Saturday, 24 June 2017

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!