Latest Sightings


September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
February 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006

current posts

Sat 31st August 2013 10:00 by Ian Mathieson
Norton Sub Hamdon
Lots of common moths last night with 172 Setacious Hebrew Characters and over 50 of Large Yellow Underwing, Flame Shoulder and Square Spot Rustic. Only a few Small Square spots here , though. Best of the rest was my first Featherd Gothic since 2004 and my earliest ever Black Rustic.
Sat 31st August 2013 09:05 by Nigel Parsons
Berkley Marsh (Frome) 29th August 2013
Back in the Frome area again and another chance to moth trap. I had noticed the upsurge in Setaceous Hebrew Character and Flame Shoulder earlier in the week but regardless of this 'warning' I put the MV trap out anyway. The result - an overwhelming 650 moths of 54 species - 38 macros and 16 micros (not all identified) with almost 450 moths of just 5 species - 229 Setaceous Hebrew Character, 97 Square-spot Rustic, 41 each of Flame Shoulder and Small Square-spot and 40 Brimstone Moth. Of the remainder the only notables included Copper Underwing 4, Centre-barred Sallow 1, Feathered Gothic 2, Angle Shades 1, Campion 1, Flame Carpet 1, Orange Swift 2 (male and female), Purple Bar 3 and Toadflax Pug 1 - the latter being a first for the garden. Perhaps not surprisingly, I decided to have a night off last night (and a day off today!). If I manage to get a few of those chores done today maybe I will put the trap out again tonight!
Thu 29th August 2013 16:16 by Ian Mathieson
Thank-you, James. I may have been a bit hasty with the Hoary Footman but it sounds like I may well get another chance of recording it. The Copper Underwing was fresh and well marked and will now allow it to be a garden record.
Little variety on a relatively clear and chilly night last night but the Setacious Hebrew Character count grew to 108.
Thu 29th August 2013 12:55 by Peter Tennant
Earlier this week we had a Devon Carpet. After 15 years trapping here it is always a pleasure to get a garden first!
Wed 28th August 2013 22:33 by James McGill
Hello Ian, good to hear from you. I suspect you overlooked Hoary Footman. This individual is identified by the absence of a costal stripe (also hoary forewing colouration not so well caught on camera as it kept over exposing, pale yellow-orange markings, tent-like resting posture, white hindwing). Svennson's Copper Underwing look at the hindwing underside, though most can be identified before examination from the forewing characters (esp ground colour and contrast). Features on this pair are prone to wear. I am of the view that the easiest way to detect singles of different species is to have already seen them in numbers as residents.
Wed 28th August 2013 21:04 by Ian Mathieson
Norton Sub Hamdon
I have 2 questions for James.  Firstly how can you tell a Hoary Footman from a Scarce Footman without doing unpleasant things to it. Waring says that the Hoary Footman is unmistakable but apart from wing colour it appears identical and graduations of wing colour with just one individual are hard to determine. I had an individual on 10/08/13 which looked like yours. On the same night I had only 6 Common Footmen as it was towards the end of their season and this individual did look lighter than these but not significantly so. Rather than record a rare moth I gave a tentative Id for the much more regular Scarce Footman but I'm wondering now if I should have potted it up for Robin to look at.
Secondly, what is the current views on separating the Copper Underwings. Waring maintains that it is easy but some years ago David Evans warned me about too mant people incorrectly identifying one or the other which turned out to be incorrect when genetalia was examined. The reason I'm asking is because I had what I have recorded as a Svenssons last weekend as it ticked all the boxes quite categorically in Waring's book. This would be the first record for my garden and I would like to keep it.
Onthe same night I recorded my second Palpita Vitrealis of the summer and a presumed migrant/wandering Latticed Heath. I have also had good numbers of Setacious Hebrew Characters and Flame Shoulders in the last two trapping sessions with 83 last Saturday and 80 last night of the former and 89 and 48 of the latter.
Wed 28th August 2013 19:42 by James McGill
A new moth for my Taunton garden last night was this Feathered Gothic. Peter gets this annually in Wiveliscombe but south central Somerset is really a desert for this species.

