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Thu 31st July 2014 18:28 by Chris Iles
Stigmella luteella
Found this leaf mine on silver birch yesterday which has been identified as Stigmella luteella - looks like the first VC6 record for this species for quite a while.  The area was a fairly nondescript area of plantation containing birch so the moth may be more widespread than than the records suggest (certainly there is not much birch locally).

0112 Stigmella luteella

Thu 31st July 2014 10:40 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 13.3 degrees.

45 species including FFY - Four-spotted Footman (male so no spots !) and a first since 2002 a Clouded Magpie.

Wed 30th July 2014 21:54 by Liz Marsden
29/7/14 South Petherton
Two big (nice!) surprises for me today; A beautifull Small Scallop in the trap this morning. Then late this afternoon a Silver Washed Fritillary in the garden that stayed feeding on the Buddlea for 15 minutes - she must have come quite a distance as the nearest woodland is about 3 miles away.

Small Scallop

Wed 30th July 2014 18:21 by Jane Durham
last try!Willow ermine - 2
Wed 30th July 2014 18:09 by Jane Durham
sorry no photo went with this! try again
Wed 30th July 2014 18:02 by Jane Durham
seeing pictures of Yponomeuta rorrella in the blog I am now wondering if this is one too.  The picture is far from clear but perhaps it can still be ID'd?
Tue 29th July 2014 22:37 by Liz Marsden
Selworthy Beacon resuts from Sat. 25th
The weather at Selworthy Beacon was good and we recorded around 1500 moths of 134 species of which 12 were micro Species.  About a third of the moths were True Lover’s Knot.  The other most numerous were; Dark Arches(148) and Large yellow Underwing(94) Highlights were;
Anaomalous, Antler Moth, Cloaked Carpet, Common Lutestring, Crescent Dart, Double Line, Double Lobed, Dotted Clay, Northern Ear, Fern, Four-dotted Footman, Galium Carpet, Grass Emerald, Latticed Heath, Oak Eggar, Oak Hook-tip, Oak Nycteoline, Scalloped Hooktip, Scarce Silver-lines, Slender Brindle, Small Rufous, Small Purple-barred, Tissue, White-line Snout, 1324 Pediasia aridella, 1451 Pyla Fusca
4 MV and one Actinic light were used. Large Ear


Oak Nycteoline 25.7.14

Tue 29th July 2014 15:50 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 14.2 degrees

45 species including FFY - a Rosy Rustic.

Mon 28th July 2014 17:10 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset
A much quieter, cooler night, with showers, produced 115 moths of 40 species. Interestingly there was another Dog's Tooth, somewhat paler than two nights before. Only one FFY, Swallow Prominent. Common Rustic (14) is vying with Heart and Dart (17) as the most numerous species.
Mon 28th July 2014 16:27 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe 26 July - Min Temp 15.8 degrees

80 species including FFY - Copper Underwing, Gold Spot, Dark Marbled Carpet, Ringed China mark and a first of the second brood of Setaceous Hebrew Character.

Mon 28th July 2014 15:49 by Nigel Cottle
Netherclay LNR Micros 24.7.14
A slightly late posting but I wanted to be sure that I had identified them correctly; the best of the micros trapped at Netherclay last Thursday night were two Willow Ermine:

Willow Ermine One

Willow Ermine Two

Sun 27th July 2014 10:19 by Sue Davies
Butleigh Garden Friday Night
Bumper catch of 66 sps and a few micros still to ID, lots of FFYs, 3 Jersey Tigers, Vapourer, Pale Prominent, Shark, Mouse Moth, Gold Triangle, Beautiful and Common Plume, Recurvaria leucatella and FFGs 2 Marbled Green, one the pale form, and Least Yellow Underwing also a first Platyptilia pallidactyla.

2295 Marbled Green SD14 1504  Platyptilia pallidactyla SD14

Sat 26th July 2014 19:10 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 25.7.14
93 moths of 29 spp. Like Rob & John I too had a FFG Dog's Tooth. Pyrausta aurata was also FFG and Chinese Character, Small Elephant Hawk, Small Yellow Wave and Oak Hook-tip all FFY.

Dog's Tooth 25.7.14

Dog's Tooth

Sat 26th July 2014 18:45 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Another good night with around 250 moths of 60+ species, with some still to sort out. It's becoming a time-consuming business!

