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current posts

 
Wed 24th November 2021 09:30 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
23/11/21 - One Beaded Chestnut wandered lonely as a cloud etc. into my MV trap last night.  I found it sulking in a corner, wondering where the rest of them had got to.
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Mon 22nd November 2021 17:07 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Cold night with frost but a Rusty-dot Pearl on the house wall this morning!
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Sat 20th November 2021 14:16 by David Agassiz
Last fling!
The warm weather tempted me to put the trap out last night. The result was 1 E. postvittana, 1 C. plebejana, 1 Cypress Carpet, 3 Red-green carpet, 1 Vine's Rustic, 1 Dark Sword-Grass and 3 Oak Rustics!
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Sat 20th November 2021 09:03 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
19/11/21 - All quiet on the eastern front.  Three singletons, Silver Y, Feathered Thorn and LBAM.  Also a FFY Common Wasp (worker, not queen)- where have they been all this year?  Normally I would expect to see a few, but no.
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Fri 19th November 2021 17:16 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
I tend not to trap in November but was tempted by the mild weather last night. I did get moths, 5 moths of 3 species, all on the house wall. December Moth (2) and Feathered Thorn (2) were FFY, the first since 2015 and 2018 respectively (probably because of lack of trapping at this time of year). The other moth was a very worn Common Marbled Carpet, my first November record, putting the seal on a good autumn for them here.
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Fri 19th November 2021 10:43 by Nigel Cottle
KINGSTON ST. MARY GARDEN
Night of 18/11.

13 moths of eight species. Two each: Feathered Thorn, Mottled Umber, Yellow-line Quaker, Red-green Carpet and Rusty-dot Pearl. One each: November Moth agg., Spruce Carpet and Palpita vitrealis.

Palpita vitrealis 181121

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Thu 18th November 2021 16:52 by Rob Grimmond
Steart
Dick Best has sent me a photo of an L-Album Wainscot he trapped on Monday (15th). One that has not come my way yet!
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Thu 18th November 2021 16:50 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
On Tuesday (16th), I found a Garden Tiger caterpillar in the garden. It's interesting in that I've only recorded the species once, as an adult, in July 2019. I haven't seen any adults since but they have obviously been around!
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Wed 17th November 2021 18:34 by Mike Strange
16/11/2021 BoS
1 Feathered Thorn last night and that was the grand total!
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Tue 16th November 2021 17:29 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock 15/11/21 Min temp 8.2c
37 moths of 11 species. One FFY : Ypsolopha ustella Others of note : December Moth (2) ; Spruce Carpet (2) ; Cypress Carpet ; Red-green Carpet (5) ; November Moth agg (3) ; Feathered Thorn (2) ; Mottled Umber (3) ; Red-line Quaker ; Yellow-line Quaker (16) and Brick.
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Tue 16th November 2021 14:53 by Mike Strange
15/11/2021 BoS
Just 2 Lbams and 1. Dark Swordgrass last night.
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Mon 15th November 2021 12:14 by Mike Strange
14/11/2021 BoS
After 2 nights of nothing at all apart from 3 Lbams I was in two minds as to whether or not to light up last night. Just two Cypress carpets. 1 Acleris sparsana and 2 more Lbams.
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Sun 14th November 2021 08:45 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
13/11/21 - A sharp increase in numbers, from 1 to 7 moths of 6 species.  Nothing new, but there were two Silver Ys, both fresh-looking, so I am still fairly sure they are home-grown, not migrants, but you never know.
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Fri 12th November 2021 13:30 by Mike Strange
11/11/2021 BoS
Another rainy night. 5 moths of 4 species. 2 Feathered Thorn. 1 each of Large Wainscot. Red Line Quaker and November moth agg.
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Fri 12th November 2021 09:13 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
11/11/21 - Well, sometimes I wonder why I bother - just one solitary Silver Y lurking under an egg box this morning (another of those nice fresh ones, or maybe the same one coming back - who knows?)
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Thu 11th November 2021 10:16 by Mike Strange
10/11/2021 BoS
Very wet last night resulting in just 3 moths. 2 Lbam and 1 Angle shades.
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Wed 10th November 2021 16:46 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock 9/11/21 min temp 11.1c
A murky night with the cloud on the deck produced 87 moths of 14 species. Yellow-line Quakers numbered 51 but the most interesting prize went to a fresh 2nd generation Buff Arches. The rest were : Rusty-dot Pearl ; Spruce Carpet (3) ; Red-green Carpet (13) ; Common Marbled Carpet (3) ; November Moth agg (5) ; Feathered Thorn (2) ; Angle Shades ; Beaded Chestnut ; Lunar Underwing ; Chestnut (3) ; Merveille du Jour and Black Rustic.
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Wed 10th November 2021 14:36 by Mike Strange
09/11/2021 BoS
Warmer but wet night last night 7 Moths of 4 Species 1 Large Wainscot. 3 Lbam. 2 Red Line Quaker. 1 Gem.
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Wed 10th November 2021 11:05 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
A typical late Autumn catch last night with the only exception being a very out of season male Muslin Moth. I cannot imagine I have ever had Muslin and December Moths in my trap at the same time before!
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Tue 9th November 2021 13:56 by Mike Strange
08/11/2021 BoS
Did`nt trap on the 6th and no Moths caught on 7th. Last night produced just 4 Moths. 2 Emmelina Monodactyla. 1 Lbam and 1 Double Striped Pug.
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Tue 9th November 2021 13:50 by Nigel Cottle
BISHOPS HULL
Night of 8/11.

