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Sun 30th April 2006 09:22 by Mark Yeates
Chairman's Blog
Trap out in the garden last night (Robinson 125W - ST5715, VC9, Dorset):

  • 0701 Agonopterix ocellana 1 *
  • 1947 ?Engrailed Ectropis bistortata 1 *
  • 2003 Pebble Prominent Notodonta ziczac 1
  • 2006 Lesser Swallow Prominent Pheosia gnoma 1 *
  • 2007 Swallow Prominent Pheosia tremula 4
  • 2186 Powdered Quaker Orthosia gracilis 1 *
  • 2187 Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi 2
  • 2190 Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica 1
  • 2243 Early Grey Xylocampa areola 1 *
  • 2260 Dotted Chestnut Conistra rubiginea 1
  • 2425 Nut-tree Tussock Colocasia coryli 1 *

A * indicates examples outside the trap.

Good to see both Lesser and Swallow Prominent together.  In Somerset, gnoma is about one third as frequent as tremula.  Keeping the Engrailed for a confirmation if possible � but most this early are likely to be Ectropis bistortata.  It is impossible to separate this from the Small Engrailed (Ectropis crepuscularia) by sight.  As I have not yet recorded either from my new garden then I'll try to resolve one or two.

Also recoded (new for the house) yesterday:

0648 White-shouldered House Moth Endrosis sarcitrella 1

If you have not got into the smaller moths yet this is one to look out for indoors at any time of year � have a look at ukmoths link and I'm sure you'll soon find this!

Waiting for the moths to arrive me by trap

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Sat 29th April 2006 17:30 by Mark Yeates
SMG Website

Recent changes to the website:

Just added a new field to the upload picture page: 'Location'.  This allows you to add the location for a moth image (it is optional but will be good for tracking where the moth pictures come from).  This will also be useful for images coming from outside the county.

Also, changed the thumbnail size to 100 pixels maximum width or height (was 90).

Note: the general consensus is that images of moths should be titled with their B&F code first, followed by the common name if a macro or the scientific name if a micro.  If this name is already used then add 1, 2, 3... to the end etc.  For example:

0003 Micropterix aureatella

or

2040 Four-dotted Footman

I know that some of the original images don't use this rule - will edit these presently.

Note also that the recommended image size of 360 pixels max width or height is not an absolute rule if you think a picture will work better larger (or smaller) then size accordingly.  The blog page (usable width) is 480 pixels and a normal page is 740 pixels.  A half full page is 360px (allowing for a 20 pixel gap in the middle!).

Also new is a tick box on the edit page form so you can indicate 'This is a major edit'.  Normally, when any page is edited by a new user (i.e. not the one who last edited it) an immutable copy is saved.  This is so the page can be restored (if needed) to its prior state!  If the same user successively edits a page then no old copies are saved.  If you are doing a major revision to a page then you can tick this box to force a copy of the original to be saved.  Note: at the moment these immutable copies are just being saved and backed up you cant see the version history or restore pages (yet)!

Finally, added highlighting so you can show up key words and phrases.  Changed the notion of keywords so anything in highlight is now a keyword.  The highlighting uses [!highlight this!] markup.  This could be good for marking very interesting items in long species lists.

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Sat 29th April 2006 11:06 by David Evans
Another trip out with the Actinics after Lead Cloured Drab. Not luck there but still had some surprises with Frosted green and Square spot. Also the exploding population of Semioscopsis steinkellneriana.

663 Diurnea fagella Witch Lodge, Pridley Plantation 2
1746 Anticlea badiata Shoulder Stripe Witch Lodge, Pridley Plantation 4
1747 Anticlea derivata Streamer Witch Lodge, Pridley Plantation 1
1750 Lampropteryx suffumata Water Carpet Witch Lodge, Pridley Plantation 2
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet Witch Lodge, Pridley Plantation 1
1768 Thera obeliscata Grey Pine Carpet Witch Lodge, Pridley Plantation 3
1852 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug Witch Lodge, Pridley Plantation 5
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug Witch Lodge, Pridley Plantation 2
1881 Trichopteryx carpinata Early Tooth-striped Witch Lodge, Pridley Plantation 1
1888 Ligdia adustata Scorched Carpet Witch Lodge, Pridley Plantation 2
1917 Selenia dentaria Early Thorn Witch Lodge, Pridley Plantation 1
1919 Selenia tetralunaria Purple Thorn Witch Lodge, Pridley Plantation 1
1927 Lycia hirtaria Brindled Beauty Witch Lodge, Pridley Plantation 1
1934 Agriopis marginaria Dotted Border Witch Lodge, Pridley Plantation 1
1947 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed Witch Lodge, Pridley Plantation 1
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker Witch Lodge, Pridley Plantation 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker Witch Lodge, Pridley Plantation 3
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab Witch Lodge, Pridley Plantation 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character Witch Lodge, Pridley Plantation 9
2236 Lithophane hepatica Pale Pinion Witch Lodge, Pridley Plantation 2
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey Witch Lodge, Pridley Plantation 1
2423 Nycteola revayana Oak Nycteoline Witch Lodge, Pridley Plantation 1
2425 Colocasia coryli Nut-tree Tussock Witch Lodge, Pridley Plantation 2