FFG was a Dog's-tooth. FFY included Spindle Ermine Buff Footman, Mocha, Pebble Hook-tip, Yellow-tail (only my second record, first being in 2011), Pale Prominent, Rosy Minor and Knot-grass

Sat 26th July 2014 14:34 by Nigel Cottle
Netherclay LNR 24.7.14
Trapped at Netherclay until 02:30h Friday morning. 300+ moths of 73 spp. Highest counts: Dingy Footman (28), Mother of Pearl (26) and Common Footman (23). Nothing to get too excited about but a good variety incl. Elephant & Poplar Hawk, Iron Prominent, Swallow-tailed Moth, Blood-vein & Small Blood-vein, Beautiful Hook-tip, Coronet, Cloaked Minor, Dun-bar, Sallow Kitten, Purple Bar, Pebble Hook-tip, Chinese Character, Mocha, Pale-shoulderd Brocade, Barred Straw & Swallow Prominent.
Sat 26th July 2014 11:45 by John Connolly
Manor Road, Taunton
After several nights catching just 50 or 60 moths, last night was much better. 71 macros of 25 species inc. FFG Dog's Tooth and FFY 12 Jersey Tigers, 3 Common Carpet, 1 Swallowtail, 1 Blood Vein, 1 Magpie Moth and 3 Marbled green. 94 micros of 21 species inc. FFG 2 Diamond-back Moth and FFY 2 Ringed China-mark, 1 Bird-cherry Ermine, 3 Batia unitella. Also got 22 Cydia splendana which is far more than I've ever caught before. Just one Large Yellow Underwing - I haven't caught more than 2 in a night all year - where have they gone?.
Fri 25th July 2014 19:21 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 22.8.14
On Tuesday night 77 moths of 26 species with Rosy Footman FFY. Apple Leaf Miner & Pale-shouldered Brocade were both FFG and take my garden list to 301 (211 macros & 90 micros) since I began trapping here in September 2011. Not too bad for a small garden in the middle of a brand new housing estate.
Fri 25th July 2014 17:30 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset
A follow up on Wednesday night - now up to 71 species, with some micros still to check!  FFG were Gypsonoma aceriana and Chocolate-tip. Additional FFY were Pameme fasciana, Scallop Shell, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Common White Wave, Sallow Kitten, Smoky Wainscot and Rosy Rustic. A handful of species are boosting the totals - Chrysoteuchia culmella (35, my highest count), Common Footman (32), Heart and Dart (42) and Dark Arches (24, my highest count). Year list now 205 species.

On a WCBS Butterfly transect at Broadway this morning I recorded a Jersey Tiger and 2 Clouded Yellow butterflies - very nice!

Fri 25th July 2014 17:13 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Finally sorted out the moths from last night. 567 Macros of 87 species. Most numerous were Common footman (82), Common Rustic(45) and Dingy Footman(39). Lots of new Firsts for year including Swallow Prominent , Plain Wave, Double Lobed, Dark Umber and Maiden's Blush. The latter I normally only record as the occasional singleton along with Mocha. Last night I had 3 Maiden's Blush and 5 Mocha.
I have also seen 3 Clouded Yellows near to my home this afternoon. I assume there have been quite a few arriving.
Fri 25th July 2014 08:45 by Ian Mathieson
No migrants last night but lots of moths which I am still sorting out. The night before I recorded 3 Silver Ys, A Vestal and a Gem amonst another bumper catch.
Thu 24th July 2014 18:43 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Quite a night's trapping last night with 300+ moths of 60+ species . It's going to take some time to sort them out because there were lots of micros. FFY so far include Jersey Tiger, (my first July record here), Broad-bordered and Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, Lesser Yellow Underwing.
Thu 24th July 2014 18:19 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 17.8 degrees

A very warm night with nearly 400 moths 0f 88 species. and it took over an hour to check them. FFY - Marbled Beauty, Sharp-angled Carpet, and a Willow Beauty which is apparently a first for ST02. We also had O.glaucinalis. To ease the time pressure we will have to simply list LYUs, Heart and Dart, and Dark Arches as being present.

Wed 23rd July 2014 20:58 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 15.5 degrees

400 moths of 78 species including FFY - Jersey Tiger and Herald. there has been an explosion of LYU's as the numbers went up from teens to 63 !.

Wed 23rd July 2014 20:06 by Paul Bowyer
Ham Wall 21st July 2014
A couple of us trapped on Ham Wall with kind permission from the RSPB on 21st recording 108 species from 3 MV lights with highlights of:
  • 2 Slender Pug
  • 1 Brown-veined Wainscot
  • 1 Twin-spotted Wainscot
  • 3 Brown China Mark
  • 2 Large Emerald
  • 2 Lesser Swallow Prominent
  • 1 Gynnidomorpha alismana
  • 2 Lesser Cream Wave
  • 1 Small Rufous
  • 5 Crescent
  • 1 Dog's Tooth
  • 2 Bactra furfurana
  • 4 Small Seraphim
  • 1 Round-winged Muslin
Wed 23rd July 2014 17:30 by Paul Newman
Ian -- the SWT Gardening for Wildlife Group were on a walk at Shapwick on Thursday last week, and we saw what must be the same creature, or another just like it, also on a path.  We didn't know what it was either !!  Any information will be gratefully received by the Group.
Wed 23rd July 2014 13:09 by Sue Davies
Butleigh Wood
Interesting session in large central replanted clearing, Left the 20w Actinic Robinson trap overnight. Apart from culmella/perlella/tristella, commonest species were: July Highfyer-27, Drinker-12, Smoky Wainscot 9, Nut Tree Tussock & Dingy Footman-7, Black Arches & Mocha-6, not a LYUW in site. FFYs, Mocha, Dunbar, Lilac Beauty, Small White Wave. Lots of interesting micros FFY Acleris laterana, Bactra lanceolana, and 3 new ones for me, Eulamprotes atrella, the very odd Hypatima rhomboidella and an Oncocera semirubella which i just managed to snap as it made its escape and my ID centre booted up.

