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current posts

Thu 31st October 2013 10:27 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 30.10.13
Two less than Paul I'm afraid; just a single Feathered Thorn in the trap this morning..........just doubled my tally with a Red-line Quaker found in the lawn!
Wed 30th October 2013 10:21 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 29/10/13
Not a lot to report, as it was quite chilly and there was a certain amount of unforecast rain at some point in the night. The net result was a magnificent total of 3 moths in the two traps, 1 each Feathered Thorn, Green-brindled Crescent and Beaded Chestnut, plus another Feathered Thorn on the wall nearby.
Sun 27th October 2013 10:44 by Ian Mathieson
Norton Sub Hamdon
A few moths last night during the calmer periods. These included a very early December Moth. I have never recorded this moth in November let alone October. The news is a bit late I know but I also had a Convolvulus Hawk Moth on 02/10/13 as well as a Scarce Bordered Straw on 19/10/13.
Sat 26th October 2013 20:22 by Sue Davies
Butleigh Garden
Some Moths braved the elements last night. 2 Feathered Thorn, 5 Beaded Chestnut, 2 Set.Heb.Characters, 2 Green-brindled Crescents, 1 Barred Sallow, 1 Lge.YUW, 1 Eudonia angustea and another something wrapped up in silk by a spider! Looks like the trap will be staying in for a few days...
Sat 26th October 2013 11:41 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 25.10.13
T Min 14°C, breezy with occasional showers. Only single Large Yellow Underwing, Green-brindled Crescent & Beaded Chestnut in the trap this morning.
Fri 25th October 2013 17:55 by Nigel Cottle
Netherclay LNR & Bishop's Hull 23.10.13
Ran the 125Mv Skinner at Netherclay LNR on Wednesday night from 18:40 until just after midnight and the Twin 30w Actinic overnight in the garden.

Netherclay LNR: November Moth agg. (28), Green-brindled Crescent (5), Barred Sallow (2) and single Common Marbled Carpet, Dark Sword-grass, Sallow, Merveille de Jour, Feathered Thorn & Chestnut.

Bishop's Hull: Only eight moths of five species but Dark Chestnut was FFG.

Dark Chestnut

Dark Chestnut

Fri 25th October 2013 15:52 by Paul Bowyer
Weston Woods 24th October
I ran a trap in Weston Woods for a couple of hours last night and recorded 18 species, sufficiently few enough to list:
  • Silver Y
  • Merveille du Jour
  • Large Yellow Underwing
  • Epiphyas postvittana
  • November Moth
  • Common Marbled Carpet
  • December Moth
  • Yellow-line Quaker
  • Feathered Thorn
  • Eudonia angustea
  • Barred Sallow
  • Red-green Carpet
  • Diamond-back Moth
  • The Brick
  • Chestnut
  • Tortricodes alternella
  • Acleris ferrugana
  • Ypsolopha ustella
Fri 25th October 2013 14:48 by Jane Durham
My first Palpita vitrealis...and first Rusty dot pearl this year. Does there have to be a strong southerly wind to bring them? I realise the picture of the Phyllonorycter messaniella is fuzzy..but it is extremely small!  I had 8+ of them this morning.
Palpita vitrealis 24.10.2013Phyllonorycter messaniella
Thu 24th October 2013 10:35 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 23/10/13
My first trapping for almost 3 weeks - a combinaton of lousy weather and unwellness - and a magnificent total of 4 moths !!  Singletons of Beaded Chestnut, and 3 FFY - Red-green Carpet, November/Autumnal agg. & Feathered Thorn.  Still, as it was a chilly night, I was not expecting much, so not really disappointed.

11.25 am - p.s.  Just found a second Feathered Thorn on the wall beside where the trap was - not sure how I missed it first thing.

Wed 23rd October 2013 11:22 by Andrew Slade
Highlights from Burnham

Wood Carpet on 4th September (new for the Garden) 13 Vestals between 30th Spetember-7th October, max of 7 on the 04/10/13 1 Palpita vitrealis on 4th October Acleris hyemana on 12th October (new to the garden)

1739 Wood Carpet Epirrhoe rivata

Wood Carpet

1716 The Vestal Rhodometra sacraria

Multiple Vestals

1055 Acleris hyemana

Acleris hyemana

Sun 20th October 2013 12:23 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 14 degrees and windy.

56 moths of 18 species including FFY - Feathered Thorn (2) and Pale Pinion.

Sat 19th October 2013 19:09 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 14 degrees

53 moths of 18 species including FFY a Scarce Bordered Straw. The only other migrant in the trap was a Rusty-Dot Pearl.

