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Fri 30th June 2006 20:24 by Mark Yeates
Chairman's Blog
I told myself that I'd see how the website was doing after the first six months and here we are.  The site is being fully indexed by Google and all the major search engines are paying regular visits.  The most visited page is our Latest Sightings.  We have seen a steady increase in visitors since January and this month had 680 visits by 437 unique visitors (excluding bots) - which averages at about 23 visits a day.  All in all very pleasing.

What an exciting season so far.  Looking back on June, we've had a major influx of migrants and virtually everyone seems to have had something good.  Proving that you don't have to be right on the coast to get some good things (although it does help!).

Eastern Bordered Straw has not been recorded in the past 25 years in Somerset (if you do think you have this then please keep the specimen or a photo and let David Evans know: see Contacts for details).  The closely related Scarce Bordered Straw and Bordered Straw have also turned up in small numbers.

Prior to this year, we only had 13 records for Striped Hawk-moth but a number have been recorded this year.  This magnificent moth was a personal first for me too this month.

The Scarlet Tiger, which is known to be locally common in some years, has done very well with good numbers recorded from various localities.  We seem to be getting more sightings coming in for day-flying species with many new records: so don't forget to get out during the day now and then as there is plenty to discover.  In particular the Smoky Wave (which is extremely local in the County) was found in good numbers at Haddon Hill.

It looks like we may be in for a good moth weekend with nighttime temperatures rising - so get those traps out and good hunting.

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Fri 30th June 2006 19:21 by Jack Astley
Closworth 29th June
Leopard moth.
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Fri 30th June 2006 13:12 by Jack Astley
29th June Closworth
Scarce bordered straw
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Wed 28th June 2006 18:19 by James Packer
Cream-bordered Green Pea

Hi folks, this is my first posting so lets see what happens. This delightful Cream-bordered Green Pea was in my garden trap at Berrow last night (27/6/06). Other regulars included Sand Dart, White Colon, Shore Wainscot, Short-cloaked Moth and The Miller.

James Packer, Berrow

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Tue 27th June 2006 20:11 by Mark Yeates
SMG Website
I have just added two new pages to the website - both to help everyone hone their skills...

These are:

How to add to Latest Sightings - explaining in simple terms how to add posts, and

Markup Tutorial - which takes you step by step through page creation basics.

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Tue 27th June 2006 08:11 by Mark Yeates
Some pictures and records just received from Michael Barry:

2400 Scarce Bordered Straw
Scarce Bordered Straw Helicoverpa armigera

Trapped by Michael Barry at Hillfarrance on 14th June (determined by James McGill).


1996 Alder Kitten
Alder Kitten Furcula bicuspis

Michael said "Came to the garden light (Hillfarrance ) on 10/6/06. Poplar Kittens are quite usual here but this is the first Alder K in 3 years.  Alders and poplars are common along my brook - siskins in winter.  Perhaps I'll get an Alder Moth one night!"


2040 Four-dotted Footman 1
Four-dotted Footman Cybosia mesomella

"Another trophy from Haddon Hill on the 18/6/06 along with all the Smoky Waves.  Jean Cheesman got a very passable picture of a Wood Tiger."

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Mon 26th June 2006 19:11 by Mark Yeates
Just been sent this cool picture by Steve Pilkington - taken at Cocklake.

1984 Humming-bird Hawk-moth (pair in cop)
Humming-bird Hawk-moth's mating

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Mon 26th June 2006 15:57 by Jack Astley
Re Cypress carpet;I had one on14/9/2005 but it doesn't appear in my records.I have now added it.Jack.
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Sun 25th June 2006 22:02 by David Evans
Recorder's remarks etc.
As you might have seen from the events sheet I incuded two trips with Butterfly Conservation. The first was to Haddon Hill on the 18th June with the BC stalwarts. They wanted to see the Heath fritillary only three were seen but they stayed still to be photograghed as it was very dull. Clouded buff were around in small numbers.

2059 Clouded Buff 1

As for Smoky Wave they were all over the place. I counted at least 22 individuals. According to PW it does not occur in southern england but limited to north wales northern england and Scotland. Well its alive and kicking at Haddon Hill.

1694 Smoky Wave 1

We did not see the grass emerald. But he others saw and one instant picture was taken of a Wood Tiger. All I saw was a blur but there was at least two indivduals seen which is very good news.

The story of Friday Night at Shapwick Heath will go under the annals of the perils of the Somerset Moth Recorder. I arrived early and went up through the Canada gate to do a recce of the whole track I came back to the gate mission accomplished and met Mike Ridge. He knows I have never seen a scarlet tiger. "Have you seen a scarlet tiger" he says "No" says I. Whilst doing this I am walking around the back of my 4X4. "What's this then?" he said. There on the ground flattened by my tyre was the remains of not one but two scarlet tigers in the process of mating. "In cop" as we say. Not an auspicious start

2068 Scarlet Tiger in cop 1

From this point Mike and i split up as I went to the next ride north to set up. I laid out 400 metres of cable from my old big generator. Set up the two traps. Set up my little generator with a sheet and light on a stick and a robinson trap. Fired them up perfect. Tried to fire up the other one . No go. Tried everthing even cleaning the fuel lines decoking the silencer but it was no go at all. Must be my just deserts. Having said that with 5 different moths from Mike we got to 101 species with blotched emerald, Eyed and elephant hawks purple clay and all sorts not counting the small stuff which I elected not to do. The only other disaster was that I had left my dictaphone at home which is so useful when clearing up traps on your own. Never mind I got home at 3am satisfied

Up at &am to go to Fyne Court all day for a family fun day. Took the moths and the kids and mums and dads loved it. Tired but happy i got home at 5pm

Today on sunday was the see the scarlet tiger day at Ascott Corner. Led by David Lester the BC members came from seeing the Large Blue at Collard Hill. There just inside the gate was the wonderful scarlet tiger

2068 Scarlet Tiger 1

Fantastic. I could have gone home but among cries of dont let him drive over it we went on. Atleast another ten scarleyt tigers were seen and even another pair in cop

2068 Scarlet Tiger in cop 2

Also a number of White Admirals were on the wing but they stayed well out of my way.

All in all a good weekend but I need the rest.

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Sun 25th June 2006 20:56 by David Evans
Well the organised night at Shapwick Heath on Friday night hardly went as planned go to Recorder's Remarks etc. for the full infomation of the dire happenings. However all was well in the end I got 96 species with Mike Ridge's catch maiking the species list up to 101 species from 10pm till 1am. Not a bad night despite all the trama. Also according to my records the only sighting of a melanic peppered this year with only ten seen in the last 6 years

