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Tue 28th March 2017 18:52 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock 27/03/2017.  Min temp. 7.2c
A good night,with 155 moths of 25 species. FFY were E.monodactyla (1) ; Acleris literana(1) ; Red-green Carpet(1) ; Water Carpet(1) ; Double-striped Pug(2) ; Brindled Pug (6) ; a Probable Common Pug ; Dotted Chestnut(1) ; Powdered Quaker(1) ; Red Chestnut(4) ; Oak Nycteoline(1). Others included Ypsolopha mucronella(1) ; March Moth(6) ; Oak Beauty(8) ; Dotted Border(4) ; Early Grey(19) ; Grey Shoulder-knot(1) ; Clouded Drab(9) ; Common Quaker(36) ; Small Quaker(29) ; Hebrew Character(17) ; Twin-spotted Quaker(3).
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Tue 28th March 2017 17:52 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
I put the trap out last night, not expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised to record 25 moths of 8 species, a good total for me for late March. FFY were Grey Shoulder-knot (2nd record) and Early Tooth-striped (earliest record). Others were March Moth, Small Quaker (2), Common Quaker (2), Clouded Drab (2), Hebrew Character (6) and Early Grey (10, my second highest count).
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Mon 27th March 2017 17:23 by Pam Campbell
Hodderscombe Lodge garden
Another good night with 204 moths of 12 species . One Dotted Chestnut was my only ffy . 147 Small Quaker . Yesterday 2 ffy , an Early Thorn and an Early Tooth - striped .
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Mon 27th March 2017 15:37 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
The good Spring numbers continued last night with 72 moths of 9 species despite cold, clear and blustery conditions. A Red Chestnut was my only first for the year. Already this is the third best March since I moved here in 2003. The 2 better years were 2011 and 2012 which both ended up as disappointing seasons. Let's hope this year is different and the promising numbers continue until the Autumn.
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Mon 27th March 2017 09:39 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 26/3/17
Not having trapped for a fortnight, I tried last night, hoping the nasty east wind would relent a bit, (but not TOO hopeful).  In the event there were 10 moths of 6 species, which was a pleasant surprise.  FFY were Herald, Early Grey and Clouded Drab(5).
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Sat 25th March 2017 18:11 by Nigel Cottle
Thurlbear 25/3/17
Several Ectoedemia heringella mines at Thurlbear today. I have had my eyes on two Holm Oaks there for a couple of years now but this is the first time I have found the mines. Possibly the first record from VC5?

Ectoedemia heringella 25.3.17

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Fri 24th March 2017 18:40 by Pam Campbell
Hodderscombe Lodge garden
7 species and 274 moths last night . F F Y 1 Water Carpet .  1 March Moth , 1 Twin - spotted Quaker , 3 Clouded Drab , 15 Hebrew Character , 21 Common Quaker ad 232 Small Quaker which is having a good year here . Highest previous number was 140 on the 15 . 03 17 .
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Wed 22nd March 2017 21:43 by Jenny Vickers
Frome 22/03/2017
I found mines of Ectoedemia heringella on Holm Oak (Quercus ilex) today in Frome. Thank you Paul Wilkins for your help.
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Wed 22nd March 2017 13:16 by Paul Bowyer
Sand Point 22nd March
This morning I found 3 cases of Luffia ferchaultella at Sand Point. I believe this is the first record for this site.
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Tue 21st March 2017 16:43 by Nigel Parsons
Berkley Marsh, Frome 14th &15th March
Apologies for the delay in reporting on 14th and 15th March - my last trapping sessions in Berkley Marsh for a while having since returned to Middlesex. 14th March - 67 moths of 12 species, including 2 FFY, Dotted Chestnut (2) and Tawny Pinion (1), the latter being a first for me. 15th March - 104 moths of 10 species but disappointingly no FFY. Numbers were boosted by Hebrew Character (38) and Clouded Drab (37). Only 19 moths of 4 common noctuid species actually in the trap !!
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Mon 20th March 2017 19:55 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
The good numbers continued last night despite the conditions not being ideal. 84 macros from 13 species including an early Pale Mottled Willow and my first Small Eggar since 2010.
I have now recorded 24 macro species including 3 types I did not see last year. I had to wait until May 1st last year to get up to that number of species. In all of last March I only recorded a total of 86 Individuals of 9 different species. It wasn't until 4th June that I recorded as many as 84 moths in one night.
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Sun 19th March 2017 18:06 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 9 degrees

