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current posts

Thu 13th August 2020 16:58 by Nigel Voaden
Shipham 12/08/2020
Back to garden trapping, 1,018 moths of 105 species but 40% of these were Water Veneer. Despite good diversity again there wasn't much of great note among them. An influx of Pyrausta with aurata (8), despicata (3) and purpuralis (1) and 31 Silver Y the only evidence of possible dispersal/migration. Best of the rest Caloptilia robustella, Phyllonorycter maestingella, Bryotropha similis, Teleiopsis diffinis, Elachista canapennella, Cochylis molliculana, Epinotia tedella, Leopard Moth, Barred Hook-tip, Angle-barred Pug, Gold Spot, Knot Grass, Rosy Minor, Cloaked Minor and Nutmeg.
Thu 13th August 2020 16:51 by Nigel Voaden
Great Breach Wood 11/08/2020
Another all nighter with Dave Nevitt with six traps between us. Again a full combined list not yet complete but at least 175 species recorded. The absolute highlight was two Aplota palpellus, possibly a new species for Somerset? Other interesting species included Coptotriche marginea, Bucculatrix ulmella, Euspilapteryx auroguttella, Parornix scoticella, Phyllonorycter harrisella, Phyllonorycter lautella, Phyllonorycter nicellii, Yponomeuta plumbella, Ypsolopha scabrella, Agonopterix liturosa, Anacampsis blattariella, Brachmia blandella, Eulamprotes atrella, Psoricoptera gibbosella, Adaina microdactyla, Ptycholomoides aeriferana, Cochylis molliculana, Spilonota laricana, Clavigesta purdeyi, Nephopterix angustella, Acrobasis consociella, Assara terebrella, Scoparia basistrigalis, Barred Hook-tip, Clay Triple-lines, Beech-green Carpet, Pretty Chalk Carpet, Barred Rivulet, Vapourer and Lesser-spotted Pinion.
Thu 13th August 2020 16:39 by Nigel Voaden
westhay moor 10/08/2020
I trapped all night with Dave Nevitt, Paul Chapham and, for a while, Rich Andrews. We ran eight traps and I recorded 149 species, there will be a few more than this once a combined list is finished. Highlights included Orthotelia sparganella, Anacampsis populella, Aristotelia ericinella, Epinotia trigonella, Calamotropha paludella, Donacaula forficella, Vestal (3), Chevron, Dingy Shell, Oak Processionary, Round-winged Muslin, Four-spotted Footman, Old Lady, Brown-veined Wainscot, Double Kidney, Olive, Dog's Tooth, Pearly Underwing, Dotted Clay and Cream-bordered Green Pea.
Thu 13th August 2020 16:32 by Nigel Voaden
Shipham 09/08/2020
Playing catch up after four consecutive busy mothing nights visiting family. The first night garden trapping started brilliantly with a worn Antigastra catalaunalis potted up before turning in for the night. A total of 683 moths of 114 species in the end with other highlights including Tinea trinotella, Yponomeuta rorrella, Oegoconia sp (to be dissected), Crassa unitella, Galleria mellonella, Acrobasis suavella, Udea ferrugalis, Nomophila noctuella, Chilo phragmitella, Mocha, White-spotted Pug, Yellow-barred Brindle, Black Arches, Jersey Tiger and Marbled Green. By day some interesting leaf mines found on Crab Apple, Stigmella incognitella and several Phyllonorycter mines which will hopefully be bred through.
Thu 13th August 2020 13:15 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton 12th August
An exhausting 82 species with 15 FFY's and one NFG, an Apple Leaf Skeletoniser, Choreutis pariana. The FFY's were: Rosy Rustic (5), Water Veneer (lots), Vestal (2), Small China-mark, Lesser-spotted Pinion (2nd record, last seen 2015), Acleris kochiella (2), Garden Pebble (2), Canary-shouldered Thorn, September Thorn, White-spotted Pug, Flounced Rustic (2), Hypsopygia glaucinalis, Acleris comariana, Cochylimorpha straminea (2) and Dichomeris alacella (second record, last seen 2017).