  • 14 Hepialus humuli Ghost Moth 1
  • 946 Aethes rubigana 4
  • 970 Pandemis cerasana Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix 8
  • 972 Pandemis heparana Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix 1
  • 977 Archips podana Large Fruit-tree Tortrix 7
  • 985 Cacoecimorpha pronubana Carnation Tortrix 2
  • 1010 Ditula angustiorana Red-barred Tortrix 2
  • 1033 Tortrix viridana Green Oak Tortrix 1
  • 1076 Celypha lacunana 3
  • 1082 Hedya pruniana Plum Tortrix 1
  • 1092 Apotomis turbidana 7
  • 1292 Calamotropha paludella 1
  • 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 3
  • 1301 Crambus lathoniellus 7
  • 1329 Donacaula forficella 2
  • 1334 Scoparia ambigualis 11
  • 1344 Eudonia mercurella 4
  • 1348 Parapoynx stratiotata Ringed China-mark 14
  • 1354 Cataclysta lemnata Small China-mark 1
  • 1376 Eurrhypara hortulata Small Magpie 4
  • 1378 Phlyctaenia coronata 1
  • 1392 Udea olivalis 2
  • 1458 Myelois circumvoluta Thistle Ermine 1
  • 1634 Malacosoma neustria Lackey 1
  • 1640 Euthrix potatoria Drinker 6
  • 1648 Drepana falcataria Pebble Hook-tip 12
  • 1652 Thyatira batis Peach Blossom 6
  • 1653 Habrosyne pyritoides Buff Arches 1
  • 1667 Comibaena bajularia Blotched Emerald 2
  • 1669 Hemithea aestivaria Common Emerald 2
  • 1680 Cyclophora punctaria Maiden's Blush 1
  • 1682 Timandra comae Blood-vein 1
  • 1692 Scopula immutata Lesser Cream Wave 1
  • 1693 Scopula floslactata Cream Wave 1
  • 1748 Mesoleuca albicillata Beautiful Carpet 2
  • 1758 Eulithis pyraliata Barred Straw 1
  • 1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 2
  • 1789 Rheumaptera undulata Scallop Shell 3
  • 1794 Euphyia unangulata Sharp-angled Carpet 4
  • 1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
  • 1837 Eupithecia subfuscata Grey Pug 1
  • 1860 Pasiphila rectangulata Green Pug 1
  • 1876 Hydrelia flammeolaria Small Yellow Wave 2
  • 1882 Pterapherapteryx sexalata Small Seraphim 17
  • 1887 Lomaspilis marginata Clouded Border 6
  • 1890 Macaria alternata Sharp-angled Peacock 16
  • 1902 Petrophora chlorosata Brown Silver-line 6
  • 1904 Plagodis dolabraria Scorched Wing 5
  • 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 8
  • 1922 Ourapteryx sambucaria Swallow-tailed Moth 1
  • 1924 Angerona prunaria Orange Moth 10
  • 1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 7
  • 1931 Biston betularia f. carbonaria Peppered Moth [melanic form] 1
  • 1941 Alcis repandata Mottled Beauty 59
  • 1945 Cleorodes lichenaria Brussels Lace 1
  • 1955 Cabera pusaria Common White Wave 6
  • 1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 4
  • 1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 10
  • 1980 Smerinthus ocellata Eyed Hawk-moth 3
  • 1980 Eyed Hawk 1
  • 1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 9
  • 1999 Stauropus fagi Lobster Moth 3
  • 2000 Notodonta dromedarius Iron Prominent 3
  • 2003 Notodonta ziczac Pebble Prominent 1
  • 2008 Ptilodon capucina Coxcomb Prominent 2
  • 2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 1
  • 2037 Miltochrista miniata Rosy Footman 6
  • 2040 Cybosia mesomella Four-dotted Footman 11
  • 2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 8
  • 2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 1
  • 2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 7
  • 2098 Axylia putris Flame 1
  • 2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 2
  • 2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 16
  • 2120 Diarsia mendica Ingrailed Clay 1
  • 2122 Diarsia brunnea Purple Clay 5
  • 2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 7
  • 2128 Xestia triangulum Double Square-spot 8
  • 2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 2
  • 2163 Melanchra pisi Broom Moth 1
  • 2196 Mythimna pudorina Striped Wainscot 5
  • 2198 Mythimna impura Smoky Wainscot 6
  • 2236 Lithophane hepatica Pale Pinion 1
  • 2278 Acronicta megacephala Poplar Grey 1
  • 2280 Acronicta leporina Miller 1
  • 2302 Rusina ferruginea Brown Rustic 2
  • 2305 Euplexia lucipara Small Angle Shades 3
  • 2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 2
  • 2381 Hoplodrina alsines Uncertain 3
  • 2410 Protodeltote pygarga Marbled White Spot 14
  • 2434 Diachrysia chrysitis Burnished Brass 6
  • 2443 Autographa jota Plain Golden Y 1
  • 2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1
  • 2473 Laspeyria flexula Beautiful Hook-tip 2
  • 2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 44
  • 2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 6
  • 2489 Zanclognatha tarsipennalis Fan-foot 1
  • 2492 Herminia grisealis Small Fan-foot 1
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Sun 25th June 2006 18:47 by Mark Yeates
SMG Website
You may notice that the weblog pages (like this one) now have a left column entry called 'Recent titled posts'.  This may be good to draw attention to particular items that may be of interest on certain topics etc.

You can add an optional title to a blog post by starting your entry with a title markup.  I have been using the [~~Sub Title~~] markup - but equally you can use the full [~Title~] markup.  This must be the first line in your entry and if encountered will be added to the list.

So, for example, your blog entry may start:

[~~This is my title~~]

Bla, bla this is my post...

Note this is optional.  Any title found on the first line of your blog will be used.  For more on markups see the Markup reference.

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Sun 25th June 2006 10:05 by David Evans
Hardly the latest sighting but here is the short list from our night at draycott sleights. Wind howling and cold

17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 9
1638 Macrothylacia rubi Fox Moth 4
1727 Xanthorhoe montanata Silver-ground Carpet 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 3
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 3
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 6
1819 Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug 1
1902 Petrophora chlorosata Brown Silver-line 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 2
1992 Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawk-moth 11
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 2
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 15
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 4
2147 Hada plebeja Shears 5
2205 Mythimna comma Shoulder-striped Wainscot 2
2291 Craniophora ligustri Coronet 1
2302 Rusina ferruginea Brown Rustic 1
2305 Euplexia lucipara Small Angle Shades 1
2337 Oligia strigilis Marbled Minor 2
2339 Oligia latruncula Tawny Marbled Minor 3
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 19
2422 Pseudoips prasinana britannica Green Silver-lines 3
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 3

BRRRRR

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Sat 24th June 2006 17:06 by Jack Astley
23rd June Closworth
2 Bordered straw
1 White point.
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Sat 24th June 2006 08:48 by Mark Yeates
Chairman's Blog
Actinic in the garden last night with a smallish catch of 80 moths of 28 species.

The highlight is undoubtedly Cypress Carpet Thera cupressata.  The status of this species isn't fully known and it is generally considered to be spreading (perhaps supplemented by migrants).  In Somerset we have just 8 records from 2003 onwards - with 4 of these from a single garden trap in Norton Sub-Hamdon.  The first confirmed record was from Norton Sub-Hamdon on 18 November 2003.  I believe this is known from South Dorset but not sure about records in the north of the County.  It is figured in the new edition of Skinner's Moths of British Isles on the supplemental plate (43) but in not in the first edition.

1771a  Cypress Carpet
Cypress Carpet Thera cupressata

This species is well worth looking out for.  It has a characteristic resting position (as in picture) and immediately stood out, in the trap, as something different.

Full trap list (Actinic 40W, ST5715, VC9, Dorset):

  • 0464 Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella 3
  • 1261 Codling Moth Cydia pomonella 1
  • 1293 Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella 7
  • 1302 Crambus perlella 1
  • 1376 Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata 2
  • 1378 Phlyctaenia coronata 1
  • 1392 Udea olivalis 1
  • 1428 Bee Moth Aphomia sociella 2
  • 1758 Barred Straw Eulithis pyraliata 1
  • 1771a Cypress Carpet Thera cupressata 1
  • 1777 July Highflyer Hydriomena furcata 1
  • 1834 Common Pug Eupithecia vulgata 1
  • 1904 Scorched Wing Plagodis dolabraria 1
  • 1906 Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata 1
  • 1937 Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria 1
  • 2088 Heart and Club Agrotis clavis 1
  • 2089 Heart and Dart Agrotis exclamationis 31
  • 2098 Flame Axylia putris 2
  • 2107 Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 3
  • 2109 Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes 1
  • 2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 4
  • 2205 Shoulder-striped Wainscot Mythimna comma 1
  • 2321 Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha 5
  • 2387 Mottled Rustic Caradrina morpheus 1
  • 2389 Pale Mottled Willow Paradrina clavipalpis 1
  • 2441 Silver Y Autographa gamma 1
  • 2477 Snout Hypena proboscidalis 1
  • 2489 Fan-foot Zanclognatha tarsipennalis 1

80 moths of 28 species with 2 Tortrix still to confirm.

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Fri 23rd June 2006 11:05 by Mark Yeates
Chairman's Blog

The way ahead

Atropos Issue 28 is just out and a couple of articles particularly caught my eye.  The first is the review of 'The State of Britain's Larger Moths' (reviewed by Roy Leverton, p76).  The second, 'Recent Developments in Moth Recording and Conservation' by Mark Parsons (p 45).

The content of the review was perhaps expected and as the editors note "...we are taking the unusual response of allowing the authors opportunity to respond...".  You should read this for yourself, but my take is that the main criticism/contention seems to be the (possible) categorisation of some moths as threatened/endangered etc (under IUCN rules) when most observers clearly think they are not so.

The purpose of the publication was, I believe, to add weight to the profiling of moths by BC and in that respect it is a good effort.  Roy Leverton's review is good and fair.  The fact that it is raising contention is again positive and underlines the need for further work and analysis.  It is, I imagine, difficult to know how to pitch such a publication and I'm sure that we are all still going up the learning curve.

From my own involvements in recording across all orders and realms of interest, I find the main problem is in maintaining continuity.  Many local groups exist only by an individual or very small team effort: it is their domain but is very vulnerable.  For continuity and progress we need a much wider team effort (and that means everyone!).  Progress often has to wait for someone or something with sufficient energy and design to come along and make things happen - in this case I think a collective will is also needed.

The other article, 'Recent Developments in Moth Recording and Conservation' is linked to this really.  Mark Parsons takes us through some developments in the last 10 years - which mark the 10th anniversary of Atropos journal.  This is very interesting and raises a number of questions.

