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current posts

Tue 30th October 2012 14:53 by Sue Davies
Butleigh Monday night
A grand total of 1 Com Marbled Carpet and FFY- 1 Feathered Thorn braved the cold- and the Redwings have arrived.
Tue 30th October 2012 09:14 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 29/10/12
Three whole moths - an increase of 3 on last time !! Two Setaceous Hebrew Characters and one November/ Autumnal agg.  That's all folks.  (Well, it was cold, with a full moon).
Sat 27th October 2012 18:01 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas
Interestingly, a Grey Shoulder-knot on a shed in the sun this morning!
Sat 27th October 2012 09:45 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 0 degrees

Only one moth on GMS night !  A.fabriciana - the Nettle Tap moth !

Fri 26th October 2012 11:27 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 25/10/12
What a horrible night !!  Not one moth took refuge in the traps, so presumably they very wisely stayed home with their heads under their wings (metaphorically speaking). I don't blame them.
Thu 25th October 2012 22:04 by Chris Iles
Holcombe, 24 October 2012
I put out the trap on the reasoning that the night would most likely be the warmest until next May.

November Moth agg (1), Light Brown Apple Moth (3), Black Rustic (2), Common Marbled Carpet (2), Silver Y f.nigricans (1, in fresh condition), Blair's Shoulder-knot (1), Spruce Carpet (1).

I don't seem to be getting Setaceous Hebrew Characters in the numbers that other people have reported recently, but am getting an abundance of Common Marbled Carpets instead - possibly as I trap with an actinic rather than an MV light.

A request - I have recently found a dead November Moth agg - is there someone attending the AGM in a couple of weeks I could pass the moth on to for dissection?

Thu 25th October 2012 18:43 by Sue Davies
Butleigh Thursday night
Normal service has been resumed with lower numbers, Set.Heb.Char.-11, Com.Mbld.Carpet -2, Epirrita sps. -2, Black Rustic -3, Beaded Chestnut -3, Red-line Quaker -3,Large Wainscot -2, Lunar UW -2, Blair's Shoulder-knot -1, Barred Sallow -1, Snout -1, Light-brown Apple Moth -2, also another Rush Veneer, FFY Merveille du Jour -1 & Red-green Carpet -1. 1760 Red-green Carpet SD12
Thu 25th October 2012 17:35 by Jane Durham
ps I should have said we think we ID-ed the micros.  The photos weren't as good as looking through a lens
Thu 25th October 2012 17:32 by James McGill
Palpita vitrealis, Gem and 3 Rush Veneer at Thurlbear last night.

Palpita vitrealis

Thu 25th October 2012 17:24 by Jane Durham
24/10/2012 Luckbarrow, Porlock
To take advantage of possibly one of the last warm nights a few of us met at Luckbarrow.  4 moths only!  But it meant we had the time to ID two new micros: Rhigognostis annulatella and Phyllonoryctor messianiella.  Neither hit you in the eye exactly but have enough markings to be seen when magnified.
Thu 25th October 2012 15:44 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 24/10/12
Min. temp. 13.2C. 33 moths of 10 species: Setaceous HC (9), Common Marbled Carpet (5), Angle Shades (1), Snout (2), Silver Y (2), Black Rustic (2), Lesser YU (5), November Moth agg. (1), LBAM (5) and Orthopygia glaucinalis (1).
Thu 25th October 2012 09:24 by John Bebbington
Langport, VC6, 24-25 October 2012
A very poor catch again but a single Rush Veneer Nomophila noctuella included.

Lots of migrants coming into the South Coast - reports on Atropos Flight Arrivals page.
Wed 24th October 2012 19:10 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 23/10/12
Addendum to this morning's note - 2 more moths - a fourth Figure of Eight, and a very late Vine's Rustic.
Wed 24th October 2012 17:40 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas
Last night ran my first trap for over 10 days. 25 moths of 11 species - 1 Blair's Shoulder-knot (my first record for the garden), Frosted Orange (1), Turnip Moth (1), Angle Shades (2), LYU (2), Lesser YU (1), Setaceous Hebrew Character (9), Silver Y (2), LBAM (2), Common Marbled Carpet (1) and November Moth (3).