Dichomeris alacella 2020
Dichomeris alacella
Apple Leaf Skeletoniser 2020
Choreutis pariana, Apple Leaf Skeletoniser
Cochylimorpha straminea 2020
Cochylimorpha straminea
Thu 13th August 2020 10:57 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
The last few nights have at last produced some decent moth numbers. Nothing of huge interest turned up but there were another 2 Vestals last night following 2 different ones earlier in the week. Personal highlight was my first Cabbage Moth for 3 years. These words would have never been written 10 years ago when I was recording this moth in the hundreds most years. A Tawny Speckled Pug was also my first for 3 years.
Thu 13th August 2020 07:30 by Sue Davies
Butleigh garden Wed 12th
A trap full of Moths, 95spp. Once the grass moth masses had departed the contents were surprisingly quiet considering the ambient 32’. Thee were 3 male oak Eggars frantically buzzing me while I opened it. I discovered 2 females inside and placed them on the stone bench...a mating frenzy ensued (video on facebook). Of interest another Metalampra italica, Ypsolopha scabrella, FFY White-spotted Pug, 5 Straw Underwings and a Vestal. 66.007 1637 Oak Eggar Lasiocampa quercus SD20 28.008 0642a Metalampra italica SD20 B 28.008 0642a Metalampra italica SD20
Wed 12th August 2020 18:21 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
The best night of the year here, with 188 moths of 60 species. FFY were Yponomeuta plumbella (3), Ypsolopha scabrella, Agriphila selasella (3), Scoparia ambigualis (2), Oak Eggar first since 2015), Maple Pug (3rd record), White-spotted Pug, Peacock Moth (2nd record, first in 2014), Yellow-tail (3rd record, first since 2014), Scarce Footman and Copper Underwing(2). The Oak Eggar laid eggs in egg boxes so it wil lbe interesting to see what happens! It was good to record a number of species that I hadn't taken for a few years.

The top three species were Agriphila tristella (22), Brimstone (15) and Willow Beauty (13).

Tue 11th August 2020 18:17 by Nigel Cottle
bishops hull
A Hummingbird Hawkmoth paid a brief visit to my back garden this evening; the first I've seen this year.
Tue 11th August 2020 18:16 by Nigel Cottle
Netherclay LNR
Ectoedemia louisella mine on Field Maple this morning. I have previously recorded this species at Netherclay in 2017 and Cogload Junction in 2019 but (surprise, surprise!) the latter record is missing from the species map.

Ectoedemia louisella 110820

Tue 11th August 2020 16:33 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel 10.8.2020
Trapped until 2345 hrs.

104 moths of 32 species. NFG was a Latticed Heat. NFY was a Garden Rose |Tortrix. Others of note were Euzophera pinguis x 3, Magpie x 3, Sallow Kitten x 2, Jersey Tiger x 7. Shuttle-shaped Dart topped out with 26 followed by Brimstone moth at 12.

Biggest surprise as I was shutting down was a female Migrant Hawker dragonfly.Migrant Hawker dragonfly (Female).

Tue 11th August 2020 11:48 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 9/8/20
47 species, highlights:

Small Waved Umber, Yellow-barred Brindle, Marbled Green, Sharp-angled Peacock, Rusty Dot Pearl, Purple-bar, Square-spot Rustic, Small Mottled Willow, Endothenia gentianaeana, Neofaculta ericetella.

Mon 10th August 2020 22:47 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
I managed to 'tease in' a Grass Emerald (NFG) at our sitting room window last night. Thanks to James McGill for confirmation as it was a well worn specimen.
Mon 10th August 2020 18:18 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
A fairly routine session last night porduced 85 moths of 41 species. FFY were Crassa unitella, Pyrausta despicata (2), Wax Moth, Acrobasis advenella, Blood-vein, Canary-shouldered Thorn (2) and Large Wainscot (my third record). Nut-tree Tussock has had the best year since I started trapping, with 22 individuals so far this year (previous high was 16 in 2014). Also of note in the trap were an Eyed Ladybird and 11 wasps!

Earlier in the day I saved a male Vapourer form cobwebs as it was prospecting along a hedge!

