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Sat 29th November 2014 16:45 by Jenny Vickers
Frome 28/11/2014
I had high hopes for trapping my Mum's garden in Frome last night. Alas, it was ill founded. Just 2 LBAMs.
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Sat 29th November 2014 13:57 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 28.11.14
T Min 6.2°C. Single December Moth, Feathered Thorn & Eudonia angustea and two LBAM.
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Sat 29th November 2014 11:35 by Roger Edmondson
Thurlbear Wood 28 November
That spartan acleris should have been sparsana of course. Trapped with 2 actinics from 5-9pm. Temperature 11c dropping to 8.5-9 when rain started. Acleris sparsana 1 November Moths 3 Epirrita sp 9 Mottled Umber 1 Feathered Thorns 16 Red-green Carpet 2 Winter Moth 8 Diamond-back 1 Udea ferrugalis (RDP) 1 Chestnut 1 Satellite 1
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Sat 29th November 2014 11:33 by Roger Edmondson
Thurlbear Wood 28 November
Trapped with 2 actinics from 5-9pm. Temperature 11c dropping to 8.5-9 when rain started. Acleris spartan 1 November Moths 3 Epirrita sp 9 Mottled Umber 1 Feathered Thorns 16 Red-green Carpet 2 Winter Moth 8 Diamond-back 1 Idea ferrugalis (RDP) 1 Chestnut 1 Satellite 1
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Sat 29th November 2014 09:49 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 28/11/14
Another nil return - not totally surprising, as it was quite breezy last night. Still, it would have been nice to see an Umber or two.
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Fri 28th November 2014 21:33 by Jenny Vickers
Thanks Paul Not finding it in the 'what's on the wing tonight' threw me as well as the warm colouring which I think doesn't show in the Waring book, well to my eyes anyway! :) The nearest I could come to it in the book was Beautiful Arches but that was on the wing earlier in the year. All part of the steep learning curve!
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Fri 28th November 2014 16:36 by Paul Wilkins
Dark Arches ID
Hi, Jenny

Yes, your moth is a Dark Arches, there seems to have been quite a few this autumn.  Good luck with your trap tonight.

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Fri 28th November 2014 16:04 by Jenny Vickers
Frome 27.11.2014
I set the trap at home last night for the first time in ages. Only two moths, one LBAM and the moth pictured below. I wasn't familiar with it, so I looked in the 'what's flying tonight' section and my moth book but with no luck. So I put the photo on a Facebook forum and got a reply of Dark Arches. I'd be grateful for anyone's thoughts on here please.  The forewing length was around 20mm. Thanks.

Dark Arches query

I've set the trap up in my Mum's garden in Frome tonight so here's hoping for more success tomorrow.

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Fri 28th November 2014 14:32 by Pam Campbell
Hodders Combe Lodge garden
9moths of 2species last night. 8Mottled Umber and one December Moth. The Mottled Umbers had 4 different colours and wing markings.
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Thu 27th November 2014 20:58 by Chris Iles
Mystery moth
Thanks folks - I'm inclined to go with Nigel's suggestion of Common Rustic - there are a few similar photos online.
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Thu 27th November 2014 16:40 by Pam Campbell
Todays surprise!
No trap here for6nights and no moths in the trap from last night,though i did find 2Mottled Umber and a Scarce Umber nearby. However i was pleased to find a Cocoon on one of the eggboxes as it is actually only the 2nd time i have ever seen one! On the 19th Nov i had,what i can only assume was a late Engrailed. I love your 4 lined up December Moths, Sue.
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Thu 27th November 2014 12:07 by Nigel Cottle
Mystery Moth
The forewing fringes appear to be weakly scalloped so, that being the case, I am going for Common Rustic agg.
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Thu 27th November 2014 09:40 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 26/11/14
Two December Moths in the actinic trap - not quite FFY, as I caught one on Jan 1st. !!  (Nothing in the MV trap, so it didn't take long to deal with this morning).
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Thu 27th November 2014 00:00 by Sue Davies
Burleigh Garden Wednesday night
MV attracted lots of flies, just 1 Mottled Umber, 1 Epirrita agg. and FFY these 4 m December Moths.

