Saturday, 27 May 2017

Merthyr mawr last night.

                            Mottled pug

                           Micropterix tunbergella

                           Strophedra weirana.
                           91 species in all. Temp still 17 degrees at 2AM.
                           Highlights - Phoenix, Scorched carpet, Green arches,
                           Pretty chalk carpet, Waved umber, Alder moth, Broken
                           barred carpet, Orange footman, Carpatolechia proximella
                           and Incurvaria oehlmanniella.

Roath & beyond

Alder Moth & Small Clouded Brindle at Roath 26/05/17. 3 Silver Y this am. At Parc Penallta 26/05/17 Painted Lady, P. purpuralis, Silver Y, Mother Shipton & Burnet Companion. 
Small Argent & Sable & Argent & Sable, together for comparison. Not a great photo I'm afraid. (MCP & DRWG). 

Friday, 26 May 2017

Abercregan last night.


                 Beautiful snout

                 Silver hook

                  Alder moth.
                  47 sp in all, inc- Grey pine carpet, Red necked footman,
                  Golden rod pug and True lovers knot.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Merthyr mawr last night.

            Gynnidomorpha vectisana, 6 at dusk on the saltmarsh.

            Cream spot tiger

             Fox moth

             Lobster moth

             Rhyaconia pinivorana.
             47 species in total, inc - Seraphim, Light brocade, Alder moth,
             Treble lines, Shears, Elephant hawkmoth and Heart & dart.

Gowerton garden query

Had this in the trap yesterday morning, Wednesday, which I have put down as an unusually marked Gracillaria syringella. Does that look right?
Gracillaria syringella

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Llandaff North - recent trapping

Recent garden trapping has produced a moderate diversity of moths, but everything in small numbers. Highlights have included Orange Footman (3rd garden record), May Highflyer, Rustic Shoulder-knot and the intermediate form of Peppered moth (f. insularia).

Prettier than all of these was the Cherry Bark moth Enarmonia formosana which was on our porch window a few days ago.

Bactra species ?

Obviously hopeless with micros (and pugs) so once again requesting help with this one found in the trap at the weekend. Possibly a Bactra sp .... ?

Monday, 22 May 2017

possible Narrow-bordred 5-spot Burnet Catepillar

As I understand it 5-spot and 6-spot have short body hairs, but the caterpillar below has what I would say long body hairs, which would make that Narrow-bordered 5-spot Burnet. Which is a species we have not recorded in the Llynfi Valley. the plant leaf is Yellow Iris and it looked like it was attaching itself to the leaf getting ready to pupate. The area is well away from the site where I record 5-spot, 6-spot regularly as adults. Thoughts welcome.

Creigiau - 21 May

A sunny afternoon and I was really surprised to see Micropterix calthella on buttercups in the garden. Seeing them all over the place at the moment, but never before seen in the garden.

Also saw this little beastie soaking up the sunshine on one of the shrubs. The images were 5 minutes apart so I'm thinking it may be the same individual but, once again, I have no idea what it is. The second image has been inverted to see it the right way up.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Dunraven today.

                      Cream spot tiger.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Pseudargyrotoza conwagana query

Wandering down the garden just now and saw this on a leaf of one of the oregano plants. Can't think that it can be anything other than Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, but it looks a bit pale and is at least a month earlier than I've seen it previously.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Creigiau - 17 May

The mid-week box attracted only 11 moths of 9 species, including a very nice Common White Wave and my first ever Lime Hawk-moth.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Whiteford Pill - Scarlet Tiger caterpillars

Two caterpillars of the Scarlet Tiger - Callimorpha Dominula at Whiteford Pill over the Easter Break.

Creigiau ID help please

These are the micros and pugs from last week that I have failed to identify. Don't know why I bother with Pugs - most of the ones I see are plain worn out and surely destined for the anon directory.Each of the images is of a different individual.

When I saw the first micro I thought it was going to be Tinea sp - one of the clothes moths, but I haven't been able to match it. No idea on the second one.

Grateful for any pointers.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Creigiau last week

The last  week has been mild and windy, but the moth trap has gone out for GMS with quite reasonable results.

The first box produced 24 species, of which 9 were new for the year. Highlights were Alder Kitten, Orange Footman, Scalloped Hazel and my first ever Grey Birch.

The second box produced 16 species, with 5 new for the year. Highlights were Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Depressaria radiella (I think) and Pyrausta purpuralis.

Also had a couple of micros and some Pugs that I have not been able to ID but I'll post those separately.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Merthyr mawr today.

                Grizzled skipper (6)

               Glyphipterix fuscoviridella (20+)

                 Pyrausta ostrinalis (4)

                  Brown argus (2)

                  Small argent and sable (12)
                  Also a few Phyllonorycters to ID and one Common blue.