Despite one trap was disturbed another light switch did not work we still had a result
1746 Anticlea badiata Shoulder Stripe Orchard Wood FC, East Ride 7
1747 Anticlea derivata Streamer Orchard Wood FC, East Ride 3
1750 Lampropteryx suffumata Water Carpet Orchard Wood FC, East Ride 1
1852 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug Orchard Wood FC, East Ride 2
1858 Chloroclystis v-ata V-Pug Orchard Wood FC, East Ride 1
1881 Trichopteryx carpinata Early Tooth-striped Orchard Wood FC, East Ride 3
1888 Ligdia adustata Scorched Carpet Orchard Wood FC, East Ride 1
1917 Selenia dentaria Early Thorn Orchard Wood FC, East Ride 4
1919 Selenia tetralunaria Purple Thorn Orchard Wood FC, East Ride 1
1927 Lycia hirtaria Brindled Beauty Orchard Wood FC, East Ride 3
1947 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed Orchard Wood FC, East Ride 3
1949 Paradarisa consonaria Square Spot Orchard Wood FC, East Ride 1
2015 Drymonia ruficornis Lunar Marbled Brown Orchard Wood FC, East Ride 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth Orchard Wood FC, East Ride 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker Orchard Wood FC, East Ride 2
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab Orchard Wood FC, East Ride 3
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character Orchard Wood FC, East Ride 9
2237 Lithophane ornitopus lactipennis Grey Shoulder-knot Orchard Wood FC, East Ride 1
2258 Conistra vaccinii Chestnut Orchard Wood FC, East Ride 1

Another trip to the other end of the fascinating wood
6 Eriocrania subpurpurella Middleroom Wood, Curland 2
663 Diurnea fagella Middleroom Wood, Curland 1
667 Semioscopis steinkellneriana Middleroom Wood, Curland 1
1660 Polyploca ridens Frosted Green Middleroom Wood, Curland 1
1746 Anticlea badiata Shoulder Stripe Middleroom Wood, Curland 1
1747 Anticlea derivata Streamer Middleroom Wood, Curland 3
1852 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug Middleroom Wood, Curland 2
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug Middleroom Wood, Curland 1
1881 Trichopteryx carpinata Early Tooth-striped Middleroom Wood, Curland 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth Middleroom Wood, Curland 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth Middleroom Wood, Curland 1
1917 Selenia dentaria Early Thorn Middleroom Wood, Curland 7
2015 Drymonia ruficornis Lunar Marbled Brown Middleroom Wood, Curland 1
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker Middleroom Wood, Curland 5
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker Middleroom Wood, Curland 4
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab Middleroom Wood, Curland 4
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character Middleroom Wood, Curland 8
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey Middleroom Wood, Curland 3
2258 Conistra vaccinii Chestnut Middleroom Wood, Curland 4
2260 Conistra rubiginea Dotted Chestnut Middleroom Wood, Curland 1
2425 Colocasia coryli Nut-tree Tussock Middleroom Wood, Curland 4

Under the Alders in the private wood
6 Eriocrania subpurpurella Ashill Wood 1
667 Semioscopis steinkellneriana Ashill Wood 1
1660 Polyploca ridens Frosted Green Ashill Wood 3
1746 Anticlea badiata Shoulder Stripe Ashill Wood 5
1747 Anticlea derivata Streamer Ashill Wood 1
1750 Lampropteryx suffumata Water Carpet Ashill Wood 3
1852 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug Ashill Wood 4
1881 Trichopteryx carpinata Early Tooth-striped Ashill Wood 1
1888 Ligdia adustata Scorched Carpet Ashill Wood 2
1917 Selenia dentaria Early Thorn Ashill Wood 1
1927 Lycia hirtaria Brindled Beauty Ashill Wood 6
1947 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed Ashill Wood 1
2003 Notodonta ziczac Pebble Prominent Ashill Wood 1
2015 Drymonia ruficornis Lunar Marbled Brown Ashill Wood 3
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker Ashill Wood 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker Ashill Wood 2
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab Ashill Wood 2
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character Ashill Wood 6
2256 Eupsilia transversa Satellite Ashill Wood 1
2258 Conistra vaccinii Chestnut Ashill Wood 1
2425 Colocasia coryli Nut-tree Tussock Ashill Wood 2

