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current posts

Thu 25th February 2016 20:17 by Chris Iles
Painted Lady
Hi Nigel,

We had a Painted Lady in the garden on 11 February.

Still yet to run the moth trap this year; at the moment I can only really do so at the weekend and every weekend the weather goes wrong...

Thu 25th February 2016 15:41 by Nigel Cottle
Hummingbird Hawkmoth / Painted Lady
Thanks for posting the news Jenny. There was a HHM at Durlston Country Park on 22nd Feb. and Somerset's second Painted Lady of the year was seen at Combwich this morning!

P.S. The @BCSomerset Twitter feed now has 559 followers. If you haven't signed up already it is a good way of keeping up with recent butterfly & moth news/sightings etc.

Thu 25th February 2016 11:00 by Jenny Vickers
Hummingbird Hawkmoth sighting.
A couple of friends of mine had an Hummingbird Hawkmoth down on the Levels yesterday. Here is what they say:

We saw a humming bird hawk moth today - February 24th at about 11 am at Ham Wall on pussy willow flowers.  Before the second platform there is a bridge to Loxton heath about 20 yds back on this track.  We watched it for quite a while so not a fleeting glimpse or uncertain ID, we had a good look and a bad photo.

I have the photo if anyone needs to see it.

Wed 24th February 2016 19:17 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
Fitted a Blacklight bulb in the light by our back door. First night a frozen Dotted Border next to it this morning.
Wed 24th February 2016 12:24 by Jenny Vickers
Thanks again Nigel. Sorted now.
Tue 23rd February 2016 14:09 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe

I switched off the trap at 10pm because it was so cold so I was delighted to find in it this afternoon a FFY Oak Beauty.

Tue 23rd February 2016 12:41 by Jenny Vickers
Frome 22/02/2016
Just one Clouded Drab at The Mill House garden in Frome last night.
Tue 23rd February 2016 09:16 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 22/2/16
No moths here AGAIN - a bit dispiriting really.
Mon 22nd February 2016 23:07 by John Connolly
Manor Road, Taunton Monday 22 Feb 2016
Found this little chap flying round our kitchen this evening. It's so small I thought it was a fruit fly at first. It's about 3mm long and I thought it might be Stigmella aurella which we do get around here but not normally at this time of year. A bit lively to photograph but I got one or two shots before it flew off and I have recaptured it.Stigmella aurella
Mon 22nd February 2016 14:27 by Ian Mathieson
Norton sub Hamdon
7 Hebrew Characters, 5 Common Quakers and an early Early Thorn was the best numerical catch here since early November.
Sun 21st February 2016 10:09 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe

Despite strong wind and heavy rain we had our first moth for ten days a Hebrew Character.

Sat 20th February 2016 15:11 by John Bebbington
Langport, vc6, 19-20 Feb 2016
Garden Moth Scheme last night - Common Quaker 1, Hebrew Character 1.
Sat 20th February 2016 11:04 by Sue Davies
Tree House Butleigh
A very mild night brought out a couple of male Pale Brindled Beauties, Hebrew Character and one each of Agon. heracliana & alstromeriana.
Fri 19th February 2016 09:19 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 18/2/16
Same old same old - nothing in the traps, although there was a sharpish frost to be fair.  I did see a small moth flying near an outside light early in the evening, but what species it was will forever remain a mystery.
Wed 17th February 2016 21:33 by Steve Chapple
Pen Elm, Taunton
Two Common Quakers last night - my first macro species for three weeks.
Sat 13th February 2016 17:41 by Tim Howard
Kestrels Rise ,Little Quantock
Friday 12 Feb 2016 Trapped until midnight only, as heavy rain forecast for later. A single Satellite was the only taker. It feels like groundhog day.
Fri 12th February 2016 19:10 by Jenny Vickers
Frome 11/02/2016
Just one Clouded Drab last night in Frome.
Fri 12th February 2016 10:51 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 11/2/16
Cold & clear here too, and a shower just before sunrise, but one Early Moth (on the wall, not actually in the trap) made the effort - well done him !
Fri 12th February 2016 08:48 by Nigel Voaden
Shipham 11/02/2016
First trap of the year but nothing to report. Perhaps a bit too cold and clear last night.
Thu 11th February 2016 16:31 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe

Despite the frost we had FFY a Dotted Border and 3 LBAM.

Tue 9th February 2016 07:09 by Nigel Voaden
Shipham 08/02/2016
A White-shouldered House Moth loitering with intent in the lounge in the evening.
Sat 6th February 2016 14:39 by Paul Newman
East Lydford 5/2/16
The White-shouldered House-moths are getting more adventurous - one landed in a yoghurt at suppertime last evening.  It obviously was unable to locate the rainwater butt - not surprising, as we don't have one inside the house !!  I released it, sticky but alive, out into the garden - hopefully it will have learned a lesson, but I'm not too optimistic. They ain't too bright.
Fri 5th February 2016 16:05 by Liz Marsden
Thurs. 4th February - Nr S.Petherton
A very good range of moths for early February, when I'm lucky to see one or two! A 'new for garden' was the Spring Usher (photo). Also a Pale Brindled Beauty, a Hebrew Character, a Common Quaker, Dotted Border(2), an Early Moth(2nd ever), an Early Grey, a Dark Chestnut, a Common Plume, Agonopterix heracliana(2) and a couple of other micros to be identified. Minimum temp was 9C and it felt quite warm especially when the breeze dropped away.

The only other time I have trapped this year was 22nd Jan - two weeks ago; December moth(3), Winter Moth (1) and Agonopterix heracliana.

Spring Usher

Fri 5th February 2016 12:09 by Nigel Cottle
Bishop's Hull 4.2.16
T Min 9.6°C. Single LBAM and FFY Dotted Border.

Dotted Border 4.2.16

Fri 5th February 2016 09:50 by Peter Tennant
Whitefield, Wiveliscombe

Another single Common Quaker which Mapmate regards as early!

Wed 3rd February 2016 07:43 by John Bebbington
Langport, vc6, 1-2 Feb 2016
Macros at last! A Common Quaker and a Dotted Border (plus Light Brown Apple Moth and Agonopterix heracliana) on Sunday night.
Mon 1st February 2016 18:11 by Pam Campbell
Hodderscombe Lodge garden
One Satellite last night.

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