Sun 9th August 2020 18:43 by Benjamin Bond
Wellington 09/08/2020
The biggest catch of the year last night with 424 moths of 70 species! Highlights; Oak Hook-tip, Mocha, Marbled Green, Dusky Thorn, Small Wainscot, Currant Pug, Poplar Grey, Flame Carpet, Orange Swift, Rosy Footman (2), Ruby Tiger, Brussels Lace, Twin-spotted Wainscot, Small Rufous, Jersey Tiger (7), Rosy Minor, Maple Pug, Rusty-dot Pearl, Euzophera pinguis, Acrobasis advenella (3), Acleris schalleriana, and Coptotriche marginea.
Sun 9th August 2020 14:08 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
8/8/20 - an average sort of night, with a mere 75 moths (so far) of 30 species.  Only 2 were FFY, Canary-shouldered Thorn (2) and Broad-bordered YU.  The latter's cousin, Lesser BBYU (21), has taken over as the main contributor- Common Footmen (only 5) fading fast.

p.m.9/8 a surprising 14 strays rounded up, with 3 additional species, but no FFYs.  2 more Lesser BBYU.

Sat 8th August 2020 14:51 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
With 198 mths of 76 species on a very warm night I would have expected a bit more of real interest but with my very first Straw Underwing (NFG) I can't complain. It seems to be a good year for 'hoovering' up all those species that you expect to see but never do. Four more FFY's were: Gold Spot, Oak Eggar, Parsnip Moth and Eupoecilia angustana (2).
Fri 7th August 2020 19:30 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
Seeing the various reports of multiple Hawkmoths elsewhere, I am quite jealous.  I have only recorded 14 in total this year, 8 Poplar, 4 Elephant and 2 Small Elephant.  Not only that, but no Tigers either, apart from a few Rubies, which don't really count. Very odd.
Fri 7th August 2020 17:17 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Last night's forecast initially looked promising but the night ended up clear and moonlit. There wer 59 moths of 28 species. FFY were Agapeta hamana, Acleris forsskaleana and Agriphila straminella. One Ypomoneuta specimen looked a good candidate for Spindle Ermine. Jersey Tigers are doing well again here, with 4 last night. It's also been a good year for Elephant Hawk-moth. Two last night brought the year's total up to 51, my second highest total (after 66 in 2018).
Fri 7th August 2020 14:30 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel 5.8.2020
Trapped until 2330hrs.

42 moths of 18 species. NFY was a Garden Pebble. NFG was a Webb's Wainscot. Others of note were 13 Jersey Tigers, with 5 form lutescens. Mocha, Elephant Hawkmoth and a Cabbage moth.Webb's Wainscot Webb's Wainscot

Fri 7th August 2020 08:54 by Simon Phelps
Middlezoy 6/8/20
Not as many moths as I would have expected considering the conditions (the story of the year I feel for me!). Only 42 species. Highlights:

Hypsopygia glaucinalis, Mocha, Straw Underwing, Magpie, Dusky Thorn, Blood-vein, Beautiful Plume, Rusty-dot Pearl.

Thu 6th August 2020 17:42 by Nigel Cottle
middleroom wood
Night of 5/8. I ran two traps for three hours. Persistent drizzle didn’t deter the moths of which 342 of 82 species were recorded.

Macro (56 species) incl: Orange Swift, Oak Hook-tip, Peach Blossom, Oak Eggar, Drinker, Mocha, Clay Triple-lines, Small Phoenix, Small Rivulet, V-Pug, White-spotted Pug, Wormwood Pug, Sharp-angled Peacock, September Thorn, Black Arches, Copper Underwing, Small Wainscot, Small Dotted Buff, Minor Shoulder-knot, Clay etc.

Micro (26 species) incl: Caloptilia stigmatella, Syncopacma taeniolella, Adaina microdactyla, Pandemis corylana, Lozotaeniodes formosana, Agapeta zoegana, Apotomis betuletana, Hedya salicella, Zeiraphera isertana, Scoparia subfusca, Catoptria pinella, Catoptria falsella etc.

Butterfly: A female Gatekeeper, the first time I’ve seen this species in a trap.

