Friday, 28 April 2017

Merthyr mawr yesterday.

                       Aethes tesserana

      I found several mines on Birch and would like confirmation on these please.
                      Eriocrania salopiella?

                     Eriocrania cicatricella? Two larva can be seen.

                      Eriocrania semipurpurella?

                       No idea on this, no larvae visible in this one.
                       Thanks in advance.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017


Digitivalva pulicariae and a few Cydia ulicetana this afternoon.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Creigiau - 16 April

The only opportunity to put the box out for GMS was Sunday night. Turned out rather well with a min temperature of 8.5C resulting in 38 moths of 13 species, although 17 of these were Brindled Beauty!
Four species were new for the year - a fine looking Brimstone Moth, Brown Silver-line, Lunar Marbled Brown and my first ever Pale Prominent.
Brimstone Moth

Lunar Marbled Brown

Pale Prominent

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Creigiau - last night

Mid-week box last night. Temperature was reasonable (min 7.5C) but the wind was more than a little chilly. Well worth the effort though - 18 moths of 9 species with Angle Shades making a first appearance of the year and my first ever Mullein .... if my ID is correct.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Parc slip.

       Correct me if i'm wrong but I think this is an early Phyllonorycter
       viminiella. Netted along the canal path this morning.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Llandaff - 7th April

First Butterflies of the year  - 2 x Holly Blues feeding on Laurel Blossom.

Trapping in the evening was very cold down to 6.9C. A small catch, but I think the Waved Umber is new to the garden. The rest being V- Pug, Hebrew Character, Brindled Beauty, Common Quaker and Brown House Moth.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Cregiau - 05 April

Started the mid-week boxes again. 43 moths of 13 species last night, including 13 Brindled Beauty. First visits of the year from Nut-tree Tussock, Streamer and Purple Thorn.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Nantyffyllon today.

                             Several Adela cuprella in the sallow tops.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Creigiau - 30 March (again)

Can't think how I forgot to add that I also saw  my second ever Pine Beauty.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Llandaff - 31st March

A warm evening with slight drizzle around 10.5C for a change. Low numbers and a bit more varied.

Twenty-plume moth (in house), Double Striped Pug, Brindled Beauty, Early Grey, Common Quaker, Small Quaker, Hebrew Character and a Clouded Drab.

I've signed up for the GMS this year, so hoping to contribute some records too.

Sadly, since having the lanes gated in the Avenue, a few neighbours have decided to chop down the trees and shrubs in their gardens, to make way for their cars. Good job I planted six more native trees last year.

Creigiau - 30 March

An early GMS box produced 49 moths of 19 species - not in Vaughn's league but I was still pleased.

Undoubted highlight was this stunning little Twenty-plume Moth, together with a first 2017 visit by Water Carpet and V-Pug. The latter is at least a month earlier than any previous year.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Llandaff North - Friday night

I'm now into my 11th year of trapping in my Llandaff North garden, so I don't get too many new species - and most of those I do get are in the summer. So it was nice to finally add Pale Pinion to the garden list last night.

I also had my second garden record of Pine Beauty, among the usual seasonal fare.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Parc Slip

It was forecast to be wet and mild last night so the trap was put out and it was worth doing.Over 130 moths of about 26 species with the highlights being 2nd (and 3rd) ever oak nycteoline (1st was in 2014), first pine beauty, streamer and Diurnea fagella since 2015, FFY of early thorn, brindled beauty, engrailed, early grey and brindled pug. A few that I'd like a bit of help with please (apologies for the state of the photos - I didn't have my good camera so had to make do with my phone..)

Mompha sp.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Orange Underwing in Swansea

The recent Butterfly Conservation office move has given me some welcome new options for a lunchtime stroll. Yesterday I had a wander down to the old Hafod-Morfa Copperworks by the River Tawe, and saw a single Orange Underwing fluttering around one of the many young birches which have colonised the site. Grid ref: SS661950.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Creigiau - 25 March

Put the GMS box out on Saturday night - a cold northerly wind but the minimum temperature wasn't too bad at 5,8C. The result was 36 moths of 11 species - 15 of those being Hebrew Character. Highlights were the first appearance of the year for Early Thorn (2), Early Tooth-striped (3) and Oak Nycteoline (1) and a second visit from Diurnea fagella.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Parc Slip

I put the trap out without too many expectations last night as it was both cold and windy. I just about had my biggest (if not most diverse) catch of the year so far with 31 moths of 8 species. Highlights were the first early tooth-striped of the year and a satellite, which is a new moth for the site so made it worthwhile getting up early in the freezing cold for...
The majority of the catch was hebrew characters, clouded drabs and common quakers.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Creigiau - GMS Saturday 18 March

The weather was pretty awful but the box went out, and surprisingly attracted 6 moths of 4 species. The foolhardy moths braving the wet, windy weather were - Common Quaker (2), Hebrew Character (1), March Moth (1) and Oak Beauty (2).

The March Moth had managed to find a spider and all that was left in the web was the two forewings, and one of the two Oak Beauty looked as though it had been having a rough time ...

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Creigiau - Tuesday night

Conditions looked promising so out went the first mid-week box of the year. 8.2C minimum and mist rather than rain.