1441 Oncocera semirubella SD14 0731 Eulamprotes atrella SD14

Wed 23rd July 2014 10:45 by Ian Mathieson
Insect identification
On Sunday I was at Shapwick Heath and came across an extraordinary creature on a path. It was about 2'' long and as fat as your finger. It was a dark brown colour and had segments that tapered off to a point. It was a similar size and shape to a slightly flattened chilli. When I first saw it it was writhing about and when I tried to pick it up I noticed it had some very effective looking pincers. It had a small head and thorax and its legs seemed much too small for the huge body that it somehow managed to quite speedily pull behind it as it walked. I have never seen anything like this. I assume it was a beetle larva but internet searches have proved fruitless. Hopefully someone can tell me what it was that I saw from this description.

Unidentified larva

Tue 22nd July 2014 18:30 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 14.2 degrees

300+ moths of 65 species including FFY - Marbled Green, Magpie, Least Y/U, Silky Wave and several little ermine species.

Mon 21st July 2014 12:55 by Paul Bowyer
Mon 21st July 2014 11:18 by Sue Davies
1396 Mecyna flavalis
Found a beautifully marked 1396 Mecyna flavalis which I disturbed walking, last Wed, while on Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight.

1396 Mecyna flavalis SD14

Mon 21st July 2014 11:07 by Paul Bowyer
Weston Moths
A nice surprise to see a macro lifer in the trap this morning. Despite trapping in suitable habitat in the past I've never seen Bordered White until this morning. 4 Diamond-back's and Silver Y too plus Black Arches, Euzophera pinguis, Zelleria hepariella, Small Rivulet and Lesser Broad-borderd Yellow Underwing all new for the year.

Bordered White

Bordered White

Sun 20th July 2014 22:57 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Best night of year so far, with 200 moths of 65+ species. FFY included Ghost Moth, Black Arches, Bordered Beauty, Ruby Tiger and Marbled Green. Lots of micros to check!
Sun 20th July 2014 17:44 by Sue Davies
Butleigh garden
Best night of the year with 62+ species, lots of FFYs Single-dotted Wave, Twin- spot Carpet, Lesser and Small Broad-bordred YUWs, Black Arches, Coronet, Poplar Grey, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Rosy Wainscot, Ruby Tiger, and 2 FFG, Reddish Light Arches and Dusky Sallow, lots of FFY micros including, Apple/Orchard Ermine, Batia unitella, Euzophera pinguis, Donacaula Forticella, and an explosion of Plutella porectella. Also my second Lobesia abscisana.

1108 Lobesia abscisana SD14 1470 Euzophera pinguis SD14

Sun 20th July 2014 10:49 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 12.2 degrees

With a cooler night we had only 220 moths of 48 species including FFY -a Pinion streaked Snout and P.purpuralis. Like Ian we had the best count yet of LYU's in our case just 16 !

Sun 20th July 2014 09:15 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Busiest night yet in the garden with 420 macros of 62 species. Most numerous were Common Footman (110), Heart and Dart (61), Dark Arches (25) and the best count yet of 23 Large Yellow Underwings.  Having experienced good conditions for migration and having seen my first Humming Bird Hawk Moth in the garden yesterday I hoped for some interesting migrants. A Dark Sword Grass was the only obvious candidate.
However my garden firsts continue. This time it was a beautiful fresh Tissue. This was the first recorded in ST41 since Dixie Dean found one on Ham Hill in 1992.
Sat 19th July 2014 20:49 by Paul Bowyer
Weston Moths
6 NFY's brought the garden year list to 298 which included a good candidate for Elegia similella (White-barred Knot-horn) my 24th NFG this year.

Elegia similella

Elegia similella

Sat 19th July 2014 17:47 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
I had a pug come to a lighted window on Wednesday evening which has now been confirmed by Robin as a Bleached Pug. This is a first for ST41 and according to the records the first in Somerset since 2001. It feeds on Goldenrod of which the nearest patch that I'm aware of is over a mile away. Perhaps if we trapped occasionally with a household bulb rather than the ubiquitous MV we may get some interesting results.
Sat 19th July 2014 15:54 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Thursday Min Temp 17.9 degrees

FFY Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing, Slender Brindle and a First for ST02 Dotted Carpet.

