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current posts

Fri 27th November 2015 20:21 by Liz Marsden
Thurs 26th, S.Petherton
Comparatively good here last night, a late Oak Nycteoline (also a FFY) being a suprise even given the odd autumn weather. Oak Nyteoline 26.11.15

Also December Moth(3, FFY), Cypress Carpet(1, a FFY), LBAM(1), Acleris sparsana(2), Common Marbled Carpet(1), Angle Shades(1), and Mottled Umber(1).

Fri 27th November 2015 20:05 by Sue Davies
Butleigh garden
Terrible here in spite of better night, just one Yellow-line Quaker and a Rush Veneer. Plus a patch of elongated white eggs on the inside of the trap laid in regimented rows-?
Fri 27th November 2015 17:20 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise,Little Quantock 26/11/2015
At last, a night without gale force winds and a decent temp.(min.9c) yielded 20 moths of 7 species. 1 rusty dot pearl,6 December Moths,8 Mottled Umber, 2 yellow-line Quaker and singles of Red-green Carpet,Red-line Quaker and Grey Shoulder-knot.
Thu 26th November 2015 13:56 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 25/11/15
Not satisfied with one December Moth the night before last, I just had to try again.  This time, 3 December Moths and 2 Winter Moths (again not FFY, as I had a couple in January)- much better !!  Forecast looks grim for tonight though, so I'll leave things for a day or so more.
Wed 25th November 2015 08:27 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 24/11/15
My first trapping for a fortnight - weather's been a bit dire, to say the least.  Result ?  A promising start with one solitary December Moth (not quite a FFY, as I had one on Jan.5th) in the first egg-box from the actinic trap.  And that's all, folks.
Mon 23rd November 2015 16:47 by Nigel Cottle
Netherclay LNR 23.11.15
Several 320 Phyllonorycter quercifoliella mines found on Oak at Netherclay today; a site first.

Phyllonorycter quercifoliella II

Phyllonorycter quercifoliella I

Fri 20th November 2015 20:34 by Sue Davies
Butleigh garden
Last trapping session for a while I fear, just a Turnip, Red-lined Quaker and Com.Marbled Carpet on the macro front, but FFY 2 Acleris sparsana were a nice surprise.
Tue 17th November 2015 16:44 by Pam Campbell
Hodderscombe Lodge garden
Last nights moths 5 Mottled Umber, 1 Satellite, 1 December Moth, 4 Yellow- Line Quaker, 2 Feathered Thorn and a Merveille du Jour. Fiday night i had a micro, like a mini Merveille du Jour and I placed it in the fridge to look at later. However when i did, it had disappeared- the pot had a sliding lid. No sign of a live or dead moth in said fridge. Today i noticed it flying around the kitchen and it hopped into a pot after settling on the floor. It was an Acleris literana and is now safely back outside.
Mon 16th November 2015 17:15 by Sue Davies
Butleigh garden
Just 10 moths of 7 spp, a Silver Y and Dark Sword-grass, 3 Red-green Carpets commonest sp.
Mon 16th November 2015 17:03 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
An unusual collection of moths last night despite the strong winds. 2 very fresh Silver Ys were joined by a seasonal Feathered Thorn, an early Winter Moth and by a late Large Yellow Underwing and Barred Sallow.
Sun 15th November 2015 08:53 by Chris Iles
Harridge Wood (SWT) 14/11/2015
Feathered Thorn(3)
Mottled Umber (3)
November Moth agg.
December Moth
Winter Moth
(no noctuids!)

Leaf mines of Ectoedemia subbimaculella, Ectoedemia heringi, Ectoedemia intimella (quite a nice find), Stigmella floslactella, Stigmella tityrella, Phyllonorycter nicellii.

Fri 13th November 2015 21:23 by Pam Campbell
Hodderscombe Lodge garden
Despite the wind i had 26 moths of 11 species , including 8 Mottled Umber, 6 Feathered Thorn, 3 December Moth and 2 Merveille du Jour. Singles of Grey Shoulder Knot, Red - Green Carpet, Epirrata agg. Yellow- Line Quaker, Chestnut, Barred Sallow and Spruce Carpet.
Fri 13th November 2015 15:43 by John Bebbington
Latest copy of e-Moth from Butterfly Conservation HQ
The latest electronic copy of e-Moth has arrived on my desktop - if anyone would like a copy please email me.
Fri 13th November 2015 10:32 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 11 degrees

Too windy to use the trap but the actinic in a window attracted a December Moth.  Not a FFY as we had one on January 5th !

