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current posts

Wed 28th March 2007 11:02 by John Bebbington
Langport, 27 March 2007

Another female Small Eggar in the trap along with the usual species

Wed 28th March 2007 09:59 by Jack Astley
Closworth 27th March
Female Great diving beetle
Tue 27th March 2007 21:11 by Mark Yeates
Bill has been busy uploading some great shots from various localities, including some 'dream' species - have a look at Bill's photos in our Contributor Photo Albums.
Tue 27th March 2007 10:26 by John Bebbington
Langport, 26 March 2007: two Small Eggars, one male and one female, in MV trap. I found larvae on local hedges last year. Will post images later today.

A total of 11 species in the trap, including a Tawny Pinion.

Mon 26th March 2007 23:04 by Bill Urwin

Stop Press

1663 small Eggar

Small Eggar caught in garden trap tonight. Two in two days!!!

Mon 26th March 2007 21:04 by Bill Urwin

Sunday March 25 2007 – Great Breech Wood

As March 2007 grew old and I contemplated my first moth trapping outing of the year, I received a phone call from Dave Paull, once resident of Ilminster but now retired to Devon. He had started mothing just before he moved to Devon and we still keep in touch. He was interested in seeing Barred Tooth Striped, so that decided for me the venue of the first expedition.

In 2003 I had received a phone call from James McGill who was out trapping in Great Breech Wood. After the usual pleasantries he got straight to the point – he’d come out in a rush and had forgotten to bring any pots with him. As I am always going mothing and buying maps and torches at garages en-route to the venue I sympathised but didn’t look forward to driving out there with pots until he mentioned that he thought he might have just caught a Barred Tooth Striped. Thirty minutes after the call was abruptly ended I was watching a first record for Somerset, safely ensconced in an “express delivery” pot.

Sunday was almost the fourth anniversary of that great event and fittingly we were joined by James McGill as well as Steve Hatch from Devon and Paul Chapman and Howard Taft from Clevedon who had deserted the lovely Gordano Valley to come and see some proper moths. We set up eleven lights of varying output from an 8 watt actinic to a 400 watt MV and waited for the action to begin. The day had been overcast and as dusk fell it was still 10-12 degrees so hopes ran high.

James McGill found the first highlight, in the form of a lovely fresh male Small Eggar. We made our way to the trap where he had seen it and my anticipation at seeing one good species turned to delight at seeing two as I approached my Robinson trap and saw a lovely fresh Barred Tooth Striped perched on its lid.

1880 Barred Tooth-striped

We caught three more during the evening, all females. Many people mention that Barred Tooth Striped rarely comes to light but we can state categorically that females do. The last was perched on the bulb holder of my 400 watt megabulb.

We packed up well after midnight, by which time the skies had cleared and the temperature had dropped to around five degrees. The last moth of the night was a stunning Pine Beauty.

List of Species (in no particular order)

Barred Tooth Striped
Small Eggar
Dotted Border
Dotted Chestnut
Red Chestnut
Pine Beauty
Water Carpet
Spruce Carpet
March Moth
Oak Beauty
Brindled Beauty
Brindled Pug
Common Quaker
Hebrew Character
Small Quaker
Twin Spotted Quaker
Clouded Drab
Shoulder Stripe
Early Thorn
Red Green Carpet
Pale Pinion
Early Grey
Grey Shoulder Knot
Acleris litterana
Acleris ferrugana/notana
Diurnea fagella

Fri 23rd March 2007 10:53 by Peter Tennant
22 March 2007 Harwood Tips, Whitefield, Wiveliscombe

Iron Prominent - which appears to be the earliest Somerset record.

Thu 22nd March 2007 09:14 by Peter Tennant
21 March 2007 My first Yellow Horned for 2007.

I was interested to be reminded by Waring and Townsend that the name refers to the orange antennae which were very prominent on this specimen.

Mon 19th March 2007 19:16 by Mark Yeates
Just received this message from Jim and Jane Druett:

"Whilst visiting the East Somerset Railway at Cranmore on Saturday 17.3.2007 at 3pm in the afternoon we saw a hummingbird hawk moth at a sheltered location on the north side (south facing) of the line to the west of the rail platform but before the workshops (approx grid ref ST 665429).

It was visiting periwinkle flowers and was visible for about 10 minutes."

Fri 16th March 2007 09:01 by Jack Astley
Closworth 15th march
Shoulder stripe
Thu 15th March 2007 10:04 by Peter Tennant
March 14 - Harwood Tips - a wood near Whitefield, Wiveliscombe

Dotted Border, March Moth, Brindled Pug, Clouded Drab, Diurnia fagella, Pale Brindled Beauty, Shoulder Stripe, Common Quaker, Hebrew Character, Twin Spot Quaker. Oak Beauty (10), Small Quaker, Pale Pinion, Early Thorn, Early Grey, Engrailed and a Dotted Chestnut which is my first since 2003.

Sun 11th March 2007 07:03 by Peter Tennant
March 10 - Whitefield, Wiveliscombe

Amongst the usual spring moths were a Chestnut and 2 Satellites

Sat 10th March 2007 22:00 by Peter Tennant
9 March - Whitefield, Wiveliscombe.

My first Twin Spotted Quaker for 2007

Sat 10th March 2007 17:34 by Chris Iles
10 March 2007.  Thicket Mead, Midsomer Norton.

Epiphyas postvittana found flying in garden at 4pm, probably disturbed by gardening!

Sat 10th March 2007 08:46 by Jack Astley
Closworth 9th March
1st Clouded drab
Fri 9th March 2007 07:04 by Peter Tennant
Thursday March 8 - Whitefield, Wiveliscombe.

My firsts for 2007 Early Thorn and Clouded Drab

Also March Moth, Common Quaker, Hebrew Character, Early Moth, Oak Beauty Dotted Border, Small Quaker and earlier in the day a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly.

Thu 8th March 2007 13:44 by Dave Ayling
Blue Anchor - Thurs. 8th March

Diurnia Fagella - resting on downpipe

Wed 7th March 2007 15:45 by John Bebbington
Langport 6 March 2007

Oak Beauty 2, Small Quaker 1, Common Quaker 6, Hebrew Character 7, plus a male Brimstone in the garden at midday.

Wed 7th March 2007 08:02 by Peter Tennant
March 6 - Whitefield, Wiveliscombe

Oak Beauty 4, Dotted Border, March Moth, Hebrew Character

and earlier in the day my first butterfly for 2007 a rather worn Red Admiral


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