Mark highlights the (unexplained) increasing interest in mothing in the period.  From my perspective, the increase in ranks of moth enthusiasts over the last 10 years has largely come from Birders finding a new or supplemental interest and the general perceived feeling of increased interest (subjective I know!) has helped to re-enthuse many others.  This has been driven by improved communications.

Also in this article, the technological advances (particularly with the Internet) are underlined.  For me again, this has not been a period of advancement - more the start of finding our way about this emergent technology.  The real advancement has yet to come.

For further reading see: Atropos Issue 28 Spring 2006.  See Links page for details if you don't get this.

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Wed 21st June 2006 11:08 by Mark Yeates
Chairman's Blog
With this summer's Solstice today, I can't help thinking a) 'where did the last six months go', and b) 'oh, no the days are going to get shorter again'.  I can hear my parents (and their parents) saying the same thing and do now relate to the unreal notion of 'time going quicker as you get older'.

Mothing, being seasonal (although, yes, there is always something about any time of year) tends to induce a sense of urgency as the season peaks.  Opportunities (which are again dependant of the weather conditions) are fairly few for many of us -- must make the most of them...

Funny reading David's account (in Recorder's remarks etc.) of new enthusiasts spending all day going through the trap.  I too have been overwhelmed facing a trap in the morning but that is all part of the fun and excitement.  The conditions for an ideal moth night have been discussed often and despite having a number of common factors are difficult to pin down.  Usually, you don't know until you are out experiencing the event or, the following day, when opening up the trap.

One thing I wanted to do this year was to try and get some good (=passable) moth shots. 

I must say, I'm very envious of those of you who are taking excellent photos of moths at the moment.  Try as I do, I just can't seem to get any really good shots.  If I do take a half decent picture when it is reduced for the web it never looks as good as the original.  If I get a good moth then it won't stay still.

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Tue 20th June 2006 11:00 by Dave Ayling
Blue Anchor Sunday 18th June

Barred Yellow, Brimstone, Clouded Silver, Common Carpet, Common Marbled Carpet, Common Wainscot, Cream Spot Tiger, Dark Arches, Double Square spot, Elephant Hawkmoth, Flame, Flame Shoulder, Ghost Moth, Green Pug, Grey Dagger, Heart & Dart, Large Yellow Underwing, Marbled/Rufous Minor, Middle-Barred Minor, Mottled Beauty, Mottled Pug, Mottled Rustic, Pale Prominent, Sandy Carpet, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Silver Y, Small Fan-footed Wave, Small Square spot, Snout, Spectacle, Swallowtail, Treble Lines, Willow Beauty, Yellow Shell, Udea Olivalis, Small Magpie.

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Tue 20th June 2006 10:53 by Dave Ayling
St.Audries ST1041 Friday 16th June

Brimstone, Broken barred Carpet, Brown Silver Line, Buff Ermine, Clouded Silver, Common Carpet, Common Marbled Carpet, Common Pug, Common Swift, Common Wainscot, Elephant Hawkmoth, Figure of Eighty, Flame, Flame Shoulder, Green Carpet, Grey Pug, Herald, Heart & Dart, Ingrailed Clay, Large Yellow Underwing, Light Emerald, Lobster Moth, Marble/Rufous Minor, Miller, Mottled Beauty, Pale Tussock, Pebble Hook-Tip, Phoenix, Purple Bar, Ruddy Carpet, Scalloped Hazel, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Shears, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Silver Ground Carpet, Silver Y, Small Angle Shades, Small Elephant Hawkmoth, Small Fan-foot, Small Square Spot, Small Yellow Wave, Spectacle, Straw Dot, Treble Brown Spot, White Ermine, Willow Beauty, Small Magpie, Udea Olivalis, Green Oak Tortrix.

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Tue 20th June 2006 08:32 by David Evans
Recorder's remarks etc.
Well I hope you all have experienced the huge influx of Migrants. Also hawks everywhere and especially privet hawks seem to have been recorded all over the place. In recent years privet hawks have not been seen so regularly. As I said in my latest sightings my garden due to location, ambient light from street lights is dire for moths. I suppose i should have considered this when I bought the house But it does make me go out which is so necessary in our County. At this time there are only two recorders that regularly go out. That is Mike Ridge and I. This is quite clearly not enough for a county of our size but then going out comes at a cost in time money mileage and above all equipment. There is also risk invloved sometimes just getting on site. No I am not going to tell you all about the middleroom wood fiasco and a huge pile of manure which resulted in me calling out the AA to get me mobile again.

But if there are folk that want to join me going out and or doing your own thing let me know. Phone 01460 61889.

Now for trapping in your garden. This is clearly the most cost effective method of moth recording and the least effort required for the moths recorded. You will end up with a huge very fat bird popualtion. My robin now needs a trolly to get about. But the rewards are great but there are some problems. I give traps out for people to use in their gardens but beware. The Cryer family new to moths encouraged by the inlaws wanted to try mothing. I warned them as new moth'ers that starting up in June might be a bit daunting. So I delivered the trap on Saturday Morning. They put it on at night and then spent the whole day on sunday photograghing the huge collection, masses of unidentified things and even though they got privet, eyed and elephant hawks they were basically overwelmed.  But hopefully they will persevere. They got well in excess of the 48 species they indentified. So well done to them. See what you can do
Another new couple doing so well at the indentification on moths coming to their window is the Barr family from Brompton Ralph. But they were staying up till past the wee small hours waiting for the next moth and getting more tired by the day. So I gave them a home made 6 watt actinic trap. So they set it up but Amanda still had to rush out at 1am in the morning to rescue a privet hawk that had got stuck nose down in the funnel. Oh the joys of mothing. Then the latest from them was a sad tale. So as they would not disturb their young family they took the trap complete with the early morning cup of tea into their bedroom to sort out. If you can't see what's coming well remember that UV light attracts all insects. Yes even spiders. Anyway the first exit from the trap was a huge beetle which is still at large I am told in the Bedroom and Amanda refuses to go in the room until it is removed. Thank goodness we are not in Hornet time. Anyway They are catching some excellant moths and their identification is spectacular so keep up the good work

So if you want a trap to borrow let me know. Best wishes to you all and good hunting let me know what you get and send the records.

Thank you

David

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Tue 20th June 2006 07:58 by David Evans
This is the list from my garden in Chard for June so far. Please note that the Somerset Moth Recorder lives in a location that has the least moths due to ambient light (street lights) and I am not in Migrant alley like so many that have had this huge influx over the last few weeks. But I have had 87 species even in my garden. So go to my recorders remarks to learn all about trapping in your garden and how I can help.

14 Hepialus humuli Ghost Moth 1
143 Nematopogon metaxella 2
293 Caloptilia syringella 2
464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 14
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 4
648 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth 1
656 Tachystola acroxantha 14
972 Pandemis heparana Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix 1
977 Archips podana Large Fruit-tree Tortrix 1
986 Syndemis musculana 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 48
1002 Lozotaenia forsterana 1
1010 Ditula angustiorana Red-barred Tortrix 2
1033 Tortrix viridana Green Oak Tortrix 3
1063 Celypha striana 1
1076 Celypha lacunana 20
1082 Hedya pruniana Plum Tortrix 2
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 3
1260 Cydia splendana 1
1261 Cydia pomonella Codling Moth 1
1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth 1
1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 21
1334 Scoparia ambigualis 2
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1376 Eurrhypara hortulata Small Magpie 9
1378 Phlyctaenia coronata 1
1392 Udea olivalis 5
1654 Tethea ocularis octogesimea Figure of Eighty 5
1669 Hemithea aestivaria Common Emerald 1
1682 Timandra comae Blood-vein 2
1693 Scopula floslactata Cream Wave 1
1707 Idaea seriata Small Dusty Wave 1
1711 Idaea trigeminata Treble Brown Spot 1
1727 Xanthorhoe montanata Silver-ground Carpet 2
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata Garden Carpet 5
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 18
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 3
1803 Perizoma alchemillata Small Rivulet 1
1819 Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 7
1837 Eupithecia subfuscata Grey Pug 1
1860 Pasiphila rectangulata Green Pug 1
1882 Small seraphim 1 1882 Pterapherapteryx sexalata Small Seraphim 2
1887 Lomaspilis marginata Clouded Border 1
1890 Macaria alternata Sharp-angled Peacock 2
1904 Plagodis dolabraria Scorched Wing 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 2
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 3
1941 Alcis repandata Mottled Beauty 1
1955 Cabera pusaria Common White Wave 2
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 2
1979 Mimas tiliae Lime Hawk-moth 1
1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 2
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 5
2000 Notodonta dromedarius Iron Prominent 1
2011 Pterostoma palpina Pale Prominent 1
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 5
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 5
2069 Tyria jacobaeae Cinnabar 8
2087 Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth 2
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 129
2098 Axylia putris Flame 13
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 13
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 6
2120 Diarsia mendica Ingrailed Clay 1
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 4
2128 Xestia triangulum Double Square-spot 1
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 4
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 27
2173 Hadena bicruris Lychnis 2
2198 Mythimna impura Smoky Wainscot 1
2278 Acronicta megacephala Poplar Grey 1
2279 Acronicta aceris Sycamore 4
2280 Acronicta leporina Miller 1
2305 Euplexia lucipara Small Angle Shades 3
2322 Apamea lithoxylaea Light Arches 1
2340 Oligia fasciuncula Middle-barred Minor 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 1
2381 Hoplodrina alsines Uncertain 9
2422 Pseudoips prasinana britannica Green Silver-lines 3
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 9
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 18
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 4

