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Sat 30th June 2007 12:25 by Mark Yeates
Just uploaded some more pictures from Michael Barry: including great shots of Plain Golden Y and Beautiful Golden Y for comparison.

You can see these and more of Michael's pictures in his section of our Contributor Photo Albums.

1999 Lobster Moth
Lobster Moth

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Fri 29th June 2007 10:59 by David Evans
As promised here are the results of the Somerset Moth Group night at Staple Common. What an amazing night and we had three couples turn up as well as Bill Urwin, Mike Ridge, Robin Clatworthy and I running lights. The accessibility into the site has been vastly extended due to the works of the Neroche Project. The catches to the new areas which looked promising were quite low but the was made up by the more un-cleared areas to the east.  My thanks to a very enjoyable evening to Bill, Robin, Mike and Martin and Judy (new Moth Group members) and the two couples from Wellington who had seen the night advertised.  My apologies to them as I dutifully took their names then promptly lost the bit of paper.  Anyway they were much impressed by the colours and varieties of moths.

The list is as follows

  • Staple Common 22nd June 2007
  • Code Taxon Vernacular Quantity
  • 17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 1
  • 18 Hepialus fusconebulosa Map-winged Swift 2
  • 143 Nematopogon metaxella 3
  • 937 Agapeta hamana 1
  • 36 Pandemis cerasana Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix 31
  • 972 Pandemis heparana Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix 7
  • 977 Archips podana Large Fruit-tree Tortrix 3
  • 1010 Ditula angustiorana Red-barred Tortrix 2
  • 1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 4
  • 1032 Aleimma loeflingiana 1
  • 1033 Tortrix viridana Green Oak Tortrix 1
  • 1076 Celypha lacunana 1
  • 1082 Hedya pruniana Plum Tortrix 1
  • 1093 Apotomis betuletana 6
  • 1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 4
  • 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 1
  • 1332 Scoparia subfusca 2
  • 1334 Scoparia ambigualis 10
  • 1339 Eudonia murana 11
  • 1377 Perinephela lancealis 8
  • 1392 Udea olivalis 23
  • 1425 Galleria mellonella Wax Moth 1
  • 1652 Thyatira batis Peach Blossom 4
  • 1653 Habrosyne pyritoides Buff Arches 1
  • 1654 Tethea ocularis octogesimea Figure of Eighty 1
  • 1667 Comibaena bajularia Blotched Emerald 6
  • 1669 Hemithea aestivaria Common Emerald 6
  • 1681 Cyclophora linearia Clay Triple-lines 11
  • 1702 Idaea biselata Small Fan-footed Wave 2
  • 1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 16
  • 1727 Xanthorhoe montanata Silver-ground Carpet 3
  • 1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 2
  • 1765 Cidaria fulvata Barred Yellow 1
  • 1768 Thera obeliscata Grey Pine Carpet 1
  • 1769 Thera britannica Spruce Carpet 1
  • 1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 4
  • 1777 Hydriomena furcata July Highflyer 16
  • 1793 Euphyia biangulata Cloaked Carpet 2
  • 1802 Perizoma affinitata Rivulet 1
  • 1809 Perizoma didymata Twin-spot Carpet 1
  • 1817 Eupithecia pulchellata Foxglove Pug 2
  • 1837 Eupithecia subfuscata Grey Pug 1
  • 1856 Eupithecia lariciata Larch Pug 3
  • 1876 Hydrelia flammeolaria Small Yellow Wave 1
  • 1877 Hydrelia sylvata Waved Carpet 8
  • 1887 Lomaspilis marginata Clouded Border 42
  • 1888 Ligdia adustata Scorched Carpet 2
  • 1890 Macaria alternata Sharp-angled Peacock 3
  • 1893 Macaria liturata Tawny-barred Angle 13
  • 1904 Plagodis dolabraria Scorched Wing 2
  • 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 19
  • 1917 Selenia dentaria Early Thorn 1
  • 1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 6
  • 1931 Biston betularia f. insularia Peppered Moth [melanic form] 1
  • 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
  • 1941 Alcis repandata Mottled Beauty 76
  • 1947 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed 1
  • 1955 Cabera pusaria Common White Wave 5
  • 1956 Cabera exanthemata Common Wave 3
  • 1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 5
  • 1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 53
  • 1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 1
  • 1999 Stauropus fagi Lobster Moth 3
  • 2003 Notodonta ziczac Pebble Prominent 4
  • 2008 Ptilodon capucina Coxcomb Prominent 1
  • 2039 Atolmis rubricollis Red-necked Footman 3
  • 2051 Lithosia quadra Four-spotted Footman 1
  • 2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 2
  • 2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 18
  • 2098 Axylia putris Flame 7
  • 2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 11
  • 2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 14
  • 2120 Diarsia mendica Ingrailed Clay 3
  • 2122 Diarsia brunnea Purple Clay 21
  • 2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 2
  • 2128 Xestia triangulum Double Square-spot 1
  • 2138 Anaplectoides prasina Green Arches 14
  • 2150 Polia nebulosa Grey Arches 1
  • 2291 Craniophora ligustri Coronet 1
  • 2305 Euplexia lucipara Small Angle Shades 10
  • 2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 5
  • 2337 Oligia strigilis Marbled Minor 2
  • 2381 Hoplodrina alsines Uncertain 2
  • 2410 Protodeltote pygarga Marbled White Spot 16
  • 2421 Bena bicolorana Scarce Silver-lines 1
  • 2422 Pseudoips prasinana britannica Green Silver-lines 1
  • 2442 Autographa pulchrina Beautiful Golden Y 4
  • 2443 Autographa jota Plain Golden Y 1
  • 2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1
  • 2473 Laspeyria flexula Beautiful Hook-tip 2
  • 2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 3
  • 2476 Hypena crassalis Beautiful Snout 1
  • 2476 Beautiful Snout 1
  • 2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 12
  • 2489 Zanclognatha tarsipennalis Fan-foot 2
  • 2492 Herminia grisealis Small Fan-foot 9

