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Wed 18th October 2017 16:32 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 9.2 degrees and very wet.

50 moths of 13 species including FFY Yellow-lined Quakers (4).

Tue 17th October 2017 20:16 by John Bebbington
Late posting - Death's Head Hawk-moth from Mudford
Barrie Widden emailed me this morning - he photographed this specimen which Dawn Woodward found already dead in washing on her clothes line in September (no exact date).
Deaths-head Hawkmoth ex Mudford Sept 2017
Death's Head Hawk-moth from Mudford ©Barrie Widden 2017
Tue 17th October 2017 16:33 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
A post Ophelia trapping session resulted in 24 moths of 15 species. A Turnip moth was the only FFY, other notables were Scarce Bordered Straw (my third of the season), Large Wainscot, Feathered Thorn, Brindled Green, Rusty-dot Pearl (2) and Mervielle du Jour (2 and currently in cop.)
Mon 16th October 2017 18:03 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe

I had great difficulty in deciding on the ID of a moth I caught last week as it getting late in the year for lute strings. I am therefore extremely grateful to James Mcgill for confirming that it was a very late Common Lutestring.

Mon 16th October 2017 17:17 by Paul Bowyer
Weston Moths
In the garden moth trap last night (15th/16th October) in Weston-super-Mare I recorded Scarce Bordered Straw, Four-spotted Footman and Silver Y.
Sun 15th October 2017 17:58 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Some good results over the weekend for some of you - well done! I didn't fare so well last night, recording 16 moths of 9 species, though these figures are quite typical for me going into the second half of October. There was some interest in the form of an FFG Cypress Carpet (my 519th garden species), a Rusty Dot Pearl and my second Large Wainscot. Interestingly I'd gone nearly three weeks without Setaceous Hebrew Character then record 7 last night. Mothing is strange!
Sun 15th October 2017 11:51 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 13.3 degrees

47 moths of 23 species including FFY- Scarce Bordered Straw, Feathered Thorn, Blair's Shoulder-Knot

Sun 15th October 2017 10:17 by Nigel Cottle
Bishops Hull 14/10/15
FFG Acleris literana. It has been a really good year for micros here, this being my 32nd FFG micro of 2017 (compared with e.g. eight in 2015 and 13 in 2016).

Acleris literana 14.10.17

Sun 15th October 2017 09:25 by Paul Newman
East Lydford
Addendum to 13/10/17 The two mysteries mentioned before have resolved themselves into a poorly-marked Beaded Chestnut (not very exciting) and a FFG Four-spotted Footman, a late, small, faded male looking very much like a Buff Footman, but much too late in the year.  Even the small black patch at the base of the wing was almost faded to a shadow - had me foxed for quite a while !!
Sat 14th October 2017 21:06 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
With perfect conditions (extremely mild, cloudy, light winds) and it being a Moth Night I put out both traps front and back. I was rewarded with my highest species count (35) and numbers (123) for this time of year. I had 8 FFY: Mervielle du Jour, Blair's Shoulder-knot (4), Green-brindled Crescent, Red-green Carpet, November Moth agg., Pine Carpet, Hypsopygia glaucinalis (2), Crocidosema plebejana and one NFG, a Pearly Underwing - about time too! Other notables were a Chestnut, Large Wainscot, Mallow, Spruce Carpet (5) Cypress Carpet and a lovely fresh Gold Spot.
Sat 14th October 2017 20:36 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock 13/10/2017
74 moths 0f 22 species.  one FFG, Pale Mottled Willow (1) , an uninspiring moth except that it is the 500th species recorded in the garden. Others were FFY : November Moth agg. (6) ; Barred Sallow (1) ; Yellow-line Quaker (5).  also of interest : Acleris emargana (1) ; European Corn Borer (2) ; Straw Dot (4) ; Silver-Y (2) ; Beaded Chestnut (6) ; Common Wainscot (1) and two very fresh, second generation Shoulder-striped Wainscot. Paul Wilkins has been slaving away with scalpel and tweezers on a number of micros caught over the past few weeks. Here is what the maestro has come up with.  17/8/2017 : Prays ruficeps ; 27/08/2017 : Mompha bradleyi and Epermenia falciformes : 4/09/2017 : Monopis weaverella ; Ypsolopha alpella and Agonopterix subpropingquella.  26/09/2017 : Oegoconia quadripuncta .  06/10/2017 : Monopis obviella.  Many thanks Paul.
Sat 14th October 2017 18:48 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield Wiveliscombe - Min temp 15,5 degrees.