Feathered Gothic

Wed 28th August 2013 12:52 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 27/8/13
After last night's Red Underwing excitement, back to normal overnight, but only half the numbers of 2 nights ago in the traps.  150 moths of 39 species, including FFY Pale Eggar & Centre-barred Sallow (first for 3 years), and a FFG Lathronympha strigana.
Tue 27th August 2013 22:18 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 27/8/13
10.15 pm - just caught a Red Underwing blundering into the bedroom !!  First one here since 2010
Tue 27th August 2013 21:03 by James McGill
Despite Paul's recent post, to me Hoary Footman was a coastal specialist seen in Devon 10+ years ago and promptly forgotten. So this morning it was a very nice surprise in my garden, although it seems I should have expected it following recent national expansion.


Tue 27th August 2013 15:19 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 15 degrees

46 species including FFY a Jersey Tiger and a first second brood Yellow-barred Brindle For the first time this year the number of Large Yellow Under wings (72) exceeded the number of Lesser BBYUs (42).

Mon 26th August 2013 21:52 by Paul Newman
East Lydford - addendum to 25/8/13
The evening round-up produced a further 46 moths, and 4 additional species, makng 316/59 altogether, with no more FFY.  All in all, a goodly total.
Mon 26th August 2013 13:56 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 16 degrees

43 species with FFY Frosted Orange and Barred Sallow (3) in the trap. On the outside of a window in the afternoon we had a lovely fresh Red Underwing

Mon 26th August 2013 13:21 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 25/8/13
A very busy night, in spite of the coolness.  270 moths so far, of 55 species - more to come with this evening's round-up of strays.  FFY were Cabbage Moth, Codling Moth, and Pyrausta aurata. 

Unusually high numbers of Brimstone Moth (30) and Setaceous Hebrew Characters (21), plus 16 Water Veneers (Acentria ephemerella) all dead at the bottom of the trap, as is usually the case. Also, at last, a few more Large Yellow Underwings (10), and Square-spot Rustics (24)

Sat 24th August 2013 20:04 by Paul Newman
East Lydford
I found a very dead and largely eaten Poplar Kitten in a spider's web on the wall today. This is only the second record of this species here, the first being in 2009. Pity it met such an unpleasant end (but good for the spider !!).
Sat 24th August 2013 12:43 by Nigel Cottle
Netherclay LNR & Bishop's Hull
Netherclay LNR 22/8/13. A cool night with clear skies and an almost full moon so only 125 moths of 29 species including a Rhomboid Tortrix.

Bishop's Hull 23/8/13. Wet and windy overnight and only 33 moths of 16 species but 1451 Pyla fusca was FFG.

1451 Pyla fusca

1451 Pyla fusca

Sat 24th August 2013 09:58 by Paul Wilkins
Combe Down, Bath
Because I'm a new 'mother' FFY's and FFG's are regular for me but these two were particularly welcome.  Maiden's Blush and Scorched Carpet. (Incidentally it took me a while to work out what FFY's and FFG' were!)

I use a home made Actinic trap and live in a built up area so I never expect too much but I'm always pleased when something new turns up although I never get anything like the numbers that some members do. Still 'happy mothing'


1680 Maidens Blush PW13

1888 Scorched Carpet PW13

Thu 22nd August 2013 21:43 by Paul Newman
East Lydford - addendum to 21/8/13
The evening round-up produced a further 52 moths, and 5 additional species. Totals now 220/47, with no more FFY.  It always amazes me how many moths nip out of the traps and vanish into the room until dusk.
Thu 22nd August 2013 20:35 by James McGill
With the lights of Taunton sprawling to the south, migrants are few and far between in my garden. However the rain swept in from the west last night and along with it a worn Palpita vitrealis.