This amounts to 95 species and look at the numbers of Mottled beautys. I suppose the real surprise was the four spotted footman which is a migrant.  Or is it?  The weather has been foul.  Very few migrant have been seen just a few hawks so it makes one wonder because the habitat is so right.  However Mike's beautiful snout, (pardon the phrase) is for me rivalling the blotched emeralds as moth of the night.

Thanks to all.

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Wed 27th June 2007 09:31 by David Evans
Recorder's remarks etc.
To all those who will have noted the deliberate mistake the pug caught at Staple Common was a Larch Pug. My apologies to all those for the error but then that is the trouble with moon struck old men like me.

David Evans

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Mon 25th June 2007 17:32 by John Bebbington
A couple of weeks ago I had a worn female Privet hawk in the trap so kept her for a couple of days and she laid around 20 eggs. This morning I could see the larvae moving round inside the eggs so decided to photograph them. Shortly afterwards they started to hatch. I had not realised that the young larvae are hairy!

1976 Privet Hawkmoth egg about to hatch 1976 Privet hawkmoth newly hatched larva eating eggshell 1976 Privet Hawkmoth 1st instar larva resting

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Mon 25th June 2007 12:48 by David Evans
Following the meeting at Staple Common my thanks to Bill for putting on the photos. I will put all the records together when they are recieved but it is an impressive list with several new 10km records.
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Mon 25th June 2007 11:08 by John Bebbington
Hi everyone. With Mark's permisssion - news of a new FSC foldout chart.

A guide to the Hawkmoths of the British Isles Illustrations by Richard Lewington with text by John Bebbington

The hawkmoths (family Sphingidae) are generally the largest and most conspicuous of our moths. This new publication discusses life-cycles, structure, predators and parasites, and gives notes and distribution information for each of the 17 species on the British list. The larvae and adults are superbly illustrated by Richard Lewington!

FSC Hawkmoth Chart

Available from FSC Publications tel. 01743 852140 email publications@field-studies-council.org website www.field-studies-council.org/publications

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Sat 23rd June 2007 23:47 by Bill Urwin
On Friday we trapped at Staple Common and had a really good evening. Despite the threat of rain, the heavens did not open on us and we caught some nice specimens. What was really good to see was some new faces among the usual suspects. As work has kept me from attending many meetings for a while now I felt quite new myself. Highlights were: Waved Carpet, with several being caught at the three lights nearest the road, Red necked Footman, two caught at the far end of the track and a Four Spotted Footman caught by David. Some people will return their full lists by next week so there may be some surprises yet. I look forward to the road through the wood being extended and it looks as though work on this project has begun. It will be interesting to see what this site turns up in future years.