45 moths of 26 species including FFY - Red-line Quaker (2) and a Tawny Pinion. We also had a late White Ermine and an O glaucinalis.

Sat 14th October 2017 12:28 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
A better night with 24spp, lots of firsts for season, Green-brindled Crescent, Brindled Green, Blair's Shoulder-knot, Barred Sallow, Red-line Quaker, a Silver Y and minute Four-spotted footman just 12mm long. A few micros, Agon.alstromeriana, Carcina quercana, Crassa unitella, Monopsis obviella and a FFG Madder Pearl, Mecyna asinalis.

1397 63.040 Mecyna asinalis Madder Pearl SD17

Sat 14th October 2017 09:40 by Paul Newman
East Lydford
13/10/17 - much better - warm night and only half a moon.  53 moths, 19 species, including a Scarce Bordered Straw (2nd this year) and 12 Black Rustics.  Two mysteries to be sorted later.
Thu 12th October 2017 14:23 by John Bebbington
Latest issue of e-Moth (October 2017) from BC
If anyone would like an electronic copy of the latest e-Moth (which coincidentally features the Box-tree Moth Cydalima perspectalis on the front page I can email one to them. Please let me know by email (
Thu 12th October 2017 12:22 by John Bebbington
63.054 Box-tree Moth (Cydalima perspectalis) from Whiteleaze
Roy and Faith Blackmore took what appears to be the first VC5 record and only the second Somerset record of the Box-tree Moth (63.054 Cydalima perspectalis) two nights ago.
63.054 Cydalima perspectalis (Whiteleaze)
A spectacular 'micro' but bad news for gardeners - it is an introduced species which is a pest of Box. Amendment - This is the third Somerset record as Bob Fleetwood had one at Clevedon on 2nd September which I had overlooked!
Thu 12th October 2017 10:01 by Paul Newman
East Lydford
11/10/17 - a poor night, maybe a bit too breezy at first ?  ONly 18 moths, 9 species.  One FFY, a Figure of 8, and another Merveille du Jour - beautiful.
Wed 11th October 2017 17:24 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
No trapping but I discovered FFY Beaded Chestnut indoors this morning, possibly an escapee from a couple of days back. I also found a Bright-line Brown-eye caterpillar on the wall of the house.
Tue 10th October 2017 17:22 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Not as many moths as hoped last night given the reasonable conditions. However there was a fair amount of interest with my first Pine Carpet for 3 years along with Grey Pine Carpet and Merveille De Jour as firsts for the year. A second generation Brussels Lace was unexpected but welcome.
Tue 10th October 2017 11:00 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
41 moths of 17 species including NFG Acleris rhombana (Rhomboid Tortrix) also a Feathered Thorn and two Mallow, both FFY.
Tue 10th October 2017 09:54 by Paul Newman
East Lydford
9/10/17 - A slight improvement in numbers, and a good amount of interest this time.  35 moths, 13 species, including FFY Red-line Quaker, Autumnal/November Moth agg. (2), and Merveille du Jour.  10 Black Rustics the most numerous, continuing their good year.  Also a very faded and battered late Spectacle, and two nearly as badly faded Setaceous Hebrew Characters - several species seem to be having long lives this year, as I have had quite a few very worn specimens recently.
Mon 9th October 2017 15:53 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 12.2 degrees

Twenty moths of 12 species including FFY - Merveille du Jour, Red-green Carpet, Green-Brindled Crescent, a Small Autumnal Moth, a November Moth and a Pale November Moth.