Bit further east on the other side of the road. Good to see least black arches again

1747 Anticlea derivata Streamer Ashill Woods 1
1750 Lampropteryx suffumata Water Carpet Ashill Woods 2
1852 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug Ashill Woods 1
1927 Lycia hirtaria Brindled Beauty Ashill Woods 1
2078 Nola confusalis Least Black Arches Ashill Woods 1
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker Ashill Woods 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker Ashill Woods 2
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab Ashill Woods 1
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey Ashill Woods 1
2425 Colocasia coryli Nut-tree Tussock Ashill Woods 6

Will show some more pictures soon
DJE

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Fri 28th April 2006 09:00 by Mark Yeates
Chairman's Blog

folksonomy vs. taxonomy

There is an emerging scheme for classification of information on the web, largely driven by the public on some very popular community websites - that has become known as a folksonomy.  A folksonomy is the polar opposite of a taxonomy as we know it and organises everything without hierarchy or discipline.  It is classification by the people for the people.  The idea is that any piece of information can be given 'tags' to classify it.  Tags are just simple words to pigeonhole things.  Furthermore, anyone, in theory, can tag anything.

A good example of this in action is the picture sharing site flickr - see http://www.flickr.com link - if you have not seen this before do have a look, it is quite interesting.

The idea is that it should be easy for people to find items of interest.  In practice though, it seems that as information accumulates it becomes increasingly difficult to find things again.  Ah well, back to the drawing board.  I think that Carl von Linné might be smiling down on us.

Further info: Wikipedia:folksonomy link
note: Wikipedia is a very useful website if you are not familiar with this.

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Fri 28th April 2006 08:37 by Mark Yeates
Chairman's Blog
Trap out in the garden last night (Robinson 125W - ST5715, VC9, Dorset):

  • 0688 Agonopterix heracliana 1
  • 1919 Purple Thorn Selenia tetralunaria 1 *
  • 2003 Pebble Prominent Notodonta ziczac 1 *
  • 2179 Pine Beauty Panolis flammea 1
  • 2187 Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi 2
  • 2188 Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta 2
  • 2190 Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica 4
  • 2241 Red Sword-grass Xylena vetusta 1 *
  • 2243 Early Grey Xylocampa areola 1 *
  • 2425 Nut-tree Tussock Colocasia coryli 1

Species marked with a * outside the trap.

It did look promising last night but the temperature dropped and I believe it was mostly clear sky here.

Later...just found (or rather my wife did) the Red Sword-grass on a wall by the trap.

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Thu 27th April 2006 18:43 by Mark Yeates
Chairman's Blog
Phew! I have just completed the capture of Turner's 1955 checklist.  By 'capture' I mean that this is now on computer in a machine-readable form. Having recently discovered the excellent Abbyy FineReader OCR software, I decided to re-capture the entire text and then parse out the checklist.  Unbelievably, with this new software, it was possible to scan and read the entire book in a morning.  The read accuracy of this is very good and after a couple of proof-readings the errors found were few and far-between.

Copyright issues have been considered here and a statement is made on the Database resources used on this site page.

Having captured the list, the next job was to translate the scientific names he used into 'currently accepted names'.  This was quite a task and I am indebted to John Langmaid for his assistance on the last 100 or so problematic species.  We are still doing a final check on this list before it is released.  At the moment all but a handful of species can be translated reliably.  After bemoaning this process in my last post, I was encouraged and impressed by the light work John made of the difficult species (at least difficult for me!).

In looking at this list, together with others for the county, it now seems best to use the checklist in it's given (verbatim) form and then use a translation table to map each name to a current name.  Perhaps that should be qualified with a 'where possible'.  This allows the original definition to be preserved exactly and still used in conjunction with our modern list.  Also, we can continue to work on resolving the species whilst considering the list capture a job done.

This exercise has, as you might expect, thrown up more and more questions.  For example, there are a number of species that appear on first sight to be listed twice from their synonymy.  As an example, we see listed (Turner p112):

Crambus culmellus (Linn.) "Abundant everywhere".

then (the following entry):

Crambus hortuellus (Hubn.) "Generally common in all parts and locally abundant".

It is not unreasonable, on first sight, to assume that either or both of these are Chrysoteuchia culmella (Linnaeus) as hortuella (Hubner) is a synonym for culmella. In this case, it is likely that since culmella auctt. is also a synonym for Agraphila straminella (D. & S.) which isn't on the list and surely should be he must mean this species.

So, on balance we assume that his Crambus culmellus = Agraphila straminella and his Crambus hortuellus = Chrysoteuchia culmella.

Again, I do find it hard to believe we have this legacy of confusion from a checklist that is only 50 years old.

Anyway, this will soon be in a fit state to put on the website for you to view and also to be used in conjunction with our current list.