Four Spotted Footman

2039 Red necked Footman

Red necked Footman

2150 Grey Arches

Grey Arches

1877 Waved Carpet07

Waved Carpet

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Fri 22nd June 2007 20:55 by Mark Yeates
Garden Moths Count

Remember that this long weekend (22nd to 24th June) is the "Garden Moths Count" project.  See Butterfly Conservation link for further details (follow link to moths count).  If you trap in your garden over the weekend then please submit records to this scheme, which is part of the new National Moth Recording Project.  Also please do spread the word, particularly to any newcomers to moth-ing!

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Fri 22nd June 2007 09:33 by Mark Yeates
Just to let everyone know that there is a new addition to the field meetings schedule: a moth trapping session at Lytes Cary Manor House on Friday 29th June.  Should be great fun so do try to come along.  More details to follow; please keep an eye on the Field Trips 2007 page.  Also remember that we have a meeting tonight (Friday 22nd) at Staple Common.  As usual, please check with Mike or David prior to meeting for confirmation and any further details.  Their contact details are on the Field Trips 2007 page.
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Thu 21st June 2007 19:21 by Jack Astley
Cypress carpet at Closworth on 19th.
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Thu 21st June 2007 08:14 by Peter Tennant
16 June - Whitefield, Wiveliscombe

A Delicate - a beautiful specimen so fresh that it is hard to believe that it has crossed the Channel though several have been reported from Portland. The observatory site there keeps you up-to-date with the latest arrivals. The new address is www.portlandbirdobs.org .uk

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Wed 20th June 2007 18:51 by Doug Miller
Doug Miller Westonzoyland 19/06/2007 Silver Hawk Moth the first for my site and first for the year Lackey and Syccamore.
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Tue 19th June 2007 22:45 by Bill Urwin
Until Sunday I had thought that Small Argent and Sable was a rare moth clinging perilously to a couple of Exmoor sites. Chris and I visited the site near Dunkery first and following instructions from David Ayling found the moth quite easily. It was flying all along a stretch of unburnt Heather, Bilberry and Bedstraw and I counted at least 28 individuals. As we sat back at the car eating sandwiches two even flew over the car.

We then made for the original site on the Somerset/Devon border. I had instructions as to how to follow a footpath up a hill until I reached some trees. On the way to this site I stopped at a suitable looking bit of moorland and found 2 more flying there. As we reached the original site, all thoughts of a long struggle uphill to the trees disappeared as I spotted one in the hedge as I parked the car!!! This soon turned into several, including some in Devon.

As we sat with our tea and cake in Watersmeet tea gardens I had to wonder what all the fuss was about, this species looks as common as muck :-)

1737 Sm. Argent and Sable

1737 Devon escapee

We also saw an inordinate number of this beetle. At first I thought it was Garden Chafer but I am now fairly convinced it is Euchlora dubia. Anyone got any thoughts?

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Mon 18th June 2007 12:08 by David Evans
This is the list for the SMGroups night at Cothelstone Hill on the 8th June 2007. Last year in July was unbelieavable and it lived up to its reputation again. With the help of Andy Harris the Quantocks Ranger I was joined by Mike Ridge and Robin Clatworthy. The night was warmish to start off a bit cloudy and the rain held off. I ran three lights and got 62 species at the light on a stick and 38 and 47 species at my two ROBO traps. Mike accumulated 56 species and Robin 60 species. The final total at the moment is 99 species with out of the 850 moths. Having said that Mike was so busy he only took a sample of the common stuff flying in. This will get to 100 when I find out what the well marked pyralid is that Mike caught.

This is just a fantastic site with atleast 10 new records for this 10km square.

The variety called Gallus of map winged swift was present with very few markings on the wing. Also the female of the brown rustic got us scrambling for the books as it looked a different moth. I even managed to do the gen dets. on the dodgy stuff such as the minors and daggers.