1408 Palpita vitrealis

Thu 22nd August 2013 18:47 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 15 degrees

We trapped in a local wood, only 200 yards up the hill but in the next grid square ! We had over 300 moths of 50+ species. New for the year were Frosted Orange and Copper Underwing (5) and the LYU's continued to improve with 35. We also had 25 Black Arches.

Thu 22nd August 2013 17:56 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset
I've had two trapping sessions this week, on Sunday and Tuesday nights. The first produced 81 moths of 31 species and the second 102 of 34 species. FFY were Diamond-back Moth, Yellow Shell, Black Arches, Jersey Tiger, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Square-spot Rustic, Centre-barred Sallow, Small Wainscot and Vine's Rustic. Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing is still the main species, with 40 on Tuesday night.
Thu 22nd August 2013 10:14 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 21/8/13
Similar conditions to 19th, so no great hopes, but pleasantly surprised !  168 moths counted so far, plus escapees to be rounded up, of 42 species.  New to this site was a Calamotropha paludella (amazing fluffy palps), and FFY were Vine's Rustic, Gold Spot (3), Orange Swift, Common Wave, Agriphela geniculea (1st since 2009), and Euzophera pinguis.
Wed 21st August 2013 14:28 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 12 degrees

36 species including FFY Feathered Gothic and Y.sequella, also a first second-brood Poplar Hawk. As others have reported both Dingy Footman and Lesser BBYU are having an excellent year but we have had few Large Yellow Under-wings until last night when we had 24. In Northumberland, where we trapped for over 20 years, we used to get over 200 a night !

Wed 21st August 2013 11:24 by Sue Davies
Butleigh Garden
Not a bad night, 27 species and FFY Purple Thorn, Straw Under-wing and Vines Rustic. Still commonest moth is Lssr BBYUW with no sign of the other YUWs now. The Elephant H-M caterpillars are growing in the pond and are able to swim snake-like and walk underwater down the Bog-Bean stems to reach fresh leaves. 2303 Straw Under-wing SD13
Tue 20th August 2013 20:20 by Nigel Cottle
Blackdown Hills 20/8
Visited Yarty Moor, Jan Hobbs and Bishopswood Meadows today. The 'best' moth was a Chevron at Yarty Moor. 17 butterfly species were recorded including a total of nine Clouded Yellow and two Painted Lady together with 40 Common Blue, 26 Small Copper and 5 very ragged Small Skippers. A Wall, half a dozen Keeled Skimmers and a Golden-ringed Dragonfly were also on the wing at Yarty Moor.


Wall at Yarty Moor

Tue 20th August 2013 10:35 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 19/8/13
Chilly night, bats, nearly full moon - prospects not good. Therefore only 54 moths of 23 species not entirely unexpected.  Nothing of great interest, and only 2 FFY - Square-spot Rustic & Currant Pug.  Second-generation Small Square-spots ?  Only the one, but I expect more to come before too long, but maybe they're all in Frome !!
Mon 19th August 2013 20:48 by Nigel Parsons
Berkley Marsh (Frome) 16th & 17th August 2013
Another weekend in the Frome area and another opportunity for a couple of moth trapping sessions.

As usual I used my 125watt MV bulb and was 'rewarded' with 380 and 460 moths on consecutive nights - far more than I was expecting and inevitably taking a good while to sort out. Overall, I had 53 macros and 22 micros. The most numerous moths were Brimstone 27/15, Straw Dot 27/20, Flame Shoulder 50/61, Dingy Footman 24/21, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 54/22, Six-striped Rustic 23/46 and Small Square-spot 26 on the first night and a massive 104 on the second - where did they come from?

The most notable moths, but mainly only one of each, included Pale, Coxcombe, Pebble and Swallow Prominent, Magpie Moth, Black Arches, Peach Blossom, Purple Bar, Small Phoenix, Bulrush Wainscot, Gold Spot, Copper Underwing and Dusky Thorn. As others have noted - very few Large Yellow Underwing and Setaceous Hebrew Character. Also no Straw Underwing but I gather this moth is localised in the South West.