No moths to report but I did see my first Orange Tip's Anthocharis cardamines (2 males) in the garden today (ST5715, VC9, Dorset).

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Thu 27th April 2006 11:57 by David Evans
Recorder's remarks etc.
It is always good to find a new site especailly if that site is easier to get into and if the site is close to home even better. I have been trapping at Park Wood, Chaffcombe, since I came to Chard three years ago. With the permission of the owners John and Val Godsmark. I am grateful for their help in gaining access to their wood. Just up the road from from Park Wood on the other side of the road is Pouletts wood. No moth records in this confusing wood of massed conifers with occassional wet flushes and broadleaved woods where the conifers would have died if planted. No or very little maintainance is done. Being short of time to gain access to Park Wood "gates and all" I popped the Actinic in the middle of a wet flush near the road.

This is the result

2140 White-marked

Only 7 records exist and only 2 seen since 2000 and never has more than one been seen. At Pouletts wood I had two White-marked. A good result
I also saw several clouded drabs like you do at this time of year and I was hoping to find Lead-coloured drab but no luck. However they are so variable so i took a picture of this variant on the theme

2188 Clouded Drab

Please go to Who's who - some confused species to see an article done by my chum Barry Dickerson on the indentification of moths common to us all.  Its a pity life can be so tricky.

Best wishes for all trappers let me know if you need help

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Thu 27th April 2006 11:28 by David Evans
Another trip 25th April 2006 with the actinics with a surprise at Pouletts Wood see Recorder's Remarks etc.

6 Eriocrania subpurpurella Thurlbear Wood 3
695 Agonopterix alstromeriana Thurlbear Wood 1
1054 Acleris cristana Thurlbear Wood 1
1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth Thurlbear Wood 1
1746 Anticlea badiata Shoulder Stripe Thurlbear Wood 1
1747 Anticlea derivata Streamer Thurlbear Wood 2
1750 Lampropteryx suffumata Water Carpet Thurlbear Wood 2
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet Thurlbear Wood 1
1852 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug Thurlbear Wood 1
1858 Chloroclystis v-ata V-Pug Thurlbear Wood 2
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug Thurlbear Wood 1
1927 Lycia hirtaria Brindled Beauty Thurlbear Wood 1
1947 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed Thurlbear Wood 2
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab Thurlbear Wood 3
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker Thurlbear Wood 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character Thurlbear Wood 9

6 Eriocrania subpurpurella Sturm Hill 5
1747 Anticlea derivata Streamer Sturm Hill 1
1750 Lampropteryx suffumata Water Carpet Sturm Hill 6
1852 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug Sturm Hill 1
1888 Ligdia adustata Scorched Carpet Sturm Hill 2
1917 Selenia dentaria Early Thorn Sturm Hill 3
1919 Selenia tetralunaria Purple Thorn Sturm Hill 1
1947 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed Sturm Hill 2
2015 Drymonia ruficornis Lunar Marbled Brown Sturm Hill 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker Sturm Hill 2
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character Sturm Hill 7

2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey Sturm Hill 1
2258 Conistra vaccinii Chestnut Sturm Hill 5

1747 Anticlea derivata Streamer Poulett's Wood, Chaffcombe 1
1881 Trichopteryx carpinata Early Tooth-striped Poulett's Wood, Chaffcombe 2
1919 Selenia tetralunaria Purple Thorn Poulett's Wood, Chaffcombe 2
1927 Lycia hirtaria Brindled Beauty Poulett's Wood, Chaffcombe 13
1934 Agriopis marginaria Dotted Border Poulett's Wood, Chaffcombe 1
1947 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed Poulett's Wood, Chaffcombe 12
2140 Cerastis leucographa White-marked Poulett's Wood, Chaffcombe 2
see pictrure in Recorders remarks
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker Poulett's Wood, Chaffcombe 4
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab Poulett's Wood, Chaffcombe 5
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character Poulett's Wood, Chaffcombe 12
2258 Conistra vaccinii Chestnut Poulett's Wood, Chaffcombe 1

1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth Old Chard Canal 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla Old Chard Canal 1
1746 Anticlea badiata Shoulder Stripe Old Chard Canal 1
1750 Lampropteryx suffumata Water Carpet Old Chard Canal 3
1852 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug Old Chard Canal 4
1881 Trichopteryx carpinata Early Tooth-striped Old Chard Canal 1
1888 Ligdia adustata Scorched Carpet Old Chard Canal 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth Old Chard Canal 1
1917 Selenia dentaria Early Thorn Old Chard Canal 4
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth Old Chard Canal 1
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker Old Chard Canal 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker Old Chard Canal 5
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab Old Chard Canal 8
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character Old Chard Canal 22
2256 Eupsilia transversa Satellite Old Chard Canal 1
2258 Conistra vaccinii Chestnut Old Chard Canal 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades Old Chard Canal 1