Good Hunting

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Mon 19th June 2006 09:14 by Mark Yeates
Chairman's Blog
From feedback received, some clarification on my last post:

British Pyralid Moths.  This book is available from, for example, Atropos Bookshop link for about 20.  It is published by Harley Books and although perhaps a little out of date now, is an indispensable part of any moth'ers toolkit.  This doesn't include the Plume Moths (Pterophoridae) which don't have any up to date guide as far as I'm aware.  Most Pyralids are easy to identify visually from the adults.

Later - just seen that this is also available (June 2006) on special off for a giveaway price of 12 directly from Harley Books - see http://www.harleybooks.co.uk link.

And, yes, the x-ray is of me.  Having been given the film to take to down to Dorchester by hand, I had to go via home so couldn't resist the temptation of running it through the scanner.  (So much for the new multi-billion pound all-electronic exchange of information in the Health Service!)

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Sun 18th June 2006 09:19 by Mark Yeates
Chairman's Blog

Moths and Bones

Went for a stroll on Haddon Hill on Friday morning (16th June).  Didn't see any Heath Fritillaries but met a chap who was down from Cumbria and had seen "just one yesterday".  I did see Clouded Buff, which I was particularly looking for, but no females (which are notoriously difficult to spot).

Haddon Hill (looking west)
Haddon Hill (looking west)

Day-flying moths seen were: Clouded Buff (2 males), Common Heath (2) and Lead Belle (many).

After that my weekend and plans went rapidly downhill!  I got a fish-bone stuck in my throat at dinner on Friday and despite all the usual tricks (like bread, lemon-juice etc) couldn't seem to dislodge it.  So, down to A&E and after waiting for the obligatory 2 hours was sent home with a feeling of 'wasting valuable time' and being told that these things generally work themselves out in the night (as you relax) or are gone anyway: leaving a lasting 'bone in the throat' sensation.  In the intervening time I did research bones in the throat on the Internet and discovered all sorts of curious suggestions: like the very dubious "cotton-wool sandwich".

After a very rough night however I decided to return in the morning as I was feeling worse if anything.  They gave me a muscle relaxant drug and said: "Leave that to work for a while and then we'll try eating some bread".  Eventually the nurse arrived looking coy and said "I'm afraid all the bread I can find is a tuna-fish sandwich!"

Bone in throat (x-ray)With another long wait and an inconclusive X-Ray later I was told that as there was no ENT facility at Yeovil I'd have to go down to Dorchester.  So, down I went and after a very unpleasant time of having various instruments stuffed down my throat, was pronounced bone free and suffering from 'bone scratch', which could leave the sensation for some days to come.

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Phew! Feeling that I can now face life again, I put the Actinic out in the garden last night...


Always good to see the Privet Hawk-moth in the trap - how this and the other 'big ones' get through the end of the funnel never ceases to amaze me.

1976  Privet Hawk-moth (in trap)
Privet Hawk-moth in the trap

The Rush Veneer Nomophila noctuella is another fairly common migrant species with first of this year turning up last night.  Also worth a mention is the Water Veneer Acentria ephemerella.  This small and delicate moth is often dead at the bottom of your trap in the morning and can be overlooked.  Both these species are micros in the Pyralidae family and are covered in Barry Goater's excellent little book 'British Pyralid Moths'.  Many macro-moth recorders now include the Pyralids in their remit (and I do hope that the NMRS will do so too).  If you haven't got this book then I can strongly recommend it - you will be surprised how many species are familiar!  Six species of 26 species in the trap last night were Pyralids.

Full trap list (Actinic 40W, ST5715, VC9, Dorset):

  • 0464 Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella 3
  • 1293 Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella 1
  • 1331 Water Veneer Acentria ephemerella 1
  • 1376 Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata 2
  • 1378 Phlyctaenia coronata 1
  • 1392 Udea olivalis 1
  • 1398 Rush Veneer Nomophila noctuella 3
  • 1728 Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata 1
  • 1777 July Highflyer Hydriomena furcata 1
  • 1834 Common Pug Eupithecia vulgata 1
  • 1941 Mottled Beauty Alcis repandata 1
  • 1976 Privet Hawk-moth Sphinx ligustri 2 - see later
  • 1991 Elephant Hawk-moth Deilephila elpenor 1
  • 2060 White Ermine Spilosoma lubricipeda 1
  • 2088 Heart and Club Agrotis clavis 1
  • 2089 Heart and Dart Agrotis exclamationis 21
  • 2098 Flame Axylia putris 1
  • 2107 Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 4
  • 2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 4
  • 2160 Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea 1
  • 2198 Smoky Wainscot Mythimna impura 3
  • 2205 Shoulder-striped Wainscot Mythimna comma 1
  • 2279 Sycamore Acronicta aceris 1
  • 2321 Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha 2
  • 2380 Treble Lines Charanyca trigrammica 1
  • 2441 Silver Y Autographa gamma 1

60 moths of 26 species.

Fathers Day today so I'll chill now and hopefully get pampered for the rest of the day!

(...but I still feel like I have a bone stuck on Sunday morning.)

Later... - found another Privet Hawk-moth in bushes at the trap site.  This posed for the camera:

1976 Privet Hawk-moth
Privet Hawk-moth

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Thu 15th June 2006 10:27 by Mark Yeates
Chairman's Blog

Migrants and Highlights

With all this migrant activity at the moment, I do wonder which of our assumed resident species are unknowingly migrants too - or supplemented by migrants.  Whilst we all know that those Striped Hawk-moths about at the moment must be migrants, what's to say that examples of other species in our traps are not migrants too?

I have often thought that the Pine Hawk-moth is a case in point.  We have a scattering of odd and isolated records over the county - a pattern that is symptomatic of many well-known migrant species.  I guess that most species with a similar occurrence are likely to be migrant or perhaps highly dispersive species with a source some way off.  Yet this species is generally considered a fairly true resident.

At coastal locations where the local fauna is pretty well known, it is a lot easier to spot odd species and put these down as migrants.  For example, the Green Oak Tortrix Tortrix viridana turned up in my trap on Saturday last and also, it seems, in a few other locations down here - including Portland.  It continues to appear in small numbers over a wide area.  The 'status' of this moth isn't clearly defined anywhere that I know of.  Are all or some of these migrants? 

I suppose the only answer is to find evidence of breeding (i.e. early states) in the wild to confirm residency.  And again, to confirm this in subsequent years.  However, some species, like the Vestal Rhodometra sacraria and Gem Orthonama obstipata have native broods here most years that are from migrant adults but neither species seems able to survive the winter here.

I have been thinking too about how news of captures is best presented here.  It seems that the two extremes of 'just highlights' and 'list everything' have equal support.  Opposing arguments are that a full list can be tedious (particularly as they are getting longer with the season) and highlights can be too subjective.

When choosing species to highlight it is often difficult to decide what are of particular interest.  Migrants are an obvious choice for a mention as many enthusiasts have a particular interest in these and a period migrant activity often brings some exciting and 'once in a lifetime' records.  Yet, others aren't interested in migrants at all and focus on the scarcer resident species.  Also, beginners find everything interesting and new and have yet to find their particular aspect of the Lepidoptera to enthuse over.

Perhaps a good balance would be to have an introductory highlight list/message (with reasoning) and then a full list to follow (which can be skipped or scanned).

For me though, I'd like to get more of our recorders contributing in whatever form - particularly with photos, which add enormously to the impact of this sort of news.

