Friday, 9 April 2021

Frosted not so green

 My wood near cardigan supplied 3 new moths for the site this year: Red Green Carpet and Frosted Green neither of which were green and a Water Carpet.  The second FG was living up to its name and then, to demonstrate, jumped off to pose on a suitable bit of camouflage...what a smart moth!

Water Carpet was also nice and fresh.
There are some big old oaks in the wood so I have high expectations for the future!

Sunday, 4 April 2021

Orange Underwings at Cors Fochno

On Friday 3rd at about 16:00 we found three Orange Underwings at Cors Fochno - quite good flight views but they always seem to vanish into the trees and we could never find one perched. We also looked for them that morning on the boggy area at Ynys Hir where there are loads of birches (though they are tryring to kill them I think!) but there was no sign at all. (Mind you it was a lot colder in the morning).

Saturday, 3 April 2021


22 Moths and 10 species on the last night of March. Just the usual suspects including this nicely marked Engrailed

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

A better night

 We ran 3 traps in mixed woodland last night, the big one failed but the two little traps returned 61 moths of 19 species.

Tony & Ina

Purple Thorn

Purple Thorn


Frosted Green

Small and Common Quaker

Hebrew Characters

Rhos Glendenys - Nebo

My latest strategy for placing the trap - outside back door - hasn't been too fruitful of late so I followed Tony's advice and set it in woodland. More accurately rhos pasture but there is a line of trees down the middle.

Didn't have a massive catch 39 - but 16 species. The more notable being V Pug,  Dark Sword Grass, and 4 Small Brindled Beauty...

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Nebo/ Cross Inn

 Down to six moths last night but a couple of beauties...Oak Beauty and Brindled Beauty.



Sunday, 28 March 2021


 Having been given permission to raise some records in this interesting fragment of woodland on the banks of the Teifi I was pleased last year to catch a Scorched Carpet and whilst not as scarce this moth is certainly an equally good looker! Very fresh it has the violet hue, and surprisingly, some green scaling on the cilia and inner edges of the wings which this pic taken in the early morning dark of the forest doesn't really do justice.

Caught on March 23rd Coed Maidie B

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

VC46 Macro Moths 2020

 I have updated the macro moths document to include data from 2020 records. 

You can view and download this by going to the "Documents" page on the blog and clicking on the link.

Distribution maps have been updated, some extra photos have been added, and the records per year graphs brought up to date. There is also a new section on species aggregates.


Saturday, 20 March 2021

Llanarth garden

 Another mild and still night led to 102 moths - 16 macro and 4 micro species. 

I see the bats are out and about.

New for the year :-

Water Carpet

Brindled Beauty

Diurnea fagella

Early Thorn

There was a nice selection of Twin-spotted Quaker :-


 I also took advantage of a milder night and brought my trap out of hibernation, deployed at Old Warren Hill (Nanteos). 49 moths of 16 species, most numerous were Engrailed (12) and March Moth (13), most pleasing were Oak Beauty, Brindled Beauty and Early Thorn, and most surprising was V-Pug. Also several Chestnut, two Pale Pinion and a Twin-Spot Quaker.

Cross Inn/ Nebo

Having put the trap out under the trees at the end of my garden - result one moth - I decided that a change of location was neccessary. So I went for an 'on the patio outside the backdoor' approach.

More success - 10 species - Early Grey, March Moth, Hebrew Character, Small Quaker, Common Quaker, Dotted Border, Pale Brindled Beauty, Red Chestnut & Pale Pinion..

Friday, 19 March 2021


A few moths in the trap last night, including this nice Twin-spotted Quaker. Others present were Clouded Drab (1), Hebrew Character (1), Dotted Border (2), March Moth (1), and Chestnut (1).

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Talybont moths

 Just like the previous posts we were delighted to catch some moths at long last. We ran a trap in the garden and one in a neighbouring field and caught 24 moths of 12 species. These were: Angle Shades, Double-striped Pug, Brindled Pug, Brindled Beauty, Early Grey, Hebrew Character, Clouded Drab, Small Quaker, Yellow Horned, Oak Beauty, Chestnut, Mottled Grey, and Common Plume.

Early Grey

Common Plume

Angle Shades

Brindled Pug

Brindled Beauty

Cross Inn, Llanon

 At last some catches.

1 Double Striped Pug, 1 Dotted Border, 3 March Moths

Monday, 15 March 2021


 After a largely moth-less winter, it was good to find a few visitors in my trap last night. Minimum temperature was about 7C, still breezy and fairly steady drizzle. Ten moths, of six species: Small Quaker, Clouded Drab, Oak Beauty (5), Dotted Border, Grey Shoulder-knot and Yellow Horned.

Clouded Drab

Grey Shoulder-knot

Yellow Horned

Yellow Horned

Sunday, 14 March 2021

Oak Beauty

Our first moth in the trap this month with a minimum temperature finally above zero.

Carolyn & Evan

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Moth Report 2020 - Ceredigion vc46 Cardiganshire

 The Ceredigion moth report for 2020 is available HERE - This covers all records received to the end of February 2021.

Thursday, 4 February 2021

National Moth Recorders Meeting 2021

The 2021 National Moth Records meeting took place virtually this year.  Well it was certainly easier than an early morning train to Birmingham and the thought of a 3 hour trip back again.

The disadvantage was not meeting up with old friends, new (virtual) friends and putting faces to names.

The meeting was recorded and is now on You Tube.  If you wish to view what went on then please follow the link HERE

All the best to everyone and lets hope normal life will be restored as soon as possible.

Ina and Tony

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Llanarth garden

 It has been a very quiet January but perhaps things are starting to look up.

Pale Brindled Beauty

Early Moth

Hebrew Character

Saturday, 30 January 2021

January Moths

 At last some moths on a slightly warmer night.  Our catch went up 300% with one Dotted Border and two colour forms of the Spring Usher.

Carolyn & Evan