Thursday 26 May 2022

Talybont moths

 Only 30 moths of 17 species in the garden last night. The following were firsts for the year for us:

Tony & Ina


Elephant Hawk-moth

Heart and Dart


Marbled White Spot

Friday 20 May 2022

National Moth Nights

 The first night of this years NMN and the theme this year is Woodland.

Around 120 plus individuals of c53 species on the edge of some mixed woodland and I am sure there would have been more if it wasn't for a very helpful Robin this morning.  Nothing so spectacular as the Striped Hawk-moth but some old favourites returning again.  In fact not a Hawk-moth of any description which surprised me...the robin didn't look that fat! 😋


Alder Moth

Bordered White

Clay Triple Lines


Cream Wave

Devon Carpet

Dog's Tooth

Dwarf Pug

Knot Grass

Orange Footman

Peach Blossom

Sandy Carpet

Scorched Wing

Small Angle Shades

Small Clouded Brindle

Tawney-barred Angle

Llanarth garden - immigrant


Striped Hawk-moth

Aberystwyth garden

A rather meagre haul last night - 24 moths of 19 species - was improved by a Bordered Straw. Less notable FFYs included Elephant Hawk Moth, Knot Grass and White-spotted Pug, and it was good to see Tawny-barred Angle in the garden trap.

Bordered Straw

I've had up to two Tachystola acroxantha in the trap recently (but not last night) and Alder and Marbled Coronet last weekend.

My micro-seeking perambulations elsewhere have been moderately successful: Dichrorampha plumbagana at Tanybwlch, Phyllonorycter geniculella near Bow Street, and Epinotia subocellana at Cross Inn.

E. subocellana

P. geniculella

Cross Inn

 First for this year last night were

Silver Y, Common Pug, and Eyed Hawkmoth

Monday 16 May 2022

Sunday 8 May 2022

Talybont moths

 Surprisingly small catch last night with only 19 macros and 6 micros, but 9 May Bugs and a Ladybird. Of the 12 macro species, those below were firsts for the year:

Tony & Ina

Shuttle-shaped Dart

Oak Hook-tip

Puss Moth

Small Square-spot

Clouded-bordered Brindle



Sunday 1 May 2022

Lunar Thorn

 A warmer, wet night produced 161 moths of 32 macro species from traps in the garden and oak woodland. Here are a few photos of some of the new species for this year.

Carolyn & Evan

Lunar Thorn

Purple Thorn

Lesser Swallow Prominent

Pale-shouldered Brocade


Spectacle- front

Tawny-barred Angle (melanistic)