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Tue 18th June 2019 16:55 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake 18th june
A nice variety of moths last night 159 macros 38 spp. A good crop of micros as well -54 which will keep me busy for some hours yet.

Catch was dominated by Heart and Dart (51) and LYU (19). One FFG - Shoulder striped wainscot and 11 FFYs - Four dotted footman(2nd record), Blood vein, Brussels lace(3), Clouded border, Pearly underwing, Light Arches, Clouded bordered brindle, Mottled rustic, Silky wainscot, Beautiful hooktip and Snout (4).

Tue 18th June 2019 08:29 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
Addendum to 16/6/19 - escapees from the morning opening provided another 6 moths and 2 species, including a FFY Barred Straw.  Totals now 70 moths, 29 species.  Onwards and upwards.

Looking at the forecast, there will be no mothing tonight !!

Mon 17th June 2019 22:44 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
Best night of the year so far with 162 moths of 56 species. Lots of FFY including: Striped Wainscot, Eyed Hawkmoth, Lackey, Barred Straw (6), Dark Arches (7), Flame, Sycamore, Yarrow Plume plus a few more micros still to identify.

Addition: James McGill has confirmed: Epinotia abbreviana (2 and NFG), Lathronympha strigana and Taleporia tubulosa (another NFG).

Epinotia abbreviana 19
Epinotia abbreviana
Mon 17th June 2019 12:21 by Paul Bowyer
My first trip to Thurlbear in a decade or more went quite well. Micros made up the bulk with Ectoedemia subbimaculella netted at first. Tinea semifulvella sat on a leaf and then a dark coleophora I thought I had netted turned out to be Eulamprotes unicolorella. Athes tesserana flitted about in low vegetation but the star of the afternoons visit for me was Argolamprotes micella. Later determinations of captures were of Endothenia ustulana and Dichrorampha aeratana

Argolamprotes micella 15-6-19

Argolamprotes micella


Eulamprotes unicolorella

Mon 17th June 2019 10:12 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
16/6/19 - getting a bit better daily, but still not what it should be.  64 moths of 27 species.  The shortage of numbers made better by 2 FFGs, May Highflyer and Reddish Light Arches (2), plus 8 FFYs - Brussels Lace, Light Arches (2), Flame, Common Wave, Crambus perlella (3), Brown House-moth, Thistle Ermine and Pseudogyrotoza conwagana.  Why is it that the longest names always belong to the smallest moths?
Sun 16th June 2019 20:59 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock 09/06/2019
55 moths of 20 species. Compared with the same date last year when the haul was 286! What a summer!  Only 2 FFY : Celypha striana (1) and Small Magpie (1).  I had another FFY in the afternoon when I disturbed a Cloaked Carpet in the garden. When walking the dog on Great Hill in the Quantocks after the morning rain I came across an Alabonia geoffrella , which appears to be a first record for the 10k square.
Sun 16th June 2019 11:34 by Sue Davies
Butleigh Orchard
It looked a bit more settled last night so put the lure out for Grapholita lobarzewskii on the other side of our neighbouring cider orchard. 25 in it this morning, no other species this time. Grapholita lobarzewskii to specific lure SD19
Sun 16th June 2019 09:36 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake 16th June
49 moths, 19 species but nothing of note to report. Poplar hawk, Burnished brass, Heart and dart dominant (25).

Couple of Hummingbird hawk moths on the garden Valerian for the last few days, between downpours.