Friday, Min Temp 16 degrees

FFY Black Arches and a female Oak Eggar. I always hope I can use this to attract a male but no luck so far. Of the commoner moths we are getting both Heart and Dart and Dark Arches in the 60 to 80 range but LYU rarely gets into double figures.

Sat 19th July 2014 11:47 by John Bebbington
Langport, VC6, 18 Juky 2014
Encroaching housing development and massive light pollution are afecting my garden trapping very badly - poor numbers of species and individuals most nights. Very few migrants - 2 Silver Y on 16th and a Diamond-back last night. However there was a pristine Webb's Wainscot Archanara sparganii in the trap this morning, the second specimen here (previous was 2010).
Fri 18th July 2014 10:04 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Nothing quite as exciting as a Bedstraw Hawk Moth but there was signs of migration here last night with 2 Silver Ys, a Vestal and a Four Spotted Footman.
Those of you who read the Atropos latest sightings page will be aware of the irruption of Yellow Legged Tortoiseshells into Holland and which are now trickling into Kent and Sussex. They are superficially similar to Large Tortoiseshells so if you are lucky enough to see a Large Tortoiseshell in the next few weeks do check carefully and see if we can record a new butterfly for Somerset.
Fri 18th July 2014 10:01 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 16/7/14 addendum
Last night's round-up of escapees produced 114 more moths and 9 more species, taking the totals to 503/59.  This is the largest catch I have ever had, and I need a rest !!
Thu 17th July 2014 16:22 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 16.9 degrees

The warmest night of the year so far with nearly 400 moths of 84 species including FFY - a Bedstraw Hawk moth (only our second here in 16 years), Muslin Footman, Dun-bar, Ear Moth, Bordered Beauty, Lesser Yellow Under -Wing and Lesser Broad-bordered Y/U.  We also had firsts of the second broods of Ruby Tiger and Engrailed.

Thu 17th July 2014 11:24 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 16/7/14
Another busy night/morning (breakfast is happening later every day).  389 moths of 50 species so far, plus the prolific round-up of escapees to come this evening.  FFY were Coronet (2), an early Flounced Rustic, Oegoconia quadripuncta, and FFG Lobesia abscisana.  Heart & Dart (88), C.culmella (85) and Common Footman (61) were the most numerous. 

My 6W actinic trap has recently been undergoing refurbishment, and produced 155 moths on its re-appearance last night. I'm not sure I can cope with all these large catches, but I am being helped out by very tame Blackbird and Robin who both think it's breakfast time when I'm clearing the traps.  I suppose it's my fault for concentrating their prey in one place - a bit like Sparrowhawks raiding the bird feeders!

Thu 17th July 2014 09:39 by Liz Marsden
Events; Staple Plain
Due to the probability of bad weather this is now Cancelled.
Wed 16th July 2014 18:40 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
A good night last night, with 179 moths of 43+ species (some micros still to sort out). FFY were Clouded Border (3) and a Footman trio - Rosy (2), Dingy (1) and Scarce (1). It's possibly the first time I've had 4 species of Footman in the same night. The 'big hitters' were Riband Wave (15), Common Footman (33, my second highest count) and Heart & Dart (36). Still a shortage of Yellow Underwings here.
Wed 16th July 2014 09:42 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 14/7/14 addendum
Nigel, I suspect your local moths were having a vacation over here !!  I rounded up another 72 last evening, making the total for the 14th. now 408, with an additional 8 species (up to 57), including FFY Small Blood-vein. Overall C.culmella accounted for 117, and Heart & Dart 98. Oddly enough, the "other" Grass Veneer (Crambus perlella) totalled just 2.  I wonder why.
Tue 15th July 2014 19:23 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 14.7.14
Well, my 'haul' of 71 moths of 17 species (and 35 of those were C. culmella.) seems pretty poor when compared with those of Ian, Paul, Rob et al. Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Ruby Tiger & Yellow-tail all FFY.
Tue 15th July 2014 18:02 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset
A belated report from Saturday night - 148 moths of 49 species. It took time to sort out some micros! 8 FFY including Honeysuckle Moth, Blastodacna helerella, Small Emerald, Small Fan-footed Wave, July Highflyer and Marbled Beauty. Top three species were Heart & Dart (34), Common Footman (15) and Riband Wave (13).

Let's see what tonight brings!