21 moths of 8 species including FFY - a Mottled Grey. Our first since 2014.

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Sun 19th March 2017 12:44 by Benjamin Bond
Moth Trap at Shapwick Heath NNR
Anyone is welcome to come to the next moth trapping at Shapwick Heath NNR on the 26th of this month. We will be meeting at the Avalon Marshes Centre at 6:30pm. It looks like the weather will be good!
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Sun 19th March 2017 12:08 by Jenny Vickers
Blatchbridge near Frome 18/03/2017
Even with the windy conditions, my second trapping in the new garden on the outskirts of Frome was productive with a stunning Small Eggar being the highlight.

The small Heath actinic produced 18 moths of 7 species: Hebrew Character (3), Common Quaker (4), Small Quaker (2), Twin-spotted Quaker (1) a lifer for me, Clouded Drab (5), Shoulder Stripe (2) and Dotted Border (1).

The Skinner MV produced 21 moths of 8 species: Small Eggar (photo) (1), Oak Beauty (2), Early Thorn (1) NFY, Hebrew Character (8), Common Quaker (6), Small Quaker (1), Twin-spotted Quaker (1), Clouded Drab (1)

Small Eggar male JV2017

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Fri 17th March 2017 18:11 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 1.3 degrees

With the colder night only 12 moths of seven species including FFY - a Brindled Pug.

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Thu 16th March 2017 17:00 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
No need for the trap - FFY Shoulder Stripe and Angle Shades on the front wall and front door respectively this morning! It's my second earliest record of the latter (by one day).

Picking up on Ian's post yesterday, I agree that early results are good. My year to date species total is 17.The previous highest to mid-March was 15 in 2012. Only 6 last year!

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Thu 16th March 2017 16:33 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 6.8 degrees

29 moths of 11 species including FFY - Water Carpet and Pale Pinion. The Oak Beauty excellent year continues. We had seven in the trap last night.

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Thu 16th March 2017 15:17 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock 15/03/2017 Min temp 5.3c
Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (Beautiful Plume) in the conservatory during the afternoon.  In the traps overnight 52 moths of 14 species.  FFY: Diurnea fagella(2) and Dark Sword-grass(1) Others included Oak Beauty(6) ;Dotted Border(2) ; Early Grey(4) ; Common Quaker(6) ; Small Quaker(14) ; Hebrew Character(6) ; Twin-spotted Quaker(4) and singles of Early Tooth-striped, Early Thorn and Chestnut.
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Thu 16th March 2017 08:40 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 15/3/17
Just 6 moths last night - I had hoped for more given the mild overcast conditions, but there it is.  Two FFY - Small Quaker(2) and March Moth, and singles of Hebrew Character, Common Quaker and a pale micro which escaped before I could box it for ID purposes. Never mind.

P.S.  5.25 pm Escapologist micro now found - Depressaria daucella (not FFY)

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Wed 15th March 2017 18:27 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Last night produced the same number of moths and species as my previous session but with a different mix. FFY were Diamond-back Moth (my earliest record), Double-striped Pug (also earliest record), Early Thorn, Clouded Drab (3) and Early Grey (2). Common Quaker produced the most individuals (7). Curiously there were no Hebrew Characters, unlike five nights ago when it was the most numerous! Perhaps the greenlight is more attractive to them than the blacklight.
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Wed 15th March 2017 14:00 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 7.3 degrees

41 moths of 31 species including FFY - a Double Striped Pug and in the warm sunshine in the garden this morning two Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies.

