Friday, 30 July 2021


 A lucky visiting moth'er had a surprise in his trap in New Quay this morning, a Star-wort, Cucullia asteris. This nationally scarce species was last recorded in Ceredigion in 1992. There are only 11 county records between 1952 and 1992, 7 of which came from the RIS trap at Aberporth. One of the records is also from New Quay, on 24th July 1954. Thanks to David Kirk from Hemel Hempstead for catching and reporting this moth. Also thanks to Pete Skinner for the photographs below.

Tony & Ina

Sunday, 25 July 2021

Bilberry Pug

 Recent sultry nights have produced pretty good catches for me at Troedrhiw Seiri, Bontgoch. Last night I had my first Bilberry Pug in the trap. The nearest bilberry bushes are probably around 300m away in Coed Troedrhiw Seiri. Below are some of my other captures though I'm less than certain about the Marbled Coronet! 

Bilberry Pug

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, female

B-b Yellow Underwing, male

                                                                    Marbled Coronet

Monday, 19 July 2021

Llawrcwrt - Ear


A nice fresh Ear in the trap tis morning, which as it has flown off, will forever remain an "agg."  Unless, of course, someone knows better.

(Background is 6mm squares)

Sunday, 18 July 2021

Dingy Shell

 Nice selection of moths in the trap this morning including a late and very worn Square Spot and a new record for me, Dingy Shell.

Saturday, 17 July 2021

Aberystwyth garden

A surfeit of Aphelia paleana in the garden trap this morning (28), with Cydia splendana in second place (16). But the highlight was a new moth for me - Northern Rustic, which I read has a westerly distribution! 

Northern Rustic

Also first-for-year Short-cloaked Moth, True-Lovers Knot, and Lesser Yellow underwing. Along with an Antler and a Brown China Mark, I get the impression that there were some long journeys made last night.

Among the micros Piniphila fasciana, Carpatolechia fugitivella, Elachista albidella, Cydia fagiglandana and Epinotia nanana, some of which might need further examination.

Another first for me was a Bilberry Pug disturbed in Allt-y-Crib woods near Talybont today.

Piniphila fasciana

Carpatolechia fugitivella 

Epinotia nanana

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Llangeitho: Bilberry Pug

 Last night I set my trap in the wood, close to a large patch of Bilberry, so was very pleased to have one Bilberry Pug resting on the outside of the trap this morning.

Bilberry Pug

There was also a very fresh-looking July Highflyer, with striking reddish cross-bands. For contrast here also is a greenish July Highflyer that hatched a few days ago (from larva collected inadvertently when sweeping in the wood).

July Highflyer

July Highflyer

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Ashworth's Rustic

 We have picked up a record of Ashworth's Rustic in the last few days.  This is not in an upland area but close to the coast near Clarach and not too far away from where 2 were recorded back in the 80s. This is the furthest south the species has been recorded.

Do we have a colony somewhere in the area? Is this a wanderer?  Investigations are ongoing as to the habitat further north as I believe there may be some similar places on Anglesey where the moth occurs.

Ina and Tony

Saturday, 10 July 2021

Rheidol Valley / Aberystwyth

 I set two traps last night, one at home and the other away, in mixed woodland in the Rheidol Valley. 80+ species in total. I was pleased to see several Satin Beauty in the woodland, as well as Purple Bar, Cloaked Carpet, Buff Footman, Scalloped Oak, Antler, Purple Clay, Slender Brindle, Pinion-streaked Snout, Pseudatemelia (Agnoea) josephinae, Spilonota laricana and Eudonia delunella. At home, the highlights were Haworth's and Freyer's Pugs, several Pammene fasciana, and a pristine Small Rivulet. Also my first Common Rustic this year, and a Phyllonorycter blancardella hatched from our apple tree.

Cloaked Carpet

Large Fruit-Tree Tortrix

Satin Beauty

Small Rivulet

Pammene fasciana

Haworth's Pug

Pinion-streaked Snout

Spilonota laricana

P. josephinae

Tuesday, 6 July 2021

Large Tabby

 We found our second Large Tabby of the year lurking in the house today - confusingly a micro moth!

Carolyn & Evan

Sunday, 4 July 2021

Silver Y predation


Stonechat at Aberporth cliffs feeding young wth a fresh Silver Y!   Photo: Silke Einschutz

Saturday, 3 July 2021

Puss Moth

 Found in Coed Rhiwarthen, Capel Bangor.

June 2021

Ian Finlay

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Waved Carpet

A Waved Carpet was outside the 15w actinic trap I set in the older part of the WWWT woodland outside Cardigan last night.  A large number of Mottled Beauty and some smaller paler geometrids which were too flighty to pot also turned up to the party.

Tony, you say in your notes there was a sudden increase in records from 2017 and I am wondering if you can discern whether that was due to more recording  in old woodlands or some other explanation?

Monday, 28 June 2021

Grey Arches etc.

 Just short of 40 species in the trap last night including my first Scallop Shell for a few years and these three:

Grey Arches

Small Seraphim

Yarrow Plume

Sunday, 27 June 2021

Green Arches

 This rather splendid Green Arches, stood out among a small haul this morning. I see a few most years but not often in such good condition.

Colourful caterpillars at Troedrhiw Seiri, Bontgoch

 Found a couple of early instar Puss moth caterpillars on young suckers of my Aspen 'thicket'. Also had a good number of Mullein caterpillars shredding a couple of my greater mullein plants (which are pretty easy to grow from seed).


Rhos Glendenys - Nebo/ Cross Inn

I've spent a few fruitless hours looking for Five-spot Burnets which seem to be  late this year (don't have my records avaialble but normally 2nd week in June IIRC)

At least the first one (and only one!) posed on a convenient orchid.....



Sunday, 20 June 2021

Silver Hook

 A warm midgy night produced 67 macro species from three traps, two of which were in our neighbour's woodland.  Our high spot was our very first Silver Hook from the woodland.  The Mottled Beauty was the first moth of this year to reach double figures.  Included below is a selection of some of the more attractive moths.

Carolyn & Evan

Silver Hook
Mottled Beauty

July Belle

Gold Swift

Clay Triple-lines

Beautiful Carpet

Saturday, 19 June 2021

100 up

 After last nights catch in the garden we have reached 104 macro species for the year. On this date last year we had 131 but in 2019 it was 151. I hope our reduced species is due to covid which has prevented us from trapping in the more interesting sites and not due to moth numbers. 

Tony & Ina


Ghost Moth (f)

Middle-barred Minor

Chrysoteuchia culmella

Celypha striana