Sat 19th October 2013 12:26 by John Bebbington
James Candlin's Convolvulus Hawk-moth
I've added an image to my earlier blog. It appears that there have been three Somerset records so far this year.
Sat 19th October 2013 11:46 by Doug Miller
The only moth worth reporting for last night the 18th was a Feathered Thorn.
Fri 18th October 2013 18:36 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 12 degrees

Over 30 moths of 19 species including FFY Large Wainscot and Tawny Pinion. I do not try to count, or even identify the Epirrita species.

Fri 18th October 2013 16:54 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Despite the brightness last night there was some cloud and light rain here. The trap surprisingly produced 35 moths of 17 species. Over half of the moths were Light-brown Apple Moth or Common Marbled Carpet. The others were Blood-vein, Double-striped Pug (my first October records for these species), Large Yellow Underwing, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Black Rustic (2), Blair's Shoulder-Knot, Green-brindled Crescent (first for two years), The Chestnut (FFY), Red-line Quaker (FFG), Beaded Chestnut (2), Barred Sallow, Pale Mottled Willow and Silver Y. On the wall I had a November/Autumnal sp. Finally, a Buff Ermine caterpillar was on the outside of the trap!

Certainly an interesting night. My list for this year is now 303 species.

Fri 18th October 2013 10:11 by Doug Miller
Thursdays full moon did not help, however a few recorded, Beaded Chestnut 3, Red-line Quaker 2, Silver Y 2, Angle Shades 2, Snout 1, Setaceous Hebrew Character 1, Figure of Eight 1, Blairs Shoulder-knot 1, November Types 2 and 1 Swallow-tailed Moth, i think it was in 1997 that these moths appeared in good numbers during October.
Thu 17th October 2013 12:59 by John Bebbington
BENHS exhibition at Kempton Park, 16 November
David Agassiz will be going to this exhibition and has offered a lift to anyone wishing to accompany him - just be in Weston-super-Mare by 0900.
Thu 17th October 2013 09:55 by Doug Miller
The night of the15th with a very clear sky, Angle Shades, Silver Y, Sallow 2, Red-line Quaker 2 and Beaded Chestnut 4. Last night much better despite som rain, Angle Shades 3, Barred Sallow 1, Beaded Chestnut 17, Black Rustic 3, Blairs Shoulder Knot 4, Common Marbled Carpet 5, Delicate 1, Green-brindled Crescent 1, Grey Shoulder-knot 1, November Type 1 and Setaceous Hebrew Character 2.
Thu 17th October 2013 09:27 by Sue Davies
Buleigh Garden
Warmer but much too bright last night. Still 15moths of 8 species, 4 Beaded Chestnuts,3 Com.Mbld.Carpets,2 Green-brindled Crescents,1 Blair's Sh-Knot, 1 Snout, 1 Lunar UW, FFY 2 Red-line Quaker and 1 Eudonia angustea at window.
Wed 16th October 2013 11:10 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 15.10.13
Rather optimistically put the trap out last night & then took it back in at 05:15 when the serious rain started. Zero moths in the trap and a solitary Silver Y resting on the lawn.
Mon 14th October 2013 10:04 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 13.10.13
Once the rain stopped and the skies cleared the temperature dropped to 6.9°C. Five moths of four species: two Barred Sallow and single Willow Beauty, Red-line Quaker and Rosy Rustic.
Sun 13th October 2013 17:40 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
I risked setting up the trap last night. It turned out to be very quiet, with 15 moths of 9 species. Of interest were singles of Satellite, Black Rustic, Blair's Shoulder-Knot, Barred Sallow and Yellow-line Quaker (the first for two years).
Sat 12th October 2013 10:26 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 12 degrees

A warmer night with 30 moths of 15 species including FFY - Chestnut and Autumnal Moth.

Fri 11th October 2013 19:29 by Paul Bowyer
Re: Convolvulus Hawk-moth
Hi John, James Packer had one at Berrow on the night of 4th October. He also trapped Delicate's, Scarce Bordered Straw and several Vestal last week
Fri 11th October 2013 14:22 by John Bebbington
East Compton (Bath area) 30 Sep '13
James Candlin has just emailed me a photo of a Convolvulus Hawk-moth which he caught (and released) in his garden on 30th September. As far as I know it's the only Somerset record so far this year. I've asked permission to use his photo and await his reply.
Convolvulus Hawk-moth from Eat Compton
Thu 10th October 2013 10:27 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 7 degrees

Autumn has arrived ! Only eleven moths of eight species including four Dark Sword-grass. !