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Wed 15th March 2017 11:12 by Sue Davies
Butleigh Wood
Tried battery operated 2x2w LEDs in my portable skinner, still glowing after 15hrs, 27moths of 11 app. 9 Shoulder Stripe. 1 Streamer, 1 Pale Brindled Beauty, 5 Engrailed, 4 Oak Beauty, 2 Twin-spotted Quaker and 1 each of Small Q. Common Q. Heb. Ch. Early Thorn & Dotted Border.
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Wed 15th March 2017 10:16 by John Chidgey
Spaxton 14/3/17
Using a 40 W actinic trap, just 19 moths including an early Waved Umber plus 3 Oak Beauty, 2 Early Thorn, 2 March Moth,1 Clouded Drab, 2 Silver Y, 5 Early Grey, 1 Common Quaker, 1 Shoulder Stripe, 1 Early Moth.
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Wed 15th March 2017 09:42 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
69 moths of 12 species. Best of the catch were my first 2 Oak Nycteolines since 2012 and my first Red Sword Grass since Autumn 2015.
I don't want to tempt fate but this year is already looking so much more promising than last year which according to my crude ratings system was the second worst year since 2003. Only the washout year of 2007 was worse. The only bright spots to last year were some good numbers of second or third generations of a few species such as Brimstone, Knot Grass and Double Striped Pug. The numbers I'm catching this year appear to confirm that improvement.
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Tue 14th March 2017 21:05 by Jenny Vickers
Blatchbridge near Frome 13/03/2017
I tried out a new garden last night of a friend who lives just outside of Frome which looks to be quite promising. A rural garden surrounded by improved grass fields but with a large Oak and Pine tree nearby and mixed hedgerows. My 40W actinic trap pulled in three new moths to me Oak Beauty (1), Oak Nycteoline (1) and Shoulder Stripe (1) the rest were as follows: Clouded Drab (8), Common Quaker (8), Small Quaker (2), Hebrew Character (3), Early Grey (1) and March Moth (3). I have permission to trap there in future, so hopefully it will be a regular from now on.
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Tue 14th March 2017 16:26 by Peter Tennant
whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 7.8 degrees

16 moths of eleven species including FFY -Early Tooth-striped, Clouded Drab and a Small Quaker.

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Tue 14th March 2017 15:56 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 13/3/17
My first trapping since mid-January (initially due to lousy weather, and since mid-Feb being hampered by the post-operative effects of a shiny new hip joint) produced 11 moths (all FFY of course) 6 Hebrew Characters, 2 Common Quakers, and one each Early Thorn, Depressaria daucella and a very early Silver Y.

Nice to be back in business !!

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Tue 14th March 2017 10:46 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
Only a mile away from Nigel but 33 moths of 11 species including 2x FFY: Twin-spotted Quaker and Diurnea fagella. Sadly no Small Eggars here yet.
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Tue 14th March 2017 09:00 by Nigel Cottle
Bishops Hull 13/3/17
T Min 9.1°C. Only six moths of four species but that did include another Small Eggar and my earliest ever (by a full month) Nut-tree Tussock.
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Sun 12th March 2017 21:24 by Jenny Vickers
Frome 8th - 11th March
Due to the mild conditions, I had a flurry of moth trapping over the last three nights in three Frome gardens. Nothing as exciting as Nigel's Small Eggars but things are getting going at last.