Garden list now at 316

Wed 24th October 2012 14:35 by Bob Fleetwood
Red Sword-Grass
Apologies to Peter about the lack of my records for 2012.  I have encountered a technical hitch which means I cannot upload from Mapmate directly.  I will need to find an alternative method.
Wed 24th October 2012 13:55 by Nigel Cottle
Netherclay LNR 23/10/12
Another warm, calm and damp night; things were fairly slow so I packed up soon after midnight. 52 moths of 13 species. November Moth agg. (21), Common Marbled Carpet (12), Barred Sallow (5), Setaceous Hebrew Character (3), Lesser Yellow Underwing (2), Feathered Thorn (2) and single Red-green Carpet, Brick, Angle Shades, Snout, Oak Nycteoline, Nettle-tap and Diamond-back Moth. Congratulations on reaching 400 Paul; I note from the MigrantRecordersNetwork Newsgroup that a female P. vitrealis was netted in a suburban garden north of Swindon last night.
Wed 24th October 2012 10:17 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 23/10/12
Back to normal catch levels - only 18 moths of 8 species. However, one turned out to be an immigrant Pyralid, Palpita vitrealis, which is new for this site, and my 400th. species since I moved here in August 2005. Very nice.
Tue 23rd October 2012 15:50 by John Bebbington
Langport, VC 6, 22-23 October 2012
The warm damp weather didn't do me any favours here in Langport - 20 individuals of 8 species. Autumnal (1), Large Yellow Underwing (1), Setaceous Hebrew Character (10), Black Rustic (4), Angle-shades (1), Beaded Chestnut (1), Green-brindled Crescent (1), Silver Y (1).

I'll try again tonight but also go out with the red torch and see what's nectaring on Ivy blossom (apart from woodlice, millipedes, harvestmen and earwigs!).

The Ivy blossom was dripping wet and not even the snails were interested!

Tue 23rd October 2012 15:47 by Ian Mathieson
In the Atropos migrant summary it mentions a Shining Marbled recorded at Chard some time around 18th August. If anybody has any knowledge of this moth, which would be a county first, could they pass it on to our County recorder whose e-mail address is available on this sight. Alternatively post a record on this blog.
Tue 23rd October 2012 15:38 by Ian Mathieson
Much better mothing last night with 164 macros of 19 species. Of these 104 were Setacious Hebrew Characters, 9 Black Rustics and there were 6 each of Silver Y and Angle Shades. It also included my first real migrant for two months which was a Delicate. Year firsts were 2 November Moths (agg). 3 Green Brindled Crescents, Merveille De Jour and a Vapourer.  The latter is a moth I think I see quite often flying during the day but rarely record at light. All in all a good night and the next two nights promise to be warmer still!
Tue 23rd October 2012 14:50 by Sue Davies
Butleigh Monday night
What a change a dark warm damp night makes, 99 moths of 16 species, although 74 were Set.Heb.Ch! FFY Large Wainscot and Rusty Dot Pearl. 1395 Rusty-dot Pearl SD12
Tue 23rd October 2012 14:19 by Paul Newman
East lydford 22/10/12
You're right, Jane - a mild damp night was just what the mothing doctor ordered, but I can't compete with 100+ moths !!  I could only muster 30 in total, but that's far better than for some time.  Setaceous HC are definitely the most populous species at the moment comprising 16 of my total. Of the rest, there were a further 8 species, with no FFY this time. The only ones which stood out were a couple of quite late second brooders - Common Wainscot, which appeared to be in very good nick, and Burnished Brass.
Tue 23rd October 2012 10:43 by Jane Durham
Minehead 22 Oct
What a difference a warm misty night makes.  102 moths 22 species with same moths as others are finding including FFY Merveille du jour, Green brindled crescent, Acleris sparsana and A. laterana.  Over 20 setaceous HC, Silver Y and Angle shades.  I'd forgotten it can take longer to go through in the morning!
Mon 22nd October 2012 10:31 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 21/10/12
On the previous two occasions I put the trap out I was rewarded with one and three moths respectively, so 10 moths of 8 species last night was an improvement. Chestnut & Barred Sallow were FFY and two Blair's Shoulder-knot FFG.
Sun 21st October 2012 10:46 by Peter Tennant
Red Sword-Grass

Thanks Bob. I have seen a number of your records from 2011 but as yet none for 2012.