December moths m SD14

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Wed 26th November 2014 20:24 by Sue Davies
Mystery moth
Possible very dark Dusky or Dark Brocade Chris?
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Wed 26th November 2014 16:32 by Ian Mathieson
A very dark Spruce Carpet?
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Tue 25th November 2014 23:34 by Chris Iles
Moth for ID
Does anyone have any thoughts on what this one might be?  Trapped in woodland at Ammerdown Park on 18 July this year.

Mystery Moth

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Mon 24th November 2014 16:38 by John Bebbington
Langport, VC6, 22 November 2014
I had to trap a day late for winter GMS but the overnight weather wasn't ideal.
Feathered Thorn 2
Sprawler 1
Rusty Dot Pearl 1

Plus 1 Rusty Dot Pearl on the front door in the afternoon - still there today after a heavy frost.
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Sun 23rd November 2014 11:01 by Chris Iles
Ammerdown Park 22/11/2014
A fine night's trapping:

Feathered Thorn (4)
Scarce Umber (3)
December Moth (2)
Grey Shoulder-knot
Mottled Umber (2)
Acleris literana
Acleris sparsana (2)
Acleris ferrugana

I like trapping in woodland at this time of the year; the trap can be put out early enough in the evening to do other things, can be collected at dawn at a civilised hour, and the moths are remarkably colourful.

All new to the 10km square, except Feathered Thorn which was new to it when I first trapped it here last month.

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Sat 22nd November 2014 16:48 by Paul Bowyer
Weston Moths
Palpita vitrealis caught overnight in my garden trap, Weston. Other than that just half a dozen LBAM and E.monodactyla. A Diamond-back Moth found by day at Sand Point.

Palpita vitrealis 21-11-14

Palpita vitrealis

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Sat 22nd November 2014 08:40 by Sue Davies
Butleigh garden
Just one Rusty-dot and one LBAM to show for it, using MV, in spite of the warm damp night.
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Thu 20th November 2014 16:33 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 9.1 degrees

34 moths of seven species including a remarkable 26 Rusty-dot Pearl and another late Dark Arches.

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Thu 20th November 2014 11:58 by Paul Newman
Thanks for the good wishes, Nigel - slow but steady improvement is the order of the day, but it will be a week or two to get back to where I would like to be !!
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Thu 20th November 2014 11:31 by Nigel Cottle
Good to see you back Paul. John mentioned at the AGM that you were under the weather, hope you have now fully recovered. Best wishes, Nigel.
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Thu 20th November 2014 10:28 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 19/11/14
My first trapping for almost 4 weeks, due to a mixture of ill-health and dire weather, produced a fat zero !!  (Unless you count half a dozen flies).  Ah well, better luck next time.
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Thu 20th November 2014 08:35 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 19.11.14
Another two Rusty-dot Pearl and one LBAM in the trap this morning.
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Tue 18th November 2014 20:13 by Chris Iles
Ectoedemia argyropeza mine
Loads of these mines of Ectoedemia argyropeza on recently-fallen aspen leaves not far from Paulton on Sunday.  By the look of the distribution map, this is a rarely-recorded species particularly in the north of the county, probably because its foodplant is uncommon here.  There were only three or four relatively young aspen trees on the site, so this might be one to check for elsewhere that aspen might be found.

0023 Ectoedemia argyropeza

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Tue 18th November 2014 08:42 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 17.11.14
Last night I ran the trap for only the fourth time this month. The three previous attempts had all resulted in zero moths but two Rusty-dot Pearl and single Diamond-back Moth, Red-line & Yellow-line Quakers on this occasion.
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Sun 16th November 2014 21:37 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 7.9 degrees

20 moths of 8 species including 8 Rusty-dot Pearl which are having good year here as are Feathered Thorns.

