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Fri 19th April 2019 16:27 by Nigel Cottle
Coleophora lutarea
Adults of the scarce coleophorid Coleophora (Metriotes) lutarea on the larval host plant, Greater Stitchwort, in Thurlbear Wood today.

Coleophora lutarea

Fri 19th April 2019 09:23 by Paul Newman
Pam - the main foodplant for Emperors is heather, so you could try transferring the eggs to a patch of heather up on the Quantocks, or nearer if poss.  Have uou any in your garden?  They grow quite large, so you need a goodly supply of leaves !
Thu 18th April 2019 22:25 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
20 moths of 12 species was the meagre count from last night after finding four escapees this evening. One NFG was Elachista rufocinerea (2) - many thanks to James McGill for confirmation. I also had seven FFY: Least Black Arches (2), Nut-tree Tussock, Brindled Beauty (2), Pale Mottled Willow, Oak-tree Pug (2), Twenty-plume Moth and my first Streamer for two years.
Thu 18th April 2019 17:10 by Pam Campbell
Hodderscombe Lodge garden
Although just 7 moths last night , I had 2 ffys . One Lunar Marbled Brown and my 3 rd ever female Emperor plus eggs which was a lovely surprise .2 more photos with ' my photos ' . What should I do with the eggs , please ?  Emperor plus eggs 2019
Thu 18th April 2019 10:20 by Nigel Cottle
Netherclay LNR Night of 17th April
I ran two traps for four hours. 56 moths of 13 species (10 macro, three micro) is about par for the course at this time of year: Semioscopis steinkellneriana, Agonopterix alstromeriana, Parornix sp., Shoulder Stripe, Oak-tree Pug, Scorched Carpet, Brindled Beauty, Lunar Marbled Brown, Herald, Nut-tree Tussock, Common Quaker, Hebrew Character and Twin-spotted Quaker.
Thu 18th April 2019 09:40 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
17.4.19 - a slight improvement, 18 moths of 7 species.  Again, Hebrew Characters (8) the commonest, and second appearances this year for Small Eggar, Muslin Moth and Brindled Beauty.  Just one FFY, Brimstone Moth (3)
Wed 17th April 2019 19:44 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock 16/04/2019 min temp 5.3c
19 of 9 species. 2 FFY : Engrailed (1) and the first of many Flame Shoulders.
Wed 17th April 2019 16:51 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
11/4 and 16/4/19 - 17 out of 21 moths on 11/4, and 9 out of 10 last night were Hebrew Characters. How boring is that?  The only moth of interest was a FFY Brindled Beauty.  Hey ho, warmer nights are coming to a moth trap near you.
Wed 17th April 2019 08:40 by Sue Davies
Castle Cary Platform 3 mines
The three pupae found in mines of Coptotriche marginea have now all emerged!! 0127 Coptotriche marginea SD19 Parasitic wasp from mine of Coptotriche marginea SD 19
Tue 16th April 2019 10:51 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
Not much last night but FFY Streamer and Scorched carpet, also Pseudoswammerdamia combinella0436 16.014  Pseudoswammerdamia combinella SD19
Sat 13th April 2019 15:49 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock 12/04/2019 min temp 2.3c
Colder than forecast but 31 moths of 12 species was not too bad. Three FFY : Early Tooth-striped (1) ; Muslin Moth (2 males) and Nut-tree Tussock (1). 15 Hebrew Character made up the majority of the rest along with Streamer (2) ; March Moth )1) ; Brindled Pug (1) ; Brindled Beauty (2) ; Early Grey (1) ; Clouded Drab (2) ; Common Quaker (1) and Red Chestnut (2). Looking forward to warmer nights next week.
Fri 12th April 2019 16:51 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
I've been had. Sorry.
Fri 12th April 2019 08:53 by Steve Chapple
Unidentified red caterpillar
A friend sent me a picture of a 3cm long red/orange caterpillar yesterday. She found it in her West Buckland garden. Any ideas?
Mon 8th April 2019 17:30 by Paul Newman
Barrington Court (Nat.Trust) Nature Event 28th to 30th May
For my sins I am involved with assisting with some of the organising of exhibitors/stall-holders for this event.  It has been running for several years, and previously SMG have had a presence there.  Robin Clatworthy has kindly offered to do some trapping on at least two of the three nights preceding the days of the event, and will deliver the nights' catches for display.  We have a very good display board with many of John Bebbington's superb photographs, and information.  Tables, chairs and gazebos are provided by Barrington.

What is needed is some people to man the stall on the 3 days, from about 10.00am to about 4.00 pm, to show and maybe talk about the moths to the public , which always includes a lot of families (it's school half-term).  I will be there, but not on behalf of SMG.  If you can offer to help, even if it's for only half a day, please let me know as soon as possible, so that I can help with the planning.  I would be most grateful.

Telephone 01749 838624 or e-mail

Thank you

Mon 8th April 2019 10:42 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
7/4/19 - In view of the more promising forecast (light winds only), I was hopeful of a better night than the last one.  Success!  65 moths, and 11 species.  Hebrew Characters (33) by far the most numerous, as is to be expected, and there were 3 FFYs: Streamer, Shoulder Stripe and an early Muslin Moth, plus a very surprising (for me) FFG, a PIne Beauty.  Pine trees aound here are almost unknown, so where this one has come from I know not.
Sun 7th April 2019 13:52 by John Chidgey
6/04/19 Hebrew Character 27, Common Quaker 6, Clouded Drab 5, Early Grey 3, The Steamer 2, Oak Beauty 1, Brindled Pug 1, Dotted Border 1, Shoulder Stripe 1, The Mullein 1.
Sun 7th April 2019 13:00 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
6/4/19 - A bit too breezy last night to get many moths, so not too disappointing - just 19 moths, of 6 species, and nothing new.  The only one of interest was a Twin-spotted Quaker with no twin-spots, but a very noticeable kidney-mark.
Tue 2nd April 2019 11:24 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset 29th March
Unfortunately I won't be doing any trapping for a while after breaking my wrist a couple of weeks ago. However I did record my second earliest Water Carpet on the house wall last Friday (29th March).
Mon 1st April 2019 15:08 by Neale and Emma Mellersh
30th March good catch again at Actinic Skinner trap. Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double Striped Pug Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker Alucita hexadactyla Twenty Plume Moth Nycteola revayana Oak Nycteoline Anorthoa munda Twin-spotted Quaker Selenia dentaria Early Thorn Emmelina monodactyla Common Plume Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab Orthosia cruda Small Quaker Panolis flammea Pine Beauty Lycia hirtaria Brindled Beauty Orthosia gracilis Powdered Quaker Agonopterix heracliana

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