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current posts

Fri 30th September 2011 21:01 by John Bebbington
Moths from Berrow
Robin Clatworthy and Mike Ridge trapped at Berrow earlier in the week - nothing outstanding but here are a couple of Archer's Darts Agrotis vestigialis (male and female), two colour forms of Sallow Xanthia icteritia and a specimen of Pink-barred Sallow Xanthia togata for comparison with the darker form of Sallow. The Sallow has a yellow frons and the Pink-barred Sallow a pink/purple frons.

Archer's Dart male from Berrow
Archer's Dart Agrotis vestigialis male

Archer's Dart from Berrow
Archer's Dart Agrotis vestigialis female

Sallow pale form from Berrow
Sallow Xanthia icteritia, pale form

Sallow dark form from Berrow
Sallow Xanthia icteritia, dark form

Pink-barred Sallow frm Berrow
Pink-barred Sallow Xanthia togata
Fri 30th September 2011 20:53 by John Bebbington
Catching up again!
I've been away for 10 days in an internet-free zone and it was exciting to return and see the news of Malcolm's Clifden Nonpareil, taken in Curry Rivel. By the time I was able to photograph it it was rather worn. Malcolm's image of the freshly-caught specimen clearly shows the forewing markings and you can just see the blue underwing stripe on my image.
Clifden Nonpareil 2011
Clifden Nonpareil Catocala fraxini © Malcom Cotterill 2011
Clifden Nonpareil 2011aClifden Nonpareil Catocala fraxini © John Bebbington FRPS 2011

Looking at the Dorset Moth Group website, there has been an influx of this species in the last few days - plus an Oleander Hawk at West Bexington!
Thu 29th September 2011 18:18 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 13 degrees

We had one Cypress Pug - a species we don't often catch here.

Thu 29th September 2011 00:26 by John Connolly
Longaller Mill. Taunton
Trapped at a friend's house at Longaller last night and had a smaller catch than anticipated (49 moths of 14 species) but three new moths for me were Large Ranunculus, Beaded Chestnut and Bulrush Wainscot.
Wed 28th September 2011 20:08 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 27/9/11
A reasonable night with 133 moths, 25 species.  Lunar Underwings are definitely on the up - 56 this time. 

New for the year were Large Ranunculus (my first record since 2007), Mallow, Barred Sallow & Blair's Shoulder-knot.

Wed 28th September 2011 13:02 by David Agassiz
recent migrants
The warm nights with southerly winds seem to have produced some interest at last. On Friday night my trap in Weston produced a Palpita vitrealis which we used to know as unionalis. The next night Paul Bowyer had a Convolvulus Hawkmoth, among other things, at Brean Down. Sunday 25th my trap yielded a fresh M. vittelina (Delicate). On Saturday afternoon Paul and I found larvae of Bedellia somnulentella commonly on Worlebury.
Wed 28th September 2011 09:52 by Doug Miller
After a very poor summer moths are starting to come in in better numbers, last night first for year Four-spotted Footman, Green -brindled Crescent and Red-line Quaker, unusual for my site three Large Wainscot the usual being one at a time, the highest species count being Lunar Underwing with 112.
Tue 27th September 2011 12:37 by Peter Tennant

If you have the original Robinson trap with the MV lamp which runs hot you can protect it from the rain with a Pyrex bowl. Unfortunately Pyrex changed the size of their bowls to metric which do not fit the standard trap but the earlier seven inch bowls can still be found in charity shops. Hope this helps.

Sun 25th September 2011 18:31 by William Langdon
A decent night for this time of the year, despite having to go out in the wee hours to turn off the trap and save the bulb from the rain. new for the year were Canary Shouldered Thorn, Dusky Thorn, Frosted Orange, Sallow, Lunar Underwing, Beaded Chestnut and Emmelina Monodactyla.

1913 Canary Shouldered Thorn

Sun 25th September 2011 18:01 by Chris Iles
Cockles Fields 23/9/11
A bit disappointing...