I will ammend the list soon include pictures when possible

  • Code Taxon Vernacular Quantity
  • 14 Hepialus humuli Ghost Moth 1
  • 17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 20
  • 18 Hepialus fusconebulosa f. gallicus Map-winged Swift 4
  • 18 Hepialus fusconebulosa Map-winged Swift 12
  • 970 Pandemis cerasana Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix 16
  • 1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 15
  • 1032 Aleimma loeflingiana 2
  • 1033 Tortrix viridana Green Oak Tortrix 1
  • 1076 Celypha lacunana 1
  • 1133 Epinotia bilunana 1
  • 1175 Epiblema uddmanniana Bramble Shoot Moth 5
  • 1178 Epiblema roborana 49
  • 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 2
  • 1334 Scoparia ambigualis 1
  • 1339 Eudonia murana 6
  • 1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 1
  • 1377 Perinephela lancealis 10
  • 1392 Udea olivalis 11
  • 1652 Thyatira batis Peach Blossom 11
  • 1654 Tethea ocularis Figure of Eighty 4
  • 1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 1
  • 1727 Xanthorhoe montanata Silver-ground Carpet 6
  • 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 2
  • 1759 Ecliptopera silaceata Small Phoenix 2
  • 1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 22
  • 1768 Thera obeliscata Grey Pine Carpet 1
  • 1769 Thera britannica Spruce Carpet 1
  • 1773 Electrophaes corylata Broken-barred Carpet 1
  • 1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 3
  • 1802 Perizoma affinitata Rivulet 19
  • 1803 Perizoma alchemillata Small Rivulet 12
  • 1808 Perizoma flavofasciata Sandy Carpet 1
  • 1817 Eupithecia pulchellata Foxglove Pug 6
  • 1819 Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug 9
  • 1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 12
  • 1837 Eupithecia subfuscata Grey Pug 1
  • 1852 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug 6
  • 1856 Eupithecia lariciata Larch Pug 4
  • 1859 Pasiphila chloerata Sloe Pug 1
  • 1860 Pasiphila rectangulata Green Pug 1
  • 1876 Hydrelia flammeolaria Small Yellow Wave 1
  • 1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
  • 1890 Macaria alternata Sharp-angled Peacock 2
  • 1893 Macaria liturata Tawny-barred Angle 4
  • 1902 Petrophora chlorosata Brown Silver-line 89
  • 1904 Plagodis dolabraria Scorched Wing 3
  • 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 31
  • 1920 Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel 2
  • 1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 14
  • 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 4
  • 1941 Alcis repandata Mottled Beauty 26
  • 1955 Cabera pusaria Common White Wave 1
  • 1957 Lomographa bimaculata White-pinion Spotted 10
  • 1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 45
  • 1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 7
  • 1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 9
  • 1992 Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawk-moth 10
  • 1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 2
  • 1999 Stauropus fagi Lobster Moth 12
  • 2000 Notodonta dromedarius Iron Prominent 5
  • 2003 Notodonta ziczac Pebble Prominent 1
  • 2008 Ptilodon capucina Coxcomb Prominent 1
  • 2014 Drymonia dodonaea Marbled Brown 7
  • 2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 12
  • 2043 Eilema sororcula Orange Footman 1
  • 2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 14
  • 2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 19
  • 2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 32
  • 2098 Axylia putris Flame 8
  • 2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 14
  • 2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 27
  • 2120 Diarsia mendica Ingrailed Clay 20
  • 2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
  • 2128 Xestia triangulum Double Square-spot 2
  • 2138 Anaplectoides prasina Green Arches 2
  • 2147 Hada plebeja Shears 2
  • 2150 Polia nebulosa Grey Arches 6
  • 2158 Lacanobia thalassina Pale-shouldered Brocade 7
  • 2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
  • 2163 Melanchra pisi Broom Moth 2
  • 2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
  • 2205 Mythimna comma Shoulder-striped Wainscot 8
  • 2216 Cucullia umbratica Shark 1
  • 2281 Acronicta alni Alder Moth 8
  • 2284 Acronicta psi Grey Dagger 1
  • 2291 Craniophora ligustri Coronet 4
  • 2302 Rusina ferruginea Brown Rustic 15
  • 2305 Euplexia lucipara Small Angle Shades 30
  • 2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 1
  • 2338 Oligia versicolor Rufous Minor 1
  • 2340 Oligia fasciuncula Middle-barred Minor 3
  • 2380 Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines 4
  • 2410 Protodeltote pygarga Marbled White Spot 6
  • 2421 Bena bicolorana Scarce Silver-lines 1
  • 2422 Pseudoips prasinana Green Silver-lines 3
  • 2425 Colocasia coryli Nut-tree Tussock 1
  • 2442 Autographa pulchrina Beautiful Golden Y 2
  • 2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 11
  • 2492 Herminia grisealis Small Fan-foot 8

