-line).

Carolyn & Evan

Galium Carpet
July Belle

Saturday 29 June 2019

Collateral damage and Sharks

Such a warm night was bound to bring in a good catch even to an Actinic and so it was.
5 Sharks were in superb condition but many other moths had been stripped of scales inside the box directly or indirectly by midges, others were being eaten by slugs on the wet grass.

Thursday 27 June 2019

The tide reaches Aberystwyth

Three weeks after the other reports, a Shark in my garden trap in Aberystwyth this morning. The other garden first was a Peach Blossom. Also Heart and Club, Double Line, Scarce Silver Lines, a popular little elephant, and no sign of the Heart and Dart plague diminishing (70 - slightly more than half of the catch).

Clouded Buff

On a walk around the area near Llyn Pendam this morning we found male and female of the beautiful Clouded Buff.
Tony & Ina

Wednesday 26 June 2019

Allt y Crib

Tony set off on his annual quest to find the Welsh Wave...and failed to find any.  We are hoping they are still around somewhere but the best area was wrecked by the 'beast from the east' a couple of years ago.
Compensation came in the form of Bilberry Pug for Tony and Beautiful Snout for me!
35 Macro species and more than 8 micros, some awaiting identification.  
A few photos to be going on with.
Ina and Tony

Apotomis turbidana

Barred Red

Beautiful Snout

Bilberry Pug

Bordered White

Double Line

Small Yellow Wave

Striped Wainscot

Tuesday 25 June 2019

Nebo/ Cross Inn

Decent number of moths for me - 80 - although I had about 50+ Heart and Dart.

Otherwise Buff Tip, Silver Y, Large Yellow Underwing, White Ermine, Buff Ermine, Brimstone, Poplar Hawkmoth, Peach Blossom, Four-dotted Footman, Flame, Flame Shoulder, Peppered Moth, Dark Arches...

Monday 24 June 2019

Trychrug, near Cross Inn, Llanon

Considering I was only planning on walking the dog, I was pleased to spot this Clouded Border and a Four-dotted Footman.

Ynys-hir moth event

A warm, cloudy, still night was perfect for moths and we saw 108 species (84 macro and 24 micro) not counting quite a few that escaped before we could identify them. Most surprising were a total of 8 Dog's Tooth in traps around the visitor centre, some way from their normal habitat. Before this there were 25 county records of 27 individuals. Surprisingly few Heart and Dart (12), Large Yellow Underwing (6), and Dark Arches (4).
Tony & Ina
Pinion-streaked Snout

Single-dotted Wave

Satin Beauty

Map-winged Swift

Minor Shoulder-knot


Barred Red

Dog's Tooth

Grey Arches
Aleimma loeflingiana
Aleimma loeflingiana
Archips podana

Green Silver-lines

Friday 21 June 2019

Rhos Glendenys, Nebo/ Cross Inn

I went to have a look for Burnets, of which there was no trace.

Quite pleasant though - orchids are out, Meadow brown butterflies, and a section of bees..

Seemed to be plenty (100's) of the moth, and a few grashoppers (if indeed they are a moth and a grasshopper - ID's welcome)

Thursday 20 June 2019

Llawrcwrt Returnees

Two moths in the trap this morning that haven't been recorded here since 1991. Tony tells me that the Eyed hawk-moth is only the third recorded here, the first being by Adrian Fowles in 1984.

Tuesday 18 June 2019

Ynyslas moths

We had 16 species of macro moths last night. New for us this year were Brussels Lace (10), Clouded Border (3), Mottled Rustic (5), Lackey, Mottled Beauty, Double Dart, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Striped Wainscot, Light Emerald, and Mullein Wave.
Tony & Ina
Shoulder-striped Wainscot

Striped Wainscot

Mullein Wave

Mottled Rustic

Double Dart

Brussels Lace

Sunday 16 June 2019

Mother Shipton

We had a wander round at Ynyslas this morning and saw lots of 6-spot Burnet and Cinnabar (adults and small larvae). Also a couple of Pyrausta despicata, a Diamond-back, and 2 Mother Shipton. Old Mother Shipton was a 16th century Yorkshire witch and the markings on forewing of the moth are said to resemble her profile, with a conspicuous eye and hooked nose.
Tony and Ina

Drinker - Nebo/ Cross Inn

Friday 14 June 2019

July Belle

I found this on Trychrug (the hills between Cross Inn and Tal-sarn) yesterday. Hopefully I have identified it correctly as July Belle rather than Lead Belle.
Either way, it is still a first for me.

Thursday 6 June 2019

Talybont Garden

Not a long list this morning, 13 macro and 2 micro.
Buff-tip, Spectacle, Lesser Swallow Prominent, Foxglove Pug, Garden Carpet, Elephant Hawk. Heart & Dart, Large Yellow Underwing , Fox Moth (m), Treble Lines (1 only today), Setaceous Hebrew Character, Dagger agg. White Ermine, also Epiphyas postvittana (LBAM) and Hofmannophila pseudospretella (Brown House Moth) - we have a shed-load, literally!
First Foxglove Pug, Fox Moth, Dagger and Large Y/u of the year in the garden.  It has been a very good year for Treble Lines but maybe they are coming to an end now.

Ina and Tony