Friday, 11 May 2018

Castle upon alun 10/5/18

                                Little thorn, on the wooded slope just beyond the ford.

Merthyr mawr dunes 5/5/18

                                 25+ Pyrausta ostrinalis on the wing, also purpuralis
                                        and Cingulata seen.

                                 2 Grizzled skippers. Also 3 Dingy skipper.

Nantyffyllon 4/5/18

                               Clepsis senecionana, netted at dusk.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018


On saturday night I did my first proper trap since I moved to Pontycymer from Carmarthenshire - previously I had caught a couple of hebrew characters and small quakers in early April in an actinic trap.
Not that many species on saturday with the MV (35 moths of 13 species) but 11 of them were new to my newly-started garden list. Highlights were pebble and pale prominents, brown silver-line, common wave and powdered quaker which were all FFY for me. I'm looking forward to adding to my list as often as I can from now on...

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Merthyr mawr dusking last night.

                           Phyllonorycter genicuella

                         Elachista rufocinerea.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Random micro

Visiting Gower for a long weekend, but I didn't bring my moth books with me. I spotted this micro on the coast path in Overton; can anyone tell me what it is?

(Other moths seen, again randomly, Early Grey and Esperia sulphurella).

Dave Morris, Port Eynon & Buckinghamshire.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Merthyr mawr last night.

                              Purple thorn

                             Emperor moth


                             Semioscopis steinkellneriana

                              Acleris cristana.
                              After a slow start, the wind finally dropped at 10:30.
                              157 moths of 30 species, inc Scorched carpet, Satellite,
                              Lunar marbled brown, Grey birch and Early grey
                              24 March moth was top count for the night.
                              Nice firework display from the top of the big dune too!