Sunday 24 November 2019

Ynys-hir in November

We managed a couple of traps in the woodland last night, even though neither of us are firing on all cylinders at the moment.
Eleven species found and as usual at this time of year November Moth group were the most numerous with 66 counted.  Others; Scarce Umber 10, Feathered Thorn 34, Mottled Umber 12, Red-green Carpet 1, December Moth 17, Spruce Carpet 6, Chestnut 5, Winter Moth 5, Yellow-line Quaker 2 and Grey Pine Carpet 1.
It is easy at this time of year to miss the start of the Winter Moth, (especially if you are in a hurry) and count them in with Nov. agg. but size is a good indicator. The same with some plainer forms of Mottled Umber and Scarce Umber as the illustration in the field guide does give the impression S.U. is lighter in colour than it is here in Ceredigion.
Ina and Tony
December Moth

Spruce Carpet
Grey Pine Carpet

Scarce Umber

Scarce Umber

Winter Moth

Winter Moth

Monday 4 November 2019

Llanarth Garden

A few new moths for this autumn including a well marked Chestnut. 26 moths of 11 species.


Black Rustic
Feathered Thorn

Mottled Umber

Red-line Quaker


December Moth

Saturday 2 November 2019

Ynys-hir in the rain

14 + species in the trap last night which was under cover due to the promise of heavy rain.
The + is for 4 carpet moths which are refusing to open their wings and the Nov aggs...but I am waiting patiently! The carpets are probably Spruce of Grey Pine but only time will tell.

Also, Acrolepia autumnitella a county first caught by a member of RSPB staff (Ellie) in the visitor centre yesterday, only tiny but very welcome!

Ina and Tony
November Moth agg. - which could be 3 species - 132, not counting the cloud that flew as I approached the trap.
Mottled Umber - 18
Feathered Thorn - 8
December Moth - 1
Merveille du Jour - 4
Spruce Carpet - 4
Yellow-line Quaker - 6
Chestnut - 4
Grey Pine Carpet - 2
Satellite - 1
Black Rustic - 3
Red-green Carpet - 1
Brick - 1

Feathered Thorn

Merveille du Jour

Mottled Umber

Mottled Umber

November Moth agg. female

Red-green Carpet