Large Yellow Underwing (4)
Setaceous Hebrew Character (3)
Pink-barred Sallow (2)
Lunar Underwing (2)
Copper Underwing agg. (2)
Snout (1)
Burnished Brass f.juncta (1)
Common Carpet (1)
Common Marbled Carpet (1)
Flounced Rustic (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart (1)

Sun 25th September 2011 14:05 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 11 degrees

A great rush of autumn specials - Beaded Chestnut, Autumnal Rustic, Blairs Shoulder Knot and Green Brindled Crescent also a site record eleven Rusty Dot Pearl. Interesting that this was the same number as reported from Portland Bill. I was delighted to see the photo of the Clifden Nonpareil. Congratulations to all concerned !

Sat 24th September 2011 19:52 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 23/9/11
A quiet night with only 80 moths of 15 species. Firsts for the year were Lunar Underwing(40), Black Rustic, Sallow and Beaded Chestnut. This is the highest nightly count here of Lunar Underwings since 2006 (when I had over 270 on a couple of nights, and over 100 on 5 others). I believe the wet Summer of 2007 caused a dramatic crash in numbers, and it looks as if they are at last beginning to recover. Surprising that it's taken 5 years to get this far - hopefully this is only the start.

I had a look at Malcolm's Clifden Nonpareil yesterday - my first ever - wow !

Sat 24th September 2011 16:02 by Paul Bowyer
Re Clifden Nonpareil
Ian I've uploaded a picture of the Clifden Nonpareil as a temporary measure until someone uploads some good shots of the moth. Weston has been quiet until last night when 3 year ticks were found in the trap: Sallow, Large Wainscot and L-album Wainscot. David struck gold with a rare migrant which I believe he will be posting about later.

Clifden Nonpareil

Thu 22nd September 2011 10:56 by Ian Mathieson
Is there any chance of a photo on the website of the Clifden Nonpareil. This makes my sightings seem very insignificant in comparison. I fact the last two months have been very poor here. Numbers and species have both been low and an Autumnal Rustic yesterday ( appropriately on the first day of Autumn) was my best moth for two months. Slight signs of a recovery with more reasonable numbers of Lunar Underwings than in recent years. 6 second generation Light Emeralds on the same night was as many first generation as I got in total in the whole of the summer.
Thu 22nd September 2011 09:27 by Bill Urwin
Clifden Nonpareil
Malcolm had one of these splendid beasts in his trap at Curry Rivel this morning. He is happy to accept visitors who would like to see it. To arrange a viewing ring 01458 252448.
Sun 18th September 2011 16:14 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 12 degrees

New for year Black Rustic and Lunar Underwing.

Wed 14th September 2011 13:28 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 14/9/11
A Merveille du Jour in the House - my first record since 2008, and 2 weeks earlier than previous records. What a beautiful moth.
Tue 13th September 2011 12:05 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 10 degrees and very windy!

Despite the wind we had 18 species including FFY - Large Ranunculus, Sallow, Pink-barred Sallow and Pinion-streaked Snout. Last night was the first for some time without a Feathered Gothic our yearly total for which has reached 158.

Mon 12th September 2011 20:19 by William Langdon
Unfortunately I haven't been able to put out the trap recently - I'm conscious that autumn and its species are ticking by, and so have focused on the Sallow Kitten Larvae I Have Been rearing all are nearing their final instars and are taking on an attractive green colour. Two shed their skins nearly at the same time so I was able to see them both eating the remains. One seems to be further ahead than the others and is now feeding voraciously.

1997 Sallow Kitten Late Instar Larva

1997 Sallow Kitten Late Instar Larva 2

One of the less well developed ones with its shed skin.

Sun 11th September 2011 20:35 by John Bebbington
Draycott Sleights, 2 September
Mike Ridge, Robin Clatworthy and Peter Austin trapped at draycott Sleights reserve on 2nd September. 623 individuals of 50 species.