Wed 5th August 2020 20:56 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
A very good night with 75 species including two NFG - a Shaded Broad-bar (at last!) and Catoptria pinella. Also three other species I haven't seen for quite a few years: Mouse Moth (2015), Cabbage Moth (2017) and Ear Moth agg. (2015). The other FFY's were: Coleophora mayrella, Beautiful Plume, Copper Underwing (2), Sallow Kitten, Acrobasis advenella (4), Dusky Thorn (3) and Cypress Pug.
Tue 4th August 2020 20:48 by Paul Bowyer
Weston-super-Mare Moths
Putting the garden trap on this evening I noticed a dead Toadflax Brocade in the bottom of the trap which would have been caught on 1st August (the last time I trapped). A bit disappointing not to notice it that morning as I'm still yet to see a live imago.
Tue 4th August 2020 16:27 by John Chidgey
Tue 4th August 2020 09:23 by Steve Pilkington
Cocklake 1st August
Traps in the last 2-3 weeks of July have been very similar in both numbers and species with very little variety. August saw a welcome uplift to 178 moths and 62 species. FFY were Oegoconia sp. (probably quadripuncta which I have had confirmed in previous years), a very dark Shaded broad bar, Marbled green, Straw underwing, Oak eggar and Sallow kitten. couple of micros still to sort out.

Confirmed from 18th July by Paul Wilkins, thank you Paul.

Elachista subocellea (female).Just one modern record VC6 in 1994 and 2 older records for VC5 -1906 and 1988.

Monopsis crocicapitella (male) An interesting distribution and pattern of recording. In VC6 the locations are restricted to near the coast whereas in VC5 the majority are well inland. This record is the first inland for VC6 according to the SMG map. There are multiple records for many of these locations so a total of 35-40 in all, 90+% of which are from 2007 and it has been recorded every year since then.

Tue 4th August 2020 09:20 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
3/8/20 - early breakfast this morning - a mere 24 moths, 12 species.  Even the Common Footmen (5) stayed away - must have been the full moon. The only ones of any real interest were a female Oak Eggar and a 2nd. generation Pale Prominent
Sun 2nd August 2020 11:56 by Paul Newman
Pylle, Shepton Mallet
1/8/20 - a much quieter night than recently, with just 64 moths so far, of 21 species.  No FFYs, but one FFG - a Lesser Swallow Promnent.  This is only the second one I have ever trapped - I only had the one at my former site in East Lydford.  Common Footmen (33) again the most numerous.

p.m.  2/8 - a further 9 moths and 3 species rounded up - nothing new.

Sat 1st August 2020 22:09 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
67 species (24 of which were micros), FFY were: Pseudoswammerdamia combinella, Acleris forsskaleana (3), Parornix anglicella (2), Agriphila selasella, Yarrow Plume, Endothenia marginana, Rosy Footman (2), Engrailed (my second record), Small Phoenix (my third record), Cloaked Minor (2) and Brussels Lace.
Sat 1st August 2020 17:17 by Benjamin Bond
Wellington 01/08/2020
Caught 148 moths of 49 species last night. Highlights; Cloaked Minor (2), Dingy Footman, Knot Grass, Pale Prominent (2), Ruby Tiger (3), Agapeta hamana (2), Coronet, Jersey Tiger (2), Rusty-dot Pearl, Single-dotted Wave, Yponomeuta plumbella (2), Peppered Moth, Rosy Footman (2).
Sat 1st August 2020 17:13 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Much quieter last night - 44 moths of 22 species. Only FFY was Small yellow Wave. I had two Jersey Tigers, one of which was form lutescens, the first I've recorded.
Sat 1st August 2020 16:13 by Nigel Cottle
bishops hull
Night of 31/7.

FFG: Aspilapteryx tringipennella.

13 Jersey Tiger incl. one f. lutescens. Previous double-figure counts: 19 on 16.8.19, 11 on 21.7.18 and 10 on 26.7.18.

Aspilapteryx tringipennella 310720

Aspilapteryx tringipennella.

Sat 1st August 2020 08:54 by Maurice Pugh
Curry Rivel
Jersey Tiger ab. lutescens 700Curry Rivel

Evening of 30.7.2020

56 moths of 24 species. NFG was a Jersey Tiger ab. lutescens. NFY was a Small Phoenix. Others of note were Water Veneer 2, Gold Triangle x 4, Small Waved Umber, Lime-speck Pug, Jersey Tiger x 3.

Evening of 31.7.2020, with a short rain shower

40 moths of 20 species NFY were Pyrausta purpuralis, Miller and a Small Yellow Underwing. Others of note, Leopard moth, Sallow Kitten, Coronet, Marbled Beauty and Marbled Green.

Sat 1st August 2020 07:59 by John Day
Yeovil, Saturday 1st August 2020 by John Day
A pleasant surprise last night was three pristine Jersey Tigers

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