Thu 12th November 2015 18:53 by Pam Campbell
Hodderscombe Lodge garden
5 Feathered Thorn, 3 Mottled Umber - all different colours, 1 Epirrata agg. 1 Merveille du Jour- one of my favourite moths to see and FFY. Also one December Moth - first one this Autumn
Thu 12th November 2015 16:27 by John Bebbington
Langport 9-11 November 2015
9 November
Silver Y 2, Scarce Bordered Straw 1, Common Marbled Carpet 3, November/Pale November 2, Blair's Shoulder-knot 2, Angle-shades 1

10 November
Silver Y 1, Blair's Shoulder-knot 1, Beaded Chestnut 2, Common Marbled Carpet 1

11 November
Rusty Dot Pearl 1, December Moth 1, Beaded Chestnut 1
Thu 12th November 2015 10:51 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 8.3 degrees ( it was 12 degrees at 10 pm)

Six species including Chestnut (2), a first for the autumn our last being on April 6.

Wed 11th November 2015 18:36 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton. Min T 13.8 degrees C
I couldn't resist putting the trap out last night, it being so mild. There were lots of very small insects, flies, ichneumon wasps, caddis flies, black beetles (almost akin to July) and 34 moths of 16 species. Unfortunately nothing of any great interest apart from two Vestal, five Yellow-line Quaker (a record), five Cypress Carpet and a very late Black Rustic - I trapped my last one three weeks ago.
Wed 11th November 2015 18:23 by Liz Marsden
Tues.10th. Nr S. Petherton
Also quieter than expected here, but the migrant Palpita vitrealis (photo) turned up, so all was worthwhile! Also Silver Y(2) an Rusty-dot Pearl(2). Altogether 13 species - 7 macro and 6 micro - all of which were near the top end of the 'Whats on the wing tonight' list.

Palpita vitrealis 11.11.15

Wed 11th November 2015 11:55 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 10/11/15
Only a slight improvement in numbers, in spite of the mild weather and new moon, which ought to have got the moths out and about. 15 moths of 10 species this time, with Red-green Carpet the only FFY. There we also 2 late Large YUs.,which like Rob's, are the latest ever recorded here.  Otherwise, not a lot of interest.
Mon 9th November 2015 17:05 by John Bebbington
Langport 8 November 2015
My trap was a waste of electricity last night as well - 2 Blair's Shoulder Knot and 2 Beaded Chestnut! However I did find a Spectacle Moth larva on Nettle regrowth while walking the dog yesterday afternoon. Great cryptic colouration.
Spectacle Moth larva Langport
5th instar larva of Spectacle Moth Abrostola triplasia.
Sun 8th November 2015 19:20 by Nigel Cottle
Frieze Hill LNR 8.11.15
I found these Apple leaves at Frieze Hill LNR today and am not entirely sure what is going on. The mines look to me like those of Apple Leaf Miner (Lyonetia clerkella); look closely and you'll see a L. clerkella cocoon towards the tip of the leaf in the first picture. Is the other feeding damage on both leaves that of Apple Leaf Skeletonizer (Choreutis pariana) or is the damage to both leaves the work of a single species? Grateful for any input from the experts. Thanks.

Apple Leaf 1

Apple Leaf 2

Sun 8th November 2015 18:32 by Nigel Cottle
Roughmoor 8.11.15
Several Phyllonorycter tristrigella mines on Elm suckers found at Roughmoor today.

Phyllonorycter tristrigella.upperside

Phyllonorycter tristrigella.underside

Sun 8th November 2015 17:15 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St Nicholas, South Somerset
I've tended not to trap this time of the year but last night gave it a go (must have been the enthusiasm generated by the AGM!). The result was 10 moths of 7 species. FFY were Feathered Thorn (2), December Moth (first for 6 years), The Chestnut and Yellow-lined Quaker (only my 2nd since 2011). Also of interest was my latest ever Large Yellow Underwing. Perhaps I need to trap more over winter!
Sun 8th November 2015 11:08 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 7.11.15
Well that's two more than I got Paul! Absolutely nothing in or around the trap here this morning.
Sun 8th November 2015 10:48 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 7/11/15
What a waste of time, effort and electricity - just 1 each Blair's Shoulder-knot and Beaded Chestnut were the sum total of last night's "catch".  Harrumph.
Sat 7th November 2015 17:57 by Chris Iles
Leaf mines 7/11/2015
I made use of the couple of hours' bright sunlight after the AGM today to take a walk through Swell Woods and also along the river at Langport.

