Friday, 12 January 2018

Creigiau - Mottled Umber

Back in April last year I found a caterpillar in the garden which was identified as a final stage Mottled Umber. As it was final stage, I decided to keep it and see if I could rear it to adult. The little beastie pupated in early May and I placed it in my 'rearing box' hoping to see an adult moth in October/November. However, in late October the pupa which was in clear view disappeared, and although I searched through the soil in the box I could find no trace of it and assumed it lost.

Very surprised to find an adult moth on the inside wall of the box yesterday afternoon. It wasn't lost ... it was hiding. Really pleased that the little beastie survived and I released it into the garden last night.

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Creigiau - 22 December

Box out last night for Winter GMS. Best catch for a while 13 moths in/around the trap - December Moth (7), Winter Moth (2), and singles of Light Brown Apple Moth and Red-green Carpet. Also had singles of, what I think were, Chestnut and Brick. Never seen the latter before so not sure.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Maesteg tesco today.

                                         Silver Y on the inside of the window.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Creigiau - last night

Box out last night for Winter GMS - temperature dropped to 1.4C but two sturdy December Moth came to visit.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Creigiau - 18 November

Box out in the garden last night. 'Twas 8C when I left it at midnight, but as the skies cleared the temperature bottomed out at 3.2C. Had 6 moths of 5 species - December Moth (2), Mottled Umber & Yellow-line Quaker and also my first ever Satellite.

The last one, on first sight, I thought was Pale Brindled Beauty and then I remembered that it was November! But ... Waring & Townsend say that it can occasionally be found in November & December so I'm sticking with my original ID.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Bridgend last night

Only three moths last night, a Light Brown Apple moth and 2 Red-line Quakers.