08/03/17 Mum's garden 4 moths of 3 species: Early Grey (1), Hebrew Character (2), Common Quaker (1)

09/03/17 Home garden 6 moths of 4 species: Early Grey (1), Hebrew Character (1), Common Quaker (3) and Common Plume (1)

10/03/17 Mill House garden 17 moths of 7 species: Hebrew Character (5), Common Quaker (5), Clouded Drab (3) Chestnut(1), Pale Brindled Beauty (1) Diurnea fagella (1) and Agonopterix alstromeriana (1)

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Sun 12th March 2017 11:40 by Nigel Parsons
Berkley Marsh - 8th - 11th March
A gradual increase in moth numbers (mainly Hebrew Character) and species over the last few nights although last night took a downturn due to unexpected heavy rain. 8th March - 16 moths of 9 species with 3 ffy Clouded Drab, A. hericliana and Acleris literara. 9th March - 43 moths of 13 species with 5 ffy Early Thorn, Pale Brindled Beauty, Shoulder Stripe, Common Plume and Depressaria daucella. 10th March - 63 moths of 15 species with 6 ffy Twin-spotted Quaker, Pale Pinion, Satellite, Chestnut, Dark Chestnut and LBA moth. 11th March - 47 moths of 9 species - although I had to recover a very soggy Skinner trap in pouring rain at 6.00am, finding 2 Small Eggar in the trap made it worthwhile. It has been very noticeable that at least two-thirds of the moths on every night so far this year have been outside the trap - spread across quite a large area of grass and nearby wall - which although takes time is often rewarded with species not in the trap.
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Sat 11th March 2017 16:50 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock 10/03/2017 min temp 7.8c
30 moths of 14 species including FFG Ypsolopha mucronella. Three other FFY were : Brindled Beauty(1) ; Early Grey(6) ; Clouded Drab(1).  The rest comprised : Mottled Grey(1) ; Early Tooth-striped(1) ; Early Thorn ; Oak Beauty(4) ; Dotted Border(2) ; Chestnut(1) ; Common Quaker(3) ; Small Quaker(2) ; Hebrew Character(5) ; Twin-spotted Quaker(1).
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Sat 11th March 2017 14:04 by John Connolly
Manor Road, Taunton 10.3.17
Not a bad catch for my garden this time of year in my 40W skinner trap. Min temp. 7.8 degrees -7 moths of 5 species. 3 Common Quaker, 1 Hebrew Character, 1 Early Grey ffy, 1 Common Plume (Emmelina monodactyla) and 1 March Moth which I believe is a first for my garden. Obviously not very common around here as the nearest record to my garden was in Ashley Road in 2005 despite being more or less annual in Bishop's Hull and Staplegrove on the edge of the town.
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Sat 11th March 2017 11:36 by Sue Davies
Tree House, Butleigh
A welcome 28 moths of 14 spp last night, including a Dark Sword-grass, other FFYs- Oak Nicteoline, Twin-spotted Quaker, 3 Clouded Drab, Brindled Beauty, Diurnea fagella, Parsnip Moth, others- 7 Hebrew Ch, 2 Dotted Border, 2 Small Quaker, 3 Common Quaker, 3 Early Thorn, Agonopterix Herac agg, Common Plume.
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Sat 11th March 2017 09:44 by Nigel Cottle
Bishops Hull. GMS. 10/3/17
T Min 8.3°C. 18 moths of 10 species: Double-striped Pug (2), Small Eggar (1), Dotted Border (1), Oak Beauty (1), Hebrew Character (1), Early Grey (2), Common Quaker (7), Clouded Drab (1), Chestnut (1) and Common Plume (1).

My second garden record of Small Eggar; the first was on 7/5/2016, well outside the normal January - March flight period.

Small Eggar 10.3.17

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Sat 11th March 2017 07:35 by John Connolly
Manor Road, Taunton 10.3.17
Not a bad catch for my garden this time of year in my 40W skinner trap. Min temp. 7.8 degrees -7 moths of 5 species. 3 Common Quaker, 1 Hebrew Character, 1 Early Grey ffy, 1 Common Plume (Emmelina monodactyla) and 1 March Moth which I believe is a first for my garden. Obviously not very common around here as the nearest record to my garden was in Ashley Road in 2005 despite being more or less annual in Bishop's Hull and Staplegrove on the edge of the town.
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Fri 10th March 2017 18:24 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 8.2 degrees

At last a good nights trapping! FFY - Shoulder Stripe 7, Early Grey 2, March Moth 6. Twin-spotted Quaker 2 and Acleris cristana.

