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Mon 29th September 2008 19:14 by Doug Miller
doug miller westonzoyland
The new for species as follows, Beaded Chestnut 22/9 Pink Barred Sallow 27/9 Merveille du jour and The Sallow 28/9. After several nights when fog played a part in reducing numbers the 27th just five species last night had 20 and in good numbers, Silver Y still turning up while Lunar Underwing was always more numerous than Beaded Chestnut this year is the reverse although the highest count of 9 Lunar Underwings is very poor.
Fri 26th September 2008 07:27 by Ian Mathieson
Following a warmer night I finally caught up with some more typical autumn moths yesterday morning. They included my first Barred Sallow and Frosted Orange of the year and good numbers of Lunar Underwing and Black Rustic. I also had about 10 Common Marbled Carpets, each of which appeared to have different markings and were, without doubt, as attractively marked as I have come across before. I also caught a very small Willow Beauty and 2 Light Emeralds which both made welcome returns to my garden.
Mon 22nd September 2008 15:29 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - min temp 9 degrees

More seasonal moths have emerged including Pink-barred Sallow and Autumnal Rustic - also a Dingy Footman which Mapmate queries as being late although not I think as late as Doug's Lilac Beauty.

Sun 21st September 2008 18:30 by Doug Miller
doug miller westonzoyland
Not very much to report over the last number of days perhaps due to the clear cold nights, to bring records up to date, Lunar Underwing 11/9 Dark Spectacle 14/9 only the second record for my site, Large Ranunculus 15/9 Black Rustic 16/9 Blairs Shoulder Knot last night and Lilac Beauty perhaps to cold to emerge in July.
Thu 18th September 2008 06:58 by Ian Mathieson
A white-point was the only highlight overnight on Monday when I also doubled the number of Lunar Underwings for the year to two.
Mon 15th September 2008 15:45 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe

A few more autumnal moths appeared here over the week-end including Brindled Green, Large Ranunculus, Black Rustic and a Turnip Moth.  Also two common species that we rarely get inside the trap as opposed to near it, on the grass or fence - Yellow Shell and Garden Carpet.

Mon 15th September 2008 09:00 by Ian Mathieson
A Delicate last night lifted an otherwise boring catch of moths which was lacking any of the autumn specialists I would normally expect about this time of year looking at past records. I am still to catch a Frosted Orange,Brindled Green, Black Rustic or Large Ranunculus, all of which I could normally expect before the middle of September. I have still only had one Lunar Underwing this year.
Thu 11th September 2008 13:47 by John Bebbington
Langport 10 Sep 08
2203 White-speck Langport
A single White-speck Mythimna unipuncta among a very average catch last night.
Wed 10th September 2008 10:47 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp last night 13 degrees

In our garden trap last night we had a male Four spotted Footman (L. quadra). Our second for 2008 and only the fourth since our first in 2006. We still hope one day to get the attractive female like the one James featured earlier. Autumn arrivals include Lunar Underwing and Centre-barred Sallow.

Mon 8th September 2008 08:29 by Doug Miller
doug miller westonzoyland
Last night 7th gave the best count of Silver Y for the year a total o 13 is this the start of a late migration, also new for year Centre Barred Sallow, Perhaps the Clouded Yellow was the forerunner.
Sun 7th September 2008 20:37 by Ian Mathieson
Not a moth sighting this time but a butterfly instead. I was suprised to come across a Clouded Yellow yesterday morning close to my house. I know that sightings of this butterfly have been scarce this season and it may be the herald of some interesting moths.
Thu 4th September 2008 09:25 by Doug Miller
doug miller westonzoyland
4Th September, an unusual catch in the trap last night being a Humming-bird Hawk-moth plus 2 Silver y.
Wed 3rd September 2008 18:16 by Ian Mathieson
Many fewer moths with the cooler nights but it did include my first Centre Barred Sallow for a couple of seasons.
Mon 1st September 2008 08:41 by Doug Miller
doug miller westonzoyland
1st September, Last nights cooler conditions ment a big reduction in numbers the only new for year being two Frosted Orange moths.

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