Sat 17th August 2013 21:27 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 16/8/13 addendum
Just finished rounding up this morning's strays - a further 19 making 101 in total, of 36 species.  An additional FFY was a Purple Bar - very pretty.
Sat 17th August 2013 16:34 by Sue Davies
Butleigh Garden
Again trap full of Lesser BBYUW and Dingy Footmen but also a Gold Spot, Maiden's Blush, Herald, Purple, Canary-shouldered and August Thorns, Shuttle-shaped Dart and Small Square-spot have reappeared. Rush Veneer and first Rusty-dot Pearl. Some interesting micros agin awaiting a verdict. I also discovered what has been decimating the Bog Bean in our pond...I didn't know they were aquatic! 1991 Elephant H-M Caterpillar on Bog Bean SD13
Sat 17th August 2013 14:38 by Chris Iles
There have been some odd quantities of moths this year - some that are usually common have been in lower numbers than usual (Heart and Dart, Large Yellow Underwing, Setaceous Hebrew Character) whilst others have been in far greater numbers than usual (especially Coronet).  Last night an explosion of Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, accounting for almost half the catch - usually a common species but not in these numbers.

Good to have some of my favourite moths in the trap, ones I do not often see in numbers - Scalloped Oak, Dusky Thorn, Iron Prominent, Lesser Swallow Prominent, Common Wave.

Sat 17th August 2013 12:29 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 16/8/13
Nothing much to report again - only 82 moths of 32 species last night, and the only FFY was a Rosy Rustic.  Like Sue, I've had a goodly supply of Blood-veins (11 so far this time) , and 10 Flame Shoulders, which also seem to be having a good year.  Setaceous Hebrew Characters on the other hand appear to be in fairly low numbers this year, as are Straw Dots.

On the butterfly front, like Ian we're getting large numbers of Small Tortoiseshells here, and at last we have spotted a Speckled Wood. Still no Painted Ladies or Clouded Yellows yet, though.

Sat 17th August 2013 11:53 by Ian Mathieson
Norton Sub Hamdon
This year is turning into a fantastic year for some butterflies it would appear.  A walk amongst the Buddleia bushes on Ham Hill yesterday showed hundreds of Small Tortoiseshells along with similar numbers of Small and Large Whites. Peacock numbers were less than earlier in the month when they were around in their hundreds. There were also good numbers of Red Admirals, Common Blues, Small Heaths and Meadow Browns. They were joined by a few Painted Ladies, a Silver Washed Fritillary, some Commas, a Humming Bird Hawk Moth, at least 2 Clouded Yellows and the first Wall I have seen up there since the late 1990's.
In total I saw 19 different species on a 90 minute local walk.
Sat 17th August 2013 07:25 by Paul Bowyer
Dundry Moths
Belated news from 8th August when Dave Nevitt caught a White-line Snout on Dundry Hill. From what I can see the last records for VC6 have been in the 1990's. Very nice micro's Sue I've never seen either of those, will have to put them on my wish list.
Fri 16th August 2013 10:02 by Sue Davies
Butleigh Garden Wednesday overnight
Very warm still and damp and a good collection of 22 Macro and 21 Micro sps. A bumper 9 fresh Blood-veins. and some interesting micros, 13 Mother of Pearl, FFGs 0465 Plutella porectella, 0462 Ypsolopha sequel, 1219 Lathronympha strigana amongst them.

0465 Plutella porrectella lat SD 13 0465 Plutella porrectella SD 13 0462 Ysolopha sequella lat SD13 0462 Ysolopha sequella SD13

Thu 15th August 2013 20:47 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 14/8/13
T min 17.2C but quite windy. 64 moths of 25 species. Small Wainscot, Agriphila geniculea and Swammerdamia pyrella all FFG.