Sat 15th June 2019 11:38 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
14/6/19 - a bit better, but still poor.  Just 30 moths last night, of 18 species, including FFYs Green Pug, Mottled Beauty and Buff Ermine, plus a very late Pale Pinion.  Heart & Darts (8), as everywhere, the most numerous.
Fri 14th June 2019 16:36 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
A pristine Delicate in the trap this morning along with Silver Y., 28spp in all, Heart and Dart by far the most numerous here too. FFYs, Brussels Lace, Barred Straw, Rustic Shoulder-knot, Small China-mark, Udea olivalis, Notocelia rosaecolana, Garden Pebble and a garden first Pandemis cinnamomeana (m). 73.295 BF2195 Delicate SD19 49.023 Pandemis cinnamomeana SD19
Thu 13th June 2019 08:36 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 12/6/19
Low-ish numbers for me too last night here in Middlezoy, though wasn't necessarily expecting a lot due to the rain and temperatures. Had 15 species, Heart and Dart was the most numerous by far with 16 turning up. Other highlights were: Foxglove Pug, Buff Ermine, Heart and Club, Burnished Brass.
Tue 11th June 2019 17:07 by Paul Newman
Don't feel guilty Tim, I'm just sulking quietly in a dark corner
Mon 10th June 2019 16:49 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock 09/06/2019
Sorry Paul, I don't want to rub it in, but 83 moths of 30 species, including two FFG. Currant Moth (1) and Puss Moth (2). A further four FFY : Rusty-dot Pearl (1) ; May Highflyer (1) ; Small Rivulet (1) and Brown Rustic (1). Also of note : Flame Carpet (1) ; Scorched Wing (1) ; Light Emerald (3) ; Pale Prominent (1) ; Buff-tip (2) ; Cinnebar (1) ; Pale-shouldered Brocade (1) ; Shears (1) and Dark Swordgrass (1). Top scorer: Heart and Dart (27).
Mon 10th June 2019 11:20 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
9/6/19 - an improvement on the previous night, but that's not saying a lot.  9 moths, of 8 species, and no FFYs.  Even allowing for the fairly low temperature, that's very poor.
Sun 9th June 2019 09:03 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
8/6/19 - Last year - 109 moths of 38 species, this year - 5 of 3.  Perhaps the heavy rain yesterday had some effect, but otherwise, what?
Thu 6th June 2019 17:38 by Nigel Cottle
Adcombe Wood. night of 5th June.
I ran a 20w Actinic Skinner at Adcombe Wood last night. Unfortunately at about 23:15h the heavens opened and remained well and truly open so I was forced to pack up early. Just 29 moths of 15 species: Common Swift, Cream Wave, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Silver-ground Carpet, Small Phoenix, Green Carpet, Common Pug, Sharp-angled Peacock, Brimstone Moth, Scalloped Hazel, White-pinion Spotted, Light Emerald, Buff Ermine, Dark Arches and Ingrailed Clay.
Thu 6th June 2019 06:18 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake 6th June
135 moths 34 species. FFY Eyed hawkmoth, Swallow prominent, Gold spot, Rustic shoulder knot and Lime speck pug.Big numbers, as expected, were Heart and dart (43), Setaceous HC (22).

Dog's tooth has been in the last 3 traps this year, a moth seen here for the first time last year, now becoming a bit of a regular.

Wed 5th June 2019 16:14 by Paul Newman
Nigel - I do like these fellas - how they manage to fly through narrow gaps with their antennae outstretched and without bumping into anything and getting a headache, is remarkable (well, perhaps they do !!)
Wed 5th June 2019 15:02 by Nigel Cottle
Staple & Ruttersleigh Commons 5th June.
A small swarm of male Nemophora degeerella with Micropterix aruncella the other highlight. Also: Micropterix calthella, Bactra lancealana, Cydia ulicetana, Glyphipterix thrasonella and Cinnabar.

Nemophora degeerella 050619

Wed 5th June 2019 12:32 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton 3rd June evening
I luckily managed to box this Elachista argentella (NFG) that fluttered past me in the evening during my watering duties. Thanks (again) to James McGill for confirmation.

Elachista argentella 2019a
Elachista argentella
Tue 4th June 2019 20:42 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise , Little Quantock 03/06/2019
137 moths of 44 species.  FFG : Light Brocade (1).  12 further FFY : Adela degeerella (1 flying before sunset) ; Nematopogon schwarziellus (1) ; Clepsis consimilana (1) ; Eyed Hawk Moth (1) ; Satin Wave (1) ; Sandy Carpet (1) ; Brussels Lace (1) ; Orange Footman (1) ; Dusky Brocade (1) ; Dark Arches (3) ; Shears (1) ; and Double Line (1).  35 Treble Lines , 23 Heart and Dart and 15 Shoulder-striped Wainscot made up the bulk of the rest.
Tue 4th June 2019 16:12 by Chris Iles
Small Eggar nests
It's the time for larval nests on hedgerows at the moment.  Some of the ermine moths seem to be doing well, and here is a nest of Small Eggar found at Norton St Philip in the north-east of the county, where there are not too many records of the moth.  I usually happen across a couple of larval nests every year, but have never seen the adult moth.

