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current posts

Sat 28th February 2015 07:56 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
The only moth in the trap last night was an Oak Beauty.
Fri 27th February 2015 10:40 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton, night of 24/25th February
With only 15 moths in total since mid December I had 15 on Wednesday night: 2 x Common Quaker, I x Pale Brindled Beauty, 1 x Chestnut, 1 x Acleris ferrugana, 1 x Depressaria daucella, 3 x Agonopterix alstromeriana and 6 x Agonopterix heracliana.
Fri 27th February 2015 09:41 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 0.3 degrees.

FFY a Dotted Border at a lighted window but nothing in the trap.

Thu 26th February 2015 15:22 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
Just one Agonopterix heracliana for me last night. I saw more moths from the car when driving back from Taunton late evening!
Thu 26th February 2015 13:27 by John Chidgey
Spaxton 25.2.15
A single Light Brown Apple Moth attracted to the light through the dining room windows.
Thu 26th February 2015 11:09 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
The first decent night of the year resulted in 2 Pale Brindled Beauties, 3 Chestnuts, 2 Early Moths and singles of Hebrew Character and Grey Shoulder Knot. All but the Grey Shoulder Knot were firsts for the year.
Thu 26th February 2015 09:49 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 25/2/15
A mild night here too with a few spots of rain, and at last some moths in and around the traps.  All FFY - 3 Pale Brindled Beauty, and one each Dotted Border, Grey Shoulder-knot and Depressaria daucella, plus a new species for this site, Tortricodes alternella.
Thu 26th February 2015 09:08 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 25.2.15
A warm night (T Min 10.5°C) but just a single Agonopterix alstromeriana in the trap this morning.
Sat 21st February 2015 13:50 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 20/2/15
Yet another nil return, apart from a very dead Celypha lacunana at the bottom of the MV trap - I assume it had been there for quite a while without my seeing it - I've never caught one later than September, although Sterling's book says that they may be around until early November. Either way, it's a bit of a mystery, and I don't think I can justifiably count it as a valid record for February !
Thu 19th February 2015 11:36 by Sue Davies
Butleigh garden
A warmer night and moths at last. 2 Angle Shades, 1 Pale Brindled Beauty, 1 Hebrew Character, 1 Common Quaker and 2 Agon.heracliana

2306 Angle Shades SD15

Thu 19th February 2015 10:22 by Nigel Cottle
Thurlbear Quarrylands 18.2.15
Found this Oak Eggar larva on Blackthorn at Thurlbear yesterday.

Oak Eggar 18.2.15

Thu 19th February 2015 10:20 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 18.2.14
T Min a warmer 7°C but another blank night here as well.
Thu 19th February 2015 10:10 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 18/2/15
That's two more than I caught last night, Peter !!  However, I did get an Ichneumon Wasp - makes a change from midges.
Wed 18th February 2015 16:13 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 1.9 degrees

At last ! two moths at a lighted window, An Early Moth and a Chestnut.

Tue 17th February 2015 18:45 by Sue Davies
Butleigh garden
Home to find a Pale Brindled Beauty waiting by the back door lamp last night in spite of the cold.

1926 Pale Brindled Beauty SD15

Sun 15th February 2015 12:00 by Chris Iles
Ammerdown Park 15/2/2015
Spring has yet to reach the uplands of Ammerdown either, by the look of things.

3 Pale Brindled Beauty, 1 Chestnut, 1 Acleris ferrugana/notana (probably the former given the abundance of oak and absence of birch in the wood) and the moth below.  Size and shape are right for Chestnut but does the bold patterning fit within the range of variation of this species?

The Pale Brindled Beauties chose not to enter the trap but instead snuggled up together at one end of the actinic strip-light.


Sun 15th February 2015 10:18 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 14.2.14
Nil return here too I'm afraid - the first time I have run the trap for over a month.
Sun 15th February 2015 09:37 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 14/2/15
Yet another nil return - getting predictable.
Sat 14th February 2015 13:12 by Pam Campbell
Hodderscombe Lodge garden
2Pale Brindled Beauty and a wren this morning in the trap! The wren flew off happily and sang from a hedge. My copy of Chris Manley's book British Moths 2nd edition arrived today. Looking back to Feb 2014 there do not seem to be any records prior to 20th Feb. I commented at the time that mine for 19th had diappeared. What happened to them?
Fri 13th February 2015 11:29 by Pam Campbell
Hodderscombe Lodge garden
Last night at bedtime saw 14 Pale Brindled Beauty but just one in trap this morning plus 1 Hebrew Character and 1 Chestnut,both ffy.
Fri 13th February 2015 11:18 by John Bebbington
Langport, VC6, 11 February 2015
As it was a little warmer on Wednesday night I put the MV trap out - nothing! However there was an Early Moth Theria primaria on the back door.
Thu 12th February 2015 15:47 by Pam Campbell
News from Hodders Combe
Two evenings ago i saw the underside of a moth through the kitchen window,so i rushed out and turned my trap on! In the morning just one moth,a Satellite and the one on the window was a Pale Brindled Beauty. I trapped again last night and had 1Common Quaker,and 2Pale Brindled Beauty and the Satellite hidden safely where i had left it. This afternoon i was thrilled to see my 1st butterfly of the year-a Red Admiral.
Thu 12th February 2015 15:39 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
I haven't started trapping yet but recorded an Early Moth on the outside wall this morning. It's my first record for five years.
Wed 11th February 2015 09:30 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 10/2/15
Forecast slightly milder (i.e no frost) so I tried a trapping session, to no avail.  Not even a midge.
Mon 2nd February 2015 14:09 by Sue Davies
PC from Florida, pretty chilly here too but we do have moths, look familiar?

Florida Pink-washed Looper Moth Argyrogramma basigera Florida 933212 Green Cutworm Moth Anicla infecta Florida 933504 Subterranean Dart Moth Feltia subterranea


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