Wednesday 30 March 2022
Monday 28 March 2022
Sunday 27 March 2022
Wednesday 23 March 2022
What a difference a light makes! We ran an MV Robinson trap last night and recorded 223 moths of 23 different species. The vast majority were Common Quaker (71) and Small Quaker (65). Other common Spring moths were: Clouded Drab (17), Hebrew Character (13), Chestnut (10), Oak Beauty (10), Twin-spotted Quaker (6), Early Grey (6), Brindled Pug (4), Dotted Border (1), Herald (1), March Moth (3), Early Thorn (2), Engrailed (2), Yellow Horned (1).
Firsts for us this year were: Double-striped Pug, Red Chestnut, Pale Pinion (2), Water Carpet.
The micros were: Diurnea fagella (4), Dyseriocrania subpurpurella, Caloptilia stigmatella, Agonopterix heracliana/ciliella.
Tony & Ina
Tuesday 22 March 2022
Species numbers are looking up in Talybont. Despite Tony putting some different egg boxes in the trap last night and consequently having almost as many spiders in there as moths, they all seemed to get on ok with very little collateral damage.
The D.daucella must have been hiding out in the shed for the winter I would assume and was very anxious to get away. In search of a mate while there is still time?
First Pug and Twin-spotted Quaker spotted in the garden this year.
Friday 18 March 2022
Wednesday 16 March 2022
A mild-ish night with drizzle finally tempted me out of hibernation yesterday, but only as far as the back garden. 23 moths of 12 species was a welcome return. Highlights were Early Thorn, Pine Beauty and Acleris literana.
Good to read Tony and Ina's report on 2021: to re-live the highlights and to think about what to search for in 2022!
Tuesday 15 March 2022
Monday 14 March 2022
We were promised a minimum of 5 degrees last night but the reading in the car was only 2 so 58 individuals of 13 species at Ynys-hir was a reasonable result.
As we are both still a little incapacitated (not as mobile) at the moment I decided not to risk another 'round' with the brambles so did not go too far into the woods where we may have found one or two more species, I was hoping for a Pine Beauty!
Ina and Tony
|Agonopterix heracliana - 6mm|
|Common Quaker - dark markings|
|Engrailed - most abundant on the night|
|Engrailed - darker individual|
|March Moth - looking particularly dapper|
|Oak Beauty - antenna view|
|Pale Brindled Beauty|
|Small Quaker #1|
|Small Quaker #2|
Saturday 12 March 2022
Three more moths from the garden this morning, three individuals different from yesterday's and two were sitting on the shed. Some ant activity coming out from under the shed so we can only assume that some warmer weather is on the way.
Ina and Tony
|A very worn and sorry looking Oak Beauty|