Sun 21st October 2012 10:34 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 20/10/12
Nice to have a dry night, and the results, whilst not spectacular, were quite good. 16 moths, including 6 Setaceous Hebrew Characters and 10 singletons. FFY were Red-line Quaker, Satellite and Merveille du Jour, plus a Tawny Pinion which is only the third record for this site, and the first in the Autumn.
Sat 20th October 2012 22:31 by Bob Fleetwood
Red Sword-grass
A follow-up to Peter's message: we trapped a Red Sword-grass at Weston Moor in the Gordano Valley on 25 March this Spring.  Our only record so far this year.
Sat 20th October 2012 21:36 by Chris Iles
Scarlet Tiger larvae found today, demolishing what appeared to be comfrey plants in a pub garden in Glastonbury.
Sat 20th October 2012 14:10 by John Bebbington
Langport, VC 6, 19-20 October 2012
I was Garden moth Survey night so out went the trap. Min temp 4˚C. Nothing special:
Common Marbled Carpet (3), Mallow (1), Autmnal Moth (3), Setaceous Hebrew Character (6), Blair's Shoulder-knot (3), Beaded Chestnut (2), Green-brindled Crescent (1) and . No migrants, except a Red Admiral, despite a decent southerly airflow.
Sat 20th October 2012 13:19 by Sue Davies
Butleigh Thursday & Friday nights
Thursday- Rosy Rustic and FFG Dark Chestnut. Friday- Canary-shouldered Thorn, very faded Rush Veneer, and Double-striped pug on kitchen window. 2259 Dark Chestnut SD12
Sat 20th October 2012 12:33 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 4 degrees

19 moths of 14 species including FFY Feathered Thorn and a Red Sword-grass, only the second for SMG this year the first being one taken at Milverton by Paul Jennings in the spring.

Sat 20th October 2012 11:29 by Ian Mathieson
Norton Sub Hamdon

Slightly better conditions in the last two nights than for the past week returned several new firsts for the year. These were Sallow, Red-line Quaker, Large Wainscot and Red-green Carpet.
Ialso had a 3rd generation Double-striped Pug which was a little suprising considering the year that we have had.

Sat 20th October 2012 09:46 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 19/10/12
Same old story - started off mild & dry, and went downhill from then onwards.  Only 12 moths this time, of 8 species. No FFY, and nothing of great interest.  So we keep trying - once more into the breach etc. etc.
Thu 18th October 2012 13:20 by Sue Davies
Butleigh Wednesday night
A very soggy night but some moths braved it- 15 moths of 9 sps, including a lovely Epirrita, Green-brindled Crescents, Beaded Chestnuts, Blair's Shoulder-knot, Black Rustic, Barred Sallow and FFY Satellite, no figure of 8's here. 1795-7 Epirrita sp. SD12
Thu 18th October 2012 10:01 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 17/10/12
Well, I tried again - this time it rained AFTER I'd gone to bed !! I had no intention of getting up, so the traps stayed out. In spite of the wet, there was an improved catch compared with recent efforts, with 13 moths of 9 species. There were 2 Figure of 8s (or should that be Figures of 8 ?) still in situ this morning, on the wall beside the trap - they were the only FFY. There was also a very fresh-looking Angle Shades, presumably a late second-brooder. Otherwise, nothing special.
Wed 17th October 2012 22:22 by Nigel Cottle
Re: Nettle-tap
I saw 60+ of these at Shapwick Heath on 15th September. Virtually all were apparently nectaring inside the bell-shaped flowers of Hedge Bindweed.
Wed 17th October 2012 22:03 by Nigel Milbourne
Common Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana
I don't know about anyone else, but while I was looking at Hogweed flowers over the weekend, I saw loads of Common Nettle-taps feeding on the flowers. I have searched for them on and off through the summer at Blagdon Lake as I'd have expected to see them in or around the nettle patches, but no luck until this weekend, which is really getting quite late in the year. It might be worth checking a few Hogweed flowers if you come across any still open, to add a few new records to the dataset. Nige.
Wed 17th October 2012 12:17 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 16/10/12
I felt obliged to bring my traps in at 10.00 pm as heavy rain was forecast - just as well, as it tipped down in the early hours !!  The three hours of trapping produced just three moths, two of which were actually on the wall outside the MV trap, one November agg, and one Barred Sallow, and inside the trap one Blair's Shoulder-knot, a FFY.  Absolutely nothing in or near the Actinic.  Hopefully I can get a dry night for better results next time.
Wed 17th October 2012 10:05 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 5 degrees