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Wed 14th June 2006 17:32 by Jack Astley
14th June.Caterpillars of Vapourer on Fremontodendron.
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Wed 14th June 2006 14:53 by Jack Astley
Closworth 13June
Small mottled willow
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Tue 13th June 2006 13:39 by Dave Ayling
Blue Anchor Sunday 11th June

Hummingbird Hawk Moth on Verbena + 3 on Red Valerian

Evening

Brimstone, Flame Shoulder, Marbled/Rufous Minor, Cream-Spot Tiger, Pale Tussock, Common Marbled Carpet, Ruddy Carpet, Silver Ground Carpet, Clouded Silver, Treble Lines, Silver Y, Heart & Dart, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Mottled Beauty, Willow Beauty, Pebble Prominent, Grey Dagger, Spectacle, Dark Arches, Barred Umber, Green Pug, Common Pug, Udea Olivalis, Small Magpie, Gold Triangle. Then it rained!

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Tue 13th June 2006 13:31 by Dave Ayling
St. Audries Friday 9th June

Common Swift, Light Emerald, Brimstone, Treble Lines, Flame Shoulder, Pale Tussock, Scalloped Hazel, Silver Ground Carpet, Common Carpet, Ruddy Carpet, Garden Carpet, Spruce Carpet, Buff Arches, Heart & Dart, Straw Dot, Common Wainscot, Elephant Hawk Moth, Large Yellow Underwing, Clouded Silver, Spectacle, Peppered Moth, Common Marbled Carpet, Cream Spot Tiger, Common Pug, Marbled Brown, Poplar Grey, Orange Footman, Alder Moth, Lobster Moth, Pale Prominent, Marbled/Rufous Minor, Middle Barred Minor, Turnip Moth, Small Fan-foot, Green Silver-Lines, Ingrailed Clay, Mocha, Udea Olivalis

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Mon 12th June 2006 19:36 by Jack Astley
Closworth 11th June
Alder moth.
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Mon 12th June 2006 08:24 by Mark Yeates
Chairman's Blog

A good weekend

The weekend seems to have produced some ideal conditions with great catches and a lot of migrant activity.  Particularly Saturday night (10th/11th June) where, for example, 150 species were recorded at Durlston, Dorset. 1

Portland Observatory reported that: "In muggy, overcast conditions with a gentle south-westerly breeze it was easily the busiest night of the year so far in the Obs garden moth-traps." 2

I have scanned many other group sites this morning for news of the weekend and times like this you really appreciate the efforts of people like Terry Box of Dorset and Martin Cade at Portland for streaming out latest news (not forgetting of cause our own David Evans)!

I also feel like I have dipped out on a couple of excellent nights as I have been very busy and otherwise preoccupied all weekend and only managed to stuff an actinic out in the garden on Saturday night.

1If you are not familiar with the DMG's very good website do have a look at this at: Dorset Moth Group – Latest Sightings link.

2Portland Observatory run regular traps and show highlights next day on their very good website at: Portland Bird Observatory and Field Study Centre link.

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Sun 11th June 2006 16:18 by David Evans
Jan Hobbs is a very small SWT reserve. It has a fantastic wet woodland habitat and last night as it was dry I got in with three lights. A pretty fair result.

17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 51
148 Nemophora degeerella 4
652 Alabonia geoffrella 2
937 Agapeta hamana 1
986 Syndemis musculana 1
1033 Tortrix viridana Green Oak Tortrix 4
1082 Hedya pruniana Plum Tortrix 2
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 3
1377 Perinephela lancealis 1
1392 Udea olivalis 3
1398 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer 1
1428 Aphomia sociella Bee Moth 1
1646 Watsonalla binaria Oak Hook-tip 1
1648 Drepana falcataria Pebble Hook-tip 1
1652 Thyatira batis Peach Blossom 5
1657 Ochropacha duplaris Common Lutestring 12
1674 Jodis lactearia Little Emerald 1
1682 Timandra comae Blood-vein 1
1692 Scopula immutata Lesser Cream Wave 5
1693 Scopula floslactata Cream Wave 4
1722 Xanthorhoe designata Flame Carpet 3
1727 Xanthorhoe montanata Silver-ground Carpet 9
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 2
1752 Cosmorhoe ocellata Purple Bar 1
1759 Ecliptopera silaceata Small Phoenix 2
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 30
1773 Electrophaes corylata Broken-barred Carpet 2
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 41
1802 Perizoma affinitata Rivulet 2
1803 Perizoma alchemillata Small Rivulet 4
1819 Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug 2
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 2
1837 Eupithecia subfuscata Grey Pug 2
1853 Eupithecia dodoneata Oak-tree Pug 1
1874 Euchoeca nebulata Dingy Shell 6
1875 Asthena albulata Small White Wave 1
1876 Hydrelia flammeolaria Small Yellow Wave 1
1887 Lomaspilis marginata Clouded Border 1
1890 Macaria alternata Sharp-angled Peacock 8
1902 Petrophora chlorosata Brown Silver-line 3
1903 Plagodis pulveraria Barred Umber 2
1920 Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel 1
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 2
1941 Alcis repandata Mottled Beauty 2
1945 Cleorodes lichenaria Brussels Lace 5
1955 Cabera pusaria Common White Wave 4
1957 Lomographa bimaculata White-pinion Spotted 4
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 22
1991 Elephant Hawk 1 1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 2
1999 Stauropus fagi Lobster Moth 5
2011 Pterostoma palpina Pale Prominent 3
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 14
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 17
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 1
2098 Axylia putris Flame 2
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 8
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 1
2120 Diarsia mendica Ingrailed Clay 3
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 4
2138 Green Arches 1 Wow what a moth
2138 Anaplectoides prasina Green Arches 4
2150 Polia nebulosa Grey Arches 1
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2173 Hadena bicruris Lychnis 1
2205 Mythimna comma Shoulder-striped Wainscot 2
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 1
2291 Craniophora ligustri Coronet 1
2305 Euplexia lucipara Small Angle Shades 3
2337 Oligia strigilis Marbled Minor 3
2410 Protodeltote pygarga Marbled White Spot 3
2422 Pseudoips prasinana britannica Green Silver-lines 4
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 3
2442 Autographa pulchrina Beautiful Golden Y 5
2443 Autographa jota Plain Golden Y 3
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 4
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 18
2492 Herminia grisealis Small Fan-foot 2

Worth the effort

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Sun 11th June 2006 14:44 by David Evans
Recorder's remarks etc.
Well it was Draycott Sleights in the Mendips on Friday Night. I am so glad persuaded the Dorset Group not to come. It was absolutely clear skies, cold and so windy sounded like a gale on the dictaphone. Put Mike Ridge in the best place of course and we might have managed 25 species possibly. More of this later.
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Sun 11th June 2006 14:40 by David Evans
This is Mike Ridges list for Worley hill 7th June. 17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 7
1076 Celypha lacunana 1
1334 Scoparia ambigualis 2
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 1
1674 Jodis lactearia Little Emerald 1
1676 Cyclophora annularia Mocha 3
1727 Xanthorhoe montanata Silver-ground Carpet 1
1752 Cosmorhoe ocellata Purple Bar 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 7
1768 Thera obeliscata Grey Pine Carpet 1
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 11
1781 Horisme vitalbata Small Waved Umber 1
1819 Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug 3
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
1853 Eupithecia dodoneata Oak-tree Pug 1
1876 Hydrelia flammeolaria Small Yellow Wave 1
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1941 Alcis repandata Mottled Beauty 2
1955 Cabera pusaria Common White Wave 1
1957 Lomographa bimaculata White-pinion Spotted 2
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 1
1992 Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawk-moth 1
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 8
2043 Eilema sororcula Orange Footman 1
2058 Arctia villica britannica Cream-spot Tiger 6
2078 Nola confusalis Least Black Arches 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2120 Diarsia mendica Ingrailed Clay 2
2291 Craniophora ligustri Coronet 1
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 3
2489 Zanclognatha tarsipennalis Fan-foot 1
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Sun 11th June 2006 09:20 by Mark Yeates
Chairman's Blog
Trap in the garden again last night (Actinic 40W, ST5715, VC9, Dorset):

