Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Creigiau - Sunday night

A respectable box on a much cooler Sunday night - 38 species with 8 new for the year, comprising Bird-cherry ermine, Celypha striana, Dark Arches, Dot Moth, Fern, Ingrailed Clay, Snout and Rustic/Uncertain,
Stuck on two, a plain orange-ish tortrix and a distinctively marked tortrix - both are eluding me at the moment. Grateful for further assistance.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017


A Hummingbird Hawk was seen briefly at Cefn Onn quarry this afternoon, my first of the year.

Llandaff - Garden - 26th June

A mild and overcast night with some drizzle.

A decent haul of moths with some interesting species, a couple new to garden once again and a migrant.

Highlights being, Leopard Moth, Green Arches, Burnished Brass(2), Coronet(5), Small Mottled Willow and a lovely Ptycholomoides aeriferana.

The Leopard Moth is the second garden record, Green Arches was the 5th I've had this year, so far. I've not had Burnished Brass for many years, so to see two together was very nice.
The migrant Small Mottled Willow, I'm sure is a new garden record, but the cracking Tortrix, Ptycholomoides aeriferana, was so nice to see.

Still a few id's to confirm in the micro department.

Will upload some photos tomorrow, was late home this evening, so moths are chilling another night.

Llandaff North last night

I'm always complaining that my garden is a bit rubbish for moths, but I may have to stop this negative talk after recent bumper catches. Last night continued the recent run of excellent results, with 87 species in the Robinson MV.

I've waited 10 years for a Small Ranunculus here, and then two turn up on the same night!

Other highlights were Sycamore (photo), Haworth's Pug (2) and Anania stachydalis (alongside 20+ of its commoner relative Anania coronata).

Much less welcome was an early Square-spot Rustic - usually a sign that summer is ending and the best of the mothing is behind us. Let's hope that's not the case this year!

Monday, 26 June 2017

More from Port Eynon

When I'm here, I try to trap every night because the selection of moths is so much better than in my home garden! Although noticeably far fewer micros.

Last night, NFY were Peppered Moth, Lime Speck Pug, Eyed Hawk-moth (below), Privet Hawk-moth, Small Elephant Hawk-moth, Grey Arches, Grey Dagger agg., Light Arches, Scarce Footman, Pebble Prominent, Lackey, Scalloped Oak and Lychnis.

Dave Morris

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Llandaff - Garden - 24th June

A drizzly and breezy evening here in Llandaff.

It was a smallish catch with two new to garden once again. The highlights being Green Arches, an Early Thorn, another Sycamore, Prays fraxinella, Scythropia crataegella, Dingy Shears and Epinotia tedella. The latter two being new to the garden.

Port Eynon Garden

On a week's visit to Port Eynon, from my usual haunts in Buckinghamshire. Put the trap out - or rather, in, the greenhouse last night due to the forecast rain.

A few NFY species as far as I am concerned, with L-Album Wainscot (below, top), Broom Moth, Green Arches (below, bottom), Small Angle Shades, Broad-barred White, Elephant Hawk-moth, Cypress Carpet, Turnip Moth and Rush Veneer.

Dave Morris, Port Eynon

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Pengam Moors

On the last night of the heatwave (21st June) I took two portable traps down to the saltmarsh at Pengam Moors for a couple of hours. Although moth numbers were rather small, two saltmarsh specialists were caught - Bucculatrix maritima (several of these) and a Scrobipalpa species (tbc).
Plain form of Bucculatrix maritima
Scrobipalpa species tbc
It was also nice to see Obscure Wainscot and Cochylis molliculana (there was plenty of the foodplant, bristly oxtongue, near the trap site).
Cochylis molliculana

Llantwit Major Moths

New to this blog so I will attempt a quick introductory post:- My family and I moved to Llantwit Major last year from Alnwick in Northumberland where we had been moth trapping for 2-3 years (we started off through the loan of a trap for the GMS by Mike Cook, sponsored by ERIC). We are still relative beginners and excited to find out what species frequent our new garden. 

Hopefully I'll be able to post more regularly in future but our highlights so far this year have been a small number of Sycamore, Cypress Carpet, Lackey, Wood Carpet, Red-necked Footman, V-Pug and Brussels Lace which have all been new for us. We also had a Scarlet Tiger in trap on Tuesday night (sadly it didn't stick around till the following day), along with the odd Elephant & Small Elephant Hawk-moth.

Looking forward to the rest of the year's trapping!