21 moths of 12 species including FFY Blairs Shoulder-knot and Flounced Chestnut. We have also had a number of Epirrita.sp this week.

Mon 15th October 2012 20:07 by Chris Iles
Dawn Of The Living Nepticulid: Cockles Fields 7 October 2012
I took a look at leaf mines present on the SWT reserve at Cockles Fields just over a week ago.  To my great delight one of the larvae actually emerged from the mine as I was watching, pushing up the upper surface of the mine and heading down the leaf petiole at quite some speed (for such a small caterpillar...).  This is Stigmella oxyacanthella, a hawthorn feeder.

100 Stigmella oxyacanthella II

Sun 14th October 2012 18:51 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas
My first post!

Only two moths in the trap last night - I turned it off at bedtime. Merveille du Jour (second in the last week) and Common Marbled Carpet

Sun 14th October 2012 10:50 by John Bebbington
Langport, VC6, 13-14 October 2012 UPDATE
I had to do the GMS trapping a day late - min temp. 2˚C, only two moths - a Blair's Shoulder-knot and a Lesser Yellow Underwing.
After several hours' gardening in the area around the trap I noticed a second Blair's Shoulder-knot sitting on a summer Jasmine stem. Excellent camouflage.
Blair's Shoulder-knot on Jasmine stem
Blair's Shoulder-knot on Jasmine stem

Time to start looking at Ivy blossom in the evening - lots of hoverflies and the odd Red Admiral on the flowers during the day.
Sun 14th October 2012 09:20 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield Wiveliscombe

First frost of the autumn and only three moths including one FFY Red-line Quaker.

Sat 13th October 2012 09:39 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 4 degrees and wet.

A colder night for GMS and only six moths of six species including one FFY Green-brindled Crescent.

Sat 13th October 2012 08:34 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 12/10/12
Not a lot, but it was quite cold !!  Only 5 moths of 4 species, of which three were FFY - Chestnut, Green-brindled Crescent & November/Autumnal agg.  (The other 2 were Lunar Underwings, still not having a good year).
Fri 12th October 2012 12:22 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 5 degrees and wet

Twenty moths of twelve species including FFy Yellow line Quaker.

Fri 12th October 2012 12:16 by Sue Davies
Butleigh Thursday Night
Considering the change in the weather- not too bad 30 moths of 10 sps. Usual suspects but including FFG a Red-line Quaker and FFY Epirrita sp- ? Autumnal.
Fri 12th October 2012 12:04 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 11/10/12
My worst night ever with just a solitary Silver Y in the trap this morning.
Thu 11th October 2012 12:25 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 10 degrees and wet.

50 moths of 16 species including FFY - Merveille du Jour, Dark Chestnut and a Red Underwing - our first since 2003.

Wed 10th October 2012 11:59 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 10 degrees

28 moths of 15 species including FFY Turnip Moth which we did not have last year. Also of interest was Pandemis cinnamomeana for which UK Moths and Manley both give the flight season as June to July but Sterling & Parsons refer to an occasional partial second brood late August to mid October.

