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current posts

Tue 23rd November 2010 12:29 by John Bebbington
AGM reminder
Don't forget the AGM on Friday evening (26th) at Ruishton Village Hall, starting at 7.30pm. Please bring a contribution towards refreshments and if you have any images you'd like to share, bring them on a flash drive or CD. We'll be showing some images after the interval.
Mon 22nd November 2010 15:22 by John Bebbington
Successful emergence of Death's Head Hawkmoth
Of the four A. atropos larvae from Somerset which were in my possession 3 produced deformed pupae which died but one pupated successfully (despite having to change foodplant from Woody Nightshade to Potato to Tomato and back to Potato!). It emerged last night and I hope to encourage it to feed so that it can be shown at the AGM on Friday night. What a superb moth!

Death's Head Hawkmoth adult Acherontia atropos

Death's Head Hawkmoth adult Acherontia atropos

Death's Head Hawkmoth adult Acherontia atropos - detail

Death's Head Hawkmoth adult Acherontia atropos - detail of head & thorax.
Tue 16th November 2010 21:33 by John Bebbington
New British Moths App for iPhone and iPad
For those who have an iPhone and/or an iPad!! Dudley Cheesman has alerted me to this exciting development.

The new Moths and Butterflies of Britain and Ireland app for the iPhone platform is now available!  The app, developed by Birdguides Ltd in conjunction with A&C Black and UKMoths is based on Chris Manley’s “British Moths and Butterflies – a photographic guide“, and features additional content from the UKMoths website and distribution maps from Butterfly Conservation’s National Moth Recording Scheme.

Covering a total of 2,147 species of lepidoptera found in Britain and Ireland, the app features stunning photos of most of the British micro and macro-lepidoptera (including butterflies), along with a selection of larvae, pupae, eggs, leafmines and other feeding signs.

If you're interested, go to the UK moths website home page and click on the link under 'contents'. The app costs £14.99 as a download from the iTunes website.

Sat 13th November 2010 19:23 by John Connolly
Manor Road, Taunton

Raining until about 9pm last night but dry for the rest of the night. Minimum temperature 6°C. Just three moths in the trap this morning - a Spruce Carpet, a Chestnut and a Silver Y.

Sat 13th November 2010 18:37 by Ian Mathieson
A moment of great excitement this morning when I glimpsed a large brown creature flying behind egg boxes in my trap. For a moment I thought of Deaths Head or at least Convolvulous Hawk Moth before my dreams were crushed by an indignant Wren flying away when I took the lid off. Judging by the wings at the bottom of the trap it had an Angle Shades and two Yellow Lined Quakers before I got there. Firsts for the winter but not the year, were December Moth and Mottled Umber.
Fri 12th November 2010 11:38 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe

After the first nil return for the season on Tuesday we have not trapped in the wind and rain but last night our first Mottled Umber for the year appeared on a lighted window.

Tue 9th November 2010 11:31 by Ian Mathieson
Last night I had the lowest catch since March with only 5 individuals from 5 species. As I checked the trap with numbed fingers in a vicious North Easterly wind I could understand any surviving moths reluctance to move from where it was hiding.
Sun 7th November 2010 20:46 by John Bebbington
Poor trapping continues!
The catches in my trap have definitely been very poor this year. One highlight has been a Merveille du Jour which although relatively common is still an exquisite moth. I thought that I'd try a different viewpoint and do some focus stacking since the moth was very quiet.
Merveille du Jour Langport Nov 2010
Merveille du Jour Dichonia aprilina. 20 images blended in Helicon Focus software.
Sun 7th November 2010 20:06 by Ian Mathieson
At last the run of unseasonably warm nights delivered my first genuine migrant for over a year when I had a Vestal in the trap yesterday morning.
Sun 7th November 2010 01:13 by John Connolly
Manor Road, Taunton - 5th November. Min. temp. 9°C

Wet night and very few moths but the star was a very late Clepsis consimilana (female). Many thanks to James McGill for confirming the identity and for sexing the moth.

Sat 6th November 2010 10:37 by Peter Tennant
whitefield. Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 10 degrees

A very wet night with several moths drowned in the trap. However we had 56 moths of 18 species including three December Moths and one migrant - a Rusty Dot Pearl.

Thu 4th November 2010 17:44 by John Bebbington
Death's Head Hawkmoth pupae for sale
Dudley Cheesman has asked me to flag this one up: but please contact John Cummings direct if you are interested.

From: John Cummings
Email address:

Dear Mr. Cheesman, I wondered if any local members might be interested in buying some A. atropos pupae?. I have excess from a breeding program with Mr Robert Goodden of Worldwide Butterflies.  Regards John Cummings.

Wed 3rd November 2010 20:46 by Peter Austin
Crewkerne, 3rd November
Not many moths about but just rescued my first December Moth of the year from a spider's web.

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