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Sun 30th August 2009 21:10 by John Bebbington
Striped Hawkmoth in Curry Rivel
Malcolm Cotterill trapped this male Striped Hawkmoth at Heale, Curry Rivel on the night of 28th August.

Striped Hawkmoth male
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Sun 23rd August 2009 20:52 by Chris Iles
Sesia and the City - Hornet Moth in Bath?
I have some evidence that Hornet Moth may have been breeding at a couple of sites in Bath.  On the University campus, there are a few clumps of well-established hybrid poplars.  Most display exit holes, in some cases quite a considerable number (as shown below).  I managed to extract the cocoon shown below from one of these holes.

There is no sign of the moth, yet.  I have tried the pheromone lure on a couple of occasions (though on neither attempt was the weather ideal) and have looked for exuviae indicating an emergence this year, without finding any.  A careful look at the holes shows that many have been made in bark which has subsequently split away from the trunk to a slight degree, suggesting that they are a few years old and that the moth may not still be in residence.

I have since found a further single emergence hole and cocoon on the riverside in central Bath, in poplars just downstream from Churchill Bridge. 

Possible Hornet Moth cocoon 1 Possible Hornet Moth cocoon 2 Possible Hornet Moth emergence holes

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Sat 22nd August 2009 12:34 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 12 degrees

Despite the colder night we had a first for our garden trap - a Madder Moth (M.asinalis) a first for ST02.  It may be becoming commoner - Amanda Barton in Minehead posted a photo of the one they had in July.

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Sat 22nd August 2009 09:40 by James McGill
There were two Blair's Shoulder-knot in the garden last night. The previous earliest date since trapping began here in 1996 was 18th September.
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Fri 21st August 2009 18:28 by James McGill
Despite living six miles from the Quantocks - and unlike the woods to the south of Taunton, without the town in the way - few moorland species have occurred here. Judging by the state of this Anomalous it was almost too far.

2394 Anomalous

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Thu 20th August 2009 23:14 by James McGill
Caught 24 Jersey Tiger in the garden last night. The peak for this species in Taunton is usually the end of the first week of August. Numbers had been lower this year so I was pleased to see these now.
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Wed 19th August 2009 20:39 by Chris Iles
Chalk Carpet and a Treble-bar species at Draycott Sleights this evening.
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Wed 19th August 2009 12:11 by Peter Tennant
Harwood Tips, Wiveliscombe - min temp 14 degrees

We had an excellent night trapping in a local wood with 57 species in the trap the highlight being a Four-spotted Footman (L.quadra) - a first for ST03.

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Tue 18th August 2009 22:22 by Chris Iles
Also a Hummingbird Hawk-moth in the garden here in Midsomer Norton, which spent several minutes nectaring on soapwort, taking no notice of the red valerian and only a fleeting interest in the honeysuckle.

Two hawk-moths in two days as a Poplar Hawk was on the outside wall last night.

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Mon 17th August 2009 14:53 by Doug Miller
doug miller westonzoyland
Humming Bird Hawk Moth in garden this morning feeding on Impatiens at 0630hrs, the first for some time.
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Mon 17th August 2009 12:32 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe

On GMS night we had an Oblique Carpet - a new record for our garden and apparently for ST02.  Last night we trapped in a nearby village and it took us an embarassing length of time to count for our hosts several hundred moths of nearly 60 species. The most notable was a lovely fresh Gold Spot.  While typing this I have just seen a fresh Holly Blue !

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Mon 17th August 2009 12:05 by Jack Astley
Closworth 16/8/2009
Barred rivulet
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Sat 15th August 2009 10:40 by Jack Astley
Closworth 14/8/2009
Ypsolopha dentella
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Thu 13th August 2009 20:20 by Doug Miller
doug miller westonzoyland
Please accept my apology for cm please read mm, i should have stuck with the imperial measures.
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Thu 13th August 2009 19:51 by Doug Miller
doug miller westonzoyland
One thing i forgot to mention was in the trap and under hundreds if not into the 1,000 mark small brown beetles, we used to get black ones about 12cm long these are just 5cm i have potted one if anyone would like to identify.
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Thu 13th August 2009 17:50 by Doug Miller
doug miller westonzoyland
Catch up time again, at times over the last few weeks the numbers recorded being so few, i decided it would be better not to run the trap, however conditions changed, the 8th and 9th much better with Silver Y 19 Burnished Brass 22 and Gold Spot 16 with Black Arches and Dark Spinach being new for the year, the 10th had a Jersey Tiger flying during the morning and last night the 12th some silly numbers Straw Dot over 200 Bunished Brass 27 Gold Spot 25 these are normally in low single figures one new for year Least Yellow Underwing.
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Thu 13th August 2009 14:00 by Ian Mathieson
After a run of double figure catches it was good to finally catch large numbers of moths again this week. Like the butterflies which have somehow survived the rain of July and are now flying in huge numbers the moths have also survived. However nothing remakable amongst 800 macros last night and 750 two nights earlier.
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Wed 12th August 2009 22:34 by Bill Urwin
An Old Lady last night as well as Gold Spot, Jersey Tiger, September Thorn and a good haul of the more usual suspects.
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Sat 8th August 2009 21:11 by David Evans
Bournemouth echo
Hi all. I had my jersey tiger on the 2nd august. but it was one of several. Phil Sterling got 3 on the same night. What with a fen wainscot at hengistbury head along with several double kidneys plus a host of micros in late july, it has been interesting round here.

Best wishes David Evans

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Fri 7th August 2009 09:32 by Bill Urwin
I also had a Jersey Tiger last night but the Small Mottled Willow must have gone over me :-)
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Thu 6th August 2009 17:19 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - min temp 11 degrees

We were pleased to get two firsts for the year, the migrant Small Mottled Willow which we get most years and a Jersey Tiger which we have only had twice before - in August 2007. At that time it was thought that they might be the progeny of escapees as someone had been breeding them in Taunton.

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Mon 3rd August 2009 18:30 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 13 degrees

Amongst 50 species in the trap we had a Bulrush Wainscot - only the fourth here since 1998.  The number of Large Yellow Underwings has been climbing steadily and last night reached 134. Soon my 'scribe' will refuse to record them!

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Sun 2nd August 2009 18:39 by Chris Iles
Good numbers of Silver Y during the day on the fringes of Torr Works quarry near Frome.
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Sat 1st August 2009 08:57 by Ian Mathieson
A run of miserably low catches was slightly improved by the last two nights weather when the moth totals were merely ordinary. Nothing of real interest but last night I had 30 Silver Y in the trap, easily the most since the days when the sun shone in summer back in 2006.
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