My thanks to all for a fantastic night's mothing

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Thu 14th June 2007 11:53 by Amanda & Lee Barton
Several weeks ago, a Puss moth in our care laid eggs. Feeling duty bound we decided to rear them ourselves.  I had no idea what I was letting myself in for.  They have an incredible rate of consumption, right through the night and a high natural survival rate (minus predators).  I ended up collecting armfuls of sallow night and morning - what the neighbours thought of me hanging over the fence and hooking branches with a fishing net handle I will never know.  With great relief they have finally started to spin and we have had an amazing opportunity to watch them go about it.  They go a browny purple just before they start and we have been able to seperate some into pots with twigs for a closer look.  The twigs with lychen were most popular and were stuck into the silk like army camaflage. One or two chewed holes in the pop up net they were in and dotted their silk with bits of green material.  Hope the pictures we have taken along the way are of interest - no there isnt one of me hanging over the fence with a fishing net handle.

puss moth larvae with red head
Puss Moth larva developing red head

chrysalis almost finished
Chrysalis almost finished

lychen for camaflage
Lychen for camouflage

See more pictures at Amanda and Lee's in Contributor Photo Albums.

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Wed 13th June 2007 16:42 by David Evans
You just cannot keep the good Men down. Here he is again Dave Ayling this time with Roger Sedgebeer at Codsend Moor SS8641 on the 9th June chasing and finding Wood Tigers which have now appear in the Mendips at Wesbury thanks to John Burrell. No there is no need to harp on about the fact that the County Recorder has yet to see one in the flesh thank you. When the boys saw this:

1737 Small Argent and Sable 2
Small Argent and Sable

Yet another square for this very rare moth only previosly confirmed on one ohter exmoor site since records began. Well done.

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Wed 13th June 2007 16:04 by David Evans
My apologies to Dave Ayling for taking so long to sort this out but this is a very good record from the brilliant night we had at Parsonage Farm Exmoor. I will edit the list accordingly. Only 5 records for VC5 and only three since 2000. Well Done Dave.

1950 Brindled White Spot 1
Brindled White Spot

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Wed 13th June 2007 15:48 by David Evans
I am only too well aware of the attractions in Bournemouth but this one came as a complete surprise. According to Phil Sterling it is only the tenth record for Dorset. There are some Ancient oaks within 50m-200m of the urban garden and the new forest is only a mile away as the crow flies.

2277 Scarce Merveille du Jour 1
Scarce Merveille du Jour

Caught on the 9th June, 2007

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Wed 13th June 2007 15:43 by David Evans
I am talking to the Low Ham Ladies Group tonight so went trapping at Gares Barton with the kind permission of Angela Wilden last night to show the group some real moths. The night went a bit cold but the rain held off as the wind died. The site has wonderful flower rich meadows and large gardens. 47 species out of the 169 moths counted except a number of Minors but not the splendid rufous minors which I sorted out today.