A number of leaf-miners on willows at Langport including the unusual Phyllocnistis saligna which mines the twigs as well as the leaves.

0367 Phyllocnistis saligna

Plenty of green island leaf-mines in Swell Wood, including this Ectoedemia subbimaculella mine.  I did not notice the small Bucculatrix ulmella mine towards the left until I saw the photograph.

0038 Ectoedemia subbimaculella

Sat 7th November 2015 16:10 by John Bebbington
Fivehead Death's Head emerges!
The Death's Head larva which Sally Pizii found in Fivehead in August emerged yesterday - just in time for our AGM this morning! Much admired by all - I'm grateful to Sally for allowing me to exhibit and later photograph the moth, a magnificent female, which I'll release this evening in the hope that it will find favourable winds and make it back to the Med!
FIvehead DHH female
Female Death's Head Hawk-moth Acherontia atropos from larva found in Fivehead
FIvehead DHH female head detail
Detail of head of the moth - amazing claws!
Sat 7th November 2015 16:01 by John Connolly
Friday 6th November - Manor Road, Taunton
A very wet and windy night for the last night of the summer GMS produced just four moths but one was FFY Feathered Thorn and one was a lifer for me 1157 Crocidosema plebejana.

1157 Crocidosema plebejana1923 Feathered Thorn - male

Fri 6th November 2015 12:38 by Sue Davies
Butleigh garden
No migrants here either apart from a Silver Y, but a reasonable show, 30 moths of 14 autumn species, including 2 Spruce Carpets, Cypress Carpet, 2 Yellow-line Quakers, FFY 2 Sprawlers and a Brick. 2262 Brick SD15
Thu 5th November 2015 19:35 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
A good number of resident moths last night but no sign of the migrants that appear to be all over the rest of the county. I like looking at Potland Observatory's moth report because I often get a trickle of what they catch. They're catching good numbers of quality migrants but even with southerly winds I'm still not seeing even a single Silver Y.
The Oak Rustic is a great find. Hopefully now that it has reached Langport it can spread out over the whole of the county
Thu 5th November 2015 17:44 by John Bebbington
Oak Rustic (Dryobota labecula) from Langport
Last night was a great improvement on a run of poorish catches - Cypress Carpet, Feathered Thorn and Sprawler all ffy among the residents - and several migrants; a Rush Veneer, 2 Silver Y, a Scarce Bordered Straw and a Pearly Underwing, but what appears to be the first Somerset record of Oak Rustic Dryobota labecula. I didn't see it this morning but as I was emptying the trap this evening it came out from under a dead leaf!
2246a Oak Rustic Langport
722.223 (BF 2246a) Oak Rustic Dryobota labecula from Langport, 4 November 2015. Sorry about the initial misspelling of the scientific name - my computer 'knows best'!
Thu 5th November 2015 13:28 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton. Min T 13.2 degrees C
27 moths of 15 species last night including a Tebenna micalis that James McGill has kindly confirmed for me. My Micro Moth Field Guide says it is an 'immigrant that occasionally becomes temporarily established'.

Tebenna micalis 2015

Tebenna micalis 2015a

Other species last night: Tachystola acroxantha, Crocidosema plebejana, Agonopterix alstromeriana, Eudonia angustea, Rush Veneer (2), Feathered Thorn (6), Green-brindled Crescent, November Moth agg. (5), Cypress Carpet (2), Red-green Carpet, Silver Y, Common Marbled Carpet (2), LYU and Lesser YU.
Thu 5th November 2015 10:27 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 4.11.15
A damp night with T Min 12.2°C. Just nine moths of eight species including a nice fresh Silver Y and, like Paul, a late Willow Beauty; my latest by over three weeks in fact.