Wed 9th October 2013 22:24 by Jane Durham
Thank you Paul very much for that.  I was surprised to see books said 'common'.  I don't think I've seen one I just unobservant?
Wed 9th October 2013 19:17 by Paul Bowyer
Re: Araneus diadematus
  • Hi Jane,
  • Araneus diadematus looks to be right. Ordinarily spiders are ID'd by the epigyne in females and palps in males but in this case I can't see any confusion species other than quadratus but the presence of the cross eliminiates this species.
  • Paul
Wed 9th October 2013 10:37 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 11 degrees

51 moths of 24 species including FFY - Dark Chestnut and a Delicate, which is an addition to the good run of migrants we have had this autumn.  Also in the trap were two more P. vitrealis. I am always amazed that such a slender looking moth can cross the Channel.

Wed 9th October 2013 09:50 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 8.10.13
Only 11 moths of six species this morning were hardly worth getting out of bed for although a couple of Barred Sallow did add a bit of colour to proceedings.
Tue 8th October 2013 16:47 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Last night was my first trapping session since the end of September. 50 moths of 14 species. Highlights were FFY Blair's Shoulder-Knot (2) and Common Plume. Also 19 Common Marbled Carpets, another Vestal (my third this autumn) and 8 Beaded Chestnuts.
Tue 8th October 2013 16:03 by Jane Durham
Araneus diadematus
would someone please help with ID.  Am I right with this spider?
Araneus diadematus (sorry I've entered it as whole page error.  please ignore)
Tue 8th October 2013 15:29 by Nigel Cottle
Netherclay LNR 7.10.13
Trapped at Netherclay until just after 01:00h this morning. 113 moths of 24 species. Largest numbers were Common Marbled Carpet (34) and Barred Sallow (24). Also in ones/twos: Brindled Green, Red-line Quaker, Sallow, Angle Shades, Rosy Rustic, Green-brindled Crescent, Copper Underwing, November Moth agg., Blastobasis lacticolella and B. adustella etc.
Tue 8th October 2013 12:50 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 14 degree

80 moths of 29 species including FFY - Merveille du Jour and A.sparsana.

Tue 8th October 2013 10:55 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 7/10/13
A nice mild dampish sort of a night, so more moths.  A total of 57, of 13 species.  26 Beaded Chestnuts and 7 Common Marbled Carpets were the most numerous, but only 3 each Lunar and Large Yellow UW.  A Red-line Quaker and a Delicate (second record here) were FFY, and there were 2 Vestals. Otherwise, a couple of dozy wasps, a few black beetles, some crane flies and lots of assorted caddises.  Quite exciting really !!  (I lead a quiet life).
Mon 7th October 2013 18:50 by James McGill
I recorded Flounced Chestnut for the first time in my north Taunton garden last night. Like a lot of wandering species, it was on the outside of the trap and keen to fly off in the half-light this morning.

Flounced Chestnut

Nigel, the resting posture and general appearance are good for WL Snout. PS Snout typically looks like a mini concorde at rest. I still have some reservations about the angle in the postmedian line though (I wonder if 'S. intermedialis' might look like this). There is a population of WL Snout in Orchard Wood, near Thurlbear. I have had it in a couple of years in Taunton as well when it seemed be undergoing an expansive phase - producing what I take to be a second brood after a good summer like this one.

Mon 7th October 2013 17:25 by Paul Bowyer
Weston mothing
Weston Woods last night:
  • 6 Rush Veneer
  • 1 Pale Pinion
  • 1 Feathered Thorn
  • 3 Red-green Carpet
  • 10+ Acleris laterana
  • 1 Satellite
  • 1 Brick
  • 1 Brindled Green
  • 1 Merveille du Jour
  • Garden trap in the last week:
  • 4 Vestal
  • 2 L-album Wainscot
  • 1 Pearly Underwing
  • 1 Pink-barred Sallow
  • 4 Rush Veneer
  • 4 Silver Y
  • Record count of 36 Blair's Shoulder-knot in one night
  • Acleris sparsana
Mon 7th October 2013 11:36 by Pam Campbell
Hodders Combe Lodge garden,Holford
12moths only of 10species but this included a Mallow,a Sallow and a Vestal. This year i have had very low numbers of LYA and Setateous Hebrew Character only rarely more than 10. Some years i've frequntly had 300plus a night. On 29.09.13 i had a Pinion-Streaked Snout a ffg. Last recorded in Hodders Combe by The Somerset Recorder in 1994.On the whole it has been a "Fair" mothing summer here though i certainly havn't had the numbers of moths as reported by some of you.
Sun 6th October 2013 09:45 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 5/10/13
Getting very autumnal - chilly and misty.  Only 26 moths, of 6 species, made up of Beaded Chestnuts (18) and not much else, certainly nothing of real interest.
Sat 5th October 2013 19:53 by Paul Wilkins
Combe Down and Bathwick, Bath
This Peppered Moth larva found feeding on a rose in my garden today measured 65mm long.