Tue 15th July 2014 12:40 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
297 macros of 56 species last night. These included both my first Garden Tiger since 2011 and my first Lackey since 2010. Both these species have been common in my recording time and are possibly the most visible reminders of how easy it is to lose a common moth.
The new species for the garden keep coming. Today it was a Silky Wainscot. This is the fist record for ST41 and I cannot think of any suitable habitat within 10 miles of here.
Tue 15th July 2014 10:32 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 14/7/14
A very busy night - so far 336 moths of 49 species, including 105 C.culmella and 83 Heart & Dart, with FFY Marbled Green, Double Square-spot and a second-generation Ruby Tiger The first generation, this year (as it has indeed been every other year here since 2005), conspicuous by its absence.  There will also be a good number of escapees to round up this evening, so the totals will be noticeably higher in the end.

The first Gatekeeper of the Summer seen yesterday.

Mon 14th July 2014 17:40 by Liz Marsden
Numerous highlights from Hurlstone Point, despite the full moon and clear skies!. And many moths altogether; Dark Arches(306) being the most numerous followed by True Lovers Knot (125), Buff Arches.(78), Dot Moth(55), and Crescent Dart (45). Micro Moth highlights included;

Ypsolopha nemorella(2)
Batia lambdella(1)
Catoptria pinella(1)
Synaphe puntalis(3)
Trachycera marmoreal(1)
Dolicharthria punctalis(3)

Some of the Macro Moth highlights were;
Annulet(1) Antler Moth(1) Barrett's Marbled Coronet(2) Campion (6)
Cloaked Carpet(29) Confused(2) Crescent Dart(45) Devonshire Wainscot(9)
Dotted Clay(1) Double Line(1) Dwarf Cream Wave(4) Fern(2)
Galium Carpet(4) Grass Emerald(1) Golden-rod Pug(5)
Haworth's Pug(1) L-album Wainscot(1) Least Yellow Underwing(1)
Maple Prominent(1) Marbled Coronet(15)
Mullein Wave(1) Northern Rustic(1) Pinion-streaked Snout(1)
Plain Wave(1) Scarce Footman(23)
Scallop Shell(1) Shark(1) Small Emerald(1)
White-line Snout(23)

Robiin Clatworthy ran 2 125wMV and 2 actinic lights (the actinic he lugged up to the old Coastguard station was particularly good, producing many of the more rare sp.) I ran one1 125wMV light. Over 1,200 moths of 113 macro sp. and 16 micro sp. 2169 Barrett's Marbled Coronet 11.7.14 2206 Devonshire Wainscot 11.7.14 1689 Mullein Wave 11.7.14

Sun 13th July 2014 18:59 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
Easily the best night of the year last night. It was so busy that I haven't totalled the moths yet but there were a number of highlights. The best record was my first garden Dingy Shell. I have caught this moth 1/2 a mile away and have expected to see it eventually. This is the fourth new species this year with a fifth, a possible Mullein Wave, awaiting confirmation. I also had a Royal Mantle. This was the first good record I had in my garden when I first started recording here in 2003. I had a second a few days later but have had to wait until now to record a third. I also had 4 Maple Pugs. I have only ever recorded this in two previous years with the last record being in 2010.

I have now totalled the moths and ended up with 390 macros of 65 different species. This included my 200th macro species for 2014. Last year I passed the 200 mark on 20/07/14.
Sun 13th July 2014 16:19 by Paul Bowyer
Shapwick Heath 11th July 2014
Single 125W MV ran for 2.5hrs on Friday 11th July with kind permission from Natural England recording 57 species. Personal highlights:
  • 2 Large Emerald
  • 1 Small Seraphim
  • 1 Argyresthia brockeella
  • 1 Anacampsis blattariella
  • 1 Gynnidomorpha alismana (Gen Det)
  • 1+ Coleophora glaucicolella (Gen Det)
  • 1 Small Rufous
  • 2 Scalloped Hook-tip
  • 1 Lesser Cream Wave
  • 3 Elachista maculicerusella
Sat 12th July 2014 21:02 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 11/7/14 including escapees from this morning
A good average night, warm but with a full moon, so a goodly number of moths.  Total 190 of 49 species, including FFY Catoptria falsella & Aethes cnicana.  A mystery from 9/7 has been identified by David Agassiz, to whom my thanks, as Teleiodes vulgella, a first for this site.
Fri 11th July 2014 19:04 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 10.7.14
62 moths (incl. 30 C. culmella) of 23 species. Eucosma cana, Garden Pebble, Garden Tiger & Shoulder-striped Wainscot were all FFG. Jersey Tiger & Clay FFY + my first second brood Nut-tree Tussock.