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Fri 14th November 2014 10:19 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
3 Feathered Thorns and a Red Line Quaker braved the weather to visit my trap last night.
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Mon 10th November 2014 21:43 by Nigel Cottle
Rosy Footman 10.11.14
It looks as though there has been a small second brood of Rosy Footman this year. Simon Fairweather, who lives in Combwich, has posted a photograph on Twitter of one found on his front door this evening.
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Sun 9th November 2014 11:35 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 3.1 degrees

5 species including FFY - a Mottled Umber.

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Fri 7th November 2014 09:57 by Sue Davies
Butleigh garden
Despite the atrocious weather, 1 each of Rusty-dot Pearl, LBAM, Feathered Thorn and first autumn Mottled Umber.
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Wed 5th November 2014 23:04 by Liz Marsden
Robin Clatworthy's species list for October
The following species from 12 all night sessions in Merriott;
  • Green Carpet,
  • Common Marbled Carpet,
  • Canary-shouldered Thorn,
  • Willow Beauty,
  • Large Yellow Underwing,
  • Lesser Yellow Underwing,
  • Setaceous Hebrew Character,
  • Beaded Chestnut,
  • Lunar Underwing,
  • Black Rustic,
  • Blair's Shoulder-knot,
  • Red-line Quaker,
  • Yellow-line Quaker,
  • Sallow,
  • Pink-barred Sallow,
  • Barred Sallow,
  • Straw Dot,
  • Rosy Rustic,
  • Shuttle-shaped Dart,
  • November Moth,
  • Pale November Moth,
  • Autumnal Moth,
  • Green-brindled Crescent,
  • Copper Underwing,
  • Light Emerald,
  • Angle Shades,
  • Brimstone Moth,
  • Snout,
  • Rusty-dot Pearl,
  • Spruce Carpet,
  • Feathered Thorn,
  • Double-striped Pug,
  • Cypress Carpet,
  • 1415 Orthopygia glaucinalis,
  • Large Wainscot,
  • Dark Arches,
  • Red-green Carpet,
  • Rush Veneer,
  • Blood-vein,
  • December Moth,
  • Pale Mottled Willow,
  • Silver Y,
  • Swallow-tailed Moth,
  • Vestal,
  • Grey Pine Carpet,
  • Treble Brown Spot.
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Tue 4th November 2014 12:39 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 2.9 degrees

One moth, a FFY - a December moth.

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Tue 4th November 2014 09:39 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 3.11.14
T Min down to 3.7°C last night and zilch moths in the trap this morning.
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Mon 3rd November 2014 20:36 by Nigel Voaden
SHIPHAM 03/11/2014
Amblyptilia acanthadactyla found in the house this evening, presumably looking to hibernate.
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Sun 2nd November 2014 16:41 by Pam Campbell
Hodders Combe Lodge garden,Holford
Friday 31.Oct.trap resulted in 11macros and 1micro. Macros being 2Cypress Carpet,1Common Marbled Carpet,1Barred Sallow,1Red Green Carpet,3Feathered Thorn,1Merveille du Jour and 1Epirrata. Todays trappings were 4macros and a Beautiful Plume,Amblyptilia acanthadactyla. The macros were 1Green Brindled Crescent,1Red Line Quaker,1Yellow Line Quaker and 1Epirrata.
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Sat 1st November 2014 13:50 by John Bebbington
Last night of Summer Garden Moth Scheme -amendment!
If it hadn't been a GMS night I probably wouldn't have trapped. However there was a very fresh Rusty Dot Pearl Udea ferrugalis in the trap and two on the greenhouse, and a pinkish Vestal Rhodometra sacraria on the shed next to it. I suspect that all were locally bred. Later I disturbed another Vestal - yellow this time - from vegetation near the trap, which may have been an immigrant.
Vestal (Rhodomoetra sacraria) female
Vestal (Rhodometra sacraria) female
Vestal (Rhodometra sacraria) male
Vestal (Rhodometra sacraria) male
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Sat 1st November 2014 13:05 by Bob Fleetwood
Clevedon: 29 October
A late evening inspection of my garden trap yielded a welcome Acleris umbrana on the nearby garage wall.
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