Small Eggar larvae 31052019

Tue 4th June 2019 16:09 by Chris Iles
Pammene regiana
Pammene regiana 04062019

Reared from sycamore keys I collected last autumn from a hedgerow in Stratton-on-the-Fosse.  If it turns up from a random collection of seeds here, it ought to be generally widespread across the county.

Tue 4th June 2019 15:00 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
Same here Paul- very disappointing just 18spp, Heart and Dart and Treble lines most numerous, FFYs Light Emerald,Small Square-spot,Riband Wave, Straw Dot, Rustic Shoulder-knot, Nematopogon swamerdamella, Lathronymopha strigana and a very nice Telechrysis tripuncta. 32.050 0646 Telechrysis tripuncta SD19
Tue 4th June 2019 09:45 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
3/6/19 - back down to what has been the recent norm.  In spite of the fairly mild night and new moon, just 23 moths of 12 species.  Two FFYs, Large Yellow U/Wing and Udea olivalis.  Heart & Darts (11) by far the most numerous.
Sun 2nd June 2019 17:16 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
99 moths of 48 species last night, one NFG a Dwarf Pug, thanks to James for confirmation. Lots of FFY including: Shears, Brussels Lace, Common Swift (2), Sharp-angled Peacock, Scorched Wing, Nematopogon swammerdamella and Ephestia woodiella.
Sun 2nd June 2019 13:18 by Nigel Cottle
bishops hull. night of 1st June
Several FFY: Bryotropha terrella, Cydia pomonella, Hedya pruniana, Dichrorampha acuminatana, Enarmonia formosana (2nd garden record), Rhyacionia pinivorana (2nd garden record), Ringed China-mark, Cypress Carpet, Double Square-spot, Dark Arches, Yellow-barred Brindle and Green Pug.

Enarmonia formosana 010619

Enarmonia formosana

Sun 2nd June 2019 12:55 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
1/6/19 - considering the mild night and little moonlight, quite disappointing - 69 moths of 28 species.  FFYs were Lime-speck Pug (2), Chrysoteuchia culmella (4), Middle-barred Minor, Dusky Brocade (2), Riband Wave, Orange Footman and Pandemis cerasana.  There may be one or two more to round up this evening, as I'm sure there wre escapees.  Watch this space.

9.00pm - This space duly watched - 3 more moths, including FFY Silver-ground Carpet.  Not very exciting.

Sun 2nd June 2019 09:09 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake Friday 30th
Late entry due to widespread Broadband failure in our area.

302 moths 66 species kept me busy for a prolonged period. Cream spot tiger was the highlight as I had not seen this since 2007. Heart and dart(60) SHC(51) and Treble Lines(30) were the big numbers. FFY Common pug(3) Scorched wing. Green pug(2) Riband wave. Common carpet. Sharp angled peacock. Small yellow wave. Dog's tooth. Smoky wainscot. Alder moth. Coronet. Uncertain(3) Rustic. Spectacle(3) Straw dot(4) and Poplar hawkmoth.

Sat 1st June 2019 09:11 by Benjamin Bond
Wellington 01/06/2019
Caught 92 moths of 34 species last night. Highlights were Lychnis (4), Pale Tussock, Blood-vein, Spectacle, Garden Carpet, Orange Footman, Shark (FFG), Clouded Silver, Poplar Kitten, Middle-barred Minor, Elephant Hawk-moth (3), Yellow-barred Brindle, Willow Beauty, Grey Pug (2), Treble Brown Spot, and Pammene regiana. Also, on the 30th I found a Juniper Pug (FFG) in the garden.

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