Garden Tiger 10.7.14

Fri 11th July 2014 18:39 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset
Last night 134 moths of 44+ species. New for site was Peacock Moth & FFY were Garden Pebble, V-Pug, Scalloped Oak, Drinker, The Shark and Clay. Several micros still to sort out!
Fri 11th July 2014 12:05 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 9/7/14 addendum
A further 26 moths and 2 species to add to the main report.  Totals now 188/43
Thu 10th July 2014 11:29 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 9/7/14
Quite good numbers, considering the night was a bit breezy, and a waxing moon.  162 moths so far, of 41 species.  FFY were Scalloped Oak, Sycamore, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Lychnis, White Plume Moth, Acleris holmiana (second record here, the other one in 2008), & Donacaula forficella (this one had me foxed at first, as it was much paler than the illustration in Sterling's book, but I found the photo on the UK Moths website much more like it).
Wed 9th July 2014 23:04 by Sue Davies
Butleigh Wood Friday Night
Fairly cool ight, but still managed 35 species, FFYs Coronet, Rosy Footman, Black Arches, also Small Phoenix, Marbled White, Satin Beauty & Engrailed. Still a few micros to sort out but 2 new ones for me, 0430 Yponomeuta plumbella and what is prob (DA) 1334a Scoparia basistrigalis,certainly a large scoriaria. 0430 Yponomeuta plumbella SD14 1334a Scoparia basistrigalis SD14
Wed 9th July 2014 19:43 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 8.7.15
T Min 12°C, clear with a moderate breeze. Only 25 moths of 10 species; Marbled Green was FFY.

Marbled Green 8.7.14

Wed 9th July 2014 16:20 by Liz Marsden
Chedington Woods Sun. 6th July
A bright moon and a chilly night produced about 260 macro moths of 61 sp. and 9 sp of micro moths. Star of the show was a Cloaked Pug, identified by Robin.  Satin Beauty and Drinker were the most numerous (15 each). For me the added attractions were Barred Red(2), Large Emerald(5) and Fern(2) all moths I hadn't seen before. Attended by Robin Clatworthy and me.

Barred Red

Wed 9th July 2014 16:17 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 11.3 degrees

77 moths of 47 species including FFY - Shark, Common Rustic agg., Small Dotted Buff, Clay and Cloaked Carpet. I was interested to see the report of a White-line Snout from Wiveliscombe. I have only had three here ,the last in July 2009.

Wed 9th July 2014 15:52 by John Bebbington
White-line Snout from Wiveliscombe
Mel Bellingham, a visiting moth enthusiast from Cheshire, trapped at Wiveliscombe last week and took two White-line Snout Schrankia taenialis, confirmed by his photos.

White-line Snout
White-line Snout Schrankia taenialis from Wiveliscombe ©Mel Bellingham 2014
Wed 9th July 2014 12:00 by Sue Davies
Butleigh Car
Went out to retrieve my trap from Butleigh Wood this morning and found this Essex Skipper waiting for a lift. Showing its black palp tips off beautifully in the chrome! 1527 Essex Skipper SD14 Essex Skipper SD14
Tue 8th July 2014 12:08 by Liz Marsden
Robin Clatworthy's Garden List of Species for June
List of species trapped by R. Clatworthy, Merriot, in june 2014, at a 125w MV Robinson type trap; 133 macro Species, 13 micro Species;

[Riband Wave, Common Marbled Carpet, Willow Beauty,
[ Brimstone Moth, Alder Kitten, Puss Moth, Pale Tussock,
Buff-tip, Cinnabar, White Ermine, Figure of Eighty,
Heart and Club, Heart and Dart, Flame, Flame Shoulder,
Treble Lines, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Ingrailed Clay
Marbled Minor, Middle-barred Minor, Rufous Minor,
Marbled Minor agg, Clouded-bordered Brindle, Mottled Rustic
Rustic, Uncertain, Vine's Rustic, Pale Mottled Willow,
Bright-line Brown-eye, Dark Arches, Spectacle, Herald, Snout
Green Carpet, Poplar Hawk-moth, Eyed Hawk-moth
Lime Hawk-moth, Privet Hawk-moth, Elephant Hawk-moth,
Small Elephant Hawk-moth, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Small Square-spot
Rivulet, Peppered Moth, Garden Carpet, Broken-barred Carpet,
Freyer's Pug, Mottled Pug, Grey Pug, Common Pug,
Lime-speck Pug, Light Emerald, Sharp-angled Peacock
Peach Blossom, Treble Brown Spot, Iron Prominent
Swallow Prominent, Buff-tip, Miller, Alder Moth
Sycamore, Poplar Grey, Pebble Hook-tip
Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Smoky Wainscot, Common Wainscot
Small Clouded Brindle, Knot Grass, Grey Arches
Dark / Grey Dagger, Grey Dagger, Burnished Brass
Silver Y,Beautiful Golden Y, Plain Golden Y
Straw Dot, Fan-foot, Small Fan-foot, Brussels Lace
Common White Wave, Common Wave, Buff Ermine
Blood-vein, Small Blood-vein, Silver-ground Carpet
Flame Carpet, Small Angle Shades, Common Lutestring
Large Yellow Underwing, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Cabbage Moth
Clouded Silver, Clouded Border, Double-striped Pug
Green Pug, Lychnis, Beautiful Hook-tip Common Carpet,
Wood Carpet, Cream-spot Tiger, Garden Tiger, Scarlet Tiger,
Ruby Tiger, Coronet, May Highflyer,Barred Straw,Green Arches
Green Silver-lines,Scorched Wing,Angle Shades, Db' Sq Spot,
[Swallow-tailed Moth,Shark, Purple Clay,Dark Sword-grass,
Dot Moth, Light Arches,Ghost Moth,Blue-bordered Carpet
Common Emerald, Common Footman,Muslin Footman
Single-dotted Wave,Scallop Shell,Foxglove Pug
Dingy Shell, Lilac Beauty,Small Dusty Wave
Buff Arches,Tawny-barred Angle,Small Yellow Wave
Small Fan-footed Wave, Clay, Marbled Green, Scalloped Oak