Mon 9th October 2017 12:24 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Conditions for last night looked promising, with cloud, light wind and mild temperature.......but only 17 moths of 8 species. There was, however, some interest.  FFY was Black Rustic (7). I don't trap many of them but this exceeds my previous highest multiple record of 3. There was also a Brimstone Moth, only my third October record, and a slightly worn Buff Ermine. The latter is quite remarkable in that it was my first October record, and only the second time I've recorded an adult after early August! Usually it's caterpillars at this time of year.
Mon 9th October 2017 10:43 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
A very poor night with only 8 app, Straw Dot commonest at 8, followed by Lunar UW & Black Rustic. FFY Large Wainscot. Tenanted mines of Caloptilia stigmatella 15.010, found yesterday on Salix in field being garden.

0288 Caloptilia stigmatella 15.010 tent SD17 0288 Caloptilia stigmatella 15.010 larva SD17

Sun 8th October 2017 09:38 by Paul Newman
East Lydford
7/10/17 - Another quite poor catch, 28 moths, 12 species.  No FFY, but a very late Oak Hook-tip and fairly late Gold Triangle and Light Emerald.
Sat 7th October 2017 16:11 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock 6/10/2017
A better night despite the full moon at the start and rain in the early hours.  40 moths of 20 species.  FFY were Monopis obviella and Pink-barred Sallow (2).  Others of note : Scrobipalpa costella (1) ; Red-green Carpet (1) ; a rather small, second brood Willow Beauty ; Silver-y (3) ; Flounced Chestnut (4) and Autumnal Rustic (1).
Sat 7th October 2017 10:48 by Steve Pilkington
37 moths 22 spp. One still unindent. FFG Large ranunculus. FFY Green brindled crescent, Yellow line quaker, Beaded chestnut, Garden carpet and Sallow
Fri 6th October 2017 09:16 by Paul Newman
East Lydford
5/10/17 - low temperature plus full moon equals few moths, as one might expect.  Just 7 of 4 species, all in the mv trap, and all the usual suspects.
Wed 4th October 2017 20:06 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise Little Quantock 03/10/2017
16 moths of 8 species.  Garden Rose Tortrix (1) ; Eudonia angustea (1) ; Spruce Carpet (1) the only moths of interest. it going to be a long winter ?
Wed 4th October 2017 16:25 by Steve Pilkington
Cheddar garden - one moth.
Peter Gawthorpe a new member has been experimenting with LED lighting. Last night the caught just one moth - but if you are only going to catch one then an L-album wainscot is not a bad start. Peter is about 3 miles from me and this record is the second or third in our 10k square this autumn as I trapped one on the 23rd September possibly recaptured on the 26th. I note that previous records are clustered close to the Dorset border or along the Bristol Channel coast.
Wed 4th October 2017 12:38 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 7.5 degrees

Only nine moths of six species including FFY - a Mottled Umber.

Wed 4th October 2017 09:52 by Paul Newman
East Lydford
3/10/17 - Much colder last night, and this coupled with a nearly full moon kept numbers down.  21 moths, 7 species only, including one FFY, a Sallow, and another Red Underwing, this one in far better shape than the tatty specimen 2 nights ago.  Lunar Underwings (8), and Black Rustics (7) made up the bulk of the catch.
Wed 4th October 2017 08:59 by Benjamin Bond
Wellington, 04/10/2017
Caught 23 moths of 11 species last night. Highlights were 1 Blair's Shoulder-knot, 2 Beaded Chestnut, 2 Black Rustic, 1 Dark Spectacle and 1 Large Ranunculus.
Mon 2nd October 2017 09:20 by Paul Newman
East Lydford
Another moderate catch last night, perhaps fewer than I would have hoped for given the mild conditions, but quite interesting nonetheless.  66 moths, 18 species, including FFY a very tattered Red Underwing, and a very fresh Large Ranunculus, the first record here since 2011 - what a beauiful moth !  "Only" 16 Lunar Underwings, surpassed by 17 Black Rustics.  This must be an exceptional year for Black Rustics, as I have now had four of the five largest nightly totals I have ever recorded here, within the past two weeks. Also, having had a belated FFY appearance of Angle Shades two nights ago, I had two more last night. Where have they been?
Sun 1st October 2017 17:08 by Chris Iles
Yellow-line Quaker
Yellow-line Quaker, reared from larva collected with sallow catkins, Coleford, 25 March.

Yellow-line Quaker 02493


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