Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Broughton, Gower 12Aug17

On the night of the peak Perseids meteor shower, we trapped 44 moths of 29 species. We recorded a new moth for the site (218th) in Agonopterix nervosa and some superb Oak Eggars (sp) and Grass Eggars. Also new for the year there were Rusty Dot Pearl, Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix, Agonopterix purpurea, Agriphila tristella, Lime-speck Pug, The Fern, Magpie, Poplar Hawkmoth and Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing. We also caught another Sharp-angled Peacock as well as 2 Common Burying Beetles and 5 Black Sexton Beetles.


Then on 13th in daytime saw me locate this monster whilst looking for Butterflies at Twlc Point - a massive species of parasitic fly - Tachina grossa!

Monday, 14 August 2017

Baglan bay yesterday.

                         Several Eucosma triploliana tapped from the
                         saltmarsh vegetation.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Trifurcula immundella at Nantyffyllon today.

                                Double figures tapped from Broom this evening. Nice to
                                finally find this micro after a few years searching.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Copper Underwing query

Had a Copper Underwing in the trap last week - at least I think it is. Have attached a picture of the underside and the copper/orange marks seem to stop at the dark cross-line so is that sufficient to confirm this ... ?  or is this going to be another Copper Underwing agg ?

Bridgend 10Aug17

Similar catch to last night with 59 moths of 19 species. Six new species for the year were Sallow Kitten (worn), Iron Prominent (worn), Canary-shouldered Thorn (last recorded 2015), Flame Carpet (2013), Flounced Rustic and a 2nd generation Setaceous Hebrew Character. This takes our year list in the garden to 162 (104 macro / 58 micro).

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Bridgend last night

After a lean spell of weather these past few weeks, we finally managed to trap. It was a cool night with a small catch of 53 moths of 18 species including a few migrants.The highlight was a new species for the garden in the form of Acleris aspersana (418th). A Gold Triangle was only the second record (both this year) since 2007 and the trap was dominated by Brimstone, Willow Beauty, Large and Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing. Other species new for the year were Rusty Dot Pearl, Acleris laterana (agg) and The Spectacle and a late slightly worn Swallow-tailed Moth. Four Red Admirals greeted us early morning feeding on our white buddleia.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Death's Head Hawks

I have had a call from Geoff Hobbs (Bridgend Council) to say that someone has found some Death's Head Hawk caterpillars in Nottage. They are keen to move them and I have suggested that for the time being they should be taken to the reserve centre until someone can collect them and look after them. So the question is, who fancies rearing some welsh Death's Head Hawks? Dave

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Witford point, Baglan Ind estate last night with Vaughn.

                          Treble bar

                          Crescent dart

                          Shore wainscot

                         Yellow belle

                          Caryocolum alsinella? Very similar to C. marmoreum, so
                          any help welcome.
                          Thanks to Vaughn for inviting me to this promising looking
                          coastal site. We plan on trapping in June/ july next year too.
                          61 species to my lights from 9:20 - 12:00, including Chevron,
                          Oak eggar, White line dart, Muslin footman, Agonopterix
                          ocellana and Aproaerema anthyllidella.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Lavernock NR 06/08/2017

Found at Lavernock NR on Sunday a Jersey Tiger, also seen 4 Painted lady's.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Merthyr mawr last night. PP&GMT.

                    Marbled green

                   Epinotia trigonella

                  Clavigesta purdeyi

                   Agonopterix nanatella.
                   George and I tried for an early Portland moth last night
                   without success, but a decent night was had in the end. The
                   A. nanatella was new for us both and was last recorded on the
                   site in 1864.


Overnight trap produced a Toadflax Brocade (2nd this year) & August Thorn plus migrants Silver Y (4) & Dark Sword-grass (2).

Coed Garnllwyd

Rob and Linda Nottage kindly set the portable trap in the meadow at Coed Garnllwyd on monday night. We weren't expecting much but were pleasantly surprised by over 35 species with the highlight being a couple of smart Mochas:
Other nice moths included a couple of small waved umbers, pretty chalk carpet and a few others that are new for the site I believe: scalloped oak, rosy footman, Blastobasis lacticolella, Epermenia falciformis and Argyresthia albistria (though I've put a pic in case I'm wrong about that..).
Argyresthia albistria?
There were a couple of tatty pugs that we weren't sure of too as well as an ermine moth - not sure if this one identifiable (we did catch Yponomeuta plumbella too).

Small pug
Pug 2

Yponomeuta sp.