  • 0147 Nemophora metallica 1
  • 0148 Nemophora degeerella 1
  • 0385 Anthophila fabriciana 1
  • 0464 Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella 4
  • 0656 Tachystola acroxantha 1
  • 0998 Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana 1
  • 1033 Green Oak Tortrix Tortrix viridana 1
  • 1076 Celypha lacunana 1
  • 1334 Scoparia ambigualis 3
  • 1376 Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata 1
  • 1392 Udea olivalis 1
  • 1428 Bee Moth Aphomia sociella 1
  • 1458 Thistle Ermine Myelois circumvoluta 1
  • 1682 Blood-vein Timandra comae 1
  • 1727 Silver-ground Carpet Xanthorhoe montanata 2
  • 1728 Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata 2
  • 1764 Common Marbled Carpet Chloroclysta truncata 4
  • 1776 Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria 3
  • 1777 July Highflyer Hydriomena furcata 2
  • 1817 Foxglove Pug Eupithecia pulchellata 1
  • 1834 Common Pug Eupithecia vulgata 1
  • 1887 Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata 1 *
  • 1980 Eyed Hawk-moth Smerinthus ocellata 1
  • 2058 Cream-spot Tiger Arctia villica 1
  • 2060 White Ermine Spilosoma lubricipeda 2
  • 2089 Heart and Dart Agrotis exclamationis 23
  • 2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta 1
  • 2107 Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 1
  • 2123 Small Square-spot Diarsia rubi 2
  • 2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 10
  • 2160 Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea 1
  • 2173 Lychnis Hadena bicruris 1
  • 2198 Smoky Wainscot Mythimna impura 8
  • 2279 Sycamore Acronicta aceris 1 *
  • 2337 Marbled Minor Oligia strigilis 1
  • 2338 Rufous Minor Oligia versicolor 2
  • 2380 Treble Lines Charanyca trigrammica 1
  • 2382 Rustic Hoplodrina blanda 1 (to be confirmed)
  • 2384 Vine's Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua 3
  • 2389 Pale Mottled Willow Paradrina clavipalpis 1
  • 2450 Spectacle Abrostola tripartita 1
  • 2474 Straw Dot Rivula sericealis 2

100 moths of 42 species.  * The only moths found outside of trap this morning (06.30hrs - on a Sunday!) were individuals of the Sycamore Acronicta aceris and Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata.  This takes the total species count for the year so far to 110.

Last night conditions were very good here: warm and overcast with little wind.  Small diptera were swarming at the trap with quite an audible hum going on.

The Straw Dot Rivula sericealis is another new migrant here this year.

Unusually, I have three species (A. fabriciana, N. degeerella and N. metallica) that are mainly day-flying but do come to light occasionally.  Also curious is the fact that there were scores of Silver Y at the valerian last night and not one in the trap this morning.

2441 Silver Y at Valerian
Silver Y at Valerian

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Sat 10th June 2006 21:00 by Jack Astley
Closworth 10th June
3 Hummingbird hawk moths on red valerian
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Sat 10th June 2006 10:59 by Mark Yeates
Chairman's Blog
Traps in the garden last night (ST5715, VC9, Dorset):

Robinson 125W:

  • 0464 Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella 2
  • 0656 Tachystola acroxantha 1
  • 0937 Agapeta hamana 1
  • 1076 Celypha lacunana 2
  • 1378 Phlyctaenia coronata 1
  • 1392 Udea olivalis1 *
  • 1428 Bee Moth Aphomia sociella 1
  • 1458 Thistle Ermine Myelois circumvoluta 2 *
  • 1682 Blood-vein Timandra comae 1
  • 1727 Silver-ground Carpet Xanthorhoe montanata 1
  • 1728 Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata 1 *
  • 1738 Common Carpet Epirrhoe alternata 1
  • 1764 Common Marbled Carpet Chloroclysta truncata 1 *
  • 1776 Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria 1
  • 1781 Small Waved Umber Horisme vitalbata 1
  • 1931 Peppered Moth Biston betularia 1
  • 1981 Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi 1
  • 1991 Elephant Hawk-moth Deilephila elpenor 1
  • 2060 White Ermine Spilosoma lubricipeda 1
  • 2061 Buff Ermine Spilosoma luteum 1
  • 2089 Heart and Dart Agrotis exclamationis 20
  • 2102 Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta 3
  • 2107 Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 1
  • 2123 Small Square-spot Diarsia rubi 3
  • 2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 8
  • 2160 Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea 1
  • 2173 Lychnis Hadena bicruris 1
  • 2198 Smoky Wainscot Mythimna impura 7
  • 2334 Rustic Shoulder-knot Apamea sordens 3
  • 2380 Treble Lines Charanyca trigrammica 1
  • 2384 Vine's Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua 1
  • 2441 Silver Y Autographa gamma 2
  • 2450 Spectacle Abrostola tripartita 2

Actinic 40W:

  • 1376 Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata 1
  • 1428 Bee Moth Aphomia sociella 1
  • 1834 Common Pug Eupithecia vulgata 1
  • 2058 Cream-spot Tiger Arctia villica 1
  • 2060 White Ermine Spilosoma lubricipeda 1
  • 2089 Heart and Dart Agrotis exclamationis 17
  • 2102 Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta 2
  • 2107 Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 1
  • 2123 Small Square-spot Diarsia rubi 3
  • 2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 3
  • 2160 Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea 1
  • 2198 Smoky Wainscot Mythimna impura 5
  • 2284 Grey Dagger Acronicta psi 1 * confirmed
  • 2334 Rustic Shoulder-knot Apamea sordens 4
  • 2337 Marbled Minor Oligia strigilis 1
  • 2380 Treble Lines Charanyca trigrammica 2
  • 2441 Silver Y Autographa gamma 1
  • plus one micro to be confirmed

* Indicates one or more outside the trap

122 moths of 39 species.  I did have a fair few 'fly-offs' this morning as the Robinson was very unsettled and the Actinic had blown over.

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Wed 7th June 2006 23:07 by Dave Ayling
Blue Anchor Sat. 3rd June

3 Ruddy Carpet 1 Galium Carpet

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Mon 5th June 2006 16:30 by David Evans
Well this is the list for Orchard wood on the 3rd June. Five traps out recorded 98 species (580 moths) and seen again Pauper Pug a red data book species, and 107 Blomers Rivulet which is a notable b species. Satin Wave is a good record for Somerset. Also a really green Little Emerald, sadly had a problem so no picture.

Altogether it was a fantastic night but then orchard wood is always good. My thanks to mike for his support and James McGill for doing all the micros and the rest.
Oh yes and 74 Mocha wow!

1 Micropterix tunbergella 1
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 12
132 Incurvaria praelatella 1
246 Tinea semifulvella 3
247 Tinea trinotella 1
288 Caloptilia stigmatella 1
293 Caloptilia syringella 4
436 Pseudoswammerdamia combinella 1
648 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth 2
649 Esperia sulphurella 1
652 Alabonia geoffrella 2
656 Tachystola acroxantha 10
986 Syndemis musculana 3
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 11
1000 Ptycholoma lecheana 1
1007 Capua vulgana 2
1015 Eulia ministrana 1
1061 Acleris literana 1
1076 Celypha lacunana 1
1082 Hedya pruniana Plum Tortrix 2
1120 Ancylis mitterbacheriana 1
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 2
1212 Rhyacionia pinivorana Spotted Shoot Moth 1
1219 Lathronympha strigana 2
1237 Pammene germmana 1
1301 Crambus lathoniellus 3
1334 Scoparia ambigualis 2
1392 Udea olivalis 3
1646 Watsonalla binaria Oak Hook-tip 3
1648 Drepana falcataria Pebble Hook-tip 1
1657 Ochropacha duplaris Common Lutestring 7
1674 Jodis lactearia Little Emerald 1
1676 Cyclophora annularia Mocha 74
1693 Scopula floslactata Cream Wave 18
1709 Idaea subsericeata Satin Wave 1
1722 Xanthorhoe designata Flame Carpet 1
1727 Xanthorhoe montanata Silver-ground Carpet 7
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 4
1750 Lampropteryx suffumata Water Carpet 1
1752 Cosmorhoe ocellata Purple Bar 3
1759 Ecliptopera silaceata Small Phoenix 4
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 51
1768 Thera obeliscata Grey Pine Carpet 2
1769 Thera britannica Spruce Carpet 2
1773 Electrophaes corylata Broken-barred Carpet 7
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 34
1781 Horisme vitalbata Small Waved Umber 1
1784 Melanthia procellata Pretty Chalk Carpet 10
1819 Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug 5
1824 Eupithecia egenaria Pauper Pug 4
1824 Pauper pug 1

1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 15
1835 Eupithecia tripunctaria White-spotted Pug 1
1837 Eupithecia subfuscata Grey Pug 2
1857 Eupithecia tantillaria Dwarf Pug 1
1872 Blomers Rivulet 1

1872 Discoloxia blomeri Blomer's Rivulet 107
1874 Euchoeca nebulata Dingy Shell 2
1875 Asthena albulata Small White Wave 13
1887 Lomaspilis marginata Clouded Border 2
1888 Ligdia adustata Scorched Carpet 3
1890 Macaria alternata Sharp-angled Peacock 2
1893 Macaria liturata Tawny-barred Angle 7
1903 Plagodis pulveraria Barred Umber 5
1904 Plagodis dolabraria Scorched Wing 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 14
1920 Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel 6
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 4
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
1941 Alcis repandata Mottled Beauty 1
1947 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed 3
1955 Cabera pusaria Common White Wave 2
1956 Cabera exanthemata Common Wave 1
1957 Lomographa bimaculata White-pinion Spotted 12
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 10
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 1
2000 Notodonta dromedarius Iron Prominent 1
2008 Ptilodon capucina Coxcomb Prominent 3
2011 Pterostoma palpina Pale Prominent 1
2014 Drymonia dodonaea Marbled Brown 1
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 16
2043 Eilema sororcula Orange Footman 4
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 1
2078 Nola confusalis Least Black Arches 5
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 3
2098 Axylia putris Flame 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 7
2120 Diarsia mendica Ingrailed Clay 5
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 2
2150 Polia nebulosa Grey Arches 3
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2163 Melanchra pisi Broom Moth 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 2
2410 Protodeltote pygarga Marbled White Spot 3
2422 Pseudoips prasinana britannica Green Silver-lines 1
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 7

What a list!

