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

Thursday 17 June 2021


I managed to find two Thrift Clearwings at Tanybwlch (Aberystwyth) on Sunday (despite the crowds). Both were by the side of the track before the bend in the river. Also Lobesia littoralis, Homoeosoma sinuella, and my first Chrystoteuchia culmella (Garden Grass Veneers) of the year. 

Thrift Clearwing

Lobesia littoralis - colourful, but not as clearly marked as I expected.

Monday 14 June 2021

A better night, at last

 I put my LED trap just into the wood last night and was rewarded with over 90 moths of, I think, 37 species. I hope my identifications are correct!

Edit 15 June: I had Cloaked Minor for the third one, but noticed flight season is wrong, so now think another Middle-barred Minor.


Coronet, f. coronula

Middle-barred Minor ?

Waved Carpet

Saturday 12 June 2021

Clouded Buff

Our best night in the garden so far produced 31 macro species. Our favourite was the Clouded Buff.  Others included our first Large Yellow Underwing of the year, three different Hawk-moths (Poplar, Eyed and Elephant) and other firsts for the year shown below. 

 Carolyn & Evan
Clouded Buff

Scalloped Hook-tip

Peach Blossom

Middle-barred Minor (form pallida)

May Highflyer

Broken-barred Carpet

Friday 11 June 2021

Talybont Garden and some lovely warm drizzle

 I often am asked what are the best conditions for moth trapping.  I always say warm drizzle is by far the best and last night proved the point.

Like lots of other moth-ers we have had a terrible start to the year.  In fact it was often an occasion for celebration to have one moth!

So although not an over-large catch 25 species was wonderful.  A few photos below, please excuse the quality as they were taken in a hurry.   Ina and Tony

Alder Moth

Anania hortulata

Common Marbled Carpet

Common Marbled Carpet - Underside

Dagger agg, probably Grey

Foxglove Pug

Rhyacionia pinivorana - Spotted Shoot Moth

Rhyacionia pinivorana - Spotted Shoot Moth

Thursday 10 June 2021

Scarlet Tiger Moth



loads of these in my Cwmpadarn, Aberystwyth garden. Favourite food is Russian blue comfrey
Ian Finlay.

Saturday 5 June 2021

What's this Noctuid?

 A rather cool night produced 22 macro species from our neighbour's woodland.  Included was this mystery noctuid (fl 20mm).  The nearest we can get is a Cabbage Moth but are not completely happy about it.  Any suggestions?

Carolyn & Evan


Broom Moth

Knot Grass


Thursday 3 June 2021


I set two traps on the outskirts of Aberystwyth last night and was rewarded with 50+ species. New for the year included Oak Hooktip (6), Green Carpet (3), Scorched Wing (3), Chinese Character, Miller (2), Shears, Common Lutestring, and Straw Dot. And something I've labelled as Dusky Brocade but really not sure. The most micros I've caught for some time included Agapeta hamana (4), Cydia pomonella, Homoeosoma sinuella, Rhyacionia pinivorana, and Incurvaria oehlmanniella. Also a possible Cydia cosmophorana.


Dusky Brocade?

Cydia cosmophorana