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Fri 10th March 2017 16:55 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Last night's trapping session was pretty good, with 19 moths of 9 species. FFY were March Moth (5), Oak Beauty, Dotted Border (2), Small Quaker, Lead-coloured Drab (3rd record, a nice grey individual), Common Quaker, Hebrew Character (5) and Dark Chestnut (2nd record). Oddly, 12 of the moths were outside of the trap but the Hebrew Characters seemed to prefer it inside!
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Fri 10th March 2017 08:30 by Nigel Cottle
Bishops Hull 9/3/17
T Min 10.1°C. 18 moths of 10 species. Double-striped Pug (4), Pale Brindled Beauty (1), Dotted Border (1), Hebrew Character (2), Common Quaker (3), Oak Beauty (1), Red-green Carpet (1), Early Grey (3), Agonopterix alstromeriana (1) and Ypsolopha mucronella (1).

The second time I've caught Y. mucronella the first being 12/4/2015 but, for some reason, that record doesn't appear on the species map on the website.

Ypsolopha mucronella 9.3.17

Ypsolopha mucronella

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Fri 10th March 2017 07:14 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
My first opportunity to trap for three weeks resulted in 18 moths of 10 species. Nothing new but a nice array of Spring species: Pale Pinion (FFY), March Moth (2), Dotted Border (3, FFY), Clouded Drab (FFY), Early Grey (3, FFY), Hebrew Character (4, FFY), Oak Beauty (FFY), Common Quaker, LBAM, Caloptilia semifascia (FFY).
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Thu 9th March 2017 16:13 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise, Little Quantock 08/03/2017 Min temp 9.8c
At last a mild night with no wind to speak of and a gentle "mizzle" falling...and moths.  22 of twelve species, plus an escaped micro that may appear this evening when the lights go on.  Mottled Grey(1) ; Early Tooth-striped(2) ; Early Thorn(1) ; March Moth(3) ; Oak Beauty(5) ; Dotted Border(1) Chestnut(1) ; Grey Shoulder-knot(1) ; Common Quaker(1) ; Small Quaker(2) ; Hebrew Character(1) ; Twin-spotted Quaker(1).
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Thu 9th March 2017 15:31 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Small Quaker, Early Grey, Clouded Drab, Dotted Border and Dotted Chestnut were all year firsts last night.
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Wed 8th March 2017 11:56 by Nigel Cottle
Bishops Hull 8/3/17
Didn't trap last night but there was a Diamond-back Moth resting on the garage door this morning.
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Wed 8th March 2017 10:45 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
Moths at last..well 10 of 6spp. A big improvement on 1. FFYs 1 each of Oak Beauty, Early Moth, March Moth, 5 Hebrew Ch. 1 Chestnut & 1 Com. Quaker.
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Sat 4th March 2017 09:46 by Nigel Parsons
Berkley Marsh, Frome - 2nd & 3rd March
At last a couple of moth trapping sessions in Berkley Marsh. 13 moths of 7 species on 2/3/17 - Hebrew Character 5, Common Quaker 1, Small Quaker 1, Dotted Border 1, Early Moth 3, Grey Shoulder-knot 1 and Tortricodes alternella 1. Last night produced 15 moths of 6 species including 2 firsts for the year, namely March Moth 2 and Oak Beauty (male) 1. Not bad for cool and rainy nights. All but 3 of the moths were found outside the trap in grass or on an adjacent stone wall.
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Sat 4th March 2017 07:52 by Nigel Cottle
Bishops Hull 3/3/17
Despite T Min down to 3.9°C a reasonable start to life as a GMS recorder with Common Quaker (3), Oak Beauty (2) and a Grey Shoulder-knot.
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