6 Eriocrania subpurpurella Middleroom Wood, Curland 2
1746 Anticlea badiata Shoulder Stripe Middleroom Wood, Curland 1
1919 Selenia tetralunaria Purple Thorn Middleroom Wood, Curland 1
1947 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed Middleroom Wood, Curland 2
2260 Conistra rubiginea Dotted Chestnut Middleroom Wood, Curland 1

1747 Anticlea derivata Streamer Chard reservoir 2
1917 Selenia dentaria Early Thorn Chard reservoir 1
1919 Selenia tetralunaria Purple Thorn Chard reservoir 2
1927 Lycia hirtaria Brindled Beauty Chard reservoir 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker Chard reservoir 1
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab Chard reservoir 9
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character Chard reservoir 3
2236 Lithophane hepatica Pale Pinion Chard reservoir 1
2258 Conistra vaccinii Chestnut Chard reservoir 2

695 Agonopterix alstromeriana Chaffcombe Road Meadow Chard 1
1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth Chaffcombe Road Meadow Chard 1
1746 Anticlea badiata Shoulder Stripe Chaffcombe Road Meadow Chard 6
1747 Anticlea derivata Streamer Chaffcombe Road Meadow Chard 1
1852 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug Chaffcombe Road Meadow Chard 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug Chaffcombe Road Meadow Chard 1
1881 Trichopteryx carpinata Early Tooth-striped Chaffcombe Road Meadow Chard 1
1888 Ligdia adustata Scorched Carpet Chaffcombe Road Meadow Chard 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth Chaffcombe Road Meadow Chard 1
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker Chaffcombe Road Meadow Chard 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker Chaffcombe Road Meadow Chard 5
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab Chaffcombe Road Meadow Chard 9
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character Chaffcombe Road Meadow Chard 8
2258 Conistra vaccinii Chestnut Chaffcombe Road Meadow Chard 2
2469 Scoliopteryx libatrix Herald Chaffcombe Road Meadow Chard 1

6 Eriocrania subpurpurella Castle Neroche 1
663 Diurnea fagella Castle Neroche 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug Castle Neroche 1
1927 Lycia hirtaria Brindled Beauty Castle Neroche 4
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker Castle Neroche 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character Castle Neroche 1
2260 Conistra rubiginea Dotted Chestnut Castle Neroche 3

1660 Polyploca ridens Frosted Green Ashill Woods 2
1746 Anticlea badiata Shoulder Stripe Ashill Woods 2
1747 Anticlea derivata Streamer Ashill Woods 1
1750 Lampropteryx suffumata Water Carpet Ashill Woods 3
1852 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug Ashill Woods 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug Ashill Woods 1
1881 Trichopteryx carpinata Early Tooth-striped Ashill Woods 1
1917 Selenia dentaria Early Thorn Ashill Woods 2
1927 Lycia hirtaria Brindled Beauty Ashill Woods 2
1947 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed Ashill Woods 1
2015 Drymonia ruficornis Lunar Marbled Brown Ashill Woods 1
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker Ashill Woods 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker Ashill Woods 2
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab Ashill Woods 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character Ashill Woods 5
2236 Lithophane hepatica Pale Pinion Ashill Woods 1
2258 Conistra vaccinii Chestnut Ashill Woods 1
2260 Conistra rubiginea Dotted Chestnut Ashill Woods 1

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Mon 24th April 2006 10:19 by David Evans
Out with the Actinics in the Blackdowns
22nd April 2006

Code Taxon Vernacular Site Quantity
663 Diurnea fagella Bens Copse 1
1660 Polyploca ridens Frosted Green Bens Copse 1
1746 Anticlea badiata Shoulder Stripe Bens Copse 1
1852 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug Bens Copse 1
1881 Trichopteryx carpinata Early Tooth-striped Bens Copse 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth Bens Copse 1
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker Bens Copse 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker Bens Copse 2
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab Bens Copse 4
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker Bens Copse 2
2237 Lithophane ornitopus lactipennis Grey Shoulder-knot Bens Copse 1

663 Diurnea fagella Birkenhall Wood 1
1746 Anticlea badiata Shoulder Stripe Birkenhall Wood 1
1852 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug Birkenhall Wood 1
1881 Trichopteryx carpinata Early Tooth-striped Birkenhall Wood 2
1917 Selenia dentaria Early Thorn Birkenhall Wood 4
1927 Lycia hirtaria Brindled Beauty Birkenhall Wood 1
1934 Agriopis marginaria Dotted Border Birkenhall Wood 1
1947 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed Birkenhall Wood 1
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker Birkenhall Wood 4
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab Birkenhall Wood 2
2469 Scoliopteryx libatrix Herald Birkenhall Wood 1