Small Wainscot

Small Wainscot

Wed 14th August 2013 12:19 by Jane Durham
Tinea semifulvella
may be a mere 6mm and 'common' but what a beauty
Tinea semifulvella
Mon 12th August 2013 21:35 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 11/8/13 addendum
I was right this morning - nothing of real interest to add !!  Just another 9 moths, and 1 more species, making 77 of 24 altogether. Nice and relaxing.
Mon 12th August 2013 11:28 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 11/8/13
A much cooler night, so numbers down to easily manageable levels - total to date 68 moths of 23 species, the most numerous single species being Agriphela tristella (17).  FFY were Scalloped Oak, a second-generation Swallow Prominent, Straw Underwing, and Agriphela straminella.  Nothing particularly exciting then, but maybe this evening's round-up will produce something of interest - who knows ?
Sun 11th August 2013 20:18 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 10/8/13
T Min 15.5C. 63 moths of 24 species including Chinese Character, Marbled Beauty, Marbled Green, Dusky Thorn, Cloaked Minor, Sallow Kitten and FFG Nutmeg.
Sun 11th August 2013 18:22 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
A quieter night, with 111 moths of some 48 species. The highlight was FFG Bordered Beauty.
Sun 11th August 2013 12:16 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 14 degrees

57 species including FFY - Canary-shouldered Thorn and a second brood Sallow Kitten.  We also had 53 Mother of Pearl and 38 Dingy Footman.

Sun 11th August 2013 10:00 by Doug Miller
The three moth nights have been poor with last night rubbish, numbers always drop here when we get a North westerly air flow, however some worth noting for my site, Black Arches, Palpita vitreals Barred Hook-tip and an Ear moth?.
Fri 9th August 2013 20:18 by Paul Wilkins
Combe Down, Bath
As a newbie almost every night brings me a new moth or two and last night was no exception with a summer brood Purple Thorn, Black Arches, Pebble Prominent, Pebble Hooktip and Sallow Kitten

1919 Purple Thorn (Summer brood)

First summer brood

Yponomeuta spp - Ermine spp.

Ermine spp.

464 Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth

Diamon-back Moth

Fri 9th August 2013 18:26 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 8/8/13
Windy night with some light rain. 53 moths of 26 species. Dusky Thorn and Yellow-barred Brindle FFG & Rustic FFY.

Yellow-barred Brindle

Yellow-barred Brindle

Fri 9th August 2013 15:36 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
I ran the trap again the night before last (7th/8th).

Results were good with 217 moths of 61 species. Highlights were FFG Agonopterix arenella and September Thorn and FFY Ypsophola scabrella, Rush Veneer, Dusky Thorn, Sallow Kitten (3), Lesser Yellow Underwing and Rosy Minor. Largest catches were 18 Common Rustic (agg) and 54 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings.

Interestingly no Large Yellow Underwings last night but then I've trapped only 22 in total since late June, compared to 175 over the same period last year.

Fri 9th August 2013 13:49 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 8/8/13
To date, 181 moths of 47 species, plus more to be rounded up as usual this evening.  I was expecting somewhat more as it was a very mild night, but at least I finished clearing the traps and recording in time for breakfast !!  55 Common Rustic agg. included, but surprisingly only 4 Common and 12 Dingy Footmen. Normally I would expect dozens of each.

FFY were Marbled Beauty, 2 each Lesser & Least Yellow Underwings, 3 Dusky & 1 Canary-shouldered Thorns, 2 Lime-speck Pugs, a very fresh second-brood Shuttle-shaped Dart (never did see any first-brooders), and a Mouse Moth (first since 2010).  I fully expect to get over the 200 mark later on when I collect the escapees.

Fri 9th August 2013 10:23 by Ian Mathieson
Norton Sub Hamdon
45 Silver Ys and my first ever Palpita Vitrealis were the highlights of a reasonable catch last night.
Thu 8th August 2013 17:12 by Nigel Cottle
Netherclay LNR 7/8/13
Ran the trap at Netherclay LNR until 02:00h this morning. 370 moths of 65 species. Largest numbers were Common Rustic agg. (48), Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (also 48) and Mother of Pearl (39). Amongst the others were single Small Rufous and Maple Pug but the obvious highlight was a Palpita vitrealis.