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Mon 5th June 2006 14:42 by David Evans
On the 2nd June Whilst i was doing Huish moor Mike Ridge went on to Haddon Hill. Slow start but with the effort.

1638 Macrothylacia rubi Fox Moth 2
1652 Thyatira batis Peach Blossom 2
1657 Ochropacha duplaris Common Lutestring 1] 1733 Lead Belle 1

1733 Scotopteryx mucronata Lead Belle 5
1773 Electrophaes corylata Broken-barred Carpet 1
1819 Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 1
1875 Asthena albulata Small White Wave 1
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
1902 Petrophora chlorosata Brown Silver-line 16
1903 Plagodis pulveraria Barred Umber 2
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 10
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 10
1920 Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel 10
1955 Cabera pusaria Common White Wave 3
1956 Cabera exanthemata Common Wave 2
2008 Ptilodon capucina Coxcomb Prominent 1
2014 Drymonia dodonaea Marbled Brown 2
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 3
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 1
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 3
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2162 Glaucous Shears 1 2162 Papestra biren Glaucous Shears 1
2302 Rusina ferruginea Brown Rustic 1
2425 Colocasia coryli Nut-tree Tussock 4
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Well done Mike

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Sun 4th June 2006 08:38 by Mark Yeates
Chairman's Blog
Trap in the garden again last night (Actinic 40W, ST5715, VC9, Dorset):

  • 1334 Scoparia ambigualis 2
  • 1728 Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata 1
  • 1776 Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria 1
  • 1906 Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata 1
  • 1937 Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria 1
  • 1958 Clouded Silver Lomographa temerata 1
  • 1981 Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi 1
  • 2007 Swallow Prominent Pheosia tremula 2
  • 2008 Coxcomb Prominent Ptilodon capucina 1
  • 2028 Pale Tussock Calliteara pudibunda 2
  • 2089 Heart and Dart Agrotis exclamationis 1
  • 2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta 1
  • 2107 Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 1
  • 2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 1
  • 2157 Light Brocade Lacanobia w-latinum 1
  • 2173 Lychnis Hadena bicruris 1
  • 2198 Smoky Wainscot Mythimna impura 1
  • 2380 Treble Lines Charanyca trigrammica 3
  • 2384 Vine's Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua 2
  • 2434 Burnished Brass Diachrysia chrysitis 1

26 moths of 20 species including the first Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba of the year!

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Sun 4th June 2006 08:34 by David Evans
Recorder's remarks etc.
Well after traveling all the way to Huish Moor on Exmoor after a very hot day the sky went very clear. Hence the best recording was under the shade of trees. The traps out in the open caught very little but we did hope for migrants. but on the same night Mike Ridge got Glaucous shears and lead belle at Haddon Hill. Compare that to what happened last night after a very hot day under the trees at Orchard Wood wherenthe traps were overloaded. More of the this later. The key seems to be if it goes clear get under the trees.

Oh yes and I saw my first huge Queen hornet on the wing whilst doing a transect yesterday. Hornet may be docile normally but not when you disturb them at night. Why can't they stay at home. Yeuk

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Sun 4th June 2006 08:24 by David Evans
On the 2nd June I was invited to trap at Huish moor by Ginny and David Ayling. Nobody told me it was like scaling the north face of the eiger. Still a few false starts and the sky was far too clear also thanks to Mr Walters a local farmer we had wonderful tales in the frequent pauses in moth recording. Finally my thanks to Ginny and David and especially Roger Sedgemoor who bravely took the line down the steep slope to get to the grass field. Hopefully pictures will follow the records soon.

986 Syndemis musculana 1
1007 Capua vulgana 1
1648 Drepana falcataria Pebble Hook-tip 1
1652 Thyatira batis Peach Blossom 1
1722 Xanthorhoe designata Flame Carpet 2
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 2
1750 Lampropteryx suffumata Water Carpet 3
1759 Ecliptopera silaceata Small Phoenix 5
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 4
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 5
1802 Perizoma affinitata Rivulet 1
1817 Eupithecia pulchellata Foxglove Pug 3
1819 Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 4
1835 Eupithecia tripunctaria White-spotted Pug 1
1875 Asthena albulata Small White Wave 2
1887 Lomaspilis marginata Clouded Border 1
1902 Petrophora chlorosata Brown Silver-line 8
1903 Plagodis pulveraria Barred Umber 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 5
1920 Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel 3
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 4
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber 2
1947 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed 1
1955 Cabera pusaria Common White Wave 2
1957 Lomographa bimaculata White-pinion Spotted 4
2000 Notodonta dromedarius Iron Prominent 1
2003 Notodonta ziczac Pebble Prominent 1
2008 Ptilodon capucina Coxcomb Prominent 4
2011 Pterostoma palpina Pale Prominent 2
2014 Drymonia dodonaea Marbled Brown 4
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 8
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 1
2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 4
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 1
2327 Apamea epomidion Clouded Brindle 1
2425 Colocasia coryli Nut-tree Tussock 11

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Sat 3rd June 2006 11:09 by Mark Yeates
Chairman's Blog
I was very pleased to watch a Striped Hawk-moth Hyles livornica feeding at valerian last night (at dusk) in my garden here (ST5715, VC9, Dorset).

Traps out in the garden last night.  Tried both a Robinson and 40W actinic.

Robinson 125W:

  • 0464 Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella 1
  • 0998 Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana 1
  • 1334 Scoparia ambigualis 1
  • 1356 Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis 1
  • 1428 Bee Moth Aphomia sociella 1 *
  • 1727 Silver-ground Carpet Xanthorhoe montanata 1
  • 1902 Brown Silver-line Petrophora chlorosata 1
  • 1906 Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata 1
  • 1931 Peppered Moth Biston betularia 1 *
  • 2007 Swallow Prominent Pheosia tremula 2 *
  • 2028 Pale Tussock Calliteara pudibunda 1 *
  • 2089 Heart and Dart Agrotis exclamationis 2
  • 2102 Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta 1
  • 2123 Small Square-spot Diarsia rubi 3
  • 2198 Smoky Wainscot Mythimna impura 6
  • 2334 Rustic Shoulder-knot Apamea sordens 1
  • 2380 Treble Lines Charanyca trigrammica 1
  • 2384 Vine's Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua 3
  • 2477 Snout Hypena proboscidalis 1
  • plus 2 micros yet to confirm

* indicates outside of trap

Actinic 40W (put in the middle of a valerian patch):

  • 0652 Alabonia geoffrella 1
  • 1727 Silver-ground Carpet Xanthorhoe montanata 1
  • 1764 Common Marbled Carpet Chloroclysta truncata 1
  • 1776 Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria 1
  • 1834 Common Pug Eupithecia vulgata 1
  • 1902 Brown Silver-line Petrophora chlorosata 1
  • 1906 Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata 2
  • 1981 Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi 1
  • 2061 Buff Ermine Spilosoma luteum 1
  • 2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 1
  • 2190 Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica 1
  • 2198 Smoky Wainscot Mythimna impura 1
  • 2337 Marbled Minor Oligia strigilis 1
  • 2380 Treble Lines Charanyca trigrammica 1
  • 2382 Rustic Hoplodrina blanda 1

48 moths of 32 species in total.

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Thu 1st June 2006 15:54 by Jack Astley
Closworth 31st May.
Ni Moth.
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Thu 1st June 2006 07:56 by David Evans
On the same night that Jack astley got the Striped Hawk Moth Ian Matheison got an Eastern Bordered Straw. This has now been confirmed. Ian who traps in his garden clearly lives in the right place for rare moths. Well done Ian. 2404 Eastern Bordered Straw
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Thu 1st June 2006 07:41 by David Evans
Recorder's remarks etc.
I have long admired Mike Ridge and his indomitable energy and spirit in his attitude to recording Butterflies and Moths. When he traps he boxes up all the moths that come in. Takes them home to sort out in the morning returning to release them the next day from whence they came. I seemed to me to be a lot of trouble to go to not less the expense of further mileage which would be beyond me.
But the proof of the pudding is in the eating
He does record more moths, precise numbers per recording session than anybody I know barring Mr. Mcgill but the latter does the micros as well. I am thinking that I need to follow the lead of Mike and maybe do the same thing and box then all up. However i would indentify and release before I left the site under suitable lighting conditions to aid indentifation. More of this later but to those who go out to trap this may be the way forward.