1053 Acleris hastiana Boon's Copse 1
1746 Anticlea badiata Shoulder Stripe Boon's Copse 3
1927 Lycia hirtaria Brindled Beauty Boon's Copse 1
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker Boon's Copse 1
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab Boon's Copse 3
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character Boon's Copse 6
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey Boon's Copse 1
2260 Conistra rubiginea Dotted Chestnut Boon's Copse 1

1524 Emmelina monodactyla Dommett Moor 1
1750 Lampropteryx suffumata Water Carpet Dommett Moor 1
1852 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug Dommett Moor 2
1927 Lycia hirtaria Brindled Beauty Dommett Moor 1
1947 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed Dommett Moor 2
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth Dommett Moor 1
2139 Cerastis rubricosa Red Chestnut Dommett Moor 1
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker Dommett Moor 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker Dommett Moor 1
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab Dommett Moor 2
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character Dommett Moor 6
2237 Lithophane ornitopus lactipennis Grey Shoulder-knot Dommett Moor 1
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey Dommett Moor 2
2260 Conistra rubiginea Dotted Chestnut Dommett Moor 1
2425 Colocasia coryli Nut-tree Tussock Dommett Moor 1

663 Diurnea fagella Jan Hobbs, Blackdowns 1
1342 Eudonia angustea Jan Hobbs, Blackdowns 1
1663 Alsophila aescularia March Moth Jan Hobbs, Blackdowns 1
1746 Anticlea badiata Shoulder Stripe Jan Hobbs, Blackdowns 7
1747 Anticlea derivata Streamer Jan Hobbs, Blackdowns 2
1750 Lampropteryx suffumata Water Carpet Jan Hobbs, Blackdowns 1
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug Jan Hobbs, Blackdowns 1
1927 Lycia hirtaria Brindled Beauty Jan Hobbs, Blackdowns 7
1947 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed Jan Hobbs, Blackdowns 7
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker Jan Hobbs, Blackdowns 3
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab Jan Hobbs, Blackdowns 4
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character Jan Hobbs, Blackdowns 13
2236 Lithophane hepatica Pale Pinion Jan Hobbs, Blackdowns 1
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey Jan Hobbs, Blackdowns 1
2258 Conistra vaccinii Chestnut Jan Hobbs, Blackdowns 3

1746 Anticlea badiata Shoulder Stripe RSPCA Centre, West Hatch 4
1747 Anticlea derivata Streamer RSPCA Centre, West Hatch 1
1917 Selenia dentaria Early Thorn RSPCA Centre, West Hatch 1
1927 Lycia hirtaria Brindled Beauty RSPCA Centre, West Hatch 2
1934 Agriopis marginaria Dotted Border RSPCA Centre, West Hatch 1
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker RSPCA Centre, West Hatch 2
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab RSPCA Centre, West Hatch 3
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character RSPCA Centre, West Hatch 6
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey RSPCA Centre, West Hatch 1

695 Agonopterix alstromeriana Staple Common 1
1746 Anticlea badiata Shoulder Stripe Staple Common 5
1747 Anticlea derivata Streamer Staple Common 3
1750 Lampropteryx suffumata Water Carpet Staple Common 1
1881 Trichopteryx carpinata Early Tooth-striped Staple Common 1
1917 Selenia dentaria Early Thorn Staple Common 3
1927 Lycia hirtaria Brindled Beauty Staple Common 25
1934 Agriopis marginaria Dotted Border Staple Common 2
1947 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed Staple Common 2
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker Staple Common 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker Staple Common 1
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab Staple Common 3
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker Staple Common 2
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character Staple Common 19
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey Staple Common 1

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Mon 24th April 2006 10:16 by Jack Astley
23 April Closworth,one Dotted chestnut
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Sun 23rd April 2006 12:46 by Mark Yeates
Chairman's Blog
In going through our local lists like Terry (1864), Victoria County History (1906) and the more recent Turner (1955) it is difficult to resolve many species to their current names.  Whilst scientific names are considered to be the universally accepted system - there have been many changes over the years and this doesn't help as much as you would think.  Each list needs considering in context of its time and many references may have been used to construct it.

It occurred to me that any list we put together now would also be constructed in a similar way.  How would this list be viewed in the future?  Probably in exactly the same way and with the same difficulties in interpretation.

Local Contexts

At the moment, most macro-moths would be identified by referring to their picture in Bernard Skinner's Moth's of the British Isles (1984 and 1998).  Go back in time and this would be replaced by South, further still by other works.  When you find a moth you dont recognise (or it is a known 'difficult' species) you tend to look at the picture and check the text.  This creates some problems with similar species as the account may indicate that this is a likely species.