Palpita vitrialis

Palpita vitrealis

Maple Pug (Netherclay)

Maple Pug

Thu 8th August 2013 15:13 by Ian Mathieson
Norton Sub Hamdon
I had a very surprising Silver-washed Fritillary in the garden the other day. I have only seen 3 of these butterflies around Ham Hill, within 2 miles of my garden, in the last 20 years and I think the nearest breeding colony is at least 10 miles away at Great Breech Wood or over the border in Dorset.
Thu 8th August 2013 15:08 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 14 degrees

50 species of moths including FFY - Six-striped Rustic, Dusky Thorn and the attractive Honeysuckle Moth Y.dentella. On our buddleia, amongst the mass of Peacock butterflies, was our first Painted Lady.

Wed 7th August 2013 09:21 by Paul Bowyer
Weston mothing
Not a great catch numbers wise but the odd interesting moth nonetheless with Maple Pug, Pebble Hook-tip, Cypress Pug and Antler the highlights.

Maple Pug

Maple Pug (Gen Det)

Tue 6th August 2013 22:30 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 5/8/13
T Min down to 11.9C last night and only 24 moths of 18 species in the trap/around the garden this morning. 0858 Hypatima rhomboidella was FFG.
Tue 6th August 2013 21:51 by Paul Newman
East Lydfrod - addendum to 5/8/13
A further 12 moths to bring the total to 100, of 34 species. Nothing new of note to report - how boring is that ?
Tue 6th August 2013 19:33 by Nigel Cottle
Mocha 6/8/13
My turn to walk the Gilling Down butterfly transect this week. I found this Mocha on the Down and another at nearby Hatch Hill this afternoon. Good numbers of Silver Y at both sites and a lot of Six-spot Burnet at Hatch Hill.



Tue 6th August 2013 17:04 by Paul Newman
East Lydford
Two very fresh-looking Common Blues (1 male & 1 female) seen on the marjoram patch in our new "woodland" today.  This equals the total we saw in the whole of last year !!!  Hopefully numbers will start to build up again towards the 20/30 we saw in 2011.
Tue 6th August 2013 16:12 by Sue Davies
Butleigh garden
First Jersey Tiger last night.
Tue 6th August 2013 12:09 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 14 degrees

Forty species including FFY - Cypress and Triple-spotted Pug and at last on Buddleia a Red Admiral.

Tue 6th August 2013 10:08 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 5/8/13
A nice fresh night, so numbers quite low - 88 moths so far, of 30 species, including FFY Pebble Hook-tip & Maiden's Blush (only the second record of this here).  Otherwise, nothing of great interest.
Sun 4th August 2013 22:44 by James McGill
Little of note recently. Following a female earlier in July, there were 2 male Antler last night, one very fresh. After singles in 2010 and 2011 (no trapping in 2012), it must be breeding locally now? Odd as there was no sign 1996-2009.
Sun 4th August 2013 11:35 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 3/8/13
T Min 15.7C. Only 28 moths of 17 species; Large Emerald FFG.

Large Emerald

Large Emerald

Sun 4th August 2013 11:06 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 2/8/13 addendum
A further 26 moths, 4 additional species, so totals now 171/49.  Additional FFY were Scorched Carpet and Riband Wave (banded form).
Sat 3rd August 2013 15:17 by Sue Davies
Butleigh Garden
Thursday night was a good crop 66 species and lots of FFY, July Highflyer, White-spotted Pug, August Thorn, Broad-bordered and Least yellow Underwings, Gold Spot, Herald, Small Dotted Buff, Bulrush Wainscot, Garden-rose Tortrix, Calamatropha paludella and 5 Rush Veneers. Still a couple to ID.

1398 Rush Veneer SD13 2369 Bulrush Wainscot SD13

Sat 3rd August 2013 14:55 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 2/8/13
My first trapping for a week produced 145 moths of 45 species so far, with more to be rounded up this evening.