Lets hope the weather is fair for us
DJE

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Thu 1st June 2006 07:32 by David Evans
My apologies for the late report of trapping on the 26th May. Mike Ridge and I did Staple Park Wood. Easy, hard access with a lot of potential and hardly any records. Also Mike's type of trapping by boxing up all individuals as they come in starts to look the best way forward. He caught with my help 147 moths of 30 species in 3hours which is not bad for the sort of weather we have been having. (See more in my Recorders remarks)

1652 Thyatira batis Peach Blossom Staple Park Wood 1
1727 Xanthorhoe montanata Silver-ground Carpet Staple Park Wood 3
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet Staple Park Wood 4
1750 Lampropteryx suffumata Water Carpet Staple Park Wood 5
1752 Cosmorhoe ocellata Purple Bar Staple Park Wood 2
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet Staple Park Wood 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet Staple Park Wood 2
1768 Thera obeliscata Grey Pine Carpet Staple Park Wood 5
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet Staple Park Wood 26
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug Staple Park Wood 2
1853 Eupithecia dodoneata Oak-tree Pug Staple Park Wood 2
1890 Macaria alternata Sharp-angled Peacock Staple Park Wood 1
1902 Petrophora chlorosata Brown Silver-line Staple Park Wood 9
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth Staple Park Wood 12
1920 Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel Staple Park Wood 2
4 1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber Staple Park Wood 3
1947 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed Staple Park Wood 1
1956 Cabera exanthemata Common Wave Staple Park Wood 2
1957 Lomographa bimaculata White-pinion Spotted Staple Park Wood 35
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver Staple Park Wood 3
2003 Notodonta ziczac Pebble Prominent Staple Park Wood 5
2008 Ptilodon capucina Coxcomb Prominent Staple Park Wood 4
2011 Pterostoma palpina Pale Prominent Staple Park Wood 4
2014 Drymonia dodonaea Marbled Brown Staple Park Wood 9
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock Staple Park Wood 7
2043 Eilema sororcula Orange Footman Staple Park Wood 2
2078 Nola confusalis Least Black Arches Staple Park Wood 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder Staple Park Wood 2
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character Staple Park Wood 1
2291 Craniophora ligustri Coronet Staple Park Wood 1
2302 Rusina ferruginea Brown Rustic Staple Park Wood 1
2425 Colocasia coryli Nut-tree Tussock Staple Park Wood 5

I also did the following sites with actinics
701 Agonopterix ocellana Bens Copse 1
1676 Cyclophora annularia Mocha Bens Copse 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet Bens Copse 1
1768 Thera obeliscata Grey Pine Carpet Bens Copse 7
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet Bens Copse 7
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug Bens Copse 1
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle Bens Copse 1
1893 Macaria liturata Tawny-barred Angle Bens Copse 2
1920 Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel Bens Copse 4
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber Bens Copse 1
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth Bens Copse 1
2003 Notodonta ziczac Pebble Prominent Bens Copse 1
2008 Ptilodon capucina Coxcomb Prominent Bens Copse 2
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock Bens Copse 2

17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift Birkenhall Wood 1
1076 Celypha lacunana Birkenhall Wood 2
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella Birkenhall Wood 1
1646 Watsonalla binaria Oak Hook-tip Birkenhall Wood 1
1752 Cosmorhoe ocellata Purple Bar Birkenhall Wood 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet Birkenhall Wood 2
1768 Thera obeliscata Grey Pine Carpet Birkenhall Wood 2
1769 Thera britannica Spruce Carpet Birkenhall Wood 1
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet Birkenhall Wood 10
1778 Hydriomena impluviata May Highflyer Birkenhall Wood 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth Birkenhall Wood 1
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth Birkenhall Wood 1
1997 Furcula furcula Sallow Kitten Birkenhall Wood 1
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock Birkenhall Wood 3
2043 Eilema sororcula Orange Footman Birkenhall Wood 1
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine Birkenhall Wood 2

17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift Boon's Copse 1
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella Boon's Copse 1
1342 Eudonia angustea Boon's Copse 1
1647 Watsonalla cultraria Barred Hook-tip Boon's Copse 1
1676 Cyclophora annularia Mocha Boon's Copse 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet Boon's Copse 1
1752 Cosmorhoe ocellata Purple Bar Boon's Copse 2
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet Boon's Copse 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet Boon's Copse 3
1768 Thera obeliscata Grey Pine Carpet Boon's Copse 2
1773 Electrophaes corylata Broken-barred Carpet Boon's Copse 1
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet Boon's Copse 4
1819 Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug Boon's Copse 3
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug Boon's Copse 1
1904 Plagodis dolabraria Scorched Wing Boon's Copse 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth Boon's Copse 1
1920 Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel Boon's Copse 2
1956 Cabera exanthemata Common Wave Boon's Copse 1
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth Boon's Copse 1
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine Boon's Copse 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth Boon's Copse 1
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot Boon's Copse 1
2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines Boon's Copse 4
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot Boon's Copse 1

1652 Thyatira batis Peach Blossom Clay Close Copse 1
1676 Cyclophora annularia Mocha Clay Close Copse 1
1680 Cyclophora punctaria Maiden's Blush Clay Close Copse 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug Clay Close Copse 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth Clay Close Copse 3
1920 Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel Clay Close Copse 2
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character Clay Close Copse 1

1759 Ecliptopera silaceata Small Phoenix Mount Fancy West 1
1759 Ecliptopera silaceata Small Phoenix Mount Fancy West 1
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet Mount Fancy West 1
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet Mount Fancy West 10
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth Mount Fancy West 1
1920 Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel Mount Fancy West 1
1927 Lycia hirtaria Brindled Beauty Mount Fancy West 1
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth Mount Fancy West 1
2003 Notodonta ziczac Pebble Prominent Mount Fancy West 2
2014 Drymonia dodonaea Marbled Brown Mount Fancy West 1
2063 Diaphora mendica Muslin Moth Mount Fancy West 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder Mount Fancy West 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character Mount Fancy West 2
2425 Colocasia coryli Nut-tree Tussock Mount Fancy West 1

648 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth Old Chard Canal 1
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet Old Chard Canal 12
1778 Hydriomena impluviata May Highflyer Old Chard Canal 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug Old Chard Canal 1
1853 Eupithecia dodoneata Oak-tree Pug Old Chard Canal 1
1902 Petrophora chlorosata Brown Silver-line Old Chard Canal 1
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth Old Chard Canal 1
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth Old Chard Canal 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder Old Chard Canal 2
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character Old Chard Canal 1
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle Old Chard Canal 1

1648 Drepana falcataria Pebble Hook-tip Poulett's Wood, Chaffcombe 1
1778 Hydriomena impluviata May Highflyer Poulett's Wood, Chaffcombe 11
1874 Euchoeca nebulata Dingy Shell Poulett's Wood, Chaffcombe 1
1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle Poulett's Wood, Chaffcombe 1
1902 Petrophora chlorosata Brown Silver-line Poulett's Wood, Chaffcombe 2
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth Poulett's Wood, Chaffcombe 2
1920 Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel Poulett's Wood, Chaffcombe 2
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth Poulett's Wood, Chaffcombe 2
2008 Ptilodon capucina Coxcomb Prominent Poulett's Wood, Chaffcombe 2
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock Poulett's Wood, Chaffcombe 2
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder Poulett's Wood, Chaffcombe 1

1676 Cyclophora annularia Mocha Sturm Hill 12
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet Sturm Hill 2
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet Sturm Hill 2
1768 Thera obeliscata Grey Pine Carpet Sturm Hill 2
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet Sturm Hill 3
1936 Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber Sturm Hill 1
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver Sturm Hill 1
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth Sturm Hill 1
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock Sturm Hill 7
2043 Eilema sororcula Orange Footman Sturm Hill 1
2120 Diarsia mendica Ingrailed Clay Sturm Hill 1
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character Sturm Hill 1
2198 Mythimna impura Smoky Wainscot Sturm Hill 1

The next Organised meeting is Draycott Slieghts on the 9th June. Hopefully our chums from Dorset will also be with us.

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