Second garden record of Oak Rustic; a year to the day since the first. I'd imagine that this species is now established on the local Holm Oak.

Oak Rustic 081121

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Tue 9th November 2021 09:43 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
8/11/21 - a slight improvement in both numbers and variety, but still a bit disappointing given the mild dry weather and small amount of moonlight.  14 moths of 10 species, including FFY Feathered Thorn (2), and almost FFYs Chestnut and December Moth (both recorded in early January).  Also another pristine Silver Y (doubtfully a migrant) and a Rusty-dot Pearl (very likely a migrant).
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Sun 7th November 2021 14:33 by Mike Strange
05/11/2021 BoS
Late posting for the 5th. 12 Moths of 9 species. Two Silver Y in Pristine condition. 1 Red Green Carpet. 2 Lbam. 3 Red Line Quaker. 1 Beaded Chestnut. 1 November Moth agg. 1 Emmelina Monodactyla. And 1 FFM Caloptilia stigmatella. Last one identified with help from the internet mothing community. Which begs the question can I enter them as the identifier on the record sheet?
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Sat 6th November 2021 18:05 by Paul Newman
I'm very jealous, Tim - I am about to sulk in a dark corner!!  My skies are actually not too troubled by light pollution, except from headlights on the A37 nearby (no housing estates or street lights), but the countryside is relatively uninteresting agricultural land, no woodlands, moors or wetlands.  Never mind, one does what one can with the cards dealt.
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Sat 6th November 2021 15:24 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock 05/11/21 Min temp 7.8c
Sorry Paul but here in Dark sky country a good haul is more like 84 moths of 12 species! Yellow-line Quaker made up more than half (43). The others were : Acleris sparsana ; Spruce Carpet (5) ; Cypress Carpet ; Red-green Carpet (14) ; November Moth agg (5) ; Feathered Thorn (2) ; Barred Sallow (2) ; Beaded Chestnut (5) ; Red-line Quaker ; Chestnut (4) and S H Character.
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Sat 6th November 2021 08:53 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
5/11/21 - not quite so cold last night, and a new moon, so I was hopeful of a reasonable catch.  Does 9 moths of 7 species count as reasonable?  Maybe.  One FFY among them, a Red-green Carpet, only my second record here, and there was a very fresh-looking Silver Y, I think most likely a home-grown one, not a migrant, especially as the wind has been mostly northerly recently.
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Fri 5th November 2021 09:22 by Mike Strange
04/11/2021 BoS
Just 4 Moths of 4 species last night. FFM Feathered Thorn, November Moth agg, LYU, and as yet to be identified Tortrix species.
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Thu 4th November 2021 19:40 by Alick Simmons
Death’s Head Hawkmoth
I came across an emergent Death’s Head Hawkmoth on 4 November on the edge of a path on The Wildlife and Wetlands Trust Steart Reserve.  It’s wings were not fully extended so I placed it on some vegetation to keep it safe.
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Tue 2nd November 2021 13:41 by Mike Strange
01/11/2021 BoS
Not much doing here over the last few nights. Just 1`s and 2`s of the usual suspects or nothing at all. Slightly better last night with 6 Moths of 6 species. Blair`s Shoulder Knot, Red Line Quaker, Large Yellow Underwing, Common Marbled Carpet, November Moth agg and Lbam.
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Mon 1st November 2021 10:09 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
31/10/21 - chilly and breezy last night, but at least it didn't rain !!  Just 13 moths of 6 species in all, none new.  November agg (5) the main contributors again.
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