There were a good few FFY, namely Yellow-tail (2), Dingy Footman f. stramineola, Cloaked Minor, Agriphela tristella, Magpie (2), Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (4), Acleris laterana, Marbled Green, and Dark Swordgrass (first here since 2009). A first-ever record here of Black Arches was a nice surprise as well, although they're not uncommon generally. A very striking moth - only the second one I've ever seen, the first being yesterday (Friday) at the BC stand at the Taunton Flower Show. They'll probably turn up regularly from now on !!

I also have one micro to be determined in due course. Quite a good night's work altogether, and not too exhausting.

Sat 3rd August 2013 13:33 by William Langdon
Nr. Lydeard St. Lawrence - Recent Doings
The Last few nights have seen me put the trap out for the first time in a while, and my efforts and early wake ups were suitably rewarded. Recent highlights have been 2 Antler Moths with another seen feeding on Ragwort by day, Elephant Hawk Moth, Argyresthia Goedartella, Blackneck, Blue Bordered Carpet, Argyresthia Brockeela, Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner, August Thorn, Oak Hook Tip, a Parornix species and a Honeysuckle Moth.

411 Argyresthia Goedartella

411 Argyresthia Goedartella

Butterfly Wise, the hot weather has seen a recovery in the common species, particularly Peacock (50 on 3 Local buddleias), Small Tortoiseshell (35 in one field nectaring on Water Cress) and Small White (C.100 In a local field filled with creeping thistle. However highlight recently has been seeing several Silver Washed Fritillaries on my local patch, including a courting couple, these however came a distant second to my first ever british Clouded Yellows, a total of four in two local fields (1 on the 1st and 3 on the 2nd), though I may not have done them justice with the camera, I certainly enjoyed watching these vividly coloured and suprisingly obliging butterflies - Fantastic!

1545 Clouded Yellow

1545 Clouded Yellow

Sat 3rd August 2013 12:43 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 15 degrees

A cooler night with heavy rain, thunder and lightning reduced the number of species recorded to 47 but they included FFY - Oak Eggar and Triple-spotted Clay.

Sat 3rd August 2013 12:12 by Paul Bowyer
Thanks James. I read last year that the larvae are becoming increasingly on house rooves in Europe so I wonder if they may turn up more often in the future.
Fri 2nd August 2013 21:54 by James McGill
Well done Paul, that's a great record. Robin had one at Merriott a few years ago but I don't remember any from the west Somerset coast.
Fri 2nd August 2013 16:31 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - several warm nights with Min Temp. 18 to 20 degrees and 80 to 90 species in the trap. and several FFY - an appropriately named August Thorn, Gold Spot, Bordered Beauty, a garden first Scallop Shell (very worn) and the attractive migrant Palpita vitrealis.
Fri 2nd August 2013 13:10 by Paul Bowyer
Weston mothing
Last month there was a report of 3 Hoary Footmen in Leicestershire so I've been keeping an eye out for these ever since. On 31st at Sand Point there were quite a few footmen coming to the trap so I took a likely looking candidate which turned out to be this species. The male genitalia plate is quite different from other footmen, mine matches up with the one on dissectiongroup website and lepiforum so I'm quite confident of the ID.

Hoary Footman

Hoary Footman

Fri 2nd August 2013 12:36 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 1/8/13
T Min a sticky 18.8C. 83 moths of 46 species. Oak Hook-tip, Least Yellow Underwing and Lunar-spotted Pinion all FFG.
Thu 1st August 2013 17:39 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
I ran the trap for the first time in a week last night. It was a bit quieter than a week or two back, with 147 moths of 59+ species. FFY were Pebble Hook-tip, Shaded Broad-bar and Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing.
Thu 1st August 2013 16:13 by Paul Bowyer
Weston mothing
A couple of highlights in the last two days. First was a Zeiraphera ratzeburgiana in the garden trap on 30th July. I last trapped this species with D.Agassiz at Stock Hill on 2nd August 2011. Last night I trapped a White Satin Moth on Sand Point.

White Satin Moth

White Satin Moth


Copyright © Somerset Moth Group 2021 Privacy Policy Terms of Use Cookies