15 Orange Swift Hepialus sylvina 2
658 Carcina quercana 1
972 Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis heparana 2
1304 Agriphila straminella 2
1305 Agriphila tristella 6
1340 Eudonia truncicolella 3
1362 Pyrausta purpuralis 3
1365 Pyrausta despicata 1
1395 Rusty-dot Pearl Udea ferrugalis 1
1405 Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis 3
1439 Trachycera advenella 2
1651 Chinese Character Cilix glaucata 2
1702 Small Fan-footed Wave Idaea biselata 6
1724 Red Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe spadicearia 1
1732 Shaded Broad-bar Scotopteryx chenopodiata 3
1742 Yellow Shell Camptogramma bilineata isolata 2
1759 Small Phoenix Ecliptopera silaceata 4
1764 Common Marbled Carpet Chloroclysta truncata 5
1776 Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria 16
1784 Pretty Chalk Carpet Melanthia procellata 3
1825 Lime-speck Pug Eupithecia centaureata 1
1862 Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata 8
1883 Yellow-barred Brindle Acasis viretata 2
1906 Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata 61
1937 Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria 8
1961 Light Emerald Campaea margaritata 1
1964 Annulet Charissa obscurata 2
2044 Dingy Footman Eilema griseola 1
2102 Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta 5
2107 Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 95
2110 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata 2
2111 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe 8
2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 34
2134 Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa 101
2177 Hedge Rustic Tholera cespitis 20
2178 Feathered Gothic Tholera decimalis 167
2199 Common Wainscot Mythimna pallens 1
2254 Grey Chi Antitype chi 2
2269 Centre-barred Sallow Atethmia centrago 2
2297 Copper Underwing Amphipyra pyramidea 5
2306 Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa 3
2321 Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha 2
2342 Rosy Minor Mesoligia literosa 1
2343 Common Rustic Mesapamea secalis 11
2353 Flounced Rustic Luperina testacea 7
2361 Rosy Rustic Hydraecia micacea 1
2384 Vine's Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua 1
2441 Silver Y Autographa gamma 1
2474 Straw Dot Rivula sericealis 1
2477 Snout Hypena proboscidalis 1
Sat 10th September 2011 15:35 by John Connolly
A very late Foxglove Pug.
Manor Road, Taunton.

Thursday night I caught what I at first thought was Toadflax Pug but on further examination the size (22mm wingspan) and the angle of the dark centre band at it's junction with the dorsum lead me to believe it's a very late Foxglove Pug which is the first I've caught in my garden.

1817 Foxglove Pug - September 2011
Sat 10th September 2011 13:55 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 8/9/11
After a couple of weeks of no trapping, a mild & humid night had the desired effect - over 300 moths but, oddly, fewer species than on similar nights earlier this year, namely 34. Commonest were 60+ each Setaceous Hebrew Character and Square-spot Rustic, 30+ each Vine's Rustic & Large Yellow Underwing. Also 25 Brimstone Moth. New for the year were Frosted Orange, Rusty-dot Pearl and Turnip Moth. Nothing very exciting at all !!
Sat 3rd September 2011 12:49 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield Corner, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 14 degrees

Autumn has arrived ! We had three Centre-barred Sallows in the trap last night. Large Yellow Underwings have reached 100 per night while Setaceous Hebrew Characters numbers have dropped back to the 30s. Last year saw an explosion in the number of Feathered Gothics from our usual single figure maximum for a year to 105 and it looks as if this year we will top that.

Thu 1st September 2011 07:27 by John Bebbington
A common but beautiful species
Trapping continues to be poorly rewarded but on Tuesday night I had my first specimens this year of Udea ferrugalis (Rusty Dot Pearl), Frosted Orange and a pristine Red Underwing (one of my favourite moths).

Red Underwing - flash colouration

Red Underwing Catocala nupta flash colouration ©John Bebbington 2011

We have four different kinds of Nicotiana in full bloom at the moment, awaiting visits by Convolvulus Hawks, but no sign of them at the moment. The nights are quite cool and the flowers aren't producing much scent.

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