Wednesday 27 July 2022

Cross Inn, Llanon

Given that the size of this pug is only about 21mm, I’m thinking second generation Currant Pug rather than Wormwood Pug even though it seems to lack a prominent white tonal spot.

Any comments welcome.

I accidentally ‘unpublished’ this after Tony had commented that a Triple-spotted Pug fitted the photos and description. Sorry Tony. I always seem to have problems with Blogger when it comes to adding comments. I’ll record it as Triple-spotted Pug. I’d rather dismissed this possibility as it is described as Local and Rare for the county.

I put it in a tube on Tuesday. When I went to photograph it, our dog knocked the tube out of my hand and it flew off in the kitchen. Later that evening it reemerged so I got a couple of photos before releasing it.

Saturday 23 July 2022

Moths from the bog

 I also tried to make the most of the hot weather earlier in the week, with only partial success. Trapping just outside Llanbadarn on Sunday night went well, with almost 70 species, though not more than ten of anything. Highlights included Phoenix, Drinker, Limnaecia phragmitella, Rush Veneer, Water Veneer and Pammene aurana.


Limnaecia phragmitella

The next evening I went to Borth Bog at dusk, but rather few of the bog specialists: Southern Wainscot, Round-winged Muslin, Chevron, and Chilo phragmitella. The garden trap did better, with more than 70 species including Marsh Oblique-barred and Four-dotted Footman. So perhaps I should have stayed at home! Two days later, a Round-winged Muslin in the garden trap, one of fewer than 30 species.

Chilo phragmitella

Southern Wainscot


Round-winged Muslin

Wednesday 20 July 2022

Clouded Magpie

 A record night at the end of the heat wave produced almost 200 moths of 51 macro and 16 micro species from the trap in our field near a pond.  The highlights of the night were this beautiful fresh Clouded Magpie (we know of no elm trees in the vicinity) and our second Double Kidney of the week.  

Carolyn & Evan

Clouded Magpie

Double Kidney

Tuesday 12 July 2022

Silver Y caterpillar

Disappointed that the first thing I read when googling images of SilverY caterpillar was that they are a pest species!  The headline from 1.8M results!  On the cliffs at Aberporth this is one of their foodplants.

Monday 11 July 2022


New for this year in the trap this morning, a pretty pristine Antler Moth and at the other end of the scale, a rather tatty Double Line


Tuesday 5 July 2022

Pontsaeson, Cross Inn, Llanon

 2 lifers and a few ‘new for the year’ last night.

Barred Straw

Large Fruit-Tree Tortrix


Common White Wave
Mottled Rustic

Ingrailed Clay