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current posts

Wed 29th February 2012 12:44 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 10 degrees

With the rise in temperature an excellent nights trapping including firsts for the year , Shoulder Stripe, Early Grey (2) Small Quaker, March Moth, Double Striped Pug and like Paul I also had Acleris literana.

Wed 29th February 2012 08:28 by John Bebbington
I have added a new page - there is a list of moth nights organised by Mike Ridge in MOTH NIGHTS 2012
Wed 29th February 2012 08:19 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 28/2/12
Only 5 moths last night 3 Hebrew Characters, 1 Chestnut (first this year) & 1 very beautifully-marked Acleris literana - my first ever record.
Tue 28th February 2012 15:09 by Ian Mathieson
After 15 years without any sighting of a Spring Usher I have now caught my second in two weeks. I was unaware how variable they are and it is easy to see that the one I caught last night is a new one rather than the original returning to the light. Early Thorn was my only first for the year last night.
Mon 27th February 2012 12:25 by John Bebbington

Atlas front cover Atlas page 5

We launched the new Atlas on Saturday and it is already selling well. Copies cost £15 to paid-up SMG members and £18 to non-members. They are available by post (P&P £4 per copy) from:

John Bebbington, Quantock View, Newtown, Langport, Somerset TA10 9SE. Please make cheques payable to Somerset Moth Group.
Mon 27th February 2012 10:37 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield Wiveliscombe - Min temp 7 degrees

Only four moths - Early Moth, Hebrew Character , Satellite and a first for the year Clouded Drab.

Sun 26th February 2012 10:25 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield. Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 2 degrees

Despite the lower temperature we had two firsts for the year - a Pale Brindled Beauty and a Dotted Border. The last DB we had was a remarkable out of season record on December 2nd.

Sun 26th February 2012 07:40 by John Bebbington
Langport, VC6, 24-25 February 2012
Garden Moth Survey on Friday evening, otherwise I wouldn't have put the trap out - but a great improvement. 1 Early Moth, 1 Spring Usher, 2 Common Quaker, 1 Grey Shoulder-knot. Doug Miller also brought a male Pale Brindled Beauty over from Westonzoyland.

Pale Brindled Beauty male
1926 Phigalia pilosaria Pale Brindled Beauty

[snap:Spring Usher male]]
1932 Agriopis leucophaearia Spring Usher

Early Moth male Langport
1960 Theria primaria Early Moth male

Grey Shoulder-knot Langport
2237 Lithophane ornitopus Grey Shoulder-knot
Sat 25th February 2012 12:12 by Nigel Cottle
Bishops Hull 24/25 Feb.
Despite calm, warm & overcast conditions last night an empty trap this morning.
Sat 25th February 2012 11:14 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 7 degrees

A first for the year ! An Early Thorn.

Sat 25th February 2012 09:50 by John Connolly
Manor Road, Taunton
Not quite as warm last night as Thursday at 8°C. Just 3 moths -

670 Depressaria daucella - 1 & 2187 Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi - 2

John Connolly

Sat 25th February 2012 09:37 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 24/2/12
6 moths in the traps, 5 species.  1 Pale Brindled Beauty (first since 2009 ), 2 Hebrew Characters, 1 Early Moth, 1 A.heracliana, & 1 Grey Shoulder Knot (second record since 2007, and 5th ever here). Quite an interesting haul.
Fri 24th February 2012 14:09 by Ian Mathieson
Best night of the year so far. 15 moths of 10 species. New for the year were Dotted Border and Oak Beauty.
Fri 24th February 2012 13:24 by Sue Davies
much better trapping last night, 5 Hebrew Characters, 2 Common Quakers, 1 Chestnut and first March Moth
Fri 24th February 2012 10:21 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 9 degrees

First for the year Oak Beauty (2).

Thu 23rd February 2012 11:37 by Doug Miller
The first night the trap was set gave one Common Quaker, Hebrew Character and a possible Acleris Rufana.
Thu 23rd February 2012 10:55 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 22/2/12
Still not very many moths in the trap, in spite of the mild damp night - 4 Hebrew Characters, 1 Common Quaker, and 2 Spring Ushers - the first here since Feb.2007.  Also lots of flies !!

