Sunday 19 September 2021

Another Clifden Nonpareil !

 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).


Monday 13 September 2021

Small Dusty Wave

 I thought I had a pug at the window this morning, but on closer inspection it appears to be a rather faded Small Dusty Wave.

Saturday 11 September 2021

Clifden Nonpareil

 We were delighted to find this Clifden Nonpareil in our garden trap this morning having caught our first at the same time two years previously.

Carolyn & Evan

Thursday 9 September 2021

Nanteos / Aberystwyth

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?
Autumnal Rustic

Micros included Hypatima rhomboidella, Ypsolopha parenthesella, Agonopterix arenella and a good selection of Acleris sp.:
Acleris sparsana

Acleris emargana

Acleris rhombana ?

In my garden trap the previous night the highlights were Devon Carpet, Cedestis subfasciella, Bucculatrix ulmella, and Etainia decentella:

Devon Carpet

Etainia (or Ectoedemia?) decentella

Tuesday 7 September 2021

Llawrcwrt - Elephant Hawk-moth Larva

My wife  found this transiting a stretch of wall between overhanging Willow-herb this morning. Nice to find something as there was very little in the trap.




Sunday 5 September 2021

Mouse Moth

 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. 


Friday 3 September 2021

Two new moths for Llangeitho

 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:

Yellow-barred Brindle

Another Yellow-barred Brindle

Tawny Speckled Pug

Wednesday 1 September 2021

Buff Tip caterpillars

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. 


 Good range of late summer / early autumn! moths in my trap at Bontgoch the last two nights including two surprise firsts for me - Vapourer and Striped Twin-spot Carpet.


Striped Twin-spot Carpet

Autumnal Rustic