Sunday, 24 September 2017


A shortish (two and a half hour) session at Lavernock Nature Reserve with the MV light last night produced 21 species. Most of these arrived at around 8:30pm and it became very quiet after that - it was mild but with a nagging breeze. Nice to see a few autumn species starting to appear...
Brindled Green - one of two
L-album Wainscot
Centre-barred Sallow
Pink-barred Sallow
Epinotia nisella / cinereana
Aphodius sp. beetle attracted to the light


Overnight was mild with an easterly wind in Cardiff, which produced my 2nd Scarce Bordered Straw of 2017, an L-album Wainscot (3rd garden rec.) with Large Ranunculus (9), Dusky Thorn & Silver Y (2).


Just 14 species in the garden trap last night, interest provided by 3 Dusky Thorn, 9 Large Ranunculus and 1 White-speck, this being the first garden record since 2003. The only NFYs were Black Rustic and Pink-barred Sallow despite this being the first trapping session since the 2nd Sept.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Death's Head Hawks at Kenfig

You may recall that some Death's Head caterpillars were found in Nottage back in August and taken to Kenfig Reserve centre. They soon pupated, and are now emerging. Geoff Hobbs has told me that:
There somebody will be at Kenfig tomorrow (Friday 22nd ) during the day if anyone wants access to see the moths until around 5pm. If they want access over the weekend they should call the reserve centre 01656 743386 in advance to speak to the reserve manager. Following this we will allow the moths to emerge and leave and we are not encouraging access
Best wishes, Dave

Caterpillar identification help

We'd be grateful if anyone can help trying to identify this one. Photo probably not good enough, but we think possibly Pug sp, on Potentilla flowers in our garden. Cheers, Mike

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Parc Slip

Mild night last night - good numbers of bats circling before entering their office roost this morning. 50-odd moths of 20 species in the trap - an improvement on last week!
Highlights were our 5th ever autumnal rustic and 5th ever Pandemis cinnamomeana (a male). Also nice were fresh frosted orange (most numerous species with 8), fresh pink-barred sallow and a copper underwing. Non-moth interest was provided by a sexton beetle that keyed out as Nicrophorus interruptus.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Bridgend last night

Just 50 moths of 12 species last night. The catch was dominated by Large and Lesser Yellow Underwing and Square-spot Rustic, the highlight was our first Dusky Thorn of the Year (176th). We also caught a caddisfly which we think is Stenophylax permistus. Later on I found a new species of moth for the garden in Apple Leaf Skeletoniser (419th), considering we live right next to an apple tree not surprising, but it is weird that we haven't had one in the last 14 years living here!