Friday, 23 June 2017

Our Bridgend garden last night

Cool and windy conditions reduced the catch last night with 63 moths of 21 species. The highlight for us was a cracking Green Arches (first here since 2015). Accompanying two smashing Elephant Hawkmoths and also new for the year were Eyed Hawkmoth, Buff-tip, Common Wainscot, Dark Arches, Dot moth and Cabbage. Our garden year list has reached 96, disappointingly low as we only managed the time to trap once in the hot weather.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Llandaff - Garden - 21st June

A much cooler evening thankfully last night and really blustery here in Llandaff.

A smaller catch with a just a few highlights, Pyrausta purpuralis, Light Arches, Lychnis, Plain Golden Y, Alder Moth, Miller and a very nice Sycamore.

I'm hoping for some migrants.

Heatwave moths

I trapped every night in my Llandaff North garden during the heatwave, and like others I also enjoyed good results. In fact it was better than good - the 96 species in my MV trap on 19th June was the best I've had, in terms of species, in 10 years living here - and by some margin (previous highest total in the low 80s). No doubt mostly due to the weather but a few other factors may have contributed: 1) I've taken to putting the trap down on the lawn rather than up against the house, 2) I've replaced the rainshield with an upturned pyrex bowl, which seems to allow the moths to enter the trap more easily, 3) our local streetlights have been replaced recrently, the new ones being whiter but much less bright and with less light spill.

During this spell I've had 6 micros new for the garden: Crambus pratella, Bucculatrix ulmella, Dioryctria abietella, Phtheochroa inopiana, Coleophora frolichiella and C. deauratella.
Crambus pratella
Dioryctria abietella
Coleophora deauratella
Other species rarely recorded here have included Red-necked Footman (I'd had one in 2013 which I'd forgotten about when commenting on Stephen's post), Slender Pug, Small Seraphim, Scarce Silver-lines and Exoteleia dodecella.

Creigiau - 18 June

First 100+ box of the year with 54 species - 17 were making their first garden appearance of the year and one of these, Red-necked Footman, was a new moth for me. Highlights were Red-necked Footman (4), Beautiful Golden Y, Brown China-mark and Crambus pascuella (5).

Also had a couple of confusion species in Double Square-spot and Triple-spotted Clay.

And .. as always, some micros. The first is very similar to one posted by Vaughn recently, which I also think may be a Hedya sp.

and we have two others that I would be grateful for ID assistance

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Merthyr mawr last night. 10 - 2:30AM. 22 - 20 degrees.

                     Clouded magpie

                     Blomer's rivulet

                    Brussel's lace

                   Lozotaeniodes formosana

                   Celypha sp?

                  Celypha sp?

                   680+ moths of 112 species inc 110 double square spot and 30+
                   of Light emerald, Buff arches and Double line. Also Fern, Pale
                   mottled willow, Clay triple lines, Red necked footman, Muslin
                   footman, Scallop shell, Beautiful hook tip, Eulamprotes wilkella,
                   Hedya ochroleucana, Eudonia delunella, Aethes beatricella and
                   Coleophora anatipennella.

Parc Slip

We had our 5th highest ever haul of moths on monday night with 360+ moths of 94 species (not including those that escaped - the trap was full of lively geometrids...). Lots of lovely moths as you'd expect at this time of year with highlights being our first ever Rhyacionia pinivorana and shears. There was also our second ever july belle, Tinea semifulvella and figure of eighty. Other species that we've hardly ever caught before: red-necked footman (3rd and 4th ever), beautiful carpet (3rd ever), bordered white and small yellow wave. Plenty of others obviously with Argolamprotes micella always nice to see and double line was our most numerous species with 21...thanks to Paul for being there to help with some of the numerous micros!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Bridgend garden night of 18Jun17

The night before last was a hot one and we had our best session for a long time with 132 moths of 52 species. Five of these were new for the garden; Argyresthia bonnetella, Coleophora lineolea, Bryotropha affinis, Blastodocna hollerella and Pammene fasciana taking the garden list to 411 (269/142). The following were all new for the year, Apple Leaf-miner, Bud moth, Pammene reggiana, Crambus pascuella, Crambus perlella, Scoparia pyralella, Eudonia lacustrata, Anania coronata, Udea olivalis (first since 2010), Crescent Plume (2013), Buff Arches, Common Emerald, Common Carpet, Cypress Carpet, Brown Silver-line (2009), Swallow-tailed moth, Mottled Beauty, Elephant Hawkmoth, Miller (2013)Mottled Rustic, Uncertain, Marbled White-spot (2006), Fan-foot and Small Fan-foot. We also caught 3 species of caddisfly (Little Black Caddisfly, Small Silver Sedge and probable Lepidostoma hirtum).