As a good example take the Peacock Moth Macaria notata and Sharp-angled Peacock Macaria alternata.  Both species fly at similar times and (according to Skinner) both occur 'locally in southern England'.  Both are recorded (by recorders) here but we believe that all records are likely to be alternata.  No recent specimen of notata has been determined as far as I am aware. When a good key is provided to distinguish between the two (like in Skinner) this tends to force you into making a decision!

However, once you know that notata is unlikely, then you will tend to record all as alternata.  This creates a new problem: if notata did occur now, or in future, it may be overlooked.

So, I think that the local context of species - and not just confusing ones - is very important in any checklist.

Historically, Turner (1955) gives the Peacock Moth as 'Scarce and local, but appears to be increasing slightly' and the Sharp-angled Peacock as 'Generally distributed, but not very common'.  Do we now assume that his Peacock Moth's are in error?  Or, that the species disappeared some time between then and now?  Or that perhaps we do get this species in some localities and it just needs to be determined correctly?

Now, imagine this problem multiplied over hundreds of similar micro-moths where we are not sure how the determination was made 50 or more years ago!

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Sat 22nd April 2006 11:26 by David Evans
We had our first organised moth trapping last night at Ash Priors Common. The sky went clear and the wind was cold. But in my new Liddels motorcyle suit for only 12.99 I stayed quite toasty. Any way we had a good night. I ran two traps and a light above a sheet in the most exposed area and the latter caught more moths. The haul included the following


663 Diurnea fagella 13
667 Semioscopis steinkellneriana 3
1054 Acleris cristana 1
1061 Acleris literana 1
1663 Alsophila aescularia March Moth 2
1746 Anticlea badiata Shoulder Stripe 4
1750 Lampropteryx suffumata Water Carpet 8
1852 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug 28
1862 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 3
1881 Trichopteryx carpinata Early Tooth-striped 13
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 2
1917 Selenia dentaria Early Thorn 6
1947 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed 2
2003 Notodonta ziczac Pebble Prominent 1
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker 45
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 24
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab 32
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 9
2236 Lithophane hepatica Pale Pinion 1
2237 Lithophane ornitopus lactipennis Grey Shoulder-knot 2
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey 2
2258 Conistra vaccinii Chestnut 3
2425 Colocasia coryli Nut-tree Tussock 1
Plus four very small micros whose resuilts may be seen later
With Mike Ridge's moths to come it will be a good reslut for the official start of the season
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Sat 22nd April 2006 09:26 by Mark Yeates
Chairman's Blog
Trap out in the garden last night (Robinson 125W - ST5715, VC9, Dorset):

  • 0998 Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana 1
  • 1917 Early Thorn Selenia dentaria 1*
  • 2003 Pebble Prominent Notodonta ziczac 1*
  • 2102 Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta 1
  • 2182 Small Quaker Orthosia cruda 2
  • 2186 Powdered Quaker Orthosia gracilis 1*
  • 2187 Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi 8
  • 2188 Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta 2
  • 2236 Pale Pinion Lithophane hepatica 1
  • 2243 Early Grey Xylocampa areola 2
  • 2425 Nut-tree Tussock Colocasia coryli 1*

Again, a number of these (indicated with *) were actually 'outside' the trap.

Also, attracted to lighted windows last night were:

  • 1288 Twenty-plume Moth Alucita hexadactyla 1
  • 1862 Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata 1

Must get out with the trap - keep saying that but with one thing and another...just haven't managed it yet.

Oo - it's my grandson's 1st birthday today - happy brithday Oscar.

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Tue 18th April 2006 20:56 by Mark Yeates
Chairman's Blog
Having looked into copyrights and been inspired by 'Google Books'...I have just made Terry's 1864 Lepidoptera Checklist available as a digitised facsimile - see Terry's 1864 List.  This is the earliest Somerset List and includes butterflies, macros and many micro-species.  A fully resolved (where possible) checklist is being prepared from this document.

Acknowledgement: I would like to thank my children: Fayme and Findlay who, as well as studying for their A-Levels at the moment, have put in countless hours of work on this project.  They have scanned, retouched and processed the image files.  Performed the OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to read the text.  Proof read the texts and helped to resolve many spelling errors and name changes.

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Sat 15th April 2006 09:07 by Mark Yeates
Just seen:

1984 Humming-bird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum 1

In my garden (just in Dorset!) this morning at 08:00hrs.

note that I have been putting my garden trap records - as they are Dorset records - in Chairman's blog.