Anania perlucidalis (Somerset 1st)
Perinephela lancealis, Rusty-dot Pearl, Bee Moth
Lesser Bee Moth, Small Magpie, Crambus perlella
Cataclysta lemnata, Parapoynx stratiotata, Udea prunalis
Udea olivalis, Phlyctaenia coronata, Garden Pebble
Gold Triangle.

Tue 8th July 2014 11:22 by Liz Marsden
Events for July
Friday July 11th Bossington – Hurlstone Point (Exmoor Coast). Meet at; Bossington N.T. Car Park SS897480 (20.30hrs) (It may be difficult to ferry people and equipment to the top)

Saturday July 19th Staple Plain (Quantock Hills) Cancelled

Friday July 25th Selworthy Beacon (exmoor). Meet at; From W. of Minehead end of Hill Road. Last of 4 car parks (beyond Memorial Hut) (20.15hrs) SS910477

Saturday August 19th Park Wood, Chaffcombe (S.Somerset) Private Woodland (E. of village along Knapps Lane on North side) ST356 108 (20.00hrs) Edit; 1st Aug: Cancelled

Mon 7th July 2014 19:54 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 6.7.14
Another clear & relatively cool night. 52 moths of only 14 species which included 23 C. culmella & 12 Dark Arches. An example of The Fern was FFG & Marbled Beauty FFY.
Mon 7th July 2014 13:37 by Paul Newman
The micro from the 3/7/14 trapping has been determined by David Agassiz, to whom my thanks, as Ephestia unicolorella, a new species for this site.
Sun 6th July 2014 19:45 by Paul Newman
Likewise - they were on screen earlier today, but not now,
Sun 6th July 2014 19:12 by Nigel Cottle
Re: distribution maps
Yes, can't see the distribution maps & unable to upload photos.
Sun 6th July 2014 18:00 by Peter Austin
Can't see the distribution maps. Anyone else got this problem?
Sun 6th July 2014 16:24 by Nigel Cottle
Netherclay LNR 5.7.14
A clear & cool night so only 142 moths of 36 species (well down on the 260 of 59 on 3rd July last year when it was warm and overcast).
Sun 6th July 2014 15:55 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Last night turned clear and cool so moth total was 69 moths of 28 species. FFY were Epiblema trimaculana, Common Emerald, Common Carpet, Dark Marbled Carpet, Turnip Moth, The Gothic and Dot Moth. Heart and Dart still the most numerous but numbers down to 21.
Sun 6th July 2014 10:06 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 5/7/14
Much cooler, so far fewer moths last night.  104 of 22 species, including FFY Clay and Rush Veneer.  C.culmella down from 89 on 3rd to only 1 this time (they clearly prefer warm weather), but Heart & Dart (34) and Common Footman (20) still in good numbers.
Sat 5th July 2014 09:17 by Paul Newman
East Lydford - addendum to 3/7/14
Last evening's round-up of the morning's strays produced a further 33 moths and 6 additional species, totals now 277/55.  The highlight for me was a Dingy Shears, which is a new record for this site. There is also a micro on its way to David Agassiz for determination - watch this space.
Fri 4th July 2014 17:31 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Again a belated report, this time for Wednesday evening. It's taken time to sort out some of the micros and others! This time 121 moths of 44 species. Best was a single Small Elephant Hawk-moth, the first I've recorded. FFY were Lozotaenia forsterana, Chrysoteuchia culmella (4), Crambus perlella, Agriphila straminella (2), Agriphila tristella, Mother of Pearl, Bee Moth, Small Yellow Wave, Brussels Lace, Purple Clay, The Coronet, Beautiful Golden Y and Beautiful Hook-Tip.
Fri 4th July 2014 16:59 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 15.3 degrees.