Tue 9th October 2012 17:09 by John Bebbington
Langport, VC6, 8-9 October 2012
The warm damp weather last night tempted me to trap, and it was a definite improvement. Ffy were Mallow (2) and Brown-spot Pinion (2) while Barred Hook-tip (1) (photo to follow) was new for my garden. Also Common Marbled carpet (3), Light Emerald (1), Square-spot Rustic (1), Setaceous Hebrew Character (5), Blair's Shoulder-knot (1) and Snout (1).

Sue - your eggs have been there for a while as they are badly shrivelled and so unidentifiable!

Barred Hook-tip Watsonalla cultraria
Barred Hook-tip Watsonalla cultraria
Tue 9th October 2012 12:41 by Sue Davies
Butleigh Monday Night
Worth the soggy trap last night- 45 moths of 18 sps. FFY Beaded Chestnut, Sallow, Barred Sallow, Blair's Shoulder knot and Mallow, Rose Tortrix and some mystery eggs!Mystery EggsAny Ideas?
Tue 9th October 2012 10:37 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 8/10/12
After a week of rainy nights, at last a chance to put the traps out.  Not very exciting, a mere 15 moths of only 5 species, including FFY Beaded Chestnut (4). All of these were in the MV trap - nothing at all in the Actinic (not even a gnat !)

We'll see what happens next time, hopeful as always.

Mon 8th October 2012 10:28 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 6/10/12 (correction)
OOPS! For Black Arches read Black Rustic.
Sun 7th October 2012 22:09 by John Bebbington
Langport (VC6) 7 October 2012
Trapping has been very poor but I was talking to our next-door neighbour on Friday and noticed two Grey Dagger larvae on one of his rose bushes. The hunt is now on for Dark Dagger larvae. The adults of the two species are indistinguishable in the field but the larvae are quite different.
Grey Dagger 5th instar larva
Grey Dagger (Acronicta psi) 5th instar larva.
Sun 7th October 2012 12:05 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 6/10/12
Min. temp. 4.5C. Nine moths of seven species: Light Brown Apple Moth, Common Marbled Carpet, Snout, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Black Arches, Lunar Underwing and FFY Pink-barred Sallow. I have been living & trapping here for just over a year now and the garden macro list currently stands at 120 species.
Sat 6th October 2012 11:31 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 5 degrees and very wet.

Only 15 moths of 6 species including FFY Beaded Chestnut (2).

Sat 6th October 2012 07:33 by John Connolly
Manor Road, Taunton Friday 5/10/12
Very wet GMS night last night and just two moths trapped. Lesser Yellow Underwing and Square-spot Rustic. Fortunately it had stopped raining before I had to check the trap.
Fri 5th October 2012 09:37 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 8 degrees

26 moths of ten species including FFY - Large Ranunculus and Barred Sallow.

Thu 4th October 2012 18:01 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Just 18 moths of 7 species last night but did include my first Beaded Chestnut for the year.
I have just collated my total September figures which has showed the average 10 year nightly catch crash from 188 to only 78 this year.
Tue 2nd October 2012 17:31 by Nigel Cottle
Bishops Hull 1/10/12
(T min. 10.7C). 14 moths of 8 species including FFY Black Rustic.
Tue 2nd October 2012 11:24 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 1/10/12
Nothing exciting again - 16 moths of 5 species.  There were 3 Eudonia angustea, the first specimens since 1st.June - presumably a second brood. Sterling considers they are possibly continuously brooded - but clearly not here !!
Mon 1st October 2012 16:09 by Sue Davies
Butleigh Sunday Night
Much the same here, 16 moths of 7 species, but FFY a Large Ranunculus and the dung beetles are back.
Mon 1st October 2012 10:45 by John Bebbington
Langport (VC6) 30 Sep 2012
Although it was much calmer and warmer last night (T min 10˚C in the garden) there were only 12 moths of 8 species in the trap. Blair's Shoulder-knot was ffy.
Mon 1st October 2012 10:01 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 9 degrees

19 moths of nine species with one first for the season Red-green Carpet. Better than Saturday night when we had only three moths of two species.


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