Willow Beauty 4.11.15

Thu 5th November 2015 10:20 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 4/11/15
A slight improvement in numbers last night, but still not very exciting. 15 moths, of 8 species, were all that could be bothered to brave the drizzle, with Feathered Thorn (3) the only FFY, and a very late Willow Beauty was a bit of a surprise.
Wed 4th November 2015 17:46 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 12 degrees and still foggy.

46 moths of 21 species including FFY - a Gem, our first since 2006.  It was a good night for migrants as we also had P. vitrealis (2), Vestal (2) Rusty-dot Pearly (2 ) and a Pearly Underwing.

Tue 3rd November 2015 18:22 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min temp 10.2 degrees and foggy.

33 moths of 13 species. No migrants but we had a site first - a Brown-spot Pinion whish I was glad to get as I saw it regularly in Northumberland.  We also got a a Flounced Chestnut - a first since 2009.

Tue 3rd November 2015 15:50 by Rob Grimmond
Combe St. Nicholas, South Somerset
I've not trapped for a couple of weeks but found a nice, pale Vestal on an outside drainpipe this morning.
Tue 3rd November 2015 10:43 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton. Min T 10.1 C
Only nine moths of seven species last night: Large Wainscot, Merveille du Jour, Feathered Thorn (3), Yellow-line Quaker, Lunar Underwing, November Moth agg., and this beautifully coloured Vestal

Vestal in the pink
Tue 3rd November 2015 10:15 by John Bebbington
First Somerset record of Spoladea (Hymenia) recurvalis?
Robin Clatworthy took a specimen of Spoladea (Hymenia) recurvalis in Merriott on Sunday night - just photographed it this afternoon. It would appear to be the first record for Somerset.
Mon 2nd November 2015 17:51 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 11.3 degrees and very foggy.

51 moths of 21 species including several migrants, Vestal (2), Scarce Bordered Straw (2) and a very fresh Rush Veneer.

Mon 2nd November 2015 12:45 by Paul Bowyer
Weston Moths
On saturday night I found a Ni Moth flying around in my Kitchen which must have come through the window from the previous nights trapping. It's the first one I've trapped since July 2006.

Ni Moth 31-10-15

Ni Moth

Mon 2nd November 2015 10:52 by Steve Pilkington
1st November Cocklake
22 moths 15 species. 2 FFGs - Pink barred sallow and a Golden twin-spot. I also am getting Setaceous hebrew characters in good numbers, 3 last night. Singles of Red and Yellow line Quaker, Feathered ranunculus, Feathered thorn and Green brindled crescent made for an interesting haul.Golden twin-spot
Mon 2nd November 2015 10:21 by Steve Chapple
Posted for James McGill, Staplegrove, Taunton 31 10 15
James McGill emailed me yesterday to say that he had been back in the county again last week and had trapped a Gem, Small Mottled Willow and a late Orange Sallow on Saturday night and found this beautifully fresh Convolvulus Hawk-moth on the fence in the morning. Last time he came back he had a Clifden Nonpareil! Talk about luck!

Convolvulus Hawkmoth 2015
Mon 2nd November 2015 09:42 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 1/11/15
Exciting times - 10(!!) moths of 7 species, including a FFY Yellow-line Quaker, and very late Setaceous Hebrew Characters (2 - both lookng a bit care-worn), and a Rush Veneer in good condition. One pristine and beautifully marked Autumnal/November Moth I nearly didn't see, as it was very well camouflaged on the (lias) wall of the house near the trap. At least the birds didn't see it before I did.
Mon 2nd November 2015 07:27 by John Bebbington
Clifden Nonpareil at Fivehead
Stuart Morling found a Clifden Nonpareil in his garden on 31st October.
Clifden Nonpareil from Fivehead
Clifden Nonpareil Catocala fraxini ©Stuart Morling
Sun 1st November 2015 19:12 by Nigel Cottle
Hill Farm PNR, Blackdown Hills 1.11.15
Examples of Stigmella tityrella and S. hemargyrella mines on Beech from Hill Farm this afternoon.

Stigmella tityrella 1.11.15

Stigmella tityrella

Stigmella hemargyrella 1.11.15

Stigmella hemargyrella

Sun 1st November 2015 15:12 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe - Min Temp 8.5 degrees

13 species including a first of the autumn brood of Grey/dark Dagger.


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