  • Code Taxon Vernacular Quantity
  • 17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 73
  • 464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth 1
  • 970 Pandemis cerasana Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix 1
  • 1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 1
  • 1076 Celypha lacunana 1
  • 1082 Hedya pruniana Plum Tortrix 1
  • 1178 Epiblema roborana 5
  • 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 1
  • 1338 Dipleurina lacustrata 7
  • 1376 Eurrhypara hortulata Small Magpie 4
  • 1395 Udea ferrugalis Rusty-dot Pearl 1
  • 1654 Tethea ocularis octogesimea Figure of Eighty 1
  • 1758 Eulithis pyraliata Barred Straw 5
  • 1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 2
  • 1766 Plemyria rubiginata rubiginata Blue-bordered Carpet 1
  • 1819 Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug 2
  • 1860 Pasiphila rectangulata Green Pug 4
  • 1883 Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle 1
  • 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 1
  • 1941 Alcis repandata Mottled Beauty 1
  • 1976 Sphinx ligustri Privet Hawk-moth 3
  • 1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 1
  • 2058 Arctia villica britannica Cream-spot Tiger 1
  • 2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 1
  • 2061 Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine 2
  • 2088 Agrotis clavis Heart and Club 6
  • 2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 55
  • 2098 Axylia putris Flame 3
  • 2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 2
  • 2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 14
  • 2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 12
  • 2128 Xestia triangulum Double Square-spot 1
  • 2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 5
  • 2198 Mythimna impura Smoky Wainscot 14
  • 2204 Mythimna obsoleta Obscure Wainscot 2
  • 2205 Mythimna comma Shoulder-striped Wainscot 1
  • 2302 Rusina ferruginea Brown Rustic 2
  • 2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 4
  • 2382 Hoplodrina blanda Rustic 1
  • 2384 Hoplodrina ambigua Vine's Rustic 1
  • 2387 Caradrina morpheus Mottled Rustic 6
  • 2389 Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow 4
  • 2434 Diachrysia chrysitis Burnished Brass 3
  • 2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 1
  • 2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 9
  • 2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 2

My thanks to Angela and her husband who were well impressed with the privet hawks and the showy moths I saved for them

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Mon 11th June 2007 11:46 by John Bebbington
A Cream-bordered Green pea in the trap this morning - the first one I have taken in 37 years of serious trapping.

2418 Cream-bordered Green Pea Earias clorana

Also Thistle Ermines everywhere round here.

1458 Thistle Ermine Myelois circumvoluta

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Sat 9th June 2007 20:37 by Bill Urwin
A recent trip to Northern France, ostensibly to take my parents to visit WW1 cemetries in search of long dead relatives, was also turned into a moth foray. The place we stayed was in the middle of nowhere but it had electricity. I trapped on four nights and the first one luckily proved warm and cloudy. The catch was much as we might expect here. Dominated by White Ermine and several late May usual suspects such as Brimstone and Swallow Prominent. There were, however, some oddities that we are unlikely to see in England unless perhaps we are prepared to dash over to Dungeness at the drop of a hat. The nicest for me was Three-humped Prominent and my other new species was Dusky Marbled Brown. Hardly surprising given the several Poplars in the garden of the place where we stayed.

2016 Dusky Marbled Brown

The area as a whole was good for nature lovers with several good bird sightings including Montague's Harrier, Honey Buzzard, White Stork and Great Reed Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Black kite and Purple Heron. Other insect highlights included superb views of the elusive Field Cricket at the Parc Ornithologique de Marquenterre in the bay of the Somme estuary.

Field Cricket

All in all, an interesting week with all the sombre shadows of the Somme battlefields still hanging over what was otherwise a pleasantly rolling landscape with few hedges, long straight roads and no traffic. Reminders of the horrors that had happened there were still evident almost 100 years after the event. At one roadside pull-in, where we stopped for a quartering harrier, my wife looked down and there in the dirt was a uniform button (still under investigation but probably French) and further along that same road a complete rusting shell lying half buried in roadside soil (they wouldn't let me bring that back). The memorials and cemeteries were around every corner and really gave you a lasting impression of both the scale of the horror and for me, the sheer blind luck that by some fluke my Grandfather made it through when so many thousands around him didn't. The first day of July will somehow never be the same.

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Sat 9th June 2007 10:22 by John Bebbington
Not a moth - but a Painted Lady nectaring briefly in my garden in Langport yesterday (8th) evening.
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Sat 9th June 2007 08:29 by Mark Yeates
This great image of mating Buff-tips was just sent in by Julie Smith.  Note the eggs already laid!

Mating Buff-tips

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Mon 4th June 2007 12:33 by Kelly Thomas
I have received a report of 3-5 Argent & Sable at Shapwick Heath on Friday (1st June). I recorded 7 at the site on Saturday (2nd June). Also saw a Epinotia bilunana and Brown Silver-lines.  On the was back to Dorset saw a Small Eggar larval web in the roadside hedge.

Any further records of Argent & Sable or other UK Biodiversity Action Plan species would be welcomed (contact me if you would like details), thanks Kelly Thomas, Butterfly Conservation (kthomas@butterfly-conservation.org).

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