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Sat 15th April 2006 09:04 by Mark Yeates
Chairman's Blog
Two traps out in the garden last night:

40W Actinic
2182 Small Quaker Orthosia cruda 1
2187 Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi 1
2188 Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta 1
2190 Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica 3
2260 Dotted Chestnut Conistra rubiginea 1

125W Robinsion
1930 Oak Beauty Biston strataria 1
2179 Pine Beauty Panolis flammea 2 - on wall/in grass
2182 Small Quaker Orthosia cruda 1
2187 Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi 2
2188 Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta 1
2190 Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica 2
2243 Early Grey Xylocampa areola 2 - on wall

Also, whilst doing the trap I saw:
1984 Humming-bird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum 1
This was very active and feeding at 08:00hrs.

2179 Pine Beauty
Pine Beauty

The Pine Beauty is a bit thin on the ground in Somerset so I was pleased to see this moth.  Both these were outside the trap: one on a nearby wall and the other in long grass.  I only recorded 2 in 7 years at Stoke sub Hamdon (1997 and 2000) and overall we have just 87 post 1980 VC5 and 6 records.

Often you do get some good moths outside the trap - either 'basking' on nearby surfaces or otherwise scattered about and it is well worth having a good look around (provided that the birds haven't got their first).

It is interesting to note that the total numbers of moths (and number of species) in the two traps was the same!

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Thu 13th April 2006 08:28 by Jack Astley
12th April Closworth
Double striped pug 2
Clouded drab
Common quaker2
Small quaker
Hebrew character3
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Mon 10th April 2006 12:10 by David Evans
Recorder's remarks etc.
A cautionary tale that ended up okay Just

Last year in late April I was trapping with actinics in Pen wood right on our border with Dorset in the south of the County. I recorded all in the trap and noted down a large Noctuid which looked like Great Prominent but was not quite right. So I boxed it up to take home to check. At that time I had a lot on my plate not all dealing with moths and the moth resided in the top of my fridge along with many more 'don't knows'
The taking of specimens is regarded by the proffessionals as essential to prove the veracity of the specimen caught. However most of us are enthusiastic amateurs and do not wish to decimate the already dwindling moth population(according to the latest moth surveys). As recorder I must have proof of specimens caught andf moths last and incredible time in the fridge without harm. Time enough to take a pictuere and send it to me or let me know so I can see the moth itself so it can be relased. BUT if it is really very rare I might have to retain the moth as a voucher specimen.
To continue the story. I enveigled my friend James across to Chard to check out some slides and moths I had taken to verify their identity. We came to this moth covered in grease looking like nothing I had ever seen before. When I realised where it had come from depsite the lack of information on the box it all fell into place. James thought it was a Brindled ochre. Needless to say I was somewhat nonplussed by this news. Such a moth is very rare and the last record was from 1962, we later learnt. I took a picture of the moth and later sent it to James and having set the moth he was able to confirm that it was a Brindled Ochre.

The moral of this story in recording terms is quite clear. If in doubt keep the moth, photogragh it, send the picture to me. If the situation requires it I will come to you to collect the specimen.

That's it for now. Lets hope it goes warm again at night
David Evans

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Mon 10th April 2006 11:43 by David Evans
Manged to do two sites whilst Ottering this weekend

8th April 2006 at Forton
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab
2243 Xylocampa areola Early Grey
1917 Selenia dentaria Early Thorn
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker
1930 Biston strataria Oak Beauty

8th April 2006 Higher Farm Wayford
2189 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker
2182 Orthosia cruda Small Quaker
2188 Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character
2260 Conistra rubiginea Dotted Chestnut
1663 Alsophila aescularia March Moth

these are both static traps left with the residents

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Fri 7th April 2006 22:59 by Mark Yeates
Dorset awayday

We have just received this message from Kelly Thomas of BC at Dorset HQ:

"I am hoping to co-ordinate the 2006 surveys for the Speckled Footman - this will involve the help of many members of both the Dorset Moth Group and the Dorset branch of Butterfly Conservation. I just thought I would suggest the option of members of the Somerset Moth Group coming to help us find the Speckled Footman, this would include trapping at one of its known sites."

Any members interested in getting involved in this please let David Evans know (see Contacts).

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Thu 6th April 2006 21:10 by Mark Yeates
News and Views 2006
Its just been announced that Butterfly Conservation have been successful in their bid for Lottery Funding to launch a National Macro-moth Recording Scheme.  Initially, this is funded for 4-years with commencement due later this year.  It will be interesting to see how this develops.  Source: UK BAP Priority Moths Newsletter 06/04/2006.
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Mon 3rd April 2006 17:22 by Mark Yeates
Chairman's Blog
No moths - but good to see a Brimstone butterfly (Gonepteryx rhamni) winging its way across the fields today despite pretty unfavourable weather.  Might add that's the first this year.
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Mon 3rd April 2006 09:44 by Mark Yeates
David Lester just reported that he too had a Small Eggar on the 29/30 March - a first for his garden.
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Sat 1st April 2006 09:39 by Jack Astley
Closworth 31st.March.
Small eggar,
2 oak beauty.
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