Looking back, I was checking to see if this year was exceptionally poor, as I felt that there have been very few moths about so far, but I see that every new year since 2006 after I first came to Lydford, I have had only about a dozen records in January & February combined, except for 2007 when I had over 40, including some very odd ones, e.g. out-of-season Peppered Moth & Bright-line Brown-eye.

After the hot Summer of 2006, I remember thinking then that perhaps we were going to have a bumper year in 2007, but in the event it was a dire year for many species after all. It just goes to show that a good start isn't always maintained, so perhaps a quiet period is not so bad. We will see.

Thu 23rd February 2012 09:18 by John Bebbington
Langport, VC6, 22 February 2012
Just a single Grey Shoulder-knot on the fence by the trap this morning but the frogs in the pond were in full chorus and a Blackcap was singing. Things are looking up!
Wed 22nd February 2012 12:26 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 6 degrees

In the trap our first Common Quaker for the year and at the window our first Hebrew Characters along with a Chestnut and a Dark Chestnut

Tue 21st February 2012 22:04 by Sue Davies
First 2 Common Quakers at kitchen window tonight
Tue 21st February 2012 12:00 by John Bebbington
Atlas front cover
The new macro moth distribution atlas for Somerset (VCs 5&6) will be available from Saturday 25th February.
I will be launching it at the Butterfly Conservation get-together at Ruishton Village Hall on Saturday 25th. The event starts at 2pm and the atlas will be on sale during the tea break.

250pp, A4 wire bound, with date-banded distribution maps for 650 species.

Atlas page 5

Cost to SMG members £15, to non-members £18. P&P £4.00

Details of postal ordering will be available early next week.

The SMG Committee is grateful to SERC for financial support for this project.
Tue 21st February 2012 11:09 by Paul Newman
East Lydford, 20/2/12
At last - a few moths in the traps.  2 Early Moths and 4 Hebrew Characters. Also 1 Early Moth & 1 A.heracliana on the kitchen window the night before. Things are looking up !! With mild weather forecast for the next few days, and a new moon, who knows ?
Tue 21st February 2012 10:34 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 6 degrees

In the trap our second Early Moth for the year and at an actinic light in a window our first Spring Usher.

Tue 21st February 2012 09:57 by Sue Davies
Thurs 16th Feb
Trap produced 1 Hebrew Character but 1st Spring Usher and 2 Argonopterix heracliana at kitchen window
Sat 18th February 2012 16:11 by John Bebbington
Langport, VC6, 16 & 17 February 2012
Two nights' trapping in reasonably good conditions produced nothing.
Sat 18th February 2012 09:58 by John Connolly
Manor Road, Taunton 17/2/12
The first trap of the year produced just one Chestnut.
Fri 17th February 2012 11:48 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 16/2/12
A mere 3 singletons last night, but this is the first time of trapping for 3 weeks and I'd hoped for more as the weather is kinder - 1 each Agonopterix heracliana, Hebrew Character & Dotted Border. Nothing unusual.
Fri 17th February 2012 09:53 by Ian Mathieson
The first decent conditions of the Spring produced 11 moths of 9 species.  Highlight for me was my first ever Spring Usher. Despite the cold spell the season seems very early as I also had my earliest ever Clouded Drab and Double-striped Pug.
Mon 13th February 2012 18:44 by Bob Fleetwood
The drought is over, with luck.  After nothing for weeks, a deluge of three moths last night - Common Quaker, Dark Chestnut and Pale Brindled Beauty
Mon 13th February 2012 08:54 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe

Excitement ! After three weeks without a single moth we had one Winter Moth at a lighted window.

Thu 2nd February 2012 11:36 by Paul Newman
Hear Hear - well done Keith !!
Wed 1st February 2012 15:09 by John Bebbington
An honour for our President
Keith Brown, our President, has been awarded Honorary Life Membership of the British Entomological and Natural History Society. I'm sure that you will join me in offering warmest congratulations to Keith.

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