The warmer night produced 200 moths of 60 species including FFY - True Lovers-Knot, Rosy Footman, and a first for square ST02, a White Point. Also we had a first of the second brood of Nut-Tree Tussock. Earlier in the week we had FFY Footmen , Common, Scarce and Buff, Dark Spectacle and a Small Emerald which I never think is small enough to justify the name.

Fri 4th July 2014 12:18 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 3/7/14
A warm muggy night, so loadsa moths.  244 so far, of 49 species, with a good few escapees to round up this evening, as per usual.  FFY were Common Rustic agg.(3), Dingy Footman, Mouse Moth (2), Pandemis heparana, and Hypsopygia (on MapMate as Orthopygia) glaucinalis. Quite the largest individual count was Chrysoteuchia culmella with 79 (they were everywhere !), but oddly only 3 Crambus perlella, its cousin.
Fri 4th July 2014 11:37 by Paul Bowyer
Weston Moths
Another pretty good night last night. This morning 2 Tawny-barred Angle sat outside the trap. None for 8 years and then 3 in 2 nights. Best of all were a few migrants including Silver Y and European Corn-borer
Thu 3rd July 2014 18:08 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 2.7.14
62 moths of 22 species with Clay Triple-lines FFG.

Clay Triple-lines

Clay Triple-lines

Thu 3rd July 2014 17:26 by Sue Davies
Worley Hill
Trapped at Worley last night. Over 200 moths of 56 sps.and counting. Lost of FFys, Drinker, Maiden's Blush, Scarce and Dingy Footmen, Clay, Lobster Moth, Plain Golden Y, and micros- Mother of Pearl, Agapeta zoegana, Acleris Forsskaleana, Red-barred Tortrix, Ysolopha sequela and a FFme, 1462 Pempeliella dilutella,(confirmed by DA)

Thu 3rd July 2014 15:16 by Paul Bowyer
Weston Moths
Every now and then I get a habitat theme night and last night's theme was damp ground and Hazel which brought four new for the garden on a clear night with moderate SW wind: Dingy Shell, Small Seraphim, Pempelia formosa and Tawny-barred Angle. Garden year list now stands at around 265 including 8 butterflies, 159 Macro's and 98 Micro's.

Dingy Shell

Dingy Shell

Thu 3rd July 2014 11:38 by Paul Newman
Easy Lydford 2/7/14
A reasonable catch last night, with 107 moths of 31 species so far.  FFY were Rosy Footman, Garden Tiger, Marbled Beauty, Magpie Moth, Dot Moth (third record here only), Acleris variegana and Mompha ochraceella (second record here). 4 Elephant Hawks (which seem to be having a good year) and 30 C.culmella (likewise).
Thu 3rd July 2014 11:07 by Paul Bowyer
Sand Point 1st July 2014
Sand Point - 125W MV ran for 2 hours on 1st July recording 84 species including:
  • 1 Blackneck
  • 2 Anania crocealis
  • 3 Shark
  • 1 Galium Carpet
  • 1 Diamond-back Moth
  • 1 Rusty Dot Pearl
  • 1 Silver Y
  • 2 Pempeliella dilutella
  • 1 Dwarf Cream Wave
  • 1 Mecyna asinalis
  • 2 Stenoptilia pterodactyla
  • 2 Coleophora anatipennella

Mecyna asinalis

Mecyna asinalis

Wed 2nd July 2014 22:09 by Nigel Cottle
Gilling Down 2.7.14
I found this rather battered-looking example of 1495 Marasmarcha lunaedactyla (Crescent Plume) on Gilling Down whilst walking the transect this lunchtime.

Crescent Plume

Marasmarcha lunaedactyla

Wed 2nd July 2014 17:42 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St Nicholas South Somerset
A belated report for Monday night's trapping. After being away for over a couple of weeks it was nice to have a decent catch - 116 moths of 37 species, including FFY Single-dotted Wave, Treble Brown Spot, Small Rivulet, Grey and Green Pugs, Willow Beauty, Double Square Spot and Plain Golden Y. Earlier that day I had a Hummingbird Hawk-Moth in the garden.

One additional catch was a Carpet I've been struggling to identiify. Does anyone have any thoughts on it, please?

Mystery Carpet Combe St Nicholas

Wed 2nd July 2014 13:52 by Sue Davies
Butleigh garden
A quiet night with only 23 sps, a couple of FFYs, Buff Footman, Common Wave, also a Herald, Lackey and Haworth's Pug, and a Garden Tiger stuck in a Spider's web this morning.
Tue 1st July 2014 18:40 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 30.6.14
Only 48 moths of 16 species with Common Footman and 658 Carcina quercana FFY.
Tue 1st July 2014 10:40 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 30/6/14
Quite breezy last night, so numbers not spectacular.  72 moths of 25 species, so far, with only one FFY - a Drinker.

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