We had a mild and not so damp night last night so had a go with the trap in the garden.
The result was 3 moths of 3 species, not too bad for here in December.
Ina and Tony
Despite being a mild night only 3 moths in the garden last night, down from 10 last week. Still not bad for the time of year as we have usually given up on the garden by this time of year. Woodland is now the only place to go if we want to see more species.
Ina & Tony
We (Ina) put the trap (60W Actinic Robinson) out in the garden. We caught only 10 moths of 6 species, 9 of them were on or around the trap, only the Angle Shades went into the trap.
Tony & Ina
Winter is approaching. We caught our first November aggregate Moths, Mottled Umber and Flounced Chestnut for this year, amongst a total of 13 macro species, last night. The most numerous was the Chestnut in double figures and included our very first Pine Carpet.
Carolyn & Evan
|November Moth agg.|
We caught an Oak Nycteoline again this year from our neighbour's woodland. A total of ten macro species included Merveille du Jour, Lunar Underwing, Chestnut, Red and Yellow-line Quakers and a plethora of Red-green Carpet.
Carolyn & Evan
Last night I had 18 moths of 8 species.
I recently downloaded the free app ObsIdentify and thought I would give it a trial.
Having taken photos of all 8 species I then put them through the app and it identified them all accurately. 1 of them it wasn’t 100% sure of (Spruce Carpet) but it did appear at the top of the list of likely candidates.
ObsIdentify will never replace experience and field guides but I must say how impressed I was with it. For anybody who needs a helping hand to guide them towards the correct page in their moth book it is well worth installing.
I’ve also used it to help identify beetles.
The 14th Ceredigion record for this rare visitor to the county was found near Talsarn in a water container. It was rescued, dried out and has since recovered. The lady who found it described it as "walking up my sleeve, squeaking as it went". We have had 3 records since 2015, with none from 1983 to 2015.
This moth was found in Devil's Bridge by Christopher Jones, where he photographed it at rest on a window frame. This is only the fifth record for the county and the first for that area. The first record was only 2 years ago (see post for 11 Sep below).
I trapped (in the rain) at Old Warren Hill (Nanteos) last night. Only one thorn (August; I had hoped for more), but I managed the Magpie double (one each of Clouded and "normal"), several Feathered Gothic and singles of Autumnal Rustic, Clay triple-lines, July Highflyer and a possible Ash-pug.
|Ash pug? |
In my garden trap the previous night the highlights were Devon Carpet, Cedestis subfasciella, Bucculatrix ulmella, and Etainia decentella:
|Etainia (or Ectoedemia?) decentella|
There are only 40 records for this moth in Ceredigion, only 2 since 1992, one in 2010 and the the other in 2014 from Ynys-las and New Quay respectively. This species is not reported as being in decline so it is a bit of a puzzle as to why we are not catching more of them. This one was caught inland from Aberporth last weekend by Ruth Harding.
My last two trapping sessions, 30 August and 2 September, produced two new species for my site (subject to my identifications being correct): two rather faded Yellow-barred Brindles and a somewhat worn Tawny Speckled Pug:
|Another Yellow-barred Brindle|
|Tawny Speckled Pug|
Below, is my original post but these have now been identified as Buff Tip caterpillars, not Scarlet Tiger, so I’ve changed the title.
I hope somebody is better at caterpillars than I am. I’m thinking that these are Scarlet Tiger caterpillars destroying a young birch tree in my garden.