Ended up with 9 species (41 moths) in/around the box. Totally dominated by Common Quaker (17), but Oak Beauty (6)  made a first appearance of the year, as did Clouded Drab (4), Twin-spotted Quaker (1) and Double-striped Pug (1). The rest of the catch comprised Early Grey (5), Hebrew Character (5), Engrailed (1) and Small Quaker (1).

Oak Beauty

Clouded Drab

Double-striped Pug

Twin-spotted Quaker


I've had similar results to Barry whilst staying in my garden.
On Monday night, with 8.3 degrees min temp I had only 3 species, 6 moths.
Last night, Wednesday, with 8.1 min and some early morning drizzle
there were 14 species with 39 moths, including the first migrant of the year, Nomophila noctuella.

Nomophila noctuella

Wednesday, 15 March 2017


Last night produced pretty much identical conditions to the previous evening enabling a comparison of results between our garden and Sandra's aunt and uncle's place just outside Pontarddulais. In contrast to our urban garden, with annoying bright new cut-off street lights nearby, her relative's place not only has lovely dark skies, but is situated amongst some interesting habitats including woodland, valley mire, dry heath and colliery spoil, not to mention a dense forest on Rhododendron!
Although the differences aren't outrageously different, they do highlight the benefits of asking if relatives living in good sites fancy letting you run your trap every now and then...particularly if your home site is ordinary.
Gorseinon: 5 spp. 9 individuals
Cwmdulais: 17 spp. 36 individuals
The moth highlights at the latter site were Pine Beauty and Pale Pinion, but a male Minotaur Beetle stole the limelight - it's the first time I've ever encountered on in a moth trap before.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017


I finally dusted off the trap for my first garden session of the year and was a little disappointed with the results given the mild, misty conditions. Despite only 5 species being recorded, Dark Sword-grass, Pale Pinion (13th garden record) and Grey Shoulder-knot (4th garden record) weren't too bad a return.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Llandaff - 11th March

A drizzly evening just over 9 degrees last night.

Singles of Pale Brindled Beauty, Oak Beauty, Common Quaker, March Moth and a couple of Early Grey's.
I also had an early Diamond-back Moth.

Llangynwyd last night.

                          Oak beauty
                          Red chestnut
                          Twin spotted quaker.
                          9 sp in all, a late Early moth, Chestnut, Clouded drab, double
                          striped pug and Brindled pug. Was expecting more on a foggy
                          still night of 10 deg.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Creigiau - 09 March

Don't know what happened Thursday night - 49 moths of 10 species! Over half  of this total was made up of Hebrew Character (14) and March Moth (13), Others were Common Quaker (6), Early Grey (6), Dotted Border (4), Brindled Beauty (2) and singles of Pale Brindled Beauty, Engrailed and Diurnea fagella (first appearance since March 2015). Also, one other that I'm not sure of  - could this be Dark Chestnut? New for me if it is.

Diurnea fagella


Brindled Beauty & Pale Brindled Beauty.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Llandaff - 9th March

I noticed a few bats over the garden last night so put the trap on till dawn.

Nice to see more than one mothin the trap. A catch with singles of  - Oak Beauty, Brindled Beauty, Early Grey, Caloptilia stigmatella and a duo of Hebrew Character.

Parc Slip

Much better catch last night - my best here since mid-September with 30 moths of 14 species. All new for 2017 were pale pinion (first since 2015), shoulder stripe, oak beauty, clouded drab, Acleris hastiana, Caloptilia stigmatella and these two which I presume are Depressaria daucella? Apologies for the blurry phone photos...

Friday, 3 March 2017

Parc Slip

Despite it being a wet night I finally caught a few moths at Parc Slip - in fact it was the biggest catch since the 4th November (though still only 12 moths of 5 species...).
Highlight for me was a smart yellow horned (first for a couple of years) and I also had my first march moth, common quaker and hebrew character of 2017. The other species was pale brindled beauty of which I had 5 standard and one melanic.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Mompha divisella - Creigiau

Plucked this off the garage window about 10 minutes ago. Mompha divisella, I think, about a week earlier than first seen last year.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Friday 24 Feb - Creigiau

Last box of the Winter GMS season last night. Not a good season - 9 of the 16 boxes were empty! Two in/on the trap last night - a second visit of the year from Chestnut and a first visit of Small Quaker.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Drinker caterpillar query

Found in the flower bed this afternoon - could this be an instar of the Drinker moth?

Monday, 20 February 2017

First Glamorgan record since 1857!

Last August Barry Stewart kindly invited me to come along one morning to look through his traps in Horton, Gower.
There was a pug that stood out which neither of us immediately recognised but we quickly identified as an apparently perfect match for the illustration in British Moths, particularly noticing the chequered veins. Only troubles were that it a) does not occur in this area and b) flies in a single generation in May-June.
Dave Slade has now kindly confirmed by gen det that it is, indeed, a Satyr Pug female.
Dave has also very kindly checked my mystery moth from last summer that was suggested as a Cnephasia sp.
It is a male Cnephasia incertana, looking rather different from the usual form.

Satyr Pug female. Horton 26 August 2016
Cnephasia incertana  male. Whiteford 19 July 2016