1931 Peppered Moth Larva PW13

A first for this garden a very fresh Green-brindled Crescent (12v 6w Heath Trap)

2245 Green-brindled Crescent PW13

Bath Natural History Society (Moth Group) trap at Bathwick Hill, Bath VC6 Red-green Carpet (MV Robinson Type trap)

1760 Red-green Carpet PW13

Sat 5th October 2013 15:37 by John Connolly
Gem - Manor Road,Taunton
Just checked my records and The Gem I caught last night was a first for my garden.

The Gem - October 2013

Sat 5th October 2013 11:39 by Martin Stockley
First Somerset sighting - 1403a Duponchelia fovealis
Should have added - locaton was Langford Budville, VC5

Martin Stockley

Sat 5th October 2013 11:32 by Martin Stockley
First Somerset sighting
Duponchelia fovealis

Several of these moths (1403a Duponchelia fovealis) have been found recently in my house.  It is an adventive pest species and has no doubt entered the house on a pot plant of some sort - maybe basil?  This is the first recorded Somerset sighting.

Martin Stockley

Sat 5th October 2013 10:06 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 4.10.13
Only 14 moths of nine species but this Vestal was FFG.

Vestal 4.10.13


Sat 5th October 2013 08:23 by John Connolly
Manor Road, Taunton
A showery night last night with a minimum temp. of 11.7°C. 31 moths of 14 species in my 40W actinic Skinner including a few first for year - 1 Vestal, 1 Gem, 1 Beaded Chestnut and 1 Rush Veneer.
Fri 4th October 2013 15:22 by Doug Miller
With the very heavy thunder storms last night i did not expect to much however moths seem more resilient than i thought, with 16 species and a total of 51, Blairs Shoulder-knot with 12 Beaded Chestnut 8 the rest in single figures, Red-line Quaker being new for the year, a very fresh Vestal was found on the wall.
Fri 4th October 2013 10:17 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 16 degrees and very wet.

85 moths of 25 species including FFY - both Red and Yellow Quakers.

Thu 3rd October 2013 16:42 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 16 degrees and very wet.

A remarkable nights trapping in the rain with 130 moths of 33 species including several migrants - Palpita vitrealis, Vestal (3), Rush Veneer (5), and a lifetime first for me, a Blair's Mocha. Also a first I have ever had in a moth trap - a Comma butterfly !

Thu 3rd October 2013 10:34 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 2/10/13
Having put out the traps, I really didn't expect quite as much rain as we got, although "showers" were forecast.  Some VERY heavy showers came down in the end, so I didn't anticipate very many moths this morning.  In the event, there were 30 in total, of 12 species, including a FFY Green-brindled Crescent. Otherwise not much of interest, except another Mallow - these are not common here, so it's nice to get another record, the second this year.

There were literally dozens of crane flies as well, especially in the actinic trap, plus several caddises and the common small round black beetles. It seems as if they were all sheltering fom the rain - can't say I blame them !!

Wed 2nd October 2013 18:04 by Sue Davies
Butleigh garden
Not exactly a Clearwing, but this giant Horntail turned up in the garden this afternoon- a first.

Horntail Urocerus gigas SD13

Wed 2nd October 2013 09:42 by Doug Miller
Over the last four nights numbers of around 100 macros with Large Yellow Underwing the most numerous, new for the year Green-brindled Crescent, Merveille du Jour, Large Ranunculus and Dusky-lemon Sallow.
Tue 1st October 2013 23:00 by Paul Wilkins
Combe Down, Bath
389 Apple Leaf Skeletoniser (Choreutis pariana)

Another beautiful micro emerged today.  Collected as a larva on Apple on 8 September and emerged today.

The larva feeds on the upper surface of the leaf in a silken 'tent' and then pupates on the leaf in a flattened cocoon. The adult moth will then hibernate overwinter to emerge again in the spring.

Panasonic FZ150 1/60 sec at F8 200 ISO

Tue 1st October 2013 17:19 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull Garden 30/9/13
T Min 14.2°C and 70 moths of 23 species. The Delicate was FFG and a 'lifer' for me. Single Angle Shades, Rosy Rustic, Spruce Carpet, Silver Y, Rush Veneer, Garden Rose Tortrix, Eudonia anugustea and Orthopygia glaucinalis. Black Rustic (4), Large Ranunculus (3) and Blair's Shoulder-knot (4).

Delicate 30.9.13

The Delicate


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